Canary View Cheaper Indoor HD Home Security Camera Review

Canary View Cheaper Indoor HD Home Security Camera Review

Canary View, a new budget-friendly indoor home security camera by startup Canary. The Canary View is cheaper than the previous Canary All-in-One home security system but you’ll get basically the same thing for a lot less money. The only differences between the All-in-One and the View are their price tags and the fact that the Canary View doesn’t have the ability to monitor your home’s temperature, humidity, and air quality.

Basically, you’ll get crisp, 1080p HD video and audio with automatic night vision, and optional two-way audio, AI-powered person detection alerts, a 147 degrees diagonal field of view and also upcoming integration with new Amazon Alexa skill. It costs under $100, making it worth considering and more competitive compared to other similar products.

The Canary View doesn’t have to look like a security camera, looks and feels great in the hand. Black glossy plastics and graphite-colored frame make it blends into your home and can hide in plain sight whether you place it on a shelf, table, or console. Unlike other cameras that require separate hubs to operate, Canary View keeps you connected without the hassle. And a long, 2-meter micro-USB power cable allows plenty of positioning flexibility.

Canary View with graphite-colored frame

Canary View with graphite-colored frame

During setup, Canary’s Android app seems unstable, crashing a few times during account configuration. But once we pairing the camera with a smartphone, setup continued smoothly without any errors. Then, the device will automatically update the firmware, so there’s no need to worry about keeping the device updated with the latest features and most recent hotfix.

Once you’ve set up the View, you’ll be able to monitor your home by just select from three modes – Home, Away, or Night to toggle imaging, motion detection and alerting features. There’s also a privacy toggle that disables the camera completely. Just like the other two Canary cameras, the View can automatically switch between Home and Away modes using your phone’s GPS.

The Canary View features a 2-megapixel, 0.3- inch CMOS sensor, a glass lens and a 147-degree field of view. A streamed live video is reasonably sharp, without the blockiness and smears. Daylight video was bright with nice color but the overexposed area is very noticeable. The 12 infrared LEDs did a good job of illuminating night scenes, and the night vision videos but still a bit of blurry. The recorded sound was clear, with no noise or distortion.

Canary View

Canary View

During testing, the View’s motion detection did a rather good job in recognizing a person, as opposed to an animal or the movement of shadows. You need to teach the View by tagging videos according to what was detected — a person, cat, dog, car, tree, baby crying, curtains, etc. Although the Canary View records all activities, it will send notifications only for those it deems important. However, the notifications have been excessive delayed. We found that it could take up to two minutes for an alert to reach our phone when motion detection was triggered.

Last but not least, Canary offers an optional membership ($10 per month or $99 annually) that adds a range of feature enhancements to the camera. Without one, you won’t get two-way audio and won’t get access to a web app, that’s pretty ridiculous. Thankfully, even if you don’t have a subscription, you can still get 24-hour timeline events, so the device isn’t completely useless without one.

The Canary View is a bargain security camera offering good looks, reasonably sharp imaging, and integrations with both Amazon Alexa and Google Home. But it requires a subscription to unlock other features.

 

Highlights

  • Home Security and Monitoring Solution – Always have eyes on home from your phone
  • Most intelligence in a security device, at this price
  • Works with Alexa – Stream video to Echo Show or Echo Spot
  • 1080p HD Video – Full color, 147° wide-angle lens, night vision with image pan and zoom
  • AI-powered Intelligence – Person detection / smart alerts included free
  • One-touch Emergency Services – Local police, fire, EMT numbers pre-populated in app
  • Smart Arm / Disarm – Automatic mode switching when you come and go

Canary View Indoor 1080p HD Security Camera with Wide-angle Lens, Motion/Person Alerts, Works with Alexa, Pets/Elder/Baby Monitoring, Award-winning Design – Graphite (CAN400USAGY)

Bestseller No. 1
CANARY Flex Outdoor Indoor Home Security Camera with Premium Service (1 YR Free Incl.) Weatherproof, Wire-Free or Plugged in, 2-Way Talk, 30-Day Video History, Alexa, Google, Baby Monitor, WiFi, black
  • INDOOR / OUTDOOR HOME SECURITY CAMERA: 1080p HD WiFi IP camera with high quality sound, 116° wide-angle lens and automatic night vision, intelligent person and motion detection with alerts, smart arm/disarm, activity zone masking, works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • INCLUDES PREMIUM SERVICE (1 year FREE included): 24/7 watch live, two-way talk, 30-day video history, unlimited video downloads, full-length motion-activated recordings, extended 1-year warranty, a personal safety button, incident support service, desktop streaming, and more
  • WEATHERPROOF: Keep an eye on your home, inside and out, regardless of weather conditions. Unfazed by tough weather, Canary Flex is designed to withstand rain, snow, heat or cold
  • WIRE-FREE: Go wire-free on a single charge thanks to built-in lithium-ion batteries. No wires to hide and fewer boundaries to work around — untethering unlimits the possibilities. Plug in option available as well to withstand rain, snow, heat or cold
  • TWIST AND MOUNT: Canary Flex comes with a cutting-edge 360° magnetic swivel base. Simply stick it on a flat surface, snap into place, and twist in any direction you want
14% OFFBestseller No. 2
Canary View Indoor Home Security Camera with Premium Service (1 YR FREE Incl.) | 1080p HD, 2-Way Talk, 30-Day Video History, Person Detection, One-tap to Police, Alexa, Google, Baby Monitor, WiFi IP
  • INDOOR HOME SECURITY CAMERA: 1080p HD wi-fi IP camera with high quality sound, 147° wide-angle lens and automatic night vision, intelligent person and motion detection with alerts, smart arm/disarm, activity zone masking, works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • INCLUDES PREMIUM SERVICE (1 year FREE included): 24/7 watch live, two-way talk, 30-day video history, unlimited video downloads, full-length motion-activated recordings, extended 1-year warranty, a personal safety button, incident support service, desktop streaming, and more
  • EASY SETUP: No installation required. Simply plug it in, connect to Wi-fi, and all systems go
  • AWARD-WINNING DESIGN: Blends beautifully into your home and can hide in plain sight
  • SECURITY YOU CAN TRUST: Trusted by over 10,000 first responders and insurance providers
40% OFFBestseller No. 3
Canary Flex Outdoor Indoor Home Security Camera with Premium Service (1 YR FREE Incl.) | Weatherproof, Wire-free or Plugged in, 2-Way Talk, 30-Day Video History, Alexa, Google, Baby Monitor, WiFi
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately). Powerful HD camera with night vision
  • Unrivaled versatility - Indoor / outdoor HD security that works wire-free or plugged in
  • Works with Alexa - Stream video to Echo Show or Echo Spot; Field of View: 116° wide-angle lens
  • Most common uses: Front porch, nursery, backyard pool, home office, small business
  • HD Video, Day & Night - Wide-angle lens, auto night vision with image pan and zoom
Canary View Cheaper Indoor HD Home Security Camera Review
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