The home-security-camera market is a saturated one, with contenders from the likes of Logitech, Netgear and, perhaps trendiest of all, Nest.
Now there's another, rather surprising, company joining that fray: Amazon.
Thanks to its all-plastic build, it weighs only 5 ounces (compared to the Nest's 7.5). On the contrary, the Cloud Cam is equipped with a 70 mm-wide sturdy base with rubberized footing.
Basic ($7 a month or $69 a year) increases the limit to the last seven days for up to three cameras; Extended ($10 a month or $99 a year) stores 14 days of video for up to five cameras and Pro ($20 a month or $199 a year) offers a full month of clips for up to ten cameras.
One of the ways to access those clips is via the aforementioned app.
I also had to name my camera, which comes in handy when used with Alexa (which we'll get to later). It's permanently green when the camera is on; there's no way to turn it off.
Amazon says this is so users know exactly when you're on camera and when you're not.
There are options to receive notifications of person-detection but not motion-detection, or vice versa, or both.
Zones, on the other hand, blocks out certain areas of the room from being detected.
My apartment is small, so this was more than enough to capture both my living room and my kitchen.
The camera also has night vision, which activates automatically when dark (the Cloud Cam has an ambient light sensor).
A subscription will unlock two other features: Person-detection and Zones.
Person-detection fine-tunes the Cloud Cam's motion-sensitivity to detect when a person is in the room versus a pet (or Roomba, etc.).
In my experience, the app discovered the camera pretty quickly.