Looking for a holiday gift idea? How about a Canary all-in-one home security system. The company sent me a unit for review on my dad blog (I’m also giving away a Canary to a lucky reader). I love the Canary home security system. It’s easy to use and is better than my other video system. I think the Canary is a cool gift for the geek dad or mom in your life. Canary offers the ultimate security solution with its built-in microphone, HD camera, motion detection sensors, siren and authority alert options, night vision, and air safety technology. The Canary comes in three colors: black, white or silver. It has a list price of $199, but it will be on sale for $179 in North America (US and Canada) from December 13th to December 26th.
One of the first thing I noticed about the Canary is that it’s bigger than my other home monitoring system. The footprint is only a little bigger, but the Canary takes up more vertical space than a typical home cam. It’s about 6″ tall and looks like a sleek Bluetooth speaker. On the other hand, it’s very stylish and fits in better than the typical home cam system.
Set up was easy. All you have to do is download the app (Android or iOS). The app walks you through the set-up step by step. For security reason, one of the steps does require you to connect their special cable from the Canary to your smartphone. The cable is a little bit of extra work, but it’s much more secure than scanning in the bar code underneath my other home monitoring system.
What I love about the Canary is the full HD quality of the video. I can’t rotate, pan, or tilt the cam, but I can zoom in with the mobile app. When the system detects motion, it sends out an alert to your smartphone and it includes a recording of the event. The Canary is a smart system. It senses when you come and go (via your smartphone), and automatically changes modes (armed or disarmed). According to their website, Canary’s algorithm-based motion detection learns over time to send you smarter notifications. The longer you have it, the more effective it becomes.
The Canary does not have two-way audio capability, but it does have a microphone and a siren you can trigger with your app. In addition, the Canary features night vision and sensors for air quality, temperature, and humidity. The camera has a 147° view for a wide coverage of your home. You can also add additional units to your home to increase the coverage area.
One of the main differences between the Canary and my other home cam system is that the Canary stores video in the clouds. You can’t save the video locally, but the company does offer both free and paid plans for saving your videos. The free plan gives you access to motion-activated events for 12 hours. You’ll also be able to save up to five clips at any given time, and download up to three emergency clips. Extended plans include 2-day plan for $49 annually, 7-day plan for $99 annually, and 30-day plan for $299 annually.
Thanks to Canary, a reader of my dad blog will win a Canary Home Video System. The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the contest is Wednesday, December 16th (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the USA. If you don’t see an entry form below, please wait for the Rafflecopter giveaway form to load (or refresh the browser).
[Disclosure: The giveaway prize will be provided by Canary, but they are not the administrators of the contest on my dad blog. I am not liable for the prize. I receive a Canary for review purposes. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]