"The Hive View is one of the best-looking cameras yet"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
The Hive View is one of the best-looking cameras yet
Home automation company Hive typically offers smart home products sold in packs and with subscriptions.
But the Hive view indoor camera is a different story.
Available for purchase individually, this $200 indoor smart camera has an eye catching design and more than a few interesting features.
The camera itself is a small cube with a front-facing lens capturing up to 1080p HD video with a 130 degree field of view.
It also has night vision, person detection, and a one-way audio.
You'll get a rolling 24 hours of video clip With your high view purchase, but storage beyond that does require a subscription.
What is distinctive about the camera is the ability to remove the camera cube from the stand and take it anywhere in your home and the camera is powered by a non removable rechargeable lithium ion battery The charge is via magnet when it's connected to the camera's swiveling stand.
And that'll last a little over one hour on its own.
The iHome app for iOS and Android displays the camera's live feed, notification history, and includes a privacy option that can schedule when video is recorded.
There's enough customization here for plenty of flexibility and when How and where video is recorded.
What's missing from the HighView is integration with smart home platforms.
Right now there aren't any IFTTT, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or Siri capabilities for this camera.
If you're looking for more complete smarts, the Nest Cam Indoor or Amazon Cloud Cam are still the frontrunners for features and value.
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