KUNA Camera ReviewBy - 01/08/2016
I’ve always liked the idea of having an outdoor home security camera, but hated the idea at the same time. Security is a major benefit of outdoor cameras, having a porch that looks rather unwelcoming is not. KUNA was created to solve this problem; it’s a home security camera built into an outdoor light fixture.
KUNA is an ornate metal and glass light fixture that comes in four primary styles: traditional, craftsman, contemporary, and coach. Located on the base of the light’s wall mount is a camera. If the styles do not appeal to you, Toucan will be your best friend.
Toucan has all of the technology that is stuffed into KUNA, but was created to work with your existing light fixtures instead of replacing them. If you have style specific lighting or expensive light fixtures, there is no need to replace them. Toucan is the solution. It has an HD camera, a 100dB speaker, motion detection, and more. Beyond being smart, the product is designed for easy installation. If you can install a lightbulb, you can install this camera. It comes with a power adapter and a USB cord. Simply snake the USB cord out, attach it to the included backplate, snap it on, and your lights are now smarter.
The third product sold by KUNA is the companion light. If you choose to replace your light fixtures with KUNA light fixtures, it can be expensive. The companion light is meant to solve for this challenge. The companion lights work with the KUNA light, looks like a KUNA light, but costs $70 less. The companion lights include Bluetooth 4.0 so they can sync with other KUNA lights.
Their final product is a floodlight that emits extremely bright light (2,400 lumens) when it detects motion. It’s also equipped with a 1080p camera with a wide-angle lens to capture and record intruders. The floodlight camera sells for $249.
KUNA offers 720P HD Video. The resolution is great and I’ve never had a problem making out a visitor’s face. There is a slight lag of a few seconds at times, but it’s probably my internet connection, not KUNA. At night, the only option is to make sure your porch lights are left on, as the camera does not have night vision. I’ve owned night vision cameras in the past and I prefer this solution. Instead of a glowing black and white figure, I get a full-color visual of my guests.
KUNA also has a mobile app for iOS and Android. The app allows you to stream live video and check out events. Whether you’re home or away, you can see what’s going on. The camera has a motion sensor that can be set to send push notifications through the app. From time to time I do receive false alarms, but it isn’t terrible. I also like that I don’t have to arm the system as it includes an always on solution. It is always on, always looking for motion, so long as I keep my light switch flipped on.
Another major security feature is the built-in alarm. If someone threatening is at my door, I can push a button on the app and a siren goes off. It isn’t insanely loud, I would say it’s about as loud as a motorcycle driving by. Depending on where I am in my house, I might be able to hear it, I might not. However, the point is to make it uncomfortable for a burglar. Burglars don’t like attention, and a 100dB siren will draw attention.
We’ve seen great security features so far, but perhaps the smartest one is Kuna AI, a cloud-based machine learning algorithm. It has the ability to distinguish and identify people from other objects that move. If it sees a person, it knows it’s a person. Moreover, it knows when it sees a car. It can even identify the build of a car to give you more accurate information about events (“Blue sedan is seen”, “A white van is seen”, etc). The catch? You can only access Kuna AI if you’re subscribed to the Absolute Control plan.
Finally, if you aren’t quick enough to catch a guest, you can watch recorded footage. The biggest bummer is that recorded footage is only available for two hours. If you are on a four-hour flight, too bad. If you are in a meeting or a movie, too bad. You can buy more cloud storage with prices starting at $7.49 per month for 7 days and going up to $29.99 per month (Absolute Control) for 30 days. These plans also add the ability to download an unlimited amount of clips. With the free plan, you are limited to downloading 3 clips every month. For more information on Kuna’s plans checkout their website.
|No Plan||Essential Security||Peace of Mind||Absolute Control|
$4.99/month if billed annually
$9.99/month if billed annually
$19.99/month if billed annually
|Number of Supported Cameras||Unlimited||1||Up to 4||Up to 8|
|Video History||2-hours||Last 7 Days||Last 14 Days||Last 30 Days|
|KUNA AI||Coming Soon||Coming Soon|
|Discount on Future KUNA Purchases||0%||5%||10%||15%|
|Lifetime Theft Protection|
Although home security is the main reason I settled on KUNA, convenience turned out to be a major benefit. When I’m busy trying to catch up on Game of Thrones, I don’t have to answer the door. I can sit on my couch and look at my phone. Like a boss. If it’s someone I need to talk to, I can talk to them via the two-way speaker. If I’m feeling extra lazy, I can use a pre-recorded message like, “Please leave unless you are selling Thin Mints”. Done and done.
I can also turn my light on or off by pushing a button on my phone. It’s simple.
Ease of Use
Installation of KUNA was easy. In total it took about 20 minutes. In fact, you can use the wiring from your original light fixture. The mount and caps for wires are included with the light. As it runs off of Wi-Fi, the unit isn’t connected to any other cables or wires. Once the light is installed, all you need is the app. The app is rated well on Google Play and iTunes.
The KUNA home security light is a way to keep your home safe without shoving a camera in your guests’ faces. It’s easy enough for someone technologically challenged to use, and it’s a reliable way to monitor the people at your door. At $199 it is reasonably priced too. The companion lights sell for $129 each and Toucan for $199.
Aside from working with other Kuna products, Kuna integrates with third-party smart home devices. Specifically, Kuna works with Alexa and Google Assistant. Both voice AIs allow you to control Kuna lights with your voice. Take note, the integration only controls Kuna lights, not the camera. While you can turn on your lights using Alexa or Google Assistant, you can’t do anything with your Kuna camera.
Learn more about KUNA and buy your own here.