First impressions of the BodyGuardz 360 Degree Security Camera will have you thinking of a thermos, an apt thought as it’s designed to be toted around. Having both a battery and a motor that can pan an entire room without any blindspots is a superior idea to wiring your home with multiple cameras, but BodyGuardz’ execution is lacking.
This camera mostly delivers on its promise of light installation and full-room coverage, but it became clear at several points during testing that this camera—the first from a company known primarily for making phone cases and screen protectors—is a work in progress.
This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best home security cameras, where you’ll find reviews of the competition’s offerings, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping for this type of product.
I encountered issues almost as soon as I took it out of the box. The camera is designed to be installed and set up easily, but the process for me was anything but. The camera is touted as having an “integrated” USB charging cable and power adapter. What that means, I found out, is that these are merely stored inside the body of the camera rather than in the box. Slide the gray bottom portion of the body off and you’ll find the cable wound around the bottom of the top half and an AC power plug inserted into the underside. Removing the plug is an ordeal unless you have extremely slender fingers, and after trying fruitlessly for several minutes I had to resort to prying it out with a butter knife.
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