Canary Flex Camera Review- Great Indoor/ Outdoor Option?

Canary Flex Camera Review- Great Indoor/ Outdoor Option?


[background sounds only] Gabe: Welcome to “Security Baron.” This is Gabe, and today we’re looking at the
Canary Flex. Are you wondering about the magnetic 360 degree
swivel? Do you wonder if it’s really weatherproof
for outdoor use? Do you wonder if it can actually catch HD
at night? We’re going jump into that and see if the
Canary can really flex on the competition. Let’s get going. [music] Gabe: If you like to see a list of our favorite
cameras, Google Security Baron, best security cameras. If you have a question about today’s video,
leave us a comment below, and we’ll get back to you. Let’s talk about what Canary says right on
the box. They claim that the Flex is the world’s most
versatile HD camera. They talk about its magnetic 360 degree swivel
base, its weatherproofness for outdoor use. It’s crystal clear audio. It’s WiFi setup with no hubs attached, and
its high-definition night vision. Before we get into all of that, let me give
you my initial thoughts on its design. First off, it’s all black, which I love. It’s got a black cord, black mount, black
base. Henry Ford, “You can have any color you want
as long as it’s black,” and that really works out here. It comes in a capsule form. It looks a little bit like a pill you would
take, like a large one. Taking it from bottom to top, it has this
great magnetic base. Of course, we have the mount attached here. The face is glossy, whereas the rest of the
Canary Flex is actually matte. The glossy face has everything flush except
for this button that allows you to sync it and do other things. The matte backing is great. At the top, you’ve got the speaker. On the back, you’ve got the Canary insignia
and the port for charging it. This does have a battery in it, so you can
actually recharge it directly from here. Just note that this is not something you can
replace with anything other than a Canary charger, because there’s no micro USB, so
you definitely need to make sure you hold onto its adapter. Overall, I’m really into this design. Those are my initial thoughts on the Canary
Flex. To give you a comprehensive perspective on
the Canary Flex, let’s put it to the Security Baron’s Necessary Features Test which includes
video quality, two-way audio, night vision, local and cloud storage, smart platform integration,
artificial intelligence, value, and convenience. Stellar video is a Security Baron necessary
feature. The Canary Flex lacks a little bit in this
department because it defaults to 720 for optimal video quality. It is capable of 1080p, but it’s going to
depend on your actual streaming capabilities. It doesn’t seem like you can actually set
it within the app. On top of that, it’s over 30 degrees narrower
field of view than its big brother the Canary All-in-One. The Canary All-in-One has 147 degrees, which
is great. You can see a lot of what’s going on, but
the Canary Flex comes with only 116 degrees field of view. If you have this outside, you’re really going
to want to be able to see more, and the Canary Flex kind of brings you less. Of course, it’s not the lowest field of view
we’ve seen. We have a camera that has only 95 degrees
field of view. On top of that, the Canary Flex does come
with digital zoom. Overall, we give it full marks for the Security
Baron necessary feature of stellar video. A Security Baron necessary feature is two-way
audio. You can talk and see what’s going on with
anyone in a room, and they can talk back to you. The audio on the Canary Flex is clear, some
might even say crystal clear, but you cannot use it unless you pay for the Canary membership. It is not a standard feature. You have to pay either 9.99 a month or $99
a year to use it. However, because it does work, we still give
it full marks for two-way audio. Night vision is a Security Baron necessary
feature. The Canary Flex night vision is not exactly
the same as the Canary All-in-One because it does have fewer infrared LED lights, but,
considering it’s an indoor and outdoor camera, it’s definitely more than adequate. We give it full marks for the Security Baron
necessary feature of night vision Cloud and local storage is a Security Baron
necessary feature. The Canary Flex, like the Canary All-in-One,
does not come with any local storage capacity. However, right out of the box you get 24 hours
of clip storage and unlimited live streaming. If you upgrade to a Canary membership for
9.99 a month or $99 a year, you can get unlimited saving of clip and 30 days of cloud storage. When it comes to the Security Baron necessary
feature of local and cloud storage, we give it half marks. Smart platform integration is a Security Baron
necessary feature, and the Canary Flex does really well here with its Amazon Alexa and
Google Assistant integration. Of course, it has not yet cracked Apple HomeKit,
but very few cameras have. You can arm, disarm, schedule your camera,
all through your smart platform. When it comes to the Security Baron necessary
feature of smart platform integration, we give to the Canary Flex full marks. Artificial intelligence is a Security Baron
necessary feature. While we’ve read some reports from people
that say that the Canary Flex doesn’t learn fast enough for them, we do think that the
incremental strides that it takes over time to eliminate false alerts for its person detection. Just the fact that it has package detection
because we all have that stressful feeling where we’re like, “Oh, my goodness. I really need to get this package, but I’m
not home. Is it going be there? Can I ask my neighbor to grab it? When it’s going to arrive?” The fact that it has something like package
detection, and it’s increasingly learning, over time, your habits, allows us to give
the Canary Flex full marks for the Security Baron necessary feature of artificial intelligence. Value is a Security Baron necessary feature. When it comes to the Canary Flex, it’s about
180 bucks, which it’s a little bit on the spendy side, especially if you think that,
just to get one of the other necessary features of two-way audio, you have to pay for the
Canary membership. Honestly, that’s probably where its true value
lies when you have all of that together. However, even in its base form, you get indoor
and outdoor capabilities and almost all of the functionality that comes with the Canary
All-in-One home device. When it comes to the Security Baron necessary
feature of value, we give the Canary Flex full marks. When it comes to convenience in the Security
Baron Necessary Features Test, the Canary Flex has all the right moves. It was really easy for us to set up. In fact, it was even faster because we’d already
done the Canary All-in-One. If you think of this as a supplemental camera,
we already have the app, we already have the account, and we simply set it up right in
the app. It was super easy. Had it done in less than 10 minutes. When it comes to the Security Baron necessary
feature of convenience, we give the Canary Flex full marks. Of course, any home security camera is only
as good as its app, so let’s take a look at the Canary mobile application. Here we are jumping into the Canary app. If you look at the live feed, it’s hard for
me to tell, but I don’t think it’s shooting in the 1080p that we’re used to. We’ll go ahead and compare it directly to
the Canary All-in-One, but the Canary Flex definitely, very immediately visible that
there is a narrower field of view. Here I am in the app, and you can really just
see a lot less than what the Canary All-in-One would see at the same exact view. On the bottom part of the screen, you’ve got
Siren, so you can scare away an intruder or scare someone in the room. You’ve got the Talk button for the two-way
audio. You’ve, of course, got the Emergency Call
button, which allows you to alert the authorities if you see something happening. If I go out of this live screen and go back,
in the bottom I can see where I am. I can change it to Away Mode or Night Mode. In Away Mode, it will actually start to record. Right now, it’s not recording because I, the
user, I’m actually at home. It’s not an issue for privacy, so you don’t
have to worry about that. Additionally, I can go into Night Mode, which
will allow to start to record when I am asleep. If I jump out of that, I can show you the
Safety button, but that’s something you don’t want to actually hit, unless there’s an actual
emergency going on. It says, “Feeling unsafe? Canary members can dispatch emergency services
at the touch of the Safety button powered by Noonlight.” It gives you a bit of a breakdown of how that
works. If I want to view the timeline, I can go and
see everything that I’ve done in the day, what’s happening, where I’ve been. It even will show you who it’s seen. You’ve got Person in Away Mode, very similar
to what we’ve seen with the Canary All-in-One. Everyone who comes in a room, I can look at. It’ll spot each person, and that’s really
useful. Now we’re giving you a look at the Canary
Flex on the app. As you can see, it’s only got 116 degree field
of view. If you compare it to the Canary All-in-One
with 147degrees, you can see it’s a much narrower field of view. It’s got good quality video, but definitely
not at the level of many of the other cameras that we’ve seen. You can do digital zoom, so you can see what’s
happening on the screen. Despite this being on the same network as
our Canary All-in-One, you may note that there’s a lot more lag on the Canary Flex. It maybe has something to do with our particular
Flex or our particular room, but we did want you to note that. That’s our look at the day vision on the Canary
Flex. Let’s jump into the night vision. Here’s the night vision on the Canary Flex. Honestly, it looks pretty good. It’s almost the same as what you get on the
Canary All-in-One. You can see what’s happening. It does have the infrared LED light, which
it’s what we like to see on all of our cameras. You will see that it’s actually picking me
up pretty well. Come in, look at the camera. You can see what’s going on. Overall, we’re a fan, though we do note that,
as soon as you get too far away from the camera, it does become more difficult for to pick
up. All in all, the night vision on the Canary
Flex is more than adequate and it looks pretty darn good. Let’s provide an overview of how the Canary
Flex performed on the Security Baron Necessary Features Test. Stellar video full marks. The Canary Flex is capable of 1080p, but often
defaults to 720p when streaming. Two-way audio, full marks. The Canary Flex has great two-way audio, except
that you have to pay for it in the Canary membership. Night vision, full marks. The Canary Flex has more than adequate night
vision, though it can sometimes be a little weird between indoor and outdoor. Local and cloud storage, half marks. The Canary Flex doesn’t have any local storage
options, but it has various options on the cloud front. Smart platform integration, full marks. The Canary Flex works really well with Amazon
Alexa and Google Assistant. Artificial intelligence, full marks. The Canary Flex has package detection, person
detection, and it gets better over time. Value, full marks. The Canary Flex is a little bit on the spendy
side, but when you think about its indoor and outdoor capabilities, we think it’s worth
it. Convenience, full marks. We had the Canary Flex up and running within
10 minutes. At the end of the day, we want to know whether
or not the Canary Flex is right for you and your home security needs. If you need constant 1080p streaming and wider
than 116 degree field of view, then you may want to look at another camera. However, if you need a supplement to the Canary
All-in-One and a camera that can go both indoor and outdoor, then you want to try out the
flexibility of the Canary Flex. That’s our review of the Canary Flex. If you appreciated this video, give us a like
and hit that subscribe button. As always, this is Gabe at Security Baron. Be secure. [silence]

11 Replies to “Canary Flex Camera Review- Great Indoor/ Outdoor Option?”

  1. Thanks for the review.

    I just have a fundamental problem when I am required to pay a monthly fee to use hardware (audio) I already paid for. In my mind that would be like making me pay a monthly fee to use the power windows in my car. Sadly I see that trend coming. Anyway, thanks again.

  2. Great review, would like to ask something? I have a canary all in one already watching the front door and I would like to get a flex to watch outside, my questions are…1. Can I have both connected and not have to subscribe? 2. Can you have them on different setting? Example… so I’m inside my home so all in one is on home mode but the flex outside on away mode? Thanks again for a great review and hope you can help on my questions 👍🏽

  3. So let me get this straight, no IOS support which happens to be the most popular operating system in the U.S. and it gets full marks. No talk/chat support unless I pay $120.00 a year recurring. Lame. I’m not asking for storage of conversations. This should not be charged. FaceTime and every other app has free chat but not this device. Is this a paid or sponsored review? Seriously? Bad review, too lenient. This is a disservice.

  4. My canary flex streamed video is better than the footage demonstrated in this video. Maybe your modem and or your router is the issue. My flex footage is very clear. Idk man.

  5. Does this camera system offer the ability to record any video that it captures? Maybe in the cloud or on an externally connected disk drive to a NAS system? Thanx

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