When Samsung came out with the Smartcam HD Plus, it introduced a solid smart home security camera with some unique audio features at a competitive price. The HD Plus was, and still is, a good alternative to the Nest Cam, and, unlike the Nest Cam, it isn't tied to a cloud subscription plan that holds your videos hostage. Now Samsung is adding a new camera to its lineup, the Smartcam PT, that puts a spin (literally) on the HD Plus.
This $200 security camera swivels and turns to follow any movement it detects in a room, making sure you always have a full view of whatever and whomever is in your home. While its design differs from competing smart cameras, Samsung is hoping that a moving eye will be enough to persuade people to choose Smartcam over the rest.
Design: It follows your every move
The PT in this camera's name stands for "pan and tilt," meaning it can swivel nearly all the way around and look up and down to capture much more of your home than most cameras. According to Samsung, the Smartcam PT can pan 350 degrees, tilt up to 155 degrees, and the camera itself has a 96-degree field of view. Instead of fussing with the placement of the camera, I just set it on top of a bookshelf and used the app to adjust its aim.