The Y-Cam app is one of the most intuitive I’ve used.The app’s central home screen features a grid user interface with dynamic icons to every Y-Cam camera connected to your network.While the first units to be released received some complaints, mostly about the high number of false alerts, Canary is continuously making updates.In November 2016, it became the first smart-home device to receive an Internet of Things security certification from ICSA Labs.A slide-out panel offers shortcuts to your account settings and recording library.Clicking on the camera icon brings up a live feed and a shortcut to the individual camera’s settings.The wide-angle lens is located in the middle of the shiny, black center panel on the camera's front side.
In addition to crisp 1080p HD video, this security device features motion alerts, a siren and even temperature and air-quality sensors.
You have to download the i OS or Android Y-Cam app, sign in or register for an account, and follow a series of on-screen prompts to connect the camera to your router and the company’s cloud. The pre-release software I initially tested had a weird bug that meant the camera wouldn’t complete the final stage of the setup process when connecting to the Y-Cam cloud.
The bug has since been fixed via a software update, which means consumers won’t have to worry about it.
The colors are slight and not particularly distracting, although I would not recommend setting up the Canary near a TV, as the device's constantly changing lights could be a tad distracting when you're watching your favorite flick.
One downside is that the device can be placed only on flat surfaces.