We are super excited to announce that our very own Indoor HD Cloud Security camera has beaten other big named brands to the top spot of the Sunday Times Best Buys!
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You can keep an eye on your family and your property at any time with a web-connected security camera. Matt Bingham eavesdrops on three
Matt Bingham Published: 24 January 2016
Y-CAM HOMEMONITOR, £150
Best for Functions
Y-Cam pioneered connected cameras and its experience is obvious with this latest wall-mountable model. Setup involves connecting the cam to your router to put it on your network; then, once on wi-fi and positioned, you set the sensitivity (low, if you have a dog) and how, if at all, you want to be notified of detections. You can also set a detection zone: say, if the 87-degree wide-angle lens covers the entire hall, you could set it so only movement at the front door triggers a recording. Video is streamed in 720p HD with audio and looks fine; night vision was the best on test. Video is viewed via the Y-Cam website or on free apps. You can assign active hours or have it turn on every time it detects you leaving the house with your smartphone. Both free and paid-for plans were the best value here.
Verdict Great features for no charge, with more for a small fee.
SWANNONE VIDEO MONITORING KIT, £400
Best for All-round security
A 720p connected camera is just one component in a package that includes window and door sensors, smart key fobs and a hub to post alerts and footage online via a website or apps. Additional cameras cost £120 each. Setting up a camera is a faff — you have to scan in a barcode — and at 76 degrees it has the smallest field of view here; plus no clips are saved under the basic free plan. But the kit as a whole offers a more sophisticated setup than either rival here and it can be expanded by adding components from SwannOne and other companies. You could attach a hard drive to save footage and the maker claims its paid-for sound-detection plan can distinguish between a window breaking on television and in real life.
Verdict You’ll need a house stuffed with valuables to get your money’s worth.
Best for Ease of use
The Y-Cam is packed with features, but only a mother could love its looks. The Canary, by contrast, is a sleek piece of kit. Setup is the simplest here — it’s all done via the app; the Canary records at 1080p through a 147-degree fisheye lens and can even monitor “air quality” in your home. It can record every move detected, record on demand or turn itself off — and swap between these modes depending on your smartphone’s location. An alarm can be triggered via the app. Clips are saved for just 12 hours on the free plan and footage has to be viewed on the app.
Verdict A breeze to use but keep your phone to hand.
HOW DO THEY WORK? All three cameras — the tallest is 6in high — can be placed anywhere inside your house where there’s mains power and a wi-fi signal (or wired connection). Once on your home network, they detect motion within their wide-angle field of vision. This triggers a video recording, uploaded to the internet. You have the option of being notified by instant message or email of a detection; log in through free Apple or Android apps to view a recording or access a live stream. All have good night vision.
ARE THERE SUBSCRIPTION FEES? On the free plan, Swann offers only a live view and manual recording but no automatic cloud saves, while Canary deletes clips after 12 hours and Y-Cam after seven days. All can be extended through subs: Swann offers 30 days of saved recordings for £18.99 a month, Canary charges $99 (£70) a year to hold footage for a week and Y-Cam charges £40 a year for 30 days.