Dropcam has dropped a new version of its streaming camera device that is promised to be brighter, better, and more capable than ever before. The new Dropcam Pro sports newer hardware that significantly boosts image quality and the companion app brings in better support and control for the monitoring system.
The new Dropcam Pro is, indeed, an improvement over its Dropcam HD predecessor. Externally, the device still sports the inverted teardrop look but now comes in a stylish-black color instead of silver. But as they say, it's what's inside that matters, and that is definitely the case here. It has a larger image sensor that, according to Dropcam, improves low-light and nighttime performance by as much as 7 times. The new lens also offers a wider field of view of up to 130 degrees. The Dropcam Pro supports dual-band WiFi in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz range and now also supports Bluetooth LE for easier connectivity with devices.
Of course a remote monitoring system will only be half as useful without a way to monitor and control things remotely. The updated apps for Android and iOS now allow for better device management and browsing. Users of the Dropcam Pro camer will also be able to make use of pinch-to-zoom gestures on the Android app. Here's a brief video demonstrating the Dropcam Pro and the app running on an iPhone.
The Dropcam Pro is available today with a price tag of $199, but those who prefer to stick to the older Dropcam will still be able to buy it for $149. The Android app is free from Google Play Store, but cloud video recording will cost users a monthly fee of either $9.95 a month for 7 continuous days of recording or $29.95 a month for 30 days.