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This DIY camera is light on security featuresWithings Home makes a fine webcam and baby monitor, but it's missing some core security components.
Hey there, guys. I'm Meagan Woolerton for CNet appliances here with the Withings Home DIY camera. This $200 camera has two way talk, night vision, 1080p, motion and sound sensors, a whole bunch of good stuff. So, those are all fairly common features for DIY camera nowadays, but this one also adds something very interesting. Interesting. It actually will detect the volatile organic compounds in your home, in parts per million, and tell you if your air quality is safe or unsafe. It also has a built-in lullaby and night light feature, so this is kind of a webcam, security cam, and baby monitor all wrapped into one. So it's really refreshing to see some. Some new features tacked onto DIY cameras, but there are some fundamental things clearly missing from this camera. There's currently no Android app, no web abb, and there's no way to save your footage to either the cloud or local storage. It will save time-lapse photos of the motion of sound that it detects, but it won't actually save any. Recording so you can see what's happening, but it's not the most elegant solution I've seen. The motion sensor is also much too sensitive so a small shift in lighting or shadows will send it into a frenzy even if nothing is actually happening. In your home. And while Why Things was listed as a home kit compatible company and it has its own if channel, this specific device isn't really integrated into any of those platforms currently. I was also disappointed by the video quality. It definitely didn't look an NEP, even though that's what Why Things claim. So Why Things says that an Android app and cloud storage. Are on the way, but right now this really doesn't function as a security camera to me. It's much more useful as a webcam or as a baby monitor, it does pretty well at those things, but still isn't great at anything. I do like the addition of the air quality, I think that's an interesting add-on. But it isn't quite enough to justify the. The overall price. Thanks for watching this review of the Withings Home. Be sure to check out the rest of our coverage on CNet.com. I'm Megan Wollerton for CNet Appliances. [MUSIC]