One of the best things about smart cameras is that you can always check their feed via Wi-Fi and see in real-time what’s happening. That means that you can see what’s going on in the office, home or kitchen, from your smartphone app and even provide feedback.
Such is the case with ecobee by Amazon, which has this nifty feature called “auto-pilot”, which basically knows when your family members enter and exit the home and automatically turn off when family members are present.
The camera has a 1080p HD video quality with a 180-degree field view, which means that you can actually get a pretty clear view. There’s a smart focus mode, which detects a person moving in the view, but don’t expect anything to fancy as this function sometimes tends to fail.
One of my favorite things about smart cameras is the alerts functionality. This basically means that the camera is always responsive when unplanned movement is detected, and sometimes that includes even super small things. On my end at some point after having the camera active for a long-time, it even detected a tiny-tiny bug moving during the night.
ecobee requires no batteries, and simple port connectivity is sufficient to keep it powered up. No other cable is required.
A downside is that the Camera is almost useless without the monthly Haven subscription. The only thing you can do without the subscription is basically looking at the live feed. ecobee has also Alexa built-in, but most of the time it’s not in use. However you can always ask the camera about the weather or events, and it will respond back to you.