Although the Imou Versa is a cheap security camera, it doesn’t skimp on features: its magnetic stand is very flexible, it shoots high-quality Full HD footage and it can be used indoors or out. The app is a little basic, and the cloud storage is quite expensive. However, if you record to a microSD card and just need a simple camera, then this one is great value.
- Quick and easy to install and use
- Prop-up stand makes it easy to get the view you want
- Good night vision
- Imou Protect safety subscription costs extra money after a 14 day free trial
The Imou Versa is a small and inexpensive security camera, which doesn’t cut any corners on image quality, including good performance in darkness and wet weather.
It’s controlled through the Imou Life app, with footage able to be stored on the cloud or an SD card.
I’ve been testing it for the past couple of weeks, so here are my thoughts.
Design and installation
- Small and light
- Powered by connecting to mains electricity
- Connects to Wi-Fi
Quick and simple to get working, the Imou Versa has a versatile pop-up stand. I found that I could easily position the camera up or down to cover any area I wanted.
This stand has a magnetic base, so it can grab onto metal surfaces, such as the side of a fridge.
Alternatively, the stand can be screwed to a wall for a more permanent installation, which may be required if you want to install this model outside.
The only thing you need is a power socket fairly close by, so that the Versa can be powered. If you don’t have a power socket, then a wireless camera, such as the Eufy S220 SoloCam, may make more sense.
This camera can record to the cloud, but there’s also an option microSD card slot, which takes cards up to 256GB in size. If you want to avoid paying monthly subscription fees, then this is a useful upgrade.
Via the Imou Life app, I soon had the camera connected to my Wi-Fi network (2.4GHz only), and ready for action.
- Built-in siren
- Push notifications on app (can be disabled)
- Easy to scroll back through old video and photo footage
Open the app, and you get the basic features you get with most cameras: I could view the live feed, take a still image or video, and play a siren. The latter could be useful if you want to let someone know they’re being recorded and, hopefully, move away.
As a security camera, the Imou Versa can record footage when it detects motion. On top of basic motion sensitivity, the camera also has human detection, which is worth enabling if you want to cut down on the number of alerts that you get.
With a microSD card slot installed, the camera can record to local storage. Imou also provides a free trial subscription to Imou Protect Basic, which gives you seven days of history. After the trial, it costs £2.59 a month or £25.99 a year for one camera. Upgrade to Imou Protect Plus is £5.99 a month or £59.99 annually, for one camera and 30-days of history.
There’s also an option to share a device with 20, rather than 10, users; if you know 20 people you’d want to share your camera with, of course.
Cloud storage is quite expensive. Buy a Ring camera, for example, and it’s £3.49 a month for 30-days of history for one camera, or you can pay £8 a month for 30-days of history for unlimited cameras and additional Ring Alarm benefits. If you want more than one camera and cloud storage, it’s worth buying something different.
Video appears as thumbnails in a scrollable timeline, selectable by date, and can be downloaded to your phone to save it permanently.
- 1080p video resolution
- Uses a spotlight when it’s dark
Shooting in Full HD, the Imou Versa does pretty well. During the day, I found that the video was sharp, well-exposed and had brilliant colours.
At night, the camera can turn on its spotlight when it detects motion and shoots footage in full colour. Its range is good, and the footage much clearer than cameras that have to use IR.
Should you buy it?
You want something cheap and straightforward
The Imou Versa can record clear Full HD video at a bargain price with minimal fuss.
You want multiple cameras with cloud storage
If you need multiple cameras with cloud storage, then rivals have cheaper monthly plans such as the Ring Indoor Camera (2nd Gen).
The Imou Versa is a camera that will do the basic jobs you need at a reasonable price. Its app is a little basic and cloud storage relatively expensive, but if you just want a well-priced camera and prefer to record to a microSD card, then this is a great choice.
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Yes, the Imou subscription is optional. You’re able to record to a microSD card instead of using the cloud storage you get with the subscription service.
The Imou Versa has no onboard storage, but it can support up to 256GB via a microSD card.