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Honeywell Lyric C1 review: Honeywell's security cam has more options than you'd think

Can't decide between local and cloud storage? Honeywell's C1 security camera has 'em both.

Megan Wollerton Former Senior Writer/Editor
2 min read

So many of today's DIY security cameras cost $200 -- or more. Fortunately, an increasing number of manufacturers are selling models for less. Honeywell's $120 Lyric C1 Wi-Fi Security Camera is the latest example. Its main features include 720p HD live streaming, free cloud storage, local storage via an included 8GB microSD card and motion and sound alerts.


Honeywell Lyric C1

The Good

The $120 Honeywell Lyric C1 Wi-Fi Security Camera has free cloud storage, local storage via an included 8GB card, motion zones and geofencing capabilities.

The Bad

It doesn't currently work with any smart home platforms.

The Bottom Line

Honeywell's Lyric C1 is a solid, straightforward indoor security camera with more features than you'd expect for the price.

The indoor-only C1 also adds in two motion detection zones, geofencing capabilities and the promise of upcoming smart home integrations. 

It isn't an exciting or particularly innovative camera, but the price is right, particularly if you're looking for extras like geofencing and an included microSD card. At the current exchange rate, $120 converts to roughly £90 and AU$150.

Honeywell's indoor security camera costs less

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Is the C1 worth it?

Comparing security cameras

Honeywell Lyric C1Zmodo PivotiSmartAlarm Spot
Price $120/£90/AU$150$150/£115/AU$190$100/£75/AU$125
Color finish WhiteBlackWhite
Power source Power adapterPower adapterPower adapter
Resolution 720p HD1080p HD720p HD
Field of view 135 degrees135 degrees; 360-degree pan130 degrees
Live streaming YesYesYes
Cloud storage Free 24-hour event-based clipsNo30 free event-based clips
Local storage Includes an 8GB microSD card16GB internal local storage includedSupports up to 32GB microSD card (not included)
Mobile app Android and iPhoneAndroid and iPhoneAndroid and iPhone
Web app NoYesNo
Night vision YesYesYes
Alerts Motion and audioMotionMotion and audio
Two-way audio YesYesYes
Activity zones YesNoNo
Dimensions (HxWxD) 4.0 x 2.0 x 1.0 inches5.3 x 3.0 x 3.0 inches2.0 x 2.0 x 2.2 inches
Third-party integrations UpcomingNoneAmazon Alexa, IFTTT

When compared alongside some other security cameras in a similar price range -- the iSmartAlarm Spot and the Zmodo Pivot -- the C1 doesn't stand out very much. But it has a couple of bonus features: motion zones and geofencing. Motion zones let you customize what areas in your camera's field of view actually detect and alert you to unexpected activity. Geofencing automatically turns your camera on and off whenever you leave and return home (based on your phone's location). Honeywell is also working on smart home integrations for this camera. Honeywell's Lyric T5 thermostat already works with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT and Google Home, so hopefully similar pairings are in the works for their C1 camera. 

The main question, though, is whether the C1 is better than iSmartAlarm's Spot. The C1 costs a little more, but comes with an included microSD card, zones and geofencing. It doesn't have as many smart home integrations as Spot, but that could soon change. Ultimately, both cameras are decent options -- consider what features matter most to you and go from there. 


Honeywell Lyric C1

Score Breakdown

Features 7Usability 7Design 7Performance 7
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