The Bottom Line
In our last look at a Wi-Fi camera solution from DLink, we reviewed the 8010LH, an entry-level solution. Today we move up to the mid-range, DCS 8300LH that offers two-way audio and 1080p video.
Just like the 8010LH, the new 8300LH caters to the indoor market of baby and nanny cameras. This solution features a 1080p sensor, two-way audio, sound and motion detection and of course night vision. The 8300LH is IFTTT compatible and works with both Google and Alexa digital assistants. DLink does offer cloud recording with several plans available along with a one-day storage free option. You can also choose to record directly to a microSD card.
This solution works off the myDLink platform compatible with iOS and Android systems. MSRP sits at $89.99 with a one-year warranty.
Packaging has been spruced up in recent times, with DLink shifting from the teal/aqua color to an ocean blue color scheme. We do have an image of the camera on the front of the box with mention of digital assistant compatibility to the right and features listed below
The side of the box offers specifications for the camera.
The scope of delivery includes the camera, power adapter, and reading materials.
The 8300LH takes much of its design from the 2530L from a few years ago. This time around though we have a white base with subtle branding the 1080p sensor centered around an array of night vision LEDs.
The side of the camera houses the microSD slot.
The backside of the camera houses the speaker for two way audio and reset button.
myDlink has taken an upgrade, but for those that read our review of the 8010LH, the process is exactly the same.
You will need to create an account for remote viewing, after which DLink has a wizard that takes about a minute or so to run through after this your camera is all setup.
Settings for the 8300LH include location and Wi-Fi connectivity. We also have a microphone, motion and night vision settings to thumb through. Storage can be configured for either MicroSD or Cloud.
The image quality of the 8300LH has been greatly improved over the 8010LH, and well worth the price premium.
The 8300LH is what an entry-level should be in 2018. With this being mid-range for DLink it does carry a slight price premium over the entry-level 8010LH, but well worth it as mentioned above. Build quality is pretty decent for this camera, the plastics all feel quite good and fit together as intended.
Image quality is perfect for the intended use, clarity is on point and has no issues with color or lighting. Setup through the app takes advantage of the QR code DLink has deployed in the latest release of myDLink that in turn offers streamlined management and viewing of your cameras recordings and live feed.
Closing this article, the 8300LH is the perfect indoor camera with its small footprint, image quality and features and with its MSRP sitting at $89.99 it's a solid deal.
Tyler's Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z370 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i3 8350K (buy from Amazon)
- RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB 4x8GB DDR4 3200 (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair Hydro H115i (buy from Amazon)
- Case: Corsair Air 540 (buy from Amazon)
- OS Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: Corsair RM850x (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 (buy from Amazon)
- Wi-Fi NIC: ASUS PCE-AC88 (buy from Amazon)
- 10Gbe NIC: ASUS XG-C100C (buy from Amazon)
- Thunderbolt 3: ASUS Thunderbolt EX3 (buy from Amazon)
The Bottom Line: As of this writing, the 8300LH is my go to camera for any one wanting an indoor solution!
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