HIVE VIEW OUTDOOR What's the story?

Hive's handsome outdoor cam is the bargain of the bunch here, but still manages Full HD footage sent to your phone. Storing clips in the cloud for more than 24 hours requires a £3.99 monthly sub, but at a total of under £230 for the year it's a major saving compared to the competition. Let's if it can compete in other areas.

Is it any good?

This outdoor crim-catcher comes I motion and sound detection, person detection, two-way communication, black-and-white night vision , Alexa and Google Assistant support, plus Full HD clips with phone notifications through the Hive app - handy if you have other kit for that smart home ecosystem. It matches the Nest for resolution and a 130' view, but falls short on zoom. Like the Nest, the View Outdoor is hardwired with a 25ft USB power cable so requires some drilling.

Hive's app is nice to navigate, although the View falls short on some of the functionality that its rivals thrive on. For example, you can't set motion zones so it's trigger-happy with alerts. This one does what it says it does- just don't expect anything but the basics.

Price £179/

•1920x1080 Full HD • 8x digital zoom

•130' view • Mains power

•122x66x66mm, 260g

Stuff says★★★★☆

A cute and compact security cam for Full HD surveillance