Over the last 12 months SmartCams have transformed the way we are able to monitor our home in England. But recently the price point has fallen so low and the capabilities increased that in particular the Neos Smartcam deserves a mention.
Actually my attention was first drawn to the Wyze smartcam which is a Chinese manufactured product sold in the USA. And not available in the UK. But in 2019 a visually identical product branded by Neos is available for amazon. And here is the big news.
For 25 GBP including shipping in the UK from Amazon
To emphasise the value I can say that I bought the above cake for Sunday lunch from the local Swiss boulangerie. It cost over 25 GBP.
Webcams have been expensive. Our Nest cameras cost over 200 GBP each, and there is worse to come. In order to have motion detection clips recorded in the cloud, you need to subscribe, and that is not free.
Neos conversely has features that I'll outline and there is free cloud storage of motion detected clips for 14 days.
Some Features Then
- Full HD resolution 1920 x 1080 colour webcam with 110 degree angle of capture
- Infrared sensor switches on when the lights are out.
- There is a microphone and speaker so you can talk to the audience at home. In fact we use this to monitor our pets whilst we are away and even talk to them
- You can define one or more users and then when all of them have left based on their GPS position reported from the smartphone app to the central servers, your camera will automatically arm, and send a popup onto your smartphone to tell you so
- As with most devices it uses the 2.4 Ghz Wifi network since this gives greater coverage, rather than the 5 Ghz network
- Did I mention the bonkersly low cost!!!
- It has a magnetic base so it can hold to any metal surface. They provide a sticky magnetic label so you can then hot attach the camera to any non magnetic flat surface.
- UK USB power adapter, and long flat 1.6m USB connecting cable supplied
- It integrates with Amazon Alexa so I can say "Alexa, show neos1 on my TV" and the stream is sent to my TV. Fantastic!
- Can put a local microSD card of upto 32GB into the unit for local motion recording.
Right now in 2019 the Neos smartcam is our goto, default Smartcam for inside the home. Its low price, no subscription fees and high capabilities pretty much make it a no brainer.
UK Neos Website
UK Neos Website