What I have suspected since the beginning of the year, I can now confirm: Philips Hue will bring smart cameras to the market – and pretty soon. But what exactly would such a camera have to be able to do for it to be interesting for you?
The facts are still quite limited at the moment. We already know that there will be four different models, including a version with a battery and a floodlight. For me, this also suggests that the Hue camera should be prepared for outdoor use.
It is also certain that the data transmission to the bridge will not primarily run via ZigBee, because this radio standard is hardly designed for these data rates. We also already know that a motion sensor is integrated – usually the camera is used for this. This would have the advantage that objects such as people or animals can be distinguished – the normal Hue motion sensor cannot do exactly that.
Wiz Indoor camera already offers a subscription
I also think it is very likely that Philips Hue will also introduce paid subscriptions as part of the camera integration, for example to extend the cloud storage period. This is exactly what Signify already offers with the Wiz Indoor camera, here the subscription costs 3.99 euros per month and offers the following options:
- manual recording during a live stream
- Activity and exclusion zones
- Cloud storage
- 30-day event history
Of course, all of this is optional. The Wiz Indoor camera even offers a slot for micro SD cards to store recordings locally. Will the Hue cameras also get such a feature?
Resolution is not important
A common request in social media is support for HomeKit Secure Video. However, I think this is unlikely because, among other things, Philips Hue would thus ship the recognition of image content to external devices, which can lead to delays. Likewise, HomeKit Secure Video does not offer permanent video recording and is, at the end of the day, limited to the Apple cosmos.
As for resolution, don’t get too hung up on the sheer number of pixels. Especially in poor lighting conditions and movements, it is quite possible that the results are better in the end with only 1080p. Here we should simply wait for the first practical results.