Everything You Need To Know About Amazon Cloud Cam

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The first home surveillance Smart Cloud Camera from Amazon offers excellent value for money. Not only is it cheaper than comparable competitors for $80 or more, it also stores recorded events for up to 24 hours without the need for a subscription.

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Amazon Cloud Cam

Compared to the Nest Cam, the Cloud Cam is pretty easy. Thanks to its all-plastic construction, it weighs only 5 ounces (compared to nest 7.5). But do not for a second think that easy means weak. Unlike the Nest Cam, the base of the Cloud Cam is not magnetic and you cannot remove it. However, the Cloud Cam comes with an optional wall mount which is plus for most people out there.

The setup is simple: connect the Cloud Cam to the wall, download the app and follow the instructions for pairing. The LED above the camera flashes blue at startup and blue/green in pairing mode. The app is fairly quick at discovering the camera. From there, you enter your Wi-Fi and Amazon credentials – to access videos and connect to other Amazon services – and that’s about it. You also name your camera, which is very handy especially when you’re working with Alexa.

The LED light is permanently green when the camera is turned on. There is no way to turn it off, perhaps not the best feature, if I say so myself. Amazon says this is so that users know exactly when they are in front of the camera and when not. This is understandable, but also means that you cannot operate the camera in stealth mode.

Quality

The image quality of the Cloud Cam is very impressive and something you don’t find that often especially at the price point. It has 1080p resolution and a wide 120-degree field of view. The camera also has night vision, which is automatically activated when it is dark (the Cloud Cam has an ambient light sensor). Night-time shots look bright and clear, which is useful when browsing clips to see exactly what motion detection has triggered.

This motion sensor is also one of the main features of the Cloud Cam. When the camera detects a movement, it begins to record a video and sends you a push notification. You can adjust the sensitivity from high to low (high detects an object of person height up to 20 feet away, medium at 10 feet distance and low up to 5 feet away). You can choose to receive alerts at each occurrence of an event or at intervals (every few minutes, hourly, daily, or never). Unfortunately, you can only receive notifications via the app and not via email or text.

One of the ways to access these clips is via the above app. You can download them to your phone, share them via Airdrop or social media, or just delete them altogether.

The Cloud Cam also features geo-fencing, which disables the camera when you are at home or when you leave the camera. To enable this, select the “Home / Away” switch in the settings and specify the location of your camera.

Now, whenever you leave the house (with your phone, of course), the camera turns on automatically. And when you arrive home, the app will let your camera know that you are nearby and it will shut off. When a person comes home early, the camera turns off. So it’s not like everyone needs to be at home for it to shut off. Although this sounds useful, reliability may be an issue and Amazon have said it themselves. That restarting the app is what you need to do. You can depend on it 100% for as long as you don’t forget to make sure that everything is working in order.

If you have the Fire TV, Alexa may ask you to sign in with your Amazon credentials. Just so all the Alexa devices can communicate with each other flawlessly.

If you’re big into Alexa and Amazon devices, this one’s definitely for you. Why well because honestly, it does make your life quite a bit easier.

Compared to other devices, the Amazon Smart Cloud Camera performs quite high. And the price is always something you need to leave in as a strong factor. If you ask me, there’s no other device out there at such a price that can perform as well as the Cloud Cam does.

That being said, for the long run, it may not be something you want because there are better options out there. If you aren’t scared of spending a bit of coin and need a security system for the long run, Cloud Cam should perhaps not be the highest on your list.

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And, that’s it…

Amazon Cloud Cam

Overall, Amazon Smart Cloud Camera is a pretty good choice. The 1080p video quality is great. The standard 24-hour archive is a nice bonus. And the night vision mode is not bad either. The geo-fencing feature is a bit tricky. And you cannot turn off the camera LED if you want it to be in stealth mode, but I did not find it to be a deal breaker.

I should mention here that Amazon plans to sell another camera. The “Key Edition Cloud Cam”, which costs $140, almost double the price of the current Amazon Smart Cloud Camera.

Although, yes, there are a few issues with the Cloud Cam and it’s not the perfect device or security system on Earth. I’d say it’s pretty decent for anyone who just wants something soft and not hardcore. And is on a budget too.

Overall, the Cloud Cam does a pretty good job at what it’s made for and it’s definitely worth a consideration if you’re out in the market looking for something similar.

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