Things to con­sider…

Ev­ery­thing you need to know be­fore get­ting started

Mac Format - - APPLE CHOICE -

Stor­age costs

All six cam­eras of­fer live stream­ing, but when it comes to stor­ing footage for re­view, five of them re­quire you sign up for cloud-based stor­age. All five of­fer a lim­ited free plan, but if you want to store days at a time, you’ll need to shell out for an ad­di­tional monthly sub­scrip­tion.

Set-up con­sid­er­a­tions

Of the six on test, only the Ne­tatmo Wel­come re­quires a Mac to set up. The Arlo Q can be set up us­ing your Mac or mo­bile, but the other four only work with a mo­bile or tablet.

Cam­era place­ment

All six cam­eras only work in­doors, and while some can only be mounted free­stand­ing, oth­ers come with wall mount­ings. Five of the six also re­quire ac­cess to a con­ve­niently placed power socket – only the Logi Cir­cle comes with a recharge­able bat­tery for por­ta­ble use.

Mo­tion de­tec­tion

All six cam­eras alert you when they de­tect mo­tion. The bet­ter ones al­low you to fine-tune sen­si­tiv­ity, while some also let you cre­ate sched­ules, work only when you’re away from home and even use fa­cial recog­ni­tion.

All cam­eras can alert you via your mo­bile’s no­ti­fi­ca­tions, but some mod­els go fur­ther – Ko­dak and Ne­tatmo both sup­port IFTTT.com, for ex­am­ple, for greater flex­i­bil­ity.

Withings Home HD

Net­gear Arlo Q Ne­tatmo Wel­come Log­itech Logi Cir­cle Ko­dak CFH-V15

Ca­nary CAM­ERAS ON TEST…

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