I had mixed feelings when I tested the Hue Secure camera. The integration into an existing Hue installation and the Hue app is really well done. In contrast to other smart home cameras, however, some functions and extras are still missing.
From 14 November, Philips Hue will at least expand its hardware selection somewhat. The wireless Hue Secure camera with battery will go on sale next week. If you would like to have it right from the start, you can order it now for 249.99 euros in the Hue Shop.
These are the main differences between the wireless Hue Secure camera
The integrated video technology is absolutely identical in the wireless model of the Hue Secure Camera. However, what is immediately noticeable at first glance is that the rechargeable battery version is significantly longer. The integrated battery gives the camera a length of 12.9 centimetres, while the wired Hue Secure camera is 9.1 centimetres long.
“With normal use (around 15-20 video clips per day), the battery lasts up to four months on a single charge,” writes Philips Hue on its website. Once the battery is empty, you should bring some time with you – a full charge of the camera takes about seven to eight hours. The camera's battery cannot be replaced.
What is perhaps a very interesting difference: with the wired camera, motion detection runs via the camera image and can therefore also be processed by AI. It is conceivable, for example, that animals do not trigger movement. To save the battery of the wireless Hue Secure camera, on the other hand, a passive infrared sensor is used that recognises movement and triggers video recording.
Philips Hue Secure Camera
from $199.99 / €199.99 / £174.99
Let Philips Hue keep an eye on your home for you! Get a crisp, clear 1080p HD live stream, turn on the lights or send an alert to your mobile device when motion is detected, or even trigger a sound alarm with a tap in the Hue app. This wired home security camera is easy to mount and install in any home.