After waiting a year and a half for Butterfleye, the product is finally in the hands of backers. A lot has happened over the past couple of years. Innovations have come and gone and the market is now flooded with battery-powered cameras. Would I say that Butterfleye is now obsolete? Not necessarily, but it's certainly not as spectacular as it was when presented in 2015. Butterfleye apparently agrees as just months after shipping v1, they are moving onto v2, Butterfleye Nero 1.
- Battery Powered
- Not Internet Dependent
- Recognizes People and Pets
- Two-Week Battery Life
- Lacks Wide Angle Lens
What is Butterfleye Nero 1?
Butterfleye is a cordless, battery-powered, home security camera. It has a 2-week battery life with normal use, offers FHD video, and proprietary technology like ABR and Active Eye.
Activity Based Recording™ (ABR) essentially means that the camera sleeps between events. While they've given this feature a fancy name and touted it as enhanced technology, this is something battery-powered camera owners typically complain about. To address this, Nero offers "pre-event recording." The camera is constantly recording and storing 5-seconds of footage. If it detects an event, it will record the event and add the 5-second buffer.
Active Eye is a feature that enhances home security. Butterfleye and Nero 1 include multiple sensors including motion, sound, and heat. Of course, more sensors means more potential for false alarms. To help reduce the risk, Active Eye learns. Over time, it will know what's important and what's not. It can even tell the difference between a human and a pet. However, facial recognition is a feature that requires a Membership, more on that later.
In addition to these unique features, Nero 1 shares several other features with Butterfleye:
- Includes an Accelerometer to Limit Device Tampering
- 3.5 MP, 120° Field of View
- Two-Way Audio (Requires Membership)
- 24/7 Live Stream Capability
- Size: (96.8x41.4x82.7mm)
- Unlimited Device Sharing
Nero 1 vs. Butterfleye
With so much the same, what's different?
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Butterfleye lists four primary differences between v1 and v2:
- Improved Camera
- Increased Internal Memory to 32GB
- 30% Increased Battery Life
- Improved Audio & Two-Way Talk
One of these "improvements" is a touch confusing: improved camera. Nero 1 is said to offer a full 1080p HD camera with built-in facial recognition. These are both features promised with the original Butterfleye, so how they truly differ is TBD. The other differences, though minor, are more obvious. The increased memory is said to allow the camera to store 60 days of events to its internal storage device. If you want cloud storage, they offer that too.
The internal memory device will kick in if the camera loses its internet connection, but cloud storage is its primary form of storage. For free, Butterfleye offers 12 hours of video storage with increased storage plans starting at $9.99 per month. For $9.99 per month, you will have access to 7 days of storage, $19.99 per month will buy 30 days of storage, and $29.99 per month buys 365 days of storage. All fees are per account, not per camera.
In addition to increased storage amounts, paying for a plan will add unlimited technical support, two-way audio, and facial recognition.
Butterfleye developed facial recognition through a partnership with Amazon Rekognition. The feature learns over time as you tag events, people, and pets. You can then customize alerts based on who the camera sees and access detailed data via your user history. For example, you can look to see if the camera caught a glimpse of your teenagers sneaking in at night, time stamp included.
All plans, including the free plan, support an unlimited number of cameras.
Compatible Devices and Final Thoughts
Nero 1 works with the Butterfleye app, but other integrations are TBD. Butterfleye v1 currently works with Amazon Echo, allowing voice control over the camera.
So how do I feel about Nero 1? I feel like it's a slap in the face to Butterfleye backers. After patiently waiting for the camera to arrive, they now have a camera that is no longer the newest in its family. Most of Nero's promised features are features they could have delivered with Butterfleye or even updated for users, such as the 30% increased battery life. Post launch, Blink, a Butterfleye competitor, doubled their battery life from 1 to 2 years for all existing users.
Overall, Nero 1 does appear to be an improvement over Butterfleye, but the fact that the company so quickly launched a "next generation camera," leaving their Butterfleye v1 owners behind, is concerning. In my opinion, the focus of their team should have remained on ironing out app kinks. The app currently holds a 3.5-star rating on Amazon and a 2-star rating on iTunes.
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