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Kodak takes on Dropcam with the new Kodak CFH-V20 wireless camera

Kodak introduced the CFH-V20 video monitoring system today, featuring a 180-degree field of view day and night-vision HD video camera.

The device is a wireless USB-powered V20 camera that can easily be detached from its power base and placed anywhere for quick setup to monitor children, loved ones, pets or property.

Now with the availability of the IFTTT iSecurity+ Channel, users can connect their V20 WiFi camera with other devices or apps for added automation. More than two dozen iSecurity+ “IF” and “DO” Recipes let consumers configure automatic triggers or actions, such as motion, people and activity detection, or send commands to the camera remotely, such as aiming the camera in a new direction, or enabling or disabling motion detection.

For example, by connecting the iSecurity+ Channel to the iOS/Android Location Channel, users can enable geo-fencing capabilities that turn on or off the V20’s motion detection feature based on the mobile device’s GPS location. This allows users to disable motion-triggered notifications while at home—and enable them while away. The iSecurity+ Channel supports the entire line of KODAK V-Series Video Monitors.

The premium product in the new KODAK V-Series Video Monitor line, the CFH-V20 offers class-defining versatility, intelligence, image quality and performance features at an affordable $149.95 MSRP. Boasting features most commonly found in high-end commercial-grade technology, the V20 gives consumers outstanding image quality with exceptional ease of use.

The V20 features a 180-degree field of view, with built-in de-warping allowing users to see an entire room without fish-eye image distortion. The device also offers a digital zoom, night vision and two-way audio talkback.

The new camera also supports a wide dynamic range that automatically corrects scenes with extreme lighting conditions, such as intense backlight surrounding an object, to allow users to better distinguish features and shapes. There is also a built-in WiFi extender that expands users’ existing wireless home network coverage to boost the connection and performance.

Just like the previous model, this version also offers a lifetime 1-Day cloud storage to enable users to look back on recorded video clips—stored in the cloud—from the past 24 hours. Premium plans include Smart Detection ($2.99/month per video monitor) featuring intelligent alerts by activity or people to reduce false alarms by up to 98 percent, and expanded 14-Day ($9.99/month per video monitor) or 30-Day Cloud Storage with Smart Detection plans ($19.99/month per video monitor) that include Smart Detection, 1000 favorites, and the ability to view motion-triggered video clips for a longer period of time.

“The V20 sets a new bar in the premium consumer WiFi camera market, offering a very compelling package of the latest advances in camera and computer vision technology, bundled in a compact and pluggable form factor,” said Herman Yau, CEO of Tend, a KODAK licensee and developer of the V-Series product line and the award-winning KODAK Baby Monitoring System. “With its completely wireless operation, portability and integration with IFTTT, you can set up the camera to monitor the kids playing in the backyard in a matter of seconds, drop it in a bag and take it with you to grandma’s for a weekend visit, or create iSecurity+ Recipes that connect the V20 to your favorite apps and devices.”

The V20 includes the free iSecurity+ app and cloud-based home video monitoring service. With the iSecurity+ app, users are able to view a live stream from the V20 and configure detection filters and motion-triggered alerts. All KODAK V-Series Video Monitors include free Lifetime 1-Day Cloud Storage so users can look back on recorded motion-triggered video clips from the past 24 hours.

The KODAK CFH-V20 will soon be available for pre-order at Amazon.com.