Amazon Cloud Cam
Our experts were pleased with the Amazon Cloud Cam's 1080p HD video display, but if you want person detection, you're going to have to pay extra.
- Simple to use with easy DIY setup
- High-quality night vision feature
- Works with Alexa and Amazon devices
The Amazon Cloud Cam is an Amazon product meant to provide quality live feeds and video for home security and monitoring purposes. It’s a good choice for homeowners who want an affordable but reliable home security system. Before purchasing it, though, it’s important to take a close look at its features and pricing so you can compare it to similar systems and make the best choice for your situation.
The Cloud Cam is reported to be user-friendly and reliable overall, although sometimes it may be a little too sensitive in terms of detecting and reporting movements. For many homeowners, however, the system is an affordable and reliable solution for their home security needs. The Cloud Cam offers many features that make it an attractive, low-budget option for those who are pinching their pennies.
Most indoor security cameras priced similarly to the Cloud Cam do not offer nighttime vision. So when the homeowners turn out the lights and head to bed, they have little confidence in the camera’s ability to pick up any nighttime movements. The Cloud Cam, on the other hand, does support nighttime vision and works at night when homeowners are most vulnerable to intrusion. If the homeowners desire to do so, they can turn off the night vision at will using the convenient product app.
Most budget security systems offer very low picture quality. The Cloud Cam differs from similarly priced competitors by featuring quality video (1080p full HD). The camera also provides a crisp, high-quality live stream. Users have the option of downloading and sharing motion alerts they have received within the last 24 hours. This is a complimentary service included with Cloud Cam service.
Since it is an Amazon product, the Cloud Cam is Alexa-enabled. You can ask any of your other Amazon devices (including Echo Spot, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Tablet and Echo Show) to display the live feed from the camera. This makes it easy to access your camera footage no matter where you are in your home. Simply use the device closest to you and give it the relevant voice command.
Notifications and Alerts
Amazon’s security camera is highly reliable when it comes to sending notifications for movement detected on your property or in your home. In fact, some people find it to be too reliable because it sends alerts for very minor movements that other cameras might not detect. When any motion is detected within the zones the camera covers, it sends a notification to the associated mobile app immediately. To use the app with your smartphone, you must have an Android L or later, or an iOS 9.3x or later.
When you receive the notification, you can quickly review the camera footage to determine what triggered the alarm. You can pull up a live view of what is happening currently or look back at any time within the last 24 hours to review a specific alert.
To avoid getting unwanted or unnecessary notifications, you can set your alerts to only detect motion in certain zones. For example, if you don’t want your camera to notify you of every move your dog makes while in the kennel, you can place the kennel in a “zone” that you don’t want monitored. This service is available for an additional fee or plan upgrade.
Imagine movement is detected by your Cloud Cam and you are sent an alert. You pull up your app to look at live footage from your camera and see your son sitting down for an after-school snack. You remember that he has soccer practice down the street in 10 minutes. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply remind him about his upcoming practice through your security system? With the Cloud Cam, you can. It comes with two-way audio so you can communicate through the device while simultaneously viewing the live feed.
You can check in to your camera from your computer or smartphone round-the-clock. That means you can check your home even if you’re away on vacation or a business trip. You can also log into your computer or smartphone to review clips of specific time frames (within the last 24 hours).
The costs associated with the Amazon Cloud Cam are currently as follows:
|Product||List Price||With Amazon Prime Membership|
|Amazon Cloud Cam Security Camera||$119.99||$89.99|
When you purchase your Cloud Cam on Amazon’s website, you will be given the option of adding additional items for a discounted price, including Warranty and Accident Protection, TotalMount Outlet Mount for Amazon Cloud Cam and Fire TV Stick. You are not required to purchase any of these items. They are just add-ons Amazon recommends. If you purchase your Cloud Cam with your Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card, you will be given the option of paying just $15.00 per month over six months, interest free.
Monthly Subscription Plans
Amazon offers three different subscription plans for the Cloud Cam. If you aren’t sure what subscription type you want, you can receive a free one-month trial of any subscription you choose. After the complementary one-month period, you will be charged at the regular monthly subscription rate for your selected package, or for the 12-month price, depending on which option you select when you set up your free trial period.
|Cloud Storage||Included (7 days)||Included (14 days)||Included (30 days)|
|# of Cameras||Up to 3||Up to 5||Up to 10|
|Zones (specify which areas you want your camera to ignore)||Included||Included||Included|
$69.99/year (save $13.89)
$99.99/year (save $19.89)
$199.99/year (save $39.89)
Amazon Cloud Cam may not be the best option for every home or every situation, especially if greater video storage capacity and additional cameras are required. However, for small apartments or homes, the Cloud Cam is a surprisingly affordable solution that still delivers great video quality, even at night.