Why you can trust ZDNET : ZDNET independently tests and researches products to bring you our best recommendations and advice. When you buy through our links, we may earn a commission. Our process

'ZDNET Recommends': What exactly does it mean?

ZDNET's recommendations are based on many hours of testing, research, and comparison shopping. We gather data from the best available sources, including vendor and retailer listings as well as other relevant and independent reviews sites. And we pore over customer reviews to find out what matters to real people who already own and use the products and services we’re assessing.

When you click through from our site to a retailer and buy a product or service, we may earn affiliate commissions. This helps support our work, but does not affect what we cover or how, and it does not affect the price you pay. Neither ZDNET nor the author are compensated for these independent reviews. Indeed, we follow strict guidelines that ensure our editorial content is never influenced by advertisers.

ZDNET's editorial team writes on behalf of you, our reader. Our goal is to deliver the most accurate information and the most knowledgeable advice possible in order to help you make smarter buying decisions on tech gear and a wide array of products and services. Our editors thoroughly review and fact-check every article to ensure that our content meets the highest standards. If we have made an error or published misleading information, we will correct or clarify the article. If you see inaccuracies in our content, please report the mistake via this form.


Homam indoor security camera review: high quality build and no on-going charges

Written by Eileen Brown, Contributor
Homam indoor security camera review high quality build and no on-going charges zdnet

Homam indoor security camera

7.5 / 5

pros and cons

  • No on-going costs
  • Simple app interface
  • High build quality
  • Expensive
  • Limited features in app

The Homam security camera breaks the mould for privacy-first cameras. Unlike most security cameras, the Homam indoor security camera has no monthly fees and no cloud storage.

It was developed by Zorachka, a Belarusian team of scientists and researchers who have been working on, developing cameras with total privacy.

It is a nice looking camera made from anodised aluminium, and has an innovative magnetic base. It is compact too, standing at only 83mm high and weighing 267g on its stand. it is powered through its USB-C connection.

The Homam has embedded storage up to 256GB eMMC and the video is secured using AES/RSA encryption. Access keys are stored on the phone.

The seven lens system has a low distortion fisheye lens with a horizontal field of view of 134 degrees and a vertical field of view of 75 degrees. Its resolution is 5MP.

A Sony STARVIS sensor with 1920 x 1080 delivers a wide dynamic range and a frame rate of 60fps. It operates in infrared mode too from its 8 infra red diodes and can capture images in the dark at up to 20 meters away. It also has up to 16x zoom capability.

Homam indoor security camera review high quality build and no on-going charges zdnet
EIleen Brown

The Homam is managed through its app which is easy to install, and connect to the camera.

Top ZDNET Reviews

Raspberry Pi 4

Top ZDNET Reviews

Raspberry Pi 4

Raspberry Pi 400

Top ZDNET Reviews

Raspberry Pi 400

Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro

Top ZDNET Reviews

Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro

reMarkable 2

Top ZDNET Reviews

reMarkable 2


You can scroll through the timeline and see a highlight preview bubble in the timeline window.

When the camera is initially paired, encryption keys are generated which are exchanged with the users' mobile device using Bluetooth.

You do not need to create a user account if you do not want to.

The intensity of the camera activity appears as a wave at the bottom of the timeline, so scrolling thorough can easily highlight the information captured.

The fish eye also gives a panoramic view of the whole space monitored.

Homam indoor security camera review high quality build and no on-going charges zdnet
Eileen Brown

In use, the video streams well on the app – even when I am some distance from my WiFi access point.

The camera also uses a 'multi-IP' system which will look for the shortest path between the phone and the camera to connect directly to the local network.

This means you can view data from anywhere in the world – as long as you can get an internet connection.

Image quality is excellent - even in the dark, and sound quality from its on-board microphone is good, so you can use the app to chat to people in another room.

The app looks good – but has really basic features.

You can not set any zones to limit the cameras field of view, and there is no person/animal detection feature as the camera records continually.

However, I am not sure that all the bells and whistles used in other apps are needed for this camera as this indoor camera delivers a complete recording of its entire field of view.

At just under $500 the Homam seems like an expensive security camera – but when you take into consideration you will never need to pay any extra service fees at all, the Homam seems like excellent value for your money