With a name like ‘Petzi Treat Cam’ it doesn’t take a lot of effort to guess what it does this product does, but, just in case, let me clarify that it is a pet camera/treat dispenser. This allows you to check in on your pet when you are not there and (if they are being well-behaved) reward them with a treat or two from anywhere and at any time.
The Petzi was much larger than any other pet cameras we have tested: at 14 x 8.25 x 6.25 inches it is quite a beast! The benefit of this is that you can fill it with larger treats suitable for dogs and get more in in one go than some of its competitors, however it’s not the most attractive design; it reminds me of a soap dispenser you might find in your local pub. It can be wall mounted with the included kit or simply placed on a shelf or table. The angle is perhaps slightly wider than your normal camera lens but it’s not huge, yet there were still blind spots even in our little living room. The image quality is sharp, and the automatic night vision produces an equally impressive picture. The Petzi was easy to set up: simply download the app, connect over Wi-Fi and fill up with treats by removing the entire front case. The plug was a USA-style plug so you will need an adaptor, which is always a bit of a disappointment and for some reason you need to set up a social media style account with a photo before it will let you complete the instalment, something that I wasn’t a fan of.
We found there was a few seconds delay on the image but it wasn’t an issue - the app loads up quickly and is intuitive, with a microphone icon that you can hold down to talk to your pet. The voice comes though clearly with little distortion, you can also take photos and activate the treat dispenser function. The treat launcher was unexpectedly hilarious the first time we used it: the treats first drop to the bottom of the unit which lured my cats towards it, before being fired with quite a bit of force straight at them. One reacted like all his prayers had been answered whilst the other ran off like he was under attack! I appreciate the canon effect allows the camera to be placed in more positions whilst ensuring the treat will get to your pet, but for nervous pets this is terrifying!
We liked the image and sound quality: it works with treats up to 1inch, however I don’t like the look of the thing on my wall, it fires the treats out with a bit too much enthusiasm and I don’t like being forced into uploading photos. £135.00
3.8 out of 5
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Good image and sound quality
Easy to use app
Automatic night vision
Large treat capacity
Projectile treat dispersion a bit to forceful
Doesn’t work on desktop
Large, ugly design
Not a UK plug
Only one person can access the camera at a time