Review: Canary – A Complete Security System in a Single Device

Review: Canary – A Complete Security System in a Single Device

Home security is always on people’s minds, but it normally stops at a good lock on the door, and making sure the windows are closed when you go out. Burglar alarms are used sparingly and apart for making a racket don’t normally do a lot. Enter Canary, this Indiegogo funded company has launched itself into the fray of home security with their complete security system .

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Unlike similar products, the Canary has been built to fit into a variety of home styles. It comes in three colours (Black, Silver and White), and its cylindrical shape actually makes it look pretty cool, and not like a massive camera in your house.

The lens and sensors are on the front black portion, though you’d be hard pressed to see the lens, and could mistake the Canary for a vase. The indicator LED is placed on the bottom, so when primed there is no massively obvious indicator there is a camera in the room. But it also means at a glance you can see what status the camera is on.

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Setup was incredibly intuitive and simple. All in all the setup took around 10 mins to do, this includes unpacking etc. You are then registered as a user on the camera, and when you leave the wifi zone the Canary will activate itself. You are also able to setup multiple users, so the camera will only activate if everyone leaves that wifi zone.

Once we leave the Canary goes into Armed mode. This will then record any movement in the area and send you a notification with a link to that video. You can then watch the video, ignore it, sound the 90db alarm, or place a call to emergency numbers below the video. The Canary is also a learning camera, so by tagging the videos you can teach it when to notify you or not. This was good for me, as it was looking across the room with a window in front, so did notify me when cars drove by.

I would suggest the use of this tagging method. As this means that you will only be notified of the important things, also you tend to start ignoring the notifications when you assume it could be a car driving by. In the first week I was getting 10 – 20 notifications, now this has dropped to 1 or 2. All down to the tagging and learning mechanism built into the Canary.

The Watch Live feature is the main reason why I loved the idea of the Canary. At any point I can go into my phone, and watch my house wherever I am. Meaning when I go on holiday and I get nervous about the house, I can have a quick peek and put my mind at rest.

The thing I love is that the Canary and app is constantly updating. App updates and firmware updates are constantly making the Canary better and more efficient. So many times with products like these the company forgets about them and moves onto the next project. This isn’t the case here at all, the Canary is getting  better and better.

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Stats for nerds:

  • Camera
    • 1080p HD Camera
    • 147° Wide-angle lens
    • Automatic night vision
    • Motion detection
  • Sensors
    • 3-axis accelerometer
    • Ambient light
    • Capacitive touch
  • HomeHealth TechnologyTM
    • Temperature
    • Humidity
    • Air quality
  • Audio & Siren
    • High-quality microphone
    • Built-in speaker
    • 90+ dB siren
  • Connectivity
    • 2.4GHz Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
    • Wired Ethernet
  • Size & Weight
    • Height: 6 in (152.4 mm)
    • Diameter: 3 in (76.2 mm)
    • Weight: 0.87 lb (396 g)
  • Power
    • 100-240v power supply

It’s hard to imagine life before the Canary. With the ability to download recorded videos on my phone, checking on my house whenever I want and the peace of mind I will be notified of any intruder. A Canary camera is going to set you back $179.99, which really isn’t too bad. The device is solid, looks good and does an amazing job at monitoring the home.

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9.8

Amazing

Owner of a rooted One and Nexus 7. Mostly write reviews of apps and any hardware I can get my hands on. I frequent Google+ and XDA-Developers.

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