Introducing Philips Hue Secure: A New Range of Smart Cameras, but with One Notable Missing Feature

Cupertino, August 31, 2023

After months of speculation, Signify has finally unveiled its new smart home camera initiative, known as Philips Hue Secure. This new addition to the Philips Hue brand integrates seamlessly with the existing smart lighting ecosystem and utilizes an updated version of the Hue app. However, it does not support Apple's HomeKit Secure Video. Instead, users will need to subscribe to a new plan in order to access the premium features. Philips Hue Secure will be launching this fall with two new cameras and a floodlight.

One of the main options available is the Philips Hue Secure camera, which comes in both wired and battery-powered versions. The estimated prices for these cameras are around $218 for the wired version and $273 for the battery-powered version. While we do not have US pricing details yet, these estimates are based on European prices. Both cameras offer 1080p video support and night vision, and can be used both indoors and outdoors. Essential features such as two-way communication and motion detection are also included.

For those looking for a combination of light and camera, there is the Philips Hue Secure flood camera. This camera, retailing for approximately $380, comes with a motion-detecting light attached. However, it will not be available until the first quarter of 2024.

In order to maximize the capabilities of the new cameras, users will need to subscribe to a plan. There are two options available with various payment choices. The Philips Hue Secure Basic subscription offers 30 days of video history with annual or monthly payment options. The subscription fee is charged per camera, not per account, and starts at around $5 per month or $45 per year. On the other hand, the Philips Hue Secure Plus plan starts at about $12 per month or $108 per year and includes 60 days of video history. This plan is charged on a per-account basis and may be more suitable for users with multiple cameras. Additionally, the paid plan includes features such as activity zones and the ability to detect if an alert has been triggered by a person, package, animal, or vehicle.

Although it was hoped that these cameras would be compatible with Apple's HomeKit Secure, it appears unlikely given the subscription structure. However, there may be future updates that address this feature.

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