Pro­tect your home and pos­ses­sions with a smart home se­cu­rity de­vice

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE - Re­viewed by Nick Peers

Keep an eye on who’s in your home with one

of these IP cam­eras

How se­cure do you feel in your home? If the an­swer is ‘not very’, then a home se­cu­rity cam­era is prob­a­bly a good in­vest­ment.

Today’s smart cam­eras are ca­pa­ble of much more than sim­ply pro­vid­ing you with a live feed of your home while you’re away (or in an­other room), with se­cu­rity-con­scious fea­tures like mo­tion de­tec­tion, alerts and easy ac­cess to the cam­era through your smart­phone.

These mod­ern func­tions are joined by other po­ten­tially use­ful tools like nanny cam fea­tures for look­ing af­ter ba­bies and tod­dlers, plus tem­per­a­ture and air qual­ity mon­i­tors.

You have 24/7 ac­cess to your cam­eras through an app on your mo­bile, and in some cases you can also mon­i­tor through a web browser on your Mac. Many cam­eras also al­low you to tweak set­tings to fine-tune your cam­era to your per­sonal needs, while some make use of your phone’s lo­ca­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties to switch them­selves on or off de­pend­ing on whether or not you’re at home.

To help you de­cide which smart cam­era is best for you, we’ve picked out six cam­eras from rep­utable man­u­fac­tur­ers with a me­dian price point of £150. As you’ll see later, you may also need to fac­tor in ad­di­tional monthly costs if you plan to store record­ings on­line, but un­less you’re des­per­ate to look back over weeks and months, you’ll prob­a­bly find the free plans more than suf­fi­cient. And if you’re

We’ve picked out six cam­eras from rep­utable man­u­fac­tur­ers with a me­dian price point of £150

queasy about re­ly­ing on a cloud stor­age provider, you’ll be pleased to see we’ve sourced one model that stores your footage lo­cally on its own mi­croSD card or on your own FTP server.

So, let’s get test­ing. Note to fam­ily and friends: big brother is watch­ing you…

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