The Hive View camera is much better than its predecessor, the Hive Camera. The Hive View is integrated into the Hive smartphone app. The camera itself built to a very high standard; it’s solid with every component having a great finish.
In the box, there is a European and US plug adaptor as well as 3 pin UK plug. As well as this, it is supplied with a USB power adapter, a three-metre length USB to Micro USB. It has a detachable head, cube-shaped. This magnetically on to the arm-and-base combination.
The camera comes with a clever magnetic stand that can be sat or fixed to a flat object with rubber feet to stop scratching, attached to a metal surface via the magnetic base, or wall-mounted. The camera attaches via a magnet and is securely located but able to move up and down as well as effortlessly removable while the stand rotates and moves freely around its base.
It is an indoor camera and not for external use. Setting up is basic. The installation guide tells you to log into Hive online, register and download the application from either the Apple store or Google Play. An app is needed to configure or access the device as it is not supported on the website portal.
The image quality can be set to 720p or 1080p. It has a wide field of view and a very sensitive microphone. It comes with 24-hour cloud recording for free. you can upgrade to 30-days of storage for £4.99 a month, for up to two cameras, cheaper than Nest.
The camera can detect motion and sound and can also recognise people.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t have geolocation to activate the camera when you go out. Through Hive actions, you can set the lights to come on if the camera detects motion.
Overall, we really love this camera. The integration is good, and we hope there is more to come in the future.