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Canary all-in-one Home Security Device Review

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Canary join the growing number of home security cameras recently released.  The usual idea is that you access the camera via an app and that the manufactures offer various plans to store the footage.

In that respect the Canary is the same, offering cloud recordings of the comings and goings seen by the camera.  However there are several key additional features that elevate this above other monitoring cameras and into the sphere of security systems.

Before talking about the additional features let’s cover the setup: It’s very easy!  The Canary connects to your network either via Ethernet or WiFi and is powered by a USB cable (which is nicely designed to be flat, making it idea for tucking behind things or around things).

Once you’ve downloaded the companion app you setup an account and follow the on-screen instructions.  During the setup process you’ll make use of a yellow wire that plugs into your mobiles headphone socket, the app prompts you when to do this and the entire process is quick and easy.

Canary All-in-One Home Security Device

You’ll start with a trial plan offering you the full benefits, after 7 days this drops down to a free plan, the difference being you can extend how long the videos are kept for (up to 30 days), and increase the number of bookmarks.  Taking any paid plan also increases the number of videos you can download from 3 to unlimited.  Note there is no memory card slot, you are totally reliant on the cloud service to access video.

Prices correct at time of review, September 2015

Prices correct at time of review, September 2015

 

The app allows you to add up to 4 cameras to your account and during the setup you assign a location to each camera (e.g. ‘Livingroom’ or ‘Kitchen’) making it easy to jump from one view to another.

Back to the Canary features and you’ll find it comes with a really good quality 1080p HD camera with a 147 degree wide angle lens.  The camera has the ability to switch between day and night vision automatically, offering excellent quality 24 hours a day.

Where the Canary differentiates itself is with a built in 90 DB siren that can be triggered remotely by the companion app.  The Canary will automatically arm itself when you’re out of the house and will push notifications if it detects movement.  You can either review the footage or take a look at the live view, and if you don’t like what you see you can trigger the alarm, which is loud.

One thing to be aware of is, at the time of review, the Canary triggers whenever there is movement so if you have a pet wandering round you could potentially get a number of push notifications.  Hopefully in time it will have some sort of pet friendly mode to filter out such notifications, after all there are a lot of pet friendly home security systems on the market that don’t trigger every time a cat passes in front of a sensor.

Although the Canary auto arms itself you do have manual control over the mode: Armed means motion activated recording takes place and you’ll get push alerts; Disarmed also has motion activated recording but there are no mobile alerts; Privacy switches the camera and microphone completely off.

You can hear audio (see example in the review video of the cat jumping around) but it’s only one way, so this isn’t suitable if you want to interact with whoever is in the room.

Interestingly the Canary also features a suit of sensors for measuring it’s immediate environment, with the HomeHealth section recording temperature, humidity and air quality.  These are interesting, although with air quality measuring a mixture of air contaminants it would be interesting to be able to split that out into more detail (e.g. is there more of one particular contaminant than another).

Overall it’s a polished product that looks different to the usual home security camera.  The camera is excellent

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Canary All-in-One Home Security Device – Black

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Features

  • See and Hear: Stream real-time video of your home with Canary's 1080p HD camera, 147 degree wide-angle lens, automatic night vision, and built-in speaker and microphone (two-way Canary Talk capable).
  • More Than a Camera: Protect your home with Canary's 90+ dB siren, motion-activated recording, and auto-arm/disarm
  • HomeHealth Technology: Monitor air quality, temperature, and humidity to help understand how your home might affect your health
  • Ready to go: Set up in minutes with everyday security features and 24 hours cloud storage included. Comes with a free Canary Membership trial which extends your your coverage with a 30-day full video history, Canary Talk, and more
  • Discrete and Protected: Stream securely knowing your data is protected with bank-level encryption

Canary Pro White - Indoor Home Security Camera with Cloud | 90dB Siren | Air Monitor | IP WiFi Camera | Works with Alexa | Baby Monitor | Night Vision | Motion Detector | Pet Camera

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Features

  • LET CANARY BE YOUR EYES AND EARS: The Canary Pro Home Security System is just what you've been looking for. Featuring a full HD 1080p WiFi camera with a 147-degree lens view and cloud service, the Canary can see more of your home to help keep your mind at ease. The Canary Pro also features high-quality sound recording, so you are not only able to see your home, but also be able to hear what's going on – a perfect baby monitor!
  • GET UPDATES ON YOUR SMARTPHONE: The Canary Pro IP camera works by using the WiFi connection in your home. By connecting your mobile phone to the Canary system, you will be able to receive immediate alerts when your camera notices movements and activity. Never be surprised by an unfortunate event with the Canary Pro Home Security System.
  • BUILT-IN ALARM TO HELP SCARE OFF INTRUDERS: The Canary Pro with motion detector features a built-in alarm safety system that reaches sound levels of 90+ decibels – that's the same noise level as a running lawn mower! The built-in siren is perfect for scaring off unwanted visitors.
  • HOMEHEALTH TECHNOLOGY: Pulling info from thin air. Canary monitors air quality, temperature, and humidity to help you understand how your home might affect your health.
  • PERFECT FOR PET LOVERS: The Canary security camera can also be used as a pet camera. Have you ever wondered what your cats do while you're away, or which of you dogs looks for comfort on your bed? Well, now you can watch and find out. Set up your Canary camera near where your pet spends the most time and be able to record them throughout the day.

Canary View Black + 1 Year Premium Service – Indoor Home Security Camera | Baby Monitor | Works with Alexa | 1080p HD IP WiFi Camera | Person Detection | Motion Detector | Night Vision | Pet Camera

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Features

  • 1 YEAR PREMIUM SERVICE INCLUDED: Enjoy the extra features - Two-way Canary Talk, Desktop Streaming, Unlimited Video Downloads, 30 Days Video History, Full-Length Motion-activated Video Recordings and Custom Mode!
  • LET CANARY BE YOUR EYES AND EARS: The Canary View Indoor Home Security Camera is just what you've been looking for! Featuring a Full-HD 1080p WiFi camera with a 147-degree lens view, night vision and cloud service, the Canary can see more of your home to help keep your mind at ease. The Canary View also features high-quality sound recording, so you are not only able to see your home, but also be able to hear what's going on – a perfect baby monitor!
  • GET UPDATES ON YOUR SMARTPHONE: The Canary View IP camera with motion detector works by using the WiFi connection in your home. By connecting your mobile phone to the Canary system, you will be able to receive immediate alerts when your camera notices movements and activity. Never be surprised by an unfortunate event with the Canary View Home Security System.
  • PERFECT FOR PET LOVERS: The Canary View security camera can also be used as a pet camera! Have you ever wondered what your cats do while you're away or which of you dogs looks for comfort on your bed? Well now you can watch and find out! Set up your Canary camera near where your pet spends the most time and be able to record them throughout the day.
  • ONE-TOUCH ACCESS TO FIRST RESPONDERS: Local police, fire department and EMT numbers are pre-stored allowing elderly and vulnerable to react quickly.

Mark J Draper is a self-confessed gadget lover who forged a career in the telecommunication and utility industry while maintaining a hobby of writing and filming reviews that are published on YouTube and Reviewify.co.uk.

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