Access Point mode and Hotspot mode, while similar in some aspects, are not exactly the same in other devices. When it comes to cameras, AP mode or hotspot mode generally refers to the camera’s capability to function as a standalone access point, allowing other devices to connect directly to the camera’s network.
This functionality is also often referred to as standalone or local network mode, direct connection mode, peer-to-peer connection, or offline mode. Regardless of what manufacturers call it, in this mode the camera acts as a Wi-Fi router, creating its own network to which other devices can connect. This allows for direct communication and access to the camera’s features and functionalities without the need for an existing Wi-Fi network.