Every time I go to a store like Bed Bath and Beyond or Target for my home furnishing needs, I frequently see the name “Honeywell” on a lot of the products on the shelves. That company makes everything!
Heck, by now I have a few Honeywell products in my house. I’ve got a humidifier, a couple fans, an air cleaner… I could go on.
But, as always, we are talking about home security cameras and the ubiquitous Honeywell International Inc. does not disappoint in this arena.
In this article, I’m going to look at the Honeywell Lyric C2 Wi-Fi Security Camera. This camera could potentially become my favorite Honeywell product to date. Now let’s check out the specs.
Right on the box, the Honeywell Lyric C2 boasts a lot of pretty cool features. With this camera you get:
- 1080p HD video for crisp and clear viewing
- Four adjustable alert zones to eliminate unnecessary alerts and target the areas you’re most concerned about
- Two-way audio to communicate with anyone in the house using your mobile device
- Wide angle viewing to capture as much of the room as you can
- Night vision to catch the creepers when the sun goes down
- Local and cloud storage so you can rewind and review what your camera has captured
All of this sounds super promising. The Honeywell Lyric C2 could be a decent camera. But in order for me to make a fair conclusion, I need to take the thing out of the box first!
When I unpacked everything, I found the camera itself, the USB power cord, the mounting equipment and a complimentary 8GB micro SD card. This free SD card is a game changer. Not many cameras give you one; usually, I have to run to the store.
Once I had everything on the table, I held the camera in my hands to check it out in more detail. It was surprisingly heavy despite its plastic frame. The camera is not much larger than other cameras that I’ve reviewed. It stands at about 5 inches tall and weighs exactly 5 ounces. This is a sturdy camera that can’t easily break.
I also found the design of the camera quite interesting. There appears to be something like descending teardrops surrounding the lens, which gives it a cool look. In addition, there is a sleek faux metal backing that holds the camera in place. I can see this camera fitting in really well with my home decor.
On the bottom of the camera, I discovered some rubber padding to prevent the camera from sliding around. The camera also comes with mounting equipment so I can mount it on a wall if I prefer.
I tinkered with the cam for a bit and found out that it also has a full 180 tilt backward and forward. I can either point my camera to the sky or the floor. One of the aspects I like most about this camera’s design is that I could string the cord through a hole in the base. It just makes that camera that much more versatile when it comes to setting it up. Gotta love options!
At the back of the camera, I found the slot for the micro USB cord to plug in.
Putting it All Together
Speaking of “setting up”, it’s time to look at how easy it was to get this puppy up and running.
I’m happy to say that the setup for the Honeywell Lyric C2 Wi-Fi Security Camera is easy-peasy.
All I had to do was plug in the camera, download the app, setup my Honeywell account and pair the camera to my mobile device. Everything was online in about 10 minutes. Super fast, right? With some cameras it’s taken me up to 20 minutes.
One thing I do recommend is that you have a strong internet connection. From my experience I know that that helps a ton with most Wi-Fi home security cameras.
Security Baron Necessary Features
Here comes my favorite part of these reviews: The Security Baron Necessary Features Test.
Now, with all technology, it’s easy to get distracted by the bells and whistles of fancy designs and the promises of unique features. But none of that matters if the device doesn’t work the way the company says its supposed to, or if it’s missing the key features needed to get the job done.
So I’m here to determine whether or not the Honeywell Lyric C2 is capable of providing proper home security, according to Security Baron’s standards.
The Honeywell Lyric C2’s video quality is absolutely beautiful. Super clear. Incredibly crisp. I’m really satisfied by what 1080p HD can do and nowadays, that is the industry standard I’ve come to expect from my cameras.
What makes the C2’s video even better is that it records 30 frames per second, or fps. This helps to create a smooth image as people, animals or objects move across the screen. Some cameras record in 24 fps, which is okay, but you can definitely notice some choppiness at that capacity.
I also love the C2’s super-wide viewing angle. This camera can capture 145 degrees-worth of any room, which makes me confident that this camera can see what’s going on. Compare this to the industry standard of 120 degrees, and the C2 fares pretty well in this category.
Lastly, the 6x digital zoom is also a nice touch if I ever feel like focusing in on something specific. Overall, the Honeywell Lyric C2 far exceeded my expectation in the video quality test.
I’m sorry C2. I have to say I was quite disappointed with your night vision.
To the camera’s credit, it does use my preferred method of night mode, infrared illumination. Some cameras use white light illumination, which emanates a harsh beam that’s a straight-up giveaway to intruders (you don’t want them finding your camera so they can turn it off). Infrared light is much subtler and it tends to get the job done more effectively.
Unfortunately, this is not the case with the C2. While the package says the night vision should be able to see things clearly up to 32 feet away, I had trouble discerning things from eight to 10 feet away. Something tells me that this has to do with the fact that the camera only has four LED infrared lights.
Beyond the visibility issues, the livestream kept cutting out during night mode. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to give the C2 half marks for its night vision.
When it comes to audio quality and the Honeywell Lyric C2, everything I hear from my livestream is super clean and clear. There’s no static whatsoever and I’m super happy about that. But the thing I’m most satisfied with is the fact that this cam comes with two-way audio, which has become an industry standard at this point.
With two-way audio, I can click the mic on the app and speak to whoever is in the room no matter where I am. If Mars has Wi-Fi, I can get this baby to work. If you have kids and you want to talk to them from another room in the house, this is a very useful tool. Think of your camera like a walkie-talkie with eyes.
Another unique perk: this camera comes with intelligent sound detection which means that it can tell the difference between a baby crying, a fire alarm, a CO2 detector and a security siren. You’ll get highly specific notifications that are actually relevant to your security. For audio quality, the C2 gets a pass in my book.
Smart Platform Integration
Smart platform integration matters for convenience and accessibility. If I’m rushing out the door and don’t want to bother manually arming my cameras, I can just tell Alexa to do it for me!
So Amazon users, we’re in for some good news: The Honeywell Lyric C2 cam pairs up with the Amazon ecosystem, which means it works with Alexa, my Fire TV and my Echo Dot. Unfortunately for everyone else, the C2 does not work with Google Assistant, Apple Homekit or any IFTTT device. I’m surprised by the lack of smart home integrations, especially considering that C2 is not owned by Google or Amazon.
As a result, I can’t give the C2 full marks in the smart platform integration category.
I already mentioned that the C2 has intelligent sound detection, which is awesome. But when I’m talking about artificial intelligence, what I really care about is whether or not a camera has facial recognition capabilities.
Because I don’t want my camera to send alerts to me every time my friends or family members enter my place. I don’t need to worry about my cat who likes to run around my living room. What I do need to worry about is strangers lurking around the house. With facial recognition technology, I can be alerted only when someone suspicious enters my house. It’s extremely useful and, in my opinion, should become an industry standard (dream big, right?).
As The Honeywell Lyric C2 has no facial recognition whatsoever, I can’t give it full marks. Hopefully it can add person detection in a future update. Cheers to the future!
On a more positive note, the C2 kills it when it comes to storage. It offers both local and cloud storage and even give you a free SD card. I’ve never gotten a free SD card before! Having a micro SD is good in case you want backup for the cloud. While I know that some people are uncomfortable with having their personal information stored in a private, hackable system, I think it’s a great option regardless.
As for the cloud services, Honeywell offers its consumers 24 hours of free storage, which is pretty standard. If you want to upgrade, it’s not very expensive, plus you’ll get some extra perks. For example, the $4.99/month plan offers 30 days of cloud storage (1,500 clips) for one camera and allows you to take of 5% off all other Honeywell orders, plus the opportunity to participate in new product trials. The $14.99/month plan offers 60 days (3,000 clips) of storage for an unlimited number of cams, 15% off Honeywell orders and the same cool offer to try new stuff.
I think that’s pretty dope so the C2 definitely passes in my book.
There’s not much more to add here than what I already said in the “Setup” section. But I will reiterate that working with the C2 has been one of the more pleasurable experiences I’ve had when it has come to setting up cameras. I was able to have the camera up and running in about 10 minutes.
In terms of value, the C2 isn’t bad. It comes in at little over $100 depending on which retailer you buy it from. I got mine for about $120.
That price is pretty good considering you get Amazon Alexa integration, two-way audio, cloud and local storage. However, I’ve seen cameras for the same price that have much better night vision. If night vision is not important to you, then the C2 might be the camera for you.
Four Adjustable Alert Zones
Some cameras I’ve tested are so good at detecting motion that they’ll even signal about stuff I don’t care about, like birds flying past my window or my ceiling fan twirling above. Not super helpful for my security.
What I like about the C2 is that I can select up to four alert zones that I’m most concerned about, like my door or window. That way I know that I’m getting alerts that really matter.
Geofencing means that the C2 will disarm when your mobile device is near it and arm when you’re away. This happens automatically, making one less thing for you to worry about. I also like that the camera doesn’t record 24/7, as this is unnecessary when you’re at home.
In my opinion the Honeywell Home app is extremely intuitive and easy to use. The iTunes and Google Play stores agree with me- the app received nearly five stars on both platforms.
When I opened the app on my iPhone I found a pretty barebones dashboard, which I like because I’m a minimalist. In the middle of the screen was my camera footage, which I clicked on to see the live stream. From there, I could take screenshots of my stream, add more cameras to my system and use the two-way audio from the dash.
In settings, I can set up my four alert zones and change my membership and cloud storage options. I can also turn on the geofencing feature.
The app is straightforward and easy to use. Full marks.
We’ve already established that the C2 is not perfect. It does not have:
- Facial recognition– the camera cannot distinguish between your loved ones and intruders
- Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit integration- the camera is only integrated with Amazon
- Great night vision
Compared to a lot of other cameras I’ve used, the C2 isn’t missing that much. But let’s see how it actually stacks up against the competition.
Honeywell vs. The Competition
For a camera that costs under $200, I would say that the Honeywell Lyric C2 Wi-Fi camera could best be compared to the Logitech Circle 2 Camera, the Blink XT Camera, and the Google Nest. Let’s who will come out on top.
Logitech Circle 2 Camera
Right away I notice that the designs for the C2 and the Logitech are very similar. They’ve got the same sleek, white circular look, which I like.
Looks aside, I must say that I would pay the extra money to get the Logitech Circle 2. For starters, its field of view is 180 degrees, as opposed to the C2’s 145, it’s weatherproof so I can put it outside if I want, it can be plugged in or completely wireless, and it integrates with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. Basically, the Logitech Circle 2 has better video quality and more flexibility than the C2.
The only thing that the C2 has over the Logitech camera is the intelligent sound detection feature. But I might be willing to give that up for the Circle 2’s better night vision.
Unlike the C2, the XT is waterproof. The C2 ain’t safe from the rain y’all so don’t even try to put it outside. It also has really good infrared night vision, unlike the C2. Plus it’s wireless with a two-year battery life. That’s pretty darn cool.
Here’s where the C2 wins: it has local storage, which the XT lacks, and it has much more free cloud storage than the XT. The C2’s viewing angle is much wider as well, as the XT’s capacity is only 110 degrees, ten degrees lower than the industry standard.
If I was strictly looking at night vision or outdoor use, I would pick the XT, but when you take those out of the equation, the C2 takes the cake as the better indoor camera.
Finally, we’ll compare the Honeywell Lyric C2 to the Google Nest Indoor Camera. As far as video and audio go, both are comparable, with 1080p HD. The Nest has a better field of zoom, with 8x compared to the C2’s 6x, while the C2 beats the Nest in terms of field of view, with 145 degrees over the Nest’s 130. Both have clear two-way audio.
As night vision is not the C2’s strong suit, the Nest takes the cake for this category. The Nest loses points, however, for its lack of a local storage option. If you want more smart platform integrations than just Amazon, the Google Nest might be the right camera for you. It’s integrated not only with Amazon, but also with Google Assistant, Chromecast, and Philips Hue lightbulbs. Another feature the Nest has which the C2 lacks is artificial intelligence in the form of person detection.
Overall, these cameras are both worthwhile and convenient to use, but I would buy the Nest over the C2 for its superior night vision and smart home integrations. However, if having local storage is a necessity for you, the C2 might be the better option.
The Customer Experience
After experiencing it for myself, I can now say that I really like the Honeywell Lyric C2 camera. However, I’m wondering what other people had to say about it. A quick Google search later revealed the C2’s mixed reviews. Here are the good things that people had to say:
- The setup was quick and easy– no one really had any problems getting their camera started
- Great video quality during the day
- High quality sound
With every action comes an equal and opposite reaction. Here are some of the C2’s biggest critiques:
- The night vision- like me, people complained that it was a bit difficult to decipher what was going on at night
- Geofencing– many said that this feature didn’t work properly, although this was not my experience
- Bugs with the app. Some people cited connectivity problems, but that may or may not have been their Wi-Fi connections
Honeywell and Smart Home Security
What else does Honeywell have going on in the smart home security market?
The company currently offers two other security cameras: The C1, which has poorer video quality and has less capabilities than the C2, and the Honeywell Smart Home Security, which has facial recognition and smart home integration with Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT. It might be worth it to buy the C2 with the Smart Home Security, as you unlock some pretty awesome features.
I think the Honeywell Lyric C2 camera is a pretty decent buy if you want something reliable, easy to set up, and great for daytime footage. However, I would not recommend this device to anyone who is not already in the Amazon ecosystem or wants high quality night vision
If you don’t really care about any of these things and just want to add to your vast Honeywell home device collection, go for it. I’m always here to support people’s passion for technology — no matter how specific.