Tend Indoor 2 Camera Review

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Once in a blue moon, a camera comes along that blows me out of the water, and has an affordable price to boot. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Tend Secure Lynx Indoor 2, which I’ll be referring to as simply the Tend Indoor 2. After reviewing the Tend Lynx Secure Pro, as well as the original Tend Lynx Secure indoor camera, I’m curious to see how their latest indoor camera will stack up. On the website, it looks pretty glossy and exciting, but does it hold up in real life? Let’s find out.

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Tend Secure Lynx Indoor 2
Tend Secure Lynx Indoor 2
Tend Secure Lynx Indoor 2

With facial recognition, an Alexa integration, and excellent infrared night vision, this $60 camera is a great value overall. 

Pros and Cons 

Tend Indoor 2 and Box
Tend Indoor 2 and Box

Before I go into too much detail, I want to go over some basic pros and cons of the Tend Indoor 2.

Tend Indoor 2 Pros

  • Facial recognition: This camera can tell you exactly who’s in your home after learning their faces over time.
  • Alexa integration: You’ll be able to control the camera using your voice alone, so long as you’re in the Amazon smart home ecosystem.
  • Free cloud storage: You’ll get a week of cloud storage, completely on the house.

Tend Indoor 2 Cons

  • No local storage: Unfortunately, the Tend Indoor 2 doesn’t have a slot for a micro-SD card.
  • Not wireless: You’ll plug in the Tend Indoor 2 for power, so make sure you have an outlet nearby.

First Impressions

Tend Indoor 2
Tend Indoor 2

Visually speaking, the Tend Indoor 2 is not much like other security cameras. It’s a rectangular shape that almost looks like it’s wearing upside down headphones, mounted over a black base. Although the camera is intended for indoor use, it can work in temperatures from 32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, in case you lack a heating or cooling system. Like I said, the camera plugs into power, so if you were looking for a wireless indoor camera, then the Tend Indoor 2 is not for you.

Looking closer, I see that there’s no slot for a micro-SD card, so my footage will be uploaded to a cloud instead. I’m also clocking the speaker and microphone enabling two-way audio. Which brings me to my next point, the meat of the camera review— you know what I’m talking about!

Necessary Features

Security Baron’s Necessary Features Test is a deep dive into a camera’s qualities in terms of video, night vision, audio, storage, smart platform integrations, artificial intelligence, value and convenience. Let’s get started!

Video

Tend Indoor 2 Day Vision
Tend Indoor 2 Day Vision

The Tend Indoor 2 has 1080p HD video, the industry standard, plus a diagonal field of view of 125 degrees, which will give you a nice, wide picture.

Night Vision

Tend Indoor 2 Night Vision
Tend Indoor 2 Night Vision

Of course, the camera has infrared night vision powered by LED sensors, which I prefer over color night vision from a bright white light. Why choose black and white over color, you may ask? Spotlights tend to be pretty conspicuous and personally, I like to keep my security cameras on the D.L.

Audio Quality

Tend Indoor 2 Two-Way Audio on Box
Tend Indoor 2 Two-Way Audio on Box

As I said before, the Tend Indoor 2 has two-way audio which means you can speak to whoever the camera is pointing at. This can be useful for numerous situations, from checking in on your elderly grandmother to telling intruders which way the door is. Full marks for audio!

Storage

Cloud Storage on the TendApp
Cloud Storage on the TendApp

Although I’m pretty bummed that the Tend Indoor 2 doesn’t have any local storage, as I like to back up my footage in two ways, I do appreciate that Tend gives you a week of free cloud storage. I recommend backing that cloud storage onto a hard drive or flash drive so you have a copy in case the cloud provider fails. However, due to the lack of local storage, I have to give the Tend Indoor 2 half marks for this category.

Smart Platform Integration

Amazon Echo Show Features
Amazon Echo Show Features

The Tend Indoor 2 works with Alexa so you can command it with your voice. However, after a recent update from Google, it no longer works with Google Assistant, so I would avoid it if you’re already in the Google ecosystem. Still, the Tend Indoor 2 deserves full marks for best smart platform integrations.

Artificial Intelligence

Tend Indoor 2 Facial Recognition
Tend Indoor 2 Facial Recognition

This is what really sets the Tend Indoor 2 apart from similar cameras— person detection and facial recognition. While person detection can tell the difference between people and other moving objects like cars or pets, only notifying you when it spots a person, facial recognition can actually learn people’s faces over time.

As the camera recognizes repeated faces, you can name them in the Tend app and be notified with exactly who’s at your home! Imagine getting a notification that your kids came home from school the second it happens. That’s much better than getting notified that your camera detected motion, which could be your cat playing with some yarn for all you know. Needless to say, the Tend Indoor 2 gets full marks for artificial intelligence.

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Tend Secure Lynx Indoor 2
Tend Secure Lynx Indoor 2
Tend Secure Lynx Indoor 2

With facial recognition, an Alexa integration, and excellent infrared night vision, this $60 camera is a great value overall. 

The TendApp

The TendApp
The TendApp

The TendApp is where you’ll livestream footage, access cloud storage, speak through two-way audio, set up your Alexa integration, and name people from facial recognition. You will also use it to receive notifications. The app has amazing ratings, currently a 4.6 from the Google Play store and a 4.7 from the Apple store. DeeAnn Graber, an Android user, wrote earlier this month in a five-star review,

“Easy to set up. Convenient to move from inside one window to another to watch movement outside. Even to watch my dog in the backyard. Camera has never failed me.”

Comparisons

Now I want to compare the Tend Indoor 2 to two other great indoor security cameras, the Tend Secure Lynx Pro and the Wyze Cam.

Tend Indoor 2 vs. Tend Secure Lynx Pro

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Tend Secure Lynx Pro

First, I’m comparing the Tend Indoor 2 to another Tend camera, namely the Tend Secure Lynx Pro. As far as commonalities, both have 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, two-way audio, no local storage, a week of free cloud storage, Alexa integrations, plug-in power setups, and facial recognition. However, the Pro costs $150 while the Indoor 2 is only $60. Given that their features are essentially the same, the Pro is so much more expensive because it’s an indoor/ outdoor camera that works in temperatures from negative four to 133 degrees Fahrenheit.

IP Ratings
IP Ratings

It also has an IP rating of 65, meaning it’s completely tight from dust and can also handle water jets, so long as they’re below 6.3 mm. I’d only get the Pro if you’re looking for an outdoor camera, as the Indoor 2 is almost the exact same option for about a third of the price.

To learn more, read our full review of the Tend Secure Lynx Pro.

Tend Indoor 2 vs. Wyze Cam

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Wyze Cam

Believe it or not, the Wyze Cam is a third of the price of the Tend Indoor 2, which is already extremely affordable at only $60 (you do the math). Of course, I want to start with what the two cameras have in common: 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, two-way audio, no local storage and free cloud storage (although Wyze gives you twice as much), person detection, Alexa integrations, and plug-in setups.

But the Wyze Cam is inferior to the Tend Indoor 2 in terms of field of view, as it only has 110 degrees compared to 125 of the Indoor 2, and facial recognition, which the Wyze Cam lacks. However, Wyze has Tend beat when it comes to cloud storage, like I said, but also smart platform integrations, as it also works with IFTTT and Google Assistant. Wyze also has smart sound recognition for existing smoke and CO alarms, which could be helpful if yours are currently Wi-Fi enabled. These are both incredibly good options for prices that are truly unheard of in the industry, but overall, I’d go with the Wyze Cam over the Tend Indoor 2, especially if you have Google Assistant and facial recognition isn’t that important to you.

For more information, read our full review of the Wyze Cam.

Recap of the Tend Indoor 2 

Overall, I’m really happy with the Tend Indoor 2. It has nearly all of Security Baron’s Necessary Features, and it’s price is less than half of some of it’s competitors. Of course, no camera is the best choice for everybody, which is why I broke it down even further below.

I’d go with the Tend Indoor 2 if you’re looking for…

  • Person detection and facial recognition: Your camera will be able to tell you exactly how’s in your home at the moment they enter.
  • Alexa integration: If you’re already in the Amazon ecosystem, then the Tend Indoor 2 will fit right into your smart home.
  • Excellent video, audio and night vision: You’ll be able to see and hear clearly with the Tend Indoor 2, whether it’s the middle of the day or night.

But avoid it if you wanted..

  • Local storage: Instead, the Tend Indoor 2 offers a week of free cloud storage which you’ll have to manually upload to other devices.
  • Google integration: Unfortunately, the Tend Indoor 2 no longer works with Google Assistant after a recent software update from Google.
  • Wireless camera: The Tend Indoor 2 plugs in, which may be a bit of an eyesore.

To explore other options, check out my review of the best security cameras of 2019.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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