Test Winner: Netatmo Welcome (£200)
What’s the story?
The Netatmo Welcome does the basics really well: it’s a sleek and compact unit, it has both wired and wireless network connections, and it records video at up to 1080p resolution. Thankfully, Netatmo doesn’t ask you to sign up to a subscription-based storage plan either: the Welcome comes with an 8GB microSD card, but you can store as much footage as you like to a Dropbox account or FTP server. But it’s the bonus features, such as face recognition, alarm detection and Apple Watch support, that really make the Welcome feel more advanced than its security camera rivals.
Setting up the Welcome is an absolute breeze thanks to Netatmo’s excellent app and web interface. The camera automatically starts recording clips to the included microSD card, which you can then back up to your computer or phone. Dropbox/FTP setup is also simple, even though we’d have liked support for other cloud storage services.
Facial recognition is good, but you have to manually identify family members at first, as the camera learns. We also liked the intelligent alarm monitoring, which will send you an alert if it hears a smoke or security alarms.
The Netatmo Welcome offers an abundance of features and storage options over its competition, while remaining incredibly easy to use