Netatmo Welcome Review: HD Security Camera with Facial Recognition

Written by | Updated May 5, 2016

Netatmo Welcome Review

Watching over your family can be a full-time job, but it isn’t possible to be home with them every second of the day. That’s where the Netatmo Welcome security camera comes in.

This is no ordinary security camera. Netatmo has created a smart camera that combines advanced facial recognition technology with HD imaging, so you can see who is inside your home at all times. Use Welcome to see if a child made it home from school safely, monitor an elderly parent with limited mobility, and get alerts if a stranger enters your home.

Specs and Set Up

The Netatmo camera is housed in a 6-inch tall cylindrical anodized aluminum case and blends well with most home decor. It takes up little space and can be placed on a desk, table, or shelf near the entrance you want to monitor. The camera can’t be attached to a wall, though, so you will need to set it up on a flat surface.

The Welcome comes with a USB cable, micro SD card, and power cord — it doesn’t have a battery and needs to be plugged in — and is Wi-Fi enabled, though it also includes an Ethernet port if you prefer a wired connection. The camera cannot zoom or tilt, but with HD imaging, a 130-degree field of view, and night vision, the camera can provide quality images of most large rooms. The camera also includes one-way audio, so you can hear what is going on near the camera but cannot communicate with anyone in the room directly.

Setting up the camera is simple: just plug it in, connect to the Internet, download the Welcome app, and start using your camera. You can connect an unlimited number of Welcome cameras to the app, which requires no subscription fee or contract.

Mobile Alerts and Facial Recognition

Once you’ve set up the camera, the Welcome app on your smartphone will let you check to see who is currently home at any time. Bring up the live stream or browse through past recordings whenever you want. The app will also alert you if the camera has been turned off or has lost Internet connection.

But the coolest thing about Welcome is that you can program it to recognize family members and friends — up to sixteen people in all. When an individual who has been programed into the app passes in front of the camera, the facial recognition technology automatically records them and sends an alert with their name to your mobile device. You can then click on the alert and watch the live video feed.

If the individual is not recognized, the app will record the stranger and send you an alert that an unknown person is in your house — whether it’s a child’s friend you haven’t met or an intruder trying to break into your house.

Privacy and Storage

You never need to worry about someone else tapping into your camera feed and endangering your family. Netatmo has built security features into the app to keep important information away from prying eyes. Even if someone takes your camera, they can’t access your data without your account details.

Netatmo security cameras use a local SD card for saving video and identification data, which means your camera feed can’t be tapped. The SD card included with the Welcome will store up to 8 GB worth of data —roughly 100 video clips — before it begins erasing stored video.

You can swap out the existing SD card for a fresh one with more storage space, but doing so will reset the facial recognition settings, which can take a long time to set up. The camera can support an SD card up to 32 GB, but you may not need that much extra storage space: a screenshot of each recorded event can be stored for free in the Cloud, and you can download video clips to your mobile device.

You can’t put a price tag on the peace of mind that comes with feeling safe, and Netatmo has delivered the next generation in home security cameras to help you keep a better eye on your loved ones.

Find it on Amazon for $199.

Written by Clair Jones

Clair Jones is a journalist, marketer and tech junkie who loves to write about technology business trends, digital commerce, career tips and office politics from the perspective of a millennial female. Learn more

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