Ever wish you can keep an eye on your home while you’re away? As most of you know, we have been going through a kitchen renovation. I recently traveled out of state to be with my sister as she welcomed her new son while repairs were still happening in my home. Thanks to the quickly evolving world of technology, the Ooma Butterfleye security camera allowed me to make sure my home was secure as contractors came and went doing necessary repairs.
Ooma Butterfleye Smart Camera
The Ooma Butterfleye is a smart, simple, wireless home monitoring camera. It comes in both white and black, and it blends right in with your bookshelf knick knacks. It utilizes activity-based recording to only record when there’s sound or movement, saving energy, storage space, and bandwidth. Since the smart camera’s battery holds a charge for a long time, it keeps working even during a power or internet outage. It also has built in storage and it will upload as soon as it regains connection. I love the 2-way audio feature that allows me to talk to my contractors or my pets when I step out.
While I was away, the Ooma Butterfleye app alerted me when it detected loud sounds (like the front door shutting). I was able to see every contractor that entered, but most importantly I could rest assured that my home was safe and locked up when they left. It was a great reassurance to know that the people we were expecting—and ONLY the people we were expecting—were in our home while we were both away.
Another feature I love about our Ooma Butterfleye is that I can easily listen in and watch what’s happening in my home in real time. It is just like having an extra set of eyes and ears on my home anytime I want. At nighttime, while I was in Maryland, I tapped Live View in the app, and I was able to rest easy knowing all the lights in my home were turned off and our front door was shut. Thanks to its excellent night vision, I could see that there wasn’t anyone in my home after hours.
There are so many smart features on this camera! When unfamiliar faces crossed its line of sight, I got an alert. Yes, this camera has face-recognition technology! It’s able to recognize family members, friends, and pets, and you receive customized alerts for each. The Ooma Butterfleye also notifies you if there’s a stranger in your home with the “Unknown Person” alert. This means fewer false alarms and unnecessary notifications. Best of all, there’s no need to worry about power and internet outages.
Using the Ooma Butterfleye
The setup process was so simple I kept thinking I had missed a step. All I needed to do was download the app, create an account, and choose my subscription service. That’s it! Start to finish I think it took me all of 15 minutes.
The smart camera can be totally wireless. It comes with a power cord to charge the Ooma Butterfleye, and the charge can last for almost a month. You can truly place the camera anywhere without worrying about having an outlet nearby, allowing it blend in with your decor.
I loved watching Chip, Daisy and Brian interact while I was gone. And because the camera records audio, it totally warmed my heart seeing how happy the pups were when Brian asked them if they wanted to go for their evening walk. I felt like I was at home even when I wasn’t home. His mom and sisters came to visit a few days before I returned from Maryland, and I was able to enjoy seeing his niece crawling around.
At only $199 per camera, with free 7-day cloud storage, I feel the Ooma has a place in every home. I’ve tried other home security cameras and their sensitivity (and batteries-only setup) became too annoying to use. I love how you can charge the Ooma Butterfleye camera in only four hours and its charge lasts almost a month.
If there were one thing I’d love to see Ooma add down the road, it would be the ability to view the recorded videos of the past 90 days on a computer. All in all, I truly love the Ooma Butterfleye, and for the price, you can’t beat it.
Win a FREE Ooma Butterfleye!
I was left SO impressed with this camera that I am partnering with Ooma to give away a FREE Ooma Butterfleye smart camera to one lucky reader! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter.
- Prizes: One Ooma Butterfleye
- Dates: August 20 – September 4
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- Notification: Winners will be randomly selected and notified by CLEVER by Friday, September 7
- Terms & Conditions: The official Terms & Conditions are included in the widget; here is the high-level eligibility criteria:
- Age 18+
- US and Canada residents only
- Only one winner per household