Home Security Cameras That Perfectly Balance Style and Function

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Panasonic, but all opinions, as always, are my own,

You know that I'm all about finding the perfect balance of style and function! I've always said that decor should be functional and organizing can be beautiful. But now I'm taking my theory a step further... It turns out that home security can also be both functional and stylish as well.

Floor lamp with home security camera

Scott and I have been wanting to add a couple of home security cameras for an added level of protection in our home. I like the idea of being able to keep an eye on things - whether it's checking on the main floor while we're upstairs late at night, or ensuring that all is well when we're away from home. It was also important to me that our security cameras blend in with our decor so that they don't make our home feel uninviting. 

As with all of the smart home technology we've added to our home over the years, I want to ensure anything we invest in can easily go with us if we ever move in the future. Fortunately, we found security cameras that perfectly fit our needs and strike a balance of style and function with some great added features! This post is sponsored by Panasonic, and Panasonic is also generously offering my readers a 10% discount, so be sure to grab the code at the end of this post!

When I first heard about the new HomeHawk™ FLOOR, I knew it would be perfect for our living room because it's a combination of a security camera and lamp. In our kitchen, on the other hand, where a floor lamp would look out of place, the small and discreet HomeHawk™ SHELF blends in perfectly.

Panasonic HomeHawk FLOOR home security camera SHELF

If you're a child of the 90's like me, chances are pretty good that you had a combo floor lamp CD rack in your bedroom at some point in time. That may have been the original dual-purpose lamp, but technology has come a long way and the HomeHawk™ FLOOR takes the dual-purpose lamp concept to a whole new level!

Panasonic HomeHawk FLOOR security camera app

First, let's start with the obvious - this security camera lamp is much more sleek and stylish than my 90's CD rack lamp with it's halogen buzz. It comes in black satin or the gray fabric finish that I chose. And the security camera is so discrete that from anywhere but a close-up view, you wouldn't even notice it's there.

Security camera built into a floor lamp

Out of the box, it only took me a couple of minutes to assemble the HomeHawk™ FLOOR. As you put the segments of the lamp together, you can choose from three height options - 2 feet, 4 feet, or 6 feet. I chose the tallest option, and it looks perfect next to the piano in our living room. After assembly, it was as easy as plugging in the lamp. I love that the security camera also has battery backup, so even if the power were to go out, we would still be able to monitor our home.

Stylish home security camera floor lamp

Not only does the security camera lamp blend in perfectly with the decor, positioning it next to the piano also gives us a clear view of our front door, our side door, and the living room windows. The camera has a 140 degree (diagonal) wide view and 1080p full HD quality, and because the camera is right at eye-level, it's ideal for monitoring our home. 

Smart home security camera footage

The HomeHawk™ FLOOR connects with the HomeHawk app, allowing us to receive notifications when motion is detected, and features two-second pre-recording before an incident occurs. The app provides rapid playback so we can quickly view footage of the motion activity, and the footage is conveniently stored on an SD card, so there is no monthly service fees {which is a huge bonus, because we certainly don't need another bill each month!}.

When we first set up the security camera, we noticed that through the solar shade on our front window, the camera was able to pick up the motion of people walking by on the sidewalk in front of our house. We were able to use the "customizable activity zone" feature in the app to tell it to ignore any motion detected outside this window.

security camera detection area

The HomeHawk app also provides lots of options to determine how you want to monitor your home. You can choose to enable geofencing, which automatically turns on sound and motion detection when you leave the house. In the app, you can also enable Home Mode and Privacy Mode, so that you are in complete control of when the camera detects and records motion. 

The lamp can be set to turn on automatically when motion is detected, but when the camera is set to Home Mode, turning the light on and off is as simple as a tap. Via the app, we can also set the lamp to a schedule or turn it on and off remotely. Vacation mode can randomize the lighting schedule for additional security when you're away from home.

Stylish smart home security camera that doubles as a floor lamp

Our living room has poor overhead lighting, so in addition to keeping our family safe, the HomeHawk™ FLOOR's  three lighting levels provide just the right amount of ambient light for reading and piano practice. The FLOOR also includes a built-in speaker and microphone for two-way talk so I can chat with the kids when I'm not in the room.

Stylish floor lamp that doubles as a smart home security camera

I also wanted to have "eyes" on the back door in our kitchen, but a stand up lamp wouldn't really blend in with our dining area. For this space, we instead opted for the sleek little HomeHawk™ SHELF security camera. It's so discreet, in fact, that I bet you'll have a hard time spotting it in the photo below.

Discreet home security camera in in black and white kitchen

This camera blends right in on our kitchen shelves, but it can also be easily mounted to a wall or ceiling if you prefer. Unlike the FLOOR, the SHELF does not have a battery backup.

Discreet security camera on styled open kitchen shelving

From its camouflaged perch on our kitchen shelf, the SHELF security camera keeps watch over the door to our backyard, which gives peace of mind at night and when we're away from home. The color night vision on both the FLOOR and SHELF security cameras provide protection day and night.

security camera footage of kitchen

If you're looking for a stylish and unobtrusive way to protect your home, these Panasonic HomeHawk™ security cameras are great options for owners and renters alike. The SHELF is slim and sleek, and the FLOOR camera lamp combo provides so many added benefits! Panasonic is offering a special 10% discount for my readers with coupon code 10PANASONIC. 

Stylish Home Security Camera HomeHawk FLOOR

1 comment :

  1. We love adding smart home features to our house and that lamp might be the smartest smart thing I've seen this year! The picture quality looks amazing too!