Butterfleye is one of several cordless camera options available for purchase. I have had two hands-on experiences with the camera before it started shipping. During the first experience, I was shown the camera and the beta app, during the second experience, I was able to see Butterfleye in action.
While other cameras have emphasized their ability to secure and protect, Butterfleye is emphasizing a social experience with security being peripheral. However, the camera can be used to keep an eye on things while you are away.
- Battery Powered
- Not Internet Dependent
- Ignores Pets
- Two Week Battery Life
- Some Security Features Require a Membership
Image and Video Quality with the Butterfleye Pro
Butterfleye is the only cordless option we've reviewed that offers a FHD experience. However, as you can see in the photo above, FHD doesn't always translate. During CES, we were told that Wi-Fi issues were causing a lag, but they also impacted the camera's video quality. Admittedly, a photograph of a video isn't the best way to share the experience, but first hand the video was grainy and in no way compared to other FHD cameras like Canary.
Though Butterfleye should record in 1920x1080p resolution, it may auto-adjust the resolution down while live streaming depending upon the strength of your internet connection and other factors. I would bet this is what happened during CES. Though an automatically adjusted resolution may not sound ideal, Butterfleye is intelligent in that it gives you the best user experience. When it adjusts, it also lowers lag times.
Beyond FHD video, the camera is pretty basic. It offers a 120° field of view, but it can't zoom, pan, tilt nor does it offer traditional night vision. Instead, it brightens the image at night to help you see in the dark.
Butterfleye to Enhance Home Security
Butterfleye is marketed as both a social camera and a security camera. Its ability to record and send notifications makes it a decent home security camera, but it both has and lacks features that people want in a security camera. As already discussed, it lacks traditional night vision. Although it can capture videos in low-light conditions, it can't see in complete darkness. Second, it's an indoor camera, and there is no option to add an outdoor camera to the Butterfleye ecosystem.
Butterfleye is 100% cordless. You can place it anywhere to record as the battery is said to last two weeks with normal use or as long as 3-6 months with minimal use. If you prefer, you can plug the camera into an outlet. A magnetic swivel base is added to the camera's package, allowing a more flexible placement.
Buffering and Recognition
Butterfleye can technically work without power and internet. It does require an internet connection to upload video to the cloud, but not to function. If Butterfleye is not connected to the internet, it will use internal memory storage to save up to 12 hours of footage. When your internet is restored, the footage will be sent to the cloud. Internal storage does not impact the camera's ability to upload to the cloud. I asked the Butterfleye team if the internal storage was used to buffer video (potentially slowing down the upload process). The team acknowledged that there might be the perception that video upload speeds would be impacted, but stated that they are working to ensure this will not be the case. Their goal is to make the process instantaneous when viewing live video footage.
However, buffering has one major benefit: pre-recorded footage. The camera is constantly buffering 5-seconds of video. If an event is detected, it uploads footage of the event along with the extra 5-seconds to ensure you get the whole picture. This is an advantage over other cordless cameras that sleep until activity is detected, causing them to miss events.
Butterfleye also includes multiple sensors that can enhance your home's security. The camera detects motion, sound, and heat. If an event is detected, an alert will be sent to your connected phone. To make notifications more intelligent, Butterfleye includes Active Eye Intelligence. Active Eye learns and adjusts to give you smarter notifications. The camera can even detect the difference between a human and a pet as well as the difference between an empty room and one with activity. Unfortunately, facial recognition only works for paid members, but paying will make the camera a more capable home security assistant.
As an example, if your room is empty, Butterfleye will sleep. If a pet enters your room, the camera will ignore the pet. If a person enters the room, it will record. Butterfleye says the camera recognizes and detects faces (known and unknown), though this is a feature I did not see in action. According to Butterfleye, learning requires user participation. By tagging known faces, the camera will start to recognize people who should be in your home and people who shouldn't. You can event customize alerts based on who it sees.
The above smart features are combined with Activity Based Recording to make it easier to find relevant events when needed. Though the camera is always looking for trouble, it only uploads events to the cloud. Events being person detection, loud noises, etc. You can use the same markers to filter footage, you can even filter footage to show you a specific face.
Scheduling, Privacy, and Geofencing
Finally, a paid membership adds geofencing. The feature works using a 50m radius. When you travel outside of this area, the camera will arm. When you return home, it will swap to privacy mode.
If you prefer, you can nix geofencing for a schedule, which is offered for free. The "Notification Schedule" allows you to decide when you want notifications and when you don't. While using this feature, the camera will continue to monitor and capture events, but it won't let you know it's doing so. Your schedule can be customized to trigger on certain days and times.
From a privacy perspective, Butterfleye uses SSL encryption. They encrypt both pictures and video, assign each camera a unique private key, and assign a certificate used to authenticate with their server. Butterfleye uses Amazon Web Services to store pictures and video.
Butterfleye Software Behavior
Butterfleye supports iOS devices, including Apple Watch, and Android devices. Using the app, you can watch live video and recorded video. It also comes with a built-in social sharing feature that allows you to save footage locally or share on social media.
Video Storage in the Cloud
Butterfleye offers 12 hours of free cloud storage. From a home security perspective, this is not enough storage but it's better than nothing. Imagine being on vacation for a couple of days. If you don't check for events every day, they're gone.
If you want more cloud storage, you'll have to pay. The good news is that you can get more cloud storage for as low as $9.99/month. All prices are per account, not per camera. You can add an unlimited number of cameras to your account.
|12 HOUR STORAGE||7 DAY STORAGE||30 DAY STORAGE||365 DAY STORAGE|
|Supports||Unlimited Cameras||Unlimited Cameras||Unlimited Cameras||Unlimited Cameras|
|Tech Support||Limited Support||Unlimited Support||Unlimited Support||Unlimited Support|
|Live Streaming Video||YES||YES||YES||YES
Compatible Devices and a Summary
Butterfleye is new, but it's not the newest camera in its family, that title belongs to Nero 1. Both cameras are managed using the same app.
|Battery Life||18 Days||14 Days|
|Nero 1 Review||Butterfleye Review|
|Buy Now||Buy Now
Butterfleye also works with Amazon Echo. By adding an Alexa skill, you can have voice control over your camera. You can ask Alexa to tell you about recent events or even events from a specific day.
Finally, Butterfleye was purchased by Ooma and as such works with Ooma Home Security. The system includes sensors like door and window sensors, motion sensors, and smoke alarms which will help to monitor your home. If Ooma detects an event, it can trigger Butterfleye to record.
I know this was a lot of information to take in so let me break it down for you. Butterfleye is cordless and 100% battery powered. It has Active Eye technology to help cut down on unnecessary alerts. It does so by learning and by ignoring non-humans. The camera comes with 12 hours of free cloud storage, and you can purchase more if needed. You can purchase your own camera from getbutterfleye.com.