I’ve now had the device for just over a year and thought I would share my impressions of it with you.
If you haven’t already done so, go check out my Review of the Canary All-in-one Security Camera and then come back here and continue reading to see how the product fared after a year of continuous use.
Here are my notes on what’s both good and bad about the Canary in the year that I’ve had it:
The Canary has been sitting on top of my fridge for the last year. It faces the front door of my apartment. The video and audio quality of the camera has remained excellent since I’ve had it. I was initially worried that the wide-angle fish eye lens might distort the image too much but it hasn’t. To give you a better idea of the video quality and the lens configuration, here’s a video of a number of break-ins that were caught by several Canary owners, you can see how the camera performs in both daylight and night-vision modes:
The microphone picks up speech very well, it also picks up the hissing of my air conditioning unit, but it doesn’t drown out anyone’s voices when it’s running while people are talking.
The geofence-based self-arming and disarming features seem to work as advertised. When my cell phone leaves the area of my apartment it arms the motion activated recording on Canary, when I return it to shuts it off.
The temperature monitoring has been another useful feature as it alerted me to an A/C malfunction and I was able to get apartment’s maintenance working on my A/C before I even got home from work.
Canary let’s you set temperature thresholds in the app so you get notified when they are exceeded. I set my notification threshold to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and received a notification as soon as that limit was exceeded, letting me know I needed to call maintenance to come fix it. Sure beats coming home to a hot house and having to deal with it then.
Honestly, there haven’t been a lot of problems with the Canary. Not many lost network connections or anything of that nature.
I don’t find the air quality feature particularly useful, it seems very ambiguous when it notifies me and reports “abnormal”. What does that mean? Should I get out of the apartment when that happens? I don’t know.
Canary All-in-One – The Bottom Line:
Overall, I’m happy with the Canary’s performance. It has held up well over the year I’ve been testing it. The phone app is easy to use and I’ve experienced no connectivity issues since it was initially set up. Only maintenance I’ve performed was checking for updates to the app and wiping the dust off the lens every once in a while.
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