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Video and Image Quality

As noted earlier, Komfy recorded at 1280x720, not at its full 1080p advertised resolution. Let's take a look at a still snapshot at night from Komfy.

Foscam C1 Night Vision with me at 25 feet

Komfy Night Vision with me at 25 feet

For comparison's sake, let's take a look at the same view with NETGEAR's Arlo Q, the last camera I reviewed.

Arlo Q Night Vision with me at 25 feet

Arlo Q Night Vision with me at 25 feet

Quite a difference, eh? Now a Canary night shot.

Canary Night Vision with me at 25 feet

Canary Night Vision with me at 25 feet

Need I say more?. Let's take a look at indoor night vision video.

Let's compare that to Canary. Try to pause each of the videos when my face is most distinguishable.

You can see the room isn't very well lit with Komfy. You can kind of make out a person walking in murky darkness, but can't really see me until I am right up on the camera, at which point the facial recognition is pretty good. But you probably won't get that lucky in actual use.

I also took some video outside and inside during the day to see how the camera reacts to bright light, even though we need to remember this is an indoor-only camera.

The quality is very good on the outside video. The inside video looks a bit grainy to me, but not bad overall. I say "Komfy switch" as I near the camera allowing you to hear the sound quality of the Komfy. There is no microphone feedback like some cameras have.

One thing you might notice is that the videos don't cut off like some of the other videos I've taken. Komfy has a maximum 50 second recording duration that easily captured all of my movement. In situations where motion continued beyond 50 seconds, Komfy would sometimes start a new video, other times it appeared to not record at all. I was satisfied with the duration of the video, but a bit frustrated with how Komfy sometimes did not record at all. To be fair, I've seen that with many other cameras in its class.

Lastly, let's take a look at some outside night videos, bearing in mind that Komfy is not an outdoor camera.

Outdoor at night just isn't very good, you can see detail right near the camera, but everything disappears within a few feet of it. For comparison, look at the Logi Circle below (also not an outdoor camera) and notice the playground equipment in the background, as well as other detail.

To really compare the Komfy against any of the other cameras I've looked at, feel free to check out the YouTube channel, which includes footage of a lot of different cameras in similiar conditions.

Closing Thoughts

Komfy is a unique product that is going to have a limited pool of potential buyers. The look and feel of Komfy are nice; it can replace two light switches seamlessly in about any decor. And the temperature, humidity and CO2 sensors are a nice touch. But its negatives outweigh these pluses.

First, you'll need a switch box (preferably 2-gang with single pole switches) with a good view of the area you want to monitor, which could be more challenging to find than you think. You'll also need to be comfortable wiring into your home's mains power.

If you get past those barriers, Komfy's very poor night vision could stop you from pressing that Buy button. And even if you're prepared to live will all those downsides, you'll need to accept no control over motion detection triggering, undefined cloud recording storage service plans and an a feature set that has some growing up to do.

D-Link probably senses it has a problem with Komfy, given the "Promo" price of $299.99 vs. the "Regular" price of $369.99 on its website. Even more telling, however, is the $50 coupon on Amazon that currently lets you bring home a Komfy for $200. Given all Komfy's negatives, however, many buyers are likely to instead opt for Canary, and save $20 more in the process.

 

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