Ecobee's HomeKit Secure Video-compatible SmartCamera is down to its best-ever price

ecobee SmartCamera on a table top in front of a window
ecobee SmartCamera on a table top in front of a window (Image credit: Christopher Close / iMore)

We're big fans of HomeKit around here and, with HomeKit Secure Video, we're big into HomeKit security cameras.

Right now, Amazon is giving you the chance to save on one of the best HomeKit Secure Video cameras by offering a 20% discount on the ecobee SmartCamera. Down to just $79.99, this is a match for the lowest we have ever seen it go. This camera even sold for as much as $180 until late last year.

The ecobee SmartCamera was one of the first to pick up HomeKit Secure video support meaning it now has the ability to store a rolling 10-days worth of recorded video directly to iCloud. Storing video in iCloud requires a paid iCloud+ subscription from $0.99 a month, but recorded video does not count against a user's available storage.

HomeKit Secure Video also allows the ecobee SmartCamera to utilize iOS 14's latest Home app features — Face Recognition, and Activity Zones. Apple's Face Recognition feature leverages a user's existing Photo Library to determine who is within a camera's view, and it can provide smart notifications that include names. Activity Zones allow users to exclude certain areas within the camera view, like a public sidewalk, to prevent nuisance notifications.

For additional security, SmartCamera owners can choose to pair HomeKit Secure Video with ecobee's Haven Home Monitoring (opens in new tab) subscription service. Haven leverages motion and presence data from other ecobee devices in the home, such as the ecobee SmartThermostat and SmartSensor for Doors and Windows to provide an automatic way to keep tabs on the home.

Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at @adamoram.