Review: Let Canary be your eyes, ears and nose at home

What kind of bird is Canary?

canary-home-security-device-1-xl.jpg (960×640)Canary is an indoors home monitoring solution for security and environmental monitoring in a single device.

Canary is your one stop shop for home security with a great camera sees an entire room and adjacent ones without space for missing almost anything. Canary features intelligent learning algorithms that can learn when you leave and arrive at home so it can arm and disarm on its’ own. In the field of monitoring, Canary has a very competent air quality sensor to add to a very diverse array of other sensors (temperature, humidity, motion, light, sound).

What tricks does Canary do?

Unlike classic indoor security solutions that trigger alerts based on motion sensors and similar devices and are blind systems, Canary will allow visual confirmation of the detected situations. Furthermore, the setup is much simpler, less intrusive and doesn’t require any wiring or placement of remote devices.
Only the Canary unit (or set of units) need to be placed and setup at the appropriate locations. Any motion detection alerts will be accompanied by video and dozens of false detections with classic indoor security systems will be avoided this way. You’ll also be able to select actions when a detection happens, like calling the police and sounding Canary’s internal siren. Canary is a simpler more powerful device than classic alarm solutions. Canary is also completely portable (thus renter friendly) and is also way cheaper than classic security solutions.

In some aspects, like automatic learning, Canary is even further ahead from it’s competition in smart indoor video based alarms. This Canary won’t give any trouble as it uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn what is the normal activity at your home so it arms and disarms itself when you leave and arrive.

Don’t hesitate in getting a Canary if you want a smart, all-in-one, security system and you’re also into controlling the air quality in your home. Canary has a superb air quality sensor that detects smoke and measures gases that indicate a low quality air indoors like CO, CO2, NO2 or high air particles density. Minor disadvantages with Canary are you won’t be able to get Video storage for free for more than 5 events and 12h. Consider Canary if you want a video security system but also an air quality sensor and simply don’t want to pay for both as separate devices.

What’s inside Canary?

Features table

Check for the best option to  Canary below.

Lens TypeWide-angle 147º
Stream ResolutionFullHD 1920x1080
Night Vision (Infrared)bigtick[1]
Pan Tilt Zoom516983[1]
AudioMicrophone only
Speakers exist but not enabled
Siren90-100 dB
DetectsMotion (with Passive Infrared sensor)
Video RecordingCloud, 12h + 5 events Free
Paid plans up to 90 days
Push (App) Notificationbigtick[1]
Text/SMS Notificationbigtick[1]
Email Notification516983[1]
Phone Notification516983[1]
FTP Upload516983[1]
Motion sensorbigtick[1]
Temperature sensorbigtick[1]
Humidity sensorbigtick[1]
Light sensorbigtick[1]
Sound sensorbigtick[1]
Accelerometer sensorbigtick[1]
Air Quality sensorsbigtick[1] Smoke, CO, NO2, PM2.5, PM10, CO2
Android Appbigtick[1] 4.0
iPhone Appbigtick[1]iOS7+
Windows App516983[1]
Web App516983[1]
Power SourceUSB
Power Consumption
Wall mountable516983[1]
Wi-Fibigtick[1] 802.11 b/g/n
APIbigtick[1] Cloud
Evaluationbookmark[1]bookmark[1]bookmark[1]bookmark[1] 4 / 5
Normal Price$249
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The result

Canary is, without any doubt, a good solution for indoor monitoring, both for security purposes as well as for home environmental quality. If you want to control both and take advantage of the great camera and lens as well as of the fantastic air quality sensor go ahead a get your own Canary (or set of Canaries).

You should also check our Comparison between Canary and other good indoor security systems and also our article on how this unit compares to others in weather monitoring.

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