EufyCam 2C Pro 2-Cam Kit | $240 | Amazon
Outdoor smart security cams vary wildly in price and quality, and it’s hard to know which one to pick, if you’re just getting into it. Do you want something that’s basically disposable that will give you cruddy picture and no features but costs less than Smash Bros. Ultimate on sale? Or do you want a detailed image, lots of features, and integration with all the major smart home assistants? If it’s the latter, you probably want something like the EufyCam 2C Pro 2-cam kit, which is on sale right now for $80 off at Amazon.
I looked at this kit for Gizmodo way back in the halcyon days of 2020, and my take then was that this was an easy-to-use, nice-looking camera kit that produced sharp video and works well with HomeKit Secure Video. That said, HomeKit is a battery suck and you’ll lose some features, like 2K video (HomeKit Secure Video cameras are limited to 1080p) while gaining others, like package detection, which will notify you if you have a package on your porch. Still, with HomeKit active and the proper settings, they’ll last about a month or more, depending on the level of activity, while keeping HomeKit off could mean up to 6 months of battery. You can also make up for any battery deficiencies with this Eufy solar panel, which, wouldn’t you know it, costs less than the $80 you’ll save with this deal.
These cameras are IP67-certified, and hold up well in severe weather—the kit I tested has now survived a Texas summer and a Wisconsin winter. They offer infrared night vision, as well as a spotlight and 2-way audio so you can speak with whoever is on the other side of the camera—though this feature, again, is not available within HomeKit. Lastly, Eufy offers local storage via the Home Base device through which your cameras communicate with your network, with 16GB of non-expandable, built-in storage—that’s enough for up to 3 months of recordings. All in all, it’s a great camera kit from Anker-owned Eufy, whether you use it with HomeKit or not.
This article was originally published by Wes Davis on 1/10/2022, and was updated on 2/28/2022 with new information.