Travel Technology

Canary Flex Review: Watch Your Home While You’re Away

Worried about leaving your home empty while you travel? The Canary Flex is a small, wireless, and Wi-Fi-enabled camera that lets you check on your property while you’re gone. The camera pairs with an app on your phone so you can remotely view any area at which you’ve pointed the Canary.

Canary Flex Review:

Price and Where to Buy: At the time of writing, the Canary Flex was on sale on Amazon for $129, marked down from $199.

[st_content_ad]How the Canary Flex Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10. The Canary’s wide-angle camera lets you view HD video clearly and crisply (even at night). You can talk through the camera using the app to have a conversation with a person (or pet) at home. You can even set up alerts for when a person enters the camera’s range. The Canary Flex uses AI technology to differentiate a person from an animal or anything else that’s moving, so you won’t get false alarms.
  • Durability: 9/10. The Canary Flex is weatherproof and works in rain, snow, heat, or cold.
  • Ease of Use: 10/10. Both the camera and app are easy to use. The camera has rechargeable batteries, so it can be used wirelessly. The magnetic swivel mount quickly attaches to almost any surface, and then you can position the camera at any angle you like.

Final Verdict: Want to keep an eye on your home while you’re out? The Canary Flex will give you peace of mind via video.

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Caroline Morse Teel is always on the hunt for the newest and best travel gear. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo,, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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