Canary is the prettiest security cam we’ve seen. That might sound like being named a regional finalist in the ‘best-looking bouncer’ awards, but it’s an important feature for a gadget that needs to be on permanent display to do its job.
Like its rivals Nest Cam and Piper, Canary promises to alert you to unwanted activity in your home by sending smartphone notifications, along with live and recorded 1080p video, when it detects movement.
It uses geo-fencing to automatically ‘arm’ itself when it recognises that you’re out, and also packs sensors for slightly vague measurements of your home’s temperature, humidity and air quality.
Canary's wide-angle camera serves up excellent video quality even at night, and the manually controlled 90dB siren capable of rattling your windows.
Its app is also nicely designed, with quick access to your timeline of motion-triggered events. The only downside is that, without anything clever like face recognition, the Canary will frequently send alerts about innocuous events like the sun going in.
With Nest-like subscription charges (from £7.99 p/month) and no compatibility with the likes of IFTTT for extending its powers, the Canary's simplicity is very much double-edged.
Stuff says: ★★★★✩
Slick and handsome, but still limited compared to its rivals
Dimensions: 24.8 x 12.8 x 11.8 cm, Sensors: Motion, IR night vision, air quality, temperature, humidity, Recording time: 30 days, Video: 1080x720p, Field of view: 147°