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Withings Home review: Missing features hurt the Withings Home security camera

I also don't find the time-lapse photo diary particularly useful. Most $200 security cameras will record and save clips for a set period of time so you can review footage and reference pertinent activity as needed. Withings' Home camera saves time-lapse photos on a 30-day rolling basis. These are sufficient, but definitely not as helpful as a video recording. It's the difference between playing a photo slideshow and watching a fluid video of the same activity.

Withings' Home also doesn't have an Android app or a Web interface, although it says that these features are in the works -- as well as 2- and 14- day cloud-storage options.

The day and night vision modes look good, but not exactly 1080p. Screenshots by Megan Wollerton/CNET

Those things aside, the Withings Home handled itself pretty well. I received prompt alerts, the VOC air quality chart helped identify times when potentially harmful toxins were more present, and the day and auto-night modes had little to no lag time. The Withings site says the Home camera has "Encoding up to 1080p30." That's 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second, but the optics definitely weren't as sharp as the Dropcam Pro, Netgear Arlo and many other HD models we've reviewed. Still, it was always clear enough to make out what was happening, unlike the occasionally pixelated 720p Ring camera doorbell .

The Withings Home camera is easy to set up, and the iOS app is fairly simple to navigate. To get started, connect the supplied power adapter to the Micro-USB port. The app will walk you through the quick installation process, with light indicators to alert you to its progress. Once you're in the app, you can access the live stream, photo album, air-quality chart and monitoring settings (this is where you can opt in and out of specific motion, sound and air quality notifications and adjust the VOC alert threshold). The night vision, feature, however, was hidden in the settings section under "My Devices."

As far as third-party integrations, Withings is HomeKit compatible and has its own IFTTT channel. Unfortunately, Apple hasn't made its Siri-based HomeKit software platform available yet and the IFTTT channel focuses on Withings products like the Pulse, the Body Scale and the Blood Pressure Monitor instead of its Home camera. That's a shame, since cameras like Homeboy and camera-related apps like Manything have all sorts of useful IFTTT applications.

The air quality chart and alert options. Screenshots by Megan Wollerton/CNET

The $200/£170 Withings Home camera has a few interesting features -- a VOC sensor with real-time air quality readouts in parts per million, a timer-based lullaby and nightlight feature and even a removable cover that can be used to create a physical "privacy mode" -- but these peripheral features don't mean much without the expected core functionality.

Things like an Android app, optional cloud storage and adjustable motion sensitivity are pretty standard at this price range and Withings treats them like afterthoughts. This isn't exactly a failing, but it would make it hard to use the Withings Home strictly as a security camera. Consider it for your webcam or baby monitor needs, but don't expect it to do much beyond that.

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