Wisenet’s $150 (£115/AU$205) SmartCam N1 isn’t expensive by traditional security camera standards, but things are changing. That typical $200 price range, popularized by the, has shifted in the last couple of years toward budget models with similar features.
While the SmartCam N1 is a fine indoor facial recognition camera, the is as good for just $60.
The N1 cam might still be worth it to you if you want that microSD card slot for local storage access (it supports up to 128GB; the microSD card isn’t included). Otherwise, I’d look elsewhere.
How does the SmartCam N1 compare to the identically priced Tend Secure Lynx Pro? Let’s take a look:
Comparing facial recognition cameras
|Wisenet SmartCam N1||Tend Secure Lynx Pro|
|Color finish||White||Black or white|
|Power source||Adapter||Adapter, battery backup|
|Resolution||1080p HD||1080p HD|
|Continuous recording||Optional with select cloud storage plans||No|
|Cloud storage||Optional, starting at $5 per month for 5 days of event-based video history, $8 per month for 7 days of continuous history and $20 per month for 21 days of continuous history||Free 7-day event-based video history, optional 30-day event-based video history for $10 per month.|
|Local storage||Yes, microSD card not included||Yes, built in|
|Alerts||Human, face recognition, audio||Motion, face recognition|
|Third-party integrations||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant|
The SmartCam N1 separates itself from the Lynx Pro with a web app and activity zones, but you don’t get the Lynx Pro’s free 7-day event-based video clip storage, built-in local storage (you have to buy a microSD card to work with the SmartCam N1) and weatherproof casing.
Looking at features alone, the Lynx Pro is a better camera, but the SmartCam N1 performs better, especially when it comes to facial recognition.