Camera Monitor for HomeKit 4+

Live, full-screen cam layouts

Chris Forant

Designed for iPad

    • 4.0 • 5 Ratings
    • $1.99

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Description

Stream, snapshot, or time-lapse multiple cameras live on the same iPhone or iPad screen. CamPanes provides a full-screen security camera experience that default apps lack.

This app is for use with security cameras that are designed for Apple HomeKit. Camera must be registered with the Apple Home app first. Snapshot refresh rate depends on camera manufacturer's implementation of HomeKit.

Terms and Conditions
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What’s New

Version 6.0

- Updated for iOS 17
- Minor bug fixes for layouts on settings screen.

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Win22jim ,

Good but not what I was hoping for

This was the only app I could find that creates a time lapse of my HomeKit video feed. This is the main reason I got this app and subscribed to premium. My biggest disappointment was that I could not save or export the time lapse.
Also the Apple TV app would be great.

Developer Response ,

I’ll see what I can do about the exporting of time-lapse. It is a neat feature but HomeKit limits me with what is possible. 

Update 2/2024: The Apple TV version is now out.

Big Appletite ,

Great, but

Could use an apple tv app!

Developer Response ,

tvOS version is now available.

one800Jonathan ,

Basic

Straight and to the point: to demo the app properly you really need to see more than one camera. That’s the whole point. Wondering if you can see all your cameras in live motion.

Recordings. You can’t playback any of your cameras recordings. I’m assuming you must be able to access them because of the time lapse feature that I couldn’t get to work.

Zooming. You can’t pinch and zoom into a video feed. Nor scroll. Home app does this. You can only tap to stretch to screen.

Aspect ratio. While having the option to manually change the aspect of a camera, most people aren’t going to know what a aspect ratio even is. This metadata is included in video feeds. So the app should default to what the stream says it is. This is in the QT spec.

Ptz. Apple supposedly has written into the HomeKit specs the ability to control PTZ cameras. Nobody has dug it out and made use of it but it’s there. I haven’t confirmed this since iOS 15 but it would be nice for a speciality HKSV viewing app to have this.

As far as being able to stream all of your cameras at once I couldn’t test without buying. But I assume it probably doesn’t work well as nobody else can do it. Maybe if when in multicamera view the app requested the low res feeds of that camera. Like when you view a camera from your watch it requests the third stream (the sd low res stream) from my Hikvision Poe cameras. So there’s no transcoding that needs to happen. Then if you go full screen start the full res stream.

Saw there is a talk back button for cameras with speakers. Didn’t get a chance to test.

Also would be nice to have controls for nearby accessories in the camera window like the home app does. And access to the full settings of each camera including notifications. I know these are accessible because everyone else lets you. Eve. Controller. They even let you see more fields than what home app shows you.

Including facial recognition. Would be nice to have that in there as well and perhaps take it a step further and allow users to have the detection of someone you know be a trigger. App hears Joe is at the door and it then makes that into a shortcut that then unlocks the door if certain conditions are met.

And of course have this app in Mac OS, iPad os, watch, tv os all included in the price. Especially if it’s a subscription model. Syncing settings.

App Privacy

The developer, Chris Forant, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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Supports

  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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