It's a small indoor/outdoor camera with a magnetic mount, and it can operate on either battery or AC power. It has night vision, a passive infrared motion sensor, a three-axis accelerometer, an onboard mic, and a currently non-functional speaker, but it doesn't have a siren or any of the environmental sensors that are packed into its strictly indoor stablemate. You don't need to own the original Canary to deploy the Canary Flex, but the Flex is a terrific companion for that device if you do. The Canary Flex is supremely easy to set up. Once you've installed the app on your smartphone, it will link to the camera via Bluetooth LE and then sniff out nearby Wi-Fi networks.
Google is refreshing its Nest lineup with three new products and a refresh for the wired indoor Nest Cam. Among the newcomers are Google's first battery-powered Nest Cam and Doorbell, as a recent leak indicated. You'll be able to install them just about anywhere around your home, and connect them to a wired power source, if you prefer. The battery life depends on how many recorded events the devices detect and factors like the temperature and settings. Google says the Doorbell's battery will run for up to six months on a single charge, while the Nest Cam can run for up to seven months before you need to juice it up.
So you've experimented with an indoor security camera and want to extend surveillance to the outside of your home. The Swann Outdoor Security Camera is a fairly low-risk entry point. This weather-protected camera offers full HD video (1080p), motion detection, and smart-home integration for $99 (street price). While it lacks the sophisticated features of cameras like the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor and Arlo Pro 2, its modest price and short learning curve make it ideal for first-time users. The bullet-style camera measures 2.36 x 7.3 x 3.15 inches and weighs one pound.
Nest Cam is one of our favorite home security cameras, so we were understandably excited to try out the new Nest Cam Outdoor. With a weatherized design and an updated app, it promises to bring the same solid security features and ease of use to the exterior of your home. "Outdoor camera" usually conjures images of the CCTV-type bullet cams so prevalent in strip malls and other places of business. Their conspicuous designs scream "surveillance" and probably aren't the kind of thing you want marring the aesthetics of your home. And if the looks don't deter you, then the prospect of having to drill through the walls of your home to route several cables to your router and an electrical outlet probably will.