Wisenet's $150 (£115/AU$205) SmartCam N1 isn't expensive by traditional security camera standards, but things are changing. That typical $200 price range, popularized by the, has shifted in the last couple of years toward budget models with similar features.
While the SmartCam N1 is a fine indoor, the is as good for just $60.
The N1 cam might still be worth it to you if you want that microSD card slot for local storage access (it supports up to 128GB). Otherwise, I'd look elsewhere.
How does the SmartCam N1 compare to the identically priced Tend Secure Lynx Pro? Let's take a look:
Comparing facial recognition cameras
|Wisenet SmartCam N1||Tend Secure Lynx Pro|
|Color finish||White||Black or white|
|Power source||Adapter||Adapter, battery backup|
|Resolution||1080p HD||1080p HD|
|Continuous recording||Optional with select cloud storage plans||No|
|Cloud storage||Optional, starting at $5 per month for 5 days of event-based video history, $8 per month for 7 days of continuous history and $20 per month for 21 days of continuous history||Free 7-day event-based video history, optional 30-day event-based video history for $10 per month.|
|Local storage||Yes, microSD card||Yes, built in|
|Alerts||Human, face recognition, audio||Motion, face recognition|
|Third-party integrations||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant|
The SmartCam N1 separates itself from the Lynx Pro with a web app and activity zones, but you don't get the Lynx Pro's free 7-day event-based video clip storage, built-in local storage and weatherproof casing.
Looking at features alone, the Lynx Pro is a better camera, but the SmartCam N1 performs better, especially when it comes to facial recognition.