Netatmo has added face recognition capability to its smartcam, so as well as motion and sound it’ll tell you precisely when your kids get home from school and send you a video clip to prove it.
More importantly, from a security (and fidelity?) point of view, it also detects any unknown faces in the house, capturing evidence of the burglar/daughter’s boyfriend/milkman etc. Controlled via the free app (Android, iOS), there are no subscription fees and all images are stored on the supplied 8GB MicroSD card instead of in the cloud.
The Welcome even greets you on arrival, not audibly, but with a text.
Welcome works reliably well once it knows a face, but you do have to tell it a fair few times who’s who before it recognises people consistently. Successful detection is also considerably reduced in low light, so positioning is key.
All the usual motion and noise detection is controllable, and we like the way profiles can be adjusted – so once someone is home you don’t have to be alerted every time they go to the kitchen – and there’s an Empty Home button that heightens sensitivity once everyone’s out.
Stuff says: ★★★★★
For slick, reliable and informative snooping, get Welcome
Dimensions: 45x45x155mm, Sensors: Motion, sound, night vision, Camera: 4MP, Recording time: 1hr Full HD (8GB, expandable to 32GB), Video: 1920x1080p, Field of view: 130°