At its core, the Home View Outdoor security camera is a lot like many other smart home monitoring devices: it mounts to your wall via a magnet, allowing you to monitor your space with the included 130-degree wide-angle lens. You view the camera’s live stream at full 1080p HD, and store footage for up to 24 hours on the Hive mobile app; paying subscribers can have access to a 30-day backlog of footage.
The Hive outdoor security camera is also IP66 waterproof, has a night vision mode, a microphone/speaker combo so you can speak to visitors from a distance, and motion detection.
To stand out from the crowd, Hive is leaning on its aesthetics and design. The security camera was designed by Hive’s brand consultant and prolific gadget designer, Yves Béhar. Responsible for both Hive’s indoor and outdoor camera designs, Béhar isn’t new to the world of design — especially with contraptions like this.
It’s not a bad looking security camera — I’ll give it that — but it doesn’t look hugely different from what’s available from other companies, either. The design is definitely up there with the likes of Nest, but it’ll take time testing it to figure out if the build is better in any way.
If you’re not in the market for an outdoor camera, but are interested Hive’s lineup, you can buy the indoor variant for $149. Hive’s new outdoor security camera costs $199 and is available for pre-order from Amazon or Hive directly and ships in December.