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Lorex 1080p Full HD Smart Indoor Wi-Fi Pan-Tilt Security Camera Review 2021

For $69.99, the Lorex 1080p Full HD Smart Indoor Wi-Fi Pan-Tilt W261AQC-E is an affordably priced indoor home security camera that uses mechanical pan and tilt to provide a 360-degree view of your room. It supports both motion and sound detection, and works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. The camera delivered sharp 1080p video in testing, but its pan and tilt maneuverability could be smoother. It’s a solid value, but it lacks some of the features that you get with our Editors’ Choice winner for affordable security cameras, the $51.99 Eufy Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt.

Nearly 360-Degree Coverage

The W261AQC-E’s black-and-white cylindrical enclosure measures 4.2 inches high and 3.2 inches wide, making it a little wider than the Eufy 2K Pan and Tilt (4.2 by 2.9 inches). The base uses a motorized swivel mechanism to provide 355 degrees of panning maneuverability, and the camera assembly uses a motorized mechanism to provide 75 degrees of tilt (5 degrees to 80 degrees). At the back of the base are a mini USB power port, an Ethernet port (for service only), and a speaker.

The camera assembly holds a micro SD card slot that comes populated with a 16GB card. If you require more storage, you can use media with up to a 256GB capacity. The assembly also holds a reset button, a microphone, and a status LED that glows solid green when everything is working properly, solid red went there’s an issue, and flashes red when there’s an SD card error. The camera can be placed on a flat surface or mounted on a ceiling using the included mounting kit. Also included in the box are a USB power cable, a USB-A-C adapter, and a quick start guide.

The W261AQC-E captures 1080p video at 30fps, with a 135-degree (diagonal) field of view and a 16x digital zoom. It has a built-in 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio, supports sound and motion detection, and has a person detection option that will ignore all motion other than that caused by someone. It also supports Alexa and Google voice commands and works with the Lorex Home Center, but it doesn’t support Apple HomeKit or IFTTT applets to allow it to integrate with other smart home devices.

This camera use the same mobile app (for Android and iOS) as other Lorex devices. It opens to a Devices screen that contains panels for each installed Lorex device. Tap the camera’s play arrow to launch a live stream with buttons for pausing the stream, sharing the video panel with four or nine other cameras, toggling between HD and SD video modes, muting the speaker, and viewing the stream in full-screen mode.

There’s a timeline bar that lets you find and view motion-triggered video clips, and below that is a control panel with buttons for taking a snapshot, manually recording video, initiating two-way talk, and enabling privacy mode. At the very bottom of the control panel is a digital joystick controller button. Tap it to enlarge the joystick for pan and tilt movements. 

Lorex camera app screens showing activity log, live feed, and device settings

Tap the three dots in the upper right corner of the screen to access the Device Settings menu where you can enable notifications, configure emotion and sound detection, view SD card storage status, enable/disable recording, and configure Wi-Fi settings.

Crisp Video, Confusing Controls

As with other Lorex Wi-Fi cameras, the W261AQC-E is easy to install. I already had the mobile app from previous reviews, but if this is your first Lorex Wi-Fi device, you’ll have to download the app and create an account.

To get started, I tapped the plus icon in the upper right corner of the Devices screen and used my phone’s camera to scan the QR code on the base of the camera. The camera was immediately recognized, so I tapped Next and selected Wireless as my network connection. I confirmed that the LED was flashing and used my phone’s Wi-Fi settings to connect to the camera’s SSID, returned to the app, and entered my network SSID and password. When the LED turned solid green, the camera was connected and added to my Alexa device list and the installation was complete.

The W261AQC-E delivered crisp 1080p video in our tests. Daytime color quality was top-notch, and black-and-white night video was well lit and remained sharp out to around 25 feet. Motion and sound alerts arrived instantly, and the Person Detection setting did an excellent job of filtering out alerts from all but human movements. Motion tracking also worked well. I had no trouble streaming video to an Amazon Echo Show using Alexa voice commands, and two-way audio was clean and adequately loud.  

The camera’s pan and tilt mechanism is relatively quiet, but movement was hard to control using the digital joystick controller. As a result, I overshot my target view most of the time. A sensitivity or rotation speed setting like you get with the Eufy Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt would be ideal here. Additionally, a recenter button would come in handy to bring the camera back to its original field of view. 

Affordable Pan and Tilt

If you’re in the market for an affordable indoor camera with mechanical pan and tilt capabilities, the Lorex W261AQC-E is worth a look. It offers accurate sound and motion detection, intelligent alerts, and local storage, and it supports Alexa and Google voice commands. The camera delivered sharp 1080p video and accurate motion detection in our tests and was easy to install, but the app’s pan and tilt controller was difficult to master. For a few dollars less, the Eufy 2K Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt offers a higher resolution, more control over pan and tilt movement, HomeKit support, and pet commands, so it remains our Editors’ Choice winner. For even less, the $29.99 Wyze Cam Pan also offers pan and tilt functionality, though at a lower resolution than the Eufy model.

Lorex 1080p Full HD Smart Indoor Wi-Fi Pan-Tilt Security Camera

Cons

  • Doesn’t support HomeKit or IFTTT

  • Not compatible with third-party smart devices

  • Pan and tilt is difficult to control

The Bottom Line

The Lorex 1080p Wi-Fi Pan-Tilt Security Camera is an affordable indoor camera that lets you see what’s going on in all corners of the room.

Lorex 1080p Full HD Smart Indoor Wi-Fi Pan-Tilt Security Camera Specs

Connectivity Wi-Fi
Integration Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Notifications Push
Field of View 135 degrees
Resolution 1080p
Storage Local
Two-Way Audio Yes
Mechanical Pan/Tilt Yes
Night Vision Yes
Alarm No

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