Samsung's latest security cam is pretty 'meh'The $190 next-gen Samsung SmartCam HD Plus may look like Nest Cam, but it has some significant shortcomings.
[MUSIC] When Samsung announced last month that it would be adding a next-gen security camera to its lineup, I was pretty excited. Its previous model, the $190 Samsung Smart Cam HD Pro was pretty good. It offered 1080p, a 128 degree diagonal field of view, and a bunch of other features. it also offers local storage, which is something that a lot of people who wanna stay away from cloud storage are looking for, and while the previous HD Pro will continue to be sold in stores, this new model will also retail For $190. It also offers basically the same suite of features. You get 10 ADP. You get a 130 degree diagonal field of view, motion and sound alerts. And a 16 GB micro SD card included with your purchase. And at a glance, this camera offers a clear design upgrade. The previous version was clunky, big, white, really Not a discreet option for at home DIY security. But this one is much smaller it has a slimmer profile and it's black so it should blend in more easily with most surroundings. It also looks a lot like Nest Cam a camera I reviewed recently that I really, really Like, especially because of its great design. But even though it looks similar to nestcam the design just really isn't there in the same way. It doesn't feel as sturdy. It doesn't feel as robust. And it actually has a cheap plasticky feel that the previous. One model had, even though it looks totally different. The HG Plus also operates on the same Android and iOS app as its predecessor, an app that's actually really confusing to navigate. So what you end up with is the same configuration, the The same in app features and no discernible difference and performance between this model and the last even though Samsung did claim that this model would have better night vision and better motion and audio alerts. The Samsung Smart Cam HD plus is a fine camera but a little disappointing given that it's next gen model was last gen's features and functionality.