In 3G-mode, video lags and has artifacts, but it’s not much worse than Presence’s video quality.
In Wi-Fi mode you can also monitor audio (turned off by default), check the network status, and toggle motion detection on and off.
You can also dim the screen to help save battery life, though you should probably keep your camera device plugged in if you’re going to be streaming for a while.
To view your live stream on the monitor device, open up the Presence app and tap the camera device’s name under the “Remote Cameras” section.
To start streaming video, just point your camera device at the area you’d like to monitor (People Power suggests purchasing a flexible stand, but you could also Mac Gyver a makeshift stand if you must), and tap “Use me as a video camera” on the app’s main screen.
I tested several apps and found just two that are excellent at what they do and super easy to set up. Presence (free; i OS) can turn it into a Wi-Fi or cellular network-powered live streaming video feed that you can view remotely.Luckily, the app works well with older i OS devices, including the i Phone 3GS, the i Pad 2, and the fourth-generation i Pod touch.i Cam Spy (; Android and PC/Mac) is a little different from Presence: Instead of using two mobile devices, it requires an Android device for monitoring and a PC with a webcam and microphone for surveillance.Luckily, there are plenty of video surveillance options available, even if you’re on a budget or if you can’t mount high-tech cameras in your rented apartment.For example, you can set up a webcam to do your monitoring for you via Cloudcam.