For some reason I was expecting a huge ugly camera when Imou asked me to look at this one – and I was worried in case it would be out of place on one of my external walls. I should have known better. I won’t lie – I have high expectations from Imou on this one – as my Imou Cruiser 2MP is my current favourite camera. Ok, box opened and I’m impressed before I even start.

Imou Cell 2 4Mp WiFi rechargeable security camera

The Imou Cell 2 is a 4MP rechargeable-battery-powered, WiFi external security camera – NOT pan and tilt but the list of features is a good start. Dual-band WiFi -that’s a novelty for me as my other cameras have always been 2.4Ghz only – I was kind of hoping for this – I have half-decent broadband upload here in the UK and so I’m hoping to be able to send good quality video back to Spain for when I’m there and the camera is here.

Imou Cell 2 camera

First things first – the camera LOOKS solid – though I’ll pass no comment yet on the weather-proofing – UK Northeast weather has destroyed all but a few of my outdoor gadgets in the past in a matter of months (usually cheap solar lights to be fair).

The first thing that struck me was the excellent, solid packaging. See photos. The 6000MaH lithium battery was packed separately. One twist of the camera base and it’s in. There’s a slot in there for a microSD but it turns out that won’t be necessary in my case due to the built-in storage.

I guess I should charge the battery with the supplied microUSB lead but I’m impatient. There is a USB charge connector on the battery itself and an air-tight connector on the back of the camera along with a standard tripod-compatible socket for the supplied wall-mount. All good up to now.

But where’s the on-off switch? – I guess I’ll have to open the manual. Oh, there’s a reset button inside the bottom next to the microSD connection. As I write this I held the button in for 10 seconds, noticed a momentary green light and that was that. I guess next I’ll have to open the Imou APP on my phone.

The App has a + button, one option for adding a new camera is to scan the QRcode on the back of the camera. The QRcode is very small but works. “Cell 2 White detected”. Next… “Twist to remove the cover from the bottom of the camera” – too late – done that already. It wants me to press the reset button and ensure the light turns green and flashes. Ok. Next…. now it wants me to close the cover. Ok.

Cell 2 wants me to connect to a temporary camera WiFi… Ok. “Detecting…” “Select a WiFi and enter it’s password”. Ok. Adding the device to my account. “Device added successfully”.

Imou Cell 2 security camera

That was painless. “Please name your device” – that’s easy “UK-Office”. I was also asked what part of the world I’m in, for time correction. Done. Do I want cloud storage? Maybe later? No.

And just like my Imou Cruiser – it’s up and running painlessly. Virtually no lag (maybe half a second if that) and none of that banding you get with cheap cameras. I’m also getting a pop-up “human detected” well, there would be – I’m sitting here 🙂

This was so simple and straight forward it’s almost boring. Now to check for updates because I can. Battery level is 56% – must not forget to charge before heading back off abroad. That should hopefully be good for several months.

Local storage 28GB… now THIS is new, every camera I’ve had up to now has needed the SD installing – there is definitely a slot but no SD in there so I guess they’ve included 32GB internally to get you started – that’s great.

There are various modes which affect battery performance… the default is 1080p, 60 seconds recording after movement and unlimited detection interval. If I go to high performance mode the recording resolution goes up to 4MP. There’s also a custom mode that allows for down to 720p.

ERM – “Human Detection Sensitivity Failed to load”, Ok I tried again and set to default. It doesn’t help that I have the phone in front of my keyboard while writing this. All is ok. There is activity zone control but I can’t set that until the camera is on the wall and that won’t be today as it is raining.

Imou Cell2 Security Camera - rechargeable - WiFi

Colour night vision – that’s like the Cruiser then. Oh, the bright white floodlight just came on for a few seconds.

As for history (recording) – that pretty much works like the Cruiser – flawlessly and unlike some of my laggy solar cameras where watching past events is like watching paint dry.

There is a privacy mode accessible from the APP. I won’t need this as it’s now been fitted in the garden.

Ok, well in keeping with my expectations, I’m impressed. And here are Cell 2 purchase links for Amazon and Imou Direct. No – I don’t get commission and yes I get these cameras regardless of whether I give them good or bad reviews as long as the reviews are honest – so no hidden catches or vested interests here 🙂

Where I plan to use the camera is overhead above arms-reach outside and if after 6 months, the battery does not seem to hold 6 months worth of charge, a simple USB solar panel plugged into the back should be enough to save me having to pull the camera down every now and then to charge it (which is in itself a quick and simple operation but not much use if you’re out of town for several months).

I do have some misgivings about “human detection” (not specific to this camera) as my other Imou has that as well and it picks up moths and other non-human movement – but that does not detract from this excellent (provided the battery lasts) camera. It is up and running in my garden and recording every time someone comes up and down the path, no problem.

According to Imou, Alexa compatibility comes end of Feb 2022, meanwhile, German channels for those interested… Notebooksbillinger, Conrad and Reichelt Electronik.