Amazon Cloud Cam – This Camera Strikes The Right Balance For Home Security!

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The Good: The Amazon Cloud Cam‘s crisp 1080p HD live feed, prompt motion notifications and free 24-hour clip storage set a new value standard for indoor home security cameras.

The Bad: Only Amazon cloud subscribers can set motion zones and receive person alerts. Continuous recording is not available (even for subscribers), and there’s no local microSD card storage.

The Bottom Line: Amazon’s Cloud Cam is affordable, reliable and easy to use, but it’s the free storage that ultimately makes it more appealing than Nest security cameras and many other home security competitors.

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A shift in the clouds

For years, retail security camera manufacturers have seemingly modeled their cameras after the $199 Dropcam Pro. The Dropcam Pro’s HD live streaming, intuitive app and continuous cloud storage available for an additional monthly fee appealed to a folks looking for a simple plug-and-play home security camera. The Dropcam Pro has since been replaced by the $199 Nest Cam Indoor — Nest purchased startup Dropcam in 2014. Fortunately, the Dropcam Pro’s legacy of solid design and performance has carried over to Nest’s next-gen DIY camera and earned it a reputation as a dependable product worth a closer look. It still is.

But as the DIY security camera market increasingly makes room for features like free cloud video storage, the Google/Alphabet brand has stubbornly refused. Enter Amazon’s Cloud Cam.

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The Cloud Cam isn’t as durably made as Nest’s indoor camera. It has a more plasticky feel, it doesn’t have a magnetic base and it isn’t as easy to achieve the perfect angle with its less nimble swivel arm. Still, Amazon’s camera offers a lot of the same features, settings and options for much less than Nest. That includes Amazon’s free 24-hour motion-based cloud storage.

Take a closer look at how the two products compare:

Comparing indoor security cameras

Amazon Cloud Cam Nest Cam Indoor
Price $120 $199
Color finish White Black
Power Wired Wired
Resolution 1080p HD 1080p HD
Field of view 120 degrees 130 degrees
Live streaming Yes Yes
Cloud storage Free 24-hour video clip storage; optional Cloud Cam subscription service starting at $7 per month Free three-hour image history; option Nest Aware subscription service starting at $10 per month
Type of cloud storage Clip-based only Continuous with Nest Aware subscription
Mobile app Android and iPhone Android and iPhone
Web app No Yes
Night vision Yes Yes
Alerts Motion (person alerts available with Cloud Cam subscription) Motion and sound (person alerts available with Nest Aware)
Activity zones With Cloud Cam subscription With Nest Aware subscription
Two-way audio Yes Yes
Dimensions (HxWxD) 4.1 by 1.7 by 2.4 inches 4.5 by 2.9 by 2.9 inches
Third-party integrations Amazon Alexa Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Works with Nest

 

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