Canary Security Camera provides safety for your home in one succinct package.
Home automation and security are big in my home. I started installing systems with Dropcam and Philips Hue and now, I have cameras and connected devices running all around the house. Each time I get an opportunity to try a new device, I think, “What will this one do better then what I currently have?” I also wonder, “What makes this device worth the valuable power strip space that’s filling up in my home. Canary is a complete security system inside a single device. First and foremost, Canary is a video camera. It provides real-time 1080p HD video that you stream to your mobile device. You are always connected to your home and you can view recorded video and audio for up to 30 days with Canary’s cloud storage. Second, Canary is a motion sensor. It detects motion and records video of the area and sends a notification to your phone so you can determine if there really is a break-in or if it’s just the dog meandering through the room. Canary automatically detects when you leave your home, too. And, when you leave, Canary sets the system to ‘armed,’ which will send you motion notifications. If the system is not armed, Canary will still record video upon motion detection, but it won’t send you a notification.
Canary wards off intruders with a 90+ decibel siren that you are able to control remotely. Let’s say you are out at dinner and you receive a motion notification and pull up your video feed. Because it’s HD video, you can easily tell that the person walking through the room is not a family member. So, you can sound the alarm from your phone. The siren scares the intruder because they think they tripped an alarm system and they leave the premises. It’s very loud and very effective. Another nice feature that goes hand in hand with the siren is the emergency call feature. You have the option to set up emergency phone numbers in the preferences of the app and when you see that there is someone who has broken into your home, you can tap that button and immediately be connected with police, fire, or any other service you want to alert. In addition to the security features, Canary has home health technology integrated. It’s a air quality sensor, thermometer, and humidity sensor all wrapped up in one package.
In this particular case, “installation” is sort of a misnomer. You see, with Canary, there is no installation. You simply pull the unit out of the box, download the app, and your device is connected to your network within about 3 minutes. When we first set Canary up, I was in awe of how simple they made it for people to use this device. We have many devices that have taken hours to set-up so it was refreshing to have a device ready to work out of the box without any poking and prodding from you. So, the device itself is easy to get set-up, but what about the app? Well, the app, too, has a high level of ease of use. After you’ve created an account and connected your camera, you are met with a screen that shows all the people in your home that are connected to the Canary. From here, you can watch your video feed live, or you can use the menu to modify your settings – like how sensitive you want your motion sensor to be. You can also choose to review the timeline, which shows all the events recorded from the sensor being tripped.
With a camera like this, the best way to test it is to set it up and let it do its thing. We picked a good spot for it to live (on top of an old organ) where it had a birds-eye view of our front entryway. This corridor of our home is also a main thoroughfare for all of us – including the dog. We are very fortunate to live in a quiet neighborhood and the only activity we ended up with were the occupants of the house and our guests. The dog walking through the room – he’s an 85 pound boxer – was quite enough to trip the motion sensor and trigger a recording. While we do have the option to turn down the sensitivity of the motion sensor, we decided to leave it as is because we didn’t want to chance it being ‘tricked’ by someone who could sneak into the house under the radar.
The camera did a fabulous job of recording, clear, crisp HD video that was easily viewable from our phones. We tried accessing footage both on WiFi and LTE and found we could connect easily in any way we tried. Another remarkable featuMy fiancé connected one day while she was at work because she received a motion notification and she said she could hear the conversation my grandmother and I were having in the living room that is located in the opposite side of the house. It’s quite a remarkable device. The siren is very, very loud. In fact, I would compare it to a storm siren and honestly, I would love to see Canary do some sort of tie-in with a weather service to turn the security siren into a weather-capable alert. It seems as though the technology is there and I could see it being a great add-on.
Canary is a very easy to use, capable security camera. It’s been my favorite to work with so far because it’s so easy. You can set it and forget it. Not too long ago, ABC News featured a story about a family that had a Canary in their home and with it, they were able to dissuade three burglars from remaining in their home and the family ended up not losing any valuables from the break-in. This is peace of mind Canary will bring you. It’s not intrusive in your home’s environment and it provides safety for your home and family.
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