Guardzilla All-In-One Video Security System Review

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An Introduction To Guardzilla

Home automation is all the rage now and was a big area that was well represented at CES this year. Products are almost universally tied to mobile devices to allow home owners to interact with their residence from anywhere they have a cell or Wi-Fi signal. Home security is something that everyone needs as the FBI reports that every 14 seconds a home is burglarized and 90% of thieves will bypass a home with a security system. In other words, they go for the easy targets. Unfortunately, it can be extremely expensive to equip your home between the costs of the hardware and monitoring services. Guardzilla wants to make that task more affordable buy allowing the homeowner to do their own real-time monitoring. In essence, it’s a Wi-Fi enabled IP camera with software that allows the camera to act as a movement detector to send notifications to the user(s). We got a sample to see how well it works and lives up to the hype. I had some bumps in the road, most of which I was able to overcome and were not necessarily the fault of the Guardzilla product which I get into more in depth. Others still linger so keep reading if you want the details.

Guardzilla

Guardzilla is found for sale exclusively at Best Buy for $99.99 with free shipping in your choice of white or black. though Best Buy runs sales often and likely it will show up for a bit less after it’s been on the market a bit. It has quite a long feature list with night vision, pet immunity, built-in siren, built-in speaker/microphone (more on this later), and a micro SD card slot. It comes in a package similar to that of a GoPro with the device in a display cube on top and the contents in a box underneath.

Guardzilla

Guardzilla Wireless All-In-One Video System Features:

  • Monitor from anywhere using your smartphone
  • No monthly fees
  • No installation, 5 minute setup
  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • Self-Monitored
  • Motion and audio detection
  • Siren alert
  • Video with night vision
  • Syncs with an iPhone and Android app
  • Email notifications sent to your phone
  • Multi-unit home solution
  • Pet immunity
  • Discreet security
  • Wide angle lens
  • 100DB siren
  • Built in speaker and microphone
  • Support for Apple and Android
  • Option to store additional video with SD card
  • 1 year limited warranty

Guardzilla Wireless All-In-One Video System Specifications:

  • Warranty Terms: Parts 1 year
  • Warranty Terms: Labor 1 year limited
  • Height: 10.04 inches
  • Width: 4.33 inches
  • Depth: 5.62 inches
  • Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Color Category: Black (GZ502B) or white (GZ501W)
  • Additional Accessories Included: Power cord, extra lens, adjustable foot pads
  • Network Connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • Operating System Compatibility: Android / iOS
  • Remote Monitoring Capabilities: Yes
  • Camera Connectivity: Wireless
  • Color Display: Yes
  • Compatibility: Apple iOS and Android devices
  • Field Of View: 89 degrees
  • Image Sensor Type: CMOS
  • Indoor Or Outdoor Use: Indoor
  • Night Vision: Yes
  • Night Vision Distance: 30 feet
  • Number Of Cameras Included: 1
  • Number of IR LEDs: 9
  • Pan-Tilt-Zoom Functionality: No
  • Resolution: 640 x 480
  • 3-Axis Adjustable: No
  • ENERGY STAR Certified: No
  • Auto-On Detection: Motion
  • Cable(s) Included: Yes
  • Camera Iris: Fixed
  • Day/Night Mode: Yes
  • IP Camera: Yes
  • Optical Zoom: No
  • Records Audio: No
  • Smartphone Compatible: Yes
  • Water-Resistant Housing: No
  • UPC: 856751002325

Guardzilla Contents

In the packaging we find the AC adapter, an extra clear plastic camera shroud lens, an extra foam foot pad for changing the camera angle, and a sticker to ward off those with ill intent.

Documentation comes in the form of an amateurish setup video (seen above), a short guide and tips plus FAQs from Guardzilla’s site, and the wizard in the app that guides you through the setup. All in all, the available documentation could be more comprehensive as I found several bits of information lacking as I’ll talk about later.

 

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