“Lengthy battery life means you may place the EufyCam 2 Professional with out worrying about wires.”
365 days of battery life
Faces aren’t clear at night time
Digicam might be higher
Thewi-fi residence safety digicam system had the potential to shake up the flood of sensible safety cameras available on the market. Whereas it holds its personal, it actually doesn’t stand out.
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The EufyCam 2 Professional comes as a single digicam ($150) or as a two-pack with two cameras and the Eufy HomeBase 2 ($350). I’d recommend springing for the pack with the HomeBase 2 in the event you don’t have already got one. You may’t use the EufyCam 2 Professional with out a HomeBase, so that you’re going to want it anyway. The HomeBase 2 is a hub that connects cameras, shops footage, and works as a Wi-Fi repeater to spice up your Wi-Fi, so your cameras get a powerful sign.
That is actually useful in case your sign isn’t the perfect or you’ve a protracted stretch of area between your router and your cameras. Then again, the HomeBase takes up yet one more Ethernet port in your router and one other energy outlet that you just most likely can’t spare.
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The set up of this digicam is tremendous easy. The EufyCam 2 Professional is magnetic, so you may stick it to a porch railing or simply about some other metallic floor. Should you don’t have something to stay it to, you may set up a mounting bracket with a few screws after which twist the digicam onto the bracket. All in all, it took about 10 minutes to get the digicam mounted and one other 5 minutes to get it arrange with the app and Eufy HomeBase 2. Direct daylight can blind the digicam although, so take that into consideration once you’re desirous about a spot to place it.
Video from the EufyCam 2 Professional is on par with most different high-end safety cameras, such because the Arlo Professional three. It may be switched between HD 1080p or 2K HD with a big area of view of 140 levels. Should you place the digicam 7 to 10 ft excessive, it might see a variety of as much as 30 ft, so one digicam can cowl a big space of your yard. Video readability is fairly good, with reasonable colours, little or no distortion, and good distinction. Whereas it’s first rate, I want Eufy had stepped up and went to 4K decision, just like the Arlo Extremely Sensible Cam.
Eufy tackled the issue by including Sensible Picture Enhancement.
An issue with some cameras is that the additional away an individual is, the grittier the picture of the particular person turns into. Inside a few ft, faces are crisp and clear with a variety of distinction. At round 10 ft, faces are a lot tougher to make out; you may get the final form, however you’d be hard-pressed to make out a stranger’s options. Eufy tackled the issue by including Sensible Picture Enhancement. When a face is detected by the A.I., it brightens and clears up any pixelation within the picture to make faces clearer.
Night time imaginative and prescient is in black and white, however I actually don’t thoughts the dearth of colour. The video is evident in very low gentle. The digicam has bother with faces at night time, although, regardless of the Sensible Picture Enhancement. The digicam washed out nearly all facial options, even just some ft away, on my lighter-skinned check topics.
Different cameras, resembling these from Ring and Arlo’s line of cameras, cost a subscription charge for video storage packages. I hate that. I’ve sufficient subscriptions in my life. Certainly one of my favourite options of the EufyCam 2 Professional is that you just don’t must pay for video storage. Video footage is saved regionally within the HomeBase 2, as a substitute of within the cloud. It has 16GB of storage, which doesn’t look like so much, but it surely will get the job carried out so long as you delete movies you don’t want. It does robotically delete outdated movies, but it surely’s most likely higher to go in and weed them out your self so it doesn’t delete what you need to hold.
Past the video readability and storage, there are some notable options to the EufyCam 2 Professional which might be helpful. One shocking possibility is the power to place every digicam and the HomeBase 2 on Anti-Theft Detection Mode. This implies if anybody strikes the digicam or HomeBase, an alarm will sound. It could be good if Eufy additionally supplied to interchange stolen cameras like Ring does, however I nonetheless assume the alarm characteristic is cool.
Many more moderen safety cameras characteristic a mic and speaker, so you may speak to whoever is exterior close to the digicam utilizing the app in your cellphone. The EufyCam 2 Professional has this selection as nicely. The 2-way audio is OK and you may modify the quantity within the app. I want that it had noise cancellation to make voices clearer, although, just like the Ring Stick Up Cam. You can even mute the mic and the speaker independently.
It’s arduous to say how true the declare of a year-long battery life actually is within the on a regular basis family.
The corporate says that the EufyCam 2 Professional can final for 365 days from only one cost, if the digicam information round 300 seconds of footage per day. If that had been true, it will most definitely stand out from different cameras for that alone. Six months is often the max. Sadly, after utilizing the cameras for simply in the future, the battery gauge stated energy had dropped by 1%, so it’s arduous to say how true the declare of a year-long battery life actually is within the on a regular basis family.
The app has a Energy Supervisor possibility for every digicam that may make the battery last more, although. You may set the digicam to Optimum Battery Life Mode, which limits video clips to 20 seconds to forestall draining the battery. In the meantime, an Optimum Surveillance Mode permits clips to be so long as 60 seconds and a Customise Recording Mode allows you to select how lengthy clips final.
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To save lots of much more battery life (and reduce what number of notifications you get), you may select when your digicam information by placing it on a schedule or by selecting a specific mode. You can even management what number of alerts you get by turning off the movement detection characteristic, adjusting the movement sensitivity, selecting detection areas, or selecting to report solely when the digicam detects a human.
Like all good sensible safety digicam, this one can hook up with your own home assistant. The EufyCam 2 Professional connects with the large three: Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa.
The EufyCam 2 Professional additionally has a siren that sounds at 100dB, which is loud sufficient to scare somebody. Should you actually need to make an announcement, you might need to go along with the Ring Floodlight Cam, which has a siren that blasts at 110dB. These additional 10dB makes a giant distinction.
The EufyCam 2 Professional at $350 is extra inexpensive than the Arlo Professional three ($400), which additionally comes with two cameras and a base hub, but it surely’s nonetheless costlier than different comparable wi-fi safety video cameras and doesn’t actually have any options that make it stand out from the pack. It’s additionally lacking a giant alternative by not going 4K.
General, I simply wasn’t wowed by this sensible safety digicam. It’s a advantageous selection, however in the event you take out the declare that the battery lasts a 12 months, there are higher cameras available on the market. Check out our roundup of the perfect out of doors residence safety cameras for 2020 for some alternate decisions.
Is there a greater different?
Sure. Should you’re on the lookout for nice video high quality, the Arlo Extremely Sensible Cam is tough to beat. It has 4K decision and a whopping 180-degree area of view. My private favourite, although, is the Arlo Professional three Floodlight. It not solely has nice decision, but it surely additionally has a 160-degree area of view and a floodlight that may gentle up most of your yard. You may see how out of doors safety cameras match up, face to face, on this scorecard.
Will it final?
The cameras are manufactured from thick, arduous plastic and have an IP67 weatherproof score, so they’re made to final. It additionally has a one-year restricted guarantee. You’ll assume that sticking the cameras to issues could be iffy to their longevity, however the magnets are tremendous robust and as soon as the cameras are caught, it’s important to use some heft to take away them.
Must you purchase it?
No. There are simply too many different cameras available on the market which have higher options.