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Ooma Butterfleye Smart Security Camera with Facial Recognition
Author: Bill Lepse
Manufacturer: Ooma
Source: Ooma
Purchase: Amazon.com
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October 10, 2018

Conclusion:

I really wanted to like the Ooma Butterfleye camera. I thought it was a great idea to add facial recognition so I could eliminate excess notifications. But this just didn't pan out for me. I think some of these issues may just be growing pains as they are launching this new product line and hopefully some of this will be smoothed out in the future. Another improvement I would like to see them add are notifications for individual people. I can see this being very valuable to parents, such as knowing when their kids arrived home from school. But as it stands now facial recognition doesn't function well enough to overcome its other short comings.

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While daytime images are perfectly fine, I think it was a huge mistake to not include night vision. I can't think of the last time I had an IP cam that didn't have it. Without it this simply can't be considered a security camera.

I think once they get these wrinkles ironed out they will have a really good product on their hands. I think based on the fact they have a 60 day money back guarantee as well as a very long 3 year warranty, it is clear they are committed to this product so I am hopeful improvements will be forth coming.

If you're still interested, the Ooma Butterfleye smart security camera with facial recognition currently sells for $150 (US) at Amazon.com.

Pros:

Battery back-up
Local recording if internet is down
Base plan includes 7 days of cloud recording
60 day money back warranty and a lengthy 3 year warranty

Cons:

Facial recognition isn't quite ready
Non-conventional design makes placement/orientation difficult.
No IR night vision

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