Eufy offers one of the widest range of security cameras on the market. This puts it in a prime position to compete with Arlo and Nest at the high end, Ring and Reolink in the mid-range arena and Wyze and YI for budget dominance. We like that there is something for everyone, but let’s dig into what makes Eufy a practical alternative to these popular brands.
At first glance, the best cameras in this review have distinctive features that help them fill certain security roles around the house, but they also share many features. Still, you can find small variations among cameras that are similar – like the EufyCam 2C and EufyCam 2. Here are key features you can expect in Eufy security cameras.
2K video resolution: Almost every Eufy camera comes in 1920p (also called 2K) and 1080p versions. Surprisingly, the 2K video resolution is not much more expensive than 1080p. This narrow price difference – especially on Solo and SoloCam models – means that it’s worth choosing 2K over 1080p each time. Although upgrading to 2K on EufyCam models is not a good deal as you often pay for multi-camera sets- an extra camera tends to negate some savings.
Eufy app: The Eufy app is your gateway for setting up and controlling your Eufy camera. You can watch footage live or see all footage that happened while you were driving home from vacation. You can also use the app’s two-way audio to talk to people through the camera as an intercom.
Local storage: All Eufy cameras can store video without using the Internet or a cloud storage plan. The storage medium depends on the model with products using one of three methods: built-in storage (SoloCam), microSD card (Solo IndoorCam) or HomeBase camera hub (EufyCam).
Voice Assistant: Each Eufy security camera works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant smart home platforms. You can request a live feed on a smart display, which is great for family members without smartphones. While we like this for quick controls of a camera, the Eufy app is a better interface.
Power source: Eufy has a healthy mix of wired and battery-powered security cameras. While most wired cameras are indoor models, outdoor cameras like Floodlight Cam 2, Solo OutdoorCam and Video Doorbell also have wired connections. The battery-powered cameras are intended for outdoor use for 4–12 months, depending on the model. There is even a handy solar panel accessory to extend battery life even further. Finally, the SoloCam S40 has an integrated solar panel on top.
Weather protection: Eufi’s battery-powered cameras all come with IP65 or the more robust IP67 weather protection, which helps them withstand rain, snow, heat and cold temperatures. Among wired cameras, Floodlight Cam and Solo OutdoorCam boast similar resistance to adverse weather.
Spotlights: You can find bright spotlights on EufyCam 2C, SoloCam S40, SoloCam L20, Solo OutdoorCam and Floodlight Cam. These are great for capturing color video at night, providing a little more detail than the infrared night vision common to all Eufy cameras. We also like that you can light a path and surprise potential uninvited guests for a hasty retreat.
Apple HomeKit Support: HomeKit allows some Eufy cameras to work with the Siri and Apple Home app. The functionality is similar to what you can do with Alexa and Google. Only a small selection of Eufy cameras work with the Apple HomeKit and Apple Home app: Solo IndoorCam C24, Solo IndoorCam P24 and EufyCam models using the HomeBase 2 hub (2, 2 Pro, 2C and 2C Pro).
Because all Eufy cameras include local storage, its cloud plans are an optional benefit for people who want a backup on a secure cloud server. Cloud storage is not available on all Eufy cameras, with the most notable absence being the SoloCam models. You can sign up for an Eufy cloud plan using the Eufy Security app and your online customer account.