Wireless Security Camera System – EufyCam E Review


When it comes to security cameras and your
smart home, there are a lot of options out there. Everything from WiFi-enabled cameras from
Google Nest, Netgear Arlo, Logitech Circle, Wyze Cam, and more. You could also go the wired route and go with
even more elaborate systems, but for a lot of us, stringing wiring for security cameras
isn’t an option or worth the hassle. Being able to plop a camera anywhere around
your home and have it work without issues is the ideal. For me there are several factors that I look
for in a camera system: battery-operated for easier placement, easy to setup and use, good
image quality, no subscription fees, options for local storage to maintain control of my
data, and integrations with my smart home. Today, I’m taking a looking at the EufyCam
E to see how it holds up to those requirements. Before I dive in, take a moment and hit the
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this one. I’m Matt Ferrell … welcome to Undecided. I’ve tried several wireless security cameras
over the years, the last being Netgear’s Arlo Pro. It’s been a decent system, but it’s built
around cloud storage and requires a subscription fee for more advanced features. If you’ve watched my other smart home videos,
you’ll know that I’ve been rebuilding some of my smart home around locally-hosted
options: things that I can retain tighter control over for security and privacy. Well, I reached out to Eufy, which is a division
of Anker, to see if I could get my hands on the EufyCam E for testing. They were kind enough to send me a sample. There were no strings attached, so my opinions
are my own … no holds barred. The EufyCam E is the cheaper of the EufyCam
systems available. It’s IP-65 rated, so it will stand up to
some pretty severe weather. A two camera system with base station will
cost you $300. For a point of comparison, the Netgear Arlo
Pro 2, the closest system to this, will cost you around $400. To get into the same price range, you need
to step down to the previous Arlo Pro system. But as you’ll see later, there’s a distinct
difference in video quality between the Arlo Pro and EufyCam. Battery-powered cameras have their pros and
cons. The obvious one is that you have to recharge
them on a regular basis. I’ve had cameras that needed to be charged
about every 30-45 days, which is a reason I dropped those cameras pretty quickly. When the Arlo cameras first came out they
had a market leading lifespan, but I still needed to limit where I could place them. I needed to keep them within arms reach, so
I could quickly grab them for recharging. Enter the EufyCam E, which they claim has
a 1 year charge cycle. Now, I’ve only had these cameras for a few
weeks, so I can’t verify that yet, but the cameras are still showing 100% charge … and
I’ve been using them a lot more than normal for testing. The longer lifespan means you can be a little
more liberal with placement. I no longer feel the need to keep these cameras
within easy access. Inside your home, the EufyCam attaches to
metal wall mounts with really strong magnets. It’s the same system that Arlo uses, which
means you can leave mounts in different locations and move cameras around. This makes it easy to move cameras, as well
as take them down for recharging. That leads me to why a battery-powered camera
is part of my criteria. I live in a small house built in the 1950’s,
so having to string networking or power cables around my house isn’t exactly desirable. Battery-powered security cameras mean you
can place a camera anywhere, like under the eave of your roof, attached to a fence post
or even a tree. The system has a base station that contains
an SD card for storing the videos, as well as a very loud speaker for a security alarm. You’ll want to place the base station in
as central a location as you can, so it has a good connection to all of the cameras. It’s rated to have about a 50 meter wireless
range, but it really is going to depend on how many walls and structures are between
the base station and the camera. After finding a good location, just plug it
in to a power supply and an Ethernet port. After the initial setup, you can connect it
to WiFi to give you more options for placement if you need to. The setup process is excellent. As a UI designer, I’m always pretty critical
of the first-time user experience when setting up a new product … and Eufy did a great
job here. After setting up your Eufy account and logging
into the app, selecting what product you’re setting up, it will automatically discover
the EufyCam base station. It then walks you through pairing the cameras
one by one to the base station and configuring them. There’s even a great video that shows you
recommended mounting options. The options within the app are pretty basic
right now. You can configure different modes for the
camera, like “Home” and “Away.” In each mode you can customize what cameras
are active and what they should do when they detect motion, like recording a video, sending
a push notification, sounding an alarm on the camera itself or the base station. And then you can configure a schedule that
will automatically switch between those modes. That’s it … at least for now. The first thing I discovered after setting
up the cameras was that the range isn’t quite as good as the Netgear Arlo Pro system. With the Arlo Pro my cameras have a decent
connection from a basement storage room to cameras outside the house. Placing the EufyCam base station in the same
room didn’t provide a stable enough connection to the cameras located in the same places. It was easily resolved by moving the base
station to the first floor. I’m not sure if it’s a result of a weaker
radio in the base station, the cameras, or both, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the
weaker signal is a result of optimizing battery life in the design of these cameras. In the end, the range is pretty good and able
to reach cameras located on the outside of my house. The cameras have a 140 degree angle of view,
which is really good for this type of camera. It’s a wider view than my Arlo Pro system,
as well as many other competing systems out there like Google Nest Cam and Wyze Cam. It has an HD resolution of 1080P, which is
right in line with most of the other options out there. When you start to step into 4K systems like
the Netgear Arlo Ultra, you’re doubling the cost. The camera has performed really well in all
lighting situations so far. The image is much sharper than the Arlo Pro,
which really isn’t a fair comparison at 720P. As you can see faces are easier to see at
a distance. Night mode also works really well and still
shows a good amount of detail. You can dial up and down the motion sensitivity
that will trigger recordings. In my testing it was very responsive and started
recording as soon as subtle motion was detected. Sadly, there’s no AI detection built in
to the EufyCam E, but there is on the EufyCam. AI and face detection helps to limit false
alarms and recordings because it can understand what’s causing the movement it’s detecting. Even without that, I’ve been finding that
I’ve been able to dial in the motion sensitivity to something that’s been working very well
for me. This is where most people get frustrated with these types of systems. Netgear provides a free tier for their Arlo cameras, but it only saves a rolling window of 7 days worth of recordings. To get additional storage and features will typically run you $3 or more per month, per camera. This is one of the strengths of EufyCam. It stores all of the videos on an SD card in the base station, which means you can upgrade the space, but also means there’s no subscription fee. In the time I’ve been testing, I’m still under 4% used capacity on the included 16GB cards. All of the recordings are encrypted and only accessible by you; between your phone and the base station. But another interesting feature is that the
cameras support RTSP, which stands for real time streaming protocol. This means you can also save your videos off
onto a network attached storage device, like a Synology Diskstation. I’ve been testing this as well and every
recording is getting saved to both the SD card and my Diskstation. You can’t control the cameras with the Synology
camera software, but it will capture any streams the EufyCam records. So far the EufyCam has been ticking every
box on my list, but integrations is the area when things fall a little bit short, at least
for right now. There are very few integrations with EufyCam. When these cameras were originally on Kickstarter,
IFTTT was one of the promised features that they were looking at adding over time. As of today there’s still no IFTTT support
and it’s not clear if there ever will be support for it. When I asked Eufy about it, I was told the
same thing that’s been made public on their support forums, that they’re still evaluating
a specific implementation plan. It’s not off the table, but no details have
been provided about if and when it may be added. My main desire for IFTTT support in a camera
like this is to link it into my smart home automations. When my house is in away mode, I could flip
the cameras into a different mode to match. And vice versa, I could trigger a smart home
automation if motion is detected by one of the cameras. In the absence of IFTTT, the other gaping
hole is no geofencing support built into the EufyCam software itself … yet. Geofencing is in fact on the way and should
be out in Q3, so it’s not that far off. Awesome news. You can control and view camera feeds from
Amazon and Google devices with a screen. I tested out using them with a Google Home
Hub and it worked exactly as advertised. You just asked the voice assistant to show
you the name of the camera and it will pull up a live stream. The only downside I noticed was that it was
sometimes slow to pull up the feed. Often over 5 seconds for a video stream to
start. I was excited to see that Eufy was one of
the brands highlighted as supporting Apple’s new HomeKit Secure Video, which will give
you encrypted cloud video storage for your cameras. It’s supposed to be coming for the EufyCam,
but still no word if it will be backwards compatible to existing EufyCam cameras. Regardless, when HomeKit does become available,
it’s going to make the cameras a very compelling option for Apple Homekit users. Is the EufyCam a perfect product? No, but no camera system is. It’s all about compromises and finding the
system that ticks the boxes you’re looking for. For me, it’s so close to the perfect solution,
but just lacking on integrations. The camera build quality is top notch. The image quality and performance is excellent
and a big upgrade from previous cameras I’ve used. The battery life, if it comes anywhere close
to what’s promised, is remarkable. The user experience of the app is something
they really should be applauded for because too many of these systems have a sub-par experience. Having my camera recordings stored in my home,
encrypted, and completely in my control is another big positive in my book. The only area I’m dinging the system is
on integrations. IFTTT still being investigated is disappointing,
especially since they promised it as part of their kickstarter project.. It’s something I know a lot of people are
clamoring for, so I really hope they’re able to make it happen. Apple Homekit support is incoming, but I really
hope they can make it backwards compatible to existing customers. Or at the very least offer a simple upgrade
path, like being able to replace the older base station with a HomeKit-enabled version. The fact that Netgear just added HomeKit support
to my Arlo Pro base station, which is several years old, tells me that it should be possible. But I understand that it’s not always as
simple as it may seem, and the Eufy team is probably having to make tough choices around
product prioritization. In the end, I’m impressed by the system
so far and think I may have found my Arlo replacement. If you need a wireless, battery-powered camera,
that stores files locally and doesn’t have a subscription fee, EufyCam E should be one
of the systems at the top of your list. And if you’re interested, check out the
link in the details because you can get 2 free entry sensors when you buy a system from
Eufy (http://bit.ly/eufyoffer). Full disclosure, that link is part of an affiliate
program. I debated whether to include it since that
kind of thing can make people question the objectivity of a review. But, the bottom line is I do recommend this
product and the affiliate link has an awesome discount for you guys. So what do you think? What are the things you look for in a camera
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37 thoughts on “Wireless Security Camera System – EufyCam E Review

  1. I still prefer the Nest cameras simply because they are continuously recording everything all the time. They’re not event based. And the UI is fantastic. You can scroll video and view it as a continuous time lapse.

    This has helped to an amazing degree. I don’t like these event based cameras bc sometimes they don’t capture enough or fail to capture at all.

    Yes the subscription based model is expensive, but security is plain expensive. I pay $20/mo for 4 Nest cameras for 5 days of history. Which is plenty. You really don’t need more than that. And to me, that’s not expensive.

  2. Excellent review Matt. I’ve been a fan of Arlo as my top choice for external cams, but Eufy is now the one I’ll try first. Thanks for doing the legwork and sharing your results.

  3. Great review Matt! Looks like this system has some very nice features and seems like a great solution. Just add that HomeKit support and I’d be on board for sure!

  4. Hi. Do you know if it reacts on sound, fx a smoke alarm? Great feature on my soon to be replaced iSmartAlarm (the video quality is poor and the app is unstable). Thx 🙂

  5. I’m a Wyze user, and more recently added their light bulbs and motion sensors to my home setup. My job requires me to move every few years so Wyze works well as a “pickup and go” solution.

    They’ve a 7 day rotation cloud storage but also local storage with an SD card.

    I’m expecting someone to tell me the flaw of this system and I’m happy to listen.

  6. Hi Matt,I’m currently using Arlo Pro,had it for about year n half,I must say I find it a little bit laggy sometimes,it runs off my google Wifi so I’m guessing it’s Arlo that needs improvements..think I will stick with them for now…As always great video and always look forward to the next one👍🏻

  7. Check out Kangaroo, we use it and really like it. It's simple and easy to use but effective. We live in low crime town but there are still here and there mild thefts, like a bike stolen, but the thought of someone invading your privacy bugs me. So it feels nice to have something that will notify me is something is going on, and you can even set it up to call 911 straight away. For sure a lot cheaper than any hardcore security systems.

  8. Great video again, thanks! I really need a battery system that integrates with my smartthings smart home monitor as I use it for security, so I guess Arlo is still the way to go from what i can ear in your video for those two principal criteria? Thanks

  9. I was so excited and got so disappointed when there were no integrations… An open api would be awesome too!

  10. Requires batteries? That's was my number one question when I got the cameras I have. No constantly changing batteries. Or missing things because the batteries are dead. Different priories I guess but I can't imagine where your putting them that batteries are needed. Even my two outside ones didn't have a problem.

  11. Won’t buy until the Homekit Secure Video integration is confirmed for specific models/versions. Also I rather have 4K, especially for cameras covering large areas.

  12. Awesome video! My only concern is that I think eufy is a smaller sized company. I owned their Robovac and once it started having issues (unsurprisingly a week after the warranty ran out), there wasn't much that eufy could do for me. I knew that the issue was the motor but they don't sell their motors individually and I'd have to send it in for a $75 maintenance fee. Other bigger companies would have replacement parts for me to purchase easily. Something to consider when going a route like this!

  13. Been using Amcrest and I am missing/wanting the function of HomeKit. I doubt they will ever support so if the battery life is claimed to be with these with HomeKit support for additional motion triggers that would be amazing. I’ll keep an eye out. Great video and your video made me get solar on my house 11.5kwh baby!

  14. The original base station was a lot better than the one that comes with the "E" system. No facial detection and no local battery backup for the base station really dwarf this camera system.

  15. These cameras look like a great option! I'm really hoping they can get the HomeKit support going soon. I currently have a few Nest cams. I would love to switch to Arlo but it's a little out of my budget right now. When I have the money, I will totally give Eufy a good look. Thanks for another fantastic video. Keep up the great work Matt!

  16. Thanks for the info on Synology compatibility. This has been a must have feature I've been looking for!

  17. You don't mention how many cameras can a system support? Excellent video as always. I just installed 4 POE cameras with 2 TB NVR in my house but I was looking at Arlo for my parents. Will do more research. Thanks

  18. So far an Arlo user since literally day 2, seems like the next thing. Thanks for your great videos like always..like the relaxed and educated style…

  19. i'm using the Arlo Pro 2's for about an year 4 camera system (garage, living room, Back patio, and the pool) the range and battery life are decent no where near the 6 month recharging time but a solid 3. At the price tag i paid think i will keep that and my 4 Vivint camera (two doorbell and two outdoor)for another year and see what comes to the market then. Worst part of the arlo system is the lag from time attempting to view live video to streaming time while oversea. Thanks for the review will be keeping an eye on the EufyCam E.

  20. Great video Matt. Do you think it could be Apple's next big thing – home security systems. Would make a lot of sense to me for them to extend into.

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