Shelley I have been following this thread with great interest and just read your writeup on the blog. First thank you, it helps calm some of the concern around the camera/app using huge amounts of data. Based on your write up it appears you are using the ST hub and camera as I would like, that is as a security system. My concern is however that if motion can only be integrated into the camera via an independent motion sensor, it severely limits the ability to detect motion OUTSIDE the home, as the threads seems to indicate outdoor motion sensors are filled with false alarms. Though it based on @jackchi Jackchi's comments, this may be changing as the camera's motion may be integrated into the ST hub to trigger an alert. This would be a huge win.
Assuming that pans out, being completely new to ST and camera etc. Can the camera be positioned to look outside a window, pointing at a front door for example, with motion setup to detect movement and actually work? I ask because movement inside the house is one thing, but if someone is casing the house or approaching my front door trying to pry it open, this would be the point at which I would want to be notified/alerted.
Being altered after the someone is inside the house, while still beneficial, diminishes the value of a security system, for mer anyways. The damage has already been done, the response time to get the police their becomes critical and most likely they are going to be leaving with something of value.
Ideally I would want cameras both inside and out, But have read your critique of how the resolution stinks, if one is planning and having it positioned outside a window. Does Dropcam do any better is this regard? Does an outdoor rated camera exist that can be integrated into ST at this point.
Iam all ears @jackchi or @Shelley_Powers for suggestions or an opinion on this.