Tenvis MINI319W Review
My trusty Panasonic BL-C10 IP camera finally failed after years of faithful service, so I went online searching for a replacement. After some searching I came across the Tenvis Mini319W for a low budget of about £32 it seemed like a good replacement.
Installation was very easy, but instead of trying to make a dry unboxing event into interesting reading see the video bellow from the Ultimate Handyman as he installs his in his garage.
Now here is my take on it. With a price tag of just £32 the Tenvis Mini319W camera is definitely in the lower price bracket, but I was still hoping for more.
The setup and installation was very easy. After connecting a Cat5 network cable and adding power the camera set its self up on my network using DHCP and from there it was a simple case of connecting to its admin page to setup the WiFi connection – a small point of note is the camera will not connect to both WiFi and Cat5 at the same time, took me a while to work that out.
The infrared (night vision) is really quite impressive. The view is very bright and far more impressive than I’ve seen in other cameras. But setup and night vision are about the best bits.
Once your into the admin screen there are few controls. You can change the brightness or contrast and flip the image but there is no zoom. The UI is also fairly poor, loading the page to look like an iPad with the camera on display:
The resolution is disappointingly poor. As you can see my camera is pointed at the window, looking out to anything happening the other side of the glass is all but indistinguishable. You can make out people and colours but the image is so poor you can barely work out if their wearing a jacket or not. The best point of view is anyone standing just in front of the flowers, but even that is a blur when there’s is any motion at all.
In fairness, other than the web UI, the negatives are not deal killers. It’s the field of view that is really disappointing. My camera – in the photo above – is mounted on the wall about 5 meters from the window and you can see from the image how little of the room is actually visible.
Overall I was extremely disappointed with this camera and will be not be buying another one. The Ultimate Handyman’s video shows are far better UI and video quality than is my experience. I’m not exactly sure why but it’s possible I ended up with a different model than he has in his video. Unfortunately I just can’t recommend this camera. Instead I would suggest you spend the little extra and look at what Foscam offers below.