You do have to fine-tune the motion detection area to avoid hundreds of unnecessary images. Settings for Gotya's camera include: On iOS , you can only enable motion detection, choose between the front and rear cameras, and enable or disable audio. Speaking of which, up under the three-dot menu you will find the camera settings and an option to return the app to its default setting values. It does appear that you will receive alerts from the remote controller when an image is captured and can review those pictures if saved to the cloud. Calibrating your motion detection area is key to having any success with Gotya. To keep the phone from dying in the first few hours, you will need to position it close to a power source.
Through the remote controller feature, you have access to the full range of settings for the camera. While a Live View feature would do wonders for the remote controller, being able to fine-tune the sensitivity settings remotely is a nifty touch. I was able to install Gotya on a Nokia Lumia and set the Windows Phone camera near a bird feeder.
Gotya captured a wide range of birds partaking in the feeder as well as an annoying squirrel.
While image quality won't land any of these images in the most recent edition of the National Birdwatcher's Magazine, they are good enough to give you an idea of what's going on. I liked the concept behind Gotya but there are some shortfalls to the design. You have the obvious issues of leaving your Windows Phone laying around to double as a surveillance camera. I'm fortunate to have a few extra Windows Phones that could be used but how many of you would be able to spare your Windows Phone for a few hours?
Then there is the battery consumption issue. While Gotya wasn't a major power drain, it is going to eat your battery at a faster clip and any lengthy surveillance time will likely require an external power source.
Asides from the power and convenience issues, Gotya does a good job of capturing images. You do have to fine-tune the motion detection area to avoid hundreds of unnecessary images. I can see Gotya coming in handy around the house to catch your teenage child coming in after curfew or to catch the person raiding the refrigerator in the middle of the night. I could also see Gotya being used from a car cradle to catch vandals messing with things. Gotya does have room for improvement but as is, it's not too shabby of a surveillance app for Windows Phone. Skip to main content. Membership not required, but it'll help When you first launch Gotya, you'll be prompted to sign into your Gotya account or create one.
Gotya's Camera View and Remote Control Launching the camera from Gotya's main page will pull up the camera's viewfinder that only supports horizontal orientation. Settings for Gotya's camera include: An audible alert can sound each time something triggers the motion sensor. Turn this feature off for a stealthier surveillance mode.
Gotya is an interesting app that hopes to turn your Windows Phone camera into a remote controlled, motion activated surveillance camera. With Win IP Camera, your unused Windows Phone devices become high quality surveillance cameras. You can also use your Windows Phone to broadcast.
Screen Saver Blank or Fake Screen: When you hit the dim button to launch the screen saver you can opt for a black screen or fake Windows Phone screen. You can also PIN code protect things from prying eyes. If you want to launch the image recording at a specific time during the next twenty-four hours. This is where you want to save any images captured by Gotya. You can save them locally to your Windows Phone or to Gotya's cloud.
Images saved to the cloud are accessible from Gotya's web portal more on this in a second. Enter an email address to receive alerts when a photo is captured. Remote Control Gotya's remote control feature is a little deceptive. Overall Impressions I liked the concept behind Gotya but there are some shortfalls to the design.
One of the best options for setting up your phone as a security camera is Alfred. And the same goes for your new phone. Alfred is free to use and gives you a remote view of your live feed, motion detection with alerts, free cloud storage, a two-way audio feed and use of both the front and rear cameras. Once both phones are signed into Alfred, you're pretty much done with the setup. Alfred has simplified the camera options to only include a few settings.
On iOS , you can only enable motion detection, choose between the front and rear cameras, and enable or disable audio. If you're using an Android device, you have those options as well as the ability to enable continuous focus, have Alfred automatically reopen if the phone reboots, set a resolution, and enable a passcode lock.
From your new phone, you can change a few more settings, such as turning off or on notifications, setting a camera or viewer name, add other people to your Trust Circle granting other people access to your video feeds , remove a camera, check how many times a camera has disconnected, set motion detection sensitivity and enable a low-light filter on cameras. While Alfred is a solid choice, keep in mind it's not the only choice.
Far from it, in fact. If you're operating entirely with iOS devices, Manything is a solid free choice with an affordable subscription model if you need more features. After you have the stream up and running, you will need to set up and position the camera. You may want it focused on the main entry point to your home, your backyard, the place where you store valuables, or a point you think might be particularly vulnerable.
You can also set up an IP camera as a baby monitor. If you have multiple old phones laying around, you can set up multiple cameras for fairly robust video coverage.
To mount or position the camera, a small smartphone tripod or suction cup car mount can work wonders and help you position the camera in an inconspicuous place. Streaming video is very power-intensive, and the phone will be on To keep the phone from dying in the first few hours, you will need to position it close to a power source.
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