Eufy’s $40 Indoor Cam 2K is one of many first units to work with HomeKit Safe Video. Safe Video is Apple’s new suite of safety digicam options within the House app, Apple’s iOS-based interface for its HomeKit sensible residence service. For Eufy, which means this digicam has twin identities — use it with the Eufy app and get all of the options you count on as marketed, or configure it within the House app. I strongly favor the primary possibility because of the Eufy app’s easy set-up and stable efficiency. 

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Clunky HomeKit integration

When you go for the HomeKit route, sure Eufy options are disabled to make room for the Apple ones. Including the Eufy digicam to the House app would not have a transparent tutorial to comply with, both, and due to this fact requires a great little bit of trial and error to get every little thing up and operating. Even after troubleshooting alone and speaking with Apple assist, I by no means managed to get every little thing working correctly within the House app. 

That makes my final suggestion two-fold: Contemplate the Eufy Indoor Cam 2K when you plan to make use of this digicam within the Eufy app (it really works with Alexa and Google Assistant in addition to HomeKit); skip it when you have been hoping for seamless HomeKit assist. 

The Indoor Cam 2K

Obtain the EufySecurity app to get began. Create an account and choose “Add System.” Choose “Indoor Cam” from the record of choices and comply with the steps to attach your digicam — it took about 5 minutes. After that, you may view your dwell video feed everytime you need and alter your settings within the app. 

Within the dwell feed you may hit “Document” or “Screenshot” to seize a clip or picture in actual time. You may as well maintain down the “Converse” button to have a two-way dialog with somebody standing close to the digicam — this labored properly for me throughout testing, with minimal delay and clear audio coming from the digicam. The “Alarm” button sounds the digicam’s built-in siren, and the “Sound” button allows and disables audio coming from the digicam within the app.

The Indoor Cam 2K’s {hardware} is just about what you’d count on for a $40 digicam — it is a small, white plastic digicam with an built-in stand. The stand means that you can angle the digicam as wanted, and the lens general affords a 125-degree discipline of view. The digicam additionally has a built-in microSD card slot, supporting as much as a 128 GB card (offered individually). When you do not need to use a microSD card, you may must pay for the cloud plan, beginning at $3 per 30 days or $30 per 12 months for 30 days of saved clips. Annoyingly, it’s a must to go to Eufy’s net portal to see your cloud choices and subscribe; it would not work within the Eufy app.

Pictured: the storage choices within the Eufy app, connecting the digicam to Alexa and the Eufy options that will not work within the House app.

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Within the app you may alter the detection settings by creating exercise zones, and selecting whether or not you need particular person and pet alerts, along with common movement alerts. I opted for particular person and pet alerts, and promptly acquired customized notifications letting me know an individual or a pet was noticed. You’ll be able to change the sensitivity of the movement sensor, too, in case you are getting too few or too many alerts. The digicam can also be purported to detect a child crying and ship an alert.

The video data in 2K HD, however you’ve got the choice to regulate that to 1080p HD — and you’ll set the streaming high quality to excessive, medium, low or auto, which adapts based mostly on bandwidth. That 2K video recording is the principle factor that separates this digicam from the $20 Wyze Cam Indoor and the $35 Blink Mini. Eufy additionally has two-factor authentication, and I used to be capable of pull up the digicam’s dwell video feed on an Amazon Echo Present 8, with the command: “Alexa, present me the lounge.” 

The HomeKit portion of the testing was somewhat trickier, as I detailed following Apple’s iOS 14 launch. In brief, the promised updates for HomeKit-enabled safety cameras within the House app didn’t work as anticipated — they usually ended up requiring a subscription to Apple’s iCloud storage, which implies Apple’s “free” 10-day cloud storage in HomeKit Safe Video is simply free when you pay for iCloud storage — bummer. I am nonetheless working with Apple on the problems I skilled within the House app and can present updates right here and in my iOS 14 hands-on.

Remaining say

The Eufy Indoor Cam 2K is a stable competitor to different low-priced indoor fashions just like the Wyze Cam Indoor and the Blink Mini. It has non-compulsory native storage, movement detection zones and different settings that set it aside. Its 2K video recording particularly separates it from Wyze and Blink.

Sadly, Eufy’s HomeKit integration within the House app fell quick. 

Contemplate shopping for this digicam if you’d like an inexpensive digicam with robust efficiency (and you do not plan to make use of it with HomeKit). 

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