SimCam AI Security Camera Review

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SimCam is one of the newer smart security companies out there, beginning as a Kickstarter project with over 800 backers. Since, they’ve won an innovation award at CES 2019, offering security cameras, a video doorbell, plus accessories. Today, I’ll be looking at their AI Security Camera, currently available for $149 on the SimCam website. Now, this is a pretty average price for a higher-end indoor camera, but since I’ve never reviewed anything from SimCam before, I’m curious to see if it’s worth the money. Let’s get started!

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SimCam AI Security Camera
SimCam AI Security Camera
SimCam AI Security Camera

For $149, this outdoor camera gives you a lot of great features like person detection and facial recognition, continuous recording to a micro-SD card, plus an integration with Amazon Alexa. 

Promised Features

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SimCam AI

Before I got my camera in the mail, I was constantly scrolling through SimCam’s website, reading about my latest tech. The website promised me a lot of things that I like to hear, such as:

  • 360 degree pan option: Who doesn’t love a camera that can pan all the way around, making your field of view as wide as possible?
  • No extra fees: Many security cameras have monthly or yearly fees for cloud storage, so I’m glad to see that the SimCam does not.
  • Person detection: This is quickly becoming a standard in smart security, so I’m excited to test SimCam’s artificial intelligence features.

Okay, now let’s fast forward to when the SimCam AI security camera finally came in the mail.

First Impressions

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SimCam AI Closeup

The first thing I thought of when I saw the SimCam AI? An egg. So, the SimCam AI comes in two colors, black and white. And you guessed it, I got it in white. Basically, the camera looks like an egg, with a black face for the camera, and an oddly-shaped triangular base. You can either get a fixed base or a base that allows for that 360 degree pan I mentioned earlier. I recommend the latter for maximum visibility.

IP Ratings
IP Ratings

Now, this is a camera with an IP rating of 54, meaning that it should generally be used indoors. It’s protected from dust and can handle splashing water, however, which is good if you have any accidents. It’s temperature range is a bit on the higher side for indoor cameras, working from 68 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the website.

SimCam AI Plug
SimCam AI Plug

Another thing to keep in mind that is that camera does require a plug, so if you’re planning on using it outdoors in some capacity, make sure you have an outlet nearby.

Necessary Features

SimCam AI Necessary Features
SimCam AI Necessary Features

Now let’s review the camera itself using Security Baron’s Necessary Features Test. This will ensure that the camera is up to my very high standards in video, audio, night vision, storage, smart platform integrations, value and convenience. Let’s get started!

Video

SimCam AI Video Display
SimCam AI Video Display

The SimCam AI has the industry standard of 1080p HD plus the ability to zoom in eight times. But if you don’t get the pan-capable base, then the field of view will be a disappointing 100 degrees. Also, I was disappointed with the camera’s ability to pan with motion, as it had a pretty big delay. Unfortunately, I have to give the camera half marks for video.

Night Vision

SimCam AI Night Vision
SimCam AI Night Vision

Rather than have color night vision from a bright white light, the SimCam AI actually has infrared night vision, which I prefer. Sure, it’s in black and white, but it keeps your security camera from being too conspicuous. With 10 infrared LEDs, the camera gets full marks for night vision!

Audio Quality

SimCam AI Two-Way Audio
SimCam AI Speaker on Back

The SimCam AI also has two-way audio, meaning that you’ll be able to speak to whoever the camera is pointed out through the SimCam app (which I’ll talk about more in a bit). I will say that the ambient noise wasn’t great, not surprising as there were no noise cancellation features. Still, the camera deserves full marks for audio!

Storage

Cloud Storage vs. Local Storage
Cloud Storage vs. Local Storage

As far as storage goes, everything is automatically recorded to the camera’s 128 gig micro-SD card. Unfortunately, there’s no cloud storage, which accounts for the lack of additional fees. For this reason, I’m going to have to give the SimCam AI half marks for storage.

Smart Platform Integration

SimCam AI Smart Platform Integrations on Box
SimCam AI Smart Platform Integrations on Box

Like I said before, the SimCam AI works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant so you’ll be able to command it using your voice alone. However, I’ll say that the functionality is limited, as you won’t be able to play the video on Chromecast and the Amazon Echo Show, which is why I’m giving the SimCam AI half marks for smart platform integrations.

Artificial Intelligence

Facial Recognition on the SIMCAM App
Facial Recognition on the SIMCAM App

Now, the majority of smart security cameras I review have motion detection, so you’ll be notified whenever there’s motion when the camera is armed. However, the SimCam AI takes it a step further with person detection, meaning it can differentiate between people and other moving objects, be it cars, animals, or what have you. They can even tell objects apart, so you can get notified if objects are moved!

Object Monitoring with the SimCam AI
Object Monitoring with the SimCam AI

On top of that, the camera offers facial recognition, which means that over time, it can recognize specific people who you can them name for up to 200 faces. So instead of being notified that your camera detected motion, you can be notified that your camera detected your friend Peter.

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Activity Zones

As if the AI wasn’t impressive enough the SimCam AI also lets you tell your camera which areas to look out for, making your notifications even more specific. For example, you might want to block out a window so the camera isn’t notifying you every time a car drives past. SimCam calls this feature area monitoring, although it’s more commonly referred to as activity zones. Needless to say, I’m giving the SimCam AI full marks for artificial intelligence!

Convenience

SimCam AI Setup
Setting up the SimCam AI on the SIMCAM App

The SimCam AI is very easy to install and use. Simply plug in the power adapter, scan the camera’s QR code, and connect to Wi-Fi. Toggling between the livestream screen and my facial recognition library was super easy, thanks to the user-friendly app. I was livestreaming footage within five minutes of taking the SimCam AI out of the box! Full marks for convenience.

Value

$189 may seem a bit pricey for an indoor security camera, but when you consider all of the amazing AI features and the lack of additional fees, it begins to make more sense. Some cameras charge extra for features like person detection and facial recognition, while the SimCam AI gives you them for free, plus extras like object and area monitoring. All in all, I think this camera is definitely worth the money and gets full marks for value.

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SimCam AI Security Camera
SimCam AI Security Camera
SimCam AI Security Camera

For $149, this outdoor camera gives you a lot of great features like person detection and facial recognition, continuous recording to a micro-SD card, plus an integration with Amazon Alexa. 

The SIMCAM App 

The SIMCAM App
The SIMCAM App

The SIMCAM app on Google Play or the SIMCAM AI app on the Apple store is where you’ll livestream footage, speak through two-way audio, name people for facial recognition, receive notifications, setup your Alexa or Google Assistant integration, pan your camera around if you have that capability, and view local storage. The app has decent ratings, a 3.3 from iPhone users and a 3.4 from Android users. One Android user wrote in a recent five star review,

“Just received my SimCam and download the app. Everything works well! The object selecting works well and there are no false alerts.”

Comparisons

So clearly, we’re fans of the SimCam AI in general, but can it compare to it’s competitors? Let’s take a closer look.

SimCam AI vs. Logitech Circle 2

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Logitech Circle 2

Unlike the SimCam AI, the Logitech is a proper indoor/outdoor camera that costs $179.99, $30 more. Let’s start with what the cameras have in common. Both have 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, two-way audio, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integrations, plus person detection. However, I wasn’t satisfied with the Circle 2’s night vision, and you’ll have to pay an extra $9.99 for person detection.

When it comes to video, the Circle 2 has an awesome 180 degree field of view, 80 more than that of the SimCam. However, you won’t be able to zoom in at all with the Logitech camera, whereas you can zoom in eight times digitally with the SimCam. Another major difference is storage. While the SimCam only offers local storage, the Logitech Circle 2 only offers 24 hours of free cloud storage, unless you want to pay $3.99 a month for 14 days. But one area that the Logitech Circle 2 beats the SimCam on is smart platform integrations. Aside from Alexa, it also works with Apple HomeKit and Fire TV.

Overall, I’d go with the SimCam AI if you have Alexa or Google Assistant and want an outdoor camera but the Logitech Circle 2 if you have Apple HomeKit. Both are good cameras, although the SimCam has more impressive specs overall.

For more information, check out my full review of the Logitech Circle 2.

SimCam AI vs. eufyCam E

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eufyCam E

Like the Logitech Circle 2, the eufyCam E costs $179.99, but you’ll have to pay $237.99 if you don’t already have the eufy HomeBase. In terms of durability, the eufyCam E wins with an IP rating of 65 compared to 54. Both cameras offer 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, two-way audio, local storage, plus Alexa integrations, although the SimCam also has Google Assistant. 

But the SimCam beats the eufyCam E in a few ways, starting with person detection and facial recognition, which the latter lacks. It can also zoom, which the eufyCam can’t do. But the eufyCam E wins with it’s 140 degree field of view, 40 degrees higher than the SimCam, it’s cloud storage option, although it’s paid, it’s built-in 100 decibel siren, plus it’s higher app ratings. Overall, however, I’d go with the SimCam for it’s lower price, person detection and facial recognition, but the eufyCam E if you want an outdoor camera.

For more information, read my full review of the eufyCam E.

Recap 

Overall, I’m really impressed with the SimCam AI and think it’s a solid choice for an indoor camera.

You should get the SimCam AI if you’d like…

  • Person detection and facial recognition: Hence the name, the SimCam’s AI capabilities don’t disappoint.
  • Local storage: If you were looking to avoid monthly cloud storage fees, then the SimCam AI is a great choice.
  • Integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant: I love that the SimCam AI works with the two most popular voice assistants.

But avoid it if you wanted…

  • Cloud storage: Although you can upload your local footage to a cloud, it won’t happen automatically.
  • Wide field of view: The SimCam AI’s field of view is only 100 degrees, which is pretty limiting if you don’t get the 360 degree pan base.
  • Wireless camera: The SimCam AI must be plugged in, which may prevent some people from using it outdoors.

For more options, check out my reviews of the best home security cameras and the best outdoor cameras of 2019.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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