Netatmo is a French startup founded in 2011, making them one of the newer smart home companies around. They have 1.3 million active products all over the world including security systems, thermostats, and of course, cameras. Today we’ll be talking about Netatmo’s Welcome Indoor Security Camera. We know it’s one of the best cameras for artificial intelligence, with facial recognition for up to 32 faces- way more people than I have wandering through my house on a regular basis, to be completely honest. Moving beyond artificial intelligence, I’ll be discussing the camera’s features from audio to storage, and help you make your buying decision. Let’s dive in!
There are a few features on Netatmo’s box that peak my interest. Among their promises include:
- 1080p HD video quality
- 8x field of zoom
- Integration with Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant
- Awesome artificial intelligence capabilities
Sounds good to me, but you can’t judge a book by its cover. Let’s open the box and see what’s inside!
I have to say that aesthetically, the Netatmo Welcome Indoor is one of my favorite cameras. It’s a pale gold cylinder with a black narrow oval-shaped face for the camera. It looks less like a security camera and more like a sculpture you’d find at the MOMA. All in all, the camera has a beautiful minimalism. It comes with a power adapter, a USB cable, an ethernet cable, and a micro-SD card for local storage, a nice touch.
Setting up the camera wasn’t the easiest process in the world, but it wasn’t really Netatmo’s fault- I had a few Wi-Fi glitches setting up the app. Once you’ve got the app paired with your camera, it’s all downhill from there. I’d recommend that you make sure you have a strong internet connection before setting up the camera. Of course, the same could be said for any connected device. What can I say, I give great advice! All in all, the entire process took less than 15 minutes from unpacking the camera to turning it on. Not too shabby!
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Let’s get into the meat of the review: Security Baron’s Necessary Features test. Sure, the Welcome Indoor camera is pretty. But this isn’t the Miss USA pageant (and if you thought it was, then you need more help than I can offer). I’m going to go over the camera’s video, audio, and night vision qualities, its storage options, smart platform integrations, artificial intelligence, value, and convenience.
On paper, I’m impressed with the Welcome Indoor’s video quality. Of course, it has 1080p HD, the industry standard for video quality. Beyond that, it has a nice 130 degree field of view, and the ability to optically zoom in eight times! Zoom comes in handy if you do have a break-in. With high-quality video, you’ll be able to get a much better idea of who your perp is rather than some black and white, grainy footage that only tells you that he’s a person.
Unfortunately, I noticed about a 10 second lag on the video’s livestream. This is a huge issue as you’ll want to know immediately if you have a break-in. I think the reason for the lag is the cloud storage, which we’ll talk about it more later. Despite this, I still give the Welcome Indoor’s video quality full marks- it’s definitely decent.
I’m glad that this camera has night vision powered by infrared LED lights- this means that the person I’m recording will have no idea that he’s on camera, as opposed to a bright white light that would totally give itself away. That being said, the Netatmo Welcome Indoor’s night vision is not the best or the worst I’ve ever seen. I would describe it as pretty middle of the road, passable but not mind-blowing. Well, that’s good enough for me. Full marks for night vision!
I’m really surprised to see that the camera does not have two-way audio, meaning there’s no way to communicate with whoever is in the room being recorded. As most top-notch cameras have two-way audio, which is super valuable if you have a break-in, I’m a bit confused why Netatmo didn’t choose to include it in their indoor camera. For the lack of two-way audio, I give the Welcome Indoor half marks.
Remember when I said the camera comes with a micro-SD card? That means that Netatmo gives you 32-gigabytes of local storage on the house! As a lot of security cameras don’t even have a local storage option, this is very generous. On top of that, you can upload all of your footage to a person Dropbox or FTP server. While it’s amazing that Netatmo gives you unlimited, free storage, automatically uploading everything to the cloud is definitely responsible for the livestream-lag. It’s a Sophie’s Choice, but nevertheless, I’m giving the Welcome Indoor full marks for its storage.
Smart Platform Integration
Netatmo’s Welcome Indoor camera integrates with Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant, so you’ll be able to verbally command your camera to perform certain functions. I’m a little surprised that the camera has Apple HomeKit over Amazon Alexa, which is a much more popular smart home platform. If you’re gung-ho about having an indoor camera that integrates with Alexa, I’d check out the Blink Indoor Camera.
On top of Siri and Google Assistant, you can use Facebook messenger to command your camera. I find this sort of odd- who goes on Facebook to see their livestream? But if Facebook messenger is something that you use regularly, this could be rather convenient.
Overall, I’m giving the camera full marks for its smart platform integration.
Artificial intelligence is really where the Welcome Indoor camera shines. Not only does it have person detection, but it has facial recognition and even pet detection! Let me explain each.
Obviously, person detection means that the camera can tell when it’s recording people (as opposed to cars, shadows, or any inanimate moving objects). But the Welcome Indoor takes it a step further. It can recognize up to 32 faces, meaning you’ll be notified that specific people have entered your home. Imagine knowing the second your dog-sitter shows up! On the other side of the coin, the camera can also tell when someone unfamiliar is in your home, which is information you definitely need to be aware of.
Finally, the camera offers pet detection, which means it won’t necessarily notify you every time your dog prances around your living room (unless you’d like that, of course). Basically, the Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera’s artificial intelligence capabilities mean smarter, more specific notifications, which just makes things way more convenient for you. Full marks is an understatement!
I’m at a crossroads, like Britney Spears in the movie Crossroads. While the Netatmo’s artificial intelligence and storage are definitely up to par, the video had some technical issues and there’s no two-way audio. As the camera runs for about $200, I’m going to conclude that the camera may not be worth the money overall. It will really come down to your personal preferences, of course, but I do find the camera to be a bit over-priced. Half marks for value.
Aside from my internet issues, which may be a personal problem, I found the camera remarkably easy to set up. Basically, all you have to do is download the Netatmo Security app or use the Netatmo website (I personally used the app, so that’s what I’ll be describing). Once the app is downloaded, it’ll tell you exactly what to do step-by-step. Make sure the camera is plugged in to the power cable throughout the installation process, or it won’t work correctly.
Full marks for convenience!
Netatmo Security Mobile Application
To remotely control your Welcome Indoor camera, you’ll use the Netatmo Security app, available on the Apple and Google Play stores. Through the app, you’ll be able to receive push notifications about your home’s activity and livestream your camera’s footage.
Of course, you’ll be able to customize which notifications you’d like to receive, which is nice- as much as I love my dog, I have things to do, ya know? Personally, I found the app easy to use, and most people seemed to agree with me. The app has a four-star rating on the Google Play store and a whopping 4.6-star rating on the Apple store. Generally, the Netatmo Security app is well-designed and lets you easily monitor your home’s security.
I’m going to compare the Netatmo Welcome Indoor Camera to the Lighthouse Indoor camera, the Canary-All-In-One, and the Nest Cam IQ Indoor. They’re all indoor cameras with great artificial intelligence, just like the Netatmo Welcome Indoor, but let’s see how they stack up in other categories.
Lighthouse Indoor Camera
Like the Welcome Indoor, the Lighthouse Indoor has awesome facial recognition technology, but it takes it a step further. You can tell your camera to let you know about future events, like when your kids come home. This allows for highly specific notifications, customized by the user. Unlike the Welcome Indoor, the Lighthouse Indoor has two-way audio, which is always a plus.
However, the Lighthouse Indoor is not without its faults. With a narrow field of view of 112 degrees and no zoom, its video quality is subpar, despite it being 1080p HD. Similarly, its night vision disappoints, and there is no local storage. If you don’t care about local storage, you’ll be pleased to know that the Lighthouse gives you 30 days of free cloud storage, which is pretty generous.
The Welcome Indoor definitely beats the Lighthouse when it comes to smart platform integration- the Lighthouse has no smart platform integrations, although it does have a built-in language processor so you can do voice commands. Both cameras were easy to set up, but ultimately, both are a bit over-priced given their capabilities.
To learn more, check out our Lighthouse Indoor camera review.
While the Canary All-In-One may not have all of the Welcome Indoor’s artificial intelligence capabilities (just person detection, no facial recognition), it does best the Welcome in a few ways. I like that it integrates with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, as these are the two most widely-used smart home platforms. It also has two-way audio, if you pay a monthly subscription- not ideal but I’ll take it over absolutely no two-way audio.
Video-wise, the cameras are both 1080p HD, but the All-In-One has an impressive field of view of 147 degrees compared to the Welcome Indoor’s 130. On the other hand, the Canary can only zoom in three times compared to the Welcome’s eight. The Netatmo Welcome Indoor camera also wins for storage, as the All-In-One has no local storage options and only 24 hours worth of free storage, although more could be purchased with the monthly membership.
Overall, I felt that the Canary All-In-One was a better value than the Welcome Indoor, but your choice comes down to personal preferences.
Want to know even more about this camera? Check out our Canary All-In-One review.
Nest Cam IQ
Finally, we’ll compare the Netatmo Welcome Indoor camera to the Nest Cam IQ Indoor, Google Nest’s latest indoor camera. The Nest Cam IQ’s video is superior, but only by a hair- both cameras have 1080pHD and fields of view of 130 degrees, but the Nest can zoom in a whopping twelve times. Both cameras have good night vision, but I have to give the Nest Cam IQ props- it integrates with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and even Philips-Hue lightbulbs! Plus, it has two-way audio, a feature that the Welcome Indoor sorely lacks.
However, the Nest Cam IQ loses points for having no local storage, and for only offering paid (and pricey) cloud store options. Lastly, the Welcome Indoor wins for artificial intelligence, as facial recognition must be purchased with the Nest Cam IQ, although it does include person detection. I believe that the Nest Cam IQ has a better value than the Netatmo Welcome Indoor, although it certainly has its disadvantages. For more information, read our full review of the Nest Cam IQ Indoor.
Bret Michaels was right when he said that every rose has its thorn. The Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera has some definite pros, including:
- 1080p HD video
- Field of zoom of eight times
- Field of view of 130 degrees
- Integrations with Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant
- Great facial recognition abilities
- Decent night vision
- Cloud/ local storage
- Convenient setup
- User-friendly app
The camera’s “thorns,” on the other hand, are its:
- Lagging livestream
- Lack of two-way audio
And that brings us to the end of our Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera review! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out below.