The Canary vs Piper NV debate has been going on for a while now, and if you’ve been searching for an all-in-one home security device, no doubt you’ve come across these two systems. We know how hard it can be to sort out and compare the two so what we’ve done is set them side by side, feature by feature so you can make an informed decision. Want to know which is easier to set up? or which has the better camera? We’ll be exploring all that and more in this in-depth comparison.
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Installation and ease of use
The Piper NV camera: download the mobile device app, plug the security camera and start the setup program to connect the Piper NV to your Wi-Fi network.
Canary: download the Canary app, position the security camera where you want and commence the setup by plugging in the device and going online.
Winner: Both equal
In terms of ease of installation, we rate the Piper NV and the Canary equal.
Picture and video quality
Piper NV: 1080p resolution, night vision, 180-degree immersive view, pan, zoom and tilt supported, video surveillance
Canary: 1080p HD camera, automatic night vision, 147-degree wide-angle lens, video surveillance
The Canary all-in-one home security device and the Piper NV both offer high-quality true HD that makes it easy to see what’s going on, and both have very good field of views. Video and camera qualities are two of the most important elements in a home security device, and the Piper NV and Canary both deliver.
Winner: Piper NV
While both provide 1080p video resolution, we give the edge to the Piper NV because it offers a much wider field of view at 180-degrees compared to the Canary’s 147-degrees. Also, the Piper NV has slightly better megapixels at 3.4 compared to the 3 of the Canary.
The Piper NV and the Canary both change to night vision when the lighting condition goes low. Both produce very good results and to be honest, it’s difficult to tell the difference if both security cameras are used in the same situation.
You also need to keep in mind that numerous factors affect the results of night vision, not the least bit being the lighting condition (it’s night, raining, etc.).
Winner: Both Equal
For night vision, we rate the Piper NV and Canary equal.
Canary: uses a learning system
Piper NV: uses adjustable sensitivity settings
The motion detection system for the Piper NV and the Canary differ significantly.
The Canary security cam is a system that’s capable of learning what motions and sounds to tag as “safe” and what should trigger the alarms. The advantage of this setup is the camera improves with time: the longer you use it, the more it learns. However, this is also its drawback as depending on the situation, the Canary could take a while to learn.
The Piper NV on the other hand, has sensitivity settings. You need to tweak this until the sensitivity is at the right level. If you have a pet, for example, you need to adjust the settings so the alarm doesn’t go off when your pet walks by. You can also adjust the Piper NV so detection of certain sounds and inanimate objects are ignored.
Winner: Piper NV
We give the edge to the Piper NV on this one. While the Canary learning system does work and has its benefits, the Piper NV is more customizable and easy to use as its adjustment settings are easier to fine tune.
Piper NV: cloud storage is free, cloud storage amount (see below), local storage is saved to your smartphone’s image gallery
Canary: cloud storage cost ranges from $0 – $29.99 per month, the storage time frame range from 12 hours to 30 days and local storage is saved to your phone
The Canary camera, like most security cameras today, uses the cloud for storage. The most basic plan is free. You can check the last 12 hours of video that has been recorded. This free plan also lets you save up to a maximum of five clips.
If that’s not enough there are other plans available: the $2.99 per month is good for saving 25 clips and two days of video while the $9.99 per month gives you a video history of the past week and save up to a hundred clips. The ultimate plan is a $29.99 per month service that offers a 30-day video history and an unlimited number of clips.
The Piper NV records and saves video only if there is a security occurrence, and when it does record, it’s free. Not only is the cloud service free, but you are allowed to save up to a thousand clips and save them to the cloud at no cost. The Piper NV also lets you download clips and save them locally without any limit.
Winner: Piper NV
It’s hard to pick a winner here as both offer excellent plans, but we’re giving the nod to the Piper NV because its free plan is more comprehensive.
Configuration options on apps & software
It should come as no surprise that both the Canary and the Piper NV have free downloadable apps for the iOS and Android.
We mentioned earlier how easy the Canary app performs the installation, but it doesn’t end there as the app, be it the Android or iOS version, makes it easy to watch the video and configure the notifications. The app also has special features that monitor the activity in your home. Both the iOS and Android apps are intuitive and should not pose any problems when it comes to watching video.
The Piper NV mobile app has similar features in the sense you can use it to configure alerts and modes. Unlike the Canary app, however, the Piper NV app can send phone call and email alerts and not just text. Compared to the Canary, the Piper NV app has more features and its customization level is much greater than the Canary. However, the number of options on the app may overwhelm casual users.
Winner: Piper NV
The Canary and Piper NV apps are both more than capable of doing their job. While some may prefer the Canary for its simpler interface, the Piper NV gets our vote for its sophistication and customization options.
Integration with home automation
Piper NV: IFTTT, AllJoyn certified, Z-Wave
Canary: IFTTT via Wink and Wink
As mentioned earlier, the Canary can automatically arm and disarm itself, and you can create a shortcut for Wink and use that to link up to IFTTT channels and hook up to Philips Hue or Amazon Echo if you like.
The Piper NV also has robust home automation features that other home security cameras cannot match, and this is due to its Z-Wave technology. The original Piper and the Piper NV are both built with home automation in mind and that’s evident from its feature set.
Like the Canary, the Piper NV comes with humidity and temperature sensors, but these are superior because while the Canary merely records the data, those on the Piper NV can send alerts over to you: this is a very useful feature in case the temperature gets too high, very important for fire prevention.
The Z-Wave technology the Piper NV uses is compatible with a wide range of range extenders, LED light bulbs,
The Piper NV alone cannot control all these devices, but when it’s linked to the IFTTT third party app, you’ll be able to hook up with those other devices and like the previously mentioned Amazon Echo and Philips Hue, and it is also compatible with Scout, Nest, and other home security systems.
The Piper NV will also have its own channel soon, and this will include IFTTT compatibility. With it, the Piper NV can be hooked up to other devices using the “If This Then That” set up. So if the Piper NV senses motion it’s going to activate the smart lighting.
The Piper NV can also be hooked up to other devices via AllSeen Alliance. Since the Piper NV is certified AllJoyn, it can be used with similarly certified devices like LG TVs, Musick, and LIFX light bulbs. If you own any of these other devices, you can use the Piper NV to send a notification to your LG TV or activate the LIFX lights.
Winner: Piper NV
The clear winner is the Piper. As far as compatibility and connecting to other devices are concerned it’s one of the best out there. Furthermore the ability to link up with close / open sensors is integral to home security and should help put your mind at ease. The Canary isn’t a bad option, however, only that the Piper NV simply has more features.
Home security features
The Piper NV comes with several modes that you can use to configure settings for vacation when you’re home and away. The app also comes with a siren that is triggered automatically when the unit senses motion. Once the motion is detected, the Piper NV records it to their cloud service for free, and it also hooks up to the close and open sensors to keep an eye on windows and entryways.
Another good feature of the app is its temperature sensor that you can configure to send alerts to you, a potentially lifesaving feature as it can notify you if there’s a fire. If there is one drawback to the Piper NV, it is not being able to arm and disarm automatically with your presence.
The Canary boasts of a sound alarm that goes off to ward off intruders, and you will also be notified if someone is trying to tinker with the Canary, a nice feature indeed. However, the Canary siren is not automated: this means you need to catch the individual and activate the siren. However, the Canary does have the capability to issue alerts if unusual noises are heard. Last but not the least the multiple modes of the Canary enables it to use the appropriate settings when you’re at home and when you’re out.
Winner: Piper NV
In terms of home security we give the advantage to the Piper NV. While it has some shortcomings like the Canary, its security features are more robust. However, the Canary does have automatic arming and disarming capabilities, so that’s something you may want to consider.
Support and Warranty
The Canary camera comes with a one year warranty and a 60 day free trial: if you’re not happy with the results, just return it within the 60 day period and get a refund. The Piper warranty is similar except its trial period is 30 days, not 60. Furthermore, Piper offers several troubleshooting help files online and support. However, we’re giving the advantage to the Canary here as their trial period is longer.
The Piper NV has a battery backup but the Canary does not, so the Piper NV wins here.
As the specs and features comparison here shows, the Piper NV and Canary have a lot in common and either one would make for an excellent choice as a home security camera. But the Piper NV has a few more extras like a battery backup, phone call alerts and door / window sensors that increase its value. And as we’ve shown, the Piper NV system is set for major upgrades, meaning you can expect to get more value out of it.