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.
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.
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.
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.
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.