There’s a number of different dog cameras on the market that can livestream and record your dog while you aren’t there.
Each of these cameras might have slightly different features and capabilities.
Below, we’ve put together a Furbo Dog Camera vs Petcube vs Pawbo Reviews & Comparison Guide.
We look at what each brand of camera provides, as well as running over the pros and cons of the Furbo Dog Camera.
We’ve also listed a few other dog cameras (from other brands) that you might look at.
Let’s take a look!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
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Furbo Dog Camera vs Petcube vs Pawbo: Comparison
If you want to go straight to viewing each pet camera, you can do so here:
Pawbo, & Also Petcube
- Pawbo Life Dog Camera (on Amazon)
- Petcube Cam (on Amazon)
- Petcube Play 2 (on Amazon)
- Petcube Bites 2 (on Amazon)
Note – another popular home security camera at the moment that can be used to see, hear and speak to people and pets at home is the Blink Mini Camera (on Amazon)
Furbo Dog Camera vs Petcube vs Pawbo: Main Differences, & Which To Get?
Weighing up the features and ratings of each camera product from each brand, the Furbo is probably the best overall option right now.
The Furbo offers the treat dispensing option/function (similar to the way an automatic dog feeder dispenses dog food).
The Petcube brand offers three models – the smallest Cam, the Play 2 with a laser toy, and the Bites 2 with treat dispensing. All three models have in built vet support.
You may consider the Cam model if you want a small/micro type pet camera compared to the height/length of the Furbo. This Cam model can also be magnetic mounted to different surfaces. However, pay attention to the fact it’s only compatible with 2.4GHz Wifi, and not 5GHz.
You may also consider the Play 2 model if you want a pet camera with a laser toy.
One of the big differences with the Pawbo compared to the Furbo and Petcube models, is that the Pawbo is 720p, and not 1080p. It also has only a 130 degree viewing lens compared to a 160 degree wide angle lens that the Furbo and Petcubes have. It’s also on 2.4GHz Wifi compatible.
For these reasons and a few others, the Pawbo might be a secondary consideration behind the Furbo and Petcubes.
Beyond the Furbo (and Pawbo and Petcube), other top rated camera brands and products to look at as an alternative might include (note though – some of these cameras don’t come with pet specific designs and features – they may be general cameras for the home, babies, pets, etc.) …
- Victure Indoor Security Camera (on Amazon)
- KAMTRON Security Home Camera (on Amazon)
- Conico Cloud Camera (on Amazon)
- HeimVision Security Camera (on Amazon)
- Netvue Orb Camera (on Amazon)
Three main things you might consider with any of these cameras might be:
– Main Use/Features – do you just want to record and check in on your pet? Or, do you want the additional features like treat dispensing, bark notification, and so on? If you want additional features – you many have to get the pet specific designed cameras over the regular security cameras.
– Warranty – check the warranty conditions, length and return policy before you buy. Especially if you are buying a more expensive camera.
– Compatibility – with Wifi, with phones, etc. You want to make sure you have the right equipment and setup in your home before buying.
Furbo Dog Camera Pros and Cons, & Main Features
Furbo Dog Camera
– Main Features, & Pros
An 8.86 inches tall/long dog camera with a 160 degree wide angle view, 1080p full HD camera with night vision (camera works in dark conditions too)
Designed to keep dogs safe, as well as happy
Has a camera, a mic and speaker, as well as a bark speaker
So, you can see and talk to your dog, as well as record them
Works with both Apple and Android – livestream vision to your phone
Works with Alexa
Modes/functions you can select on your phone are photo, video, treat toss, and 2 way speaker
The treat tosser function dispenses treats to your dog
Has real time barking alert notifications to tell you when your dog is barking
Has a status indicator
Has a bamboo wood cover
Has a free trial of Cloud Recording, Smart Alerts and a daily Doggie Diary
To use – you plug it in, download an app, and connect to Wifi
Is used by regular pet owners, but also vets and professional dog trainers
Comes with the camera unit, USB cable, power adaptor, and quick start guide
– Potential Cons
Some people can have connection issues, or find the connection to be spotty
Not exactly a cheap pet camera
Some people are critical of the premium, subscription, or charged functions and capabilities
Petcube & Pawbo Dog Cameras – Main Features
There’s three different units that Petcube offers – the Petcube Cam, the Petcube Play 2, and the Petcube Bites 2
The main differences between the units are:
Size – the smallest unit is the Cam, the Play 2 is the mid size, and the Bites 2 is the biggest unit
Viewing angle – the Cam has 110 degree viewing, and the Play 2 and Bites 2 are 160 degree
Interactivity – all three units have built in vet support, but the Play 2 additionally has a laser pointer, and the the Bites 2 has a treat dispenser
Alexa – the Cam works with Alexa, whereas the Play 2 and Bites 2 have Alexa built in
Microphones – the Cam has 1 microphone, and the Play 2 and Bites 2 have 4 microphone array
Wifi compatibility – the Cam works with only 2.4GHz, whereas the Play 2 and Bites 2 work with 2.4GHz and 5GHz
The Petcube Cam has a magnet that mounts to any surface
The Bites 2 can be wall mounted (with a wall mount kit), or table mounted
General features of each Petcube are:
1080HD Pet camera and video, that works with day and night vision (to 30 feet).
Has 2 way audio with microphone
Uses smart alerts to stop pets misbehaving
Modes/functions available from your phone are – talk to and hear your pet, toss a treat/laser for Play 2 and Bites 2, or take a video or photo
A 720p camera with 130 degree wide lens
Has 4x digital zoom
Has two way talk
Has a laser game feature
Has a treat dispenser feature
Has ringtone notifications
Supports 2.4GHz Wireless network only
Supports up to 8 users concurrently
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