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Canary View review: Canary's View security system is missing some important stuff

As far as all-in-one devices go, though, I wouldn't recommend the glitchy Guardzilla 360 or LG's ADT-centric Smart Security device either. 

The Icontrol Piper NV is still my all-time favorite all-in-one camera, but it unfortunately isn't widely sold anymore, following Icontrol's purchase by Comcast and Alarm.com in 2017

Performance-wise, the View did well. I received near-immediate alerts when the camera detected general motion or saw a person, although it often picked up "unimportant" motion activity, like a ceiling fan moving. The live feed was fine in both day and night vision, delivering a clear view of what was happening in both portrait and landscape modes. 

I was able to pull up the View's live feed on an Amazon Echo Show by saying, "Alexa, show me the basement camera." And using a Home speaker, I could ask Google Assistant if I was home or not. These integrations were very simple to set up and worked reliably.

Conclusion

I'm disappointed by Canary's $99 View. I hoped it would be a second-gen version of the All-in-One -- same features, lower price. Given that the All-in-One was first announced way back in 2013, that isn't an unreasonable expectation. Instead, the startup left out key things like a siren and decided to charge for stuff most companies offer for free, like two-way talk. 

It's great that you get person alerts for free, as well as Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, but I don't understand what Canary was going for here. Again, it's a fine, budget camera that's possibly worth it if you want features like arming and disarming. But Tend Secure's $60 Lynx is my vote if you're looking for a solid entry-level cam -- it has free facial recognition (not just person detection) and free 7-day event-based cloud storage. 

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