The Wisenet SmartCam N1 and N2 security cams have advanced face recognition

By | 13th September 2018

No surprises.

Hanwha Techwin America announced this week two new security cameras: the Wisenet SmartCam N1 and the SmartCam N2. These are very similar cameras, but the N1 is a Sam's Club exclusive and costs just $149.99. The N2 will be $50 more, available at a variety of retailers like Amazon, Crutchfield, and more, and add a couple features like "Abnormal Sound Detection," which alerts you to glass breaking, babies crying, and other unusual noises.

Both cameras will be compatible with devices like the Echo Dot and Google Home Mini to add voice control. The cameras have a 130-degree field of view, 1080p resolutions, night vision, motion detection zones which focus on specific areas, and two-way talk so you can communicate with whomever you have detected. They also support the use of microSD cards up to 128GB, which is generous for a security camera.

The security cameras will come with access to the free SmartCam+ app, too. You'll be able to use the app to stay connected to your home no matter where you are. You can access the cameras, create and schedule events, customize the notifications you receive, and more.

One of the big selling points for these security cams is the Facial Recognition feature. For one thing, you'll be able to set the cameras to a "humans-only mode" so your phone doesn't get pinged every time your cat switches positions. Plus, instead of getting hit with a motion detection notification for every single person the camera detects, you will be able to add recognized faces to an "Interested Group" list. That way the camera just notifies you when it detects strangers. Once on the interested face list, you can setup custom notifications for those people, so your phone will let you know when your kids come home from school.

These are just individual cameras, and you might need to buy more than one to cover the ground you want to cover. You could also look into larger systems like the cameras from Ring or the Netgear Arlo as a way to cover more territory in a single package.

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