April 15, 2024

The Philips Hue Safe wired digital camera affords an interesting design and incorporates helpful options, together with the combination with Hue lights, a blackout zone choice and a built-in siren. It nonetheless requires some refinement just like the addition of Alexa and Google compatibility, and a few options are locked behind a subscription, so you may have to hold that in thoughts by way of value, however if you happen to already use Philips Hue lights, this digital camera is a worthy addition for each indoor and out of doors safety. Regardless of the aggressive good safety market, the Philips Hue Safe wired digital camera stands out for customers invested within the Hue system, providing a premium end, evolving options, and an ideal general expertise.


  • Nice integration with Philips Hue system

  • Strong design and construct high quality

  • Good choice of options


  • Subscription wanted for some options

  • Settings might be simpler to entry

  • Not all options right here but

Product identify: Introduction

  • Sort: Indoor, Out of doors
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 2.4 and 5GHz
  • Ecosystems: Alexa, Google Residence (upcoming)

Once you consider good lighting, Philips Hue can be one of many first corporations – if not the primary – that enters your head. It’s famend within the good lighting subject, not just for delivering wonderful good lighting options, however an enormous vary of choices too, from strip lighting to numerous bulbs. 

It’s maybe somewhat shocking due to this fact, that it took so lengthy for Philips Hue to make use of this repute and broaden into different areas of the good residence. Nonetheless, it did it will definitely and the primary of those areas is the Philips Hue Safe wired digital camera, which was revealed in August 2023.

Having lived with Nest Cams in my residence for a number of years, can the Safe wired digital camera compete?

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Design and set up

  • Integrates with Philips Hue lighting app
  • Weatherproof for indoor or out of doors use

The Philips Hue Safe wired digital camera isn’t too dissimilar from Google’s Nest Cams and on first look, you’ll be forgiven for complicated the 2. Nonetheless, somewhat like telephones, there actually is barely so many locations you may take the design of a safety digital camera so it’s not too shocking gadgets from totally different producers have similarities. 

The Philips Hue Safe wired digital camera is available in white or black color choices, each of which have a premium outer shell with a rounded again and a round component on the entrance housing the digital camera sensor and lens.

I opted for the wired digital camera with Desktop Stand for my overview unit, however you may select the choice with out the stand or purchase the stand individually at a later date (although that is an costly factor to do).

There’s a battery mannequin too, which is nearly equivalent in look to the wired mannequin with a barely longer physique, however each have an IP65 score, making them appropriate for indoor or out of doors use.

Philip Hue Secure wired camera side view
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Within the Hue Safe wired digital camera with desktop stand field, you can see the ability cable, Safe wired digital camera, the Desktop Stand and a magnetic mount. You’ll want to position the digital camera into the magnetic mount first, then route the ability cable by means of the underside of the desktop stand earlier than putting the digital camera into the stand and connecting the cable.

It really works effectively sufficient – the bottom is strong and the magnets holding the digital camera head to the bottom are robust – nevertheless it feels somewhat high heavy and the ability cable might be higher integrated.

Nonetheless, it’s all comparatively simple to piece collectively and the one factor to essentially take note is that you just’ll should be shut sufficient to an influence outlet. You’ll additionally want the small card with the QR code on it that can also be within the field, and required to attach it to the Phillips Hue app.

The remainder of the setup is simple sufficient too – you’ll want to make sure you’re the fundamental account holder and you’ve got the appropriate permissions so as to add gadgets to an current Philips Hue account – and also you’ll additionally should be somewhat affected person. 

Bottom of the Philips Hue Secure wired camera
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The Philips Hue Safe wired digital camera takes a few minutes to enter pairing mode the place an LED gentle above the digital camera lens will flash blue. It can begin with the color purple once you first flip it on however you received’t be capable of connect with it till it turns blue so seize a espresso and simply wait.

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As soon as it’s blue, you’ll join through Bluetooth initially, use the QR code to attach it to the Hue app after which join up your Wi-Fi. 

You’re then just about good to go. It’d advocate an replace, and if it does, then be sure you don’t press “Come again later” in the course of the replace as this may cancel the updating reasonably than permitting you to simply depart the Philips Hue app and the replace proceed within the background.

Screenshots of the Philips Hue Secure app setup
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The final a part of the set up and setup course of is including the Safe wired digital camera to your Philips Hue residence setup, selecting to incorporate – or to not embrace – sound in movies and giving your digital camera a reputation. You’ll additionally have to make a remark of the distinctive passphrase you might be given throughout setup as you will want it if you wish to view your reside feed from one other machine.

This passphrase will not be one thing you’re more likely to bear in mind off the highest of your head so be sure you screenshot it or element it someplace simply accessible. It is possible for you to to entry it within the Hue app too however chances are you’ll not have your cellphone or pill on you for this once you want it.

Options

  • Two-Method Discuss, Constructed-in Siren, Black Out Zones, AI for distinction between objects
  • Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant assist coming

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The Philips Hue Safe wired digital camera has end-to-end encryption, as you may count on from a safety digital camera, nevertheless it additionally has a spread of extra options. You’ll discover two-way discuss with each a microphone and speaker constructed into the digital camera and that is good and clear in use.

Side view of the Philips Hue Secure wired camera
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There’s additionally synthetic intelligence (AI) on board for distinguishing between folks, packages, animals or automobiles, and you’ll decide which of those you need alerts for, although that is so far as that goes with no acquainted face detection such as you’ll discover on Nest Cams.

Additionally, you will want to enroll in a Safe subscription to entry these options and additionally, you will want the Safe subscription for clip historical past and zones, which isn’t too dissimilar to Nest and Ring, each of which require subscriptions to entry greater than the fundamental options.

In the event you do signal as much as the Safe subscription plan, you may outline areas of your video feed to obtain particular alerts nonetheless, which is helpful. The Hue Safe wired digital camera guards the again of my residence the place we’ve two units of bi-fold doorways and whereas they give the impression of being pretty, they’re a weak level by way of safety.

I due to this fact setup each as zones so I used to be particularly alerted if there was movement detected close to them, reasonably than getting a notification every time the canine walked out and in of the sitting room. It’a additionally potential to setup what Hue calls Black Zones for areas you don’t need filmed in any respect at any level, providing privateness.

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Philips Hue Secure wired camera screenshots
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Elsewhere on the options entrance – and the place the Philips Hue Safe wired digital camera stands out – is the best way it really works with the remainder of the Philips Hue system.

When you have Philips Hue lights – which I believe you will have if you happen to’re contemplating this digital camera over some others available in the market – they work in concord with the Safe digital camera and it’s an ideal expertise.

On one hand, you should use the digital camera as a movement sensor to set off lights, whereas alternatively, you may as well select to ‘Arm’ your own home, with two choices on provide: Armed: Residence and Armed: Away. The previous is for if you end up residence and the later is for when nobody is residence, as their names recommend. 

Inside these Armed choices, you may arrange an alarm which might contain all of your Hue lights flashing brightly, in addition to the digital camera’s built-in siren going off if movement is detected. The alarm will be customised so it is perhaps that you just select the siren to solely come on in case you are away from residence reasonably than simply if somebody in your house comes downstairs in the midst of the evening.

It’s additionally one thing you may set off manually with a Take Motion choice showing when your Philips Hue digital camera detects movement, and it’s potential so as to add a contact so you may name them instantly from the Take Motion display screen too, do you have to wish to. 

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Side view of the Philips Hue Secure wired camera
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By way of assist with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and HomeKit, the previous two are coming however not right here but, and the latter isn’t at the moment on the playing cards.

Efficiency

The Philips Hue Safe wired digital camera affords 1080p video from its sensor and the standard is respectable once you have a look at it in your cellphone or pill.

It’s clear, detailed and you’ll see options with out a problem so if there was an intruder, the standard would provide help to distinguish sure traits with out a problem.

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It does change into distorted once you zoom in nonetheless, whereas the Nest Cam has a 4K digital camera sensor to permit for higher high quality when zooming and Arlo’s Professional 5 safety digital camera has 2K footage, for instance.

Philips Hue Secure wired camera screenshots
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There may be little or no lag within the Hue Safe digital camera nonetheless. Generally when viewing a reside feed of a safety digital camera, there is usually a delay of a few seconds however the Philips Hue Safe is just about instantaneous.

That is extra reassuring than you may suppose as if somebody is breaking in, the notification received’t be too far behind and the siren and Hue lights will kick in shortly to attempt to deter the intruder.

The siren is 80 decibels which isn’t so loud that it’ll get up the entire neighborhood, nevertheless it’s loud sufficient that somebody shut by will get somewhat freight and hopefully be delay coming into if they aren’t welcome. 

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Evening imaginative and prescient high quality on the Safe video digital camera is sweet too, making it potential to differentiate between faces and objects – one thing you’ll hope a safety digital camera may do even at evening.

The Safe digital camera’ subject of view can also be fairly respectable, clocking in at 110-degrees, which suggests for me, it covers a lot of the again of my home with out having to be on present in the midst of the room. 

Philips Hue Secure wired camera screenshots
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The opposite component I significantly take pleasure in concerning the Safe wired digital camera is that it really works throughout the Hue app reasonably than requiring a separate app.

The very last thing all of us want is extra apps to regulate parts of the identical system so whereas there are a few additional clicks to get to sure menus and settings, I’d reasonably that and have it underneath one roof so to talk, than must open a separate app to view my Safe’s reside feed.

That mentioned, I would love the reside feed to look instantly within the Residence tab reasonably than having to faucet on the digital camera within the safety record. It’s potential to Arm Residence or Arm Away instantly from this display screen however it’s important to faucet to see the feed and the historical past.

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When movement is detected and a notifications is distributed by means of to your machine, you may select to Mark as Secure or Set off the Alarm.

If you wish to take motion, manually, it’s important to faucet in your Safe digital camera underneath the safety part and faucet on the alarm icon within the high proper nook earlier than swiping to set off the alarm and flash the lights – or no matter setup you may have chosen. 

Philips Hue Secure Camera and Desktop Stand separated
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You’ll be able to faucet within the three dots within the high proper too if you wish to entry safety settings. From right here, you may choose an arm/disarm delay so that you don’t set off the siren by simply leaving your own home for instance, and you may as well filter notifications and setup a function referred to as Mimic Presence, which is able to flip your lights on and off robotically when you may have armed your own home, or begin it manually.

To entry digital camera settings, which is the place you modify issues like movement sensitivity, including a blackout zone to maintain a part of your digital camera feed non-public, and specifying what objects set off alerts, it’s important to head to the reside feed after which faucet on the three dots.

I feel these settings might be simpler to entry on the entire, however there are some respectable options inside these settings so the commerce off is appropriate general.

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Closing ideas

The Philips Hue Safe wired digital camera appears to be like nice by way of design and it packs in some respectable options too, although there’s nonetheless some work to be carried out to make it as full and well-rounded as a few of the different options available on the market.

I just like the blackout zone choice, having a siren constructed into the digital camera and the truth that it additionally works in concord with Hue lights makes for an ideal beginning expertise.

If you have already got Philips Hue lights and also you’re searching for a good safety digital camera so as to add to your own home – whether or not inside or outdoors – the Hue Safe is effectively value contemplating.

The app might be refined to make some settings and options simpler to entry, a couple of options aren’t fairly right here but and a few of the core options sit behind the subscription paywall, however that’s fairly normal for safety cameras as of late.

Good safety cameras is a subject with quite a few choices – and cheaper ones too – however the Philips Hue Safe wired digital camera is nice for these already invested within the Hue system and searching for one thing with a premium end, premium options with extra coming, and a superb general expertise.

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How we check

Once we publish our critiques, you may relaxation assured that they’re the results of “dwelling with” long run exams.

Good safety cameras often reside inside an ecosystem, or a spread of merchandise that – supposedly – all work in concord. Subsequently, it’s unimaginable to make use of a safety digital camera for per week and ship a verdict.

As a result of we’re testing good residence package all day, on a regular basis, we all know what issues and the way a selected digital camera compares to alternate options that you may additionally be contemplating.

Our critiques are complete, goal and honest and, in fact, we’re by no means paid on to overview a tool.

Learn our information on our overview course of for good safety cameras to study extra.

FAQs

Is the Philips Hue Safe wired digital camera appropriate for out of doors use?

Sure, the Philips Hue Safe wired digital camera can be utilized indoors or open air due to its IP65 water and mud resistance score. It additionally has an working temperature between -20°C to 45°C.

How a lot is the Safe subscription?

There are two Safe subscription plans: Fundamental and Plus. In the event you’re primarily based within the US, the Safe Fundamental subscription prices $39.99 per digital camera, per 12 months and the Plus plan prices $99.99 a 12 months. For these within the UK, the Safe Fundamental subscription prices £34.99 per digital camera, per 12 months, whereas the Plus plan prices £84.99 a 12 months. There are additionally month-to-month worth choices accessible within the App Retailer and Google Play Retailer.

Can the desktop stand be used with the Safe wired and battery digital camera?

No, the desktop stand was particularly designed for use with the Philips Hue Safe wired digital camera.

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Full product identify: Specs

Sort (Colors and elegance) Black and White
UK RRP £179.99 / £199.99 with Desktop Stand
US RRP $199.99 / $229.99 with Desktop Stand
Measurement (Dimensions) 92mm x 74mm
Weight 890g
Decision 1080p
Viewing angle 110-degrees
Evening imaginative and prescient Sure
Movement sensor Sure
Launch Date 17 October 2023
Good residence Ecosystems Alexa, Google Residence
Connectivity Wi-Fi 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Battery dimension Wired