Butterfleye Nero 1 Review

Butterfleye Nero 1 Review

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.

GOOD

  • Battery Powered
  • Not Internet Dependent
  • Recognizes People and Pets

BAD

  • Two-Week Battery Life
  • Lacks Wide Angle Lens
  • Lacks Night Vision
  • Android App Coming Soon

What is Butterfleye Nero 1?

Nero 1 will officially launch this August but is already offered on getbutterfleye.com. To understand Nero 1 you must understand Butterfleye because not much has changed.

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. The camera records when sound or movement is detected, but to conserve battery, it sleeps when nothing is happening.

Active Eye, on the other hand, is useful technology. 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.

In addition to these unique features, Nero 1 shares several other features with Butterfleye:

  • Includes an Accelerometer to Limit Device Tampering
  • 3.5 MP, 100° Field of View
  • Two-Way Audio
  • 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?

 Nero 1Butterfleye
Price$249.99$199.99
ColorBlackWhite
Resolution1080p1080p
Internal Storage32GB16GB
Two-Way TalkImprovedIncluded
Battery Life18 Days14 Days
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Butterfleye lists four primary differences between v1 and v2:

  1. Improved Camera
  2. Increased Internal Memory to 32GB
  3. 30% Increased Battery Life
  4. 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.

Cloud Storage

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 $4.99 per month. For $4.99 per month, you will have access to 7 days of storage, $14.99 per month will buy 30 days of storage, and $29.99 per month buys 365 days of storage. In addition to increased storage amounts, paying for a plan will add unlimited technical support. All plans, including the free plan, support an unlimited number of cameras.

Compatible Devices and Final Thoughts

Butterfleye has not commented on device compatibility for Nero 1. I assume it will work using the same app, and perhaps share the same compatibilities. 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 year to 2 years for all existing users. Also, it's surprising that v2 doesn't address some of v1's obvious shortcomings, such lack of night vision and a limited 100° field of view.

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 the kinks with v1 which currently lacks an Android app, holds a 3.5-star rating on Amazon, and a 2-star rating on iTunes.

Featured Photo by Butterfleye

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