Review: Philips Hue Introduces Security Cameras, But HomeKit Support is Missing
The Philips Hue line has expanded with the introduction of Philips Hue Secure cameras and sensors designed for home security. The author tested the Hue Secure Wired Camera and found that it has features like 1080p video recording, night vision, and motion trigger alerts. The camera can be mounted on a wall or placed on a flat surface with an additional stand. Magnets are used for base attachment, providing flexibility in positioning the camera. The camera has a white plastic casing and a standard camera lens, and it does not have HomeKit support. The Philips Hue Bridge is needed to integrate the cameras with other Hue products and enable remote control functionality. The author found that the camera was easy to set up and use, and it was more reliable than other HomeKit cameras they have tested. The cameras can be paired with Hue lights to activate them when motion is detected. Video clips and snapshots are stored in the Hue Cloud with end-to-end encryption. The camera can recognize people, pets, and packages for tailored alerts, and it has features like mimic presence and two-way talk. Up to 10 cameras can be linked to a Hue Bridge, and some functionalities require a subscription.