If you would like a stable indoor safety digicam that may double as a wise speaker, and don’t thoughts paying further for a roughly obligatory subscription service, Amazon has a stable deal proper now. The Ecobee SmartCamera is on sale for $80, or $20 off the same old $100. The deal solely lasts by April 14, nevertheless.
We reviewed the Ecobee SmartCamera final summer season, giving it three out of 5 stars. That score was principally for its increased worth and the subscription requirement, although a minimum of a kind of elements—its lofty sticker worth—isn’t a difficulty immediately. “Ecobee builds our absolute favourite good thermostat, and its new SmartCamera with voice-control safety digicam is simply as modern,” we stated.
The digicam itself options 1080p video seize, a 180-degree area of view, auto pan and zoom, and two-way speak. As a wise speaker, the Ecobee SmartCamera has Amazon’s Alexa built-in for easy internet queries, visitors and climate updates, and for listening to music by way of subscription companies reminiscent of Spotify. The presence of Alexa additionally means the SmartCamera can management suitable good dwelling units.
As of final December, the SmartCamera is suitable with Apple’s HomeKit Safe Video protocol, which permits for recorded movies to be analyzed on native “dwelling hub” units, reminiscent of an Apple TV, an iPad, or a HomePod or HomePod mini. It’s also possible to retailer recorded clips securely in iCloud.
Whereas the Ecobee SmartCamera provides a reside feed totally free, you may must subscribe to Ecobee’s Haven cloud service for $5 per 30 days (or $10 per 30 days for houses with a number of cameras) to file movies for later perusal. There’s no choice to hold movies by way of onboard storage.
So long as you don’t thoughts paying further for Haven, or simply coping with solely reside views, the Ecobee SmartCamera provides good worth at $80.