Our pets are like our children. It hurts to leave them behind all day when you're at work. That's why pet cameras are becoming so popular. Products like the WOpet Smart Pet Camera ($115.99 on Amazon) give you the ability to see and talk to your pet when you're away from home.
Cameras like this work with your home's WiFi connection. The camera unit connects to the WiFi, and you can use an app on your smartphone or tablet to connect to the camera whenever you leave the house. Of course, the downside is that you need to have access to WiFi at home and a smartphone or other compatible device.
Depending on the type of pet camera you buy, it may also be equipped with a microphone that allows you to record a message or speak through your smartphone and play a message for your pet. This may be extremely helpful for dogs who suffer from separation anxiety.
The WOpet Smart Pet Camera offers these features and more! While I like a camera with a lot of features, it's also important to me that it be user friendly. I'm certainly not a tech-savvy person, so I look for devices that are easy to set up with user-friendly apps. Did the WOpet camera meet these specifications?
WOpet Smart Pet Camera Review
It only took about 3 minutes to set up this pet camera. All you have to do is download the app on your device and plug in the camera. The camera will connect to your home's WiFi and the app will walk you through the startup process.
The top of the camera (the black circle in the photo above) easily pops off to allow you to fill the dispenser with treats or kibble. Just keep in mind that treats need to be very small less a 1/4″ wide to fit through the opening. Kibble works great, but small training treats would also be a good choice.
I walk you through the app in my video guide above, but it's very easy to navigate – even for the most technologically challenged. Once you sign in to the app you just select your device and it will upload the live feed from the camera in your home.
There are three buttons on the app screen. One allows you to turn on the microphone and send a message to your pet. It will continue recording and sending messages until you turn the microphone off. Unlike other similar products, the WOpet camera doesn't just play the same prerecorded message over and over again. You can send a unique message every time.
Another button allows you to take still photos or short videos of your pet to save or share on social media. The third button looks like a little dog treat. When you press this one, the device will launch dog treats onto the floor for your pet to enjoy. Mine shoots 1-3 pieces of kibble each time.
Not only is this dog camera great for treating and talking to your pet while you're away, it gives curious dog owners a way to see what their pet is up to all day. It uses a 720p HD camera, which (as you can see in my video above) provides a clear picture.
However, most pet cameras use a 1080p HD camera. You can do a quick Google search to learn the science behind these two resolutions, but in layman's terms, the 1080p provides a better picture. I don't notice much of a difference, honestly, but I feel that I should mention this difference because I know it's important to the techies of the world.
The camera is also equipped with night vision, which is a must-have feature for me. I live in Maine, so it gets dark early here in the winter months. If I use a camera that doesn't have night vision, I can't check on my pets after 4:00 p.m. in the winter!
Getting the latest tech gadgets is never cheap, and that's true for this dog camera as well. The WOpet Smart Pet Camera sells for $115.99 on Amazon. This price is on the cheaper end of the spectrum for pet cameras, although it isn't the cheapest option available.
A pet camera certainly isn't a necessity, and I know it won't fit into everyone's budget. It's a great gadget, though. It would also make a great gift for the dog or dog owner on your shopping list that seems to have everything.
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