LiftMaster myQ Smart Garage Camera review: The magnetic mount is nifty. The price tag? Not so much

Chamberlain—which owns the LiftMaster brand and the myQ smart home product line—has extended its top-shelf garage door opener with another “smart garage” essential: a Wi-Fi camera that integrates with the myQ ecosystem.

Conceptually, the device works pretty much like any other Wi-Fi security camera. Mount the camera and point it at what you want to monitor, pair it to your network (both 2.4- and 5GHz networks are supported), and connect to the camera via the myQ app. You don’t need to have a myQ smart garage door controller installed (and the myQ camera doesn’t interact with the myQ controller at all); but if you do, your camera feed will appear directly above your garage door controls within the app. It’s a handy way to get one-stop access to everything that’s going on in the least inviting room of your house.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best garage door tech as well the best security cameras. You’ll find reviews of competing products at both of those links, plus buyers’ guides to the features you should consider when shopping in those categories.

myq cam app 2 Christopher Null / IDG

Users of myQ garage door openers get the camera view in the same interface.

The camera, which is branded LiftMaster—unlike other all the myQ gear, which bears the Chamberlain service mark—looks much like any basic security camera. It comes on a thin, swiveling stand, but it’s outfitted with a few garage-friendly features. The company says it’s designed with harsher garage environments in mind, with an operating temperature range of -4 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

Even better, it has a magnetic base that makes it perfect for mounting on the underside of your garage door opener with zero tools required. If you decide to mount it elsewhere (nothing limits you to the garage), screws and wall anchors are included. Note, however, that the camera is not weatherproof and thus is not suitable for outdoor use.

The camera also works with the Key by Amazon system and app, which in this case would empower Amazon delivery drivers to open your garage and place your Amazon packages securely inside. That service, however, is not universally available (you can check here by providing your zip code).

The camera performs well, with a 140-degree view that was able to capture all three of my garage doors from a vantage point beneath one of the openers. The most obvious use for the camera—and how I’ve been using it—is simply to visually verify that none of the doors have been left open. It’s also a nice backup that helps you confirm that no intruders—human or otherwise—have wandered in uninvited.

Video quality is solid (at 1080p) and includes a helpful time stamp in the top left corner. Night vision is automatic by default and offers a bright enough view to make out distant corners in the dark, though I’ve worked with other cameras that offer better clarity. Two-way audio is also included, but I found that the microphone tends to capture a fair amount of background noise.

myq camera installed 2 Christopher Null / IDG

The magnetic base makes this camera easy to mount beneath your garage door opener, but conventional screw-mount hardware is also provided.

The camera can be configured to alert on motion detection, but note that this is turned off by default. When you turn it on, however, get ready for an onslaught of push notifications and/or emails, depending on your configuration. Simply opening your garage door, going out, and coming back in can generate a series of up to 10 push notifications in a row, sometimes hitting every few seconds. It can be quite an overload, but on the plus side, at least you aren’t likely to miss any alerts.