High Quality - See everything at home clearly with the 1080p Hive Camera that you can control from your smartphone Maximum Viewing Capabilities - Zoom in with your smartphone to get a closer look at things Raise the Alarm - You can set off one of three alarms if anything's happening in your home that shouldn't be Simple to Set Up - Simply download the Hive Camera app to start monitoring your home right away Peace of Mind - Get an alert sent straight to your smartphone when motion or audio is detected Connectivity- 2.4GHz Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
I have no issue with the seller of this item, my comments are aimed at Hive.
I have two of these outdoor cameras and they work sporadically at best. For the past 4 days they have both been "offline" and/or unable to upload their videos. I have been through every help article but no resolution. I was lured in with the notion of them all running under the one system but I regret buying them.
Cosmetically they look nice but unless you are going to fit them very high up on your property anyone could just walk up and take them off their magnetic fitting bracket and given the unreliable working and detection you may or may not have a video of the person doing it. Nothing else has issue with the Wi-Fi or broadband connection just these devices. The USB cables supplied are very short and this limits the placement of them.
We bought this camera 6 months ago so that we could check on our cats whilst we visited my sister in Canada. We had someone coming to feed them etc., but nothing beats seeing that they are okay with our own eyes. I don't think we utilise a lot of the features, but here is what we like about it:
- easy to use app to view camera from wherever
- the picture isn't HD by any stretch, but it does the job
- it has night vision (the quality is lower than in light but enough to see what's needed)
- you can communicate through the camera using voice or sounds
- it has a slot for an sd card, which isn't provided
- it's designed so there are lots of options of where to put it.
Overall, it's a good camera for what we use it for. It was a little pricey but we use we lot of Hive products and find value in the brand.
I like hive first of all and I have most of the various bits you can get and continue to invest in them.
I purchase this more out of curiosity than need.
It's a nice looking product and easy enough to install and set up.
If I wanted a serious device which captured every person coming and going to my front door this would be a bit of a disaster. I have tried changing the settings constantly and yet I can still leave the house or return and it doesn't register anything !
The green area apparently is where it will reliably detect people ! I think quite poor
I don't require it to be a serious security camera so it does the job kind of !
Would I buy another - doubtful but I quite like live mode !!
Lastly as many have said it's not firmly attached to the case so could easily be ripped off if mounted low enough for a person to reach.
The one day access to recordings are okay as I didn't but it to look back over data and days but I could see this being s frustration if you wanted to.
Think there are better cameras out there but I like the fact it sits under the hive app :-))
Update Now only works on people detection about half the time. Hive support tried but were ultimately useless and we agreed not to continue trying. I would definitely not buy another.!!
I have owned the hive outdoor from release date last year so this review is based upon my ownership from then.
Firstly the camera itself is well designed and well built.. The first downfall was the magnetic bracket that the camera fixes too and as already mentioned if not at a greater height could be stole itself or knocked off... I knew this already before purchase so this didn't deter me, but it could for some working in restricted space.
The instructions are non existent in the package and you have to follow the installation instructions online which to be fair is pretty simple to do so... Once installed and up and running it was easy to connect to the hive app... I ended up turning the notifications off as I was getting over 500 a day even after changing settings too not pick up everything that it picks up or hears.
An update has since sorted this and now it has face detection and only alerts me to people which is what I was wanting this for over looking my back yard.. As you can see in the image it picks up the DPD driver and I was able to talk to him and pursuade him to leave it in my shed as it required a signature.. This is a great feature and has been used several times since then.
It has no issues with the Great British weather and has remained fully functional and waterproof... I am more than happy with this and believe this review is a fair one as I have owned it 6 months now with no issues and the updates Hive have released have all been positive.
If you are aware of the magnetic bracket to camera and can place it at a good height then this camera is pretty much unbeatable also nightvision is awesome too so all in all its a yes from me
Really frustrating that it's not in built with the other hive products. I didn't want a rose gold camera, that's why I went for this one. It's also made me realise how temperamental my Internet it, and sometime stops connections. On my iOS phone it reduces the resolution regularly to open, everything works a lot better on my husbands android phone. We use as a baby monitor, I wish we spent our money on something else!
Update: camera told us our internet was temperamental, however we realised everything else working fine - it was the camera! We've unplugged and not used for a few weeks (this it's faulty), and my hubby is still getting notifications on the app.
I already have a Hive camera, and find it of good quality, the picture is clear, the motion sensor is good, picks up everything however sensitivity can be turned down. I have the camera positioned so it faces a window, during daylight this gives a good picture however during the night vision is very poor the night light causes distortion so a picture cannot be seen, overall pleased with the camera. I did initially purchase a used camera, bad idea, the one I received was still registered to another user, and unless deregistered by the pervious owner the camera cannot be used, I contacted Hive they are also unable deregister the unit. My advice only buy new.
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