Samsung SNH-E6440 Outdoor IP Camera: Full Product Review

So we got our first look at the SNH-E6440BN Outdoor IP Camera last week. We’ve been playing around with it, tweaking it, and using it in the office so that we can give you a real review without the butterflies and unicorns dancing around what sometimes seems like a fabrication as opposed to helpful facts.

So we’ll be going over a few things including design, functionality, connectivity, pros, cons, etc. We’ve also created a YouTube video so that you guys can check out some real time footage in comparison to some other IP cameras out there.

Design

Camera

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The design of the new SNH-E6440BN is done fairly done right. As you can see, my hand his holding down the bottom base of the camera. So as you can imagine, the camera itself is fairly small. It’s got a small head that swivels so that the direction in which you can point it at isn’t limited to it’s original fixed position. The camera head also spins on that same axis so if you install it upside-down, let’s say above your front door, you’ll still be able to adjust it to have the image appear upright.

If you’ve ever used any security cameras before, the design of this IP camera should be familiar to you. It is your standard bullet camera but more so of a miniature model. The diameter of the face is roughly 1.5 inches so it is a bit smaller than other Samsung bullet cameras such as the SDC-5340BC. Right above the base is a screw type knob that will allow you to simply adjust the angle and position of the neck of the camera. Don’t worry if you screw it right off because it comes back together fairly simply.

WiFi Adapter

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output_Ik2n0jThe WiFi adapter is a small rectangular shaped box. The size itself is about the length of the camera, so you can see that it is fairly small. The ports are all located on the back including the RJ-12 port, power port, ethernet port, mic port, and the sound port. It’s a small & sleek design that won’t stand out much even if mounted on the wall. It has a small insert on the flat bottom portion or on the short edge that allows you to attach a stand. So whether you decide to mount it or have it standing somewhere like your normal internet router.

Another good thing about the WiFi adapter at this point is that when it is installed, it’ll be located somewhere within the house as opposed to the camera having to capture WiFi through the walls of the house from outside the house. So as long as you have a stable WiFi network at home, there really shouldn’t be an issue as far as connections are concerned.

AC Adapter

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The new AC adapter included with the SNH-E6440BN is something new that we’ve seen from the other adapters provided for the IP cameras. It’s a smaller cube shape that doesn’t take up too much space. This is perfect for wall plugs or surge protectors especially when you have a bunch of plugs already plugged in. The SNH-P6410 has a larger adapter that takes up too much space and is the same case with the SNH-1011. The new design is much of an upgrade in the design of the AC adapters this time around.

Functionality

The functionality of the SNH-E6440BN is identical to the other Samsung IP cameras as far as functionality is concerned. The setup and customization of the system is exactly the same because it uses the interface of the Samsungsmartcam.com as its base. It also uses the same App from before so if you’ve ever used any of the Samsung IP cameras you’ll notice that it is the same.

There have been a few changes as far as features are concerned. Unlike the SNH-P6410, the maximum storage capacity is now at 32GB. The Picasa function has also been removed, so when you get your alerts, you won’t be receiving that picture nor will there be a stored picture somewhere unless you manually take it. Also, because it is an outdoor camera, it seems they took precautions to take away any kind of possibility of weather damage.

The camera does not have a mic or a speaker. So the two-way talk feature that was available on the SNH-P6410 and the SNH-1011 are not gone. The reason why I say that this is weatherproofing is because in the past, one of Samsung’s bullet cameras had somewhat of an issue against rain and dust because the mic hole was starting to become an entrance for those types of things.

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However, if you do want sound the WiFi hub actually has two slots for both the microphone and the speaker. This design is very much like our DVR’s; I guess you could call it a mini DVR at this point. You’ll also see that the camera port is what looks like an RJ-12 port. I found out that it is not your standard CAT5e cable; it is actually the RJ12. I don’t have any of those cables lying around so I wasn’t able to check the compatibility of other cables in the case of extending it.

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Installation

So the installation process is quite simple. The only downside is that you’ll either have to run the cable most likely through a wall. This means making a hole in the wall which most people don’t like; however, since it is one single cable, the hole won’t have to be that large. The power supply for the camera and video feed comes directly from that one line so you don’t even have to have a power cord going to the camera directly.

Although it is a wireless system, it is wired to a certain extent since the camera has to be connected to the WiFi adapter and the WiFi adapter has to be plugged into a wall outlet. So in order to really see it as a wireless camera, you’ll have to see the adapter and camera as one whole package as opposed to the camera and adapter separately.

 The setup process as far as syncing your phone and computer to the camera remains unchanged. You still have to go through the App or samsungsmartcam.com to setup the camera. I’ve heard of some using Blueiris to connect their IP cameras but I’m not quite sure if they’ve added this camera to their compatibility list just yet.

Footage/Resolution

The moment I plugged it in at the office, I was a bit disappointed. Why? Because the initial test was done indoors. I was wondering why the resolution looked so grainy to me but after testing it outdoors, I understood that this camera really was an outdoor camera as opposed to an indoor/outdoor. Of course the video footage isn’t so bad that you can’t see anything indoors, but the resolution when viewing it outdoors is just that much better. It may be the artificial lighting or something indoors that may affect the video quality, but the outdoor recordings were rich in color and crisp as far as image preservation.

I did some testing with the SNH-P6410 along with the DropCam Pro to test the differences between these HD IP cameras. You can check out the sample video I’ve made below.

Storage

Don’t freak out! One thing to note is that the storage itself is limited. It is limited in a sense where the max is reduced to 32GB.

“Also note that your memory card may not be read the first time when it’s plugged in. Make sure you plug it into you computer and format it. FAT is usually the preferred format and some may come like such, but in the case your microSD card can’t be found or detected, format it and it should do the trick.”

The reason for that is unknown and really unwarranted but that just happens to be the case. The recordings are done in 720p from what I can tell, and I’d assume this was to allow as much recording as possible. Continuous recordings will take you through about 5.5 days. I actually let my sample camera run for about a week and found that the recorded amount was about that much. This is mainly because the daytime and nighttime recordings are of different file sizes.  The daytime recordings are much larger in file size compared to the nighttime recordings.

I’d say that if you chose certain times of the day you wanted recordings to occur, you’ll have a much longer period of recording than the 5.5 days that I saw.

One thing that I did notice was that even with continuous recording, the camera records in intervals. So there are several recordings, each lasting 5 minutes each, as opposed to one gigantic file. This is better in certain aspects because they’re labeled by time . It’ll just make searching that much easier. In the case you’d like to show someone the footage, you won’t be uploading a 32 GB file but moreso of a 30mb file instead.

Pros/Cons

Pros

1. Small and compact design

2. Additional WiFi adapter provide for better WiFi reception

3. Good color when outdoors

4. Easy installation

5. Thin RJ-12 cable for easy wiring

6. Fast boot up time

7. Slim AC adapter

Cons

1. Camera doesn’t have microphone built in

2. Picasa has been removed.

3. Camera has to be wired

4. Decreased storage space

5. Recordings stored at 720p

Conclusion

So there are a few pros and some cons as well. In my opinion, the Pros really do outweigh the cons. Why? The cons are really preferences as far as features are concerned. i think the dependability of camera as well as its integrity as an outdoor camera is really built into the pros of the camera itself. The only real con that I don’t like is the storage space and recorded video resolution. However, these things don’t exactly put a damper on the surveillance aspect of the camera. If you’re looking to install an outdoor camera, you want something that won’t drown in rain or get blown off due to strong winds. A small yet durable design is probably for the best. They sell microphones at just about any electronics shop and even online so it’s quite easy to get audio if you need it.

The Picasa option was a good feature to have in the other cameras, but the more I think about it, I’ve come to realize that motion detection with pictures would be a bombardment of pictures and notifications when there is motion, whether it’s leaves or squirrels moving around in front.

So ultimately, I believe that it is a good buy especially if you’re not looking for that system with multiple cameras and a DVR. This could be a solution for you that will allow you to have easy setup processes for remote viewing and simple surveillance. If you’re looking for simple surveillance for your yard or just outside your door, it could be a dependable camera to use.

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26 thoughts on “Samsung SNH-E6440 Outdoor IP Camera: Full Product Review

  1. Excerpt from last paragraph under Functionality section of Soltech’s Full Product Review of Samsung SNH-E6440 Outdoor IP Camera dated Nov. 7, 20114 reads “You’ll also see that the camera port is what looks like an RJ-45 port. I found out that it is not your standard CAT5e cable; it is actually the CAT6”. However, Page 6 of the User Manual for SNH-E6440BN shows an arrow pointing to the camera port of the wi-fi adapter with the notation “the camera is connected with the RJ-12 cable”.

    I raise the aforementioned apparent discrepancy because I would like to hardwire the new subject camera directly to my router which is located ~75 feet from the camera, and was wondering exactly how to accomplish this extension. If the camera slot on the wi-fi adapter is an rj12 slot I thought that the camera cable could be extending by adding an inline rj12 coupler and ~50 feet of rj12 cable , and then connecting the wifi adapter which, in turn, be connected directly to the nearby router. If the camera slot is not rj12, please advise me of your recommendation as to how to hardwire the camera to a router located ~75 feet away.

    1. Hello Ector,
      I do apologize but it does seem like i may have mixed up my cables here. I will go in there and fix the cat6 to the RJ12 as after having inspected it again, it is indeed an RJ12 Cable. Thank you for bringing it to my attention. Since it is an RJ 12, you should be able to go about lengthening the cable as you had originally planned.

      1. Hi.

        I purchased this camera along with a 12-foot 6-pin RJ12 cable and coupler, but cannot get the camera to work with the extension. The base station LED stays solid red, except for blinking twice red periodically. So there appears to be something unique about Samsung’s RJ12 connection on the camera cable. The only difference I can see is the metal casing around the plug which makes contact with the base station, but that doesn’t appear to be doing anything with the cable itself.

        Anyone else have any luck with this?

      2. Nothing to do with wifi – I was hard-wired via ethernet. I tried also with wifi but that did not make a difference.

  2. Thank you for this review. I’m still learning about this camera and will probably have more questions later. I’ve noticed the quality is not as good as the hd pro indoor even though indicated they are both 1080p. Thanks for pointing out video stored as 720p, not sure why.

    1. I do agree that the quality isn’t as good as the other Smartcams but I did see a big difference between inside footage and outside footage so I’ll make sure to show an example of that with the next article.

      The video storage, if my assumption is correct, is limited at 720 because 1080 would just take up way too much space and recording for a few days would prove to be hard, especially for those with smaller memory cards.

  3. I have reproduced Ginos experiment of extending the camera cable with identical result (red light, blinks twice every so often)
    Samsung tech support sent we a very brief response ‘ the cable cannot be lengthened or shortened’
    Rather disappointing limitation of the product – is it actually a cable shielding issue ? Hope someone can see a way to fix this

      1. I got this comment from Samsung: “Unfortunately, the longest length this cable can be run is 30 feet. We provide 27 feet of cabling in order to avoid any signal degradation issues.”

    1. I don’t have specific microphones or speakers to recommend; however, at this point with a 3.5 mm port your options are quite limitless. I’d just trial and error certain ones and see which works for you best.

  4. I have the same problem as Gino and Ector, wanting to extend the cable using RJ-12 and a coupler, however, when doing so the camera’s simply do not connect.

    Have you any idea on how to make this work?

    Thank you.

  5. I have also tried extending the cable with supposed all pins RJ12 coupler, same result as the others, does not work. Would be great if Samsung could provide such an extension or at least explain why it cannot be extended. I basically need mine to be twice as long as it is. The shortest I could get was 10m, I wonder if it’s a length/power issue? I don’t want to chop the cable to extend it, the coupler should work.

  6. Anyone been able to update the firmware of these units…? What is the latest available firmware version…? Any help would be much appreciated.

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  8. Hi,
    I have not purchased this camera yet, but I want an outdoor camera, which does not need power outlet, but i have a already wired Ethernet cable to inside the house – so I was thinking to buy to little adapters between RJ-12 and RJ-45. Put one in each end of camera and wifi unit and then have the Ethernet Cat5e cable in the middle providing the connectivity between the two units.(Total cable length would be less than 27 ft.)
    Anyone see a reason why this would not work?

    Thanks! /Nick

  9. Has anyone had any luck with the APIs on this thing?

    I am trying to disable/enable the motion sensor programmatically via a web URL. The goal is to tie this in with my Samsung Smartthings hub so that when Smartthings detects my presence sensor, it will disable motion sensor alerts on the camera.

    I found in threads from Amazon and the Smartthings community that there used to be an API available on the indoor model Smartcam (SNH-P6410BN):
    to enable motion detection: http://your_camera_ip:port/cgi-bin/event.cgi?msubmenu=motion&action=apply&device=1
    to disable it: http://your_camera_ip:port/cgi-bin/event.cgi?msubmenu=motion&action=apply&device=0
    This of course stopped working on the indoor model with the latest firmware update.

    But my outdoor smartcam is still on firmware v1.00, so it should theoretically still work. Unfortunately, when I try, It just gives me a bunch of warnings like:
    Warning: unpack() [function.unpack]: Type A: not enough input, need 1807, have 547 in /work/www/htdocs/cgi-bin/adv/va.class on line 29
    Warning: unpack() [function.unpack]: Type A: not enough input, need 5, have 0 in /work/www/htdocs/cgi-bin/adv/va.class on line 124
    Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /work/www/htdocs/cgi-bin/adv/_define.inc on line 209

    I’m guessing there’s more that needs to be included in the request? Like maybe sensitivity level?

    FWIW, there are several other links/APIs that appear to work fine. For example, I can get information from:
    /information
    /users
    /device
    /device/network
    /device/network/aplist
    Really hoping for some help here. I can’t seem to find any documentation on what is available, Samsung support simply tells me it’s “not supported,” and I am getting pretty tired of getting alerts from my Smartcam about my own arrival!!

  10. I have bad WiFi Adapter(reset and works about couple hours and now it is gone, red led appears all the time). please let me know how to fix the problem or where i can purchase a new one(WiFi Adapter).
    Thanks
    Lam

    1. Unfortunately, I don’t believe Samsung has produced a separately purchasable unit for the hub which i believe you are referring to. I think the best way to resolve it would be to purchase a refurbished unit and replace the hub that way unless you can find replacements possibly on ebay.

  11. I have similar problem like above. I had 5 minutes of view and after that the hub turned red and won’t blink or connect to the camera. So disappointing. Did any know how to fix this. I tried the reset several times but nothing seems to work so far.

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