What is Amazon Cloud Cam? : Review

Amazon Cloud Cam

The Amazon Cloud Cam is the first branded plug-and-play camera released by the behemoth online retailer. Amazon Cloud Cam keeps eye on your home while you’re away, but it compatible with Alexa. You can tell Alexa to cast your Cloud Cam to your Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Echo Show, or Echo Spot to quickly see what’s happening in another room in your house — perfect for those times when your kids have been a little too quiet in their playroom.

It’s a decent camera overall, and at $120 (cheaper per unit if you buy multipacks) it’s affordable. Amazon’s first home security camera offers great value for the money. Cloud Cam provides a 24-hour video stream, for live viewing at any time, and stores clips when it senses motion in the camera’s field of view. It stores recorded events for up to 24 hours without requiring a subscription. Subscriptions buy you more storage space and you also get the benefit of extra features. It’s pretty convenient to be able to see what’s going on now and clips from the previous day all at once.

Setup is simple, All you need to plug the Cloud Cam into the wall, download the app and follow the pairing instructions. The LED above the camera flashes blue on startup and blue/green in pairing mode. It’s permanently green when the camera is on; there’s no way to turn it off. It has 1080p resolution and a wide 120-degree field of view.

Amazon’s Cloud Cam app, on the other hand, is a lot more basic — in a good way. You’ll see a live view of the camera, with a collection of clips below it.

Amazon Cloud Cam Indoor Security Camera

Amazon Cloud Cam Indoor Security Camera, Works with Alexa

Features:

  • Catch every moment

Amazon Cloud Cam features everything you need to help keep your home safe. When Cloud Cam sees any activity you’ll receive a notification, allowing you to keep tabs on your home from anywhere. Our always-ready motion detection feature helps to capture activities right from the start.

  • Stay connected 24/7

Monitor your home, family, and pets in crisp 1080p Full HD, and catch activity as it happens. Use the Cloud Cam App to check in on your home anytime by viewing live video streams, replaying motion alert clips, and more. Watch 24 hours of motion alert video clips for free in the Cloud Cam App or in your Amazon Drive account with unlimited downloads and shares.

  • See clearly in the dark

Cloud Cam features eight infrared LEDs and Cloud Cam’s computer vision algorithms automatically activate night vision when lighting is dim. See the camera’s entire field of view at night—not just a spotlight. Turn on/off night vision LEDs in the Cloud Cam App.

  • Two-way audio

Cloud Cam’s built-in mic and speaker let you stay in touch with your household. Check in with the kids after school, tell your dog to stop barking, or say hello through the Cloud Cam App.

  • Intelligent alerts

Cloud Cam’s motion detection and computer vision technology provide customizable notifications so you only get the alerts that matter. Get intelligent alerts like person detection with a Cloud Cam subscription plan.

  • Start your 30-day free trial today

Upgrade to a Cloud Cam subscription for advanced features like person detection and get notified when Cloud Cam sees a person. Or set Zones, which lets you select areas that Cloud Cam should ignore, like a fish tank or a tree outside a window. Cloud Cam subscriptions include up to 30 days of video history and support for up to 10 cameras.

  • See your entire home

With Cloud Cam, it’s easy to see all the areas in your home that you want to cover. Place Cloud Cam inside your front door to see who’s arriving or in the living room to keep tabs on your pets while you’re away. You can manage all of your cameras from the Cloud Cam App, making it easier for you to see more at all times.

  • Works with Alexa

Just ask Alexa to show Cloud Cam’s live view on your Fire TV, Fire Tablet, Echo Show, or Echo Spot for a quick way to see what’s happening in another room. You can also speak or listen through Echo Show or Echo Spot using Cloud Cam’s two-way audio-an easy way to let your kids know it’s time for dinner. Cloud Cam is built in the same cloud as Alexa so it’s always getting smarter with more advanced alerts, detection, and features.

  • Check in from anywhere

With the free Cloud Cam App on Fire OS, Android, and iOS, you can access your Cloud Cam feed, anywhere you go.

Use the Cloud Cam App to check in 24/7 and catch activity as it happens. Replay important motion detected activities that were captured throughout the day. Name your cameras to easily differentiate monitoring views, like the Kitchen and Living Room. Check in with the family or let your kids know when it’s time for bed with two-way audio. You can even customize alerts* and focus on areas that are most important by highlighting zones for Cloud Cam to ignore.

*Cloud Cam subscription plan required.

  • Find the right plan for you

Cloud Cam comes with notifications that let you know when activity is detected. With a Cloud Cam subscription plan, you can unlock advanced features that include:

* Person detection—notifies you when a person is detected.

* Zones—reduce unwanted alerts by specifying areas to ignore.

* Unlimited download & shares—for your video clips.

Basic, Extended and Pro plans boost your storage to 7, 14, and 30 days, for $7, $10 and $20 a month, respectively. They also unlock some important features, like person detection to cut down on unwanted alerts from pets, zones for blocking out motion triggers like a car driving by an open window, and perhaps most importantly, the ability to download videos.

  • Introducing Amazon Key

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As a Prime member, get your Amazon packages securely delivered just inside your front door. Plus, grant access to the people you trust, like your family, friends, dog walker, or house cleaner—no more leaving a key under the mat.

Another great feature designed to cut down on unnecessary alert notifications is Zones, which let you go into the Amazon Cloud Cam app and highlight areas of the camera’s viewing angle that it doesn’t need to monitor for movement alerts.

Last Words:

Finally, Amazon’s Cloud Cam is a great choice. The 1080p video quality is good, the default 24-hour archive is a nice bonus and the night-vision mode isn’t bad, either. It’s well-built, affordable and has an advanced motion sensor that can separate people from pets. The geofencing feature is a little finicky, and you can’t turn off the camera LED if you want it to be in stealth mode.

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Amazon Cloud Cam
What is Amazon Cloud Cam? : Review
Conclusion
Amazon's Cloud Cam is affordable, reliable and easy to use, but it's the free storage that ultimately makes it more appealing than Nest security cameras and many other home security competitors.
Pros
The $120 Amazon Cloud Cam's crisp 1080p HD live feed
prompt motion notifications
Handy two-way audio feature
Customizable motion detection
Cons
Only Amazon cloud subscribers can set motion zones and receive person alerts.
Continuous recording is not available (even for subscribers)
There's no local microSD card storage.
95
Final Score
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