Get In Touch With Your Inner Spy with Canary

Yes Canary is an all in one security system.  It’s got all the bells and whistles you expect from a top notch security system like:

  • hi resolution camera
  • video and audio recording
  • motion-detection
  • 90+ decibel siren
  • night vision

…but it is so MUCH more than that!

First of all, let’s just say it’s a thing of beauty while being totally discreet.  In fact for the first few weeks my family thought it was nothing more than an air freshener and paid it no mind. While I should have felt guilty for letting them believe that, it’s not a completely lie. It does have a home health feature which monitors the air quality, moisture and temperature of your home.  Although figuring out what I am going to do with this information is a bit of a mystery to me right now. Still love it though and totally need to figure out how to tell my father in law his deep fried fish is causing poor air quality in our home!

Timeline of installation for my Canary
Timeline of installation for my Canary

One of the things that lead my family to think it was just an air freshener was actually probably related to the fact it installed insanely fast. One of my husband’s biggest pet peeves is when I bring home complicated tech gear which I will attempt to install myself, but once I admit defeat, it falls on him to figure it out. Which is why when Verizon gave me a choice of digital security systems I chose Canary which boasted installation in seconds. I literally was stopping home just to pick up something and head out right away when I noticed the Canary had arrived.  Of course I couldn’t resist opening it up, placed it, plugged it in and downloaded that app. Just like that it was installed and I was out the door and observing privately on the road. It couldn’t possibly have been any easier. Everything about it is super intuitive. The system automatically changes modes as you enter and leave your home. The system also is suppose to grow smarter with time, recognizing family vs foe.

Oh but we’ve found so many other uses for the Canary. It’s definitely brought out the inner spy in me.

  • spying on my baby from work.
    spying on my baby from work.

    When I’m at work I miss my babies so much. It’s tough, those long 12.5 hour shifts often have me missing them the entire day as they’re asleep when I leave and asleep when I return. Now I get to watch them as they get ready for school, come home from school, doing homework or not.

  • The video recording feature is my favorite. As much as I always have my phone or camera with me, I love that a moment is permanently saved in my timeline and can be downloaded as wanted.  The other day Lucas, my 3 year old, was attempting to teach his father how to play baseball (which he already knows how to play pretty darn well) and in the moment I wished I had a camera to record this sweet and funny moment. Later I remembered that Canary was recording everything, all the time, with it’s 147º wide angle lense!
  • You can zoom in to details thanks to the high definition camera.  While you’re zooming in you can also pan around the larger room just by moving your phone!
  • canary_nightThe night vision is ridiculously clear and I now learned my 6 year old is a midnight snacker!
  • You can add multiple cameras throughout your home.
  • Many people have mentioned how great it would be to just check in on pets at home and see what they are up to and I totally agree!  Time to check out the secret lives of Cookie and Coco!
  • It also doubles as a check in to who is home when each member of the household connects to your Canary account and camera. It’s been awfully fun telling my husband, well you’ve been home since 7:22, what have you been doing sir?!

The Canary retails for $199.99 each and is available online or at Verizon retailers nationwide! In the box it comes with 12 hours of hi definition video history, 3 downloads and 5 bookmarks per month.  Plans can be purchase for as little as $5 a month for 2 days of video history and unlimited video downloads or as much as $29.99 a month for 30 days of video history with unlimited downloads and bookmarks.

{ disclosure:  I am a Verizon Lifestyle Ambassador, I receive no compensation for my post, no discount on my service, I pay for my own plan and service. I just happen to love everything about Verizon and now there’s so much MORE to love! }