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Canary is a DIY home security system that focuses on video monitoring. The company has a wide selection of devices that monitor motion, temperature, humidity and air quality. Canary offers a free, basic self-monitoring option. Homeowners can choose to upgrade their plan for more protection, including video storage and one-touch first responder access.

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    • One-touch access to first responders
    • Free monitoring option
    • Two-way communication


    • Customer service not easy to contact
    • No professional monitoring

    Bottom Line

    Canary is a video-focused home security system. The company offers three devices, each with its own benefits. Homeowners get free basic self-monitoring or more thorough coverage with premium service.

    How does Canary home security work?

    Canary has several modes that automatically change based on when you come and go. These include Away, Home, Night and Privacy. Privacy disables the camera and microphone so homeowners can enjoy private time. Canary is compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and the Wink home automation system. It can also help monitor pets while you’re away from home.

    It’s important to note that there’s no professional monitoring option. Homeowners are responsible for monitoring their own systems using the Canary phone app. This also means you’re responsible for notifying the appropriate authorities, though the app makes this simple by connecting you to first responders with a single touch.

    Canary offers two service options. The first is free access, which costs nothing but is limited. It includes:

    • 24/7 live video
    • Video clip recording
    • One-day storage
    • Person detection
    • Advanced detection
    • Activity-zone masking
    • One-touch access to first responders
    • A one-year warranty

    Premium service has all the free features, plus:

    • Full-length video recording
    • Safety button
    • Unlimited video downloads
    • Two-way Canary talk
    • Desktop streaming
    • Custom modes
    • Two-year warranty
    • Incident report services

    Canary pricing and plans

    Your costs will depend on the system and monitoring plan you choose. Canary offers two service options. Premium service is available in one- or two-year packages; the longer your commitment, the more you save. One-year service costs $8.25 a month or $99 a year. With a two-year contract, premium service costs $7.42 a month or $89 a year. Homeowners with State Farm or Allstate insurance can save on insurance premiums with a Canary device.

    Canary has three systems to choose from: The Flex, The View and The Pro.

    • The Flex: The Canary Flex is $199. This security camera is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. It’s waterproof and can be wireless. It uses lithium-ion rechargeable batteries and comes with automatic night vision and a wide-angle lens.
    • The View: The Canary View is $99. This system comes with 1080p HD video. It has high-quality, automatic night vision and a wide-angle lens. It provides intelligent motion detection and notifications.
    • The Pro: The Canary Pro costs $169. This all-in-one device provides total home security. Along with the HD camera, it comes with a 90-decibel siren and a climate monitor. Homeowners can activate the siren from their phone in case of a burglary. The Pro can also inform you of your home’s air quality, temperature and humidity.

    Canary FAQ

    Does Canary come with home automation?
    Canary doesn’t have home automation features itself. It does integrate with the Wink home automation system, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
    Does Canary require a subscription?
    Canary doesn’t require a subscription. Homeowners get free access to up to four devices, though this service offers much more basic coverage than the premium subscription.
    Does Canary need to be plugged in?
    It depends on the model. The original Canary does need to be plugged in, but The Flex does not.
    Does Canary work with Ring?
    Canary is not compatible with Ring. Homeowners must use Canary products.
    Does the Canary camera record sound?
    Yes, the Canary camera records sound. When there’s motion detected, Canary will record both video and audio in HD.
    How do you contact Canary customer service?
    Canary has a help center with several articles to help customers who are having issues. If your question isn’t answered there, you can ask the community or open a ticket with customer service.

    Is Canary a good security system?

    Canary is a very basic security system. It’s missing many of the devices you see in other home security systems, such as window and door sensors, glass break sensors and more; instead, Canary security focuses entirely on video and audio. However, you can monitor motion in your home from your phone’s mobile app, and premium service is affordable and more thorough than the free service. Still, homeowners might want to consider a more comprehensive security system before choosing Canary.

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    Original review: Jan. 6, 2021

    No warranty. Very sad and fake company. Once you’ll activate them nevertheless you can’t change location. No service. Will not recommend!! Unprofessional support, made in China, waste of time. Stay away!!

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