CowBoom has the Stem Innovation WRM-WA0-01 IZON 2.0 Wi-Fi Surveillance Camera for $80 - $40 off with coupon code IZON40 [Exp 1/23] + $0 shipping = $40 shipped. Sells for $105+ elsewhere. Features 640x480 recording resolution, USB 2.0 connectivity, and iPod/iPhone/iPad compatibility.
$115 Retail: $130

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    cvbn Ben's cred: 132
    Posted 9:46 am PST 01/17/14

    640x480 you will not be able to make out faces

    I wonder why companies just don't make hd cameras instead of 640x480
    it would only cost $5 extra

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3856
    Posted 11:13 am PST 01/17/14

    I can make out faces on my 640x480 cams but only if the person is under roughly 15' away, or a bit further in good lighting, and mostly I mean if it is someone I already knew. When the price is right it's a handy way to monitor if there is activity in an area more so than identification.

    The USB2 interface may be handy for some people, but otherwise similar cams w/o USB connectivity can be found on sale periodically between $25 to $35.

    However, Stem themselves don't come right out and state it has USB2 video streaming support (unless I overlooked it), instead making it look like it is powered via a USB socket from any USB port as a power supply as well as the included USB plugged PSU.

    It's not just a matter of upgrading the sensor to make it HD though... they don't mention encoding format but it's probably MJPEG which is relatively high bitrate by today's standards, made even worse if it supported HD resolutions, would be too much of a wifi bandwidth hog especially if you have more than one cam streaming.

    So, you can improve that moving to MPEG4/H.264/etc encoding to lower the bitrate but that and enough real-time processing power to do HD will raise the price more than $5, and it probably wouldn't be able to be powered from a USB port /2.5W.

    I do recommend spending the roughly $100 or more for a decent HD / H.264 cam if you want more than one cam on your wifi network, then there's whether you want night vision, pan and tilt, dual sensors for both night vision and superior day image due to 2nd sensor having an IR filter, and other misc issues like how polished the monitoring software is, especially in setting up archiving of the video the way that's most suiting your needs.

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    elementbs2 Ben's cred: 9
    Posted 11:13 am PST 01/17/14

    too bad it isn't smaller for concealment

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