iSmartAlarm Spot review: iSmartAlarm's next-gen security camera does more for less

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The Good Spot can integrate with iSmartAlarm's broader security system, it offers advanced features like smoke-alarm-specific audio alerts and time-lapses. And, it only costs $99.

The Bad Spot's plasticky design feels a little flimsy and, unlike many cameras with local storage, it doesn't come with a microSD card. The app is a little confusing to navigate and it doesn't yet work with IFTTT or any third-party products.

The Bottom Line The $99 iSmartAlarm Spot is a cute and functional HD security camera that you should definitely consider if you're in the market for a DIY option that won't break the bank.

7.4 Overall
  • Features 8
  • Usability 7
  • Design 7
  • Performance 7.5

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iSmartAlarm's $99 Spot is a cute little indoor security camera with a magnetic base. It's power-adapter-dependent and offers 720p HD video resolution, free 30-clip rolling cloud storage and a built-in microSD card slot (it can accommodate up to a 64GB microSD card, but that isn't included), as well as night vision and motion and sound alerts. Spot is definitely worth considering, especially if you're looking for a lower-priced DIY camera that's big on features.

Spot is actually the third camera to come from the iSmartAlarm brand. Its first model, the original iCamera, is still sold as a $150 optional add-on to the sensors that accompany the standard security kit, but it was glitchy during our testing.

The second-gen $150 iCamera Keep was generally more reliable than its predecessor, making it a much better option if you want to add a camera to your iSmartAlarm system.

At the same time, the Keep camera didn't wow us due to its lack of local or cloud storage. That put it at a serious disadvantage as a standalone security camera when models like the $150 ArcSoft Simplicam, the $190 Samsung SmartCam HD Plus and the $200 Nest Cam all offer either local or cloud storage -- or both. And some brands, like Netgear's $220 Arlo Q , as well as its $180 Arlo, the $70 Ezviz Mini, and the $279 Icontrol Piper NV have free cloud storage services.