So this Juning is on the level of the NexGadget, and many of these middle to lower-level cameras are very similar. Like the Zebora and NexGadget, this camera wasn’t really designed as a pet-specific device, but instead is made for everything from baby monitoring to security applications. These types of cameras aren’t all bad; it may be a good choice for you if you’re on a budget. The Juning has an attractive two-tone color scheme with great tilting and panning features. The price is right on Amazon at only around $50.
Obviously, you lose out on a lot of the pet-centric features found on a lot of the other units, but if you’re not really looking for that stuff, you might as well pocket some of that extra cash and grab one of these units. Unfortunately for the Juning, about half of the online reviews of this device mention that they have problems connecting to the unit. Especially if you have an iPhone, read this review carefully and compare it to some of our other reviewed units before purchasing.
Let’s go in-depth a bit more with the Juning:
Brand and Model History
Juning is another one of the Chinese ”placeholder” brands, meaning there’s no real ”Juning factory” or Juning board of directors. Juning is just a name that certain importers put on various products, and they may or may not even be related to each other in any way.We’ve seen Juning smart phones, phone cases, cameras, even Juning smart TV boxes.
This helps to explain why people seem to have problems using the app and connecting it to the camera; because a customer service team probably doesn’t exist. Things like software updates and compatibility are usually not high on the list of these types of importers and holding companies.
Apps for connectivity are available and free, however it seems like whether they work for you is basically a coin flip. Every other review online mentions a lack of connectivity and problems with the software/hardware integration.
No feeding feature. Sadly, a lot of the value of a pet cam isn’t really about surveillance. Just like with the Zebora, the Juning cam has no real pet-centric feature. If you have a pet cam that’s easy to set up and has clear resolution…you might just be setting yourself up to watch HD video of your dog destroying your house. A treat-dispensing option provides a pretty fair incentive to keep a pet in a room, or at least in the general area. The fact that the unit could dipense treats also allows pets to sort of remain conscious of the object, which might make the animal behave. If you need something like this or want it as a feature, you have to look elsewhere.
No laser game feature. As with the feeding, this product wasn’t really designed for pets in mind. I guess if we were to look at it in a positive light, if your pets are already well-behaved, but you just want to talk to them or check on them, this might be a good purchase. But obviously the level of interactivity offered by this device is much lower than with some others.
Night vision is OK, but doesn’t have the same level of satisfaction online by users as some of the others.
iPhone/iPad and Android apps are available. Whether you have an Apple device or not, the Juning has an app for you. Either way, you can view live video footage direct from your phone or even on your PC. Comes in handy if you go out of town a lot or if you’re just concerned about your loved ones and belongings.
”One-Key” easy setup technology for App-to-Phone connections. Juning uses what they call Sonic Transfer Technology and One-Key WiFi Configuration to simplify the installation process. All you basically have to do is plug in the device and download the ”Eye4 App.” Then all you have to do is follow some prompts etc.
720p HD camera is pretty decent quality for a $50 unit.
Two-way audio. Whether you’re trying to play with your dog or make sure little Timmy does his homework, this Juning has the ability for 2-way communication. Online reviews for this functionality are pretty good, with most users saying the back-and-forth talk isn’t hampered by much lag.
Great tilting and panning. According to Juning they say you get 90 degree tilt and a full 355 Degree pan. Basically, if you put this in the corner of the room you’ll be able to basically see everything.
Can record directly to SD Card. Kind of self-explanatory, but it helps that you can set up an alarm or set it to record
The hardware of this unit is on par with the other two cameras higher up on the list. Sadly, with a 50/50 chance of the software working with the camera, we can’t really recommend this unit. Yes, you can do what some of the Amazon and YouTube reviewers do with these, which is to take a chance on it and if it doesn’t work you can send it back. But there’s no real reason to do that when some of the units we’ve tested and researched have solid integration between hardware and software. So unless you get this unit for free or at a substantial discount, we would recommend one of the other devices on the list in the same price bracket.Melissa