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Canary’s new $99 indoor security camera is its cheapest yet

(Source: www.theverge.com)

Canary is introducing a new indoor security camera — the Canary View — that’s essentially the same as its original, self-titled device. The only differences between the two cameras are their price tags and the fact that the View doesn’t support HomeHealth, which monitors your home’s temperature, humidity, and air quality. (HomeHealth is also not available on the weatherproof indoor / outdoor Canary Flex.) The View records footage in 1080p Full HD and is available through Canary’s website today. It costs $99, making it the company’s cheapest. For comparison, a Nest Cam Indoor costs $199, and an Amazon Cloud Cam Indoor Security Camera runs $119.99.

Meanwhile, the company’s also announcing a new software feature called “package detection,” and a partnership with Amazon Alexa. Like you would expect from the name, package detection alerts users when it determines that a package is sitting outside. This feature is only available on the Flex, and will roll out during the fist half of 2018 to paying members. It won’t be useful to you if you already have a smart doorbell, but if not, it can provide an easy way to see when a package has been delivered.

The new Alexa skill lets Echo Spot, Echo Show, and certain Fire TV devices stream video live from their Canary camera. The skill will come to customers in the “coming months,” and will be available for all Canary devices, regardless of whether users pay for a membership. The company already has a third-party integration with Google Assistant and Wink.

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