Usually, setting up these connected cameras can be done strictly using the accompanying apps, with no physical intervention from our part. With Canary, though, we’re required to connect the stereo cable to the back of Canary, as well to our phone’s headphone jack (iPhone 6s in this case). It’s necessary to transmit the information to connect to our existing Wi-Fi network. We’re irked by this process, since others setups do it all wirelessly.
Regardless, the process of getting Canary initialized and configured is a straight forward experience. With its Wi-Fi connection, it’s able to maintain a decent signal from roughly 25 feet away. Now, we should point out that Canary is a stationary camera – meaning, it can’t it hung from the ceiling or something like that.
The corresponding app allows us to monitor several environmental changes, such as the temperature, humidity, and air quality, but that’s a fraction of the Piper nv’s scope, which extends to ambient sound and lighting as well. While viewing the current live stream, we have the option to enable the siren in an event of an emergency.
Initially, Canary would constantly send us notifications indicating that motion has been detected, which became quite annoying over the course of the first few days. However, the beauty of Canary, unlike its competitors, is its ability to become more intelligent by tagging those particular triggers. For example, we have a cat that would constantly get in the path of Canary’s gaze, but after tagging the various triggers, the notifications stopped almost entirely.
We won’t deny that Canary works great as a simple security camera solution in the home, but there are a few pressing matters. First and foremost, there’s a 10-second delay with the video feed. There’s usually a certain amount of delay that’s expected, but 10 seconds is a bit too much for our liking. Secondly, there really isn’t an auto-arming function, as in being able to recognize when we’re not at home. And finally, it lacks the ecosystem that’s present in rival models that would allow it to function cohesively with other smart-connected products – meaning, we can’t tie it to a smart LED bulb to turn on the lights.
Canary sets itself apart with its sharp video streaming quality and intelligent sensing, putting to shame other recent security cameras we’ve reviewed to shame in the process. However, that’s pretty much the extent of what makes Canary superior over its rivals. Price-wise, it’s right there with rivals like the Nest Cam and Piper classic with its MSRP of $199.99.
There’s still work needed in building up and refining Canary to be on the same level as its contemporaries, so it’s a bit tougher to recommend. Yes, the video quality is undoubtedly better than most of the rest in its field, but it’s going to take more than sharp videos in truly making it an all-in-one solution. Knowing its price and what’s out there currently, it doesn’t appear to have much value right now.
With some tweaking and tuning, possibly, it can easily stand on the same pedestal – it’s just not there at the moment.