Swann

Smart Se­cu­rity Cam­era

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This runs off a built-in bat­tery that you’ll need to charge a few times a year. Com­pared to the Net­gear Arlo’s sin­gle-use bat­ter­ies, it’ll save you a few quid. Like the Arlo (see Al­ter­na­tives box), it can go out­doors, with sup­plied wall mounts. No base unit is re­quired, and Swann’s Safe app worked well. Mo­tion de­tec­tion is via pas­sive in­fra-red, not im­age anal­y­sis, so you can’t set zones, but we found the op­tions ad­e­quate. When trig­gered, video is recorded to the cam­era it­self (ro­tat­ing over seven days) as well as on­line, where it’s stored free for 48 hours (30 days is £50 a year ex­tra). Pic­ture qual­ity was good day and night, ex­cept when shoot­ing into the sun.

VER­DICT: Not as smart as some, but you can put it any­where and it stores footage both lo­cally and on­line, mak­ing it a ver­sa­tile choice ★★★★☆

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