Amazon recently made headlines again when it announced a new service called Amazon Key. The service uses Amazon’s Cloud Cam, a compatible smart lock, and lets Amazon delivery drivers into your home when delivering a package.
Many people are uneasy about the thought of a random delivery person having access to the inside of a home, and I can’t blame them. I’m still not sold on the idea.
Skimmed over in the announcement by many was Amazon’s Cloud Camera. It’s a sure competitor to Nest’s camera lineup, but at a more affordable price of $120 with competitive monthly subscription packages.
For the past month, I’ve had the Cloud Cam monitoring those coming and going from my home. I’ve also been tinkering with settings in the app, and even watching a live feed of the camera on a Fire TV in my office.
IT LOOKS LIKE, WELL, A CAMERA
There’s nothing fancy or unique in the way the Cloud Cam looks. A circular white plastic housing is offset by a black front, where the camera, microphone, speaker, and eight infrared LEDs for night vision are housed.
A lengthy 10-foot cable is included in the box, along with necessary mounting hardware should you decide to permanently mount the Cloud Cam.
It’s designed for indoor use, but I suspect you could use it outdoors so long as it’s placed in an area where rain or snow won’t be an issue.
Mounting the camera will require a drill and confidence in the placement since it requires a couple of holes. I would have preferred to have a metal plate that attaches to the wall with some 3M-type material and magnets in the bottom of the Cloud Cam’s stand, just in case it needs to be moved.
Instead, I’ve placed the camera on a table near my front door for now.
The Cloud Cam records in 1080p FHD at 30 frames per second and offers a 120-degree field of view.
ALERTS, STREAMING, AND SETTINGS
Initial setup was a breeze. Connect the Cloud Cam to power, download the iOS or Android app and follow a few prompts. Be sure to have your Amazon account info and Wi-Fi password handy.