SimpliSafe has finally added an outdoor camera to one of our favorite homemade home security systems. The new Wireless Outdoor Security Camera, first leaked by Dave Zatz, features a magnetic holder and a rechargeable battery that powers the LED spotlight and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio for a period of three to six months, depending on the settings. SimpliSafe will sell an optional solar panel later this fall to keep the battery charged.
The IP65 rugged camera offers 1080p resolution with HDR, 140 degree field of view and color “night vision” at a distance of up to 3 meters thanks to that LED floodlight. Otherwise, there is infrared night vision at a distance of up to 30 feet. The camera is designed to be integrated back into a SimpliSafe security system at the push of a button and therefore requires a $114.99 base station (sold separately). When the SimpliSafe system detects an incident, the camera can be set to automatically start recording and issue an alert via the integrated 80dB siren (the speaker also supports two-way conversations). The camera can be configured with custom motion zones and knows the difference between people, cars and pets so that it can only record potential human threats that are detected in an area of interest. This helps to minimize false alerts and maximize battery life.
By default, recorded videos are only visible to SimpliSafe owners. But users can explicitly opt-in to the company’s subscription-based monitoring service to make alarm-based recordings visible to company dispatchers for up to an hour after an alarm event.
The SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera is available now for $169.99. Additional batteries cost $29.99, otherwise there is a 25-foot IP65 power cable for $49.99. The solar panel will cost $79.99 when it ships this fall, in addition to a $34.99 permanent mount.