SmartThings Cam boosts smart home security with a wide FOV

SmartThings Cam boosts smart home security with a wide FOV

Samsung launches a new home security camera, plus a Wi-Fi smart plug and smart light bulb

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Samsung is pushing harder into the smart home space with three new launches to its SmartThings platform including a security camera, Wi-Fi smart plug and a light bulb. The new products — SmartThings Cam, Wifi Smart Plug, and Smart Bulb — are available to buy today, and will work together through the company's smart home system, Works with SmartThings.

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The new SmartThings Cam and Smart Bulb will need a Samsung SmartThings Hub to work, like the 3rd generation version pictured hereThe new SmartThings Cam and Smart Bulb will need a Samsung SmartThings Hub to workGearBrain

SmartThings Cam

With a 145-degree wide field of view, the $89.99 SmartThings Cam hopes to tap into people who want as large a look into their home as possible. Other cameras do offer this wide of a look, including the Lyric C2 from Honeywell, and the Canary View with its 147-degree field of view, but many offer less, making the new SmartThings Cam definitely competitive in this field.

The full HD camera also include an object detection feature, and that's useful when coupled with the Custom Motion Detection Zone, which lets people tell the system to focus more deeply on certain areas of the home. If a dog jumps on a couch, a child wakes up from a nap, or there's movement anywhere they want to watch, a notification is sent.

Two-way audio is supported from the camera through a smartphone — useful when wanting to tell the dog to get off the furniture — and there also night vision built in to the device.

The camera includes 24 hours of cloud storage for free, and that supports connections to up to three other — four in total — SmartThings Cams. A premium service is also available for $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year, which will store 30 days of video feeds in the cloud, and let people connect up to eight SmartThings Cams.

Photo of the Amazon Echo DotThe new Smart Bulbs and Wifi Smart Plug can work with voice assistants including Amazon Alexa Amazon

Smart Bulb and Smart Plug

The new light bulbs from SmartThings can be controlled to automatically turn on if motion is detected through the SmartThings Cam. The $9.99 Smart Bulbs shine warm, white light that's both dimmable and controlled via a smart assistant including Samsung's Bixby, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

A SmartThings Hub is needed to run the new Smart Bulbs, but not the $17.99 Wifi Smart Plug can be used without the hub, and controlled directly through a home Wi-Fi connection if you choose. You'll also be able to use the same voice assistants to control the smart plug as well. And using the SmartThings Hub and SmartThings app, however, they can be used in routines such as making sure they turn on at a certain time every night.

The three new products are now available on Samsung's web site and at stores including Best Buy.

Check out The GearBrain, our smart home compatibility checker to see the other compatible products that work with Samsung SmartThings.

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