Great protection for apartments or for monitoring children and pets, internal cameras provide that extra level of security.
You can only use the quality built Eve Cam with HomeKit and the big incentive here is that the camera requires no account set-up and collects absolutely no data. Unless you just want to stream, you’ll need a HomeKit hub to set up cloud storage through iCloud to retain footage, but the bonus here is implementing Apple’s Secure Video end-to-end encryption. Clear footage is captured in 1080p, the camera has a 150-degree scope of view, night vision, and features two-way talk, so making sure the kids are doing their homework or chores can be orchestrated through your voice. Activity zones and facial recognition were added to Eve Cam in the iOS 14 update.
Is there a subscription? No, but you’ll need an iCloud account.
Voice assistant compatible? Siri.
Eufy 2K Indoor Camera
Offering 2K video footage, this Eufy has a 125-degree field of view, human and pet motion detection, night vision, activity zones, and an 8 x digital zoom to catch the details. The camera also features two-way audio so you can shout at the dog if it jumps on the couch. And if you’re loath to invest in an ongoing subscription, Eufy has made it easy by including an SD slot that can hold a 128GB card for plenty of local storage. For households with a baby, the AI will sense higher levels of noise (like that dreaded cry) and send you a notification.
Is there a subscription? With local storage on board, it’s an option you need to consider.
Voice assistant compatible? Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri.
Swann Tracker Security Camera
The Swann Tracker is a neat compact camera with a magnetic base that can be discreetly hidden on a shelf or attached to a wall. The point of difference here is the ability to track a moving object with the auto motion tracking feature using a digital zoom system. 1080p colour video is captured over a 180-degree field of view. Night vision and two-way audio is included. There are no subscriptions involved here – all the recording is done locally via an SD card and, in a move sure to please consumers, there’s even a 32GB card in the box.
Is there a subscription? No.
Voice assistant compatible? Google Assistant and Alexa.