HeimVision HM311 security camera review

As the video surveillance industry keeps getting better over time, installing a good security camera to safeguard what you care for should be prioritized.

In today’s HeimVision review, we will focus on HM311 security camera which has just been newly released into the market, we will see how the 3MP outdoor camera can actually provide security for your home.

Our in-depth analysis will further reveal if HM311 is right for me or just another hoax.

With all that being said, let’s get right into the review.

HM311 3MP is a product line of HeimVision and promises to offer surveillance security at a low budget price.

Review of: HeimVision HM311 3MP

Last update: 08.20.2020

Effectiveness

4 stars rating

An Ultra HD wireless camera with amazing features.

Price
4.5 stars rating

A security camera with an unbeatable price tag.

Usability

4.5 stars rating

Setup is easy, and the installation is completely do-it-yourself. 

Support

3 stars rating

Technical support is available through email or live chat on the homepage.

We Like

R

HM311 supports RSTP streaming both SD and HD mode

R

Ultra high definition with wide field of view

R

It feels sturdy

R

It has color night vision

R

Has cloud and internal storage

R

Remote access is supported on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox

We Don’t Like
s

Does not support smart home integration

s

Does not support 5GHz wireless band

s

HeimLink app lacks two-factor authentication (2FA)

s

The power adapter looks crappy

Summary:  HM311 outdoor camera has an aesthetic that appease the eye. It is designed with latest technology to provide true security.

Main Features of HeimVision HM311 Outdoor Wireless Security Camera

  • 3MP Ultra HD Resolution
  • 110° Field of View
  • 6mm Focal Length
  • PIR Motion Detection
  • Intelligent Night Vision
  • 2-Way Audio
  • Custom Detection Zone
  • IP65 Weatherproof Rating
  • Local and Cloud Storage
  • Motion Detection and Siren Alarm

Overview of this HeimVision Security Camera

heimvision hm311 main features

One of the vital features to consider when planning a video surveillance solution is the amount of resolution to capture, selecting a security camera with lesser than 1080p for an outdoor application at this stage can yield undesirable result.

HM311 has an upgraded resolution of 3 megapixels unlike its predecessor (HM211) which only has 1080p. Hence, HM311 provides you with an Ultra HD resolution which is enough to capture every single detail that you need.

With the UHD technology aboard the HM311, you won’t have to struggle to recognize anything that moves across your camera.

The HeimVision camera offers a wide-angle view of 110° with a focal length of 3.6mm that ensures nothing goes unnoticed.

The inclusion of PIR motion detection technology on HeimVision outdoor camera will help to reduce false alert, which would normally be caused by unwanted objects such as swinging leaves or small flying birds.

PIR technology uses electronic sensors to measure and detect changes in the amount of infrared light radiating from any object and striking the camera field of view.

Intelligent night vision lets you have a color night vision even in the pitch-black.

When motion is detected, the infrared mode will trigger the floodlight to illuminate, and HM311 is automatically switched to color mode to compliment the black and white image. You can get a clear image of up to 30 meters of infrared distance.

There is a built-in audio microphone and speaker on the HM311 security camera to allow bidirectional communication in real-time. That means you can easily reach out to visitors, package delivery guy, family, or your  pets.

Custom detection zone allows you to set the active regions to monitor, and this can save you from receiving unwanted notification alerts, such as notifications on every passing vehicle.

The HeimVision HM311 has a metal enclosure that feels sturdy and durable to withstand all kinds of weather conditions. It is certified as ingress protection 65 (IP65) which means it is dust-tight and waterproof.

There is no need to fret if your camera would make it through during summer or winter. HM311 works with temperature from -20°C to 50°C.

Additionally, HM311 supports local and cloud storage. HeimVision allows you to select your preferred video storage location. You can opt-out from the cloud storage plan whenever you no longer wish to continue.

HeimVision UHD camera supports up to 128GB high-speed micro SD card, and it is located beneath the camera. The micro SD card hatch is tightly packed with a silicone sleeve to provide extra protection from moisture.

There is a built-in siren that comes up instantaneous when motion detection is triggered, this is an extra layer of security to protect you and your loved ones from fear of the unknown.

You don’t understand what’s the purpose of each component? You don’t know which features you should prioritise for your setup?

Design of the Product and its Installation

heimvision hm311 installation process

HeimVision thoughtfully designed their low budget HM311 to correct the flaws and low resolution on the HM211, so installing the 3MP Ultra HD camera is a step in the right direction.

The installation and setup of HM311 is relatively easy, the entire process shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes, except if you have to run a wall outlet to the camera installation point.

Begin by unboxing your HM311 wireless security camera, and make sure you have all the accessories you’ll need.

If you plan to record unto micro SD card, simply unscrew the hatch beneath the camera and carefully install the storage card.

Visit your respective mobile app store to install the HeimLink app. It is managed by Mariana Trading Inc. on Google Play Store whilst it is managed on Apple Store by Shenzhen VanTop Technology & Innovation Co., Ltd.

Start the app by creating an account if you wish to remotely access your camera, or use the local direct connect at the down left if you just want to record to a local storage card. It does not take 2 minutes to get your HeimVision account.

heimlife app

To get your HeimVision account verified, you need to click on the confirmation link in the email sent by no-reply@closeli.com to prove that you are not a robot.

Attach the included Wi-Fi antenna to the camera, insert the power adapter, and connect to the wall outlet. When the voice prompt comes up, it means the camera is ready to be added to the app.

Sign in to the HeimLink app and accept the pop-up privacy policy.  Tap the “+” symbol at the center or top right to add your HM311 device. Select the Intelligent camera option, and tap Device adding by scanning the code

heimlife app add a camera

Make sure to turn on the localisation of your smartphone under settings, otherwise, the app won’t detect your wireless SSID.

After the app has detected the Wi-Fi name, manually enter the password of the network and tap next.

You can also do an optional network test, by tapping the Network testing at the top right after entering the Wi-Fi password, to know if the network latency and stability are good.

heimvision heimlife app

Hit the finish button on the Network testing results page if the Wi-Fi quality is good, and there is connection success on the server status.

Tap next to scan the QR code, align the QR code directly in front of the HM311 camera lens, and ensure the distance is not more than 8 inches.

heimlife installation process

The camera will beep twice after a successful connection to the network. Tap the “Beepor flashing lights.

The last step is assigning a name to your HM311.

User Experience and Performance

HeimVision hm311 in night

HeimVision 3MP wireless camera is amongst the easiest cameras to install on the market. You do not need a user guide or tutorial video to get it configured or installed.

HM311 has an amazing rating of 4.6 out of 5.0 on Amazon which is pretty impressive. It is pleasing to know that this rating all came from verified customers, which means you can’t possibly go wrong with HM311.

Success stories were left by the happiest customers, that they made the right decision for not only buying a budget camera but buying a product that provides value for money.

As for me, the resolution, local storage, and ability to create a grid for my custom motion zone made it a deal-maker.

But whilst we have users who praised HeimVision for this wonderful device, there were few unhappy users who lamented their resentment over HM311 for not running on direct 120/220V AC.

They said the visible power adapter could make the camera susceptible to attack, such that an experienced home burglar could easily unplug the adapter.

I believe the quick fix to this is to install the camera pigtail through the wall or simply use a junction box to conceal the power adapter. 

HeimLink App

Smart Home Integration ring

The app requires iOS 9.0 or later to run on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, if you have an iOS device that runs lower version, you should not bother installing the app. The app currently has a rating of 3.6 out of 5 owing to the fact that it is a newly released product.

However, HeimLink has 4.3 of 5.0 rating with 10,000+ installation. The app requires Android 4.4 or later.

Although the app is not 100% bug-free, it is expected to be better over time. There is a periodic patch from the app developer which is pretty awesome.

What’s in the box?

what's in the box heimvision hm311

HeimVision included the needed accessories to get the 3MP outdoor security camera properly setup.

 

  • 1 X 3MP UHD Wi-Fi Outdoor Camera
  • 1 X Power Adapter
  • 1 X 5dB Wifi Antenna
  • 1 X Pack of Screws and Wall Anchors
  • 1 X Ethernet Cable
  • 1 X Waterproof Lid
  • 1 X Quick Start Guide
  • 1 X Mounting Template

Advantages

  • HM311 has Ultra HD resolution alongside a 110° viewing angle that captures a crisp image
  • It uses a very powerful 5dB antenna that promises more stability in 2.4GHz connection
  • It has two reset button, one under the micro SD card hatch, and the other on the pigtail. You can easily use the one on the pigtail if something goes wrong with the camera’s configuration
  • HM311 uses a very powerful hardware
  • There is a silicon sleeve that covers the micro SD card hatch to prevent moisture
  • It allows you to share your camera to family members, you can also allow 3-5 people to see live video at the same time.

Disadvantages

  • You have to turn-on the location on your Smartphone device before the app can work with Wi-Fi SSID during setup.
  • Interference is paramount with 2.4GHz especially on devices sitting on the same channel, HM311 does not support 5GHz
  • Does not support smart home devices. HM311 can’t be integrated to work with Alexa, Google Assistant
  • Does not support hot swap which means you can’t insert micro SD card while the camera is powered-on

The Warranty

HeimVision 3MP UHD wireless outdoor camera is covered with a  two year limited warranty, and 3-month refund policy.

If you are not satisfied with HM311 and you feel like returning it, then you need to do so by ensuring that the product remains in its original package to avoid rejection.

The Final Verdict

Installing a reliable security camera such as HM311 outdoor Wi-Fi camera to protect your home is non-negotiable.

But if you feel HM311 outdoor camera is not a match for your application, it is advisable to find the right video security system that can do the job or check the HMD2.

If you have any questions regarding HM311, please feel free to use the form below to ask and we will be glad to answer.