This means it will be harder to camouflage it with your pottery or other objects you like to decorate your home with. Mounting the camera will require a drill and confidence in the placement since it requires a couple of holes. Once that occurs, the app will walk you through all the set up steps and voila! Bottom Line All in all, the Amazon Cloud Cam is a safe entry for the shopping giant. With remarkable capabilities at affordable prices, accessibility options have also increased. The Cloud Cam does ship with an optional wall mount, however. Perhaps the main reason you'll want the Amazon Cloud Cam above all other security cameras is that it works with Alexa. Now there's another, rather surprising, company joining that fray: Amazon.
For a battery-operated camera, check out. I connected it to my home Wi-Fi network, and it was up and running. Amazon plans to expand this to dog walkers and house cleaners as well as the myriad other Amazon Home Services providers. The Cloud Cam performed almost flawlessly during our evaluation, providing crisp video, two-way audio communication, highly customizable settings, and a fun user experience. You'll also need a subscription to utilize the Person Detection and Zones features that help reduce unwanted motion alerts and recordings. Also: Cloud Cam isn't the only camera product that works with Alexa in this way.
Alysa Kleinman Amazon Cloud Cam vs Nest Cam: Breaking Down the Differences In an effort to completely own the smart home, Amazon recently announced their first security camera: the Amazon Cloud Cam. Setup The Amazon Cloud Cam is remarkably easy to set up, which is essential to compete with the dead-simple. Essentially, whenever the camera detects motion, it'll start recording a video and send you a push notification. You have your livestream footage. Cloud Cam is plastic and feels cheap. All you have to do is plug in your camera, download the Amazon Cloud Cam App and pair the camera to your mobile device. Through the Cloud Cam app, you can view a live stream, use the two-way audio feature to scare the babysitter or talk to your pets.
Cardboard boxes emblazoned with its brand arrive in a steady stream at my doorstep. This can be useful for several situations such as calming a pet may be nervously waiting at home alone or scaring off a potential burglar. The clips are also stored automatically in your Amazon Drive account, which you can access via a browser. But it won't work with Amazon's Key service. First, will customers actually flock to Amazon Key? It has a more plasticky feel, it doesn't have a magnetic base and it isn't as easy to achieve the perfect angle with its less nimble swivel arm.
I really liked zone detection. When I ordered it, I felt like I found the missing piece to the puzzle. Amazon Cloud Cam Speaker is loud and very clear. The Cloud Cam's geofencing feature does get a little temperamental but its other qualities more than make up for it. This is understandable, but also means you can't have the camera on in stealth mode. For this service to work, you'll need the Cloud Cam, plus one of the Amazon Key-approved smart locks the Yale Assure, Kwikset SmartCode 914 and Kwikset Convert are the three compatible locks , and you must live in one of the areas where this service is supported.
Amazon Cloud Cam Sample Video Motion and Sound Detection Within the Cloud Cam app are a number of settings, most of which you can already find in other security cam apps. It probably took me a little over 10 minutes. The Cloud Cam's geofencing feature does get a little temperamental but its other qualities more than make up for it. The audio is really crisp, too. Blink Indoor Camera on box The Blink Indoor misses a few industry standards. Amazon Cloud Cam is still a good option, especially for those who are Alexa-obsessed. Alexa voice control As an Amazon device, the Cloud Cam can be controlled by Alexa.
And when you arrive home, the app will let your camera know you're in close proximity and it'll shut off. Winner: Each camera has unique smart home features, but we have to give this category to Nest Cam. Night vision performed poorly in our tests. Ease confusion shortlisting a few To ease your confusion why not start with the of the different security cameras on offer. Truly, a dream come true.
Live and recorded daytime video showed excellent color quality and sharp detail, and there was no evidence of barrel distortion in testing. If you start with a Cloud Cam and decide later you want to get Key service, you can also buy that power cable separately. The Cloud Cam's video was brighter — too much so in some cases. Correspondingly, the Blink Indoor also disappoints when it comes to night vision. This means that Nest Cam is not really usable without a monthly subscription. The Cloud Cam can even let delivery people slip packages into your door via the new service, if you're cool with that.
But outside of Amazon Key — its door-unlocking feature — the Cloud Cam doesn't really distinguish itself from more established players. They all include motion zones as well, which lets you tell the Cloud Cam to monitor specific areas for activity while ignoring others. Let's talk about plans Each Cloud Cam comes with a 30 day trial of. In total darkness, night vision delivered surprisingly crisp results, with faces and patterns on clothing clearly distinguishable. Motion alerts arrived instantly, and the camera did a good job of identifying motion triggered by a person versus motion triggered by my dog, cats, and passing cars.