NetVue Orb Mini pet and security camera review

Egg-like indoor security camera, or pet and baby monitor, with Wi-Fi capabilities and 360° coverage

NetVue Orb Mini Home Security Camera on a white surface
(Image: © Gavin Stoker / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The NetVue Orb Mini home security camera is an affordable, well-built, and effective if slightly clunky indoor security camera, with the ability to manually pan through a full 360° horizontally or 100° vertically. Clunky because adjusting the lens needs to be done manually via a downloadable app – the camera won’t automatically track moving subjects like some surveillance rivals. Set-up took us a couple of attempts to get the camera, Wi-Fi, and smartphone in sync, but proved plain sailing after that. Two-way audio communication works well too, albeit a little quietly and with a slight transmission lag. Color daytime visuals are a little over-saturated for our tastes if we’re being picky, but clear enough to do the job it was intended for. Overall, the camera is fine but there are better-functioning examples for our money.


  • +

    Full HD resolution

  • +

    360° pan and 100° tilt capability

  • +

    Remote control and adjustment via downloadable smartphone app


  • -

    Optional microSD card not included

  • -

    Not waterproof, or for use outdoors

  • -

    Only works with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi

  • -

    Doesn’t automatically track movement

Why you can trust Digital Camera World Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out how we test.

Whether we want to monitor our pets when we’re not around, or just want extra peace of mind as regards home security in these straitened times, a security camera needn’t cost the earth. Such a device is relatively simple to install and control, typically via an app – as is the case here. 

NetVue Orb Mini: Specifications

Camera: Full HD 1920x1080 pixels
Lens: 8x digital zoom
Coverage: 360° rotation and 100° tilt
Range: Up to 30ft
Dimensions: 13.2x8x9.1cm
Weight: 0.35Kg 

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.