Though you might be more familiar with Compro as a company that does TV tuners, it also provides a wide range of IP network cameras for remote monitoring and surveillance, from the relatively low-end IP55 all the way to the semi-professional IP540. Today we're looking at the IP70, which resides at the high end of the home and small business range.
While lacking premium features such as a motorized stand or optical zoom, the £88 IP70 nevertheless carries a reasonably impressive specification, including an IR lamp for night-time viewing, motion detection, two-way audio and dual video output streams. It also offers remote monitoring through a variety of web browsers, including mobile ones so you can check things out using your phone. In other words, when covering a small room or a fixed angle, the IP70 should be more than capable of ensuring that your belongings are safe while you're away - or that if they do get stolen, at least you'll have caught the crooks 'on tape'.
Inside the IP camera's compact box you'll find three mounting screws with wall-plugs, a software installation CD, and fairly comprehensive yet thin manual. The provided Ethernet cable is probably too short to be useful in the majority of situations, but not only are longer cables cheap and plentiful, the IP70 has an angled, adjustable USB port for an optional Wi-Fi N wireless dongle. The 5V power adapter's cable is also a tad on the short side, but again it's not too difficult to extend this.
The actual camera is a neat and not unattractive affair, going for the ever fashionable black on black look with a glossy stand and matt black body and a nice soft-touch front panel. It's certainly a lot better looking than the Xvision XIP3001, if not quite up to the sealed cuteness of the Axis P3301. Adjustability is good thanks to the stand's ball-and-socket hinge, which offers effortlessly smooth tilt and pivot in virtually any direction, yet is sturdy enough to keep the camera in the position you put it in.
Build quality is likewise impressive. The IP70's leg is thick metal and its base is reinforced with a removable metal mounting plate. The plastics used in the camera's construction are invariably solid, with not a hint of creak or flex to be found. Being an indoor device it lacks any kind of weather sealing, but we would say the IP70 is rugged enough to cope with some rough adjustments and most things you – or an irate burglar - might throw at it.