Hive View Review
Now with downloadable video footage
A superbly built indoor security camera with the addition of a clip download.
- Removable, battery-powered mode
- People detection
- Flexible stand
- Free cloud storage
- No Alexa or Google Assistant support
- Review Price: £189
- Battery and mains power modes
- 1080p sensor
- Sound detection
- People/motion detection
- 130-degree field of view
What is the Hive View?
The last time Hive released a camera, the drunk camera, the product was rather a bog-standard model that simply recorded on the SD card. Now, the company is back with HueView, another sophisticated option that has an integrated battery so you can undo it and move it where you want it. It’s a neat alternative and coupled with a slick interface and a large number of recording features, makes Matala a far more attractive product than its predecessor.
Hive View – Design and build
HIV must have figured out design stops for the view; This is one of the best looking indoor security cameras I’ve seen. The main body is available in a 56mm cube, white and champagne gold or black and brushed copper. It seems to be pretty well made, and its small size doesn’t mean the camera is objectionable.
For daily use, the unit attaches to the magnetically flexible stand. It can sit magnetically attached to a metal surface or in a wall-mounted flat object. The camera squeezes in its magnetic attachment, and the stand is rotated and moved up and down. In short, you can easily line the hive view to capture the area you want.
The stand also has a micro-USB connector to power the camera and charge its internal battery. Also, the camera has a secondary micro-USB port that enables you to power it independently while keeping it away from the stand.
Hive View – Features
Active heating is used to control other devices, from thermostats to active illumination, controlling the view through a central HIV application. This is an improvement over the hive camera, which had its own unique application.
Setting up the hive view is easy to use. Follow the onscreen instructions to connect your phone to the camera and then get the device to connect to your home network (both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands are supported).
A 1080p sensor sits in the center of the camera, where the footage is fitted with a 130-degree wide-angle lens. I found that I could easily fit an entire room without too much effort.
Any time you want to drop, you can select the Live View option and stream audio and video from your camera. The app currently has no chat features built-in, so you won’t be able to interact with anyone you see in the footage.
The camera records at 720p by default, but you can increase the resolution to full 1080p by using the settings menu.
The big news here is that Hive View comes with a free 24 hour cloud recording. It’s not a huge amount of storage, but you can upgrade to 30 days of storage for two cameras at $ 4.99 a month. It’s a lot cheaper than Nest Hour – though it’s worth mentioning that there are some differences between the two.
The key is to upload footage to the hive view cloud only when an event is triggered. Nest gives you continuous recording.
Being able to move the camera from its position and keep it where you want it is a great feature and an easy way to monitor different parts of your home. For example, if you want to do something outside, keep an eye on the front door, you can temporarily remove the camera; Or, you can also use it as a basic baby monitor.
The battery lasts about an hour, but you can charge the camera through your micro-USB port to extend runtime. Crucially, you get an email when a battery is running low – a quick prompt to put a USB cable in or return the camera to its normal dock.
Hive View – Performance
The hive view has two methods for activity detection: speed and sound. This camera can detect people and the default option is to simply send an alert when someone is looking. If you are notified of any speed, you can change the option to ‘All’.
It’s a shame that there’s currently no option to draw activity zones, filtering so that you’re only careful about the speed in certain areas of the image. Still, just to have people set up alerts, there were very few false positives with cameras in my office.
Sound alerts allow the camera to hear a loud sound and send an alert. This can be useful, since the camera for example can lift someone’s breaking glass. The camera made me move things around the shade attached to the office. If you find that you have received too much alert, you can adjust the sensitivity of the word recognition ((low, medium, and high)) to reduce them, or turn them off altogether.
Notifications are pushed to your smartphone, but you can also choose to send them via email or SMS. To do this you need to sign up for Hive Live, which costs $ 2.5 a month and gives you several more options, including discounts and ongoing warranties, on future purchases. Alternatively, signing up for a HiveView playback subscription will get you Hive Live Benefits plus 30 days of cloud storage for £ 4.99 a month.
The alerts on your phone only give a text version of what happened, such as ‘detect sound’. It’s a shame that there’s no thumbnail preview for the kind of show you get with Nest cameras.
Tap an alert and you’ll be taken to the app where you’ll find a list of events. Again, it’s a shame that no one has a thumbnail preview to make the exact clip easier. Instead, you have to tap to view the content of each event.
When turned on, the camera doesn’t allow you to download footage to your camera, but a recent update fixed it. This means that you can preserve evidence when you need to present it to the police.
No geo location was created on the camera. If you haven’t recorded yourself while you’re at home, the camera has a scheduled mode, where you can choose when it’s active.
Hive View – Video quality
The image quality is very good from the camera; It captures the details of the images, easily identifying faces. I found the color balance very good with the beautiful images captured during the daylight.
At night, the camera’s IR turns on, very easily illuminating the room I was experimenting with. It’s good to see IR footage, capturing enough detail on people’s faces.
Hive View – IFTTT, Alexa and Google Home
IFTTT support lets you turn the camera on or off using the channel. This may seem a bit limited, but it is actually effective. For example, using a flick button you can turn the camera on when you return, so you’ll only be recording while you’re out. I would like to see more companies have the same characteristics.
HIV has not yet enabled a recipe for cameras, with your attached smart lights automatically turning on the same way Philips Hue can control the bulbs.
There is currently no Alexa integration, which is a shame. I’d like to see an EcoShow skill, let me view the camera’s feed with a smart display. Similarly, there is currently no Google Home or Apple HomeKit support.
Why buy the Hive View?
The honeybee did much better with the hive’s view than the camera’s. I love the ease with which you can move the camera from the stand and place it around your home. Identifying people dramatically reduces the number of false positives.
With the ability to download clips, the Hive View is a product I recommend more easily. However, I want to help reduce the false positives, the ability to select the speed zone to monitor. If you already have a Hive account, camera integration will be a great addition. But now the competition is better. Nest Cam IQ is smart and cloud storage is more expensive but offers better. NetTamo Welcome Facial Recognition, When It Comes To Someone Coming Home
Trusted Score: Star:4.5