Hive View overview: Nice appears, nice efficiency

Hive is again with a second good house digicam. The unique Hive Digicam was a rebranded white label digicam with a separate app, not built-in into the remainder of the Hive system, which made it not value shopping for.

The Hive View is a wholly completely different factor. It is one of many nicest wanting cameras you will discover, it has standout design, and is built-in with one of many greatest good house methods for the UK market.

In brief: the Hive View is a greater all-round possibility for house safety than Hive’s first try.

Removable design by Yves Béhar

Two color choices
Removable digicam unit, 56mm dice
Beautiful stand design

The Hive View has been designed by Yves Béhar – who additionally designed the Hive thermostat – for a contemporary industrial look. It is most likely the best-looking indoor digicam that we have seen, fairly not like the opposite ugly safety digicam units additionally obtainable.

That is due to the brushed metals used with a selection of two color combos: white and champagne gold, or black and brushed copper. It’s totally modern and has a premium construct that stands out in amongst a sea of arduous plastic house cameras.

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A key function about this design, nonetheless, is the removable digicam unit. The 56mm dice attaches magnetically to the stand, not solely permitting you to alter the angle of the pinnacle for the right view, but in addition that means you possibly can transfer the digicam and place it someplace else. 

With a small battery inside, the digicam will then provide you with an hour of protection in one other room, maybe to control one thing the place you do not have a digicam. It isn’t an enormous period of time, however if you happen to wished a digicam within the nursery whilst you type out one thing within the storage, then you may have that flexibility. It would not fairly stretch to the endurance of the Logi Circle, which affords related portability, nevertheless it’s a high function to have.

The Hive View additionally comes with a 3m USB cable to energy it, providing you with slightly extra flexibility on learn how to find this digicam. It could actually both sit on a shelf on that stand, or you possibly can mount it, with a magnetic plate within the field that you may connect to the wall for excellent positioning. It is designed as an indoor digicam.

Hive View setup and management 

Makes use of current Hive app
Fast and straightforward to setup
Standalone of built-in into Hive system
720p or 1080p seize supported

As a result of the Hive View makes use of the present Hive app, if you happen to’re a Hive consumer already (say you may have a Hive thermostat) then it is fast and straightforward to setup, with the digicam then showing in your Hive Dashboard like your different Hive units – which is one thing the outdated Hive Digicam would not do.

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The Hive View connects to your own home Wi-Fi community, so there is no want for the Hive Hub to make it work, with setup happening through Bluetooth from the app in your cellphone (Android and iOS supported). A such, Hive View will work as a standalone gadget. Nonetheless, whereas the Hive app is nice and steady, now we have discovered that digicam typically simply disconnects after which reconnects for no obvious motive – however it is going to ship you a notification telling you this has occurred.

There are many choices for setup, which defines the performance of this digicam. You may select the decision (with 720p HD or 1080p Full HD supported), however not like some current units – the Nest Hi there for instance – there is no assist for HDR (excessive dynamic vary, which aids with extra element and steadiness between shadow and highlights). You get management over the sensitivity of sound detection, in addition to the kind of movement the digicam will detect, with a selection of every little thing or simply individuals – so you possibly can successfully ignore your pets or the timber blowing out again.

You additionally get to regulate the lights on the gadget. There’s an illuminating ring across the lens (which you will be utilizing once you setup the digicam), plus an LED standing gentle – each of which you won’t need on if the digicam is in a room the place you are at all times it. Deactivating them is simple, although.

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It is also value noting that anybody who’s signed into your Hive account will get all of the notifications from the Hive View, so when you’ve got Hive Heating, for instance that your associate additionally has management over, they will even have entry to the Hive View (and all different Hive units inside the app).

Hive View efficiency and options 

1080p seize with digital zooming
Stay monitoring with notifications
Sound detection
Subscription-based archiving 

Regardless of no HDR, we’re impressed with the standard of video that the Hive View affords. That is one thing that the digicam will get proper, with a stunning 130 diploma large discipline of view, so if you happen to put it within the nook of the room then you definitely’ll primarily be capable to seize every little thing.

The View is provided with infrared (IR) for night time imaginative and prescient, too, which you’ll be able to flip off if you happen to favor. Once more, it really works properly, giving good clear video at the hours of darkness the place you possibly can clearly see what’s occurring. 

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Sound detection permits you to set the sensitivity, so issues like passing vehicles will be ignored, however somebody smashing open your door or speaking shall be detected. You too can seize sound together with video – and you’ll discuss again through you cellphone via the small speaker on the digicam.

The Hive View is designed to observe, detect and alert. As we have stated, it will probably recognise individuals, which is the setting we selected. We had a number of false alarms, however on the entire, it is going to ignore pets shifting across the room and save the notifications for when it truly sees an individual. 

Notifications will seem in your cellphone through the Hive app and these will embrace a thumbnail of the face of the individual it has detected, which is useful. You too can get emails. Sadly, these emails do not include any visuals, it simply lets you already know that one thing has occurred. Which means you are solely depending on the app – and if you happen to’re in an space with a nasty connection, you won’t get to see these pictures. Arlo, considered one of our favorite rival methods, places pictures into its emails – so you possibly can no less than overview the motion without having the app.

Video that’s captured is obtainable for 24 hours – so long as monitoring is enabled on the Hive View.

All of the above comes as a free service, however if you wish to broaden issues to be extra helpful, you will need to pay a subscription of £four.99 a month. This then provides you 30 days of rolling footage from the digicam saved on-line, so you possibly can simply entry it (as long as you may have monitoring turned on for it to seize). This subscription will cowl two cameras, whereas some rivals need to cost you per digicam, so it is not unhealthy worth.

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Nonetheless, Hive View is barely accessible via the Hive app. It would not work within the browser Dashboard, which is a critical limitation. When you lose your cellphone, you can’t view and even allow your Hive View digicam remotely.

Following launch. Hive made it doable to obtain video to your cellphone, that means you possibly can have storage of video recordsdata and you do not immediately lose them inside 24 hours. This offers you much more flexibility, however on the similar time, one thing just like the Arlo Q provides you every week of seize saved on-line, with none charges. 

Can Hive Actions swing the View into favour? 

Customized trigger and impact actions
Lack of wider connectivity 

Hive Actions is an rising piece of the Hive platform. They existed to a minor diploma beforehand, letting you activate a light-weight if a door was opened, for instance, however they had been restricted in scope. 

With Hive Actions added to assist the View digicam, there’s slightly extra of curiosity right here. For instance, you possibly can have a light-weight or plug activate if the digicam sees motion when it is darkish. That is a comfort factor as a lot because it is likely to be a safety measure, however you too can have the heating resume when movement is detected.

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There are platform-wide Actions too. You may flip off every little thing on Hive and switch the digicam on once you step out the door through a fast motion, for instance. However there is no geofencing right here to do it mechanically once you stroll away from house, which is a disgrace.

Equally, though among the Hive system is appropriate with different good house platforms (Google Residence or Amazon Alexa), the digicam is not included. Presently you possibly can ask to view units like Ring or Arlo via your Echo Present, however Hive View would not assist this, so it feels slightly remoted. We might actually like to have the ability to ask Alexa to activate monitoring, however alas, it needs to be via the Hive app.


The Hive View is definitely the best-looking indoor digicam you should buy. It is priced to compete with the likes of Netatmo Welcome, Arlo Q or Logi Circle, with that skill to briefly transfer it to someplace else and have it run off a battery. Integration with the Hive platform provides some extra enchantment to current Hive homeowners – since you’re utilizing one good house app – and the detection and recording high quality is nice. 

At launch the Hive View did not assist video downloads however that is now been corrected. You continue to solely have 24 hours to obtain these movies, except you pay the subscription to provide you a month of storage on-line on your monitoring.

We won’t assist feeling that for a standalone digicam, Arlo Q affords a greater comparable service. It is a related worth, however affords every week of video storage on-line at no extra value – whereas additionally providing wider compatibility with different good house merchandise.

First reviewed in April 2018

Options to think about…

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Arlo Q

Though Arlo is an even bigger system, the Arlo Q can work as a standalone digicam, connecting to your Wi-Fi. It affords Full HD video seize, two-way sound, sound detection and movement detection. It is a wired digicam so at all times must be plugged in, however the actual benefit is its week’s value of on-line video storage, providing you with time to take a look at what’s occurring and save any video you may need to preserve.

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Nest Cam Indoor

A part of the Nest system, Nest Cam Indoor is wired, captures in Full HD, however you will solely get snapshots for 3 hours in your Sightline if you do not have Nest Conscious (£four/month subscription). Swap to that subscription and also you get 5 days on-line storage with 24/7 recording and good alerts.

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Netatmo Welcome

Netatmo Welcome is sensible, providing you with the flexibility to have it recognise faces, so it will probably let you know when a selected individual is house – or if it is a stranger – however the drawback is that it solely affords native storage. Meaning it is subscription-free, however on the similar time if somebody steals it or unplugs it, you possibly can’t view that footage.

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