The Somfy indoor security indoor camera is one with style and can be placed anywhere in the home and will not look out of place, Moving from the industry standard look this one has a different approach with shape and design with a really cool privacy shutter on board. It looks more like an air freshner but that is not a bad thing at all by any means.
Somfy does not require a hub which is great and it takes around 5 minutes to set up and all you need is the app a WiFi connection and follow the simple instructions to get going in no time at all and it was an easy process which is good and no tech skills needed.
This camera sells itself on the privacy shutter which can me manually operated or smart activated based on location so if you forget to turn it on it will do so which is handy. It is a cool idea and good for those with privacy issues but like any other camera you can switch off when not in use or when at home like I would with my set up bar the outdoor systems I have in place especially with these early dark evenings and darker mornings.
Quality on the camera is great and it has a 130 degree wide view which will cover any room in the house you can take images on a live feed and you get notifications sent to your phone via the app and email with a snapshot of the motion detected which is great and these work well and never miss a beat, you get 30 second recordings which is above the norm which is typically around 15 seconds on most these days and sufficient on the free plan but you can upgrade to get more recording and storage options on a good value plan and you also have to option to use free uploads to Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.
Using the live feed works quite well offering the usual features like two way talk, 4 X zoom live captures and all save direct to your phone in a folder, I used an Android device on testing but you will see more on the video review of the app, This is has access to you typical assistants like Alexa and Google and works with Nest and Apple home kit. I found the app a bit troublesome at times with logins but could have been my WiFi connection,The app has also a feature to make emergency calls which is handy and you can pick your own number for this or even have family and friends added to the account which is another handy idea to have and use at your own will.
Check out the video for more on the app and recording samples.
Free service plan..
Taking photos during live streaming
Push message if something is amiss
Push message to all users if something is amiss
30-second video clip if movement is detected
Download 30 seconds of images free of charge
Recorded images are valid for 7 days
Free upload to Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive
Paid plan – For just £4.49 per month you get 24/7 video recording as soon as it’s activated (download up to 10 minutes)