Samsung's mobile devices are known for integrating some of the best cameras available, and they will continue to improve with new technologies. On the other hand, their digital camera business didn't take off as much as the company wanted, so much that reports have indicated that Samsung might stop making these devices. Still, Samsung acquired SmartThings to start building technology for smart appliances and compete with systems like Google's Nest. A month ago, Samsung announced a SmartThings Kit dedicated to monitoring homes from a smartphone with several sensors and interconnected devices including a surveillance camera called SmartCam HD Pro.
Now, Samsung has announced another camera called SmartCam HD Plus with a completely new design and some improvements. The camera may be controlled with a dedicated mobile app available for Android or iOS devices, which is known to not be as intuitive or streamlined as the Nest app. It includes a large sensor that records video in Full HD resolution and up to five viewing streams are available, so multiple people can watch the content at the same time. The two-way talk lets users hear what's happening around the camera and reply through their smartphone. The camera detects only relevant movement or noise, so users won't be alerted by e-mail or push notifications for normal incidents happening in the background, additionally, users can choose specific areas to detect movement.
The SmartCam HD Plus supports several lighting conditions as it features IR Cut Filter for dark scenes, providing clear video up to 32 feet away in total darkness, plus the Light Enhancer produces clear images from scarce illumination and the Wide Dynamic Range create clear images of subjects even when there's a bright light in the background. It features an ultra-wide lens capable of recording video in 130°, so more elements can fit into the image. The camera includes a microSD card slot (up to 128 GB) to store video. The SmartCam HD Plus is smaller than the Pro version and it now features a black color, so it is more discrete. It can be purchased in the US at Costco for $139.99, although there are no details of availability in other regions yet.