Samsung has unveiled its new SmartThings Cam, a smart home monitoring camera that is priced to be pretty affordable. Alongside an accompanying app, the new camera offers full HD video capture with HDR, as well as motion and advanced object detection. The object detection is able to differentiate between people and pets, which has been one of the more significant issues for many competing cameras in previous years.
Another advantage that the SmartThings Cam offers compared to many similar products is an enhanced field of vision; the typical scope of such a device is 130-degrees, whereas Samsungs new product includes a 145-degree field of view. Coupled with its smartphone app, the home monitoring device offers two-way communication, while also capturing more visual detail with its HDR technology.
SK Kim, the Senior Director of IoT Product Marketing at Samsung Electronics America, notes that the device is another step towards automating many in-home tasks, especially when used alongside the company’s Wifi Smart Plug and Smart Bulb.
The SmartThings Cam is available now for $89.99 with complimentary 24-hour cloud storage. 30-day storage is available for $7.99 a month, or $79.99 a year.
The SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug and SmartThings Smart Bulb, which Samsung also recently announced, are available for $17.99 and $9.99, respectively.
The company also noted that a SmartThings Hub isn’t required for their new Smart Plug and SmartThings Cam to work because they can now be integrated through any typical home wi-fi network.