Fur parents who want to keep their eyes on their pets may want to get their hands on a pet camera. Designed to work like a traditional security camera, these smart devices also come with additional features — from barking alerts to treat dispensers. Furbo and Petcube are just some of the big names in this product category. Their respective devices — the Furbo Dog Camera and the Petcube Bites 2 — are best known for HD video recording, two-way audio, and a slew of interactive features. But which pet camera is better?
Furbo vs Petcube Bites 2 Pet Camera Comparison Chart
|Model||Furbo Dog Camera||Petcube Bites 2|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
|Vide Resolution||1080p full HD||1080p full HD|
|Field of View||160° (diagonal)||160° (diagonal)|
|Zoom||4x digital||4x digital|
|Controllable Treat Tossing Quantity||No||Yes|
|Controllable Treat Tossing Distance||No||Yes|
|Controllable Treat Tossing Intervals||Yes||Yes|
|Treat Capacity||0.5 lbs||1.5 lbs|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Placement||Tabletop or shelf||Tabletop, shelf, wall-mounting|
|Compatibility||Android, iOS||Android, iOS|
|Dimensions||5.91 x 4.72 x 8.86 inches||5.7 x 3 x 10.6 inches|
|Weight||2.1 lbs||2.34 lbs|
The Furbo has a more easeful appearance compared to the modern style of the Petcube Bites 2.
The Furbo Dog Camera and Petcube Bites 2 look more like Bluetooth speakers than security cameras. Because they have to accommodate a treat-dispensing feature, these devices are larger and less inconspicuous. Size, however, doesn’t take away from their overall design.
Furbo’s dog camera, for instance, is svelte and attractive. Thanks to a bamboo wooden cover and narrower form, the device brandishes a simple, functional, and homey appeal. Although largely crafted from plastic, it feels durable. Industrial strength 3M adhesives are also placed underneath the base to keep the camera from getting knocked over by your canine companions.
Petcube’s Bites 2 couldn’t be any different. In place of curves and natural materials are seamless lines, rounded edges, and aluminum construction. Silver and matte black panels also add to the Bites’ minimalist aesthetic. The Petcube Bites 2 stands upright on a table or shelf but can also be mounted on a wall — something the Furbo doesn’t support yet.
On the front of these devices, you’ll find most of the features and sensors. From status lights to mics and speakers, each of the components melds seamlessly into the body of these pet cameras. The Furbo and Petcube Bites 2, however, are only available in one color style. If you want something quirkier, you’ll have to look somewhere else.
Image and Video Quality
Furbo has the edge when it comes to image quality and night vision, while the Petcube Bites 2 offers faster streaming.
Beyond design and treat dispensers, however, pet cameras are primarily purchased for, well, their cameras. In this area, Furbo and Petcube are quite comparable. Both devices are equipped with 1080p full-HD cameras with a 160-degree field of view. They also feature 4x digital zoom and are equipped with night vision for low-light situations.
With their HD cameras, images are generally crystal clear. Even when zooming in, the quality remains reasonably sharp, and pixelation isn’t too common of an issue. Given their wide-angle lenses, you also get good views in most average-sized rooms. But if you’re meticulous, Furbo’s picture quality tends to be better than the Bites 2 — whether in daytime or in night mode.
Fur parents can live stream videos using Furbo and Bites 2. Since the latter comes with dual-band Wi-Fi, you get faster and more reliable streams compared to Furbo’s dog camera. Both devices allow you to capture screenshots and record live feeds. However, the features are limited. If you want to download clips, for instance, you’ll need to be on a subscription plan.
Audio and Alerts
Petcube’s Bites 2 has better two-way audio and more free standard alerts than Furbo’s Dog Camera.
Like most security cameras, the Furbo Dog Camera and Petcube Bites 2 boast two-way audio. It’s a practical feature for coaxing anxious pets left at home. On Furbo’s camera, you get a high-quality microphone, a built-in speaker, and even a customized snack call. The result is clear and reliable two-way communication.
Petcube’s Bites 2, however, has a slight edge when it comes to audio quality. The sleek-looking camera boasts a full-duplex sound, a four-microphone array, and a speaker bar. With this setup, the Bites 2 not only picks up sound better but fur parents also sound clearer on the other side.
Another important feature of both pet cameras is their support for alerts. Out of the box, both Furbo and Petcube Bites 2 offer sound alerts with push notifications. This comes with the ability to adjust sound detection sensitivity as well. With the Bites 2, however, you also get motion alerts even without a subscription. Like with sound detection, motion sensitivity can be customized.
But while these alerts are great, fur parents cannot configure them to more specific options. This means you’ll get alerts and notifications for every type of sound (and motion with Bites 2). If you sign up for a Furbo Dog Nanny or Petcube Care plan, you get to customize these alerts.
On a paid Furbo plan, users can set up triggers for dog or human activity, as well as home emergencies. Meanwhile, the Petcube subscription allows custom sound alerts for dogs barking and cats meowing, plus custom motion detection for either pets or people in the camera view.
Treat Dispensing Feature
The Petcube Bites 2 has a larger treat compartment capacity than Furbo. It also comes with controls for treat tossing distance and quantity.
What makes these pet cameras different is their treat tossing abilities. On the Furbo, the treat compartment can hold up to 0.5-pounds of dry kibble. The company recommends round treats about 1cm in diameter. In terms of capacity, that’s about 100 pieces. Several treats are tossed at a time, although how far it goes cannot be controlled. If paired with an Alexa device, however, you can schedule the toss intervals.
Petcube’s Bites 2 has a larger treats compartment than Furbo. According to the company, the device can hold up to 1.5-pounds of dry kibble. Similar to Furbo, round treats are recommended, preferably an inch in diameter. Fur parents can also set up a dispensing schedule via Alexa or the Petcube app. With the Bites 2, however, you can control the distance of how treats are tossed. Petcube’s camera also comes with three inserts that manages how many treats are dispensed.
Another advantage of the Petcube Bites 2 over the Furbo is the actual treat compartment. Apart from the larger capacity, it’s removable and dishwasher safe. Furbo’s treat compartment is fixed, so cleaning can be cumbersome. The company recommends wiping it with a damp cloth instead.
Get the Furbo if you’re on a budget and want a no-fuss dog camera. Opt for the Petcube Bites 2 if you need to control treat dispensing.
The Furbo and Petcube Bites 2 pet cameras are two of the best in the market today. Apart from their impressive image and video quality, they come in attractive designs that should blend well in today’s modern homes. For fur parents worried about these cameras getting knocked down, Furbo and Petcube guarantee durable features. The latter can even be mounted on a wall if you don’t want paws toppling it from a table or shelf.
Furbo’s Dog Camera is the more affordable of the two. With the accessible price tag, however, you miss out on some features, including control over treat tossing distance and quantity. But if you want a no-fuss dog camera, Furbo is a solid purchase. Petcube’s Bites 2 is more versatile. Aside from treat dispensing controls, it offers specific alerts and notifications for both dogs and cats. So if you have more than one kind of furry companion at home, consider the Bites 2 instead.
If you’re looking at features, Petcube’s Bites 2 boasts more than Furbo’s Dog Camera. The Bites 2 device also has multiple placement options. In terms of image and audio quality, they’re more or less comparable. Petcube’s camera, however, has the edge when it comes to treat tossing controls and settings. Plus, it works for both dogs and cats.
The Petcube Bites 2 carries a one-year limited warranty.
Petcube Care is available in two plans: Optimal and Premium. Aside from more customizable alert settings, these subscriptions allow for downloadable clips, smart filters, and pet care perks.
The Furbo Dog Nanny subscription typically costs $6.99 a month or a discounted $69 if opting for annual payment terms.
Last update on 2021-07-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API