Three Charging Security Cameras Fight To The Death
For the past few years, home security manufacturers have focused on making direct competitors to the Nest Cam Indoor. A security camera with 1080p high-definition live streaming and an approachable app interface, the Nest Cam is still our top pick for a simple, standalone do-it-yourself indoor home monitoring device.
But the paradigm is shifting away from cameras that do just one thing really well to models that offer customers unprecedented versatility through new features. Rechargeable batteries are one such example. The $200/£159 Logi Circle, the $199/£159 Canary Flex and the $250/£300 Netgear Arlo Pro are all equipped with rechargeable batteries, but they’re quite different cameras. We compared them side by side (by side) to see which one we like best.
While all of these cameras look pretty good, the Canary Flex has a definite design edge over the Logi Circle and the Netgear Arlo Pro. Not only is the camera coated in a weatherproofed matte finish for outdoor use, Canary clearly thought a lot about how design factors in to overall usability.
The Flex comes with a base accessory that you can set on a table or other flat surface. But you can also mount the back to a wall for a more permanent installation. But the best part is that the base and the bottom of the camera are magnetic. That means you can simple snap the Flex into its mount and rotate it to any angle you want.
The Flex isn’t the first camera to offer a magnetic base, but the shape of the camera and the strength of its magnet allows you to get the optimal angle without worrying about durability. Canary’s Flex also has a magnetic charger, which makes it very simple to attach and detach.
It’s really important to think about what you want out of a security camera before you buy. Fortunately, more and more models are offering a ton of features so your choice isn’t quite so fraught. But that can also make it a bit more confusing to sift through the various options to find what matters most to you.
Here are some key differences between the Circle, the Flex and the Arlo Pro: