Real Review of the Canary Flex Security Camera
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Flex is a wire free weatherproof indoor/outdoor camera with an IP rating of 65.. It runs on an 6700 mAh internal lithium battery that will run for 2 months or it can be left plugged in with an included USB power plug and long magnetic cable. (Time will vary depending on usage – 2 weeks)
No special base unit is required like the Arlo products.
Flex is designed in the shape of a capsule. It is 4.35 inches tall and 1.9 inches in diameter. The lens is located on the upper part of its IR-transparent faceplate, while the lower half holds its microphone, motion sensor, and a ring of LED lights. At the back of the camera, you will find the charging port and a bluetooth pairing / reset button. Flex also has a speaker.
Setup is via bluetooth pairing using an iOS or Android app. (No web interface or computer programs are available) The app allows you to stream live video, receive alerts and reviews captured video.
Alerts: Power/Battery, On/Offline and Motion
Home, Away, Night and Privacy modes can be setup to change automatically changing the behavior of your Flex.
Magnetic mount (other mounts are available)
116-degree field-of-view camera
1080p resolution (Streams 720p)
Audio: High-quality microphone
** Built-in speaker (two-way talk enabled, coming soon)
Night vision (IR)
Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer, Ambient light, PIR
Dual Band WiFi: 2.4 and 5 mHz (802.11 a/b/g/n)
Free 24-hour event-based storage
$10 per month 30-day event-based storage
** Canary Membership is optional; you can still use up to 4 cameras for free. Free users are given 24-hour cloud storage divided among their cameras. If you have 2 cameras, each camera will be able to store videos to the cloud for 12 hours. If you have 3 cameras, each camera will receive 8-hour cloud storage. And if you have 4, each will be given 6-hour cloud storage.
Security & Data Protection
– Dedicated encryption chip
– AES 256-bit data encryption
– Encrypted cloud storage
– Secure web transfer (SSL/TLS)
– Secure Mount
– Twist Mount
– Stake Mount
– A 4G LTE mount. As part of a partnership with Verizon, you can opt in to cellular backup for an additional monthly fee. It’s a solid option if you want to install your camera outside of traditional Wi-Fi range — or simply have a backup when your internet connection is spotty.
Coming Soon: The flex also has a microphone and speaker, with two-way talk coming soon.
PROS – Compared to the others: Versatility with 4G Connection and Multiple Mounting Accessories.
Build Quality is awesome.
CONS – Compared to the others: Newest device, has typical new device challenges. Wake up time can be slow. No direct access via 3rd party apps ro programs or web.
Setup required rebooting the Flex several times. The app kept saying the device was updating. After several reboots and pairings thing started to work. (Do not remove the Flex from the app, you will have to call support to have them manual remove the device from your account so you can reconnect.
Reminder: check with your insurance company for discounts.
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