Top Best 50 Outdoor Security Cameras – Best Buy in November 2021

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ADT Outdoor Security Camera for Wireless Home Surveillance - Pearl Gray
Description

Get the Blue Wireless Outdoor Security Camera to help protect any size home with smart, DIY security. Use it to see and communicate with visitors from virtually anywhere. The motion-activated camera can help prevent burglaries, make sure your kids and pets are safe in the yard, and track home deliveries and contractors as they arrive/depart from your home. Customize your motion detection settings to send only the mobile alerts you want. Stream live outdoor surveillance video 24/7 with our smart home security camera and free mobile app from virtually anywhere. Interact with your visitors and get push notifications with preview images to see who is at your home. The ADT outdoor security camera is easy to set up. Its wireless design enables you to place the security camera where you will have the best view of your home’s exterior.

5 Features
  • Facial recognition: Receive alerts when the outdoor security camera picks up a familiar face.
  • 2-way talk + noise cancellation: Speak with visitors, babysitters, contractors, and your pets via the mobile app.
  • Rechargeable battery: Use the outdoor camera with the Blue Extender + Chime for longer battery life.
  • Push notifications with surveillance video preview: Get updates about activity outside your home sent directly to your phone.
  • Night vision: See video from outside your home in crystal clear 1080p HD— even in the dark. Optional video storage service starting at $2.99/month
  • 2 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DONB, 10 out of 10
    Rebate on Items

    Items are good as usual.

    Wish there were 50% off deals as you give online.

    Kind of doesn't make sense, there was a discount but when I went to store I was unable to get

    May 14, 2021 16:33
  • Review by Domi, 10 out of 10
    driveway camera

    Love seeing my kids come up the driveway from school every day and watching the UPS guy deliver packages. Especially around the holidays.

    Nov 13, 2020 10:48
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    eufy - Security Spotlight Cam Solar 2K
    Description

    The SoloCam Solar Spotlight Cam is the latest in cutting-edge eufy Security battery cameras with an integrated solar panel. With the built-in 13,400mAh battery and integrated solar panel, just a few hours of direct sunlight each day is enough to extend the battery life to near-infinite power. When motion is detected at night, the 600-Lumen spotlight will automatically turn on, which will not only help the color night vision, but will also scare off intruders. When it comes to security, the key is in the details. Consumers can see exactly what is happening around their home in crisp 2K clarity, detect humans that come into frame, and filter out false alerts with the built-in local AI technology. There is 8GB eMMC of 60 days free local storage and there’s no monthly fee after your purchase.

    10 Features
  • Forever Power, Solar Style: Sunlight each day is enough to continuously power Spotlight Cam Solar 2K, so you never have to worry about changing the battery. And when the sun sets, the built-in battery keeps the juice flowing.*
  • Light Up the Night: The ultra-bright 600-lumen spotlight switches on as soon as motion is detected, shining a light on any unwanted guests, while the color night vision picks out details in the darkness up to 8 meters away.
  • The Key is in the Detail: Capture every event that occurs around your home in ultra-clear 2K resolution.
  • No Hidden Costs: The Spotlight Cam Solar 2K is a one-time purchase. There are no monthly fees or hidden costs. Everything is done on-device for complete security and transparency.
  • Relevant Recordings: The built-in AI ensures the camera only records when a person is present, rather than an animal.Find Your Ideal Brightness: Adjust the brightness and color temperature of the spotlight to fit your space.
  • Easy to Install: Takes just minutes to install the mount using a drill and the included pack of screws. No wires or cords needed.
  • Greet Guests: Chat to anyone passing by—invited or not—and hear their response up to 8 meters away in real-time via SoloCam Solar’s two-way audio.
  • Smart Integration: Connect the outdoor security camera Spotlight Cam Solar 2K up to the Google Assistant or Alexa for complete hands-free control of your home security.
  • Ready for All Seasons: The solar-powered security camera handles almost anything Mother Nature throws at it. It’s IP67 rating shrugs off rain, sleet, and snow.
  • *Note: According to laboratory data recorded in direct sunlight. Actual charging time may vary depending on installation location and lighting conditions.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by mkcar1, 10 out of 10
    Nice upgrade from 1080P

    I currently have 2 1080P Eufy wi-fi security cameras that I have used for over a year as well as an Eufy Smart wi-fi 2k video doorbell for 18 months – and while all have worked well, they required a base to store the videos and their batteries needed charging at some point. So, I was excited to get a chance to check out this new solar unit with built in storage. I wasn’t disappointed as it was easy to setup and relatively easy to install. If you are new to security cameras and/or want a compact all-in-one unit not requiring a base – I would recommend this unit.

    Nicely packaged and comes with;

    Security Camera (seemed kind of shaped like a cow bell to me) with 8GB eMMC memory (not expandable) and 600 Lumens spotlight. Also has an onboard 13400mAh battery. It also meets IP67 standard - yeah that didn’t mean anything to me either so looked it up and it deals with how watertight, heat resistant, etc. a unit is. Also has 90dB siren (which I did not test).

    3-foot 6-inch USB-C charging cable (to be used for initial charge which took several hours)

    No AC brick/adapter to plug charging cable into. This seems the case with many manufacturers now, I guess they assume everyone has several lying around. Which is certainly the case with me – they are everywhere in my house.

    Cone shaped camera mount including screws and wall inserts to secure screws.

    Quick Start Guide

    24/7 Monitoring Security Warning stickers

    Positives;

    Was very easy to un-pack and setup following nicely detailed instructions. But before I did anything though I charged the unit which took several hours.

    I already had Eufy app installed so I just chose the add a device option, selected the SoloCam from the list of products provided and it walked me through synching and installation. It uses 2.4 Ghz band to connect to wi-fi so I made sure my phone was using that band before adding unit. Once added thru the app it will walk you thru installation options as well as do’s and don’ts. Also once connected you can access the camera through app regardless of wi-fi or cellular connection and can be done remotely from anywhere.

    Once added there are multiple settings, etc. you have access to. Since I have other devices, I was able to re-order the way they showed up in the app home screen. You can also choose whether there is a water mark, date/time or both or none on your recordings as well as rename the camera. Set-up how you receive alerts, set whether spotlight comes on and how bright, night vision, motion detection sensitivity, power manger, video quality, storage, wi-fi connection, there is a mounting guide, about device and option to restart or remove device.

    After installation you will want to check Power manager to ensure that the solar panel is working and getting enough sun to function. You can run on battery and documentation states you can do so for up 4 months – but why pay for solar and not use it? Deciding placement of the camera was more difficult than I expected. The new unit is maybe 3 times larger than my old 1080P and maybe twice as heavy. I couldn’t just put it where my 1080P camera was as would not get enough sun to function and the camera mount is larger too, so screw holes don’t match. With that in mind I decided to mount camera on my patio overhang ensuring that some of the mounting holes/screws went directly into the wood structure under my stucco - as I didn’t want it falling off. Setting angle of camera. etc. is easy as you just tighten the camera mount once it’s in place.

    The camera is connected using AES 128 -bit encryption.

    Camera is only about 12 feet and one wall away from my satellite mesh unit so wi-fi signal is very strong and I have no problem streaming/viewing 2K video.

    Day and Night motion and sound detection are extremely good with very little lag time starting recording. You can set the detection level as well as recording all movement or only humans – it uses its built in AI to decide. I have it set to all, but I had to set the detection level down a couple of notches as sound set it off as did moving tree branches. You have option to view live. It provides accurate and fast recording with 2K resolution being very good with nice color. Doesn’t get nearly as grainy when zooming in as my 1080P did. Field of view is great and records in color at night when you have the flood light option on. But I use infrared only so have spotlight turned off – I only used once for this review. 2-way audio is available also - you can also speak through the camera speaker which again I only tried once and its reasonably clear - would have been good to scare trick or treaters though I think!

    It is very easy to download an event onto your phone if you want to save it.

    Can be used with Alexa or Google but I didn’t try either.

    1-year limited warranty.

    Negatives;

    Can’t add/upgrade memory. It would be pretty much perfect if you could upgrade but having access to memory/battery probably would compromise the weather sealing/rating.

    Worry about elements affecting camera over time. I live in desert so snow and even rain really aren’t an issue – it’s the heat. I had problems with doorbell overheating in the summer and shutting down. Had to move to more shaded side of doorway. This camera will get morning sun so hopefully it won’t overheat.

    There is no computer application to work with Windows, etc. So, you must use android or apple to access.

    Since I already had the base, it would be nice to have option to use its storage. If camera is stolen, you won’t have any record as memory will be gone with the camera. To help avoid this I installed camera so that a ladder is needed to access it. I guess an argument could be made that base could be taken if home broken into.

    Overall, very nice and recommend. Just make sure you go through all the options in the app so you can fine tune to your liking.

    Nov 08, 2021 06:55
  • Review by softwareEngineer, 10 out of 10
    Hassle-Free, Wireless Camera!

    The eufy SoloCam S40 is an impressive piece of hardware. It’s a 2K resolution camera that is both wireless and with an integrated solar panel. It even sports a built-in security spotlight that activates during motion detections. This thing is hassle-free, period. But I think what’s most important is that event storage and notifications are free. No monthly fees to pay, no extra costs for premium features. What you pay for this camera is all you need.

    The S40 doesn’t communicate with a hub as it will directly interface with your Wifi at home. This is an important fact because your Wifi strength dictates how far you can operate this camera relative to your Wifi router. Assuming your connectivity is nominal, connectivity to the camera should have no issues. No drops, stutters or miscues surfaced during my testing around the perimeter of my home. Setup is very simple using the EufySecurity app, which will guide you through adding a new camera. It’s awesome to see the different eufy ecosystem of products that you can add along with this awesome camera.

    Detection notifications are relatively quick, probably within 5-10 seconds after detection, and detection latency is not bad, meaning the tape doesn't start rolling until a couple of seconds after detection. I found this quite nominal for a wireless camera as it manages battery life. Person detection is very good, with the app presenting the person's face in the event detection list. Detections can be set as short as 10 seconds or as long as 2 minutes. Recycle times can also be set between 5-60 seconds. These tuning knobs will dictate the amount of battery used relative to the amount of activity you anticipate to capture in a full day.

    Besides the standard night vision, there is an option for "color night vision", but it just appears to be a sensor that is able to take in the dimmest light and still produce a video feed that is usable and viewable at night. The spot lights aren't actually that bright when activated, but the camera makes it appear so. Even without the spotlights, the image quality is pretty impressive with a little ambient light.

    Detection sensitivity can be adjusted and detection zones can be created from within the EufySecurity app. Maybe your camera is looking at an area with trees that can sway to the wind or something similar; best to turn the sensitivity down to reduce battery usage. I did encounter some false detections at a higher detect sensitivity, so I kept playing with the sensitivity until I got it right enough for my use.

    Like I mentioned above, the event caching and notifications are a free service. No monthly fees. The camera has a built-in 8gb ram that will keep recording in the event that you lose Wifi connectivity. eufy claims that to be about 2 months of event caching. I'm guessing it's a rolling cache.

    The camera can participate in home/away modes in the app. If set to away, the camera can flash and siren if it detects a person. I don't use this feature due to the possibility of false alarms, and they do happen.

    As you search for a permanent spot to mount this camera, be mindful of the daylight relative to the mount point. This is a solar camera and you want to give it as much help as you can, even if it says it will only need around 2 hours of sun a day. I have mine mounted in the backyard on an orange tree facing the rear entry door. The afternoon sun sits nicely for a few hours before dusk and the battery has remained virtually full since mounting it there. You never have to get your ladder and recharge the battery every X amount of months.

    Another thing to be mindful of is the amount of movement the camera might encounter during a full day. Facing a busy street of cars could cause constant events to trigger, and that might not be enough to keep the battery constantly charged. The camera does put an emphasis on people, but it still will detect movement and offload those events to you during the evening.

    One minor setback I saw was the inability for the camera to detect when a person is walking head-on to it. The app even recommends you mount the camera at an angle relative to the area being watched so you don’t encounter head-on movement. An example would be if you mounted this camera right above your front door. If a person walked up to your front door, the camera might have trouble detecting that person. Also, this thing is quite large relative to other wireless cameras, but that is attributed to the built-in solar panel. It is big, but it's a cleaner look than a wireless cam + tethered solar panel solution.

    I intend on buying more of the SoloCam S40s in the future.

    Nov 09, 2021 23:38
  • Review by CactusJax, 10 out of 10
    Great night vision

    This camera has a great picture. It doesn't matter whether its daytime, nighttime B&W or color, this is the best security cam picture I have had. This picture is better than some cameras I have tried that claim twice the resolution. I love that the free service version delivers everything I need (vs some competitors). I also like that it begins recording much faster than other systems. My current security cam system doesn't record a delivery person on my front porch until they are walking out of the gate after walking up, placing a package, turning around and leaving. This camera begins recording as soon as the person walks in through the gate and captures the entire event. The software identifies humans and has yet to alert me that an insect or animal is moving around the courtyard (again, unlike competitors I have used). The app picks out and highlights the person it identified and places their image in a circle below the video of the event. This circle is often enough for me to recognize the visitor. Several places I thought I wanted to add a security camera got little Sunlight. The place I set up the camera gets plenty of sun and the battery charge indicator has shown nothing but a full charge so far. The only issue I encountered setting up this camera was that it seemed to want me to start over after connecting to my WiFi router. At first I thought the software had a glitch. I believe that since my WiFi Mesh system is multiband and automatic that the router was connecting the camera to 5G (which is not supported). I have had a similar experience with 2 other devices. Unlike my old system where I assigned a new device to one of the WiFi bands, this router picks a band without my input. Once it assigns the low band it's good to go. this made for a number of attempts to set the camera up but once it got on the correct band it's worked perfectly. I blame this on my mesh WiFi system, not the camera but still a minor issue. All in and all done, I love this camera.

    Nov 20, 2021 23:20
  • Review by ferrari, 10 out of 10
    Great home protection without a monthly fee

    This is the latest addition to my Eufy home security suite. I have the doorbell cam, floodlight cam, 2 exterior cams, and 3 interior cams. This by far is the best of the lot. It's a pretty serious looking and imposing piece of equipment. If you're thinking this is your run of the mill solar device, look again. I did not see a battery size or capacity posted in the specs, but given the heft of it, it appears to be able to handle at least a week or two of sunless weather. Out of the box, it took 4 hours to come to a complete charge. I've had it mounted for a week, with a couple of cloudy days, and the battery is still reading 100%.

    There was only one glitch with it, I recently installed a new Wifi mesh network, and it did not want to connect. The setup pamphlet suggested that as this is a 2.4 device, if you're transmitting both 2.4 & 5G on your wifi, you should split the signal with different SSID's for the 2 frequencies. Went to my router & appended a 5 to the 5G signal, and it hooked right up.

    I have to give kudos to the Eufy app. I now have 8 devices on the one app, and it works beautifully. After owning these products for over a year, I've no idea why anyone would want to pay a monthly fee for security service.

    Referencing the photos I've included, you can see it's a pretty good spotlight. You can configure it for the spotlight to go on upon a detection, or to use only infrared. There are also sliders in the app you can use to control the level of lighting, and the color temperature. You can also set it for human detection only, personally, I like to see what kind of critters are roaming around on the property. The first night I had it up it caught a red fox jumping my fence.

    So far, very happy with the performance & features of the spotlight cam, and have already recommended it to my meighbors & family.

    Nov 10, 2021 13:35
  • Review by HBCUgrad13, 10 out of 10
    Does the job

    [Pro: Video quality is clear.]

    Although 1080p uses less space when recording events, I much rather have better quality clips. The 1440p/2K video is very crisp, and this spotlight camera captures details that would be very important if an unfortunate situation were to occur.

    [Pro: Motion Detection and notifications are quick.]

    The S40 cam has very fast response times when detecting motion and sending alerts. Although I have the camera placed in a low traffic area, I knew quickly when activity was happening in my yard. Furthermore, I didn’t have any false positives which is a major plus.

    [Pro: Bright cameras help for great night vision]

    Night vision is adequate without the light, but the spotlight creates great recordings. Because the camera is big and sturdy, it has a larger light than most outdoor security cameras.

    [Pro: Battery life is great.]

    Battery life is good, but even better for those low traffic areas that still might need the presence of security.

    [Con: Solar panel placement is awkward.]

    The only major drawback for this camera is that the mount might not help it stick out far enough to catch a lot of sun. You might need utilize an external solar panel with a

    USB C connection unless you don’t mind unscrewing the camera from the mount to charge it up.

    [Con: Storage is not removeable]

    8GB is enough space to record clips over multiple months. However, I prefer to be able to expand that video storage and to transfer the card physically to my computer. This is not a major issue, but more of a preference.

    Overall, the Solar Powered Eufy Spotlight Camera is not perfect, but very excellent in the things that it can do. It performs in a manner in which it meets all of my security needs.

    Nov 03, 2021 22:14
  • Review by jsnkc28, 10 out of 10
    Serious contender!

    eufy - Security Spotlight Cam Solar 2K Solo Cam S40 review

    I will start out by saying that I have owned or tried pretty much all of the major companies’ security cameras on the market (except for Eufy). For the last couple years, I have been using one of the big ones and I have been very happy with it. But recently they released a new line of sub-par cameras and their new app has turned horrible so I was looking for something new.

    I jumped at the chance to give this camera a try since I have never used and Eufy products before, but I have heard good things about them.

    Right out of the box I found it to be a nice hefty camera that seems very solidly built. I have no doubt that this will be able to handle the elements. I live in southern Wisconsin so I will definitely be able to see how it works in the extremes of all seasons.

    Setting it up was fairly easy, although I did have a little trouble getting it connected to my router. These only work on 2.4Ghz bands and my router is dual band. So by default it tries to connect to the 5Ghz network which wasn’t working. I ended up setting up a guest network and that one was strictly 2.4Ghz to use for this camera. After getting that figured out, the camera was set up and ready to go in a matter of minutes.

    Mounting it was fairly easy. It comes with a bracket that you screw into the wall with the included 3 screws and then you put the camera on the threaded end and you are able to position it how you need to. The mount is plastic, so im hoping that will hold up, time will tell. I was also a little concerned that there was no kind of locking screw or anything to keep the camera on the mount. Someone could easily come and unscrew the camera from the mount. But you would get them on video doing that. Thankfully I am mounting mine high enough that someone would need a ladder in order to do that.

    They recommend charging the battery fully before mounting which I did. Mine will be in direct sunlight for most of the daytime. After a few days use, the battery on my camera was still fully charged. We have probably 10-20 events a day that it records, so hopefully I will never have to take it down to charge it.

    Going into the app I found it a pleasure to use after coming from that other companies’ app that I had been using. Its not perfect, but its very good. I walked in my yard to test out the notifications. It easily picked me up when I came into view and it took about 6 seconds for the notification to show up on my phone. I was able to see a still image in my notification window showing me what the camera saw. By default that option was turned off, so I had to turn it on. We have a bunch of plants in our backyard that were setting off false notifications when the wind blew, but after tweaking the sensitivity settings in the app a little bit I was able to get it dialed in perfectly. I found the video to be very clear and I was easily able to pick out fine details during the day.

    I was also anxious to see what the night would bring. I am happy to report that the light on the camera easily lit up my whole backyard (its roughly 30’ x 50’) the full color night vision was amazing! Something that I had been lacking with my previous system that just had black and white. I was able to see a lot more details (with the spotlight on) and it was much clearer than my other system. Obviously at night it’s a lot more grainy, but its by far the best I have seen in a camera to date. I found the notifications also worked very well at night. It was able to pick me up when I walked in the frame just as well as during the day. Using the color night vision without the spotlight it pretty useless though, its so dark you can’t see anything. It would be nice to have the black and white on all the time and then the color kicks in when the motion is detected and the light comes on. Then you would always be able to see what is going on without having to switch back and forth between black and white and color.

    Overall, I have been very impressed with this camera. Not to mention you get all of this with no monthly subscription fee!! Although there are some subscription and monitoring available if you choose. I was so impressed that I actually ordered their doorbell camera as well as their pan/tilt floodlight camera as well. I cant wait to get them installed and try them out as well. I’m hoping I can switch to an all Eufy system and get rid of my other system altogether!

    A couple small things in the app that I didn’t like is that when you first open the app, there are still images of the last video event that was recorded (or live view) I think it would be nice to show the current live video on all cameras instead of having to open each one up individually. Even better if the current live video could be displayed on all the cameras so you can get a complete view of everything happening.

    Also, my experience with the Google Home Hub was not that great. I was getting 15-20 seconds before the video would come up on the screen when I went to view a camera. I was also getting a stream unavailable message a lot as well. Not sure if that’s Googles fault, Eufy’s fault, or a combination of both. Would be nice if that was a little quicker. Not sure if that could be fixed or not though.

    Overall, I have been VERY impressed with this camera and I highly recommend it. I can’t wait to get my other Eufy cameras and get my whole system set up. If you are currently unhappy with your security system or have a major company that just released sub-par cameras and are forcing you to switch to an app that doesn’t work as good. Give these a try!!

    Nov 06, 2021 11:46
  • Review by nkpstudios, 10 out of 10
    ESSENTIAL Outdoor Home Security

    The Eufy Spotlight SoloCam S40 is an all-in-one self-contained wireless video solution, with its best application being for outdoor surveillance. It can serve as a camera, motion-activated spotlight (using smart features), security camera, and communication device based on your needs. The S40 is a behemoth when put next to other cameras, but NONE are also solar integrated with a large battery. The field of view is a little tight, so you may need to adjust once you see your camera feed. The IP67 weather-proof build offers excellent protection from the elements, so you can set it and forget it. The setup process is quick and easy using an intuitive app-based approach. In all, Eufy knows how to do security right and ALL without monthly fees AND using ONBOARD AI. With this solution, you essentially get a camera with an unlimited battery so long as you give it a few hours of sunlight per day. Otherwise, you will have a 4-5 month battery life as most other cams in their lineup.

    Setup

    As an existing Eufy user, I added another device using the app as you would have done in the past. If you're new to the Eufy ecosystem, go to your app store and download Eufy Security, create a login, then add the device to your account - easy as that. I first like to test and place the camera in the general area to ensure solar charging and good video coverage. Everything you need to mount is provided for you in the box for a standard install. Long screws and also a set of wall anchors with screws to match are provided in this kit. If you are in the market for smart security, Eufy is where to start looking first! After installation, a quick check of the footage, and you will be ecstatic about the camera quality! I would say that is the best feature. It has HDR to help with bright situations, and the resolution and clarity are excellent in low light and daylight shots. License plates and faces are visible, which is a must in this industry.

    Strengths and Weaknesses

    The app and setup process is straightforward to use. The camera itself is a self-contained IP67 weather-proof BEAST. I like that there are NO FEES, local video storage, and it integrates well with Alexa and Google. With my Alexa ecosystem, I can use it as a trigger to turn on a light or send a notification through any of my Alexa speakers. The inclusion of onboard AI reduces false alarms and alert times while doing a great job of filtering people from the rest of the alerts. Below are a few thoughts I'd like to share regarding my likes and dislikes with the system.

    +Easy setup using the app and QR Codes

    +Just 2 hours of direct sunlight each day is enough to continuously power

    +Strong solid connection

    +AI onboard to detect people in just 200 milliseconds to minimize false alerts and keep your phone quiet.

    +Built-in storage 8GB claiming two months of storage encrypted under AES128 military-grade encryption to protect your privacy.

    +600 lumens of focused light with color temperature control and color night vision!

    +Alerts are almost instant!

    +No monthly fees!

    +Weatherproof IP67

    +90dB siren built-in with flashing light and 2-way communication all in a self-contained easy to use and install solution.

    +Solar panel integrated for near-endless power.

    -Hard to conceal, starting with the color and size. It's a lot larger than other solutions out there.

    -Must enter "Power Manager" for an exact battery percentage and charging details.

    -There are moments with buffering, but usually, they work themselves out after a few seconds.

    -Planned obsolescence - Batteries not removable or replaceable. When it dies, you must buy new hardware. Onboard storage is not removable or upgradeable either - two pretty essential points of failure on wireless security cameras.

    Verdict

    This system is excellent, and I recommend it to anyone who doesn't want to pay monthly fees, charge their outdoor cameras, or pay for overpriced cameras out there. Eufy has created a sweet spot in the home surveillance market where the saying you get what you pay for doesn't ALWAYS have to be true!

    Nov 15, 2021 08:13
  • Review by jkj1, 10 out of 10
    Great Outdoor Security Camera

    There’s a lot that can be said about the Eufy SoloCam S40 camera - and almost all of it is good. It’s larger and heavier than other security cameras I’ve seen. It’s about 5 X 3.5 inches and weighs over a pound. The large top surface area is needed for the integrated solar panel and the weight is probably due to the battery.

    The battery is not removable, so in the event that it needs a recharge, the entire camera would have to be dismounted and charged via the USB cord. But it seems like that would be a rare occurrence. I charged the battery to 100% before using it and inside testing took the charge down to about 80%. But even though it was raining most of today, the charge was at 96% after I put it outside for a couple of hours. The battery charge can be easily monitored in the app.

    The Eufy camera works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. I don’t have any of those so I wasn't able to test that function. There are 2 motion detection options. The camera has an AI Human Detection system that detects objects similar to the human shape and filters out animals, cars, etc. Or it can be set to detect all motion. It performed well on both settings.

    The camera has a 135 degree field of view and 8GB of local storage. Stored data can be easily monitored and cleared to create more space. Any videos that you want to save can be individually downloaded to the phone’s photo album. Events are stored by days - not one long running tally.

    The camera includes a very bright spotlight that can be set to come on at night when motion is detected. Both the color and brightness of the light can be adjusted in the app. Videos taken with the spotlight on were very sharp and looked like they were taken in daylight. I noticed that when I had the outside house lights turned on, the Eufy spotlight did not come on.

    Lots of things can be customized in the app. Changing the default notification sound lets me distinguish a Eufy camera backyard alert from an alert given by the camera that is in the front window. In my case there was a 10 - 15 second delay between the motion event and notification on my phone. That is similar to the time lag for my other camera by a different vendor.

    The coolest thing is being able to adjust the activity zone. Once the physical camera position is fixed, the target area can be modified in the app to eliminate spots that might give false alerts (people walking down a sidewalk) or any overlap into a neighbor’s yard.

    No subscription is needed with the Eufy camera. I just discovered how valuable that feature is. The trial period on another brand of camera that I have ran out yesterday. I no longer get notifications or event videos. It’s worthless without the paid subscription.

    I tried the Eufy camera inside to see if it might work if I put it in a sunny window with the option to plug it into the outlet as needed. I thought I might use it to see if anyone was walking past the front window. But it apparently can’t “see” through glass so that didn’t work.

    I did have some trouble with the 2K HD video. The default video recording quality is 2K HD and the app gave me a message "2K HD video not available on your devices" if I tired to view a recorded event or the live view. In the app settings I was able to change the video quality to Full HD (1080P) which allows me to view all the events on the event log. But I still get the error message if I try to see the live view.

    The Eufy app doesn’t just control the camera. It has an Explore button that shows “picks for you” with the other Eufy products and plans. I found that, and the SALE sign that sometimes flashes, to be annoying. I just want the app to control the product, not try to sell me things it thinks I want.

    Other than that, the camera is phenomenal and a good investment that should provide service for several years.

    Nov 08, 2021 18:20
  • 9.8score
    3
    Ring
    Ring - Spotlight Cam Wired (Plug-In)- White - White
    Description

    Monitor your property from your phone, tablet or PC with the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired, a plug-in motion-activated security camera with two-way audio, LED spotlights and a siren alarm. Ring Spotlight Cam Wired lets you create and customize your own motion zones, so you can focus on the most important areas of your home. When anyone steps on your property and triggers your motion sensors, you’ll get an instant alert on your phone, tablet and PC. Answer the alert, and you can see, hear and speak to people on your property from anywhere.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Cher, 10 out of 10
    Peace of mind

    This is the second camera I bought like this. I can turn the light on when I want. The camera covers a large area. I have a big backyard. It was easy to install and it plugs right into an outlet. I can monitor my yard and pool service from my phone or iPad. I recorded a lot of wildlife that shows up too. I am hoping to catch the varmints that are invading my garden.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:11
  • Review by Lightsab, 10 out of 10
    Great Security Camera

    I now have 6 of the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired installed on my house plus the Video Doorbell Pro. These cameras have great video quality & sound. I like that I can save the video clips directly to my camera roll using the Ring App on my iPhone & Mac Computer. I like that you can disable the Led light from coming on when the camera detects motion which is a feature of the wired cam only. Having it record audio is great. Plus it has two-way audio so you can speak to whoever you see outside your house. I had a wired camera system but the Ring Cameras are so much better with quality & ease of use. Definitely recommend for protecting your home.

    Jan 25, 2019 20:29
  • Review by Jordan, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Product!!!

    Really needed this for piece of mind on our trip to Oklahoma. When I'm home the notifications are nearly seconds apart. So I know I'm getting the fastest and reliable security notification to protect my home! Installation was very simple and easy to follow. Very VERY pleased with this product!

    Jul 23, 2021 19:55
  • Review by Miguel, 2 out of 10
    This ring camera sucks - get the stickup cam

    I get constant ghosting during nighttime hours. The rimg stickup cam is much better. Also the camera didnt even allow me to watch live as my dogs were barking and wife entered the door. That could’ve been anyone.

    Oct 18, 2021 09:10
  • Review by LeMMingSlayeR, 10 out of 10
    Excellent coverage and features!

    This camera is super easy to install and works very well in conjunction with our Ring doorbell camera. Installation took less than 15 minutes and the camera has a fantastic field of view with great resolution. The siren and floodlight are very nice, especially when you have to scare away critters in the night.

    Jun 26, 2020 19:01
  • Review by Dee242, 10 out of 10
    Great Camera

    I have had this camera up for about a month now, and I really love it. I have it on my back patio and can see every door on the patio. It rings when someone walks by. Although I have it on people only, it does ring when my cat goes out, but the picture is very clear. I am going to get one for the front of the house as well.

    Mar 05, 2021 16:35
  • Review by kvanwright, 10 out of 10
    Good Quality Videos

    I choose this camera in replace of the other camera I had and it has a wider view range and the pictures are very clear. I would definitely buy more of these cameras if I didn’t already have my cc camera set up.

    Jul 24, 2021 11:51
  • Review by LOVE, 10 out of 10
    LOVE!!!!

    So happy that I chose this Ring Security Camera! We have had our ring door bell for three years now which I also love! I needed an additional camera in front of our house facing the street because our door bell is behind our gate. Geek Squad installed and I love it! I didn’t realize it do so many things. The light comes on, I can also turn it off, I can turn on the alarm noise, and the microphone is incredible! I can hear audio from across the street! We ordered black it’s super sleek and so small!

    Oct 29, 2021 17:34
  • 9.4score
    Ring - Floodlight Cam Plus Outdoor Wired 1080p Surveillance Camera - Black
    Description

    Deter criminals with this black Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus surveillance camera. The motion-activated LED floodlights and Full HD camera help you keep tabs on activities outside your home. This Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus surveillance camera is compatible with most smart devices for quick setup and control through the Ring app, and the two-way talk function enables easy communication with your visitors.

    13 Features
  • Easy video communication: Connects to your existing Wi-Fi network.
  • Works with Amazon Alexa: You can hear audio announcements whenever motion is detected and enjoy hands-free home security.
  • Motion-activated LED floodlights: Offer up to 2000 lumens of light, allowing you to monitor every dark corner of your property.
  • Customizable motion zones: Allow focusing on important areas in your yard.
  • Night vision: Eliminate blind spots or dark areas with the built-in color night vision.
  • Hardwired installation: Ensures reliable and secure connection.
  • Two-way audio: Communicate with people from anywhere with the built-in microphone and speaker.
  • Free Ring app: Get precise motion-activated alerts, and hear and speak to people on camera.
  • Easy installation: The camera can be mounted on a wall or ceiling.
  • Full HD resolution: Its vivid 1080p resolution allows you to see small details on your screen.
  • 105dB siren alarm: Ensures peace of mind by preventing and deterring suspicious activity.
  • Ring Protect Plan*: Users can save and share videos and photos.
  • Live view: Stream live video from your home to your mobile device.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Resteasey, 10 out of 10
    Happy

    I love it especially with the fact that I'll be able to sleep at night knowing if somebody's on my property or at my door. I also got a couple of family members to invest in getting the flood light monitor. I also love the fact that the light goes on as soon as I appear or anything appears on my property.

    Sep 10, 2021 18:31
  • Review by Montfamchi, 10 out of 10
    2x the coverage

    Loving my second ring. I have a detached, set back garage and have a great view of my property and my neighborhood. Integrates well with Alexa. PS, I was able to hang it upside down on my garage and it works. There is a camera in the middle of my pic, behind the bright light.

    Oct 16, 2021 20:17
  • Review by RBmoto, 10 out of 10
    Clear picture bright light

    I picked up 2 of these for keeping my back and side yard in view. They are awesome and great for keeping an eye on my house while I am away. Flood lights are bright and nice when walking up the sidewalk to my door. It paired great with my doorbell ring.

    Oct 14, 2021 18:35
  • Review by Bubba, 10 out of 10
    Great item

    Very clear video and snapshot. (Early morning visitors) Haven't set sensitivity yet. Trees blowing set it off. Lights can be turned off or on. Haven't read up on it yet.

    Jul 05, 2021 08:26
  • Review by ToughRod, 4 out of 10
    Newer model is much worse color handling

    I'm not sure why they changed the camera, but the older ones I have (for a similar price) have a MUCH better picture. The older one has a LOT more color contrast, light handling, and a clearer picture. This camera would be ok if you didn't have other to compare to. In the pic, the bottom camera is the older model (better) and the top camera is this one.

    Aug 07, 2021 23:51
  • Review by DrNarwal, 10 out of 10
    Must buy for home security and lighting.

    Always love the Ring family of products. They made tiny improvements to the installation process that

    Makes it even better than before.

    Jul 23, 2021 21:47
  • Review by Backyard, 10 out of 10
    Backyard

    This is the third one we have purchased. It keeps our property safe and we feel very protected. If you want peace of mind you should invest in one. So happy with this purchase.

    Jun 19, 2021 08:24
  • Review by Eriewolfeman, 8 out of 10
    Does what is supposed to do, but can get better

    Love Ring cameras and doorbells. They do what they should do. A few things can still improve: (1) I still think the motion zone and light activation zones are hard to set. It does take a bit of tweaking to not get people in the sidewalk or street based on where you put the motion zone indicators. (2) Even though I have all cameras set to disarmed mode with motion detection and alerts off in this mode, it will still activate the light when we are sitting on our back deck at night (if you turn off activate light at night upon motion detection, the lights don't go on at night when you arm the cameras). You can’t set these based on the arm or disarm mode. The only way to get around this was to hardwire a wall switch for the back camera that we turn off when we sit out at night with the fire pit. (3) motion is set to people only, but motion is still detected for spiders, birds, wind blowing the grill cover, etc. I will play with the sensitivity, but I believe it is on low all ready. Despite these areas for improvement, the cameras are still a great purchase. All ours are hardwired with individual wall switches to turn power off independently. Love the Alexa interaction. Own 4 cameras and a doorbell.

    Jul 09, 2021 18:47
  • 9.4score
    Ring - Spotlight Cam Wired (Plug-In)- White - White
    Description

    Monitor your property from your phone, tablet or PC with the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired, a plug-in motion-activated security camera with two-way audio, LED spotlights and a siren alarm. Ring Spotlight Cam Wired lets you create and customize your own motion zones, so you can focus on the most important areas of your home. When anyone steps on your property and triggers your motion sensors, you’ll get an instant alert on your phone, tablet and PC. Answer the alert, and you can see, hear and speak to people on your property from anywhere.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Cher, 10 out of 10
    Peace of mind

    This is the second camera I bought like this. I can turn the light on when I want. The camera covers a large area. I have a big backyard. It was easy to install and it plugs right into an outlet. I can monitor my yard and pool service from my phone or iPad. I recorded a lot of wildlife that shows up too. I am hoping to catch the varmints that are invading my garden.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:11
  • Review by Lightsab, 10 out of 10
    Great Security Camera

    I now have 6 of the Ring Spotlight Cam Wired installed on my house plus the Video Doorbell Pro. These cameras have great video quality & sound. I like that I can save the video clips directly to my camera roll using the Ring App on my iPhone & Mac Computer. I like that you can disable the Led light from coming on when the camera detects motion which is a feature of the wired cam only. Having it record audio is great. Plus it has two-way audio so you can speak to whoever you see outside your house. I had a wired camera system but the Ring Cameras are so much better with quality & ease of use. Definitely recommend for protecting your home.

    Jan 25, 2019 20:29
  • Review by Jordan, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Product!!!

    Really needed this for piece of mind on our trip to Oklahoma. When I'm home the notifications are nearly seconds apart. So I know I'm getting the fastest and reliable security notification to protect my home! Installation was very simple and easy to follow. Very VERY pleased with this product!

    Jul 23, 2021 19:55
  • Review by Miguel, 2 out of 10
    This ring camera sucks - get the stickup cam

    I get constant ghosting during nighttime hours. The rimg stickup cam is much better. Also the camera didnt even allow me to watch live as my dogs were barking and wife entered the door. That could’ve been anyone.

    Oct 18, 2021 09:10
  • Review by LeMMingSlayeR, 10 out of 10
    Excellent coverage and features!

    This camera is super easy to install and works very well in conjunction with our Ring doorbell camera. Installation took less than 15 minutes and the camera has a fantastic field of view with great resolution. The siren and floodlight are very nice, especially when you have to scare away critters in the night.

    Jun 26, 2020 19:01
  • Review by Dee242, 10 out of 10
    Great Camera

    I have had this camera up for about a month now, and I really love it. I have it on my back patio and can see every door on the patio. It rings when someone walks by. Although I have it on people only, it does ring when my cat goes out, but the picture is very clear. I am going to get one for the front of the house as well.

    Mar 05, 2021 16:35
  • Review by kvanwright, 10 out of 10
    Good Quality Videos

    I choose this camera in replace of the other camera I had and it has a wider view range and the pictures are very clear. I would definitely buy more of these cameras if I didn’t already have my cc camera set up.

    Jul 24, 2021 11:51
  • Review by LOVE, 10 out of 10
    LOVE!!!!

    So happy that I chose this Ring Security Camera! We have had our ring door bell for three years now which I also love! I needed an additional camera in front of our house facing the street because our door bell is behind our gate. Geek Squad installed and I love it! I didn’t realize it do so many things. The light comes on, I can also turn it off, I can turn on the alarm noise, and the microphone is incredible! I can hear audio from across the street! We ordered black it’s super sleek and so small!

    Oct 29, 2021 17:34
  • 9.4score
    eufy - Security Floodlight Cam 2 Pro - Outdoor Security Camera with 360-Degree Pan and Tilt Coverage and 2K Full HD Resolution
    Description

    eufy Security Floodlight Cam 2 Pro provides 360° pan and tilt camera coverage in 2K HD resolution. It boasts smart lighting, real time communication via 2-way audio, all with zero monthly fees. You don't even need a eufy Security HomeBase. (Existing outdoor wiring and weatherproof junction box required.)

    5 Features
  • 360° pan and tilt camera coverage: Pan the lens 360° horizontally to get a complete view without the risk of blindspots.
  • 2K full HD: Catch all the details in full 2K HD when live-streaming and recording footage.
  • Smart lighting with 3 tunable light panels: Adjusts spotlight color temperature and brightness based on sunrise and sunset, schedules, and motion detection
  • AI subject lock and tracking: The on-device AI recognizes when a person is present then locks, tracks, and records the subject.
  • Turn night Into day: 3,000-lumen super-bright motion-activated floodlights deter intruders and ensure detailed, full-color recordings even at night.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DSPARKA, 10 out of 10
    Security At It’s Best

    INTRO:

    I have been seeing Eufy cameras in stores and online for a while now but I never considered them. That was a mistake because I’m loving the Eufy camera I now have. This is by far the best video quality I have ever seen in a security system.

    I have a few different brands to compare but I’ll get to reviewing this Eufy Security Floodlight Cam Pro 2k.

    INSTALLATION:

    Everything from wire nuts to hardware was included in the box and detailed instructions was also in the box. After downloading the Eufy Security app you will also find the installation guide to help. As an Electrician I think this is convenient to have because it helped me install the Eufy Security Floodlight Cam Pro the way the manufacturer intended.

    I had everything installed after reading the instructions in under 20 minutes.

    *To make installation easier be sure to use the included USB to setup your camera before you mount it.

    APP:

    The app is simple and straight forward. All I did was sign up and followed the prompts to add the camera to the app.

    You will be able to view the live video and pan it 360 degrees. Your recorded images will be in 2k for crisp and clear playback. I can turn on the lights or view the live feed using Google. In the app settings I customized the sensitivity of the camera’s motion detections and more. The bright LED lights can be adjusted and also turn on and off from dusk to dawn.

    RECOMMENDED FEATURES:

    I really like:

    The tracking feature. Once it finds the moving object it follows and record until it’s out of view.

    I also like the dusk to dawn feature for the lights. I will always have light when it’s needed. I can also change it to motion if I need it. All can be set on the app on my phone.

    SECURITY CONCLUSION;

    I’m very happy with this Floodlight camera from Eufy. It exceeded my expectations so far and can’t wait to use it everyday.

    Jul 24, 2021 12:45
  • Review by Jaer, 10 out of 10
    Great product and works really well.

    Great product and works really well. Have it setup in my driveway and catches any person walking up the driveway. Love the 360 tracking, so there's no blind spots in my driveway. Does need some tuning during the initial setup, it was picking up everything including cars that are driving by. I have it tilted down a bit and adjusted the sensitivity. Now it's perfect for my setup and only pickup up people who's walking up my driveway. I would definitely recommend if you're in market for one.

    Oct 18, 2021 09:20
  • Review by MigDigital, 8 out of 10
    Full of functioality floodlight w/ powerful cam

    Review of euufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro

    At glance the floodlight feels and looks well made as unpack and full of little details put together that makes one of unique security monitoring gadget.

    To begin with hardware side, it total weight is 4.9lbs,, the L-shaped bracket and center screw can support up to 22lbs, and it meet IPS65 rated dustproof and waterproof (extract from device guide).

    The floodlight consists of three panels, the camera has tilt and pan capability with definition of 2k HD, field view 360 to mention key aspects.

    Installation is straight forward by following the instruction assuming there is junction box where will be installed. Otherwise might need electrician or so for help once decide between wall mount or upside down mount. For the basic of installation the necessary accessories comes with the package which is quite helpful.

    Previous to installation or mounting to the wall, following the guide, first is good to setup the device properly for wifi connection and account setting, check for latest firmware update using charging cable that comes in the package and downloading its application.

    Afterward mounting is completed, from the application can see immediately the camera working with manufacturer set options out of package.

    The large part of benefit of the camera and light rely on the application side for monitoring. The application contains good number of functionalities to setup at user preference for image resolution, AI tracking, light options, audio, and alarm/notifications, storage options.

    From the interaction with the device and application in short time of usage, below list of finding on positive side:

    1. 360 Pan and Tilt Camera Coverage is close to professional level, from the application can maneuver easily with arrows pointing up/right/left/down.

    2. 2k Full HD helps to view at granular level and seems more than needed.

    3. Lighting has wide range of options to control color, temperature and brightness for each panel, then separate setting for automated monitoring and manual light on/off. eufy seems to have worked emphasis on these as settings are for each panel and for different mode for monitoring and on demand light on/off.

    4. AI subject lock and tracking is fascinating. It detect a subject and does what means. As subject as person once locked the camera would follow directionally as it moves.

    5. Bright light of 3000 lumen that can be turned on manually or automatically activated based on motion, transfer the dark in a day.

    6. The audio capture even the breath of win and can be heard in the recording or live view. Then holding the icon microphone can talk back and it can be listened without interfering noise in between.

    7. It support live view. For use case of installing in the backyard which is my case, and have kids playing while I am working inside and I can monitor them. Very handy feature and give certainly level of freedom and confidence same time.

    8. The application UI is quite self intuitive based on usage on iOS. One detail to mention for technical eyes, for the live view the application provide the streaming rate kb/s.

    9. Storage, it store in the device memory up to 8GB and doesn’t have to rely on paid storage services exclusively.

    10. The look around function is handy to do exactly what its name indicate to view 360 degree of view.

    On non positive more toward wish it work better side:

    1. Charging cable were longer and include USB Power Adapter.

    2. The 2k Full HD at night doesn’t seem to be applicable during night. The recording of night events can’t distinguish very at granular level.

    3. A. Motion Tracking’s Preset Positions. Setting preset position select by default the first preset as the Default, and subsequents positions as per order of setting. Doesn’t allow to change the order. After completion of all the preset position and realize need to change the order, need to delete all and start over.

    3.B. Motion Tracking’s Preset Positions on live view. Upon start the live view, the preset default position doesn’t seem to work consistently. Some time it stand in non default position upon starting the live view.

    4.A. Motion Detection type All Motions. If this type is set, the system seems to become sensible to any object and therefore continuously sending alert/notification/record event. I had tried to use this type to include animals but had to change to type Human Only to have less or more accurate event alert and recording. Hence All Motions include even a closed umbrella that shaken by the win or the distance tree next to the fence. As result not sure how effective can serve,

    4.B. Motion Detection Detection distance. I selected Advanced to control Left/Middle/Right Area from mode Off to Farthest for each area. However, testing each area, it doesn’t seem consistent on the detection. In one of cases, standing on far left area the camera didn’t detect me, but I approach toward to the camera did detect me. Whereas the Automatic distance I understand it is determined by the system and camera, seems to work more focused on the object detection within visibility of the camera as I got less event notification/recording.

    4.C. Motion Detection Activity Zone, it allow to set only up to 2 zones. It is handy feature as depending on the zone and if object is within or not can have different type of notification and recording, But would be nice to allow to setup more than 2.

    5. Often had to perform calibrate as the view upon starting live view stand an angle that is not the center or preset default position.

    6. During the night, if you turn on the light on manually while on live view, multiple time had to close it and reopen to see the effect of the light.

    7. Storage; it provide option to store in cloud or NAS(RTSP). Although this doesn’t seem straight forward from the application as it refer to the website account and user has some technical skills, would have nice to allow to setup directly from the application.

    8. Sometime experienced freeze of application while on live view and performing actions like turning on light, hold&speak. As result had to restart the the mobile phone.

    9. The alert and event recording could be more intelligent although it has some level of control. For instance, if as owner I am within angle of camera view, don’t send/record. Or if I am doing doing live view, don’t send notification. At some point the notification/alert become too much to be able to follow up crating risk that through out of time becoming irrelevant like in the story of Aesop Fable for kids The boy who cried wolf for non actual risk or alike.

    10. Hold & Speak, this is great feature, can be heard perfectly even at distance. Just when hold & speak there is deferred latency during activation. This couple of second in between could be better.

    11. It would be nice to have deeper level of zooming. It depends on the zoom by touch from the mobile device and it is bit limited in my preference.

    In overall eufy has put together nicely for this version and I think most remarkable is the camera definition, tilt and pand, and its audio, all supported with wide variety of option for control in deep level of functionality. The application side how it work all together makes bit downside of review but for usage without its importance is still good monitoring tool for recommendation.

    Jul 27, 2021 20:08
  • Review by mstanleynh, 10 out of 10
    Complete Surveillance Camera & Floodlight in One!

    We spend quite a bit of time away from our primary residence and I have been looking for security cameras and floodlights to provide feedback while on the road. With the eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro you get the best of both worlds, a high intensity floodlight and a 2K security camera! There is an existing floodlight on our front deck and is a perfect location for the new eufy.

    Unboxing – eufy did a great job of making the install and setup of this system very easy. Included in the box with the camera and mounting equipment are a couple items that really helped out. The camera comes with a USB cable for configuring the system before installing and a small “S” shaped hook and strap to hang the floodlight while connecting to the power source on install. They are simply yet very useful additions to the package.

    Set Up – Simply plug the unit with the USB cable and wait until the LED on the unit blinks red. While that is running, it’s required to download the eufy App for your Apple or Android device. The app was easy to use on my iPhone as it walks the user through the setup steps to connect to the unit. An important step to consider during setup and mounting location planning is to make sure there is a strong WiFi signal so the camera can stream live video. We have a mesh device very close to the mounting location and the live video streaming works great! Once the app is installed it walks thru the WiFi connection process. This takes less than a minute to run and connect.

    Mounting – Once the existing floodlight was removed, it was a simple process to install the eufy system. They provide all of the mounting hardware in the box, including the nifty hook to hold the unit in place while connecting the wires, wire nuts, mounting bracket and bolt. Simply connect the power, neutral and ground wires and fasten the unit to the supplied mounting bracket. It’s a very clean looking unit once in place as there is a single mounting screw that holds the unit to the power box and a matching stick-on cover to hide the screwhead. The three light banks are all easily adjusted with thumbscrews.

    Camera/Floodlight Settings – Once installed, it’s time to customize the system, and eufy provides a number of setting options including motion detection sensitivity, recording options, video quality, notifications and storage to name just a few. The features that really stand out on this unit are the 360° Pan and Tilt camera control, AI Subject detection and tracking and the amazingly bright 3,000 lumen lights. I haven’t used any eufy devices in the past and was really impressed with the ease-of-use of their app and the multitude of settings and adjustments available.

    Pros:

    - Very well-built unit and easy to setup and install

    - eufy Security App is loaded with features/setup options and is user-friendly

    - Full 360° pan and tilt camera control from your mobile device, amazing!

    - 2K video is crisp and the live feed option is great for piece-of-mind while travelling

    - 3,000 lumen floodlights light up our entire deck and makes for amazing night video capture

    - Built in AI cuts the number of “false alarms” considerably by designating “Human Only” alerts and tracks once detected.

    - Panoramic Mapping feature is really cool for creating a point-to-view image

    - Local Storage – no need to pay for monthly storage, there is 8 GB available on the unit

    - 100dB alarm and two-way communication for added security is a must!

    Cons:

    - The camera cover seems to get dust on it easily which can blur/distort the video feed

    The eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro is exactly what I was hoping for when selected. It’s solidly built, easy to install and setup and has so many features/options. I would certainly recommend this system for anyone considering a purchase of a security camera or motion sensor floodlight…you will not be disappointed!

    Aug 02, 2021 20:22
  • Review by DJSmooth, 4 out of 10
    The Eufy floodlight is a mixed bag of feelings

    I really want to love this. The hardware feels solid with some

    weight behind it. Nothing on the physical product feels “cheap”

    with a very bright and powerful set of LED lights on it. However,

    there seems to be several issues that keep popping up with it.

    The first and most annoyingly issue is a constant disconnect from

    network, or what I assume disconnect from network. The router at

    home continues to say it is connected to it even though the app

    reads back connection issues. Troubleshooting from within the app

    results in a perfect connection however. I really think this thing

    should have had the option of hard plugged through ethernet

    considering it wasn’t a wireless battery-operated camera and

    already needed cables to run it.

    The second, after having it installed and mounted for a week, I

    noticed it’s been missing activity. From deliveries to passing

    cars, people and random cats/dogs running around. It misses

    everything now. During my tests indoors using the USB cable and

    paired with the app, it worked flawlessly. It notified me of

    anyone passing by it and tracked them just fine. Now, no

    notifications, won’t track anyone, nor will allow me to edit some of its settings. For reference, motion tracking seems to be

    working fine as it still detects some movement and will turn on

    its lights when it sees “something”. Even though some of those

    “somethings” are nothing at all in the night.

    The final issue is the local recordings. No matter how I go about

    it, the end result is the same. The local storage settings shows

    that its internal 8GB storage location is filling up with videos

    but when I try view them from the camera it returns none. I’ve

    gone to try delete the storage and confirms that its successfully

    deleted everything but after refreshing the app, it shows the

    same.

    In the end, I’ve just let it act as a motion sensor in hopes

    that, since it’s a new product it might be filled with bugs. However, if the issues weren’t present for me this could easily be a 5 star product

    Aug 09, 2021 06:15
  • Review by CKent, 10 out of 10
    More than just Security

    The houses in my neighborhood have alleyways with back entrance garages, and I just have a standard old double bulb floodlight. So this was a much needed addition. Out of the box it pretty much has everything you need to get it installed, that is of course, if you already have an existing hard-wired floodlight. If you don't have one or at least a pre-wired junction box, you'll definitely need an electrician.

    Having an existing floodlight however, it's as easy as turning off the power, unscrewing the old light, disconnecting the wires, then connecting the corresponding wires on this unit and mounting it to the junction box. They even supply you with a hook that you can use to hang the floodlight cam from the junction box, leaving you with both hands free to connect the wires. It's one of those minor things that says a lot about the quality of the product.

    I was at first concerned about physical security of the device, meaning how easy it would be for someone to steal it. There are no proprietary bolts or anything of the sort, just an adhesive backed round cover for the hole the bolt goes through. After actually using that cover though I found it to be much better than I thought. It feels like the same white plastic as the rest of the case, and it fits in the opening just right so that it sits perfectly flush and doesn't leave any space along the sides. That makes it pretty hard to pry off, and that's if you can figure out there's a bolt behind it. I found out the hard way how difficult it is to pry that cover off. I thought I messed something up on the install (I didn't) and had to pull it off. It took me at least 5 minutes of prying to get that cover off. Luckily this camera came with 2 of them since I mangled the first one quite a bit.

    Before you do all that though you first need set the camera through the Eufy Security App. This is actually my second Eufy product, as I already have their doorbell. That made this whole process so much easier since it uses the same app that I already had for the doorbell. All you have to do is tap the 'Add a Device' button, select your device, scan the QR code on the camera and follow the steps. It couldn't be much easier.

    The fact that you can have all their security offerings in one app is a huge plus. It's an easy to use app too that lets you manage your devices and has different options for each right on the home page depending on the capabilities of the device. For example, with the floodlight cam there's a button to turn the led lights on without having to click into the device. Whereas the doorbell doesn't have that button since it doesn't have that function.

    As for functionality, I love this device. The 360 degree cam, the lights, the speaker, the mic, everything. The picture is clear and the app lets you set zones. The AI tracking is really cool too and works great. It works flawlessly with the app too, so you can start streaming at anytime, and then pan around to see whatever you want. The floodlights are nice and bright and can be adjusted and the sound coming out of it is plenty loud when you need to scare someone away, or mess with an unsuspecting friend or neighbor! I really am impressed with how well everything works and looks on this camera.

    It's versatile too and has uses other than security. At night when you need a little extra light the LEDs are there for you. Forgot if you closed the garage door or put out the trash bins on trash day? Just take a peek. Need help making sure your car is pulled into your garage in the perfect spot? Start the stream and pan it over. I actually use this all the time now since I like to have my car as far back towards the garage door to give me more room up front to work on it.

    Best of all, you get all of these features and recording with onboard storage for no extra fee! That's one of the things I love about my Eufy Doorbell too. There's no subscription. You get to use all of the features straight out of the box for what you pay for it. They do offer cloud storage if you need it that costs extra, but there's plenty of storage space on board so I haven't found a need for it.

    If there's one negative I have, it's that the max recording length it lets you set is 2 minutes. You can go into the app and manually start recording video, but if you're not by your phone or dead asleep, you would miss anything that happens after those couple minutes of recording. I wish it gave longer options, especially since it has an option for it to stop recording once movement has stopped. So you rarely actually have a video of the max length.

    The only other issue I really found is WiFi connectivity, but that's more of an issue with how the network is setup in your home. With the doorbell all the way at the front of my house, and this floodlight cam all the way at the back, it sometimes has trouble getting a good signal when for some reason my router is sending out a weak signal. It's not a big problem for me since I have a smaller house, but if you have a large house you might want to look into beefing up the network.

    Overall I couldn't be any happier with this floodlight cam. It's put me so much more at ease now knowing I have eyes on my truck and driveway. And with the Security app and how well it integrates their different devices, I'll definitely be looking to add other Eufy products to my home.

    Jul 30, 2021 21:37
  • Review by techNtheater, 8 out of 10
    Best camera/ floodlight available

    Pretty good but defined needs some firm updates. Still recommend it.

    Sep 04, 2021 14:30
  • Review by MrLowNotes, 4 out of 10
    Worked consistently at first, now at random.

    It was the Best WiFi security camera I have owned & reviewed until it stopped detecting people and movements consistently.

    Last year I reviewed a video doorbell by eufy and I was impressed with it. I thought I would be even more impressed with this camera. In the beginning I was but as time went on it failed to detect anything consistently except in test mode.

    Let me get right to it. It seemed to work perfectly right after I put it up but after a few days I noticed that it didn’t pick up on a couple of deliveries, vehicles or people, and then my garbage collector the next day. My Ring doorbell camera got them all and it’s just a cheap low end one. So I held off posting my review and retested the camera as well as read the other reviews to see if I'm the only one having problems. I did everything I could think of. Reset the camera, reload the app, temporarily moved my WiFi router and tried all the camera's detection settings. End result was that it wasn’t consistent even when I walked right up to it. Sometimes it saw me most of the time it didn’t. It did seem to work a little better the darker it was outside. The sun was behind the camera so I know strong backlighting wasn’t an issue. Camera is mounted 10 feet off the ground. In test mode it would Consistently detect me up to apx 50 feet away. Less on the sides. Changing the distance settings made no difference. Always about 50 feet and closer. Back to normal mode and it was mostly missing me at any distance.

    Then there’s the WiFi performance and picture quality. (see photos) Looks great on a little screen until you zoom in and it’s very blocky. My eufy doorbell cam is the same camera resolution and it doesn’t do that. It stays clean when you zoom in. (see photos) I noted that the app tells the data rate. It never got higher than 15K whereas the doorbell camera goes as high as 250K! Also it shows only 1 bar for 2.4GHZ WiFi no matter where my router (ASUS AX5400 Dual Band Mesh WiFi 6 Gaming Router with a 500+ mbs fiber internet connection) is located. It also has started randomly losing WiFi connection now. The eufy doorbell cam is connected to a “base box” that came with it and hard wired to the router. I tried to see if I could connect this camera to it but it appears I cannot. I never got it to work with Alexa either. Eufy doorbell camera works perfectly with Alexa.

    This camera seems to work great for other reviewers. Do I have a defective camera? I would be happy to review another if eufy wants to exchange it.

    What I do like about it:

    Pan & scan, tunable LED lighting (color temperature), build quality seems very good.

    The flood lights & IR illumination work great. Great coverage with the floodlights.

    I like the app. It’s easy to use and navigate. Works with multiple cameras and has plenty of options.

    Mounting and Connection:

    The product is well packed and comes with the necessary hardware to mount it to an electrical junction box. This is good if you are going to mount it where there are already existing flood lights under an eve or a wall mounted light. If you do that to switched lights, you will of course, have to leave the switch on all the time for the thing to work as intended. Could be a problem if you have one switch that turns on more than on light or set of lights. You may need to hire an electrician to install this product. Especially if you need wire to power run to it. If you can do it yourself but you don’t have an existing junction box to install it to by replacing an existing flood light or wall light, then I highly advise that you use a weatherproof junction box to mount it to. See photos. They come in plastic and metal. Also take care to seal up any place where water ingress is possible. The instructions are pretty easy to follow for mounting to a junction box.

    Setup is pretty easy and straightforward. You can use the USB port to power it and set it up before you mount it or via WiFi after the fact. Since I already have a eufy doorbell cam setup this part was easy for me. Just click add device and follow directions.

    Link to manual: https://ankertechnologycompanyltd.my.salesforce.com/sfc/p/#5g000004DkWQ/a/5g000000g0DO/ACpmyLR5JkRozjBgavSnBUyBvjSIOnFDie5vToL3KpQ

    Conclusion:

    If this camera and floodlight combo worked like it should I would highly recommend it but sadly I cannot.

    Jul 31, 2021 23:03
  • 9.4score
    eufy - eufyCam 2C add on Camera - White
    Description

    eufy Security eufyCam 2C Wireless Home Security Add-on Camera, Requires HomeBase 2, 180-Day Battery Life, HomeKit Compatibility, 1080p HD, No Monthly Fee

    11 Features
  • Protects You, Your Family, and Your Privacy: Every eufy Security product is engineered to ensure your security data is kept private. Have peace of mind that you will have a secure record of everything that happens around your home.
  • 100% Wire-Free: Without cords or wires of any kind, eufyCam 2C installs indoors and out with ease to surveil your home for 180 days on a single charge.
  • Zero Hidden Costs: Designed to protect your home as well as your wallet, eufyCam 2C is a one-time purchase that combines security with convenience. You will never be forced into paying to access your security footage.
  • Smart Image Enhancement: Get a clearer, brighter view of the people in-shot. Built-in AI technology identifies and focuses on the human in the image.
  • Turn Night into Day: The built-in spotlight illuminates the surrounding area and allows you to see the whole picture in color clarity, even in low-light. Infrared setting also available.
  • The Alerts that Matter: Customize the areas in which the camera will detect motion. Set the zone to suit your home so you only receive the alerts you care about.
  • Storage You Can Trust: Securely store up to 3 months of recordings via the 16GB eMMC.
  • Military-Grade Encryption: AES-128 data encryption ensures your footage is kept private on transmission and storage.
  • Real-Time Response: Speak directly to anyone who approaches your home via two-way audio.
  • Picture Perfect Surveillance: Live-stream and record footage in crystal clear 1080p HD. The 135° diagonal field of view allows you to see exactly what is happening in and around your home
  • Half-Year Security from 1 Charge: Avoid frequent trips to charge the battery and enjoy 180-day battery life from just one charge.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by AlexIsntworthyourmoney, 10 out of 10
    Love it. Needs a few changes.

    Works great. Took me a moment to get set up. Directions clear. I just wish the sound of motion was different then text alert. Same with door bell. Qhen someones at door it sends your text sound alart. I think after i call them they will explain hownto makenit a differt sound. The alarm crazy a door bell sound would be better. If i would u the alarm someone at door or at back window. I would get kicked out. Please change to a doorbell sound in memory box.

    Jun 12, 2021 02:13
  • Review by Riley09, 10 out of 10
    Great camera

    This is one of my favorite from the Eufy line. I also have the 2 which lasts 365 days (eh kinda). Pairing the C with the solar panel is the best way to go - set it up and never have to worry about it.

    Nov 03, 2021 10:43
  • Review by Robert, 10 out of 10
    Great versatile camera

    Great camera for all purposes. Bought it as a baby night monitors, also used it to monitor my dog crate traIning and now I e put it under the house to try to find what that scratching noise was.

    Oct 29, 2021 19:51
  • Review by eufyCam2C, 8 out of 10
    eufyCam2C

    Pretty good 1080 camera. May not give you clarity to read a license plate at distance but overall very good. I am getting otustanding battery life out of these. Much better than expected. Also really like that there i no monthly subscription fee. ALl your vids/data is self managed on the HomeBase. I'll probably expand the system.

    Apr 16, 2021 17:00
  • Review by JFree, 10 out of 10
    Great camera

    The picture quality on this camera is excellent. The app is easy to setup and easy to use.

    Nov 18, 2021 05:43
  • Review by sportie92, 10 out of 10
    camera review

    its a very good quality camera and i love the fact that it has a spot light for the night.

    Sep 17, 2021 18:10
  • Review by Nelson194, 10 out of 10
    Great Camara system

    This system is the better. You can add more cameras whenever you want. And the picture and video quality is great.

    May 14, 2021 21:02
  • Review by Hubcap, 10 out of 10
    Great product

    Great product. Works great during the day and night. Clear image. Water proof also.

    May 21, 2021 16:42
  • 9.4score
    eufy - eufyCam 2C 2-Cam Kit - White
    Description

    eufy Security, eufyCam 2C 2-Cam Kit, Wireless Home Security System with 180-Day Battery Life, HomeKit Compatibility, 1080p HD, IP67, Night Vision, No Monthly Fee

    11 Features
  • Protects You, Your Family, and Your Privacy: Every eufy Security product is engineered to ensure your security data is kept private. Have peace of mind that you will have a secure record of everything that happens around your home.
  • 100% Wire-Free: Without cords or wires of any kind, eufyCam 2C installs indoors and out with ease to surveil your home for 180 days on a single charge.
  • Zero Hidden Costs: Designed to protect your home as well as your wallet, eufyCam 2C is a one-time purchase that combines security with convenience. You will never be forced into paying to access your security footage.
  • Smart Image Enhancement: Get a clearer, brighter view of the people in-shot. Built-in AI technology identifies and focuses on the human in the image.
  • Turn Night into Day: The built-in spotlight illuminates the surrounding area and allows you to see the whole picture in color clarity, even in low-light. Infrared setting also available.
  • The Alerts that Matter: Customize the areas in which the camera will detect motion. Set the zone to suit your home so you only receive the alerts you care about.
  • Storage You Can Trust: Securely store up to 3 months of recordings via the 16GB eMMC.
  • Military-Grade Encryption: AES-128 data encryption ensures your footage is kept private on transmission and storage.
  • Real-Time Response: Speak directly to anyone who approaches your home via two-way audio.
  • Picture Perfect Surveillance: Live-stream and record footage in crystal clear 1080p HD. The 135° diagonal field of view allows you to see exactly what is happening in and around your home
  • Half-Year Security from 1 Charge: Avoid frequent trips to charge the battery and enjoy 180-day battery life from just one charge.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by RBrylawski, 10 out of 10
    Terrific Security Cameras - Simple To Set Up

    Eufy, is Part of Anker Innovations and their motto is “Smart Home Simplified.” This EufyCam 2C Security Camera System certainly supports that motto. To be honest, I was simply dreading setting it up and installing the cameras. We recently moved into a brand-new home and the house we left had wireless security cameras from a different manufacturer, which were utterly disappointing. And if you wanted to access video recordings, you had to pay a monthly access fee. Well not with the EufyCam 2C system. It comes with a 16 GB SSD, which you have total control over and COSTS not ONE PENNY per month to store video clips (which you can Watermark and time stamp via settings in the Eufy Security App). Thats not just nice thats TERRIFIC and saves me money.

    Another terrific advantage the EufyCam 2C system offers is a 180 day (Six Month) battery. Our previous system required getting on a ladder to remove the cameras almost every 6 weeks or so to charge the batteries, which was a major pain. We haven’t had the system long enough to know if 180 days is realistic, but it takes 5 hours to charge the cameras, so it has larger batteries inside than most lesser systems, which should support the 6 month claim.

    Simply said, the EufyCam 2C system is some kind of special. Here are my thoughts:

    It comes nicely packaged as you can see from the first attached photo. You get the two cameras, the base station, an ethernet cable to connect the base station to your router, a charging cable for the cameras (it’s Micro USB but I wish they had gone with USB C), the mounting hardware for the cameras, a Quick Start Guide and stickers (for marking the mounting holes and for letting would be unwelcome visitors know you have a security camera system from EufyCam).

    Setting up the EufyCam 2C system couldn’t be simpler. If you get one, make sure you charge the cameras before you do anything. As mentioned above, it can take up to 5 hours to charge them and that was my experience with them fresh out of the box. If you’re an Android or iOS user, you go to the App Store on either platform and download the Eufy Security App, which you’ll need to help you get everything connected. Next you plug the base station into power and connect the supplied ethernet cable to your home router. Once the base station is connected directly, the Eufy Security App walks you through setting everything up seamlessly. Once connected, you can then move to a pure Wifi connection and disconnect the base station from your router, which lets you move the base station where you need to ensure the strongest signal to the cameras.

    For our home, we have a mesh network with three nodes placed in the front, middle and back of the house. This setup provides excellent connection to both cameras, one at the front and one at the back of our home. This to me was one of the biggest surprises about the EufyCam system. The system we had in our home previously had a very difficult time staying connected to the base station and was in fact the reason we spent hundreds of dollars to move up to a Mesh Network to begin with. Perhaps because of the Mesh Network, both cameras are getting a very strong Wifi signal. But even before I went from the wired ethernet setup to Wifi directly, both cameras were getting a decent signal. And both cameras were quite far from the base station.

    I’m technically savvy, but installation challenged when power tools are required. We live in Florida, and our new home is built to withstand 150 mph winds from hurricanes, so its stucco over block. Me having to drill into concrete to install the camera bases was a bit daunting. But with a good masonry drill bit it went surprisingly well. I did end up using shorter anchors than were supplied with the system. Once mounted, the cameras are very secure and can be adjusted to any angle you might want. PLEASE NOTE: The Quick Start Guide recommends you test the cameras in the locations you want to mount them before you drill any holes. I cannot stress enough how important this step is. Speaking of, you can take photos at any time through the app of a scene, which is stored directly in your Photo App on your phone. Attached is a photo of the view from the camera on the back our home.

    Here are some of the key specifications of the system:

    1080P Full HD Live Streaming

    16 GB local storage via the base station, which you have full control over

    Military Grade Encryption for top notch security

    IP67 Weatherproofing

    Human Detection and Activity Zones

    2C Way Radio so you can greet welcome OR unwelcome visitors

    Integration with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit

    Eufy Security Application for Android or iOS – Note this app even works in landscape mode with iPad

    We haven’t owned the system for a long time yet, but given previous positive experience with Anker products, the fantastically simple set up of the system, 180 day battery, HD video, IP67 Weatherproofed Cameras and Military grade encryption, I’m really pleased with the system so far. I may have been dreading setting up and installing the system, but it was just so easy, even for this installation challenged fellow. I am confident you’ll have a very easy time setting this up to protect your home. I mark the EufyCam 2C system as highly recommended!

    Oct 13, 2020 22:11
  • Review by TechNerd, 10 out of 10
    Good Camera System just as good as the expensive

    Scroll down to bottom for short conclusion.

    Needed a security system for my rental property, I've been having some issues with strangers coming on to the property. I didn't want the hassle of wiring up a security system, making extra holes that could introduce new water leaks or unsightly wires. I also didn't want to spend a fortune for a large brand name system with mediocre performance. Enter the Eufy - eufyCam 2C 2-Cam Kit, it hit every check on my list of needs:

    Low cost

    Ability to record

    Decent performance (turned out to be great performance)

    Easy to install

    Easy to Use

    Good battery life

    Just a few words of my experience with Camera security system, I'm a pretty tech geek that likes to move towards integrating new tech into my home. I've owned other large brand wireless security camera systems.

    Out of the box

    With this kit you're getting the home base, 2 easy cams, network cable and power supply. The basic kit but the home base is expandable to use other Eufy products like the Doorbell camera and door or window sensors. One of the reason I was attracted to this sytem.

    Installation:

    Installation was easy and fast, the app and home base will voice guide you on what to do. I thought this was a very smart way to walkthrough even the noviciest (intended to spell it that way) of novice users. Installation was fast and easy, yes, I'm mentioning it again. I was able to set up the system in 15 minutes, 10 of those minutes were used to figure out that I accidentally hit off switch on the surge protector to the router.

    Experience of using the app

    The app was easy to navigate and use. I couldn't be happier with the intuitive buttons and User Interface. There some similarities of the larger brand name app so I was able to easily navigate through it.

    Cameras,

    The Cameras have a good balance of good resolution (could be more but 1080 is great) and battery life. One of the things I was worried about since this was a battery system and installing the cameras on my roof. I didn't want to have to put up a latter and pull the cameras down to charge each one for a few hours so I wanted a Camera system I could leave for a few months. Eufy Claims 180 days which is 6 months. Of course this goes down with your amount of use and camera settings. Another key feature I needed was the ability to record, while the other big name camera systems offer could base recording they also require a paid subscription. I wanted a system i could keep low cost not just for initial purchase but for the life of use. The Eufy home base has a 16GB internal memory that can view recordings and save locally or even download them to your phone.

    Conclusion:

    I really like this camera system. The system was easy to install and use as well as surprisingly good performance and value compared to the larger name system. The Eufy system is also expandable to use other line of their products expanding it's capabilities. HIGHLY recommended!

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    Oct 19, 2020 02:42
  • Review by Eufy, 10 out of 10
    Highly recommended!

    Works very well, the ability to set zones and activate / deactivate cameras from the app prevents any false activation saving battery life. My front camera's battery shows more 'drainage' than the rear backyard camera which is still almost full. It is easy to unscrew the cameras and charge them (mount them high enough so they can't be stolen) Self monitoring with no monthly fees is what attracted me to eufy

    Mar 06, 2021 16:12
  • Review by Salam, 10 out of 10
    Best

    Great quality and easy to setup, comparing to my old cameras this is the best so far see the pictures and you will notice the difference

    Dec 09, 2020 01:10
  • Review by Linksys, 10 out of 10
    Wire and subscription free!

    My biggest gripe about a lot of the new security cameras is you’re either tied to a subscription, wire or both! Eufy truly cuts both at a price that’s great for a two camera system. The system includes two battery powered wireless cameras and a base station with 16gb of storage. Having a base station with built in storage, if someone steals your camera outside, you’ll still have video evidence of it. Cloud based systems give you this also, but come with a monthly or yearly fee. Eufy claims 180 day battery life, I think this is a little optimistic even when using the optimal battery life setting in the app. I have mine setup for human detection only and optimal battery life and after a week, the battery is showing 87% thru the app. The cameras are in a high traffic areas so this could be the reason, as the camera will still detect all events (even when set to human only detection), but just won’t notify you. I would like to see Eufy offer a solar power option for charging the battery.

    Camera performance is an A for daytime and a solid B at night. Obviously the better the light the better the night time video will be. Motion detection during the day and night (set to human only) has been excellent with clear weather. During some rain showers, (my cameras are in the elements), the cameras at night had a problem with human detection and during the day it started detecting my vehicle leaving the garage. This may be remedied with turning motion detection on and off. The cameras also offer a wider angle than other cameras I’ve tried.

    You can integrate the cameras with Apple HomeKit secure video. This gives you cloud storage with end to end encryption for strong security and privacy. I set up HomeKit thru the Eufy app and that seems to be the best way to do it. The app itself is very well designed and gives you a lot of control. I would like to see Eufy add a button in the app on the main video view, that would allow you to shut motion detection on/off quickly. This camera system gives you a true wireless and subscription free service at an excellent price.

    Oct 12, 2020 21:14
  • Review by Idoc, 10 out of 10
    Great Wireless Security Camera system

    The Eufy 2C 2-Cam Wireless Home Security System is a well designed good looking security camera and base station kit. The Base station is their Homebase 2 model and contains a 16 Gb EMMC to store your video clips. The EMMC is large enough to store up to 3 months of Video and pictures. The 2C cameras capture 1080p high resolution color and infrared images with a 135 degree field, have 2 way audio, a siren and spotlight. The cameras can hold a charge for up to 180 days. You charge the camera through a mini USB port on the bottom which is covered by a weatherproof rubber flap. The USB charging cord is included but not the charger. You can use any USB A charger you have. The cameras are IP67 certified making them pretty much weather resistant.

    The Kit comes with mounting hardware which is a 2 screw affair, very easy to install. You pick s spot, mount the small base then the swivel mount screws to it on one end and the camera on the other.

    To set up the cameras you download the Eufy app, select add device and choose the homebase2. Plug in the Homebase 2, connect it to your router with the included ethernet cable and wait for the light on it to turn blue. The app will acknowledge the home base is set up and the Home base will announce it is connected verbally. From there you will add each camera by selecting the add device then the camera press the sync button on the camera and wait for it to connect which the app acknowledges. Continue pairing your other camera. After both are paired attach them to the mount. You can also set up the camera options for Optimal battery (20 second clips) or Optimal surveillance (60 second clips). You can set up motion zones to restrict detection zones. If you use Google assistant, Apple HomeKit or Amazon Alexa the cameras can be integrated with them. If you want the cameras to operate on a schedule you can also set one up, especially useful at a business.

    I am contemplating getting a USB charger that attaches to my outdoor spotlights so I can charge the cams in place. It would have be cool if Anker develops a weatherproof charging cable that plugs into the bottom with its own rubber flap that you could leave in place or a wireless charging option. But 6 mo battery life is great for now.

    The wireless connection to the base station is great, I have a strong signal in all areas of my house. The app works well though wireless and cellular I tried them from across the state and the on demand connection of audio, video and spotlight work flawlessly. The cams have AI in them to prevent false trigger and are able to identify humans. I did have to turn up the sensitivity a little to get the capture to trigger. You can also arm or disarm a camera as needed.

    Oh by the way NO SUBCRIPTION for these devices. Your only limitation is the size of your storage. If you need more they do offer optional cloud storage for 2.99/mo per device or 9.99/mo for 10 devices.

    I was very impressed with the software and hardware design and ease of use and highly recommend this kit. Eufy has a full range of add on’s for this system, I will be adding more devices soon!

    Oct 19, 2020 08:37
  • Review by zero325, 10 out of 10
    Excellent FHD Wire Free Security System

    As a longtime fan of Anker, I’ve been excited to get my hands on these Eufy cameras. Anker has proven to deliver some of the best mobile power products on the market, I expected no exception here either. Out of the box it’s clear that the cameras and base station are sturdy and of a high build quality. They don’t look bad either. They look great but are also low key enough that they can easily blend in with a wall.

    Let’s start with one of the best features found on any modern home camera system – a cloud subscription that IS NOT REQUIRED! The base stations include 16GBs of local storage. It might not seem like a lot, but keep in mind that the system does not continuously record. Instead it only records on motion. Considering how great the motion detection is, that hasn’t been a problem for me.

    Configuration and installation are an absolute cakewalk. I’d say from the time it took to get the ladder to the time it took to launch the app and view both cameras was probably only about an hour. I think the average person could get these cameras up without an issue in a relatively short amount of time.

    Setting up the app can be done with little effort and you’ll be recording in no time. With a little extra time, you can setup some advanced features that really let the system shine. Expect multiple security modes with configurable alerts, features, automations (think ITTT), device sharing, cloud recording, and RTSP streaming.

    These really are the most ideal cameras for the mainstream buyer. I can’t believe how easy the whole platform is. This is hands down one of the best bang for the buck complete camera/security systems. Once this kit is installed there are a whole collection of expandable security components that you can add to your system. The base station and camera are just the beginning!

    Oct 16, 2020 01:22
  • Review by ferrari, 10 out of 10
    Excellent product; fast & easy setup

    This is now my 3rd product in the Eufy security line. I own the video doorbell, the floodlight camera, and now, the 2C wireless camera. Like the doorbell, this comes with a base station that you place indoors. To setup, download the app, then scan the QR code on each camera to sync. Charge the cameras, mount them where you want them, & go! The app is very intuitive, I now have all the devices, (2C, doorbell, & floodlight) on the one app.

    Image quality is excellent; at night it switches to black & white infrared mode. It also has a built in spotlight, when the spotlight comes on, there's enough light that the image reverts back to color. Within the app, there are a number of settings, you can change the length of time it will record, whether or not to display a status led, watermark the image, audio & notification settings.

    The manufacturer claim is that there is up to a 6 month period before the battery needs charging. This obviously is dependent upon the length of clips you're recording, the number of detections, and other settings. You can view the battery status of each device through the app, I've had them running now for a week, and the batteries are showing 95% charge - so far, so good.

    When it comes time to recharge, the camera unscrews easily from the mount, take it inside, & hook it up to the base station.

    I've seen elsewhere on the web that Eufy plans to come out with solar charging panels for these cameras which would obviously eliminate the need for charging.

    The instruction manual also states that each base station can handle up to 20 cameras; that might be a bit excessive for most, but good to know you can expand the system.

    I'm very happy with all of my Eufy security products, not only for their performance, but also the fact that the product is subscription free.

    Oct 14, 2020 11:18
  • 9.4score
    Ring - Floodlight Cam Wired Pro Outdoor Wireless 1080p Surveillance Camera - Black
    Description

    Protect your property and stay connected 24/7 with the Floodlight Cam Wired Pro advanced outdoor camera. Stop crime in its tracks with ultrabright LED floodlights. Stay secure in any weather condition, receive more precise motion alerts with improved 3D motion detection, and monitor movement from above with Bird's Eye View. Use the Ring app to see what's happening at home, turn on the lights, speak to visitors with improved noise reduction and crisp Audio+, and sound the siren when you need to.

    15 Features
  • Easy video communication: Connects to your existing Wi-Fi network.
  • Works with Amazon Alexa: You can hear audio announcements whenever motion is detected and enjoy hands-free home security.
  • All-new 3D motion detection: Pinpoint movement and customize motion zones up to 30' away to know exactly when and where someone's stepped onto your property.
  • Bird's Eye View: Shows the path of visitors on an aerial map view for motion events recorded by your camera.
  • Night vision: Eliminate blind spots or dark areas with built-in color night vision.
  • Hardwired installation: Ensures reliable and secure connection.
  • Two-way audio with Audio+: Communicate with people, and talk to pets from anywhere with the built-in microphone and speaker.
  • Free Ring app*: Get precise motion-activated alerts, and hear and speak to people on camera with improved noise reduction.
  • Easy installation: The camera can be mounted on a wall or ceiling.
  • Full HD resolution: Its vivid 1080 HDR resolution allows you to see small details on your screen.
  • Live view: Stream live video from your home to your mobile device.
  • Two LED lights: Illuminate every angle with up to 1800-lumen bright and 3000K warm light.
  • Siren alarm: Ensures peace of mind by preventing and deterring unwanted intrusions.
  • Ring Protect Plan**: Users can save and share videos and photos.
  • Weather-resistant design: The durable construction protects against wind and rain for versatile indoor/outdoor monitoring.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Cesar, 10 out of 10
    Good buy.

    Haven't had any issues. Easy install. Does everything its supposed to.

    Oct 29, 2021 16:31
  • Review by Mouse, 10 out of 10
    Camera

    Great product so glad I have this for security around my house

    Oct 22, 2021 20:56
  • Review by Eaguilar, 6 out of 10
    LED Color Concern

    I love all the features this light comes with. Is such a great floodlight and camera. The looks are good. Easy installation but I'm giving it 3/5 because a big down for me was when the lights turn on and I saw that the LED lights are Yellow... At this price tag and for what they advertise on the pictures I tought that the LED light was going to be White. Maybe I did not read something that says so about the lights, but if you're like me and rather White LED over Yellow LED, heads up you'll be getting Yellow LED.

    Jun 26, 2021 08:41
  • Review by Hunter, 8 out of 10
    Works fine...too much plastic

    I've only had it up a few week. I replaced a first generation unit that I moved to the backyard. Works fine but I'm really disappointed with all the plastic. The first one felt like a quality metal unit. This one is all plastic and definitely doesn't have that quality feel for this price point.

    May 20, 2021 22:14
  • Review by Lgeorge, 10 out of 10
    So far so good

    So far so good. I got this because our car got egged. We’ve seen all kinds of wildlife and have also caught someone trying to brake into our car. At the very least it makes us aware of what goes on in front of our house. We’ll probably get another for our backyard.

    Aug 21, 2021 00:52
  • Review by Matti, 10 out of 10
    Squirrels are Fun

    Works great, enough light to cover my entire driveway, and the sensor is big enough to pick up my neighbors drive way as they’re older in case of an emergency. It’s also amazing because my father is the only one with access to it currently and a neighborhood squirrel is having a blast setting it off on him 20 times a day while at work.

    Oct 09, 2021 15:21
  • Review by TravisE, 8 out of 10
    Mission Impossible: 3D Motion

    Ring announced that this came out and I got excited specifically about the 3D motion. Turns out it's pretty killer. It really doesn't have a day to day process other than showing friends how creepy technology is. I feel like this type of tech would be seen in a Mission Impossible movie. Compared to other brands like Nest (which I previously owned), I will say that Nest has a better User Interface where Ring feels a little more clunky (in comparison). Other than the basic UI, I think Ring is a great company and this particular product is/has been great.

    Aug 30, 2021 10:13
  • Review by Kellybrehm, 8 out of 10
    Great product

    Great product. It gives a full 180 view. We have a ring doorbell and we’re able to see each view in the app, which we love. We put 2 of these up so we could have a full view of our pool. It detects every little motion.

    Pros

    180 view

    Accurate motion detecting

    Speaker is loud

    Pictures is clear

    Free trial version for 30 days - allows to you keep history and videos

    App is great to be able to see all views at once

    Cons

    After the 30 day trial, it’s oddly hard to sign up for the pro subscription (to keep history and videos)

    The lights go in with every motion - at night, we’d like to be able to control the light while still recording BUT if you turn the light off, it pops back on with motion. This is annoying for neighbors.

    Jul 12, 2021 09:02
  • 9.2score
    Ring - Stick Up Indoor/Outdoor Wire Free 1080p Security Camera - Black
    Description

    Add security inside or out with a versatile camera that goes almost anywhere. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is an indoor/outdoor camera that sends notifications to your phone and tablet whenever motion is detected. Answer the notification, and you can see, hear and speak to people on camera from anywhere. Place it on a flat surface so you can move it when you need to. Or mount it to a wall for more permanent placement. With Ring Stick Up Cam Battery, you’ll always be connected to home so you can see what’s happening at anytime.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by HomeSecurity, 10 out of 10
    Highly Recommend 12/5/2020

    Gotta say after years of wanting to purchase a security system I finally purchased these cameras (3) of them and it’s the best investment I’ve ever made, I don’t have to get up and look out the window or go see who’s at my door or in my house if I’m not home and that’s awesome, I can hear what their saying and can talk to them if I choose thru the cameras speaker how Kool is that, I’ve only had them a month and I love it, no more missing deliveries yeah! My suggestion is to buy 2 backup batteries so ur cameras are never down longer than a few seconds changing the battery, if you have a camera outside and live where you have plenty of sun then I recommend buying the solar system to keep your battery charged and it’s so worth it!!!

    Dec 05, 2020 09:46
  • Review by Sunny, 10 out of 10
    Product is Very Good

    I wanted a wireless camera for my front door and I am extremely happy with this product. It does notify me immediately when some one is at the door and can talk to them as well at same time. Based on the consumption of battery I am hoping to recharge it for few hours every 3 months. I kept it high on sensing to test and I understand it will consume more battery. Overall I am very satisfied with this product.

    Dec 02, 2019 16:03
  • Review by Grant, 10 out of 10
    Can put anywhere

    I bought this because my wifes car was broken into. The thieves got a little cash and my son's iphone. My ring doorbell had them in the corner of it's view. I needed something I could get a better view with. I stuck this in the tree above the car and hooked up the solar panel to it 9ft away. Now you can't see it until your up on it. The picture quality is 1080. I do wish it was 4k. But it's nice at 1080. The night vision isn't bad either.

    Jul 02, 2021 23:44
  • Review by Paul, 10 out of 10
    Does the job

    Of course these cameras are not as good as a high quality system you can pay thousands for, but for the cost, they work just fine.

    Night vision works well and I also purchased a Solar Panel. Solar Panel has been keeping the battery no lower than 97% with about 4 or 5 motions detected per day and an occasional live view each day.

    Aug 21, 2020 16:59
  • Review by BAngieB, 10 out of 10
    See EXHIBIT A below lol Great Investment

    It’s a great investment; however, it sometimes have a hard time picking up the WiFi signal. Also, it’s a hit and miss with thieves b/c some hide their face and steal your package anyway- but also some get spooked by seeing a camera and go the other way. I still think overall it’s a good investment bc it lets you know when someone is at your door or driveway. I think another great feature is you can communicate with other neighbors who have the Ring app and share information. I have 3 cameras so far and it stopped my relatives from breaking into my aunts estate with a spare key that appeared from out of nowhere...:).

    Apr 02, 2021 15:48
  • Review by Backyard, 10 out of 10
    Outdoor cam battery

    Can’t say enough about how much I love ring. This new purchase is my first battery operated and I’ve had a month and still at 70%. I have the indoor cam, outdoor cam, doorbell and spotlight. Going to get another outdoor cam and put on tree facing house next.

    Aug 20, 2021 16:03
  • Review by txdino40, 10 out of 10
    Get that Birds eye view 24/7 all 365 days

    It's the ideal item; just knowing you have that extra piece of mind like an extra eye around to secure property and lives this is a great quality product for residential or business Highly Recommend and easy installation the setup process is totally simple.

    Outdoor and indoor

    Sep 25, 2021 11:51
  • Review by TRex, 8 out of 10
    Everything about Ring is up!

    I love everything about the ring it’s working well for us . 4 stars and definitely recommending as a least expensive alternative to home security. You also have the option to subscribe to the monitoring service for a monthly or yearly fee.

    Sep 14, 2021 17:03
  • 9.2score
    Ring - Stick Up Indoor/Outdoor Wired 1080p Security Camera - White
    Description

    Get nonstop power for nonstop peace of mind with a versatile camera that goes anywhere inside or out. Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In is an indoor/outdoor camera that sends notifications to your phone and tablet whenever motion is detected. Answer the notification, and you can see, hear and speak to people on camera from anywhere. It installs in minutes and plugs into standard power outlets so you’ll never worry about charging a battery. And it goes on flat surfaces so you can move it when you need to or walls for a more permanent solution. Wherever you are, Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In lets you check in on home at anytime.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by ZIZZY, 8 out of 10
    Just what I wanted.

    Just what I wanted. I bought the wired Stick Up Indoor/Outdoor camera because I didn’t want to deal with changing the battery. I have it looking out of a window. Hardly any reflection, sometimes a little from the blue light. But it’s great. You do need additional lighting at night because the camera will not pick up anything without it. I bought a plastic soap-dish with suction cups to put the camera on it and “Command” damage-free Velcro for extra hold on the window frame. I’m very pleased with my crazy invention.

    Jan 08, 2021 17:04
  • Review by Kenny, 10 out of 10
    Ring outdoor camera

    Awesome product,easy to install and setup, the audio and picture is incredible I have 5 now they are so good.

    Nov 06, 2021 13:30
  • Review by iTech, 10 out of 10
    Great camera!

    This was my fourth ring camera that I purchased and I am very pleased with it. Gives me a great view of my drive way.

    Oct 20, 2021 10:36
  • Review by Kassi, 10 out of 10
    Great camera to check on dogs while away!

    We put this up in our puppy room and it is nice to check in on them with the live camera option, while we are away. Now there is no question if they are ok and not anxious as well as if there is poor behavior, we’ve got that on record too with the digital recordings options.

    Jan 10, 2020 07:12
  • Review by IAH24, 10 out of 10
    Works great

    Took me a little longer to install but it was easygoing. No problem getting them to load to app. Great images. Night vision works very well. Will purchase more in the future. Great when your out and about you will get notice and see & talk to who is at your door.

    Jul 18, 2020 06:55
  • Review by Mycam1isthebestever, 10 out of 10
    My Fav Cameras

    I love this it is the best ever. I can talk to kids through the camera it is small which I love it was easy to set up went well with the other 2 I have thanks so much I have been taking about my cameras since I’ve gotten them

    Jan 15, 2021 16:20
  • Review by Angel, 10 out of 10
    Great

    Great, works great for the day and for night vison

    Oct 23, 2020 15:59
  • Review by Sroyal, 10 out of 10
    Stick up ring camera

    Love the ring family of products and the services they offer.

    Aug 16, 2020 14:18
  • 9.2score
    eufy - Security Floodlight Cam 2k - White
    Description

    eufy Security Floodlight Cam 2K provides hi-res 2K resolution so you can see and record in full 2K surveillance. There are no hidden costs, real time communication via 2-way audio, and much more. You don't even need Homebase 2 to use it (Existing outdoor wiring and weatherproof junction box required)

    7 Features
  • Time to upgrade your floodlights: Traditional floodlights offer very limited functionality. Enhance your security by adding surveillance, real-time communication via 2-way audio, and more.
  • Flawless 2K surveillance: Live-stream and record in full 2K resolution and see exactly who’s there in crisp clarity.
  • No hidden costs: Designed to protect your home as well as your wallet, eufy Security products are one-time purchases that combine security with convenience
  • Turn night Into day: 2,000-lumen super-bright motion-activated floodlights deter intruders and ensure detailed, full-color recordings even at night.
  • Smart siren: A harsh warning for any intruders. A loud 100dB alarm can be triggered to scare off any unwanted visitors
  • Powerful built-in AI: Human detection technology enables the camera to intelligently detect body shapes and face patterns. Ensuring you are only alerted when a person, and not a stray cat, approaches.
  • Powerful built-in AI: Human detection technology enables the camera to intelligently detect body shapes. Ensuring you are only alerted when a person, and not a stray cat, approaches
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by mstanleynh, 10 out of 10
    Great Security Camera Floodlight Combo

    We are leaving for a sabbatical soon and I have been looking for security cameras and floodlights to provide feedback while on the road. With the eufy Floodlight Cam 2K you get the best of both worlds, a high intensity floodlight and a 2K security camera! There is an existing floodlight on our front deck and is a perfect location for the new eufy.

    Unboxing – eufy did a great job of making the install and setup of this system very easy. Included in the box with the camera and mounting equipment are a couple items that really helped out. The camera comes with a pigtail power cord attached so the camera can be set up before installing and a small “S” shaped hook to hang the floodlight while connecting to the power source on install. They are simply yet very useful additions to the package.

    Set Up – Simply plug the unit into an AC outlet with the aforementioned pigtail power cord and wait until the LED on the unit blinks red. While that is running, it’s required to download the eufy App for your Apple or Android device. The app was easy to use on my iPhone as it walks the user through the setup steps to connect to the unit. An important step to consider during setup and mounting location planning is to make sure there is a strong WiFi signal so the camera can stream live video. We have a mesh device very close to the mounting location and live “Drop-In Anytime” video streaming works great!

    Mounting – Once the existing floodlight was removed, it was a simple process to install the Eufy system. They provide all of the mounting hardware in the box, including the nifty hook to hold the unit in place while connecting the wires. It’s a very clean looking unit once in place as there is a single mounting screw that holds the unit to the power box and a matching rubber cover to hide the screwhead. The lights and camera are all easily adjusted with thumbscrews on the lights and a ball and socket connection on the camera.

    Camera/Floodlight Settings – Once installed, it’s time to customize the system, and Eufy provides a number of setting options including motion detection sensitivity, recording options, video quality, notifications and storage to name just a few. I haven’t used any Eufy devices in the past and was really impressed with the ease-of-use of their app and the multitude of settings and adjustments available.

    Pros:

    - Very well-built unit and easy to setup and install

    - eufy Security App is loaded with features/setup options and is user-friendly

    - 2K video is crisp and the Drop-In Anytime live feed option is great for piece-of-mind

    - 2,000 lumen floodlights light up our entire deck and makes for amazing night video capture

    - Built in AI cuts the number of “false alarms” considerably by designating “Human Only” alerts

    - GEO Fencing option for turning the system on/off when away or at home

    - Local Storage – no need to pay for monthly storage, there is 3.7GB available on the unit

    - 100dB alarm and two-way communication for added security is a must!

    Cons:

    - Sporadically the camera will not be available to connect for live streaming. Will need to do a bit more research on this, but basically just need to “retry” to connect on occasion.

    The eufy Floodlight Cam 2K is exactly what I was hoping for when selected. It’s solidly built, easy to install and setup and has so many features/options. I would certainly recommend this system for anyone considering a purchase of a security camera or motion sensor floodlight.

    May 25, 2021 08:28
  • Review by Will, 10 out of 10
    Wonderful images and friendly app

    Very easy installation and set up. Friendly app and good images. Sensors are adjustable, lights are adjustable and the angle of the camera is very good.

    Nov 13, 2021 20:47
  • Review by Sanman, 10 out of 10
    Nice clear camera

    I replaced an older motion lighting system with this camera system. The camera is super clear and lights are extremely bright. Just downloads the app create an account and go.

    May 25, 2021 09:52
  • Review by Capshroud, 8 out of 10
    A solid product

    This is what I would call a hybrid device. It has a wireless security camera that uses your home wifi and being a floodlight, it needs to be hard-wired to AC power. Replacing an existing exterior flood is very simple, but a new location will require extending a circuit and installing an outside electrical box. That’s simple enough, but if you’re not capable and comfortable doing it yourself, you’ll have to call an electrician. Depending on where you live, it may be required.

    This light and camera combo is controlled by Eufy’s security app. It comes with a temporary “pigtail” plug attached which is used solely to connect it to the app and your WIFI before moving it to a permanent outside location. This is the same app that controls all Eufy security devices. However, this camera is a bit unique since it stores video on internal memory rather than using a Eufy Homebase. That does make it a stand-alone unit without the need to have a Homebase. However, it also means that your security video clips are gone if the unit is damaged or stolen. The only safeguard is to subscribe to Eufy’s Cloud storage at $3 a month or $30 a year. Since I have other Eufy cameras, I wish there was an option to have those clips also stored inside on my Homebase.

    Setup was quick and easy, and the app leads you through the process. I then took the unit outside and connected it again with the pigtail and an extension cord to make sure my WIFI made a strong connection in my proposed location. If you have signal trouble, your choices are to try another location, move your router or mesh system node, or get a WIFI extender. It connects to the 2.4 GHz band, and you need a solid signal to stream video to your phone or tablet.

    The Eufy app is quite good and gives total control of both the light and security camera functions. As with most Eufy products, you can carry on a conversation with someone outside … or scare them off! The very bright LED floods can be turned on and off manually, run in dusk to dawn mode, or triggered by motion detection. Sensitivity is adjustable, activity (trigger) zones can be defined, and programs can be set for active times. The camera works in a night mode (black and white), but the video is much better when the lights come on and you get 2K color video. The field of view is very wide at about 150 degrees, so there is a fair distortion. This latest and improved floodlight from Eufy also includes their AI, which means you can set it to react to any motion or only when it determines it sees humans. As with their other cams, this does work well. After the first night or two, I changed to all motion and not only saw every car but a raccoon and fox walking up my alley. That’s a lot of notification.

    Yes, it’s a bit on the pricey side, but the Eufy Floodlight Camera does everything it’s designed to do, and the build quality is quite good. It’s both a bright and programmable floodlight and a very good security camera. If you have any other Eufy products, it’s the obvious choice to add a security light and camera. As a stand-alone product, it requires only WIFI and your phone. And, of course, it can play with Alexa. If it could record to my Homebase to give security without a subscription, I would have given it 5 stars.

    May 17, 2021 15:45
  • Review by Dejachwube05, 8 out of 10
    Security cameras

    The best security camera and free without monthly fee.

    Oct 22, 2021 19:29
  • Review by Bootleg89, 10 out of 10
    Works exactly the way you want it to.

    I highly recommend this floodlight camera for so many reasons. It is easy to use, has excellent features, and simply works.

    This light includes very easy to follow instructions and a kit that helps you install the unit with ease. You screw in one bracket, hang the light with an included hook, splice the wires, then screw the unit into the bracket. That's it!

    Installation is a breeze with the included app. You scan a QR code on the unit and it installs on the app. You must register a new account first. The entire setup via the app takes less than 5 minutes.

    The camera and light has several features via the app. You can setup a highly articulated motion zone which I found very helpful. I have this mounted next to my back door and I setup the zone to not recognize my arm when I open the door to let the dogs outside. It does detect if a person was walking towards my back door however. Perfect!

    You can also turn the light on or off via the app, adjust brightness, and set timers. You can turn the camera on or off if you wanted to use as just a motion flood light. It has night vision and you can adjust video and audio quality settings.

    It even has a 2 way mic/speaker so you can talk to people outside via the camera. The best part is that there is hardly a delay on the video on the app. It is probably the shortest delay of any camera I have in my home.

    I love this camera and floodlight, and would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to illuminate an area via motion detection and also have video monitoring at the same time. A must buy!

    May 22, 2021 10:10
  • Review by joecaffe, 10 out of 10
    The best quality spotlight camera yet!

    It's about time somebody made a serious spotlight camera with clear, crisp video quality. The Eufy security floodlight cam combines powerful lights with an intelligent 2k res camera that only goes on when it detects human motion. My current system would light up when a fly passed through the infrared beam at night; you can imagine what a nuisance those false alarms were like in the summer.

    The AI distinguishes between a human and an animal or even shade cast in it's field of view, which means less false alarms. Mounting to my existing junction box was very easy with just a center bolt to screw in the included bracket. Unfortunately, my box was located upside down in the eve and I had a hard time positioning the camera that way, so I installed another unit on the wall making it much easier. The 2K camera captures video in 4mp resolution which is both clear and un-pixelated when viewing remotely. The ability to dim the lights down to 22% is great if you want to use them as dusk to dawn or have them on a schedule. You can even set them differently for motion and manual operation. I really would've liked if you could adjust the color temp, the 5000k is quite different from my other outside lighting so I can't use them on a schedule. I'm appreciative of the built-in storage so you don't have to pay monthly for a service if you don't want to. Though, 4GB is a mere pittance for storage these days so I would probably expect 3-6 months before it starts overwriting old recordings. In addition to sound, it has 2 way communication and a siren if you need to scare someone away.

    I think this unit is a good buy for the features and ease of setup. Just the fact that you don't need a specific app to operate it other than the Eufy app that also allows me to use my doorbell cam, is a bonus. 2k video is the best I've seen, most only use 1080p. It's a great addition to my security network!

    May 22, 2021 23:26
  • Review by NoEufy, 2 out of 10
    Very frustrating experience

    Just awful. Can’t make the cameras connect. I have a lot of experience connecting remote security devises and this one is awful. Reading on chat rooms the cameras software doesn’t work with iPhones and Android owners have better luck. I contacted the support center and they are trying to be helpful but I am spending hours and hours trying to set the cameras. The support center suggested to use Android device as if I am going to get new Android phone. Ready to rip those all the walls and get something different, it’s so frustrating

    Nov 05, 2021 19:46
  • 9.2score
    Ring - Stick Up Indoor/Outdoor Wired 1080p Security Camera - White
    Description

    Get nonstop power for nonstop peace of mind with a versatile camera that goes anywhere inside or out. Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In is an indoor/outdoor camera that sends notifications to your phone and tablet whenever motion is detected. Answer the notification, and you can see, hear and speak to people on camera from anywhere. It installs in minutes and plugs into standard power outlets so you’ll never worry about charging a battery. And it goes on flat surfaces so you can move it when you need to or walls for a more permanent solution. Wherever you are, Ring Stick Up Cam Plug-In lets you check in on home at anytime.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by ZIZZY, 8 out of 10
    Just what I wanted.

    Just what I wanted. I bought the wired Stick Up Indoor/Outdoor camera because I didn’t want to deal with changing the battery. I have it looking out of a window. Hardly any reflection, sometimes a little from the blue light. But it’s great. You do need additional lighting at night because the camera will not pick up anything without it. I bought a plastic soap-dish with suction cups to put the camera on it and “Command” damage-free Velcro for extra hold on the window frame. I’m very pleased with my crazy invention.

    Jan 08, 2021 17:04
  • Review by Kenny, 10 out of 10
    Ring outdoor camera

    Awesome product,easy to install and setup, the audio and picture is incredible I have 5 now they are so good.

    Nov 06, 2021 13:30
  • Review by iTech, 10 out of 10
    Great camera!

    This was my fourth ring camera that I purchased and I am very pleased with it. Gives me a great view of my drive way.

    Oct 20, 2021 10:36
  • Review by Kassi, 10 out of 10
    Great camera to check on dogs while away!

    We put this up in our puppy room and it is nice to check in on them with the live camera option, while we are away. Now there is no question if they are ok and not anxious as well as if there is poor behavior, we’ve got that on record too with the digital recordings options.

    Jan 10, 2020 07:12
  • Review by IAH24, 10 out of 10
    Works great

    Took me a little longer to install but it was easygoing. No problem getting them to load to app. Great images. Night vision works very well. Will purchase more in the future. Great when your out and about you will get notice and see & talk to who is at your door.

    Jul 18, 2020 06:55
  • Review by Mycam1isthebestever, 10 out of 10
    My Fav Cameras

    I love this it is the best ever. I can talk to kids through the camera it is small which I love it was easy to set up went well with the other 2 I have thanks so much I have been taking about my cameras since I’ve gotten them

    Jan 15, 2021 16:20
  • Review by Angel, 10 out of 10
    Great

    Great, works great for the day and for night vison

    Oct 23, 2020 15:59
  • Review by Sroyal, 10 out of 10
    Stick up ring camera

    Love the ring family of products and the services they offer.

    Aug 16, 2020 14:18
  • 9.2score
    Arlo - Essential XL Spotlight Camera – Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free 1080p Security Camera - White
    Description

    See the essential details, longer. Arlo Essential Spotlight has extended battery life and captures video in 1080p resolution with an integrated spotlight, color night vision, and an extended life battery. Wire-free and weather resistant, Arlo Essential works indoors or out. Set it up yourself in just a few easy steps and clearly see who’s there, even at night. With one year battery life*, it’s perfect for high traffic locations or areas that are difficult to reach. Easily recharge your camera using the included indoor power cable (battery not removeable). Receive notifications and view videos that tell you a package, person, vehicle or even an animal is detected, so you can take quick action like phone a friend, sound an alarm or call emergency services with 3 months of included Arlo Secure.** Personalize what you get notified for and create custom activity zones to ensure you only get alerts for what matters, reducing those that are less important.

    11 Features
  • 1-year of battery life on one charge*: Perfect for high traffic locations or areas that are difficult to reach so you can charge less frequently.
  • Capture clear details in full high definition: Record video in 1080p for clear picture.
  • See in color, even at night: Integrated Spotlight lets you see color night vision.
  • Alerts that matter most: Receive notifications for people, vehicles, and packages so you can take quick action, with the included 3 month trial of Arlo Secure.*
  • No hub required: Connect directly to Wi-Fi.
  • Coverage for every corner: Fast, wire-free (no wiring required), delivers increased installation flexibility to get the perfect camera view.
  • Ward off unwanted guests: Set the built-in siren to trigger manually or automatically from the Arlo App.
  • Designed to withstand head, cold, rain, or sun: Camera can be used indoors or out.
  • Plays well with others: Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit.***
  • Clearly hear and speak to visitors: Tap a button in the app to use 2-way audio.
  • Security in the palm of your hand: Watch live streams or recorded video from your smartphone or tablet using the Arlo App.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by JC1503, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Security Cam!

    Home safety, security and peace of mind starts with intel/knowledge. Getting to know your neighbors, having a monitored security system and good locks are critical. Real time high quality video of what is actually going on at my house is really taking it to the next level! Arlo brings it with this camera! So many awesome features at this price point, not to mention how easy it was to set up really propels this to the front of the line in security cameras!

    I currently have four quality cameras and a popular video doorbell that I have had for about 5 years. The cameras are front and back, one in the main area of the house and one is on our puppy to watch him throughout the day. After testing the Arlo, one thing became clear. It is time to upgrade my older cameras and Arlo is the way I’m going for sure.

    The features I love:

    - First was the video quality 1080p, Arlo Looks great and connects fast. Keep in mind your wifi and internet speeds as well as your device you're using (cell phone or ipad) remotely will play into connection speeds.

    - Arlo’s ease to set up. It was a breeze. This is a big deal. My other cameras, minus the video door bell, were very troublesome and problematic to set up. I mean a nightmare! I bought upper end cameras but great cameras with crappy software = problems and lots of data drops and restarting! The Arlo camera and app has been rock solid!

    - I like the two-way audio in this spot light platform. My current bullet cameras do not have that capability. I can place the Arlo on the corner of my house like a bullet camera and if someone pulls into my driveway I can talk to them! The audio is much more responsive that my popular doorbell set up.

    - No wires!!! NONE! My other wireless internet camera out front is wireless in technical terms (i.e. no ethernet cable required) but guess what…it had to have a power chord for power! I had to crawl into my attic and guide a power cable and cuss for hours to get the power cable to the “wireless” camera. Arlo is pick up and move ready to go anywhere I want it!! Indoor/outdoor…Awesome!

    - It can ID a person from an animal! Super smart and then notify me!

    - It has a siren I can activate manually or with a trip! That is really cool! Prowler outside in the middle of the night? … I feel like I could yell at them and hit the siren and that would get them running for sure! You can set up the app to call 911 as well or a friend if you want.

    -The spot light is a nice touch too. The night vision it has is crisp but all night vision has that weird night vision color. With Arlo you can turn the spotlight on as well for a color view. Getting color descriptors of a suspect’s clothing to give to police, like a red sweatshirt or pants is important! The spot light doesn’t illuminate the whole yard but anything close enough for the light to hit is going to capture nicely on the cam! See my pitch black home office and pitch black home office with the spotlight pictures for an example.

    - Rechargeable with a a one year charge. I can’t really test that yet but that would be impressive even if it was half that time. Consider that at some point you will need to charge it when installing somewhere.

    Some cons:

    - Kind of heavy (due to the large battery I’m guessing) this is not a huge deal unless you are going to set it up on a small tripod to move around a room (i.e. baby/dog monitor). On a small tripod it is front heavy and has a tendency to tip forward when pointed downward. Arlo makes a baby monitor that would work better probably for that.

    - Doesn’t have the option to zoom or pan. Again small complaint because 99% of the time one just points and leaves it. I have two pan and zoom cameras inside my house…guess what…I never pan and zoom. You can digitally zoom on your phone but the image loses some clarity. Also Arlo makes a 4K camera if that is really important to you.

    The siren really isn’t very loud.

    I feel my con’s are a little nit picky to be honest. It’s a spot light cam with audio so it’s a little bigger and the weight is well worth the wireless power for a year. Overall, It’s an outstanding high quality camera and has great features. The app is easy to use and install is a super easy! Highly recommend!

    Nov 21, 2020 12:39
  • Review by SirGalahad, 10 out of 10
    Easy To Get Up And Running

    Setup is extremely straightforward and easy as it operates from a battery (that can last for a year) and requires no wires. If you wish you can buy a solar panel separately to power it. The packaging includes mounting screws, a USB A to Micro USB cable (which is unfortunate as I would have preferred USB C), a mount that can adjust in any way you’d want, the camera (that can last for up to a year), and a piece of paper that notifies you to download the Arlo app and to charge the camera before installation. Once you download the app (which is available for Android and Apple) it goes through the process of how to setup it up to your Wi-Fi network (2.4 Ghz band only). Which is simple. At one point in the process it will tell you to mount the device and it gives you a picture of what it is currently capturing along with any audio with a black bar across the top of where you don’t want it to send you alerts (such as a street). There is about a 2 – 3 second delay on this audio/video. When alerted it will send a Push Notification (if allowed) to your phone so you can see what is happening. At which point inside the Arlo App you can choose to view that video clip, a live recording of what is happening, call e911 (in the US only), call a friend, or activate the siren.

    When you are live monitoring (again there is a slight delay from what you are seeing and what is actually happening of 2 – 3 seconds) you can choose to talk to someone through your phone/device and the camera. For me I placed my device about 10 feet away and it was raining which made it slightly difficult to hear what we were saying to each other. But if it were closer and not raining, I wouldn’t see this being an issue. As I found it to do a great job at picking up voices/noises. You can also take a picture, record video, mute/unmute the volume from the camera, and turn on the flashlight. I found the overall picture quality to be fantastic at 1080p. Colors were accurate, and nothing was washed out or difficult to see even though it was overcast and rainy. It supports a 130-degree field of view which picks up a ton of area. It even can capture things at night with its night vision which works well. It is weather resistant and can work from -4F to 113F.

    The App itself is great. It is very straightforward with an attractive look. On the main part of the screen you see any cameras you have connected. You simply press on the camera you want and it goes into the live view. This is also where you add new devices. On the top right you have the options to call e911, call a friend, or activate the siren. On the bottom row you have the Devices, Library, Mode, and Settings. Under the “Mode” setting you can either arm all your devices or disarm them. You can also turn on/off which ever devices you choose. I really enjoy this app.

    Under the settings section of the app you can adjust a bunch of things. Such as Flicker Adjustment, Camera LED, Device Info, Device Utilities (Camera Positioning and Motion Detection Test (can adjust how sensitive it is from low, medium, high from 0 – 100), video settings (brightness, rotate image 180 degrees, low light settings (spotlight/nightvision), power management (best video, optimized, best battery life)), activity zones (which I couldn’t get to load on mine), and audio settings (microphone, speaker, speaker volume).

    It also works with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, Arlo, and Google Assistant. With Apple Homekit you need an Arlo Base Station which comes separately. I wasn’t able to get this to correctly work with any of them. Likely due to user error on my part and not having everything I need.

    The only thing that is unfortunate about this camera is that it uses cloud recordings, so you’ll likely need to buy a monthly subscription service to get the full use out of it. This subscription service varies between the 2k vs 4k options. But it something you need to incorporate into the cost of device. Where other cameras (that aren’t as easy to setup) usually have a hard drive that comes with it for local storage that doesn’t require a subscription.

    Overall, I think this is an excellent device and comes with everything you would want out of it for your at home/work security. It does come at a price premium due to the wireless nature of it. But man is setup and overall operation extremely easy and straightforward. Battery life is going to vary greatly depending on multiple factors and vary from user to user which is why I didn’t specifically discuss it.

    Nov 21, 2020 16:30
  • Review by Curly6509, 8 out of 10
    4.5 stars

    Several years ago, we installed a wired security camera system. To say that we have been overwhelmed is an understatement. From poor video qualty to cameras offline, we have experienced it.

    I have been wanting to try a wireless system for quite a while but my husband has been against it. He doesn't like the idea of having to change the batteries or having to use a cloud for monitoring. After a recent rash of car break ins in our neighborhood, we saw how well a neighbor's Arlo camera system worked. After researching more, we decided to give this Arlo camera a try.

    Out of the box, we followed the set-up instructions. After charging the camera and downloading the app, it was a breeze to get the camera up and running. To mount the camera, the you attach the mounting bracket and then screw on the camera. We temporarily placed ours in the tree in front of our house so we could get an idea of the view. The picture was so good. From daytime, into nighttime, even in a heavy rain, the picture was clear. You could see a lot of detail and it was crisp.

    There is a microphone and speaker for 2-way communications. There is a spotlight that can be configured to illuminate the view.

    You can set up motion activity zones to limit the number of notifications but the zone is defined by a rectangle shape, not a grid where you could really define the area.

    The packaging states that the battery life is 12 months. We haven't used the camera long enough to judge this. There are AC power adapters available so you can hardwire the camera to a power source, reducing the frequency of battery changes.

    We use Google Home. It was very easy to connect the Arlo camera through it. It works well through our Google Home.

    We are very pleased with this Arlo camera and plan to buy more cameras to add to the system. The only place that it loses points with us is that you have to use the cloud.

    Nov 22, 2020 22:31
  • Review by explore42, 10 out of 10
    Quality Camera and App

    If you want a good Security camera that is simple to install and easy to operate this is best option that I have come across so far. The biggest concern I had originally was that this camera would be slow in sending alerts and activating the video to my phone and the battery power would not last. After installing the Essential XL and using it I can say I no longer have those concerns. The Arlo app alerts me quickly on motion detection and the video activates reasonably quick. Anyone who wants to monitor their property and doesn’t want to run wires or doesn’t have local power should definitely consider this camera. The only downside is that you have to sign up for subscriptions services if you want to use most of the features beyond the trial period and this includes accessing the video in the cloud.

    Features: This camera is a full featured camera with a 130 degree field of view, a 12x zoom feature, a spot light – note this not a flood light, two way audio, a siren alarm and color night vision. The image can be rotated 180 degrees in case you have to mount the camera upside down. The biggest feature in this camera is its extra long battery life of about a year between recharges. The batteries cannot be removed from the camera as in other Arlo cameras and it does take some time to charge the battery. The charge time will depend on the usb charger you use since one is not provided with the camera. The Arlo app gives you complete control over the motion sensing, the alerting and the use of geo fencing. If you chose to purchase the Arlo Smart subscription you get Smart Notifications like detecting people, packages, cars and animals. You also get 30 day cloud storage with the Arlo Smart subscription.

    Setup: The Essential XL Camera set up is fairly easy and is typical of most Smart Home devices. You have to download the Arlo mobile app on your phone, create an account and then follow the directions on adding the camera. It takes more time to mount the camera than it does to get it operational. Because the camera is wireless you have to make sure you have good wireless coverage in the area where you plan to mount it. You can quickly verify wi-fi signal strength by looking at your phone’s wi-fi settings while holding the phone where you plan to mount the camera. The camera’s mounting bracket can either be attached in the rear of the camera or under it. I mounted mine on my front porch and attached the mounting bracket to the rear of the camera. The camera mount is pivotable and allows you to tilt the camera to get the best viewing angle. There is a twist knob that you tighten down once you get the camera set into position and this locks the camera firmly in place. As mentioned above no USB charger is provided so although they provide a short USB-A to USB micro cable you will have to provide the charger. The first charger I tried was taking forever to charge the battery so I connected a higher powered one and the battery did charge faster. Once I had the camera mounted and working in the Arlo App I added the Arlo skill to my Alex app and now I can see my Arlo camera on my Echo Show using Alexa.

    Video Quality: At 1080p this camera does not have the highest video resolution but for someone looking to monitor their doors or driveway this camera meets the requirements. The video is always crystal clear and the camera provides a wide view without having a fish-eye effect. The color night vision is not the most colorful but the image is good even in low light conditions.

    App: You need Arlo’s mobile app to set up and manage the camera. The app is very intuitive and well thought out. The home page allows you to directly access the camera’s live view. From the home page you can also manage your devices, enter the Library where prior alert video is stored, go into settings as well as arm or disarm the camera. The app allows you to set up and manage the activity zones and you can set schedules or use geo fencing for arming or disarming the camera. If you pay for Arlo Smart you can also set up activity detection based upon packages, cars, people and animals. The Arlo Smart also has an emergency feature that allows you to trigger the siren, alert a friend or call 911.

    Nov 21, 2020 21:48
  • Review by Grouticus, 10 out of 10
    Another great Arlo product

    I took a risk on Arlo years ago when they just came out with their first security cameras and have never looked back. In my opinion, Arlo has one of the best, if not the best, wireless security camera system on the market that is actually affordable and continues to make strides in the market setting the bar for other companies to try to keep up. They added to their arsenal with the new Arlo Essential XL Spotlight Camera. There are so many things to like about this security camera so let’s get started. First off, I was pleased to see they now make a camera that lasts about a year without a charge and it’s surprising they were able to do this considering it also has a very bright spotlight. You will immediately know how they made this possible once you open the box as the camera itself is about twice the length of their normal wireless cameras making room for a much larger battery. That was one of my issues over the years from their other cameras is that I would have to pull some of them down that weren’t wired to a power source to charge them. Potentially not having to charge this camera in a year is music to my ears. The other thing I am pleased to see with this camera is you do not need an Arlo Hub to connect it to your account, you can do it through your wireless network and smart phone app. The camera was very simple to set up through the app after you create an account; I added our new Essential XL camera to our existing system of five cameras within a minute or two. I installed it under the roof pointing at our boat parked in our driveway which works great; previously I had a camera and separate spot light and I was able to consolidate both into this one and relocate the old camera and spotlight to another area of our house. The spotlight is plenty bright enough for most areas and it also has color night vision instead of the typical greenish and black color imaging you would expect from night vision. The video itself is very clear with 1080p high definition and a 130-degree viewing angle.

    This package comes with a screw on mount with hardware and charging cable. My favorite part about the Arlo system is their smart phone app. It is very user friendly and you are able to change many of the options within the app unlike some other security systems. I found that it is definitely worth considering keeping the Arlo Smart service because of their cloud storage and object detection to ensure you don’t lose footage and are able to filter out some notifications. I recently made the mistake of going to another security camera system and went right back to Arlo because of their great products and all the additional features built into the app that they are consistently updating with more options for their users.

    Nov 18, 2020 20:34
  • Review by JustCuz, 10 out of 10
    Fast and easy install

    I want to start off by saying I feel most every one will feel comfortable setting up and installing this unit.

    I am already an Arlo user and adding this camera to my others was fast and easy.

    The main difference with this essential XL spotlight camera is battery life. That's why I waited almost 3 weeks to review. I placed my unit on the front door. That's where I get the most traffic about 20 to 40 hits a day. Family going and coming usps, ups, fedex. I have it set up as to not see the road for passing cars. And I feel I will get about 6 months out of one charge. This is more than double the life than my arlo pro's. So it's only half of the up to one year that is advertised. But 6 months in my book is very good.

    And key features I like are

    * Two way audio - Giving you the ability to talk with the person you see. This works best when you are on wifi.

    * Video quality - Very clear picture

    *battery life - I feel any where from 6 months to a year for some

    *The App - I find the app very easy to use and set up each camera on it's own. You may have some you don't want notifications from.

    * Works with google assistant - I have mine set to turn lights on at night when a camera sees motion.

    * Spotlight - Helps see things in color at night and lets people know they are being watched.

    I have been a fan of arlo for some time now.

    And they continue to improve their products and the app.

    If you are looking for a surveillance you can count on you found it in arlo. You can start off with one cam and add on as you see fit.

    Dec 06, 2020 13:44
  • Review by dgelsleichter, 10 out of 10
    Great Camera

    Good resolution, bright spotlight, quick notification, and really fast load time. So far the battery hasn't budged off of 100% in over a week, with 10 to 20 notifications a day. Highly recommend.

    Apr 24, 2021 11:15
  • Review by Vinayak, 10 out of 10
    Great value for money!

    I just bought this camera and it works great! It has alerting, zoning and voice features at a very great price! The feature I like the most is it does not require any additional hub to manage. Works effortlessly!

    Jan 04, 2021 11:29
  • 9.2score
    eufy - eufyCam 2 Pro 2K Indoor/Outdoor 2-Camera Security System - White
    Description

    Record home or office activity effectively with this eufy eufyCam 2 2K surveillance system. The 16GB of storage provide ample space for videos, while the two high-resolution cameras let you capture detailed security footage from multiple angles. This white eufy eufyCam 2 2K surveillance system works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for seamless hands-free operation.

    13 Features
  • Connects to your Wi-Fi network: Offers convenient and simple setup.
  • Works with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, or Amazon Alexa: You can activate or dim the floodlights via the voice command and check in anytime on what's happening outside your home.
  • Motion detection: Set a trigger that starts recording automatically after motion is detected.
  • Powerful night vision up to 25': Allows you to monitor your home or business, even in dim lighting, automatically switching the picture to black-and-white in low-light conditions.
  • 365-day battery life: Its IP67 rated weatherproof camera operates for up to 365 days per charge (or up to three years in the Standby mode), indoors and out.
  • Two-way communication: The built-in microphone and speaker let you hear what happens around the camera and talk back through your phone.
  • Mountable design: Allows for optimal placement on a wall or eave.
  • Record everything in HD: Its vivid 2K resolution enables you to see small details on your screen.
  • 140° field of view: Captures a wide area of your property for high-level security all the time.
  • Convenient video storage: The camera has built-in 16GB local storage for storing about one year of recordings.
  • Monitor your property with two cameras: Includes two eufy eufyCam 2 indoor/outdoor wire-free 2K add-on security cameras for recording high-resolution video for wide-screen viewing.
  • Notifications keep you informed: Receive motion detection notifications for peace of mind while you're away.
  • Weather-resistant design: Its IP67 rating protects against wind and rain for versatile indoor/outdoor monitoring.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by JMan, 10 out of 10
    Excellent performance and no subscription required

    I’ve tried a few other wireless external IP cameras but did not like the fact that they required frequent recharging. What happens if we go on vacation or if I simply don’t want to climb a ladder to retrieve the camera in snow, rain, ice or other elements? I wanted a wireless solution that did not require me to frequently recharge cameras or install a hardwired DIY surveillance system. The combination of a promised one year battery life between charges and no forced subscription requirement made Eufycam 2 a compelling option to consider.

    This Eufy system consists of the Homebase and two cameras. Setup was easy and quick to complete. In a nutshell, you

    - Connect the Homebase 2 to your router

    - Install the Eufy Security app on a smart device and create an account

    - Add the Homebase 2 and cameras to the app

    - Place the cameras and that’s it

    The Homebase 2 is small, rectangular, non-obtrusive and super easy to connect to a home router. Just plug it into an open ethernet port on your router using the included ethernet cable and plug in the included power cord. It contains 16gb of internal memory. It also has a USB port which I assume will be accommodate additional external storage at some point. I wasn’t expecting the female voice prompt which nearly made me jump out of my shoes when it suddenly started speaking very loudly out of nowhere during setup. There are some additional sound effects as well. Despite all initially being a little on the loud side, I found them all entertaining. Some even remind me of retro video games. I’d like to lower the volume of the Homebase 2 but there doesn’t appear to be a way to do so.

    The setup guide instructs how to properly charge the cameras but does not mention whether or not an initial charge of the cameras is needed. Turns out the cameras do need to be charged before first use. It’s not in the paper setup guide but the app instructs to do so during the camera portion of the setup. I assumed as much and charged both cameras before beginning the setup, which allowed me to perform the entire setup at once without interruption. I suggest charging the cameras first to avoid beginning setup only to be forced to stop and wait a few hours to resume. Each camera charged for approximately three hours before the charging indicator light turned off. The user guide says a fully drained battery takes roughly 8 to 12 hours to fully recharge. The charging cable and port are old-school micro-USB and only one charging cable is included. Thankfully, I have a ton of spare micro-USB cables laying around the house. The cameras can either be charged through the hub or with an optional AC wall adapter. I used my iPad charger because it was within the recommended charger spec of 5v/2a. Given the fact that battery life is supposed to last a year, I’m not really concerned about the number of cables or the exclusion of a wall charger.

    The two included cameras easily pair to the Homebase 2 with the push of a button. They need to be within one meter of the Homebase when paired, so make sure to pair them before mounting. The system ships with outdoor and indoor camera mounts. The outdoor mount is a direct attachment and the indoor mount attaches via a strong magnet that attaches quite strongly to the camera’s internal magnet. The camera can also be attached directly to a metal surface via the internal magnet but I’m not a big fan of that method. The magnet feels strong enough to hold the camera in light winds but I wouldn’t trust it to survive really strong wind gusts or the weight of a bird landing on it. Viewing angles are adjustable with either mount. Regardless of which fixed mount is selected, it must be securely attached to a wall or other mounting surface using screws. I have a stucco exterior, so I had to be extra careful about where I mounted the cameras but the mounts seem sufficient for easy installation on less fragile surfaces like wood or vinyl siding. The user guide suggests mounting the cameras 7-10 feet high and to avoid placing them in direct sunlight. One neat feature if you can’t mount the cameras high enough to avoid tampering is an alarm that will sound if the camera is moved. This can be toggled on and off.

    The HD video quality is very good and much better than I expected. With a one-year battery life, I was expecting worse quality. Although it isn’t streaming 4K at 60fps, it’s very clear and more than sufficient for my home use. Video quality can be adjusted within the app. All videos have date/time stamps which can be toggled on and off. The facial recognition feature is pretty cool. If a human face is detected, a small zoomed and cropped photo of the face is included with the video clip. The cameras also record sound, which is clear and decipherable even at lower volumes. Two-way conversation works well and both parties can hear each other clearly. Night vision is sharp and clear although it is infrared monochrome rather than full color like some systems. The wifi signal of both cameras is consistently strong with an external camera on each side of the house. I’m using a mesh system with multiple satellite routers, but another neat feature of the Homebase 2 is that it also works as a wifi extender. Although not quite a mesh system, it can help boost signal strength in a single router setup. It’ll be a while before I can verify whether the camera battery life actually lasts an entire year but so far the battery level hasn’t budged at all despite the cameras running and recording 24x7 for several days outside in the summer heat, humidity and rain. There is a tiny bit of latency with streaming but nothing I would consider abnormal or troublesome. I’ve experienced similar latency on just about all my other wireless camera systems, including those with pricey paid subscriptions and cloud storage. I can definitely live with it on a subscription-free system as robust as this.

    The app is very intuitive and easy to use. All features are logically arranged and easy to find. There are four tabs on the bottom as well as a drop down menu in the top left. I find myself using the bottom tabs almost exclusively and almost never use the drop down menu unless it is to change an account related setting. The drop down menu provides access to device, user, account and system settings, some of which overlap with the bottom tabs. The bottom tabs are sorted into four categories: devices, events, security and explore. The device tab allows access to cameras for live viewing, two-way conversations and setting changes. It also allows access to the Homebase 2 settings. The events tab displays all recorded and administrative events sorted by day and time and allows playback of recorded videos. The security tab allows you to enable or disable the system, put it in away or home mode, set up geofencing (currently still in beta mode) and set a schedule for monitoring. There is also an automation section under the security tab that allows the creation of automated actions per device. The default automation is for the camera to record whenever a motion alert is triggered. The are currently only two automation options available at the moment (record or sound an alarm) but it’s nice to have control over how a camera behaves when triggered. I also like being able to set an alarm to sound if someone enters an area they shouldn’t be on our property. I’m hopeful automation will become more robust and useful with time.

    We are really enjoying the Eufycam 2 system so far and find it currently meets all our security camera needs. I don’t have to climb a ladder every few days to bring the cameras in to recharge and they have so far exceeded our expectations as far as reliability of alerts and recording quality. Not being forced into an expensive subscription plan is huge and will hopefully lead to more companies doing the same. I’ve never understood why some companies force users into expensive subscriptions when we have virtually limitless storage available and are more than capable of setting up our own cloud or local storage. Although they don’t appear to allow using your own storage yet, it appears on the horizon. All I can say is Anker gets it. It’s refreshing to see a company not try to shamelessly squeeze every last penny they can out of consumers.

    Jun 22, 2020 17:17
  • Review by Curmudgeon1, 10 out of 10
    EXCELLENT WIFI VIDEO SECURITY– NO CLOUD ACCOUNT

    Having recently installed the Eufy Smart Video Doorbell, and being highly pleased with its impressive performance, I was very motivated to acquire the new Eufycam 2 Pro Security Camera System as an adjunct to the Eufy Doorbell. This Eufycam 2 Pro Security Camera System is genuinely excellent and very impressive!

    Eufy is produced by Anker, a well-known and respected manufacturer of cell phone accessories, which has also earned a reputation for excellent customer service. The company is aptly named “Eufy Innovations”, and they are indeed innovative in these excellent devices which are generally superior to competitive products from other companies.

    Eufycam 2 Pro Security Camera System is a complete kit which includes two Model T8140 IP-67, “Weatherproof” rated, 2k video cameras and a Eufy Homebase 2 Wi-Fi hub. This kit includes all of the necessary camera mounting items, including a pair of screw-on mounting bases (camera attaches via a threaded stud), with an adjustable gimbal mount and friction collar, for exterior mounting applications, as well as a pair of magnetic mounts for interior mounting. The package also includes the necessary screws, plastic plugs and drilling templates to facilitate mounting on multiple surfaces including wood, drywall or masonry. Even the USB cable for charging the cameras and the Ethernet cable for the initial setup of the Homebase 2 are included.

    This new, Eufycam 2 Pro model camera is an improved and upgraded evolution of its predecessor, the Eufycam 2. The significant improvement is in camera resolution. Where the Eufycam 2 produces 1080p images, this new Eufycam 2 Pro produces 2k resolution video. The camera sensors are Sony Starvis IMX307, 1/2.8” CMOS sensors with a 140° field of view and f 2.4 aperture. A very appealing and compelling feature is that all videos are stored locally on the Eufy HomeBase2 which is connected to the home Wi-Fi network, and is equipped with 16 GB of eMMC flash memory. No cloud storage account is required with an additional, recurring fee, (optional cloud storage is available, if desired) and no arbitrary time limit for video storage is imposed. 16GB of storage will hold many videos for a long time, before overwriting older files.

    Although cameras generally won’t prevent crime, videos can be valuable in solving crime. Additionally, real-time notifications and real-time streaming of video, enables a property owner to immediately notify law enforcement and potentially provide critical information while a crime is still in-progress and officers are responding.

    Setup of the Eufycam 2 Pro Security Camera System is generally straightforward. Initial setup and all device configuration and management functions require the Eufy Security smartphone app (Android and iOS versions). The sparse Owner’s Manual instructs you to connect the Homebase 2 to your Wi-Fi router with the supplied Ethernet cable. Thereafter the Eufy Security smartphone app provides excellent, step-by-step instructions, including audio guidance. The glaring exception to the otherwise excellent setup instructions, is that once the Homebase2 is set up using the required (and supplied) Ethernet cable (connecting directly to the Wi-Fi router), the setup process completes without any further guidance for connecting the Homebase2 to the network via Wi-Fi. The process is quite simple and straightforward, but requires the user to explore the app and access “Devices” > “Homebase2” > “Connection” > “Wi-Fi Setup”. The Eufy Security app should automatically offer that Wi-Fi Setup step prior to finishing the setup process, and this important step should also be documented. Adding the Eufycam 2 Pro cameras to the Eufy Homebase 2 hub network is likewise extremely simple and straightforward and fully guided by the Eufy Security smartphone app.

    Configuring the operating features and options of the Homebase 2 and the 2k cameras is equally simple and fast. The Eufy smartphone app is quite good and functions well and reliably. It is very robust and includes many features, none of which are documented, and all of which require exploration by the user.

    The Eufycam 2 Pro camera features and capabilities are very similar to the Eufy Smart Video Doorbell camera and also support detection and differentiation of humans from other moving objects in the flexible, user-defined active detection zone. Among the important features and options which should be configured are those of motion detection boundaries and sensitivity, video quality, power management and more. There are some notable differences however between configuration options and parameters for the Eufycam 2 Pro as compared to the Eufy Smart Video Doorbell. The security camera configuration lacks the “Notifications” page, which not only provides for app defined notification sounds, but importantly allows the selection of the “initial view” upon opening a smartphone push-notification of motion detection from the camera. The doorbell camera offers either “Live View” or “Recorded Event”. The security camera has no options, and always opens the recorded event that triggered the push-notification. The ability to immediately access the live stream from the phone notification is quite valuable; you can always review the recorded video later, after checking the live camera feed first. The Eufycam 2 Pro configuration does add a few “security” related options for automated actions based on triggering, motion detection events. I particularly like the option to activate recording from both security cameras, when motion has been detected on one. This has the potential to provide a possibly valuable record from a different camera perspective.

    Eufy claims a full one-year battery life per charge cycle, based on the default, energy conserving “Optimal Battery Life” configuration mode. That is believable, based on the excellent battery performance that I have experienced thus far with the Eufy Smart Video Doorbell. I prefer the more aggressive “Optimal Surveillance” mode, which allows for clip length up to 60 seconds, instead of 20 seconds. There is also a “Customize Recording” selection for even greater flexibility. By design, the camera conserves battery power by “sleeping” until awakened by motion detection or manual viewing through the app. There is a latency interval while the camera awakens for both video and audio, and there are a few seconds of delay for the transmission of the smartphone alert. Electing to view the live camera feed also encounters an additional several seconds of delay. Additionally, there is no pre-recording buffer in the Eufy system, ostensibly to conserve battery power and extend intervals between recharges.

    The system operates by the cameras transmitting data to the Homebase2 via a private 2.4 GHz connection. 5 GHz Wi-Fi is not supported. Eufy represents utilizing 256 bit AES encryption both in video transmission and storage on the Homebase2. However, it is not clear if videos being streamed or downloaded (to the smartphone) are decrypted on the Eufy servers or at the endpoint by the app on the phone. For true security purposes, the decryption would have to be performed on the user’s smartphone.

    Bidirectional audio communication is supported between the cameras and the smartphone app, however it experiences a very significant level of latency.

    As excellent as the Eufycam 2 Pro hardware clearly is, and as excellent as the Eufy Security smartphone app is with its rich feature set, flexibility, functionality and stability, having complete and comprehensive written documentation compiled as an Owner’s Manual would be invaluable. The absence of documentation obliges the user to search through and explore the Eufy Security app without information or explanation for the many features and options. Hopefully, Eufy will add downloadable PDF User Manuals for each of these fine products to their website.

    The formatted capacity of the 16 GB Homebase 2 is 14.7 GB. The 2k high resolution video files have varied significantly in file size ranging from less than 1 MB to over 13 MB. Of course, the vast majority of the video files are of no retention value, and are easily deleted through the smartphone app. Any video files which have retention value, are easily downloaded from the Homebase 2 to the user’s smartphone for retention, transfer or distribution. Of course, more cameras connected to the Homebase 2 will produce proportionately more video files, whereby the local storage onboard the Homebase 2 could ultimately prove to be inadequate. It would be beneficial for Eufy to implement the ability to augment storage capacity, such as via SD cards; which is currently unavailable and unsupported .

    The Eufycam 2 Pro security camera is a terrific adjunct to my Eufy Smart Video Doorbell. The 2k video and still imagery are crisp, clear and color accurate. Infrared video captured during hours of darkness is also very sharp and clear, and the IR emitters appear to have good range for illuminating a decent area. The camera specifications and features are impressive, and integration with the Homebase 2 and configuration and utilization with the Eufy smartphone app are all superior.

    I really like the Eufycam 2 Pro Security Camera System, and I will likely supplement it with additional cameras. It supports integration with other Eufy devices (i.e. doorbell cameras) as well as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Homekit.

    I highly recommend the Eufycam 2 Pro Security Camera System. It is really an excellent performer. Installation and configuration are extremely easy, and wireless devices have the greatest flexibility and ease of physical installation. Another substantial benefit is that the local storage will accommodate a significant quantity of high-resolution, encrypted videos without the need for, or expense of a cloud storage account.

    Jun 21, 2020 19:59
  • Review by slashman, 10 out of 10
    Big upgrade from 2c

    I upgraded two eufy 2c cams. Like others have stated the biggest difference is at dusk and at night. Faces are way better too. On the 2c cameras I could tell when my friends and family were on cam but I couldn't pick a stranger out of a line up based off the video the 2c was pushing. the 2k cams are so much clearer! I can't comment on the battery life since I've only had them a few days but my 2c's used to last about 4-5 months so I'm hoping I get closer to a year with these. Overall happy with purchase. The only thing I don't care for with these is the night mode with the spot light. On the 2c you had an option to set it so that the spotlight comes on when motion is detected. With these it just has an "Auto Night Mode" which I haven't been able to get the spot light to come on or figure out if/when it comes on. Overall not a big deal though since I have motion activated flood lights next to the cams anyway.

    Oct 25, 2021 08:56
  • Review by dsjjfgrn, 8 out of 10
    They thought of almost everything

    I've had several security cameras over the years, each with their own quirks and idiosyncrasies. Most of them have been useful in spite of those, and those quirks help me to determine how and where each should be used. The eufyCam 2 Pro is a rare exception. It's almost like the hardware and software designers had owned a lot of other products and ACTUALLY LEARNED FROM OTHERS' MISTAKES. If only the auto industry were as wise.

    Right out of the box, even though the packaging wasn't made of anything out of the ordinary, it gave the impression that "this is an important piece of equipment." It wasn't "packed in a box for me"...it was *presented* to me.

    The base unit is pretty hefty, but that doesn't have any bearing on anything, other than feeling expensive. I really like that it has wired ethernet as well as wireless connection options. I prefer to hard wire my security base units, so it was a no-brainer to just plug the included enet cable into my router's satellite unit. The base unit contains 16GB of storage, so there's no need to purchase a memory card or subscribe to any kind of service or cloud storage.

    The cameras are heavy enough to feel substantial and inspire confidence, but not so heavy as to pose installation problems. Both cameras were mostly charged out of the box, so it didn't take long to bring them to 100%. Indoor and outdoor mounts are included for each camera. Nice. The cameras attach to either magnetically. The battery life is claimed to be 365 days; three years if the unit is in stand by mode. I really hope this is the case, as I have one installed in a pretty difficult-to-reach location on my back patio.

    Setup was straightforward. The instructions were easy to understand, even for non-techies. The most unusual aspect of this was that all the instructions were CORRECT. I've been very disappointed (though I'm no longer surprised) for decades with how the instructions for tech gear doesn't seem to match reality. Best case, I can figure out how to get back on track once something has happened; worst case, I have to make educated guesses. I often wonder how people without university-level technical degrees are able to use some products at all.

    There was a firmware update for the base unit. It updated and restarted in pretty short order.

    The iOS app is well designed. It is intuitive and easy to find features and settings. The image quality is among the best I've seen, which allows for a lot of zoom. The night vision is VERY impressive, with a high level of detail. I think that the ambient light threshold to switch to night vision is a bit high; I was able to disable night vision and see quite well. Perhaps in time, this will be adjustable, but it is far from a show-stopper.

    A nice feature of the cameras is the anti-theft setting. If someone walks off with the camera, it will scream at them. Not fun for the thief! Fortunately, it is switchable, so you don't have to be concerned about moving it around. Just don't turn the feature on until it is placed where you want it!

    The only problem I encountered was that I was unable to add the device to my Apple HomeKit. (see photo) Someone will need to address this ASAP, if it is to be part of a good home system. This is the only thing that kept my rating away from five stars.

    Jun 26, 2020 18:18
  • Review by mrsnekk, 4 out of 10
    Misses too much to be a good home-security choice

    At first, I liked it so much that I ordered another camera. It was easy to set up the cameras, easy to connect the app, and doesn't require cloud storage to work. After a couple weeks, I'm considering returning everything. You can set three detection zones for each camera, but they can only be non-rotatable squares. If you're watching something at an angle, like a driveway or sidewalk, you have to extend the detection zone to include areas you don't want, or you might run out of squares. It's also pretty bad at detecting people, but mostly if they're black. When I (as a white person) walk from my driveway to the sidewalk, I get an alert that says "Human." When a black person walks from my driveway to the sidewalk, I don't get an alert and the camera doesn't record an event. In two weeks, two of my cameras watching the main entry areas have failed to detect 100% of black people as human. Seems like some pretty serious bias in their AI. Even when I walk down the sidewalk towards my front door with the motion-sensitivity set to the highest level, the camera doesn't recognize me until I'm 30 feet away. Then there's the video quality - The attached image is clipped from one of the videos, and I couldn't even read the sign on the side of the car from 20 feet away. And, of course, since the driver was black, he walked past multiple other cameras to get to my front door, then left, all without triggering a single alert.

    Aug 13, 2021 15:16
  • Review by Korcaonline, 10 out of 10
    Nice device

    Best camera ever. Motion ready. No monthly fee. 2K quality. Everything is perfect. Thanks Best Buy. I love your store.

    Jul 31, 2021 21:23
  • Review by bradrobster, 8 out of 10
    Great Security Camera set

    The EufyCam2 is a 2 camera system with a Homebase. The Home base plugs into your router like many of camera systems that are out there. You then “pair” and setup each camera to the base station. The cameras seem to be very well made, heavy, but sleek and very nice looking. The homebase is larger than most home base type units but this one does have a USB connection in the rear that you can use to charge the cameras.

    I must say that I did have issues with the setup. You have to install the app to start the setup.That was very straight forward and the app seems straight forward functional. I have setup different devices plenty of time and this one seemed to struggle in getting setup. It never would connect to my router even though it was plugged into it! I tried over and over. In the packaging, they sent one of those small pin types reset tools and there is a reset hole on the back. I tried that, it seemed to work. It got right to the point of trying to update the firmware and then it just failed over and over. I finally got frustrated, reset it again, couldn’t get it and went to bed after messing with it for an hour. I woke up the next morning to it being “online”. I tried to do the firmware update again and after 2 tries, it worked!

    Next, came the cameras. To pair them, you have to go into the app, start to add the camera, it says to put it less than 1m from the Homebase. You then press the “sync” button on the back of the homebase. Again, this, for me was a multi-attempt for each camera. Each camera taking 2-3 times to actually get setup. Not that huge of a deal but there may be some improvements in the setup that can be accomplished with further firmware updates. I did charge both cameras to full before starting because they advertise 365 Day battery life. The mounts make it easy to remove them, bring them in and charge them.

    Now, let’s get to the good stuff. These are amazing cameras! They do they have 2K resolution which you can change from High, Medium, Low and Auto. I chose Auto as it is adaptive to the available bandwidth. They also have very customizable Motion Detection capability. You can select “All Motion” or “Human” motion. This is helpful when I let the dog out or the wind is blowing but there is not physical person there. The really cool thing here to is that if you have either set and it grabs the clip and defines the “motion” it will tell you it’s “Human”. It will also grab its best attempt at capturing the actual Face of the person! This is so cool and worked very well in grabbing mine or my wife’s face in the clips. This is probably the coolest security feature that I have seen. If you have intruders, it will give you as good a shot at their face that it can.

    This comes with other very neat features. It has 16GB (about 14.7GB usable) of internal storage that will store your clips. You can manage this storage from within the app. The other cool feature that I didn’t use but you can is the ability to attach to NAS storage. If you have a NAS device on your network, you can set it up for those clips to be stored there, thereby greatly increasing the storage capability.

    Night Vision is great on these. Audio is on par with other security cams, there is a delay, but it is understandable. The notifications to my phone were really fast and viewing the clips remotely via the app worked flawlessly. You can setup other users to have access here so I plan to give my wife access to it as well so if I am traveling, she can get the same notifications.

    Things I really like: Human vs all motion, configurable motion zones, great video quality in day and night, military grade encryption. They are also certified as IP67 Weatherproof.

    Things I struggle with: Setup was a struggle but got through it. I was able to setup the Eufy Security on Alexa but cannot seem to setup the cameras, it doesn’t have the Eufy in their list and couldn’t discover them. Also, it says that the Homebase can work like a wifi extender? How, it seems to have to stay plugged directly into my wifi router? Can I remove it from the router once setup? The manual says nothing about this. I even logged into the support site and no luck, the only docs there are pdfs of what is in the box.

    Overall, I really love the quality of these and would recommend them highly. I think they have some setup issues to address and doc’s and support could be more available than what is online. All that is easy stuff to fix. The core product is solid, as is the app.

    Jun 28, 2020 19:16
  • Review by Shanna, 10 out of 10
    Very Clear Picture

    We just installed them, but the picture is extremely clear. We are talking about switching to all eufy and get rid of our ring.

    Dec 09, 2020 12:47
  • 9.0score
    Arlo - Pro 3 Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free 2K HDR Floodlight Camera - White
    Description

    Security at its Brightest. Zoom in to see and record video in 2K with HDR for a clearer, undistorted picture, day or night. Connects directly to Wi-Fi without the clutter of extra gear. Illuminate your property with 2000 lumens of brightness or up to 3000 lumens with the outdoor magnetic charging cable (sold separately). The Pro 3 Floodlight Camera is wire-free and weather-resistant to deliver fast, easy installation and flexibility to get the perfect camera view, year-round. With the floodlight, see important features like faces and licenses plates in full color, at night with color night vision. Get the big picture with 160° diagonal view. Get smarter alerts for quicker action. With 3-months of Arlo’s Secure plan included, receive notifications for people, vehicles and packages and take quicker action like sound the siren, call a friend or dial emergency services.* Ward off unwanted guests by triggering the siren or floodlight automatically or manually from the Arlo App. Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit** and Samsung SmartThings.

    15 Features
  • Superior Brightness: Brightly illuminate your property with 2000-3000 lumens.***
  • Zoom in to see sharper details: 2x video resolution of HD lets you zoom in 12x with picture perfect detail.
  • See color at night: Notice important features like faces or license plates in full color, even at night, with color night vision.
  • 100% wire-free: Free of power cords and wiring hassles for easy installation in a variety of environments.
  • Noise cancelling audio: Hear and speak to visitors with clear, 2-way audio.
  • Ward off unwanted guests: Trigger your siren automatically or manually from the Arlo app.
  • Powerful AI - object detection: With an Arlo Secure plan, recognize when a package is delivered and knows the difference between a human and a tree branch.*
  • Get the bigger picture: Wider, 160º diagonal view with auto image correction, reducing the fisheye effect.
  • Smarter alerts, quicker action: With an Arlo Secure plan, receive notifications for people, vehicles, and packages so you can take quick action such as sound the siren, call friend or dial emergency services.*
  • All-weather protection: Designed to withstand heat, cold, rain or sun.
  • Custom control: Enhance protection with custom floodlight and camera settings.
  • Connects directly to Wi-Fi: No hub required for an even easier install.
  • Multiple powering options: Power with the included rechargeable battery, optional solar panel or outdoor charging cable (Optional solar panel and outdoor charging cable sold separately).
  • Plays well with others: Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit** and Samsung SmartThings.
  • Arlo Secure*: Includes 3-months of Arlo Secure for 30-day cloud recording, advanced object detection, rich notifications, cloud activity zones and more. Plans start at $3.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by cjviscito, 8 out of 10
    Near Perfect Wireless Floodlight Cam Solution

    We have Arlo Pro 1 & 2 cameras at our house, and I was looking for a floodlight to add to the side of the house near our garbage bins because it's pretty much pitch black at night when I take the trash out. When I saw that I could pick up an Arlo camera with floodlight, I thought 'Great - a camera and a light!' In truth, the Arlo floodlight camera is a nice addition to our Arlo family, however there are some shortcomings that Arlo could easily fix.

    The camera itself is fairly large and the light can get really bright. If you have other Arlo cameras, this thing is easily the size of 2 or 3 of them. The unit comes with:

    - Floodlight Camera

    - Mounting Plate

    - Drywall Anchors and screws

    - Rechargable battery pack

    - Micro-USB charging cable

    - USB charging brick

    It's pretty much the all-in-one solution I was looking for. I was able to connect it with my existing Arlo base and camera set up fairly quickly. Out of the box, there was a firmware update that Arlo had available, so I used that time to connect the charging cable and charge the battery up as well. Arlo does make a magnetic charging cable option if you want to be able to essentially "hard wire" this camera up, but that option wouldn't have worked with where I wanted to mount it... not unless I paid an electrician to run an outlet nearby.

    The hardest part was installing the unit - mostly because I thought I was going to be able to mount it to the brick instead of the wood trim under the gutters. At the end of the day, I check the screw lengths and they were long enough to hold the mounting plate in place snugly agains the wooden trim. Just be sure to check the clearance when mounting, because you could find your space a bit tight due to how wide the floodlights are on either side.

    Once I had it up and running, I was able to go into the Arlo app and set up an activity zone. Something that Arlo doesn't make very clear is how to automatically trigger the light. I thought by creating an activity zone and setting the light to go off between dusk and dawn that it would automatically go off if it detected motion. True to Arlo's settings though, this camera works like their other ones - you have to have the cameras in an "Armed" mode in order for the camera to look for motion and then it'll trigger the lights.

    You can manually turn on and off the lights from the Arlo app - but there again is where an unnecessary limitation exists. If you want to have that setting on for the floodlight camera to automatically turn on when it detects motion, you either have to make a custom mode for it, or have your entire system on "Armed". I fee like Arlo could've made a setting for this that allows you to engage the light while leaving everything else disarmed, but it's essentially Armed or not.

    The video quality on the camera is quite good too - but that also depends on the strength of your WiFi signal, so your milage may vary. Overall, I'm happy with the camera. I haven't had it long enough to comment on battery life, but it's been up and running for about 4 days now and the battery is at 98%. I typically leave my Arlo system on a schedule setting, so it's only looking for motion during the night, so I'm sure that's helping save the battery life also.

    Nov 04, 2020 12:44
  • Review by CactusJax, 10 out of 10
    Great floodlight, no wiring required!

    While I had seen the Arlo floodlight cameras I didn't realize that they were battery operated like their other cameras. I had assumed that being a bright floodlight that they would require wiring so I hadn't considered adding one to my 4 Arlo cameras. While there are provisions that allow being plugged in or attaching a solar charger, I used the included battery. I checked that my WiFi would reach an oak tree near the street and installed this floodlight camera on that tree. It only takes 3 screws to attach the base and the camera mount just twists to lock on the base. Since I already have Arlo cameras installed, adding this one to the network was a snap. I set this camera up in the wide angle mode and it covers my entire front yard and more. This camera allows you to define zones where it will and won't record. I set the zone to exclude my next door neighbors driveway so that I don't get an alarm every time they come or go. Like the other cameras, you can listen in or have a conversation over the camera. There is a delay in the audio if you try to have a conversation but it works. The night vision is great and the bright light really lights up the yard (see the attached pics). There are a couple of things I wish this (and my other Arlo cams) did a little better. I wish they would begin recording sooner, and most of the time there is a delay between the time I get a notification and the time I can view the video. I love this camera/light and intend to install another in the back yard.

    Nov 04, 2020 18:10
  • Review by Sreenadh, 10 out of 10
    Ridiculously Bright!

    I bought this to put on a tree next to my driveway and its ridiculously bright. I have an arlo pro 3 and an arlo light already there which were bright but i wanted a wider more brighter solution so i got this. Check out the before and after pictures

    Jun 07, 2020 23:00
  • Review by BigZo, 10 out of 10
    As good as it gets!

    This camera has excellent 2k quality and a surprisingly bright spotlight. It also has amazing battery life. I bought this for surveillance purposes and it paid off immediately. I was wondering why my squirrel-proof bird feeder was emptying so quickly. I mounted this camera, which is the 9th Arlo camera in my collection (5 Pro 2s, 2 Ultras, 1 indoor, and now a floodlight camera) to the side of my deck, and literally caught the culprit on video the very first night. See the picture. I highly recommend this product.

    Aug 07, 2020 15:55
  • Review by Robbie, 10 out of 10
    Very good floodlight

    Mounting it was super easily (once I found a spot that wasn't a dead zone). Setting it up is like any other camera, very easy. The day time video quality is great. The night vision is not as good, but still pretty good; better than my essential spotlight cameras. The light is very impressive.

    Jan 14, 2021 11:30
  • Review by TECHBEENGOOD, 10 out of 10
    Powerful security floodlight/camera

    Arlo - Pro 3 Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free 2K HDR Floodlight Camera

    Arlo’s Floodlight (emphasis on LIGHT) security camera is part of a very complete system with the capability of local storage, subscription and all types of other security devices available. In a competitive market for security cameras, Arlo offers a very useful mix of desirable features and great performance for this and its other devices. I’ve got other examples from several manufactures around my house, but this Arlo makes perhaps the boldest statement, aiming for “bleeding edge” parameters.

    PROs

    A very high resolution (not 4k, but 2k) for a security camera ….. and you can see it in the images. These are very detailed movie clips live or recorded. Very wide angle of view which can be narrowed for a more typical image layout. But: You can (and may) need to sacrifice resolution if you don’t have adequate Wi-Fi bandwidth and/or the camera is mounted at a great distance from a Wi-Fi node.

    Very strong W-Fi (with long range connectivity). The camera linked to my Wi-Fi network without difficulty just about anywhere around my house.

    Motion activation is flexible, easily modified in the App. In fact, there is almost nothing that can’t be adjusted: brightness, trigger sensitivity, field of view, duration of lighting (within 1 - 20 minutes), etc.

    Easy-to-use phone App is remarkably fuss-free, with good in-App support, to connect.

    Manual light control from phone App to extract even more or less brightness. Very very high light output when triggered by an event. But: Be kind to your neighbors.

    Wall attachment is easy with a nicely designed mount that can be easily released (twisted off). If you choose to rely on battery power and not the magnetic extension cable, this is important. The camera is front heavy, so you want it to be securely attached. You can press a button to release the housing for access to the battery.

    CONS: (Yeah, it’s mostly about which features are available without the need for a subscription.) Sorting out the mix of features which require a subscription and what accessories will or won’t do depending on the subscription is a bit off-putting for a new owner.

    SUMMARY: The stand-alone Arlo - Pro 3 Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free 2K HDR Floodlight Camera is full of useful features simply used as a stand alone device. Adding it to a whole system and/or using an Arlo subscription is worth the cost, but accessories can get costly. I’m going to use it as a stand alone security flood-light camera (at least until I get a sense of its long term performance). It’s a unique and special way to create your own security system.

    Oct 29, 2020 15:44
  • Review by Apex, 8 out of 10
    No more thieves

    Works great on my phone! Those that gave it low reviews must not be tech savvy and have cheap internet. Very visible at night too

    May 16, 2021 15:06
  • Review by Vany, 10 out of 10
    New to cameras

    I am new to cameras and I was trying others when I was recommended Arlo. The others I would use had static noise and catch every little motion I would wake up with over 100 notifications of just the tress swaying. I ended up traded those cameras and getting Arlo. I can say it was such a difference. Arlo has great cameras that are so smart and knows the difference in cars, humans,animals, and trees. The image was clearer and there was no back ground noise except talking. I would recommended arlo to everyone who is thinking about cameras. Im in love and for sure will be buying more

    Sep 05, 2021 18:37
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Stick Up Indoor/Outdoor Wire Free 1080p Security Camera - Certified Refurbished - White
    Description

    Add security inside or out with a versatile camera that goes almost anywhere. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is an indoor/outdoor camera that sends notifications to your phone and tablet whenever motion is detected. Answer the notification, and you can see, hear and speak to people on camera from anywhere. Place it on a flat surface so you can move it when you need to. Or mount it to a wall for more permanent placement. With Ring Stick Up Cam Battery, you’ll always be connected to home so you can see what’s happening at anytime.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Gardenview, 10 out of 10
    Ring camera photo view (rainy day)

    Product works as expected with no issues. Easy installation

    Oct 15, 2021 20:20
  • Review by USARET, 10 out of 10
    Love This Little Camera

    Added this camera to my ever growing "Ring" security/doorbell equipped home. I'm always looking for a deal and this was an excellent deal and ideal for a corner of my backyard.

    It arrived fairly quickly and looked brand new! Everything was in the box that you needed. After fully charging the battery, I paired it to the Ring and Alexa app. The field of vision is amazingly large for a smaller camera! Its almost as good as my spotlight wired cam!

    You can mount it several ways and I choose the mount affixed to the back of the camera for the location I mounted it to. Really simple install, setup and the battery is still in the higher side on 90+%! Battery life will differ +/- depending on how you set it in the app to function. Right now I am using the recommended setting and based on the pattern that it has used only a 2-3% battery for the last couple of weeks, I feel fairly safe in saying mine should last for at least 90 +/- days before needing recharged. Weather will also play a role in battery usage but I have mine in a shaded roof overhang to avoid direct sun light.

    Weatherproof and compact, portable and powerful! The siren is definitely 90db and after trying it my neighbor had to call and check to see if all was alright... ;)

    Great night vision and you can put it in a night color mode that helps view live and recording clearer and cleaner.

    I mentioned it being portable, you can always take it down and have it travel with you or set it up in a special location in your home. Of course it will need wifi/internet but we have that already at home, on our phones and as an add on in our vehicle.

    All said, this is an amazing camera and it works perfectly and no matter that is refurbished, it still operates and looks brand new but with a cheaper price tag!!

    You can power this several ways and the best I have found is with the solar panel sold separately. They (Ring) even has a 110volt plug also sold separately. I have the solar panel, which charges the battery it seems faster that removing the battery and using the electricity. I purchased 2 of these cameras and 1 solar panel, this one is all on internal battery.

    2 way talk or just listen, siren, easy set up, ease of use, portability and best of all another tool to help protect my family, home and property.

    Oct 13, 2021 22:29
  • Review by kaizen61, 10 out of 10
    Great camera either way...

    In short: A no brainer if you already have other Ring products like a doorbell or alarm, but should be considered even if you don't.

    I was lucky enough to test out the Stick Up cam via a beta tester program with Ring a while back and was really impressed with the performance and Ring's engineers responsiveness to the beat tester's suggestions and questions about the HW and the app's interactions with it.

    As a beta tester, I received a free camera to test and was allowed to keep it after I submitted my reviews, test results and posted questions. I liked it so much, when I saw this one on sale I bought it.

    Person detection is good, but I can see things that could be better. But I know there are more improvements to come soon via firmware updates, so I'm looking forward to some of my needs/wants being met.

    And the recordings are really great; have some great footage of deer on my front lawn that other cams missed. Raccoons too; had no idea my place was so popular.

    Oct 15, 2021 18:30
  • Review by Jweila01, 10 out of 10
    Good camera, easy setup.

    Use this linked with another Ring camera on the other side of the house. Set up was very easy and camera performs well. So far (2 weeks) battery has only dropped to 95%! Recordings are clear - even the black and white night recordings.

    Oct 23, 2021 12:16
  • Review by DiOrt, 10 out of 10
    great product!

    love it! great product! jsut be aware that the lifht is super strong if you move or catches something! tou have to purchase to get the recorded videos! overall very good quality and like it!

    Oct 08, 2021 16:17
  • Review by BRob, 10 out of 10
    Ring Camera

    Good quality picture & sound easy set up. You can have multiple ring cameras at different locations & manage on one app.

    Oct 29, 2021 16:07
  • Review by RingCam, 6 out of 10
    Ownership and subscription issues

    I ordered two of these cameras refurbished and both had issues. One camera kept freezing and the trial subscription to the services was already expired. The other is still registered to another person, so it can't be used for 15 days until Ring can either get the previous owner to release it or they do it. You're only going to get someone else's headache with there "refurbished" cameras. They don't even bother to reset to ownership.

    Oct 09, 2021 18:44
  • Review by Kenski, 8 out of 10
    Good camera

    Camera works well. Good nite vision too. Would like to have a volume control for speaker and mike

    Oct 29, 2021 16:12
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Spotlight Cam Wire-free 2-Pack - White
    Description

    Keep an eye on your property, even when you’re not at home. These 2 Wire-Free Ring Spotlight Cams connect to your Wi-Fi and stream live HD video and audio. Using the Ring app, you’ll be able to talk and listen to anyone around, control the spotlights and alarm, and more.

    7 Features
  • Optional premium services: Includes live streaming for all cameras. Choose Ring Protect plans starting at $3 per month per camera or Ring Protect Plus to cover unlimited Ring Cameras for a flat rate of $10 per month.
  • Download the free Ring app: See, hear and speak to people or pets. The app works with any iOS or Android device, and lets you use Live View for on-demand 1080HD video and 2-way audio.
  • Adjustable motion sensors and infrared night vision: You’ll be notified when motion is detected, day or night. Plus, you can adjust the sensors to find the ideal setting for your home.
  • Spotlights and siren alarm: Take control in any situation. Manage the LED spotlights and 110-decibel alarm manually with the app.
  • Simple installation and battery pack: Everything you need to get set up quickly is included. Plus, the devices can be charged easily with the quick-release rechargeable battery pack.
  • Lifetime purchase protection: Ring replaces stolen cameras, so you’ll always be covered. You also receive a 30-day trial of Ring Video recording so you can save, share and review your footage.
  • Stay on top of local crime: Ring Neighborhoods lets you receive real-time crime alerts from your neighbors, so you can all work together to make your community a safer place.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DaddyChIll, 10 out of 10
    Ring Spotlight Cam works great during the day

    I own 3 of these specific spotlight ring camera and love it. In day light it works great but at night it isnt bright at all. The night recordings arent very good without light and the light isnt very bright to help the camera out. Unless u have this low to the ground or add other lights around it to help light up an area at night, it isnt that effective. I mounted this by my front porch light so it does the job for my home day and night but again, If you have it mounted high, the light will not work well at all. In my back yard I added sensor solar lights that light up the area if anything is near so it supplements this ring camera to help get a better recording at night. The pictures show the camera at night without any light, during the day and at night with my other non ring solar porch light qith sensor. The ring cam caught a possum walking in our back yard. Without the additional light it gets really grainy and hard to see. I have the same driveway cam see day and night pics. Hands down, love the ring apps. Watch videos of the various settings. They also have a ring community where you can share info like "hey someone tried to break into my car" and actually share footage or just messages. U can see when someone reports occurrences in your neighborhood too.

    Nov 13, 2020 16:42
  • Review by Louis, 10 out of 10
    Ring wires free security camera

    Bought it since got a discount. I have two already installed and this would be the third. In addition, I bought the associated solar panel since I do not have to charge the battery. The solar panel keeps the battery at 100% charge. That has been my experience with the existing other two Ring security cameras. I really like the view that these cameras provide, especially when I am away from home.

    Jul 24, 2020 17:31
  • Review by Grant, 10 out of 10
    Really nice with a few kinks

    Really nice, but the night vision dosen't work as well as the day at picking people up. I have a streetlight and at night it won't pick up people walking the road like the day. (Picture is nice though). But if they come 1/4 of the way in my yard it will pick them up. It may just be a settimg. It lets you make a fence it watches for. Also I have it set to go off, when it picks up people. Also it has a bit of latency by about 10 seconds to notify that there is someone there. Which may be my internet wifi coverage. Spotlight is bright, but if you really want to light the yard up. Then I suggest getting the camera with flood lights.

    Jul 02, 2021 23:33
  • Review by Poohkado, 8 out of 10
    It does it's job!

    We installed the spotlight camera in the backyard to watch people approaching the back porch and the said gate. It took a while to get it positioned just right to pick up someone entering the side gate. We also have a tree near the porch which was constantly triggering it from the wind or birds. After much adjustment we finally got it dialed in. The battery life in the spotlight cam seems shorter so we bought a second battery. It works good now, but we probably need to get a second one or mount it on a pole to get a proper view of all access points, currently there's a blind spot behind it.

    Aug 21, 2020 18:28
  • Review by spendsalotatbestbuy, 8 out of 10
    Great Camera Setup Needs Clarity

    I agree with the previous poster most issues in these reviews are people wanting something for nothing. You need to familiarize yourself with Wifi mainly. Almost every issue I have read in reviews can be avoided simply fixing your crappy wifi, Not getting alerts, black screen, pixelating, delays in recording etc. Just because the cam has some wifi reaching it doesnt mean a thing. Its outside and the average home's wifi is too weak. Unless it is 5-10ft away. I too had all the issues stated here until we had to replace our router. (nothing to do with the camera). The new router was installed closer to the camera then we had to add the camera and

    this solved most issues. The videos are in color, and if installed properly not too high you get perfect facial pictures. If you have it pointed towards trees or plants you get too many alerts. The app lets you choose the alert frequency. Move the camera around, experiment. My cam is mounted aprox. 6ft high for clarity I will post a photo. Sure a bad guy could damage it but by the time they reach it the video is already saved to the cloud vs installing it higher out of reach but not seeing the bad guys face only an angled head shot.

    Explore the app. You can set the camera to turn on the light at night when motion is triggered or not. It is very very bright.

    I think the big issue here is the Ring Company not going into better detail in the installation. You def. need to check wifi signal for any wifi camera system.

    Photo is a screenshot taken from Ring video at night with the spotlight . There is no additional lighting on. Motion zones set to 3/4 and installed at 6' high. (yes that is remainder of yard sale not put away yet lol)

    Cons: The battery door needs to be re-designed. It is extremely hard to close properly. By design they say however it is a huge issue.

    Aug 20, 2018 15:27
  • Review by Sunny, 10 out of 10
    Great camera

    This is my first wireless ring camera, the setup was super easy (as always) and just like my wired cameras I get a great image and all the same features. I was in need of a camera to watch my kids clubhouse and hardwiring was not an option, I am very satisfied with my wireless camera.

    May 29, 2020 18:44
  • Review by Pespad, 10 out of 10
    Great buy

    Very impressed by the range of space it covers, bought with the solor panel and I have it connected to a tree in my backyard. Don’t have to worry about charging batteries. I have to batteries installed. Will be buying for the fro yard next.

    Jun 14, 2021 18:08
  • Review by HappyBuyer, 10 out of 10
    Love this camera!

    We bought this when it was on sale and got a free Echo Show as well so it was a great deal. We wanted something for our porch area but thought a floodlight would be overkill. This camera is perfect for our needs. At first it wouldn't pick up motion right away so I adjusted the settings and it picks up movement as soon as someone enters the area which is a vast improvement over my 1st generation Ring doorbell. I recommend getting a 2nd battery (it only needs 1 but you can have 2 in there). After 2 weeks at the highest settings, here's what the battery statuses are. The 2 way audio works well. No complaints there. Very happy with this purchase!

    Sep 11, 2020 21:39
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Spotlight Cam Wire-free 2-Pack - Black
    Description

    Keep an eye on your property, even when you’re not at home. These 2 Wire-Free Ring Spotlight Cams connect to your Wi-Fi and stream live HD video and audio. Using the Ring app, you’ll be able to talk and listen to anyone around, control the spotlights and alarm, and more.

    7 Features
  • Optional premium services: Includes live streaming for all cameras. Choose Ring Protect plans starting at $3 per month per camera or Ring Protect Plus to cover unlimited Ring Cameras for a flat rate of $10 per month.
  • Download the free Ring app: See, hear and speak to people or pets. The app works with any iOS or Android device, and lets you use Live View for on-demand 1080HD video and 2-way audio.
  • Adjustable motion sensors and infrared night vision: You’ll be notified when motion is detected, day or night. Plus, you can adjust the sensors to find the ideal setting for your home.
  • Spotlights and siren alarm: Take control in any situation. Manage the LED spotlights and 110-decibel alarm manually with the app.
  • Simple installation and battery pack: Everything you need to get set up quickly is included. Plus, the devices can be charged easily with the quick-release rechargeable battery pack.
  • Lifetime purchase protection: Ring replaces stolen cameras, so you’ll always be covered. You also receive a 30-day trial of Ring Video recording so you can save, share and review your footage.
  • Stay on top of local crime: Ring Neighborhoods lets you receive real-time crime alerts from your neighbors, so you can all work together to make your community a safer place.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DaddyChIll, 10 out of 10
    Ring Spotlight Cam works great during the day

    I own 3 of these specific spotlight ring camera and love it. In day light it works great but at night it isnt bright at all. The night recordings arent very good without light and the light isnt very bright to help the camera out. Unless u have this low to the ground or add other lights around it to help light up an area at night, it isnt that effective. I mounted this by my front porch light so it does the job for my home day and night but again, If you have it mounted high, the light will not work well at all. In my back yard I added sensor solar lights that light up the area if anything is near so it supplements this ring camera to help get a better recording at night. The pictures show the camera at night without any light, during the day and at night with my other non ring solar porch light qith sensor. The ring cam caught a possum walking in our back yard. Without the additional light it gets really grainy and hard to see. I have the same driveway cam see day and night pics. Hands down, love the ring apps. Watch videos of the various settings. They also have a ring community where you can share info like "hey someone tried to break into my car" and actually share footage or just messages. U can see when someone reports occurrences in your neighborhood too.

    Nov 13, 2020 16:42
  • Review by Louis, 10 out of 10
    Ring wires free security camera

    Bought it since got a discount. I have two already installed and this would be the third. In addition, I bought the associated solar panel since I do not have to charge the battery. The solar panel keeps the battery at 100% charge. That has been my experience with the existing other two Ring security cameras. I really like the view that these cameras provide, especially when I am away from home.

    Jul 24, 2020 17:31
  • Review by Grant, 10 out of 10
    Really nice with a few kinks

    Really nice, but the night vision dosen't work as well as the day at picking people up. I have a streetlight and at night it won't pick up people walking the road like the day. (Picture is nice though). But if they come 1/4 of the way in my yard it will pick them up. It may just be a settimg. It lets you make a fence it watches for. Also I have it set to go off, when it picks up people. Also it has a bit of latency by about 10 seconds to notify that there is someone there. Which may be my internet wifi coverage. Spotlight is bright, but if you really want to light the yard up. Then I suggest getting the camera with flood lights.

    Jul 02, 2021 23:33
  • Review by Poohkado, 8 out of 10
    It does it's job!

    We installed the spotlight camera in the backyard to watch people approaching the back porch and the said gate. It took a while to get it positioned just right to pick up someone entering the side gate. We also have a tree near the porch which was constantly triggering it from the wind or birds. After much adjustment we finally got it dialed in. The battery life in the spotlight cam seems shorter so we bought a second battery. It works good now, but we probably need to get a second one or mount it on a pole to get a proper view of all access points, currently there's a blind spot behind it.

    Aug 21, 2020 18:28
  • Review by spendsalotatbestbuy, 8 out of 10
    Great Camera Setup Needs Clarity

    I agree with the previous poster most issues in these reviews are people wanting something for nothing. You need to familiarize yourself with Wifi mainly. Almost every issue I have read in reviews can be avoided simply fixing your crappy wifi, Not getting alerts, black screen, pixelating, delays in recording etc. Just because the cam has some wifi reaching it doesnt mean a thing. Its outside and the average home's wifi is too weak. Unless it is 5-10ft away. I too had all the issues stated here until we had to replace our router. (nothing to do with the camera). The new router was installed closer to the camera then we had to add the camera and

    this solved most issues. The videos are in color, and if installed properly not too high you get perfect facial pictures. If you have it pointed towards trees or plants you get too many alerts. The app lets you choose the alert frequency. Move the camera around, experiment. My cam is mounted aprox. 6ft high for clarity I will post a photo. Sure a bad guy could damage it but by the time they reach it the video is already saved to the cloud vs installing it higher out of reach but not seeing the bad guys face only an angled head shot.

    Explore the app. You can set the camera to turn on the light at night when motion is triggered or not. It is very very bright.

    I think the big issue here is the Ring Company not going into better detail in the installation. You def. need to check wifi signal for any wifi camera system.

    Photo is a screenshot taken from Ring video at night with the spotlight . There is no additional lighting on. Motion zones set to 3/4 and installed at 6' high. (yes that is remainder of yard sale not put away yet lol)

    Cons: The battery door needs to be re-designed. It is extremely hard to close properly. By design they say however it is a huge issue.

    Aug 20, 2018 15:27
  • Review by Sunny, 10 out of 10
    Great camera

    This is my first wireless ring camera, the setup was super easy (as always) and just like my wired cameras I get a great image and all the same features. I was in need of a camera to watch my kids clubhouse and hardwiring was not an option, I am very satisfied with my wireless camera.

    May 29, 2020 18:44
  • Review by Pespad, 10 out of 10
    Great buy

    Very impressed by the range of space it covers, bought with the solor panel and I have it connected to a tree in my backyard. Don’t have to worry about charging batteries. I have to batteries installed. Will be buying for the fro yard next.

    Jun 14, 2021 18:08
  • Review by HappyBuyer, 10 out of 10
    Love this camera!

    We bought this when it was on sale and got a free Echo Show as well so it was a great deal. We wanted something for our porch area but thought a floodlight would be overkill. This camera is perfect for our needs. At first it wouldn't pick up motion right away so I adjusted the settings and it picks up movement as soon as someone enters the area which is a vast improvement over my 1st generation Ring doorbell. I recommend getting a 2nd battery (it only needs 1 but you can have 2 in there). After 2 weeks at the highest settings, here's what the battery statuses are. The 2 way audio works well. No complaints there. Very happy with this purchase!

    Sep 11, 2020 21:39
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Spotlight Cam Wire-free - White
    Description

    Monitor your property from your phone, tablet or PC with Ring Spotlight Cam Battery, a motion-activated security camera with LED spotlights, a siren alarm and a rechargeable battery pack. Ring Spotlight Cam battery lets you adjust your motion sensors, so you can get the ideal setting for you and your home. When anyone steps on your property and triggers your motion sensors, you’ll get an instant alert on your phone, tablet and PC. Answer the alert, and you can see, hear and speak to people on your property from anywhere.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DaddyChIll, 10 out of 10
    Ring Spotlight Cam works great during the day

    I own 3 of these specific spotlight ring camera and love it. In day light it works great but at night it isnt bright at all. The night recordings arent very good without light and the light isnt very bright to help the camera out. Unless u have this low to the ground or add other lights around it to help light up an area at night, it isnt that effective. I mounted this by my front porch light so it does the job for my home day and night but again, If you have it mounted high, the light will not work well at all. In my back yard I added sensor solar lights that light up the area if anything is near so it supplements this ring camera to help get a better recording at night. The pictures show the camera at night without any light, during the day and at night with my other non ring solar porch light qith sensor. The ring cam caught a possum walking in our back yard. Without the additional light it gets really grainy and hard to see. I have the same driveway cam see day and night pics. Hands down, love the ring apps. Watch videos of the various settings. They also have a ring community where you can share info like "hey someone tried to break into my car" and actually share footage or just messages. U can see when someone reports occurrences in your neighborhood too.

    Nov 13, 2020 16:42
  • Review by Louis, 10 out of 10
    Ring wires free security camera

    Bought it since got a discount. I have two already installed and this would be the third. In addition, I bought the associated solar panel since I do not have to charge the battery. The solar panel keeps the battery at 100% charge. That has been my experience with the existing other two Ring security cameras. I really like the view that these cameras provide, especially when I am away from home.

    Jul 24, 2020 17:31
  • Review by Grant, 10 out of 10
    Really nice with a few kinks

    Really nice, but the night vision dosen't work as well as the day at picking people up. I have a streetlight and at night it won't pick up people walking the road like the day. (Picture is nice though). But if they come 1/4 of the way in my yard it will pick them up. It may just be a settimg. It lets you make a fence it watches for. Also I have it set to go off, when it picks up people. Also it has a bit of latency by about 10 seconds to notify that there is someone there. Which may be my internet wifi coverage. Spotlight is bright, but if you really want to light the yard up. Then I suggest getting the camera with flood lights.

    Jul 02, 2021 23:33
  • Review by Poohkado, 8 out of 10
    It does it's job!

    We installed the spotlight camera in the backyard to watch people approaching the back porch and the said gate. It took a while to get it positioned just right to pick up someone entering the side gate. We also have a tree near the porch which was constantly triggering it from the wind or birds. After much adjustment we finally got it dialed in. The battery life in the spotlight cam seems shorter so we bought a second battery. It works good now, but we probably need to get a second one or mount it on a pole to get a proper view of all access points, currently there's a blind spot behind it.

    Aug 21, 2020 18:28
  • Review by spendsalotatbestbuy, 8 out of 10
    Great Camera Setup Needs Clarity

    I agree with the previous poster most issues in these reviews are people wanting something for nothing. You need to familiarize yourself with Wifi mainly. Almost every issue I have read in reviews can be avoided simply fixing your crappy wifi, Not getting alerts, black screen, pixelating, delays in recording etc. Just because the cam has some wifi reaching it doesnt mean a thing. Its outside and the average home's wifi is too weak. Unless it is 5-10ft away. I too had all the issues stated here until we had to replace our router. (nothing to do with the camera). The new router was installed closer to the camera then we had to add the camera and

    this solved most issues. The videos are in color, and if installed properly not too high you get perfect facial pictures. If you have it pointed towards trees or plants you get too many alerts. The app lets you choose the alert frequency. Move the camera around, experiment. My cam is mounted aprox. 6ft high for clarity I will post a photo. Sure a bad guy could damage it but by the time they reach it the video is already saved to the cloud vs installing it higher out of reach but not seeing the bad guys face only an angled head shot.

    Explore the app. You can set the camera to turn on the light at night when motion is triggered or not. It is very very bright.

    I think the big issue here is the Ring Company not going into better detail in the installation. You def. need to check wifi signal for any wifi camera system.

    Photo is a screenshot taken from Ring video at night with the spotlight . There is no additional lighting on. Motion zones set to 3/4 and installed at 6' high. (yes that is remainder of yard sale not put away yet lol)

    Cons: The battery door needs to be re-designed. It is extremely hard to close properly. By design they say however it is a huge issue.

    Aug 20, 2018 15:27
  • Review by Sunny, 10 out of 10
    Great camera

    This is my first wireless ring camera, the setup was super easy (as always) and just like my wired cameras I get a great image and all the same features. I was in need of a camera to watch my kids clubhouse and hardwiring was not an option, I am very satisfied with my wireless camera.

    May 29, 2020 18:44
  • Review by Pespad, 10 out of 10
    Great buy

    Very impressed by the range of space it covers, bought with the solor panel and I have it connected to a tree in my backyard. Don’t have to worry about charging batteries. I have to batteries installed. Will be buying for the fro yard next.

    Jun 14, 2021 18:08
  • Review by HappyBuyer, 10 out of 10
    Love this camera!

    We bought this when it was on sale and got a free Echo Show as well so it was a great deal. We wanted something for our porch area but thought a floodlight would be overkill. This camera is perfect for our needs. At first it wouldn't pick up motion right away so I adjusted the settings and it picks up movement as soon as someone enters the area which is a vast improvement over my 1st generation Ring doorbell. I recommend getting a 2nd battery (it only needs 1 but you can have 2 in there). After 2 weeks at the highest settings, here's what the battery statuses are. The 2 way audio works well. No complaints there. Very happy with this purchase!

    Sep 11, 2020 21:39
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Spotlight Cam Wire-free - White
    Description

    Monitor your property from your phone, tablet or PC with Ring Spotlight Cam Battery, a motion-activated security camera with LED spotlights, a siren alarm and a rechargeable battery pack. Ring Spotlight Cam battery lets you adjust your motion sensors, so you can get the ideal setting for you and your home. When anyone steps on your property and triggers your motion sensors, you’ll get an instant alert on your phone, tablet and PC. Answer the alert, and you can see, hear and speak to people on your property from anywhere.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DaddyChIll, 10 out of 10
    Ring Spotlight Cam works great during the day

    I own 3 of these specific spotlight ring camera and love it. In day light it works great but at night it isnt bright at all. The night recordings arent very good without light and the light isnt very bright to help the camera out. Unless u have this low to the ground or add other lights around it to help light up an area at night, it isnt that effective. I mounted this by my front porch light so it does the job for my home day and night but again, If you have it mounted high, the light will not work well at all. In my back yard I added sensor solar lights that light up the area if anything is near so it supplements this ring camera to help get a better recording at night. The pictures show the camera at night without any light, during the day and at night with my other non ring solar porch light qith sensor. The ring cam caught a possum walking in our back yard. Without the additional light it gets really grainy and hard to see. I have the same driveway cam see day and night pics. Hands down, love the ring apps. Watch videos of the various settings. They also have a ring community where you can share info like "hey someone tried to break into my car" and actually share footage or just messages. U can see when someone reports occurrences in your neighborhood too.

    Nov 13, 2020 16:42
  • Review by Louis, 10 out of 10
    Ring wires free security camera

    Bought it since got a discount. I have two already installed and this would be the third. In addition, I bought the associated solar panel since I do not have to charge the battery. The solar panel keeps the battery at 100% charge. That has been my experience with the existing other two Ring security cameras. I really like the view that these cameras provide, especially when I am away from home.

    Jul 24, 2020 17:31
  • Review by Grant, 10 out of 10
    Really nice with a few kinks

    Really nice, but the night vision dosen't work as well as the day at picking people up. I have a streetlight and at night it won't pick up people walking the road like the day. (Picture is nice though). But if they come 1/4 of the way in my yard it will pick them up. It may just be a settimg. It lets you make a fence it watches for. Also I have it set to go off, when it picks up people. Also it has a bit of latency by about 10 seconds to notify that there is someone there. Which may be my internet wifi coverage. Spotlight is bright, but if you really want to light the yard up. Then I suggest getting the camera with flood lights.

    Jul 02, 2021 23:33
  • Review by Poohkado, 8 out of 10
    It does it's job!

    We installed the spotlight camera in the backyard to watch people approaching the back porch and the said gate. It took a while to get it positioned just right to pick up someone entering the side gate. We also have a tree near the porch which was constantly triggering it from the wind or birds. After much adjustment we finally got it dialed in. The battery life in the spotlight cam seems shorter so we bought a second battery. It works good now, but we probably need to get a second one or mount it on a pole to get a proper view of all access points, currently there's a blind spot behind it.

    Aug 21, 2020 18:28
  • Review by spendsalotatbestbuy, 8 out of 10
    Great Camera Setup Needs Clarity

    I agree with the previous poster most issues in these reviews are people wanting something for nothing. You need to familiarize yourself with Wifi mainly. Almost every issue I have read in reviews can be avoided simply fixing your crappy wifi, Not getting alerts, black screen, pixelating, delays in recording etc. Just because the cam has some wifi reaching it doesnt mean a thing. Its outside and the average home's wifi is too weak. Unless it is 5-10ft away. I too had all the issues stated here until we had to replace our router. (nothing to do with the camera). The new router was installed closer to the camera then we had to add the camera and

    this solved most issues. The videos are in color, and if installed properly not too high you get perfect facial pictures. If you have it pointed towards trees or plants you get too many alerts. The app lets you choose the alert frequency. Move the camera around, experiment. My cam is mounted aprox. 6ft high for clarity I will post a photo. Sure a bad guy could damage it but by the time they reach it the video is already saved to the cloud vs installing it higher out of reach but not seeing the bad guys face only an angled head shot.

    Explore the app. You can set the camera to turn on the light at night when motion is triggered or not. It is very very bright.

    I think the big issue here is the Ring Company not going into better detail in the installation. You def. need to check wifi signal for any wifi camera system.

    Photo is a screenshot taken from Ring video at night with the spotlight . There is no additional lighting on. Motion zones set to 3/4 and installed at 6' high. (yes that is remainder of yard sale not put away yet lol)

    Cons: The battery door needs to be re-designed. It is extremely hard to close properly. By design they say however it is a huge issue.

    Aug 20, 2018 15:27
  • Review by Sunny, 10 out of 10
    Great camera

    This is my first wireless ring camera, the setup was super easy (as always) and just like my wired cameras I get a great image and all the same features. I was in need of a camera to watch my kids clubhouse and hardwiring was not an option, I am very satisfied with my wireless camera.

    May 29, 2020 18:44
  • Review by Pespad, 10 out of 10
    Great buy

    Very impressed by the range of space it covers, bought with the solor panel and I have it connected to a tree in my backyard. Don’t have to worry about charging batteries. I have to batteries installed. Will be buying for the fro yard next.

    Jun 14, 2021 18:08
  • Review by HappyBuyer, 10 out of 10
    Love this camera!

    We bought this when it was on sale and got a free Echo Show as well so it was a great deal. We wanted something for our porch area but thought a floodlight would be overkill. This camera is perfect for our needs. At first it wouldn't pick up motion right away so I adjusted the settings and it picks up movement as soon as someone enters the area which is a vast improvement over my 1st generation Ring doorbell. I recommend getting a 2nd battery (it only needs 1 but you can have 2 in there). After 2 weeks at the highest settings, here's what the battery statuses are. The 2 way audio works well. No complaints there. Very happy with this purchase!

    Sep 11, 2020 21:39
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Stick Up Indoor/Outdoor Wire Free 1080p Security Camera - Certified Refurbished - White
    Description

    Add security inside or out with a versatile camera that goes almost anywhere. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is an indoor/outdoor camera that sends notifications to your phone and tablet whenever motion is detected. Answer the notification, and you can see, hear and speak to people on camera from anywhere. Place it on a flat surface so you can move it when you need to. Or mount it to a wall for more permanent placement. With Ring Stick Up Cam Battery, you’ll always be connected to home so you can see what’s happening at anytime.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Gardenview, 10 out of 10
    Ring camera photo view (rainy day)

    Product works as expected with no issues. Easy installation

    Oct 15, 2021 20:20
  • Review by USARET, 10 out of 10
    Love This Little Camera

    Added this camera to my ever growing "Ring" security/doorbell equipped home. I'm always looking for a deal and this was an excellent deal and ideal for a corner of my backyard.

    It arrived fairly quickly and looked brand new! Everything was in the box that you needed. After fully charging the battery, I paired it to the Ring and Alexa app. The field of vision is amazingly large for a smaller camera! Its almost as good as my spotlight wired cam!

    You can mount it several ways and I choose the mount affixed to the back of the camera for the location I mounted it to. Really simple install, setup and the battery is still in the higher side on 90+%! Battery life will differ +/- depending on how you set it in the app to function. Right now I am using the recommended setting and based on the pattern that it has used only a 2-3% battery for the last couple of weeks, I feel fairly safe in saying mine should last for at least 90 +/- days before needing recharged. Weather will also play a role in battery usage but I have mine in a shaded roof overhang to avoid direct sun light.

    Weatherproof and compact, portable and powerful! The siren is definitely 90db and after trying it my neighbor had to call and check to see if all was alright... ;)

    Great night vision and you can put it in a night color mode that helps view live and recording clearer and cleaner.

    I mentioned it being portable, you can always take it down and have it travel with you or set it up in a special location in your home. Of course it will need wifi/internet but we have that already at home, on our phones and as an add on in our vehicle.

    All said, this is an amazing camera and it works perfectly and no matter that is refurbished, it still operates and looks brand new but with a cheaper price tag!!

    You can power this several ways and the best I have found is with the solar panel sold separately. They (Ring) even has a 110volt plug also sold separately. I have the solar panel, which charges the battery it seems faster that removing the battery and using the electricity. I purchased 2 of these cameras and 1 solar panel, this one is all on internal battery.

    2 way talk or just listen, siren, easy set up, ease of use, portability and best of all another tool to help protect my family, home and property.

    Oct 13, 2021 22:29
  • Review by kaizen61, 10 out of 10
    Great camera either way...

    In short: A no brainer if you already have other Ring products like a doorbell or alarm, but should be considered even if you don't.

    I was lucky enough to test out the Stick Up cam via a beta tester program with Ring a while back and was really impressed with the performance and Ring's engineers responsiveness to the beat tester's suggestions and questions about the HW and the app's interactions with it.

    As a beta tester, I received a free camera to test and was allowed to keep it after I submitted my reviews, test results and posted questions. I liked it so much, when I saw this one on sale I bought it.

    Person detection is good, but I can see things that could be better. But I know there are more improvements to come soon via firmware updates, so I'm looking forward to some of my needs/wants being met.

    And the recordings are really great; have some great footage of deer on my front lawn that other cams missed. Raccoons too; had no idea my place was so popular.

    Oct 15, 2021 18:30
  • Review by Jweila01, 10 out of 10
    Good camera, easy setup.

    Use this linked with another Ring camera on the other side of the house. Set up was very easy and camera performs well. So far (2 weeks) battery has only dropped to 95%! Recordings are clear - even the black and white night recordings.

    Oct 23, 2021 12:16
  • Review by DiOrt, 10 out of 10
    great product!

    love it! great product! jsut be aware that the lifht is super strong if you move or catches something! tou have to purchase to get the recorded videos! overall very good quality and like it!

    Oct 08, 2021 16:17
  • Review by BRob, 10 out of 10
    Ring Camera

    Good quality picture & sound easy set up. You can have multiple ring cameras at different locations & manage on one app.

    Oct 29, 2021 16:07
  • Review by RingCam, 6 out of 10
    Ownership and subscription issues

    I ordered two of these cameras refurbished and both had issues. One camera kept freezing and the trial subscription to the services was already expired. The other is still registered to another person, so it can't be used for 15 days until Ring can either get the previous owner to release it or they do it. You're only going to get someone else's headache with there "refurbished" cameras. They don't even bother to reset to ownership.

    Oct 09, 2021 18:44
  • Review by Kenski, 8 out of 10
    Good camera

    Camera works well. Good nite vision too. Would like to have a volume control for speaker and mike

    Oct 29, 2021 16:12
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Spotlight Indoor/Outdoor 1080p Wi-Fi Wireless Security Camera - White
    Description

    Add reliable, smart security to any home with Ring Spotlight Cam Mount, a hardwired security camera with two-way talk, LED spotlights and a siren alarm. Armed with motion-activated alerts, custom motion zones and 1080p HD video, Spotlight Cam Mount lets you see, hear and speak to people on your property from anywhere in the Ring App. Its built-in night vision and LED spotlights allow you to protect your home around the clock and get high-quality HD video in any setting. And if you catch a suspicious person at your home, you can sound the security siren to scare them away. The versatile Ring Spotlight Cam Mount comes with three flush mounting brackets and all the tools you need to set it up in just a few minutes.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Casey, 8 out of 10
    Works great but still has limitations

    Works great but our backyard is 70ftx70ft and not all of our backyard is covered with this radius. it hits the most important areas but I wish it went out to the fence. In the evening, the image can be splotchy even with the spotlight. Also, the wifi range for the internet may not work for all homes. Sometimes we encounter a weak connection. I recommend this product for the price and app ease of use but research what your needs are before installing.

    Jan 01, 2021 17:41
  • Review by Ezdoesit71, 8 out of 10
    Works as expected

    Not a bad security camera, has many functions and preferred settings to your comfort. Many pluses with only a few drawbacks. Motion light doesn't shut off when motion is detected when camera is in disable mode. The security siren is not impressive. When activated, sounds quieter than a car horn.

    All this said, the cam is worth the investment for added protection to your home.

    May 09, 2020 06:57
  • Review by GeoffJ, 10 out of 10
    Very Good Spotlight Wireless Camera

    This is a very good outdoor spotlight wireless camera but needs hardwired power. Before installing a Ring system, you need to install WiFi extender(s) from your base router, so the signal can reach the device(s) without lag. Highly recommend testing your WiFi system as a first step.

    Jun 18, 2020 13:55
  • Review by SALLYpuffff, 10 out of 10
    MRS

    Great camera.Hard to install as it was hard wired and no one could help. Frustrating until staff realized that hard wired. Finally got the right people in and both men did an exceptional job. Do not know names but from South of Stuart. Lake Worth ???. . Can not say enough good things about them about them Anna Bergalis

    Apr 30, 2021 23:37
  • Review by Bnkr, 8 out of 10
    Pretty Easy Plug and Play if it fits.

    Generally speaking, I like the Ring cameras. The only thing that I do not like is that there is no option for recording locally. For recording, you must subscribe to one of their monthly or annual packages. One other issue that I had is that my electrical boxes are older, and this ring camera only works on a current size box. I had to hire an electrician to replace my boxes for it to fit.

    Jun 02, 2019 19:25
  • Review by RingOutdoorCamera, 10 out of 10
    RingCamera

    Love the Spotlight Outdoor Camera. Had a hard time finding this item, but was able to to find it at BestBuy.

    Sep 06, 2021 14:54
  • Review by Leon09, 8 out of 10
    Works Great

    I didn't like the wired version so I sent it back for this one. It works fine, but sometimes I can't see picture and it is less than 12 feet from the router. I have four ring products.

    Aug 19, 2020 17:23
  • Review by Pcdrums, 10 out of 10
    Best Camera for the Do-it-Yourself Project

    This camera is the hard wired system that gives a clean mounted look. While weather proof it is best to mount under the eave of the house or garage so rain or snow does not get on the lens. You do not need to sign up for storage of your events however it is recommended if you cannot immediately address the event notification.

    Dec 21, 2020 07:04
  • 9.0score
    Swann 4K PoE Add On Bullet Camera w/Dual LED Spotlights, Color Night Vision, & Free Face Recognition - White
    Description

    The Swann add on SWNHD-887MSFB 4K PoE camera provides another layer of protection and security, The Dual LED spotlights provide bright color night vision, TrueDetect™ Heat & Motion, 2-way audio, and face detection. Compatible with the 8680 4K NVR Security Kit.

    6 Features
  • Free Face detection: Know who is on your property with Face Recognition. Add an unlimited amount of faces to trigger recording and alerts to keep an eye on your property and valuable assets. Feel safe knowing your Swann system alerts you when your loved ones or unwanted guests arrive.
  • 4K Ultra HD: Get amazing detail with 4K Ultra HD, which is 4x the resolution of 1080p Full HD. Zoom in closer to see essential evidence like license plates and faces, great for use in large areas such as retail stores, warehouses, and parking lots.
  • TrueDetect™ Heat & Motion: TrueDetect™ triggers recording and push notifications when the heat from people and cars are detected, with fewer false triggers, so you will always know what’s happening.
  • Monitor Your Property with Swann: See live or playback video on your phone from anywhere with the Swann Security app. Audio capture adds another layer of evidence. Hear off-screen noises, record conversations, and identify voices by age, gender, accent, or language.
  • Store Your Recordings: Store months of recordings in the massive hard drive at no additional cost. Link your NVR to Dropbox and upload still images to the cloud for off-site storage.
  • Reliable CAT5 POE connection: Power over Ethernet (PoE) makes installation a lot simpler by having power, audio, and video transmitted via a single 60ft (18m) Ethernet cable per camera.
  • 6 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Kevin, 10 out of 10
    Great cameras

    Bought extra cameras to go with the main system I bought. They are high quality and well built.

    Jan 16, 2021 11:10
  • Review by Mikecorn, 8 out of 10
    Great buy

    Good picture quality. This model doesn't support video analytics like model swnhd-885mfsb. That is the difference in the models. Save some money with these I have one with the analytics and have never used the feature.

    Dec 08, 2020 21:50
  • Review by Securitycams, 8 out of 10
    Good camera

    So good so far. Clear picture, solid construction and seems durable. The sound quality is good but hard to understand when more 5han one voice is active. This is an early review. I will give an update after a few months.

    Jan 02, 2021 01:46
  • Review by Papa, 10 out of 10
    Papa

    Great camera it is full 4k it has all the bells easy to set up and Great price at bestbuy. Com save about 50 dollars cheaper than swann.com same camera

    Dec 25, 2020 15:56
  • Review by EXCELLENT, 10 out of 10
    Swann 4K Camera

    I love my Swann 4K Camera, it does the job for me. And it was at a great price from Best Buy!

    Jan 19, 2021 11:57
  • Review by Flex, 8 out of 10
    Camera works well I’m not disappointed by the pict

    Camera works well I’m not disappointed by the picture

    Nov 05, 2020 20:48
  • 9.0score
    Ring - Certified Refurbished Floodlight Cam - White - White
    Description

    Keep an eye on your home with this refurbished Ring Floodlight surveillance camera. The HD camera captures high-quality footage, while the weather-resistant design withstands the elements. This white Ring Floodlight surveillance camera boasts a two-way talk feature for easy communication with visitors, and Wi-Fi connectivity transmits audio or video to connected devices seamlessly.

    15 Features
  • Works with Amazon Alexa: Connect your Ring camera to Alexa, then enable announcements to be alerted when motion is detected. Talk to visitors through compatible Echo devices by saying "Alexa, talk to the front door."
  • Fully customizable motion zones: Tells you if the source of motion is a person or a car and how many are in view.
  • Night vision: Allows you to monitor your home or business even in dim lighting.
  • Hardwired installation: Ensures reliable and secure connection.
  • Two-way audio with noise cancellation: Lets you hear what happens around the camera and talk back through your phone no matter where you are.
  • Free Ring app*: You can control the lights, trigger the siren, zoom in to focus on your most important areas and more.
  • Easy installation: The camera can be mounted on a wall or ceiling.
  • Full HD resolution: Its vivid 1080p resolution allows you to see small details on your screen.
  • Live View: Stream live video from your home to your mobile device.
  • Adjustable mount with 140° field of view: Provides high-level security along with its 78° vertical field of view.
  • Two LED lights: Illuminate every angle with up to 1800-lumen bright and 3000K warm light.
  • Siren alarm: Ensures peace of mind by preventing and deterring unwanted intrusions.
  • Ring Protect Basic Plan**: Users can review what they missed for up 60 days and share videos with friends, family, neighbors and more.
  • Connects to your Wi-Fi network: Offers convenience and simple setup.
  • Weather-resistant design: The durable construction protects against wind and rain for versatile indoor/outdoor monitoring.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Way4west, 8 out of 10
    So-so, not very useful

    The motion sensors turns on/activates several times a day and in as many times during the night. I have no way of knowing what is moving around the house because for some odd reason I cannot see the video when it happens. I already have a Ring account, and I am paying for the yearly server space. And yet, somehow I cannot add a second device that account. Strange isn’t it?

    After the long rant, a few positives, the picture quality is fine even though sometimes it freezes in a strange manner, the lights can be turned on remotely. That’s a nice feature. But the lights are not activated by the motion sensor. And that is just strange.

    Jun 25, 2021 16:25
  • Review by Michael, 10 out of 10
    Excellent

    I was skeptical of installing this myself but it was honestly no problem! The camera quality is good (normal ring quality) but the flood light exceeded all expectations. I'll be buying another for my garage.

    Sep 04, 2021 21:56
  • Review by Pamela, 10 out of 10
    Floodlights

    Quality and sound is outstanding. Even though it said wireless, it was not wireless and required an electrician to install.

    May 07, 2021 18:55
  • Review by Reziliance89, 10 out of 10
    Ring floodlight working great

    Greatest buy!!!! Added this to my ring setup at home. Very bright and great visibility

    Feb 05, 2021 19:28
  • Review by Mzchas, 10 out of 10
    Safe and Satisfied

    Love the floodlight cam! Works great and super easy setup!

    Apr 02, 2021 15:43
  • Review by kab15, 10 out of 10
    Love it!

    I had a Ring Doorbell at my previous house so I knew I wanted Ring products when I moved into my new home. I ordered this and it arrived within a week and was super easy to install. The camera has a much wider range and lens view than I expected.

    Nov 01, 2021 09:30
  • Review by Kacey, 10 out of 10
    Setup myself without issue

    Setup myself without issue. The refurbished had no affect on the light. Everything worked right away as advertised. The app is great. There is an extra service you can pay to review past video.

    Nov 04, 2021 08:28
  • Review by S1inder, 10 out of 10
    Great camera quality and lighting.

    This is amazing! We had a junky flood light over our garage and it didn't work half the time. After looking into nicer flood lights I found this for a price close to that of a nicer flood light. I was initially worried about the distance and the camera picture quality but wow it is clear and picks up everything. I did have to adjust the sensitivity since it would pick up cats walking around our house at 2AM lol. Great camera and the light is very bright, even at about 65ft off the ground. Highly recommended.

    Feb 04, 2021 23:10
  • 9.0score
    Blink - 3-cam Outdoor Wireless 1080p Camera Kit
    Description

    Blink Indoor is a wire-free, battery-powered security camera that helps you check in on your home day or night in 1080p HD with infrared night vision.

    6 Features
  • Battery Life: With long-lasting battery life, Outdoor runs for up to two years on two AA lithium batteries (included).
  • Motion Detection: Get motion detection alerts on your phone with the option to customize motion zones in the Blink Home Monitor app so you’re only alerted when you need to be.
  • Live View: Get motion detection alerts on your phone with the option to customize motion zones in the Blink Home Monitor app so you’re only alerted when you need to be.
  • Blink Subscription Plan: Record, view, and save events in your Blink app with a free 30-day trial of the Blink Subscription Plan. Then, subscribe for just $3 per month per camera, or $10 per month for unlimited cameras at a single location.
  • Local Storage: Save videos and photos from up to 10 Blink cameras connected to the Blink Sync Module 2 locally in your home and view them through the Blink app or the computer by plugging in a USB flash drive (sold separately) for no additional fee.
  • Works With Alexa: Go hands-free with Alexa. Stream live video, play recorded clips, arm and disarm your camera, be alerted to motion, and more.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by edutecher, 8 out of 10
    TRUE wireless security cams.

    I got this to spy on what is under my house. (Discovered by these cameras that it is an opossum!) I got video of it... and the cat that got caught in our humane trap under there.

    SO FAR, I am really happy with Blink. Not happy it's part of AMAZON though.

    Don't believe the battery life though. To set it up to record at decent resolution, record longer clips, and other things takes battery. I hope to get a year from the included LI batteries.

    I also worry about the ease it is to remove the camera if you can reach it. It pops right on and off.

    DON'T pay full price! I got it for about 100 off!

    Mar 12, 2021 16:56
  • Review by JinWL, 6 out of 10
    Three stars

    Have had this up for better than a week.

    1. The Sync module outlet adapter is ridiculously long & sticking out of the wall socket, so easy to knock into or have your kids knock it around while playing. You dont know you are off line till you begin to question why you are not seeing new videos. Terrible design; tried to get a clear cut answer direct from Blink about changing the adapter, like pulling teeth for a clear answer. --Minus 1 star

    2. The infra-red at night is highly lackluster on any of the settings they offer for it. ie...Sensitivity, Night vision and IR intensity- this is long time technology, hard to believe it isnt any good at least in my particular circumstances. None of the settings looks or is any different from the other. --Minus a second star

    3. Early notification doesn't work, its 10 seconds either way before the video begins.

    I believe this thing is hyped so much but overall, for the price it does a "decent" job assuming the adapter stays put & you are not concerned about security from a subpar infra red.

    Once this stops working I wont replace w/ the same instead will go a step up. Security is important, I should have known it would be too good to be fully true.

    May 13, 2021 10:32
  • Review by Eddieb, 8 out of 10
    Great system!!

    Very good in daylight. Video excellent. Night vision fair with on board infrared. Ad just a little light and it’s a whole new experience. I have 4 Blink cameras- they all work very well! I would buy more!

    Oct 30, 2020 17:02
  • Review by Albback, 10 out of 10
    Love my BLINK!

    I love these Blink cameras! They use AA Batteries that last up to 2 years, night vison, and two way audio. They are wireless, so you can place them anywhere on your property. No wiring needed... The wall mounts make them easy to snap in to place.

    I would definitely recommend!

    Dec 04, 2020 20:16
  • Review by Vaughn, 8 out of 10
    Blink review

    I like the cameras. They are very clear except for at night. I probably need to add more lighting to certain areas around the exterior of my house. Also wish they would make rotating cameras to capture more areas. But overall, I am very pleased.

    Apr 04, 2021 06:25
  • Review by Dave, 8 out of 10
    A decent system - Biggest plus is ease of install

    I wanted to put in an easy outdoor camera system that was affordable. And this mult-camera system fit the bill when it was on sale! I have mixed emotions about the entire system. The devices themselves are great. But for every feature I like about the system, there is a system/application limitation that I don't like.

    The Good

    Very small cameras, each take 2 AA Lithium batters, and pair easily to the provided hub.

    They provide a mounthing bracket and an angle adapter to allow for a vertical and horizontal mount. Mounts are held in with a couple screws, and were easy to install.

    Image quality is pretty good. They have a wide angle of view, and allow you to hear and talk through the live stream.

    Local storage option (micro SD card) will allow you save your videos locally, and you don't have to have their subscription service.

    The timeline is pretty easy to use in the app, and it's easy to download videos if you want to save them. Oddly enough, the app blocks taking screen shots and I'm not sure why.

    Night vision is pretty good. It doesn't see very far on infrared, but, I suspect that is due to it being battery based, and they don't have a ton of IR transmitters on each unit.

    Motion clips can vary in length, but the app warns you about batterty life if you go much beyond the default. If it's a high traffic area. You probably want to keep them short for high-traffic areas, or plan to replace batteries more frequently.

    The Bad

    First, the mounts. Attaching the mount without the adapter was virtually impossible. The plastic was soo hard, and the tolerance was so tight that attaching just the mounting bracket was so hard, I am not sure I could do that when the mount was on the wall. Now, with the horizontal adapter attached, it was no problem at all. so I made sure I picked horizontal mouting locations. I understand previous versions had mounts that were too weak, so perhaps this pendulum swung too far the other way.

    Where a subscription is no required (yay), they do have application limiations that push you towards the subscriptions, like, when you run out of local storage, you have to delete the videos one by one. You cannot select multiple to delete. But you can with the cloud storage. :-|

    The biggest annoyance is that, where you can arm and disarm the entire system, or enable/disable individual cameras, there is no built-in capability to arm or disarm based on location, only based on a schedule. To do it, you have to use a 3rd party service called IFTTT, which seems like overkill.

    The subscription plan isn't horribly expensive, at $10/month or $100/year for an unlimited number of cameras and unlimited storage. That being said, it would be really nice if I could have just one subscription for all of my amazon-owned systems, including Bling and Ring. Or maybe if they rolled it into a Prime membership... or an add-on to Prime even.

    Summary

    In summary, the system as some pros and some cons, but overall, I'm pretty happy with it. My biggest goal was not to have to wire my house for cameras, and this system fits that goal really well. If you can wire everything up, there's probably better systems to use (Amcrest, Reolink, etc.).

    The biggest test will be to see how long I actually get out of battery life. My cameras range from low traffic to occasional traffic, to "higher" traffic, so, it will be interesting to see what the various battery life will be. Plus Winter is coming, which will probably affect battery performance as well.

    Aug 15, 2021 11:54
  • Review by Heatseeker, 10 out of 10
    Well worth the money.

    I purchased the 3 camera kit and was amazed how easy it was to set it up. I have a camera on my mailbox to view my garage doors, one in the backyard viewing the back patio door and one I attached to a metal wreath holder for the front door (I saw this on YouTube and it works great). I already purchased an additional camera to attach to the house to view my driveway.

    Oct 15, 2021 15:38
  • Review by SofaSniper, 2 out of 10
    Camera died in one week.

    I had really high hopes for these, I bought the 2 pack and installed one by my front door and the other on my garage. I changed my settings from 5 second clips to 60 second clips figuring they advertise 2 years of life from a single pair of AA batteries depending on your settings. I figured I should still get a year or maybe even 6 months which I’d be ok with changing batteries every 6 months but I was wrong, my driveway camera died after one week of use at a 60 second clip setting with a 6 sensitivity setting. 5 second clips are useless for security purposes. I contacted customer support and received no help at all other than placing the blame on me and telling me to change my settings back to 5 seconds to save battery life.

    Nov 03, 2020 11:35
  • 8.6score
    Blink - 2-cam Outdoor Wireless 1080p Camera Kit
    Description

    Blink Indoor is a wire-free, battery-powered security camera that helps you check in on your home day or night in 1080p HD with infrared night vision.

    6 Features
  • Battery Life: With long-lasting battery life, Outdoor runs for up to two years on two AA lithium batteries (included).
  • Motion Detection: Get motion detection alerts on your phone with the option to customize motion zones in the Blink Home Monitor app so you’re only alerted when you need to be.
  • Live View: Get motion detection alerts on your phone with the option to customize motion zones in the Blink Home Monitor app so you’re only alerted when you need to be.
  • Blink Subscription Plan: Record, view, and save events in your Blink app with a free 30-day trial of the Blink Subscription Plan. Then, subscribe for just $3 per month per camera, or $10 per month for unlimited cameras at a single location.
  • Local Storage: Save videos and photos from up to 10 Blink cameras connected to the Blink Sync Module 2 locally in your home and view them through the Blink app or the computer by plugging in a USB flash drive (sold separately) for no additional fee.
  • Works With Alexa: Go hands-free with Alexa. Stream live video, play recorded clips, arm and disarm your camera, be alerted to motion, and more.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by edutecher, 8 out of 10
    TRUE wireless security cams.

    I got this to spy on what is under my house. (Discovered by these cameras that it is an opossum!) I got video of it... and the cat that got caught in our humane trap under there.

    SO FAR, I am really happy with Blink. Not happy it's part of AMAZON though.

    Don't believe the battery life though. To set it up to record at decent resolution, record longer clips, and other things takes battery. I hope to get a year from the included LI batteries.

    I also worry about the ease it is to remove the camera if you can reach it. It pops right on and off.

    DON'T pay full price! I got it for about 100 off!

    Mar 12, 2021 16:56
  • Review by JinWL, 6 out of 10
    Three stars

    Have had this up for better than a week.

    1. The Sync module outlet adapter is ridiculously long & sticking out of the wall socket, so easy to knock into or have your kids knock it around while playing. You dont know you are off line till you begin to question why you are not seeing new videos. Terrible design; tried to get a clear cut answer direct from Blink about changing the adapter, like pulling teeth for a clear answer. --Minus 1 star

    2. The infra-red at night is highly lackluster on any of the settings they offer for it. ie...Sensitivity, Night vision and IR intensity- this is long time technology, hard to believe it isnt any good at least in my particular circumstances. None of the settings looks or is any different from the other. --Minus a second star

    3. Early notification doesn't work, its 10 seconds either way before the video begins.

    I believe this thing is hyped so much but overall, for the price it does a "decent" job assuming the adapter stays put & you are not concerned about security from a subpar infra red.

    Once this stops working I wont replace w/ the same instead will go a step up. Security is important, I should have known it would be too good to be fully true.

    May 13, 2021 10:32
  • Review by Eddieb, 8 out of 10
    Great system!!

    Very good in daylight. Video excellent. Night vision fair with on board infrared. Ad just a little light and it’s a whole new experience. I have 4 Blink cameras- they all work very well! I would buy more!

    Oct 30, 2020 17:02
  • Review by Albback, 10 out of 10
    Love my BLINK!

    I love these Blink cameras! They use AA Batteries that last up to 2 years, night vison, and two way audio. They are wireless, so you can place them anywhere on your property. No wiring needed... The wall mounts make them easy to snap in to place.

    I would definitely recommend!

    Dec 04, 2020 20:16
  • Review by Vaughn, 8 out of 10
    Blink review

    I like the cameras. They are very clear except for at night. I probably need to add more lighting to certain areas around the exterior of my house. Also wish they would make rotating cameras to capture more areas. But overall, I am very pleased.

    Apr 04, 2021 06:25
  • Review by Dave, 8 out of 10
    A decent system - Biggest plus is ease of install

    I wanted to put in an easy outdoor camera system that was affordable. And this mult-camera system fit the bill when it was on sale! I have mixed emotions about the entire system. The devices themselves are great. But for every feature I like about the system, there is a system/application limitation that I don't like.

    The Good

    Very small cameras, each take 2 AA Lithium batters, and pair easily to the provided hub.

    They provide a mounthing bracket and an angle adapter to allow for a vertical and horizontal mount. Mounts are held in with a couple screws, and were easy to install.

    Image quality is pretty good. They have a wide angle of view, and allow you to hear and talk through the live stream.

    Local storage option (micro SD card) will allow you save your videos locally, and you don't have to have their subscription service.

    The timeline is pretty easy to use in the app, and it's easy to download videos if you want to save them. Oddly enough, the app blocks taking screen shots and I'm not sure why.

    Night vision is pretty good. It doesn't see very far on infrared, but, I suspect that is due to it being battery based, and they don't have a ton of IR transmitters on each unit.

    Motion clips can vary in length, but the app warns you about batterty life if you go much beyond the default. If it's a high traffic area. You probably want to keep them short for high-traffic areas, or plan to replace batteries more frequently.

    The Bad

    First, the mounts. Attaching the mount without the adapter was virtually impossible. The plastic was soo hard, and the tolerance was so tight that attaching just the mounting bracket was so hard, I am not sure I could do that when the mount was on the wall. Now, with the horizontal adapter attached, it was no problem at all. so I made sure I picked horizontal mouting locations. I understand previous versions had mounts that were too weak, so perhaps this pendulum swung too far the other way.

    Where a subscription is no required (yay), they do have application limiations that push you towards the subscriptions, like, when you run out of local storage, you have to delete the videos one by one. You cannot select multiple to delete. But you can with the cloud storage. :-|

    The biggest annoyance is that, where you can arm and disarm the entire system, or enable/disable individual cameras, there is no built-in capability to arm or disarm based on location, only based on a schedule. To do it, you have to use a 3rd party service called IFTTT, which seems like overkill.

    The subscription plan isn't horribly expensive, at $10/month or $100/year for an unlimited number of cameras and unlimited storage. That being said, it would be really nice if I could have just one subscription for all of my amazon-owned systems, including Bling and Ring. Or maybe if they rolled it into a Prime membership... or an add-on to Prime even.

    Summary

    In summary, the system as some pros and some cons, but overall, I'm pretty happy with it. My biggest goal was not to have to wire my house for cameras, and this system fits that goal really well. If you can wire everything up, there's probably better systems to use (Amcrest, Reolink, etc.).

    The biggest test will be to see how long I actually get out of battery life. My cameras range from low traffic to occasional traffic, to "higher" traffic, so, it will be interesting to see what the various battery life will be. Plus Winter is coming, which will probably affect battery performance as well.

    Aug 15, 2021 11:54
  • Review by Heatseeker, 10 out of 10
    Well worth the money.

    I purchased the 3 camera kit and was amazed how easy it was to set it up. I have a camera on my mailbox to view my garage doors, one in the backyard viewing the back patio door and one I attached to a metal wreath holder for the front door (I saw this on YouTube and it works great). I already purchased an additional camera to attach to the house to view my driveway.

    Oct 15, 2021 15:38
  • Review by SofaSniper, 2 out of 10
    Camera died in one week.

    I had really high hopes for these, I bought the 2 pack and installed one by my front door and the other on my garage. I changed my settings from 5 second clips to 60 second clips figuring they advertise 2 years of life from a single pair of AA batteries depending on your settings. I figured I should still get a year or maybe even 6 months which I’d be ok with changing batteries every 6 months but I was wrong, my driveway camera died after one week of use at a 60 second clip setting with a 6 sensitivity setting. 5 second clips are useless for security purposes. I contacted customer support and received no help at all other than placing the blame on me and telling me to change my settings back to 5 seconds to save battery life.

    Nov 03, 2020 11:35
  • 8.6score
    Arlo - Pro 3 2-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free 2K HDR Security Camera System - White
    Description

    Keep an eye on your home or business day and night with Arlo Pro 3. With no wires, you can install Pro 3 in minutes and view video directly from your phone. Spot unique details with color night vision, and see more in dark areas with the integrated spotlight. The advanced lens provides superior image quality, a wider field of view, and allows you to auto track and zoom on moving objects with clarity. Receive notifications when your camera spots people, vehicles, animals, or packages, and view live video or recorded clips directly from your phone, with 3 months of included Arlo Smart.* Hear and speak to visitors clearly with two-way audio.

    12 Features
  • Details matter: Zoom in on objects, and see clearer details and colors in 2K HDR.
  • See in color - day or night: Capture the full picture, even in low light with color night vision.
  • Spotlight that never sleeps: Light up the night, and identify unique details with the integrated spotlight.
  • Quick and simple wire-free setup: Easily install and adjust your camera as a professional with the new magnetic mount.
  • Get the bigger picture: Keep an eye on more of what matters with a wider 160° field of view.
  • Notifications that matter: Receive notifications when your camera spots people, vehicles, animals, or a package is delivered with Arlo Smart.* 3-month trial of Arlo Smart service is included, with rolling 30-day cloud recordings.**
  • Brave the elements: Certified to withstand heat, cold, rain, or sun.
  • 2-way audio: Hear and speak to visitors clearly with superior audio quality.
  • Built-in smart siren: Trigger your camera's siren remotely or automatically during an event.
  • Rechargeable battery: Go wire-free with a convenient and long-lasting battery.
  • Handy charging options: Snap the magnetic charging cable into place to quickly charge your camera, or charge two batteries at once with the optional Dual Charging Station accessory.
  • Security in the palm of your hand: Watch live streaming or recorded video from your smartphone or tablet on the Arlo app.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by optimummind, 8 out of 10
    Very good wire-free home security system

    === Summary ==

    I'm a huge fan of the Arlo Pro 2 camera system so I was naturally very excited for the Arlo Pro 3. It has many features my Arlo Pro 2 does not have, such as 2K recording, color night vision, integrated spotlight, and 160-degree viewing angle. After using it for the past five days, I can say that Arlo didn't disappoint -- for the most part. Although I LOVE its reliable video and audio quality, easy-to-use mobile app, its quick and smart notification system, and long-lasting battery, I'm very disappointed that Arlo chose NOT to include 7-day free cloud recording for the Pro 3 and still hasn't kept their pledge to make locally saved clips accessible from its mobile app. If Arlo had kept that option, it would've been a 10 out of 10 product and a Complete Win. As it is, I rate it 4 Stars out of 5 overall.

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    *Pros:

    -Slick and attractive design.

    -Super simple & quick setup process.

    -Clean and color-accurate video quality from HDR & 2K recording.

    -Audio recordings are noise-free, skip-free, and sound clean and clear.

    -Smart Alerts are smart & accurate most of the time.

    -The mobile app is feature-rich and easy to use.

    -Long-lasting battery.

    -The motion-detection sensor is very responsive & quickly turns on the spotlight.

    -Robust & varied accessory ecosystem.

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    *Neutral:

    -Accessories are expensive. $50 for a 25-ft charging cable?

    -The cool features require a monthly plan.

    -The cheapest Arlo Smart plan costs $2.99/month per camera.

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    *Cons:

    -Clips can be saved to local storage but you can't view it from the mobile app. Arlo has 2 months left to keep their promise.

    === Design & Setup ===

    When it comes to design, build materials, build quality, and general fit-and-finish, Arlo has done a fantastic job with the Pro 3. The cameras and base station look great and blend perfectly within my home. In the hands, it feels solid and durable, and taking it apart to insert the battery was a smooth and frustration-free experience.

    The charging port is on the bottom and the charging interface from the cable connects magnetically to the camera now, which is a huge improvement in terms of convenience. With the Arlo Pro 2, the charging cable on the back got in the way of my outdoor mounts and the rubber flap was fragile and easy to become dislocated.

    Setting up the Arlo Pro 3 was a completely frustration-free and speedy process. Connect the base station to the router, give it power, and add each camera one-by-one inside the Arlo mobile app. Upon first startup, there were firmware updates for both the base station and each of the cameras. Those went through without any hiccups.

    In the box, there was one magnetic wall mount and one outdoor mount accessory. Sadly, the cable in the box was too short and I couldn't run it from the wall to my front porch. But checking Arlo's accessory store, a 25-ft charge cable is available so I'll probably be getting that. It's too bad most accessories are so expensive, though. For some of these accessories, I'll be waiting for third-party companies to make cheaper alternatives.

    === Mobile App & Customization ===

    After all the cameras have been added, I fine-tuned the camera settings within the well-organized and easy-to-use Arlo mobile app.

    The app has three main tabs on the top: Mode, Devices, and Library. In the "Mode" section, you tell the cameras when to detect for motion and audio events and what to do about it. For one of my cameras outside in the front porch, I have it to detect for both motion (80% sensitivity) and audio (level 3 sensitivity out of 5) and to record a video for 300 seconds. After the event has finished, Push notification is sent to my smartphone. Other options inside Mode include "Disarmed," "Scheduled," and "Geofencing." I leave my cameras "Armed" all the time.

    In the "Devices" section, you can view each camera video feed to initiate two-way speaker conversations, manually take photos or record a video, and turn on or off the spotlight camera. You can also create Activity Zones so you only receive alerts when something happens inside that zone. And there are numerous other options -- battery level indicator, camera LED behavior, check device info, motion detection test, video quality levels (brightness, Auto HDR, local 2K live streaming, auto-zoom & track, low light settings, night vision), power management, and video angle (160-, 125-, or 110-degree).

    The final section is the "Library" and this is where you go to view all the clips that have been recorded in response to events. The newest event is always on the top and you can select a video and mark it as a Favorite, share the file with someone, "donate" it to Arlo for their R&D, download it, or simply delete it.

    But wait, there is more~! From the main screen of the app, when you tap on the 3-dot menu icon and tap on Settings, you'll discover the "Arlo Smart" section. It's here where you can tell the cameras to detect for package deliveries (only one camera can do this) or detect specifically for people, vehicles, animals, smoke/CO alarms, and more. For the part, these smart detections worked pretty well, correctly flagging my dogs and cat as animals and my UPS delivery man as a human. Package detection wasn't as quite consistent, probably because not all of my packages arrived in rectangular or square boxes but sometimes in large envelopes or plastic bags.

    All in all, I'm very impressed and delighted by all the features that are offered by Arlo. It truly is a complete home security camera system.

    === Video & Audio Quality ===

    With its 160-degree viewing angle and 2K video resolution, the crispness and clarity of the videos were highly satisfactory. The colors were true-to-life, color gradation was handled very well, and the HDR feature did an excellent job correctly exposing the dark areas.

    The audio recordings were exceptional as well, way better than my Arlo Pro 2. The audio is cleaner with less noise and skips and I was very impressed by how far it can record conversations. My wifey and daughter were talking about 30 feet away from my Pro 3 in the living room and I could hear and understand each word they were saying loud and clear.

    I love it when a new successor product completely outperforms the previous model and Arlo Pro 3 succeeds in doing that.

    === Battery life ===

    I've been recording 5-minute clips in 2K and viewing live feeds in 2K. Also, the spotlight camera is set to turn on all the time during low-light situations. After recording 82 5-minute clips (almost 7 hrs of footage), the Arlo Pro 3 camera still had 25% battery left. I'm impressed.

    === Cloud Recording, local storage, & Arlo Monthly Plans ===

    This is the part of my review where I get a little negative. After being used to the 7-day free cloud recording feature of my Arlo Pro 2 system for the past two years, I'm very reluctant to begin paying a monthly fee. To be honest, it's not TOO bad. For $2.99 per month per camera with the Arlo Smart plan, I get 30 days of video playback, enhanced notifications, activity zones, and person detection. After all, it probably costs Arlo lots of money in server and storage costs. But still...the Arlo cameras are one of the most expensive wire-free security camera systems on the market. Therefore, I think Arlo should make available AT LEAST a 3-day free cloud storage option for customers who are shelling out so much money for their systems. I think that's a good compromise.

    In terms of local storage of video clips, Arlo has dropped the ball here too. Yes, you can store your clips locally but you can't view your local clips from inside the mobile app. What was Arlo thinking? I've had that feature in my $200 Samsung camera for four years already! Arlo announced that in the second half of 2019 they will implement a way for users to view local clips from within the app. Well, Arlo, you have two months left to keep your word.

    I'm currently using the 3-month free trial subscription and time will tell whether I stay on the basic Arlo Smart subscription plan or not. Whether I do or don't, I'll come back to this review and add a comment to share my opinion on whether I think it's worth it or not.

    === Conclusion ===

    Overall, I like the Arlo Pro 3. It's well-built and engineered, it produces high-quality video and audio clips, its mobile app is simple to use and very responsive, and its smart features like animal detection and package detection are cool and neat. But with such a high $500 upfront cost, Arlo should've included some form of free cloud storage and ability to access locally saved clips from the mobile app. With that said, I still recommend it because the execution is so good and it has such a robust accessory ecosystem.

    Oct 05, 2019 01:53
  • Review by Titan5178, 10 out of 10
    Excellent DIY Camera Kit

    Arlo Pro 3

    I have quite a bit of experience with the Arlo line as I have been using an Arlo base station along with 2 of the Pro 2’s and 2 Pro’s for the past few years. I love these, they have been reliable, secure, and can take a beating in the elements. I have no doubt the Arlo Pro 3 will prove be even better!

    === In the Box ===

    Inside the box there are the two Arlo Pro 3 cameras, the Smarthub base, 2 rechargable batteries, a magnetic mount, 1 outdoor mount, 1 magnetic charging cable with usb charger, power cord for the Smarthub, and an ethernet cable.

    I find it a little odd that there is only one charging cable in the box for two cameras. I suppose the idea is the batteries are expected to last so long that you can survive with just one cable, simply removing the cameras or their batteries and charging them as needed. For me, personally, I like to wire the cameras up to a power source so that I never have to worry about them, so I would have appreciated two cables.

    The way the kit is put together it almost guarantees you will need to buy at least some accessories such as an extra charging cable or the dual charging station. In case you were wondering, the batteries are different than the older Pro or Pro 2 models so not compatible.

    === Setup ===

    Setup is dead simple with the Arlo app. Find a spot near your router for the Smarthub (has to be connected via ethernet, wifi not supported) and plug the ethernet and power cable in. The app will detect the new Smarthub and then you follow the instructions to add each camera. There’s a button on the bottom of the camera to release the unit from its housing to insert the battery. The whole process could not have taken more than 5 minutes. I was a little worried I might have issues since I use the same app to monitor my existing Arlo base station but looks like the older base station and new Smarthub and all six of my cameras can co-exist in the same app.

    I could have added all the cameras to the new Smarthub if I wanted to but I’m glad that I am able to use two base stations as there are some areas around my yard where the old base station couldn’t reach. Now I have two hubs in two different corners of my home so I have much better coverage for the cameras.

    As mentioned above, there are two types of mounts included. With the magnetic mount once you affix it to your wall the camera simply pops onto the mount at almost any angle. It also makes it easy to remove the camera when you have to recharge the battery.

    The other mount is a necessity if you need to mount in an outdoor or high location. For now I’m using the magnetic mount in a new location and replaced one of my existing mounted Pro 2’s with the Pro 3

    While cloud recording is automatic, you may also want to connect a USB hard drive to the Smarthub for local copies of the videos.

    === Usage ===

    Once everything is synced and mounted you use the Arlo app on your phone to manage and monitor the video feeds. The system should be armed which means the cameras will detect motion and automatically save the video to the cloud, turn on the LED spotlight, and send a notification to your phone. You can go into the device settings to turn any or all of this off. You can also configure the cameras to take action on sound instead of motion or to activate the siren on the camera. The siren is not ear piercing loud but I’d imagine it scare most intruders away especially if the spotlight also comes on.

    I didn’t find the auto zoom and tracking to be that great. It’s not very smooth especially when the object it is tracking is moving quickly. You can use the app to have two way audio communication with someone but this is not a feature I use often.

    The system can also be synced with a smart home system such as Apple’s Homekit. Here you’ll be able to see your cameras live in the Home app on your Apple devices. One of my favorite features is I can open the Home app on my Mac and select a video feed to keep open in a small window in the corner of my screen. Perfect for watching out for the pizza boy! Google Assistant and Alexa are also supported but I haven’t tried these out.

    If you want to turn off the detection and video recording, simply open the app and disarm the system. There are also options to arm/disarm on a schedule or geofencing.

    === Performance ===

    I can definitely tell a difference in the image quality between the Arlo Pro 2 and Pro 3. Take a look at the image samples below. There is more detail in the Pro 3 screenshot and the colors are more natural than the Pro 2 which is quite a bit oversaturated.

    The color night vision is pretty neat. You could clearly see I was wearing a red shirt at night but note that it does not work if you do not have the LED spotlight enabled.

    === Pros ===

    App based setup

    Two-way audio

    2560 x 1440 resolution w/ HDR

    Color Night vision

    Wider field of View than Pro 2

    Spotlight Built-in

    Long battery life

    Auto Zoom and Track

    Homekit, Google, and Alexa support

    Built-in Sirens

    Alarm Detection

    Local USB Storage

    === Cons ===

    Includes just 1 magnetic charger

    Pricey when you consider you'll likely need accessories and a subscription as well

    Overall, the Arlo Pro 3 is a nice addition to the Arlo lineup. You get mostly the same features as the more expensive Arlo Ultra, only sacrificing resolution. I would definitely buy these over the Arlo Pro 2 at this point as the increase in resolution, color accuracy, and night vision are worth the upgrade.

    Oct 07, 2019 21:03
  • Review by nickcal, 10 out of 10
    A great option for security camera

    Security is vital in this day and age. I don’t think a week goes by where I don't see a story on the national news about someone who was helped by a video doorbell. I’ve had a video doorbell as a part of my security system for many years now and as nice as it is, it’s helpful to also have a few strategically placed WiFi cameras throughout my home. I find that Arlo’s system is the most user-friendly robust option in the market and their newest system -- the Arlo Pro 3 is a nice step up from their previous generation of cameras.

    Arlo provides a lot in the box including the Arlo SmartHub, Pro 3 Wire-free Cameras, their rechargeable batteries, the SmartHub power adapter, ethernet cable, mounts, the camera charging cable, and camera power adapter. Even though all the pieces in the box can seem intimidating, it’s a relatively simple system to set up. You first connect the SmartHub to power and your internet source using the provided ethernet cable. Then you download the Arlo app and follow set-up instructions for the system. You will also have to insert the batteries into the cameras and ensure they are charged.

    You can place the mounts wherever you would like. Arlo also includes the mounting hardware for the mounts. The one thing that strikes me as odd with the mounts is that Arlo only provides one of each style of mount. Since I got a system with 2 cameras, I found it odd that I wouldn’t be allowed to mount them both the same way. The cameras attach to the mounts using either magnets or by being screwed into them. With my Arlo Pro 2 system, I actually just found places to mount the cameras using the magnets, which is another option. The only downside to this is that the camera can be easily removed from its mount -- and even stolen.

    The app does walk you through the set-up of the SmartHub quite simply. Once you connect it to power and the internet, it will likely have a firmware update to complete. I had to do this step and it took approximately 5-7 minutes. Once the hub is set-up, you can start adding cameras. One of the things I was most excited about with this hub is that I was able to add the Arlo Pro 2 cameras to it as well. This was a great benefit to my household since it meant that we wouldn’t have to keep both hubs connected. I didn’t have any issues with connecting the old and new cameras. The hub automatically recognized the new ones and I only had to press the ‘sync’ buttons on the older cameras in order for the hub to connect to them. All in all, it took about 30 minutes to have the entire system set-up -- that includes firmware updates.

    Another change that Arlo made with this system is how the cameras charge. The Arlo Pro 2 cameras used Micro USB, which I typically feel is outdated technology these days, but Arlo changed it to be a proprietary magnetic charging cable that is unique to this system. I would much rather see the cameras charge using something more universal like USB-C. I don’t like unique charging cables because if they get lost you have no way to charge your device.

    Video quality is amazing. I used one of the cameras to monitor our puppy while he was in his playpen. He’s a crafty little guy and knows how to get out of tight places so we keep a close eye on him when we are in a separate room from him. The Arlo Pro 3 camera was an ideal option since it gave us a perfectly clear image of him. These cameras work great not only for monitoring entryways and spaces but also for places like nurseries.

    I love these cameras because of the easy set-up and the quality video it provides. They are incredibly flexible in how you decide to use them and that makes them an ideal choice for many different uses. Arlo is my go-to when it comes to wireless cameras for my home.

    Oct 08, 2019 10:23
  • Review by gadgeTT, 10 out of 10
    Easy Setup, Great Features, Long Battery Life

    Pros:

    * Great video quality.

    * Simple setup.

    * Useful and Flexible features.

    * Easy to use app.

    * Long battery life.

    Cons:

    * Not inexpensive.

    * Base hub is not compatible with my other Arlo products.

    My Review:

    My first experience with Arlo products was their Security Lights. While they work great, and their battery life is excellent, the setup was very finicky and the settings within their app were not exceedingly clear.

    My experiences thus far with the Arlo Pro 3 Security Cameras are similar for how well they work, but night-and-day (pun intended) for how easy they are to set up and use. In fact, initial setup was so easy that I was surprised it was done so soon. Plug the hub into power and ethernet, then fire up the app. It was that easy. Setting up the Security Lights was cumbersome. Setting up the Arlo Pro 3 cameras was brain-dead simple. I inserted the partially-charged batteries into the two cameras and after setting up the hub, the app asked if I wanted to also set up my 2 cameras. Done. The app even gives you a good idea for how strong the video quality is based on wireless signal from the camera to the hub. Nice!

    The design of these cameras is really nice, too. They have an outer shell that the “guts” of the camera slide into to keep everything contained and water-tight. The shell is what is mounted and you can easily separate the two to swap out a charged battery without disturbing the mounting position. If you just want to leave the battery inserted and charge with the supplied cable, you will have remove the camera with housing from the mount unless the provided magnetically-coupled cable reaches easily for the duration of charging the camera’s battery.

    Each camera has a microphone and speaker for 2-way communications, a bright spotlight for better illumination, the camera (of course) and a wide-angle motion sensor.

    The app even noticed that I already had the Security Lights configured and offered to set up some synergy between the lights and the cameras. Setting up the motion zones, the video quality, notifications, etc. was all easy, and the video quality both during the day and at night was amazing.

    Another nice feature is that while all the video can go to the cloud for storage, analysis and easy access, you can also plug in a storage device to the hub for local file storage in place of or in addition to the cloud.

    While the app integrates both the Pro 3 Cameras and the Security Lights together, the hubs for each are completely separate. It would have been nice to eliminate the Security Light hub (I need two for proper coverage) and the Camera hub, but at least the app controls both seamlessly.

    Overall, these security cameras may not be the least expensive options, but the video quality, features and design definitely make them worth spending a bit more money on.

    Oct 08, 2019 16:58
  • Review by Yardie87, 10 out of 10
    Why try other wireless cam brands?

    This Pro 3 wireless camera system is top tier. The 2k resolution is more than enough. I personally think it's unecessary to go for the ultra given the fact that phones don't have 4k, which is what you'll be viewing cams from 99.999% of the time. Ample resolution with pro 3's. The battery life is pretty legit...as long as you play optimize the video quality sliders and motion sensitivity. I'd definitely recommend to get the 25' outdoor magnetic charge cord, if you don't want to EVER think about touching the cams again. Great job Arlo. I'm not gonna complain too much about service charges...that's EVERY companies business model....how are they gonna make overhead and profits people. If it was higher than current I'd understand, and complain too. Maintain those pricepoints Arlo. Maybe give subscribers a slight discount for sharing video you guys use.

    Apr 17, 2020 20:16
  • Review by Grouticus, 10 out of 10
    Loaded with upgrades and changes

    This is now my third round with the Arlo Pro security cameras. I have owned and used the Arlo Pro, Pro 2 and now the Pro 3 cameras over the past two years and was excited to see what they had in store for their latest model. I would also like to add that I have two other security systems installed in my home by other manufacturers and I prefer the Arlo cameras over all of them because of the well made design, features and full, easy, user experience. Fortunately, you can use the previously model cameras with the new Arlo Pro 3 hub therefore I paired three of my other cameras to the new hub along with the two Pro 3 cameras included in this kit. The only extra steps I came across during the upgrade was that I had to re-sync the old cameras with the new hub and remove the old cameras in the app to re-add them.

    The cameras themselves are well built, like the previous models, however they look and function a bit different. To insert the battery in the Pro 3 cameras, you simply push a button on the bottom of the camera near the charging port and the camera will slide out of the housing. I can see this as being beneficial to outdoor installs as it should protect the hardware from the environment elements, including the rain, since there isn’t a gasket around the housing that could eventually wear out over time. The LED light is a great addition to the Pro series however will deplete the battery more depending on the usage. I have both of the new cameras installed in our children’s rooms so I had to turn the LED function off so it didn’t go on every time it sensed motion; the night vision works great for indoor use without having to use the LED light too. I coupled the previous models with the Arlo security lights on my outdoor cameras so it’s nice to see they added this to the cameras instead of having to buy additional peripherals. The clarity of the cameras is better than previous models with up to 2K streaming and the zoom has increased from 8X to 12X. I have also noticed the responsiveness and delay is better using the new Arlo Pro 3 hub and cameras.

    To some of the upgrades from the previous models are as follows:

    The charging cables are no longer micro USB; they are using a new magnetic style charger.

    The magnetic wall mounts are new, sort of concave and no longer dome shaped. This two camera kit comes with one magnetic mount and one screw on mount.

    The rechargeable batteries are different along with how they are inserted into the cameras.

    The look and shape of the cameras are different.

    LED lights are built into the cameras to use as motion sensor spotlights or lighten up a monitored area.

    The camera clarity has increased up to 2K HDR, has better 12X zoom and 160 degree viewing angle.

    The advanced AI can tell the difference between people, animals and vehicles to send specific push notifications to your smartphone (although you have to pay for the Arlo Smart Plan to use this function).

    This kit comes with a three month trial of the Arlo Smart plan.

    What does all this mean to current Arlo camera owners who want to upgrade? Potentially more money out of your pocket to upgrade to the latest technology. Fortunately your old cameras will still work with the new system, they just won’t be compatible with current magnetic mounts and batteries so those are the only expenses you may need however they are necessary since you’ll have everything you need in this set. As you can see, there are many and substantial upgrades compared to previous models so the Pro 3 upgrade is definitely worth considering.

    For folks that are just starting to shop wireless security cameras, I really feel Arlo is one of the best and affordable systems on the market and they set the bar for this market. They are both great for homes and businesses alike and would recommend them to anyone in the market.

    Oct 06, 2019 13:18
  • Review by MrShinyCadillackness, 6 out of 10
    Great for inside use, not as good outside

    Having a new baby prompted me to install home security cameras at our residence. Things I knew I wanted/needed included being fully wireless and also having the ability to see and interact with the cameras through my Android phone while receiving real time alerts, even when away. With advances in wireless technology and a new baby, I figured it was the right time to try this out.

    After charging both batteries, I found that the initial App/Camera setup was so intuitive and simple that anyone could do it. My Android phone (Arlo App installed) saw the cameras, paired, and updated flawlessly. The App guides you through all of these steps in a pleasing manner and I did not experience a single hiccup.

    I planned on installing the first camera inside my main front picture window looking out to the front yard and the second one inside my sliding glass door looking out to the back yard. At first I could not install both because the package only includes one universal indoor/outdoor mount and one magnetic mount. The latter being useless for this type of install without modification to get a camera pointed in the right direction, so off to Best Buy I went to get another indoor/outdoor mount. The Arlo mount offered in store was actually much better than the one that was included in the box. Not sure why those aren’t the standard mounts. Fast forward to the install of the cameras and those were up where I wanted and pointing out the window in no time.

    Having the options all set how I preferred (night vision, activity zones, etc) I was ready to test the video quality. It was still mid-afternoon so everything looked really good. The picture on my phone is great when using the option to stream in 2K. The first thing I noticed was the delay to the see the live view, which takes roughly five seconds once either of the cameras “play” button is pressed in the App. Both of my cameras are receiving an excellent result as far as signal strength to the smart hub, so there is definitely room for a speed improvement in relaying the live image to your phone screen.

    I then waited for dark to do the night vision testing and found out the hard way that mounting the cameras inside and pointing out a window does not work at all how I expected. It seems that (when mounted close) the extra glass in-between the camera and exterior confuses the cameras and system making them extremely unreliable. This is a big concern for me, as I did not want to mount the cameras on the outside of my home since they would be easily susceptible to theft and/or vandalism. While the App and the base station (if a USB storage device is connected) both grab and save the video clips when movement is detected, that doesn’t do much for you when a thief or burglar can simply unscrew the camera from the mount and be on their way in seconds. I would much prefer a camera that can be mounted more securely. Back to the extra glass in-between mentioned above… When mounting the cameras inside pointing out (and close to) a window at dark, if you have night vision turned on, all you will see is the reflection of your camera in the glass. Huge bummer. Turning off the night vision showed the exterior scene better, but no movement was detected outside at all, therefore I was forced to mount them under the overhang on each side of my house and in plain sight.

    I have now had these up for a few days and can honestly comment on the reliability so far. After watching both cameras intently and checking every push notification I received in the App as it came in, the following are my initial thoughts.

    The Activity Zones are hit and miss at best. My review photos show the zones I set up for both cameras, as well as a screenshot of precisely when the zones actually saw me and triggered a recording. I actually had to be all the way into the closest side of the zone and right by the house before the cameras were triggered. In the back of my house (Back Door & Shed pic attached) I was using two zones initially, but now use the entire frame of the camera as one big zone instead. I did not see a difference in performance either way and still needed to be really close to the house to get the camera to see me.

    That said, the front of my house (Driveway & Front Door pic attached), is set so the cars passing by on the street would not trigger the cameras and that has worked perfectly. I also occasionally get push notifications if a cat or squirrel gets too close so sometimes the sensitivity is on point. Lastly, and most importantly, I had a delivery dropped at my front doorstep early afternoon yesterday and the Camera/App didn’t even trigger at all. This has only happened once, but is worth mentioning. I am running the current Firmware for the Base Station and both cameras.

    The delay between the camera seeing and triggering an event and giving you a push notification is roughly 20 seconds (sometimes longer), which is far too long if there were to be an emergency. Again, both cameras show that they have excellent signal strength.

    While the App is laid out quite nicely and is easy to use, there are again some speed issues. At the bottom right of each camera signal on the “Devices” tab, you will see a number that counts how many clips have been recorded for each scene throughout the day. Simply tapping on the number (or the “Library” tab at the top) will take you to the library of clips. I have found that sometimes I need to refresh the library page by swiping down with one finger before seeing newer clips. Once they all show up, simply pressing the play button on any clip will buffer it for viewing (full screen if preferred). Buffering can take a few seconds depending on your WiFi speed. While viewing the clips, it is easy to favorite, download, or delete the files. Back in the main library tab, if you press and hold on one of the clips, you can also easily select all (or none) of the clips for batch downloading, or deleting. The library clips are also laid out by date which shows at the top of the library screen. I will say again that I do like the App, its layout, and features, I just wish it was quicker.

    You can also forward your push notifications to your smartwatch which is awesome. I am using a Fitbit Ionic and it works for me.

    I cannot comment on the rain worthiness of the cameras, as mine are under shelter. The alarm is quite loud and definitely good enough to scare someone away with a jolt. The spotlight is a nice touch but it is not very bright. I am sure it would be sufficient indoors, but outside it really only lights up about ten feet before significant fall off occurs (see last attached photo).

    All in all, I was hoping to be more impressed with the whole package considering that this is the third Arlo version and one would assume that most of the kinks including customer feedback would/should be worked out by now. For a more controlled (interior only) application, I can see where this would be a good choice, but for exterior use, it could still use some work. It is possible that future Firmware updates could resolve some of my issues and if they do, I will gladly leave a new updated comment on this review.

    PROS:

    Excellent App that is very easy to use (Running Android 10)

    Initial App setup, connection, and Firmware update were quick and easy

    Ability to attach a USB thumb drive to the base station for backup of clips

    USB drive can also be formatted from the App

    Battery life seems good so far

    2K resolution during the day is sufficient

    Alarm is loud

    CONS:

    Unreliable through windows at night and does not work at all with night vision turned on

    App (while nice, easy to learn and use) is slow

    Completely missed a broad daylight delivery to my front door on one occasion so far

    2K resolution with Night Vision is rough. Don’t expect to see any facial features.

    Wish there were two (of the better) indoor/outdoor mounts included

    Oct 09, 2019 18:58
  • Review by Mukman, 10 out of 10
    Quality Camera System

    I must say I was excited to test out this system. I currently have an off brand, 4 camera system and Guardzilla 360. The off-brand cameras tend to lose WIFI connection quite a bit and is very frustrating. The 360 is a nice camera, but the software interface for my android phone really needs an upgrade.

    This unit comes with a base unit, and in my case 2 camera’s. Setup was pretty straight forward. Simply plug in the base unit to power and Ethernet, then download the app to your phone and follow instructions.

    You also must install the batteries into the cameras. Mine were both around 50% full.

    The kit came with one magnetic mount and one screw mount, both worked well.

    First think I noticed once I fired these up was the clear picture. These offer 2K image quality and it looks really nice. 2K sits in between 1080p and 4K. (Alro Pro 2 is 1080p and Arlo Ultra is 4k)

    Phone interface also works great.

    Camera features:

    -2K Video with HDR – Great picture and color

    -Integrated spotlight – This light’s up your subject when they are triggered by motion.

    -160 Degree Viewing angle

    -WIFI - Stays connected and works well

    -2 way audio – Listen and talk to people. (short WIFI Delay)

    -Color Night Vision – Works well, however, my areas are lit so I turn the night vision off for even a better picture.

    -Magnetic Charging

    -Built in Smart Siren

    Battery life will be hard to comment on as I have been using for only about 3 days. I would say I am losing about 1.0 – 1.5% each day on the more active camera and less with the other. With that being said I predict no more than 3 months from a full charge for the more active camera, half of the 6 months they state you could get. So the battery drain will definitely depend on how often the camera is activated and probably ‘live’ viewed. My second camera which is activated much less should last much longer, but Even 3 months for an active camera I feel is pretty good.

    Smart phone App:

    Live View – You can also active the sound and spotlight though the app.

    Global Access

    Voice Controls

    - picture is clear and smooth, Not choppy like my other units.

    - I do hear wind in the audio occasionally in my case. Pretty windy area, perhaps they could work on providing a little wind protection on the mic.

    The other feature I want to point out is the Activity Zones. You can draw a square or rectangle in the area you want the camera to detect. This feature works really well. No more false alerts.

    Another feature in the software is the Auto Zoom & Tracking. This will see a person walking up your driveway let’s say, and zoom in on them and track their movement.

    You get a 3 month ‘Arlo Smart’ trail with your purchase. After this you would have to pay $2.99/mo. Per Camera or $9.99 / mo. For up to 10 cameras. If you don’t subscribe you will have to use an external USB connection to your hub and the only way to view the images is to connect that USB to a computer. So you really lose all the online features etc.

    I know I did not cover every feature, so please view the Arlo website for the, but I wanted to provide an overview on the features I have used to date.

    Overall a good quality security camera system that performs very well.

    Hope this review helped you out. Cheers!

    Oct 07, 2019 14:02
  • 8.6score
    Blink - 5-cam Outdoor Wireless 1080p Camera Kit
    Description

    Blink Outdoor is a wire-free, battery-powered security camera that helps you check in on your home day or night in 1080p HD with infrared night vision.

    6 Features
  • Battery Life: With long-lasting battery life, Outdoor runs for up to two years on two AA lithium batteries (included).
  • Motion Detection: Get motion detection alerts on your phone with the option to customize motion zones in the Blink Home Monitor app so you’re only alerted when you need to be.
  • Live View: See, hear, and speak to visitors with live view in real time and two-way audio features on your Blink app.
  • Blink Subscription Plan: Record, view, and save events in your Blink app with a free 30-day trial of the Blink Subscription Plan. Then, subscribe for just $3 per month per camera, or $10 per month for unlimited cameras at a single location.
  • Local Storage: Save videos and photos from up to 10 Blink cameras connected to the Blink Sync Module 2 locally in your home and view them through the Blink app or the computer by plugging in a USB flash drive (sold separately) for no additional fee.
  • Works With Alexa: Go hands-free with Alexa. Stream live video, play recorded clips, arm and disarm your camera, be alerted to motion, and more.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by edutecher, 8 out of 10
    TRUE wireless security cams.

    I got this to spy on what is under my house. (Discovered by these cameras that it is an opossum!) I got video of it... and the cat that got caught in our humane trap under there.

    SO FAR, I am really happy with Blink. Not happy it's part of AMAZON though.

    Don't believe the battery life though. To set it up to record at decent resolution, record longer clips, and other things takes battery. I hope to get a year from the included LI batteries.

    I also worry about the ease it is to remove the camera if you can reach it. It pops right on and off.

    DON'T pay full price! I got it for about 100 off!

    Mar 12, 2021 16:56
  • Review by JinWL, 6 out of 10
    Three stars

    Have had this up for better than a week.

    1. The Sync module outlet adapter is ridiculously long & sticking out of the wall socket, so easy to knock into or have your kids knock it around while playing. You dont know you are off line till you begin to question why you are not seeing new videos. Terrible design; tried to get a clear cut answer direct from Blink about changing the adapter, like pulling teeth for a clear answer. --Minus 1 star

    2. The infra-red at night is highly lackluster on any of the settings they offer for it. ie...Sensitivity, Night vision and IR intensity- this is long time technology, hard to believe it isnt any good at least in my particular circumstances. None of the settings looks or is any different from the other. --Minus a second star

    3. Early notification doesn't work, its 10 seconds either way before the video begins.

    I believe this thing is hyped so much but overall, for the price it does a "decent" job assuming the adapter stays put & you are not concerned about security from a subpar infra red.

    Once this stops working I wont replace w/ the same instead will go a step up. Security is important, I should have known it would be too good to be fully true.

    May 13, 2021 10:32
  • Review by Eddieb, 8 out of 10
    Great system!!

    Very good in daylight. Video excellent. Night vision fair with on board infrared. Ad just a little light and it’s a whole new experience. I have 4 Blink cameras- they all work very well! I would buy more!

    Oct 30, 2020 17:02
  • Review by Albback, 10 out of 10
    Love my BLINK!

    I love these Blink cameras! They use AA Batteries that last up to 2 years, night vison, and two way audio. They are wireless, so you can place them anywhere on your property. No wiring needed... The wall mounts make them easy to snap in to place.

    I would definitely recommend!

    Dec 04, 2020 20:16
  • Review by Vaughn, 8 out of 10
    Blink review

    I like the cameras. They are very clear except for at night. I probably need to add more lighting to certain areas around the exterior of my house. Also wish they would make rotating cameras to capture more areas. But overall, I am very pleased.

    Apr 04, 2021 06:25
  • Review by Dave, 8 out of 10
    A decent system - Biggest plus is ease of install

    I wanted to put in an easy outdoor camera system that was affordable. And this mult-camera system fit the bill when it was on sale! I have mixed emotions about the entire system. The devices themselves are great. But for every feature I like about the system, there is a system/application limitation that I don't like.

    The Good

    Very small cameras, each take 2 AA Lithium batters, and pair easily to the provided hub.

    They provide a mounthing bracket and an angle adapter to allow for a vertical and horizontal mount. Mounts are held in with a couple screws, and were easy to install.

    Image quality is pretty good. They have a wide angle of view, and allow you to hear and talk through the live stream.

    Local storage option (micro SD card) will allow you save your videos locally, and you don't have to have their subscription service.

    The timeline is pretty easy to use in the app, and it's easy to download videos if you want to save them. Oddly enough, the app blocks taking screen shots and I'm not sure why.

    Night vision is pretty good. It doesn't see very far on infrared, but, I suspect that is due to it being battery based, and they don't have a ton of IR transmitters on each unit.

    Motion clips can vary in length, but the app warns you about batterty life if you go much beyond the default. If it's a high traffic area. You probably want to keep them short for high-traffic areas, or plan to replace batteries more frequently.

    The Bad

    First, the mounts. Attaching the mount without the adapter was virtually impossible. The plastic was soo hard, and the tolerance was so tight that attaching just the mounting bracket was so hard, I am not sure I could do that when the mount was on the wall. Now, with the horizontal adapter attached, it was no problem at all. so I made sure I picked horizontal mouting locations. I understand previous versions had mounts that were too weak, so perhaps this pendulum swung too far the other way.

    Where a subscription is no required (yay), they do have application limiations that push you towards the subscriptions, like, when you run out of local storage, you have to delete the videos one by one. You cannot select multiple to delete. But you can with the cloud storage. :-|

    The biggest annoyance is that, where you can arm and disarm the entire system, or enable/disable individual cameras, there is no built-in capability to arm or disarm based on location, only based on a schedule. To do it, you have to use a 3rd party service called IFTTT, which seems like overkill.

    The subscription plan isn't horribly expensive, at $10/month or $100/year for an unlimited number of cameras and unlimited storage. That being said, it would be really nice if I could have just one subscription for all of my amazon-owned systems, including Bling and Ring. Or maybe if they rolled it into a Prime membership... or an add-on to Prime even.

    Summary

    In summary, the system as some pros and some cons, but overall, I'm pretty happy with it. My biggest goal was not to have to wire my house for cameras, and this system fits that goal really well. If you can wire everything up, there's probably better systems to use (Amcrest, Reolink, etc.).

    The biggest test will be to see how long I actually get out of battery life. My cameras range from low traffic to occasional traffic, to "higher" traffic, so, it will be interesting to see what the various battery life will be. Plus Winter is coming, which will probably affect battery performance as well.

    Aug 15, 2021 11:54
  • Review by Heatseeker, 10 out of 10
    Well worth the money.

    I purchased the 3 camera kit and was amazed how easy it was to set it up. I have a camera on my mailbox to view my garage doors, one in the backyard viewing the back patio door and one I attached to a metal wreath holder for the front door (I saw this on YouTube and it works great). I already purchased an additional camera to attach to the house to view my driveway.

    Oct 15, 2021 15:38
  • Review by SofaSniper, 2 out of 10
    Camera died in one week.

    I had really high hopes for these, I bought the 2 pack and installed one by my front door and the other on my garage. I changed my settings from 5 second clips to 60 second clips figuring they advertise 2 years of life from a single pair of AA batteries depending on your settings. I figured I should still get a year or maybe even 6 months which I’d be ok with changing batteries every 6 months but I was wrong, my driveway camera died after one week of use at a 60 second clip setting with a 6 sensitivity setting. 5 second clips are useless for security purposes. I contacted customer support and received no help at all other than placing the blame on me and telling me to change my settings back to 5 seconds to save battery life.

    Nov 03, 2020 11:35
  • 8.6score
    eufy - Security Outdoor Cam 2k Spotlight Wired - White
    Description

    eufy Security Outdoor Cam Pro 2K is a wired 2K WiFi surveillance camera that is completely free of the bounds of an external system hub- instead storing all the information locally in the 32gb SD card that comes with it. Check your high-quality, encrypted, 2K footage whenever you need to via the eufy Security app and only be alerted of the things that matter with AI Human and Pet detection.

    6 Features
  • Ultra-Clear 2K Resolution: View any real-time moment in ultra-clear 2K resolution. The F2.0 aperture works to produce vivid images from an outdoor security camera that gives you the complete picture.
  • Subscription-Free Security: Equipped with a 32GB microSD card and on-device AI, OutdoorCam offers round-the-clock security that’s ready to use out of the box.
  • Security Under the Spotlight: The powerful built-in spotlight on the outdoor security camera illuminates the surrounding area when relevant motion is detected. It also ensures that you can keep an eye on any spot in full-color, even in low light.
  • Flexible Installation: The Magnetic Mount and 20-foot cable allows you to easily install the outdoor security camera anywhere on your property.
  • Powerful On-Device AI: Data is processed on-board the camera, resulting in faster decision making and fewer errors. The end result is more accurate detection and fewer false alerts.
  • Record 24/7, 365: With Continuous Video Recording (CVR), Outdoor Cam 2k records continuously, so you can scan through your entire video history: See everything before, during, and after an event
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TechGuru, 10 out of 10
    Mini 2k Security Camera boasting advanced features

    One of the best mini outdoor 2k wired camera, Period… This mini outdoor multipurpose security camera has everything required for home monitoring and delivers great peace of mind. It has 2k resolution, built in spotlight, round the clock recordings, subscription free security (local storage SD card, NAS(RTSP), flexible magnetic mount with 20 feet cable, powerful on device AI, smart home compatible like Alexa/google/home kit.

    What is in Box: Mini camera with small micro-USB connector cable, magnetic mount, 20 feet USB cable, USB adapter, 32GB SanDisk SD memory card, screws, user guide.

    Packaged well in a small box with camera on top and accessories on the bottom on another small box with everything intact.

    Setup is fairly easy and straight forward. Download the eufy security app from the app store or google play store. Create an account if this is the first device you are trying to add. Just connect the camera and the cable to the connector and power it on. Once the camera status LED turns solid blue. Click add device and select the outdoor cam pro/outdoor cam from the list and follow the onscreen instruction to complete the setup. There is a QR code at the back of the camera where you will scan using your mobile camera to add the WIFI connection. Once done, mounting the camera is super easy with just one screw and the camera attaches to the magnetic mount similar to Arlo cameras.

    Video picture quality is stunning with its ultra 2k resolution clarity coupled with F2.0 aperture. We mounted outdoor near the entry porch to watch both our main entry door and garage. Its rated IP67 to handle extreme weather elements.

    Main advantage compared to other competitors are its subscription free security system model. It does come with SanDisk edge 32GB microSDXC card and the device supports up to 128GB. I had SanDisk ultra 128GB lying around and used that which will record up to 20 days of continuous footage. Also, this camera has feature to record footage continuously to your NAS using RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol). I have sinology NAS and this camera is supported to record continuously once you configure in the app.

    App is very intuitive. It has got the live view option that displays the Wi-Fi signal strength, options to mute the notifications and view various events. Motion alert is very well improved in this camera compared to its older generation. It notifies only when needed and thanks to the cameras built in AI for accurately identify if a person or pet. It does have an option for security where you can enable various mode like home, away, disarmed, geofencing, schedule and options to customize in the app.

    Spotlight feature in this small form factor is very impressive. LED is very bright at night and lights up when its senses motion during dark and to record. You do have option to set your motion activity zone in the app, along with the type of object you want to detect and trigger recording like person, pet, all other motion to avoid false alarm. We have set it to only person during day time and all other motion at schedule for nights. Also, the sensitivity form lowest to highest can be set. Same with sound detection.

    Video streaming quality can also be set at auto, high, medium and low if you have bandwidth issues. Recording quality can also be set at 2k HD or Full HD (1080P). Has 2-way audio to communicate if required.

    Only con, is this camera doesn’t support 5GHZ and only 2.4GHZ Wi-Fi connectivity and have no other mounting options other than magnetic mount.

    Overall, great mini security camera with all features that any competitors have to offer. If you are in the market for outdoor/indoor camera and need local storage, 24/7 recording with no hassle of cloud paid recording, reliable connection, better price then looks no further.

    Highly recommend.

    May 17, 2021 17:14
  • Review by JKinSYR, 10 out of 10
    Good app and interface along with a crisp picture

    In search of a subscription free home security camera, and this is the one for me. The Eufy Security 2K camera has been great. The camera is simple and easy to use and install. The picture clarity is nice and works efficiently.

    This camera offers 2K resolution along with a built in spotlight for auto sensing or manual activation. It has a lot of nice features that keep this feeling like a premium product for home security. 32GB micro SD card is included with this to help keep your on board memory storage for viewing purposes. This is a wifi camera, but will need a power outlet to keep it powered and fortunately it comes with an ample 20 foot power cable, and the magnetic mount to hang this up against your home. The microphone/speaker allow for a 2 way conversation to occur and the spotlight can help to deter intruders.

    I have this set for outdoor use and have been able to keep an eye on my front entrance. The IP67 weather resistant design gives me peace of mind to be able to use this outdoor. The app can be customized with the various features to be able to detect motion, person detection, pet detection. The app also allows you to set a customized zone to make that your hot zone to keep track of things happening within that area. This camera is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and both Android and Apple devices.

    This app has been a really user friendly app to use and provides good notifications with small thumbnails of a person if that's what has triggered it. The camera itself is compact and looks pretty nice without being bulky or intrusive. Overall a great camera and user experience. I'll recommend this to others and will be adding more Eufy cameras to my ecosystem.

    May 20, 2021 17:55
  • Review by Samrio, 10 out of 10
    Feature Rich and Easy to Setup

    This is my first leap into the eufy smart home device ecosystem. I was drawn by the need to add some coverage to my backyard that doesn’t need a “monitoring” service, as this was mostly to keep any eye on my dogs, and is IP67 weatherproof for outdoor use.

    Inside the package you’ll find the camera, a USB cable, USB adapter, a magnetic mount base and metal mount with a 3M sticker for easy placement, a couple of screws with anchors, a Sandisk (your result may vary) 32GB micro SD card, and a quick start guide. It’s important to note that while this doesn’t require you to subscribe to a cloud service, you’ll still need to create an account to setup and use the camera with the app. The eufy security app is available both on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store.

    I appreciated the weatherized cable connection, the USB cable fits snuggly into the cable end on the back of the camera; helping to keep out moisture near the USB plug. The USB adapter for power isn’t really designed to sit outside in the bare elements, so keep this in mind when plugging it into an outside recepticle. My outdoor plugs have a nice plastic cover, which helps keep water from falling directly on the plug. I’ve installed other cameras outside with similar plugs, and none of them have failed over the course of three years.

    Setup with the app simply requires that you login, add a device, and use a QR code generated in the app to assist the camera with connection to your WiFi network. The app is straightforward, offering some helpful tips for setup and placement, and the setup process took less than 5 minutes. There is also a nice loud voice prompt that does a good job of letting you know when things are progressing. The speaker is surprisingly loud, and the voice prompt is really clearly understood during this process. There was a small update that installed, but took less than a minute to finish. Afterward, it was just a matter of placement and determining how best to mount it.

    I opted to install this camera near a dog run area in my backyard. The current “beta” feature in the app allows for pet detection, and shall I say it works really well, even capturing small thumbnails within the notification. You get an extra benefit if you’re wearing an Apple Watch and have notifications on for the app. Every time the app detected a person or pet, it would immediately pop up a notification with a quick screen grab. During the course of my use over a day, I never once received a false notification, even with bugs flying around all night long. You will need to walk through some additional steps in the apps settings for the camera if you'd like to take advantage of continuous recording. I’d also highly recommend going through and setting up activity zones if you’re placing this near a busy area. This helps narrow the motion detection area of the camera, and minimize false notifications from passing cars or people in public areas.

    Compared to other cameras in this price range, I was surprised with how easy and responsive the app was. Any settings being made were almost instantly saved and the camera quickly viewable. I set mine to continuous recording, but you have the option of only capturing alert clips by default. I was also surprised to find the camera supported exporting video recording to a local network attached storage server. This option can be found by tapping on the settings button of the individual camera, and selecting the “NAS(RTSP)” option. This allows for use of the “Real Time Streaming Protocol” to save video directly to your NAS. If you’re not sure how to set this up, I’d recommend checking the reference material of your NAS server or searching online for some setup advice. Most users won't use this feature, but it's great for those having more advanced security or monitoring that supports this method of storage.

    The image quality is really dependent on your network connection when viewing through the app. If there isn’t a connection strong enough to view the live feed, you’ll see some degradation of picture quality. However, this doesn’t affect the local recording quality, since it’s being recorded directly on the devices installed MicroSD card. The video easily bests an older outdoor wired camera from 2 years ago, and the night vision works really well in low light conditions. If you have some lighting available in the area, it does a great job bringing color to life at night, which is lacking from my currently installed smart cameras. This didn’t require any additional setup, and was simply based on the lighting conditions of the viewing area.

    The built in spotlight does a great job of illuminating the area at night, when motion is detected, and makes capturing the clip in color easier on the camera. The “Auto Spotlight” option turns on any time motion is detected at night, and helps the camera capture in color. You can even set a spotlight schedule, if you have a particular time of day you want it to enable the spotlight for motion. If the light is too bright, simply use the app in the same menu to turn down the brightness. I actually did this to light up a smaller area, as it’s mostly my pets setting off the motion and didn’t want to blind them.

    Overall, for the price, the ease of setup, the app experience, night time video quality, and the feature set it’s hard to pass this up. I also appreciate the consumer choice of this camera over other network connected offerings, and the ability to skip subscription services all together. Most of the higher priced cameras from the bigger companies require a subscription to access additional remote features, store longer clips, and don't offer the storage expansion flexibility found on this camera. The motion alerts work well, the speaker is loud enough to be heard by my neighbors or talk to my dogs, and the siren will scare away most anything when it sounds. Just make sure you have somewhere to plug it in!

    May 14, 2021 19:43
  • Review by TECHBEENGOOD, 10 out of 10
    Flexible, Feature-filled security camera

    eufy Outdoor Cam 2k Spotlight Wired

    This security camera category is very competitive. Models having the most features and that are easiest to use usually get the most attention from buyers like me. So, let’s get down to the reasons why this EUFY Floodlight Cam 2K will be a favorite.

    This model camera DOES NOT require any other EUFY equipment to operate. It is a stand-alone camera and spotlight.

    It DOES NOT require a cloud account to save video clips of security events, BUT you can subscribe to one if desired (EUFY encrypted online storage).

    This model has BUILT IN LOCAL STORAGE and EUFY includes a 32GB SD CARD in the package (and up to 128GB may be used). [There are instructions describing how to use your own local NAS.]

    This model EUFY DOES NOT require batteries because it is powered with its included USB brick and a very lengthy cable that will get to a vantage point of your preference.

    SETUP is very easy and without any drama. On the first try I was able to download the App, set up an account and mount the camera onto my Wi-Fi by pressing a concealed (but easy to find) button. Inserting the SD CARD required formatting the card, which is managed by the software.

    My only complaint about the EUFY setup is the occasional insertion of verification by captcha-like dialog boxes. They are NOT in any way readable if you are in the iPhone DARK mode. Ugh. In fact, even in LIGHT mode I had to reload the scrambled letters multiple times to read a useful code. Ugh. C’mon EUFY. Ditch this silliness.

    Mounting the camera in a desirable location is easy and flexible with the ingenious mount. The circular base is a couple of inches wide and requires only a single screw. It’s has a powerful magnet which allows quick, easy and flexible orientation of the camera. The software allows you to flip the image if you’re mounting from a ceiling or under an eave. It appears to be rugged and waterproof.

    PERFORMANCE: I’m going to direct you to my included images to see the crisp, bright clarity the camera provides. Right after I set it up it was capturing my kitchen scene. It’s sharp, bright, contrasty images reveal all the detail you might want. The other images are screen shots of the software-based adjustments, which are numerous and allow a customized security experience for any user’s purpose. EUFY has even created several collections of alarm behaviors which you can choose (HOME or AWAY or DISARMED or GEOFENCING or SCHEDULED or CUSTOMIZED) to allow immediate operation. (I do wish you could add some more of the many available parameters to each mode to expand their usefulness.) They are all somewhat modifiable and they certainly simplify your experience. Event recordings are similarly easy to manage as is the entire recording feature.

    SUMMARY: For such a small and inconspicuous device, this Eufy security camera is jammed with useful, flexible, easy-to-use features. The SPOTLIGHT is quite bright but we haven’t decided whether it is alone is adequate for our yard. The camera is definitely up to the job. This is one of those security solutions that should appeal to a casual do-it-yourselfer who simply wants to monitor an area inside or outside, and have complete control over the camera/spotlight’s behavior ….. all at ZERO ongoing cost. Adding any number of additional devices to your location is easily accomplished. And there is an App to monitor and manage it all. I think this should appeal to lots of my fellow consumers.

    May 13, 2021 17:55
  • Review by Victorytab, 10 out of 10
    Love this Camera!

    This is the best Camera we've used so far. We have Arlo, Ring and a couple cheaper units that you can move the view with your phone.

    The Eufy gives you a snapshot of what activated it to record. It tells you if it was a Human or pet.

    You can set up zones to record or ignore.

    It has an alarm you can activate.

    I don't have to purchase any plan to store recordings. It comes with a micro SD card.

    Jun 15, 2021 07:44
  • Review by DanP, 10 out of 10
    Great Cameras

    These are great quality cameras. I also have a few indoor versions. This black one is nice and stealthy. I wish they had more black options or at least for Bestbuy to receive more black versions. The clarity is excellent and sensors work perfectly. The light is also very handy.

    Sep 17, 2021 18:16
  • Review by Andrew, 10 out of 10
    Great Outdoor Can with a Spotlight!

    This is a great outdoor cam! It was easy to set up and easy to use. It is accurate with motion detection and has a very clear picture. It also has a spot light which is super bright! It not only provides light for recording in color at night, but also acts as a motion light for when we’re coming home.

    Aug 13, 2021 15:45
  • Review by Bestvalue, 10 out of 10
    Secure 2k security value

    Easy setup. Local secure storage included. Placement is as simple as putting the device on its base which is magnetic.

    Nov 08, 2021 15:12
  • 8.6score
    Swann - Enforcer™ 16-Channel, 12-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Security Camera Surveillance System - White - White
    Description

    The expandable Swann 16 channel 4K Enforcer™ series is armed with the latest in Home Security, such as Police-Style flashing lights, Night2Day™ color night vision, siren, TrueDetect™ Heat & Motion Detection, Google & Alexa compatibility, Cloud back up storage, and much more. Expand your security with the add on Enforcer™ 4K Camera.

    6 Features
  • Monitor Your Property with Swann: This security system is packed with the latest surveillance technology, such as weatherproof cameras, color night vision, push notifications, built-in siren, bright flashing red & blue lights and integration with Dropbox, Google Assistant, and Alexa.
  • Ultra HD 4K resolution: Get incredible detail with 4K Ultra HD, which is 8x the resolution of 1080p Full HD. Zoom in closer to see essential evidence like license plates and faces, great for use in large areas such as retail stores, warehouses, and parking lots.
  • TrueDetect™ Heat & Motion: TrueDetect™ triggers recording and push notifications when the heat from people and cars are detected, with fewer false triggers, so you will always know what’s happening.
  • Face Detection: Advanced 4K video analytics, such as Face Detection and others, recognize elements on the image to trigger recording and alerts, so you can always keep an eye on your valuable assets, such as product stock, POS equipment, cash registers, and merchandise.
  • Swann Security App: See live or playback video on your phone from anywhere with the Swann Security app. Sound an alarm to protect the ones you love with a loud siren that can be triggered automatically when activity occurs or manually via the app.
  • Store Your Recordings: With no ongoing fees, store months of recordings within the hard drive/ Link your NVR to Dropbox and upload still images to the cloud for off-site storage.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Tstall, 10 out of 10
    A system ready to protect your home!

    I wanted to start off by saying this system will take some time to install and you will need to have a basic understanding of how to use a drill, connecting cables and setting up a monitor or tv screen. Also, you will need to know how to use your phone to download the app and connect to your system but only if you want phone access which is usually a standard today. You will also need to run cables to each 4K camera so if you are not sure how to run and hide the cables appropriately your attack, craw spaces or behind drywall I recommend seeking a professional to install the system.

    I have experience with many types of security camera systems including new wireless systems and older systems. I have had the pleasure of helping many others install their systems and having it setup successfully. Swann is an awesome brand and has been around for many years and have many years in the camera security business. This new enforcer system is a highlight to their success and proving that they can offer more than the competition. Anyone who wants more in a security system without the monthly fee should look no further.

    Everything you need (for the most part) is included in the box including a mouse to operate the DVR system. The only thing you will need is monitor or tv with HDMI or VGA (if you don’t care about clarity or if you will mostly only view from your phone and have an old monitor you can use laying around). The system comes with 6 awesome cameras packed with a crazy amount of features and a DVR box (which will act as your hub). You can add an additional two cameras to this system to make it 8. You also don’t have to use all 6 cameras and rather add them as you go to make sure all the angles you want are covered. The cameras have speakers, night vision, colored night vision, heat detection (this is crazy awesome) red and blue flashing lights (Yes, bright, like the police), spotlights and a siren. They are also 4K and are super clear on my 4K monitor and I would say much better than wireless. These cameras pack a punch to scare anyone who may enter your property even if they have permission. The cameras also have mounts. Another thing to add in is this system will connect to you amazon Alexa (which I have) or google assistant. There is so much I am probably missing something but I gave most of the key features on this entire system.

    For installation I am lucky to live in a one story so I ran all my cables through the attic. I ran an ethernet cable from my modem inside my house into the attic to the DVR box and also installed an extra outlet to where I have my “DVR station”. I located my DVR station with my added monitor to where my attic stairs are so I don’t have to travel far plus I will use my phone as my primary contact source with this system. I attached each of my cameras to each corner of my house on the exterior and I put one by the front and back doors. I pretty much have a 360 view with how I have everything setup and the cameras adjusted. The box includes further and proper instructions on installation of your camera. I do not want to go into further detail as you are the one who will be drilling and installing the camera on to your home. I will say it did take time but since I did it before it was breeze and I think if your even just a little bit handy you will be able to do it yourself.

    The DVR user face is decent and feels like it has quality compared to what I have seen. You have a million different settings to adjust exactly what you want. If you want to have flashing red and blue lights or if you rather you have spot light signify to an intruder that they are being watched you can make it happen. Pretty cool in my opinion. You can really adjust everything and I could write 4 paragraphs on just adjustments but trust me when I say there is more than enough and more access to adjustments and features than any other I have seen. Using an iPhone (sorry no androids here to test) was easy to use and get going. I didn’t have to retry the app 60 times to get it to work (which is a huge plus) due the simple QR code that you can scan. The app is not crazy but gets the job done. You have to remember you don’t have to pay for it monthly like every other service out there. You will need to access the main DVR to adjust most of your settings which is easier to do anyway as you won’t need to make these adjustments everyday. The phone app is my preferred method of viewing my cameras because who has time to go view the monitor everyday and you can now view your home from place you have internet access which now a days is everywhere.

    Overall, this is a great system and will get the job done. Are there some tweaks that could have made in the interface sure but they don’t really matter when all you want to do is secure your home and have good, reliable play back video. This system has great video quality with outstanding amount of features to keep those bad guys away. This system is built to last the outside weather and ready to protect you, your family and your home.

    May 20, 2020 21:25
  • Review by TheOffice1234, 10 out of 10
    SKEPTICAL NO LONGER! AFFORDABLE QUALITY

    SKEPTICAL NO LONGER! AFFORDABLE QUALITY

    REVIEW: Swann - Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 6-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Surveillance System - White

    Model: SWDVK-85680W6RL-US

    Best Buy Tech Insider Network

    SUMMARY:

    I have been deploying security cameras for about 15 years at home, our local homeowner’s association, my office and for family. I am not in the industry, but I have probably deployed 6 different systems.

    I have always been skeptical about these “all in one bundles”. I think however I can say now they seem to have grown up to be capable units. There is lots to like about this unit, and not much to complain about. While not at the same level as professional grade equipment (costing 4x to 10x more), it does a good to very good job covering most casual needs. This is about as “turn key” as you can get. Plug everything in, turn it on, you are in business for basic monitoring. It also supports many advanced features that you can optionally expose and utilize if needed.

    I would recommend this package for anyone who wants to deploy something quickly without having to source each part out individually, and without breaking the bank. I have no hesitancy recommending this package, at this price point, especially for indoor use. You won’t find anything less expensive that is worthwhile. My only concern is that everything feels cheap and lightweight. There is even a giant warning sticker on the DVR “don’t put anything heavy on the DVR”. This summarizes my feelings about it overall. Again, there is nothing functionally wrong, it all works, it just feels cheap.

    UNBOXING: (see picture)

    INITIAL IMPRESSIONS:

    Everything was protected, but it also seems somewhat loosely tossed into the boxes. The important things like the cameras and DVR are well protected, but cables, screws, power supplies, etc are mostly floating around loose. As mentioned above everything felt very lightweight and inexpensive. I think the focus is on cost (which is OK). For example, what is the cheapest cable we can bundle that will do the job vs, what is a cable that will last 20 years once installed. Again, that is OK.

    Here is one simple example. The internal hard drive is a 2 TB Seagate Skyhawk LITE. Seagate Skyhawk’s have impressive quality and are optimized for security cameras. At first, I was very impressed that it had a Skyhawk drive. But I’d never heard of “LITE”. It seems to be a budget version (reduced specs and performance) sold primarily in India. Again, there is nothing wrong with this drive. For $10-$30 more I would have rather had a “regular” Skyhawk drive. If the focus is low cost, this is a good way to save money on each unit made and probably won’t impact performance. The Skyhawk drives are rated for about 60 devices and the LITE for about 30 devices (cameras). This DVR only supports 8 devices, so it is well within specs.

    INITIAL SETUP / TIPS:

    Here is where the SWANN shines. You can’t hook it up wrong there is only one way everything will connect together. I simply connected all the cables and power and video and turned it on, and instantly it all worked. There were some areas of advanced configuration that could have been easier or more intuitive, but it was not bad at all. I am confident that just about anyone without any technical experience, beyond turning on and configuring a laptop for the first time would have no problems with this system. The hardest part of any security system is running cables in a wall.

    TIP: NO WIFI

    As far as I can tell the unit does not have WIFI although some of the menus seem to indicate that on some units WIFI is an option. OK if you are trying to keep costs down, don’t include a $5 WIFI chip in the unit. It took me while to work around this topic. First, I had to connect the DVR to a wired network (back of router), and then get it all working. I had an extra WIFI to Ethernet adapter in my boxes of computer junk in my basement. This device connects to a WIFI network then bridges the WIFI down to a physical cable. Once I got that bridge working, I was able to move the DVR anywhere I had signal. So expect to spend an extra $50 on a WIFI-Ethernet Device if you need WIFI connectivity. Technically you don’t need it on a network other than TIME SYNC and remote viewing from the phone APP.

    TIP: LIMITED WINDOWS / REMOTE CONTROL / SUPPORT

    This is a dedicated DVR for SECURITY, it is not designed to be operated and managed remotely. It is meant to be sitting on a shelf with a TV/Monitor attached (Think of a small self contained solution in a gas station for example). This means you have to be careful where you plan to install the unit as it will be there for good once you run the cables, and you have to be able to get to it physically to do anything advanced. There is a windows app on the SWAN website, it does not list this model as a supported model, but it does seem to work. It gives you some basic viewing and capturing capability, but not full advanced functionality as if you are sitting in front of the DVR itself. So, expect to spend $100-$200 on a dedicated TV for daily use (vs just launching an app on an existing PC). The phone app works well for quick viewing and motion alerts.

    TIP: NO KEYBOARD SUPPORT

    While the DVR software does a good job of integrating mouse control, with the included mouse, it is still a pain to type in long complex passwords several times each session with a mouse. I tried plugging in a keyboard to one of the spare USB ports and it was not recognized.

    TIP: NOT MUCH HELP ON SCREEN

    As you start to try more advanced features, you are at the mercy of your wit and the people who defined the interface (or maybe read the manual). One example is scheduling for full time recording vs event recording. Here you paint the schedule grid yellow or green (or both) based on what you want. I only knew to paint the schedule because my other DVR system works the same way. But to took me 10 minutes or so to realize the “KEY” of yellow and green dots was more than a key, it was also a selection tool. So click on the green dot to paint green. Click on the Yellow dot pain yellow. Or, on some screens you can right click the mouse to unlock advanced features. As I as I said, you can just plug it all in and turn it all on and it all works. It is really the advanced features that take some time and work to reason out. For the record, in my experience, “ALL DVR SOFTWARE IS CLUNKY” and always has been. The easy stuff is intuitive, the advance stuff is clunky. This is not worse or better than any other DVR system I have ever used.

    TIP: FIRMWARE UPDATE ERRORS

    Normally when I first get a new device the first thing I do is to update the firmware. When you try to upgrade the firmware it gives what seems to be a server or network error. I think the real issue it that there is no new firmware for this device. I looked all over the SWANN website and this firmware is newer than anything that is on their website. It also does not list this model (too new or Best Buy Exclusive?). This makes me a little nervous as their support website is a bit of a mess.

    IMAGE QUALITY:

    My existing camera system is about 4 years old and is a network based system (vs a dedicated head end like this system). My existing cameras are 3MP vs the SWANN 8MP(?) cameras. In theory then the SWANN camera pictures should be about 2-3 times better, clearer, sharper. For comparison, my home system cost about $2800 for 6 cameras, 4TB storage. I plan to use the SWANN at my office since we have an unstaffed front lobby and I wanted to give the staff some piece of mind if they are working late or early about who is coming into the office or ringing the buzzer. I set up the cameras side by side and took snapshots at various times of the day. (See pics). For the most part, the images were about the same. Sometimes the SWANN was a touch better, sometime the SWANN was a touch worse. This is good news that for this price point, you can get good quality images. However, 4K did not really make much of a difference compared to my older non-4K cameras. NOTE: The maximum frames per second at 4K are only 8 FPS on SWANN. (Normal TV video is usually at least 30 FPS)

    FEATURES:

    This has everything I could think of for advanced features: Scheduled Recordings, Motion Detection, Scheduled Snapshots, Email Alerts, Alarms, Sirens, Audio Recording. I like the lights on the cameras that can be “on” or “triggered”. I liked that the cameras supported PIR to better identify people as motion instead of a tree or flag blowing in the wind. It has advanced analysis modes so you can fine tune motion detection. You can black out areas you don’t want recorded. You can set motion detection in only a certain area. As far as features go, I could not find anything that was not there.

    SUMMARY:

    I think this is 100% perfect for a small self-contained office or building like a gas station or retail store or small carry out restaurant. Home use is good so long as you can place the device where a 30 foot cable to the unit can reach the camera. Maybe, for example, you put the DVR in your garage and just have cameras around the outside of the garage pointing at various locations. I’m sure you can buy or build longer cables, but at some point, you start to lose the advantage of an all in one bundle.

    It is easy to use, easy to set up, and the image quality is pretty good.

    May 24, 2020 12:02
  • Review by explore42, 8 out of 10
    Great System with a not so great Mobile App

    After installing and using the Swann Enforcer system I have found the overall system performs fairly well but there are some shortcomings especially in the mobile app. Below I have tried to list out everything that I really liked about this set up as well as the items that I felt were problematic. This system uses analog cameras and bnc cables – old school cctv, the downside is they aren’t as flexible as most of the newer digital wireless cameras or even ethernet based wired camera systems (NVRs) but on the plus side this system is far less expensive. One thing to keep in mind when looking at these 4k camera systems is that the resolution you see on your phone app is not 4k. What you see on your phone is the substream video at a far lower resolution. The actual default resolution sent to the mobile device is 362x240 with a max resolution of 704x480. Quite a difference from the 4k resolution of 3840x2160 which is the mainstream video that is stored on the DVR. Because the mobile device’s screens are small the image is still quite sharp even at the lower resolutions. To actually gain all the benefit of the 4k cameras you need to be looking at 4k monitor attached to the DVR via an hdmi cable. Also when recording in 4k the frames per second fps drop to 8 which means the image can be very choppy when viewing anything that is moving fast. If you lower the camera resolution to HD 1980x1080 you can then record at 15 fps so it’s a trade off of resolution vs frames per second. Luckily Swann gives you the ability to vary each camera’s resolution and frames per second so you can configure the cameras to meet your requirements.

    What I liked about the system:

    - Swann provides good documentation on getting the system initialized and its relatively straight forward. If you don’t feel comfortable installing the cameras and system Swann also provides information on how to contact professionals to do the installation.

    - The information provided for configuring the cameras within the DVR application is fairly comprehensive and the downloaded manual offers even more details. I highly recommend looking at the manual and checking out on line videos for additional help.

    - The 4k video images are clear and there are options to help enhance the image quality.

    - The Motion detection worked well and setting up the motion detection zones were easy.

    - Setting up alerts and email notifications was simple and they work really well.

    - The Enforcer alarm and blinking lights definitely draw attention when set off.

    - The night vision is bright and clear but not very colorful under normal night lighting.

    - The mobile app was easy to use but its slow opening and buggy as explained below.

    - Swann uses “modes” which allow you to set up different configurations for home, night and away.

    - The camera head can be rotated and angled on the mount to meet nearly any type of installation.

    - No additional cost since the video is recorded and saved locally on the hard drive.

    What I don’t like about the system:

    - The mobile app takes a long time to fully load. First you get the Swann home page and spinning wheel, then you get an image of a DVR and the spinning wheel, then you get camera icons and the spinning wheel then eventually you get your camera images. The app usually takes between 15 to 30 seconds to display images. This is using an Iphone 12 pro on my home wi-fi network using the default substream of 360x240 resolution. Comparatively another wired system I own takes 5 seconds consistently to load. Both my wireless doorbell and wireless outside camera take about 15 seconds to activate and load images so the Swann app is the slowest.

    - The mobile app doesn’t work correctly on all settings. Using the app I configured a camera’s motion detection and hit save. When I went back to check the setting I found that it is back to the default setting with no explanation as to why. Because of this issue I do all my configuration directly in the DVR.

    - The mobile app doesn’t include all the options that are available in the main DVR configuration page nor does it match or mimic DVR configuration screens.

    - The cameras have a small viewing angle of 90 degrees. Many of todays newer cameras have a 130 degree or more viewing angle which means they see a wider view of what is in front of it.

    - These cameras use BNC type cables with Siamese power taps and they can be a pain to run through the house. The cables provided are approved for in wall use so you cannot expose the cable or connections to the outside environment.

    - The supplied wired mouse is cheap and limits the distance you can sit from the controller.

    - There is not a pc app that works with this model. I tried to get the Swann Home Safe View app to work on my windows pc but it does not recognize the DVR. When I checked the Swan support page it does not show the DVR8-5680X as being compatible with the Home Safe View app.

    - The mounting hardware and the screws to lock the camera head to the mount are cheap and you can strip out the heads without much force.

    - There is not an all camera Alarm On/Off setting in the Mobile App. There are times when I would like to be able to Arm or Unarm all the cameras at once with a single button without having to use one the three mode settings. It does have a Do Not Disturb but that is not the same as being able to arm/unarm all the cameras with a single button.

    - The cameras do not have microphones so they do not record any audio.

    Apr 19, 2021 22:02
  • Review by GagetGuy, 10 out of 10
    Great Improvement form Swann

    This is a new system form Swann called the Enforcer. I am assuming the name applies to the siren and light feature on these cameras. While you may not use the siren and or lights for all motion detection, you can manually trigger either the light or siren (or both) from the app if you are notified of motion and if you see something going on, you could trigger the siren manually to scare the heck out of someone as they are loud!

    I replaced a 3.5 year old Swann 1080P system with this unit. I was hoping for more resolution and better night vision. Luckily this system used the same BNC cables as my old one so I did not have to rewire. I had 8 cameras on my old system and I was also pleased I could still reuse 2 of my 1080P cameras on this new DVR. This was a real plus, and thank you Swann for that downward compatibility. BTW the resolution IS better with the new 4K cameras!

    For a new install, be aware you will spend 4 to 8 hours installing the system for a clean neat installation. My wires run through my attic from the outside cameras, down through a PVC conduit in my garage, into the basement, to meet up with the other wires from within the house. My DVR is in the basement hidden behind a desk where I have a monitor. I also power the system with a battery UPS to give me coverage if the power is out.

    I also HIGHLY recommend you follow Swann’s suggestions to set the entire system up on the floor BEFORE the actual install. This way you can TEST everything and make sure all the components work and get familiar with all the parts. In my case, the 1080P TV I was using to test the system did not work with the DVR at first. Absolutely no picture was showing. I had to connect a VGA computer monitor to the DVR to get into the DVR menu to set it to HDMI output. Not sure if this was just my situation or a glitch out of the box. I also had to change a menu setting for “Enable Over-scan” as the edges of the menus were cut off. When set to AUTO in the SWANN DVR menu it worked fine. Something Swann should have done out of the box.

    Make particular note that the 60 foot cables to the cameras DO have a proper direction. The power cable has a male/female end and needs to be routed appropriately to match the camera. It’s real frustrating if you install those backwards and realize your mistake when connecting to the cameras! Also set up the APP on your phone and test it. The APP can be extremely helpful aiming your cameras if you are working by yourself. You can zero in on each camera remotely and adjust the camera while you are on the ladder.

    PERFORMANCE: This system has many improvements from my older SWAN system. Resolution is better, night vision is better, and the I Phone app is EXTREMELY better. It’s faster, more responsive, and I’m able to take pictures and video right on my phone. You can also set off the lights and siren from the app if you desire. The app even set up a Swann Security folder on my phone for those pictures and videos. The DVR menu system is much improved. It’s easier to navigate and has a ton more features. You will need to get on the Swann website for detailed instructions setting up the features within the DVR. It will work out of the box, but I found the sensitivity too low to catch all movements with my cameras. It took me another hour to figure out sensitivity settings and to go test them with my walking by the cameras. Additionally I set up “blocks” of the screen on each camera to mask movements from plants and flags. I agree with other reviewers that I wish you could use a USB keyboard with the DVR for password input.

    CONCLUSION: Outside of some glitches with the DVR setup, and figuring out how to change motion sensitivity, the system is great! The cameras at first seemed a little “plastic” compared to my old metal ones; however, I think they will be just fine. They offer more features, are light to mount, and look nice once installed. I appreciate the improved resolution, the much improved APP, and the DVR offers not only more hard drive space, but more features. I would definitely recommend this system to any friend.

    May 27, 2020 13:24
  • Review by PhillipB, 8 out of 10
    Solid Swann.

    This is the 4th swann DVR system I have owned/used.

    The very first system lasted me quite a while. I had the old 500 line analog then upgraded to 700 line analog then I was given a 4k system to test and now this one.

    The first 2 had the older swann app interface that was really difficult to setup and use. I had to create a host site so I can get remote viewing to work. The one before this and this current one gave me a QR code to scan and setup was way easier.

    Just like all other DVRs you need to setup the system in a table/desk that has room to connect all of your cameras to make sure all the settings are correct and they all work. Including making sure that all of your wires work properly including the DVR itself.

    This particular model went through about 5 updates which was a bit annoying because it took about 1 hour to do even with fast ethernet connection. BTW you need a hard ethernet connection for this system. Wifi will NOT work to get remote access.

    So setup of the DVR out of the box was about 1 hour. Luckily my house is already pre run with BNC wires so I did not have to run new cables. If this is your first camera system. It will take you an entire day if not more. If you can't do it yourself I would hire someone to run the cables for you because it is not for the faint of heart. If you have attic space then during the summer it can become a sauna and your can get heat stress or heat stroke if you are not careful.

    Has both HDMI and VGA monitor outputs. It self recognizes and setup wizard was pretty easy to follow.

    Anyway after camera setup is all done plugging in and viewing was pretty easy.

    The NEW android APP interface nis really easy to use. Much better than last year's version. Easier to take snap shots and download videos. Also it was easier to see motion alerts. I do wish it had a preview icon of the alert so you can see what the alert is about. That way you don't have to keep downloading a bunch of them and use up storage on your phone.

    Night vision is pretty good. Siren is ok. For having the size of a half dollar speaker it outs out a pretty loud siren. It is more audible at night not so loud in the day because not ambient noise from cars and other things. Blue and white lights are ok. Night vision is good because there are a lot of infrared LEDs that are on.

    Field of view is ok. Width is decent. I wish vertical angle was better but Swann has been good over the years. You can mix and match different Cameras. This also has PTZ control capabilities if you buy a different camera that has that ability. This type of camera has a special cable that has additional wires. Not included in this system.

    Video and photo capture was pretty easy via app. Same for using the mouse monitor off the DVR is easy to capture and use as well.

    Older interface was a lot more DOS CMOS type of interface. They did a lot better with the most recent version.

    This DVR has 4 audio input channel capabilities. If you have cameras that have audio it will take an audio stream.

    Only CONs are the following:

    Mobile streaming has some lag.

    Android mobile app crashed on me a few times. But I had to reboot. I might blame android for pushing out a system update. I am using Pixel 3XL and they just pushed out 2021 April security patch. So maybe that might be it. So buyer beware. There might be some mobile app lag or crashing issues. Also as part of lag, the HD image would lot always load. It stayed in SD. I had to close app out and then reload to get HD video to flow right.

    Good thing with DVR. No annual or monthly costs with paying for storage. Also wired DVRs are not affected with bad WiFi or blocked signals due to dead spots.

    Other than that its Swann. Like I have said I have had 4 Swann systems and they are all pretty decent as long as you know how to set these up and know how to operate.

    Apr 09, 2021 23:51
  • Review by Ohanaman, 10 out of 10
    Worth the money!!

    Initial thoughts:

    If you’re in the market for a wired all in one security system that is fairly easy to install and has no monthly fees then this may be the system for you. Also, this is NOT a wireless system, there are wires connected to each camera.

    What’s in the box??

    -8 Channel DVR with 2TB Hard Drive

    -4K Heat and Motion-Sensing enforcer Cams (6 of them)

    -BNC Extension Cables that are 60ft long EACH (6 of them)

    -Ethernet cable

    -HDMI cable

    -Power cables (There are 3 total you will need to plug in) and splitters (2)

    -Mouse(wired)

    -Mounting Screws and Plugs

    -Quick Start Guide

    -Theft deterrent Stickers along with a number if you want to have it professionally installed.

    SETUP:

    Ok, not going to lie the hardest part was actually choosing where to place the cameras. For me that was toughest part, as I live in a 3 story home. For those of you that are handy and live in a single story, getting in attic and dropping lines may be easier. Once you get your camera lines ran and hook them all up to the main unit, then attach your HDMI cable to from the main unit to your monitor (and if you have access to the internet close by hook up your ethernet cable) plug in the power cord and Viola! From there it will take you through a setup process. Oh and one more thing is don’t forget to hook up the mouse so you can navigate through the on screen menus. One side note is that I tried to plug in a USB keyboard to use instead of clicking but it would not work! Using the mouse wasn’t that difficult truth be told. The setup wizard takes about 12-15 minutes to complete. Then you have access to control how and what you want your cameras to. Once you finish your setup you can access all the camera features. There is no real guide and you have to just play around with all the menus and buttons. Just a note if you manually turn on the sirens, they do get pretty loud.

    The App:

    So, let’s talk about the app, everyone wants to monitor their home from their phone these days. To get started I have an IOS device and I just scanned the QR code that was on my monitor screen and it takes you right to the app store to install it. If you have installed an app before then you know it comes with the usual questions such as notifications. Once you have the app downloaded and signed in you can do what we all do with our home automation apps. Now if you are expecting 4K UHD and real time from these images you will be let down. The images were pixelated but you could see well enough. You can also access your stored images and video (playback) there is also a user manual in there. If you are smart phone savvy you will have no issue moving around in the app. One last note on the app, I found that there was a 12-15 second delay from real-time.

    Picture Quality:

    Picture quality on my 4K monitor was nothing short of amazing. I thought that it did very well in bright light and in low light situations. I have another camera that struggles with really bright outside lights but these cameras did an excellent job at keeping the colors correct. Clear and concise(especially on a 4K monitor) nothing more to say.

    PRO’s:

    -No monthly charges/free recording up to 2TB

    -Wired, so you set and forget

    -Weatherproof Cameras

    -4K UHD

    -Night vision(up to 130ft) with color(up to 32ft)

    -Smartphone Control

    -Flashing lights and sirens to deter intruers

    CON’s:

    - Self install can be difficult if you are not handy

    -Lack of instructions on how to use the camera interface on the monitor

    -App could use some work and polish

    Final Thoughts:

    Overall, I feel that this product worked very well and I would recommend this to a friend if they are in the market for device like this.

    May 27, 2020 08:54
  • Review by Ernesto, 10 out of 10
    Everything you need

    Included in the box: 6 cameras, The main DVR console with a 2TB Hard Drive, all the cables, screws and power adapter you will need, including an optical mouse (more than that in a moment)

    Digital Video Recorder: All of the cameras connect to the DVR, and you can connect the DVR to any TV, or monitor using different cables such as the included HDMI cable. You can also use a VGA cable that most older monitors support. As mentioned before, this particular system comes with 6 cameras but two more can be added for a total of 8.

    Packaging: Everything is packaged well and is easy to find what you are looking for in one of the three cardboard “briefcases” comes inside the box.

    Wired vs Wireless: There is always a trade-off between wired and wireless cameras, wireless cameras need batteries while wired cameras obviously need a wire going to them and for that you have to spend some time running the cables through your house or place of business. This security system uses wires but Swann took advantage of the continuous power by including a built-in speaker onto the camera as well as Sensor Spotlights, Police-style flashing light where they will definitely get the attention of an intruder.....

    If that doesn’t work then each camera is equipped with a siren, where when activated will emit a very loud high-pitched sound. Each camera comes with it’s own stand as well that can pretty much be installed anywhere with the included screws.

    Operating System: The DVR comes with a mouse included, A mouse is needed to navigate through the Windows OS STYLE menus. Everything could be as simple as connecting everything and just powering on the DVR, or as complicated as Setting the record time lenghts whenever the cameras sense moving. whether or not the spotlight and or the police-style flashing lights come on when if it detects an intruder (you can also manually turn them on if you wish to do so to scare away an intruder even if they haven’t tripped the cameras, toggle night vision on or off, sensitivity of the cameras, resolution etc... there is a lot here to learn and play with if you choose to do so.

    4K: This Enforcer security system supports 4K resolution for life viewing, you obviously need a 4K TV or monitor for that, but if you don’t your 1080p Monitor our television will work just fine.

    App: Downloading and setting up the app is pretty easy and straightforward, The app it’s self is designed well and you have a lot of options you can control from your smart phone. The main purpose of the app is that you can view all of your cameras on your smart phone from pretty much anywhere in the world.

    Smart Speakers: This enforcer security system is compatible with smart speakers such as Google assistant or Alexa

    In conclusion: this enforcer security system has it all, 4K cameras, Heat and Motion sensors, spotlights, sirens, Night vision, the ability to see in color video at night, free recording onto the hard drive, waterproof, smart phone app, compatible with smart speakers and more, I highly recommend this system for anybody looking to protect their home or business.

    May 15, 2020 22:10
  • Review by Bootleg89, 8 out of 10
    Great system, terrible app

    So the biggest thing you have to know about this camera system is that it is extremely high quality. The 4k resolution is fantastic and the clarity is bar none. The app is horrid though.

    I was able to set this system up right out of the box. It can be a little intimidating at first, but the instructions are very clear and very intuitive. You place the camera and have to run the cables all the way back to the hub to connect it all. You connect an HDMI to your TV and an Ethernet cable to a router. Then you power all devices with the power supplies. You connect the included mouse and walk through setup step by step. Very easy. It is actually an easier setup than wireless devices because you don't have to link them all to your Wi-Fi. I was seriously up and running the whole system (not including camera mounting/wiring) in less than 10 minutes.

    The quality of this system is unlike any camera system I have had before. You select 4k resolution if you have it available and it just pops off the screen. The cameras work very well and have night vision that is also clear. I really don't have a bad thing to say about the cameras and their clarity/reception.

    Then there's the app. It prompts you to install the Swann Security app to control your system remotely via your smart device. This is where Swann really drops the ball. After installing you create a mobile account which is very easy. You scan the QR code to link your system to your account and that is a breeze. That is where the fun stops. The camera resolution defaults to a medium quality, which is bad, then lags when you change it to high resolution. The first time I tried looking at one of the cams it worked OK, minus the lag. You can turn on the LED light of the cam and even set off an alarm. I exited the app and re-entered it only to have multiple issues pop up. Trying to reopen for the first time it said "failed to connect to device". I exited and came back in and it was fine, but would not load any of the camera's images. Now the system is hard lined to my router so I know connectivity is not an issue. I then exited and opened again and was able to view one of the cameras. I then changed the app resolution to high and the image froze. I could not imagine that this will be quality experience in the long run unless Swann updates the app to correct these issues.

    I think this is one of the best quality systems you can own for camera security, but the app interface leaves much to be improved on. What you capture as far as image goes however is worth the money.

    Jun 03, 2020 19:30
  • 8.6score
    Swann - Enforcer 8-Channel, 6-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Security Camera Surveillance System - White
    Description

    Only at Best BuyUpgrade your home security system with this Swann video surveillance system. The included six cameras and eight channels ensure wide coverage around your home, while compatibility with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa supports voice commands for effortless control. This Swann video surveillance system boasts night vision technology for improved visibility at night.

    11 Features
  • Monitor your property with 6 cameras: Position 6 Enforcer cameras with 8 channel DVR to watch over entrances, yards, driveways, parking lots, shop floors, storerooms, and customer service areas.
  • 4K Ultra HD high resolution: Allows to see everything that's happening live or in playback mode. Plus you can zoom in close to see car license plates, faces, tattoos, logos on clothing, labels on clothing and so much more.
  • Night vision: Get color video at night up to 32' with the lights on and even longer, up to 130', in black and white during total darkness.
  • Viewing angle up to 90°: Expertly captures a wide angle of your property for exceptional security at all times.
  • HDMI and VGA outputs: Connect to a wide range of compatible displays for versatile viewing, including your HDTV, LCD or plasma TV.
  • Send a warning: Protect your property and deter intruders with motion-activated police-style red and blue flashing lights, spotlights and siren.
  • Swann Security app: Allows to see live or playback video from anywhere in the world with your smartphone.
  • Works with your smart home: Enjoy hands-free security using voice commands, and stream video from your cameras via the Google Assistant and Chromecast, Google Home Hub, or via Alexa devices.
  • Heat and motion detection: With Swann's True Detect, warm objects like people and cars can trigger the lights, siren, push notifications and recording with fewer false alarms to worry about.
  • Weather-resistant design: Install cameras indoors or outdoors, as they're built to withstand rain, snow and heat, all year round.
  • Free local and cloud storage: Allows to record up to 180 days+ onto the massive 2TB hard drive, with no fees, or backup footage to your Dropbox account.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Tstall, 10 out of 10
    A system ready to protect your home!

    I wanted to start off by saying this system will take some time to install and you will need to have a basic understanding of how to use a drill, connecting cables and setting up a monitor or tv screen. Also, you will need to know how to use your phone to download the app and connect to your system but only if you want phone access which is usually a standard today. You will also need to run cables to each 4K camera so if you are not sure how to run and hide the cables appropriately your attack, craw spaces or behind drywall I recommend seeking a professional to install the system.

    I have experience with many types of security camera systems including new wireless systems and older systems. I have had the pleasure of helping many others install their systems and having it setup successfully. Swann is an awesome brand and has been around for many years and have many years in the camera security business. This new enforcer system is a highlight to their success and proving that they can offer more than the competition. Anyone who wants more in a security system without the monthly fee should look no further.

    Everything you need (for the most part) is included in the box including a mouse to operate the DVR system. The only thing you will need is monitor or tv with HDMI or VGA (if you don’t care about clarity or if you will mostly only view from your phone and have an old monitor you can use laying around). The system comes with 6 awesome cameras packed with a crazy amount of features and a DVR box (which will act as your hub). You can add an additional two cameras to this system to make it 8. You also don’t have to use all 6 cameras and rather add them as you go to make sure all the angles you want are covered. The cameras have speakers, night vision, colored night vision, heat detection (this is crazy awesome) red and blue flashing lights (Yes, bright, like the police), spotlights and a siren. They are also 4K and are super clear on my 4K monitor and I would say much better than wireless. These cameras pack a punch to scare anyone who may enter your property even if they have permission. The cameras also have mounts. Another thing to add in is this system will connect to you amazon Alexa (which I have) or google assistant. There is so much I am probably missing something but I gave most of the key features on this entire system.

    For installation I am lucky to live in a one story so I ran all my cables through the attic. I ran an ethernet cable from my modem inside my house into the attic to the DVR box and also installed an extra outlet to where I have my “DVR station”. I located my DVR station with my added monitor to where my attic stairs are so I don’t have to travel far plus I will use my phone as my primary contact source with this system. I attached each of my cameras to each corner of my house on the exterior and I put one by the front and back doors. I pretty much have a 360 view with how I have everything setup and the cameras adjusted. The box includes further and proper instructions on installation of your camera. I do not want to go into further detail as you are the one who will be drilling and installing the camera on to your home. I will say it did take time but since I did it before it was breeze and I think if your even just a little bit handy you will be able to do it yourself.

    The DVR user face is decent and feels like it has quality compared to what I have seen. You have a million different settings to adjust exactly what you want. If you want to have flashing red and blue lights or if you rather you have spot light signify to an intruder that they are being watched you can make it happen. Pretty cool in my opinion. You can really adjust everything and I could write 4 paragraphs on just adjustments but trust me when I say there is more than enough and more access to adjustments and features than any other I have seen. Using an iPhone (sorry no androids here to test) was easy to use and get going. I didn’t have to retry the app 60 times to get it to work (which is a huge plus) due the simple QR code that you can scan. The app is not crazy but gets the job done. You have to remember you don’t have to pay for it monthly like every other service out there. You will need to access the main DVR to adjust most of your settings which is easier to do anyway as you won’t need to make these adjustments everyday. The phone app is my preferred method of viewing my cameras because who has time to go view the monitor everyday and you can now view your home from place you have internet access which now a days is everywhere.

    Overall, this is a great system and will get the job done. Are there some tweaks that could have made in the interface sure but they don’t really matter when all you want to do is secure your home and have good, reliable play back video. This system has great video quality with outstanding amount of features to keep those bad guys away. This system is built to last the outside weather and ready to protect you, your family and your home.

    May 20, 2020 21:25
  • Review by TheOffice1234, 10 out of 10
    SKEPTICAL NO LONGER! AFFORDABLE QUALITY

    SKEPTICAL NO LONGER! AFFORDABLE QUALITY

    REVIEW: Swann - Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 6-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Surveillance System - White

    Model: SWDVK-85680W6RL-US

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    SUMMARY:

    I have been deploying security cameras for about 15 years at home, our local homeowner’s association, my office and for family. I am not in the industry, but I have probably deployed 6 different systems.

    I have always been skeptical about these “all in one bundles”. I think however I can say now they seem to have grown up to be capable units. There is lots to like about this unit, and not much to complain about. While not at the same level as professional grade equipment (costing 4x to 10x more), it does a good to very good job covering most casual needs. This is about as “turn key” as you can get. Plug everything in, turn it on, you are in business for basic monitoring. It also supports many advanced features that you can optionally expose and utilize if needed.

    I would recommend this package for anyone who wants to deploy something quickly without having to source each part out individually, and without breaking the bank. I have no hesitancy recommending this package, at this price point, especially for indoor use. You won’t find anything less expensive that is worthwhile. My only concern is that everything feels cheap and lightweight. There is even a giant warning sticker on the DVR “don’t put anything heavy on the DVR”. This summarizes my feelings about it overall. Again, there is nothing functionally wrong, it all works, it just feels cheap.

    UNBOXING: (see picture)

    INITIAL IMPRESSIONS:

    Everything was protected, but it also seems somewhat loosely tossed into the boxes. The important things like the cameras and DVR are well protected, but cables, screws, power supplies, etc are mostly floating around loose. As mentioned above everything felt very lightweight and inexpensive. I think the focus is on cost (which is OK). For example, what is the cheapest cable we can bundle that will do the job vs, what is a cable that will last 20 years once installed. Again, that is OK.

    Here is one simple example. The internal hard drive is a 2 TB Seagate Skyhawk LITE. Seagate Skyhawk’s have impressive quality and are optimized for security cameras. At first, I was very impressed that it had a Skyhawk drive. But I’d never heard of “LITE”. It seems to be a budget version (reduced specs and performance) sold primarily in India. Again, there is nothing wrong with this drive. For $10-$30 more I would have rather had a “regular” Skyhawk drive. If the focus is low cost, this is a good way to save money on each unit made and probably won’t impact performance. The Skyhawk drives are rated for about 60 devices and the LITE for about 30 devices (cameras). This DVR only supports 8 devices, so it is well within specs.

    INITIAL SETUP / TIPS:

    Here is where the SWANN shines. You can’t hook it up wrong there is only one way everything will connect together. I simply connected all the cables and power and video and turned it on, and instantly it all worked. There were some areas of advanced configuration that could have been easier or more intuitive, but it was not bad at all. I am confident that just about anyone without any technical experience, beyond turning on and configuring a laptop for the first time would have no problems with this system. The hardest part of any security system is running cables in a wall.

    TIP: NO WIFI

    As far as I can tell the unit does not have WIFI although some of the menus seem to indicate that on some units WIFI is an option. OK if you are trying to keep costs down, don’t include a $5 WIFI chip in the unit. It took me while to work around this topic. First, I had to connect the DVR to a wired network (back of router), and then get it all working. I had an extra WIFI to Ethernet adapter in my boxes of computer junk in my basement. This device connects to a WIFI network then bridges the WIFI down to a physical cable. Once I got that bridge working, I was able to move the DVR anywhere I had signal. So expect to spend an extra $50 on a WIFI-Ethernet Device if you need WIFI connectivity. Technically you don’t need it on a network other than TIME SYNC and remote viewing from the phone APP.

    TIP: LIMITED WINDOWS / REMOTE CONTROL / SUPPORT

    This is a dedicated DVR for SECURITY, it is not designed to be operated and managed remotely. It is meant to be sitting on a shelf with a TV/Monitor attached (Think of a small self contained solution in a gas station for example). This means you have to be careful where you plan to install the unit as it will be there for good once you run the cables, and you have to be able to get to it physically to do anything advanced. There is a windows app on the SWAN website, it does not list this model as a supported model, but it does seem to work. It gives you some basic viewing and capturing capability, but not full advanced functionality as if you are sitting in front of the DVR itself. So, expect to spend $100-$200 on a dedicated TV for daily use (vs just launching an app on an existing PC). The phone app works well for quick viewing and motion alerts.

    TIP: NO KEYBOARD SUPPORT

    While the DVR software does a good job of integrating mouse control, with the included mouse, it is still a pain to type in long complex passwords several times each session with a mouse. I tried plugging in a keyboard to one of the spare USB ports and it was not recognized.

    TIP: NOT MUCH HELP ON SCREEN

    As you start to try more advanced features, you are at the mercy of your wit and the people who defined the interface (or maybe read the manual). One example is scheduling for full time recording vs event recording. Here you paint the schedule grid yellow or green (or both) based on what you want. I only knew to paint the schedule because my other DVR system works the same way. But to took me 10 minutes or so to realize the “KEY” of yellow and green dots was more than a key, it was also a selection tool. So click on the green dot to paint green. Click on the Yellow dot pain yellow. Or, on some screens you can right click the mouse to unlock advanced features. As I as I said, you can just plug it all in and turn it all on and it all works. It is really the advanced features that take some time and work to reason out. For the record, in my experience, “ALL DVR SOFTWARE IS CLUNKY” and always has been. The easy stuff is intuitive, the advance stuff is clunky. This is not worse or better than any other DVR system I have ever used.

    TIP: FIRMWARE UPDATE ERRORS

    Normally when I first get a new device the first thing I do is to update the firmware. When you try to upgrade the firmware it gives what seems to be a server or network error. I think the real issue it that there is no new firmware for this device. I looked all over the SWANN website and this firmware is newer than anything that is on their website. It also does not list this model (too new or Best Buy Exclusive?). This makes me a little nervous as their support website is a bit of a mess.

    IMAGE QUALITY:

    My existing camera system is about 4 years old and is a network based system (vs a dedicated head end like this system). My existing cameras are 3MP vs the SWANN 8MP(?) cameras. In theory then the SWANN camera pictures should be about 2-3 times better, clearer, sharper. For comparison, my home system cost about $2800 for 6 cameras, 4TB storage. I plan to use the SWANN at my office since we have an unstaffed front lobby and I wanted to give the staff some piece of mind if they are working late or early about who is coming into the office or ringing the buzzer. I set up the cameras side by side and took snapshots at various times of the day. (See pics). For the most part, the images were about the same. Sometimes the SWANN was a touch better, sometime the SWANN was a touch worse. This is good news that for this price point, you can get good quality images. However, 4K did not really make much of a difference compared to my older non-4K cameras. NOTE: The maximum frames per second at 4K are only 8 FPS on SWANN. (Normal TV video is usually at least 30 FPS)

    FEATURES:

    This has everything I could think of for advanced features: Scheduled Recordings, Motion Detection, Scheduled Snapshots, Email Alerts, Alarms, Sirens, Audio Recording. I like the lights on the cameras that can be “on” or “triggered”. I liked that the cameras supported PIR to better identify people as motion instead of a tree or flag blowing in the wind. It has advanced analysis modes so you can fine tune motion detection. You can black out areas you don’t want recorded. You can set motion detection in only a certain area. As far as features go, I could not find anything that was not there.

    SUMMARY:

    I think this is 100% perfect for a small self-contained office or building like a gas station or retail store or small carry out restaurant. Home use is good so long as you can place the device where a 30 foot cable to the unit can reach the camera. Maybe, for example, you put the DVR in your garage and just have cameras around the outside of the garage pointing at various locations. I’m sure you can buy or build longer cables, but at some point, you start to lose the advantage of an all in one bundle.

    It is easy to use, easy to set up, and the image quality is pretty good.

    May 24, 2020 12:02
  • Review by explore42, 8 out of 10
    Great System with a not so great Mobile App

    After installing and using the Swann Enforcer system I have found the overall system performs fairly well but there are some shortcomings especially in the mobile app. Below I have tried to list out everything that I really liked about this set up as well as the items that I felt were problematic. This system uses analog cameras and bnc cables – old school cctv, the downside is they aren’t as flexible as most of the newer digital wireless cameras or even ethernet based wired camera systems (NVRs) but on the plus side this system is far less expensive. One thing to keep in mind when looking at these 4k camera systems is that the resolution you see on your phone app is not 4k. What you see on your phone is the substream video at a far lower resolution. The actual default resolution sent to the mobile device is 362x240 with a max resolution of 704x480. Quite a difference from the 4k resolution of 3840x2160 which is the mainstream video that is stored on the DVR. Because the mobile device’s screens are small the image is still quite sharp even at the lower resolutions. To actually gain all the benefit of the 4k cameras you need to be looking at 4k monitor attached to the DVR via an hdmi cable. Also when recording in 4k the frames per second fps drop to 8 which means the image can be very choppy when viewing anything that is moving fast. If you lower the camera resolution to HD 1980x1080 you can then record at 15 fps so it’s a trade off of resolution vs frames per second. Luckily Swann gives you the ability to vary each camera’s resolution and frames per second so you can configure the cameras to meet your requirements.

    What I liked about the system:

    - Swann provides good documentation on getting the system initialized and its relatively straight forward. If you don’t feel comfortable installing the cameras and system Swann also provides information on how to contact professionals to do the installation.

    - The information provided for configuring the cameras within the DVR application is fairly comprehensive and the downloaded manual offers even more details. I highly recommend looking at the manual and checking out on line videos for additional help.

    - The 4k video images are clear and there are options to help enhance the image quality.

    - The Motion detection worked well and setting up the motion detection zones were easy.

    - Setting up alerts and email notifications was simple and they work really well.

    - The Enforcer alarm and blinking lights definitely draw attention when set off.

    - The night vision is bright and clear but not very colorful under normal night lighting.

    - The mobile app was easy to use but its slow opening and buggy as explained below.

    - Swann uses “modes” which allow you to set up different configurations for home, night and away.

    - The camera head can be rotated and angled on the mount to meet nearly any type of installation.

    - No additional cost since the video is recorded and saved locally on the hard drive.

    What I don’t like about the system:

    - The mobile app takes a long time to fully load. First you get the Swann home page and spinning wheel, then you get an image of a DVR and the spinning wheel, then you get camera icons and the spinning wheel then eventually you get your camera images. The app usually takes between 15 to 30 seconds to display images. This is using an Iphone 12 pro on my home wi-fi network using the default substream of 360x240 resolution. Comparatively another wired system I own takes 5 seconds consistently to load. Both my wireless doorbell and wireless outside camera take about 15 seconds to activate and load images so the Swann app is the slowest.

    - The mobile app doesn’t work correctly on all settings. Using the app I configured a camera’s motion detection and hit save. When I went back to check the setting I found that it is back to the default setting with no explanation as to why. Because of this issue I do all my configuration directly in the DVR.

    - The mobile app doesn’t include all the options that are available in the main DVR configuration page nor does it match or mimic DVR configuration screens.

    - The cameras have a small viewing angle of 90 degrees. Many of todays newer cameras have a 130 degree or more viewing angle which means they see a wider view of what is in front of it.

    - These cameras use BNC type cables with Siamese power taps and they can be a pain to run through the house. The cables provided are approved for in wall use so you cannot expose the cable or connections to the outside environment.

    - The supplied wired mouse is cheap and limits the distance you can sit from the controller.

    - There is not a pc app that works with this model. I tried to get the Swann Home Safe View app to work on my windows pc but it does not recognize the DVR. When I checked the Swan support page it does not show the DVR8-5680X as being compatible with the Home Safe View app.

    - The mounting hardware and the screws to lock the camera head to the mount are cheap and you can strip out the heads without much force.

    - There is not an all camera Alarm On/Off setting in the Mobile App. There are times when I would like to be able to Arm or Unarm all the cameras at once with a single button without having to use one the three mode settings. It does have a Do Not Disturb but that is not the same as being able to arm/unarm all the cameras with a single button.

    - The cameras do not have microphones so they do not record any audio.

    Apr 19, 2021 22:02
  • Review by GagetGuy, 10 out of 10
    Great Improvement form Swann

    This is a new system form Swann called the Enforcer. I am assuming the name applies to the siren and light feature on these cameras. While you may not use the siren and or lights for all motion detection, you can manually trigger either the light or siren (or both) from the app if you are notified of motion and if you see something going on, you could trigger the siren manually to scare the heck out of someone as they are loud!

    I replaced a 3.5 year old Swann 1080P system with this unit. I was hoping for more resolution and better night vision. Luckily this system used the same BNC cables as my old one so I did not have to rewire. I had 8 cameras on my old system and I was also pleased I could still reuse 2 of my 1080P cameras on this new DVR. This was a real plus, and thank you Swann for that downward compatibility. BTW the resolution IS better with the new 4K cameras!

    For a new install, be aware you will spend 4 to 8 hours installing the system for a clean neat installation. My wires run through my attic from the outside cameras, down through a PVC conduit in my garage, into the basement, to meet up with the other wires from within the house. My DVR is in the basement hidden behind a desk where I have a monitor. I also power the system with a battery UPS to give me coverage if the power is out.

    I also HIGHLY recommend you follow Swann’s suggestions to set the entire system up on the floor BEFORE the actual install. This way you can TEST everything and make sure all the components work and get familiar with all the parts. In my case, the 1080P TV I was using to test the system did not work with the DVR at first. Absolutely no picture was showing. I had to connect a VGA computer monitor to the DVR to get into the DVR menu to set it to HDMI output. Not sure if this was just my situation or a glitch out of the box. I also had to change a menu setting for “Enable Over-scan” as the edges of the menus were cut off. When set to AUTO in the SWANN DVR menu it worked fine. Something Swann should have done out of the box.

    Make particular note that the 60 foot cables to the cameras DO have a proper direction. The power cable has a male/female end and needs to be routed appropriately to match the camera. It’s real frustrating if you install those backwards and realize your mistake when connecting to the cameras! Also set up the APP on your phone and test it. The APP can be extremely helpful aiming your cameras if you are working by yourself. You can zero in on each camera remotely and adjust the camera while you are on the ladder.

    PERFORMANCE: This system has many improvements from my older SWAN system. Resolution is better, night vision is better, and the I Phone app is EXTREMELY better. It’s faster, more responsive, and I’m able to take pictures and video right on my phone. You can also set off the lights and siren from the app if you desire. The app even set up a Swann Security folder on my phone for those pictures and videos. The DVR menu system is much improved. It’s easier to navigate and has a ton more features. You will need to get on the Swann website for detailed instructions setting up the features within the DVR. It will work out of the box, but I found the sensitivity too low to catch all movements with my cameras. It took me another hour to figure out sensitivity settings and to go test them with my walking by the cameras. Additionally I set up “blocks” of the screen on each camera to mask movements from plants and flags. I agree with other reviewers that I wish you could use a USB keyboard with the DVR for password input.

    CONCLUSION: Outside of some glitches with the DVR setup, and figuring out how to change motion sensitivity, the system is great! The cameras at first seemed a little “plastic” compared to my old metal ones; however, I think they will be just fine. They offer more features, are light to mount, and look nice once installed. I appreciate the improved resolution, the much improved APP, and the DVR offers not only more hard drive space, but more features. I would definitely recommend this system to any friend.

    May 27, 2020 13:24
  • Review by PhillipB, 8 out of 10
    Solid Swann.

    This is the 4th swann DVR system I have owned/used.

    The very first system lasted me quite a while. I had the old 500 line analog then upgraded to 700 line analog then I was given a 4k system to test and now this one.

    The first 2 had the older swann app interface that was really difficult to setup and use. I had to create a host site so I can get remote viewing to work. The one before this and this current one gave me a QR code to scan and setup was way easier.

    Just like all other DVRs you need to setup the system in a table/desk that has room to connect all of your cameras to make sure all the settings are correct and they all work. Including making sure that all of your wires work properly including the DVR itself.

    This particular model went through about 5 updates which was a bit annoying because it took about 1 hour to do even with fast ethernet connection. BTW you need a hard ethernet connection for this system. Wifi will NOT work to get remote access.

    So setup of the DVR out of the box was about 1 hour. Luckily my house is already pre run with BNC wires so I did not have to run new cables. If this is your first camera system. It will take you an entire day if not more. If you can't do it yourself I would hire someone to run the cables for you because it is not for the faint of heart. If you have attic space then during the summer it can become a sauna and your can get heat stress or heat stroke if you are not careful.

    Has both HDMI and VGA monitor outputs. It self recognizes and setup wizard was pretty easy to follow.

    Anyway after camera setup is all done plugging in and viewing was pretty easy.

    The NEW android APP interface nis really easy to use. Much better than last year's version. Easier to take snap shots and download videos. Also it was easier to see motion alerts. I do wish it had a preview icon of the alert so you can see what the alert is about. That way you don't have to keep downloading a bunch of them and use up storage on your phone.

    Night vision is pretty good. Siren is ok. For having the size of a half dollar speaker it outs out a pretty loud siren. It is more audible at night not so loud in the day because not ambient noise from cars and other things. Blue and white lights are ok. Night vision is good because there are a lot of infrared LEDs that are on.

    Field of view is ok. Width is decent. I wish vertical angle was better but Swann has been good over the years. You can mix and match different Cameras. This also has PTZ control capabilities if you buy a different camera that has that ability. This type of camera has a special cable that has additional wires. Not included in this system.

    Video and photo capture was pretty easy via app. Same for using the mouse monitor off the DVR is easy to capture and use as well.

    Older interface was a lot more DOS CMOS type of interface. They did a lot better with the most recent version.

    This DVR has 4 audio input channel capabilities. If you have cameras that have audio it will take an audio stream.

    Only CONs are the following:

    Mobile streaming has some lag.

    Android mobile app crashed on me a few times. But I had to reboot. I might blame android for pushing out a system update. I am using Pixel 3XL and they just pushed out 2021 April security patch. So maybe that might be it. So buyer beware. There might be some mobile app lag or crashing issues. Also as part of lag, the HD image would lot always load. It stayed in SD. I had to close app out and then reload to get HD video to flow right.

    Good thing with DVR. No annual or monthly costs with paying for storage. Also wired DVRs are not affected with bad WiFi or blocked signals due to dead spots.

    Other than that its Swann. Like I have said I have had 4 Swann systems and they are all pretty decent as long as you know how to set these up and know how to operate.

    Apr 09, 2021 23:51
  • Review by Ohanaman, 10 out of 10
    Worth the money!!

    Initial thoughts:

    If you’re in the market for a wired all in one security system that is fairly easy to install and has no monthly fees then this may be the system for you. Also, this is NOT a wireless system, there are wires connected to each camera.

    What’s in the box??

    -8 Channel DVR with 2TB Hard Drive

    -4K Heat and Motion-Sensing enforcer Cams (6 of them)

    -BNC Extension Cables that are 60ft long EACH (6 of them)

    -Ethernet cable

    -HDMI cable

    -Power cables (There are 3 total you will need to plug in) and splitters (2)

    -Mouse(wired)

    -Mounting Screws and Plugs

    -Quick Start Guide

    -Theft deterrent Stickers along with a number if you want to have it professionally installed.

    SETUP:

    Ok, not going to lie the hardest part was actually choosing where to place the cameras. For me that was toughest part, as I live in a 3 story home. For those of you that are handy and live in a single story, getting in attic and dropping lines may be easier. Once you get your camera lines ran and hook them all up to the main unit, then attach your HDMI cable to from the main unit to your monitor (and if you have access to the internet close by hook up your ethernet cable) plug in the power cord and Viola! From there it will take you through a setup process. Oh and one more thing is don’t forget to hook up the mouse so you can navigate through the on screen menus. One side note is that I tried to plug in a USB keyboard to use instead of clicking but it would not work! Using the mouse wasn’t that difficult truth be told. The setup wizard takes about 12-15 minutes to complete. Then you have access to control how and what you want your cameras to. Once you finish your setup you can access all the camera features. There is no real guide and you have to just play around with all the menus and buttons. Just a note if you manually turn on the sirens, they do get pretty loud.

    The App:

    So, let’s talk about the app, everyone wants to monitor their home from their phone these days. To get started I have an IOS device and I just scanned the QR code that was on my monitor screen and it takes you right to the app store to install it. If you have installed an app before then you know it comes with the usual questions such as notifications. Once you have the app downloaded and signed in you can do what we all do with our home automation apps. Now if you are expecting 4K UHD and real time from these images you will be let down. The images were pixelated but you could see well enough. You can also access your stored images and video (playback) there is also a user manual in there. If you are smart phone savvy you will have no issue moving around in the app. One last note on the app, I found that there was a 12-15 second delay from real-time.

    Picture Quality:

    Picture quality on my 4K monitor was nothing short of amazing. I thought that it did very well in bright light and in low light situations. I have another camera that struggles with really bright outside lights but these cameras did an excellent job at keeping the colors correct. Clear and concise(especially on a 4K monitor) nothing more to say.

    PRO’s:

    -No monthly charges/free recording up to 2TB

    -Wired, so you set and forget

    -Weatherproof Cameras

    -4K UHD

    -Night vision(up to 130ft) with color(up to 32ft)

    -Smartphone Control

    -Flashing lights and sirens to deter intruers

    CON’s:

    - Self install can be difficult if you are not handy

    -Lack of instructions on how to use the camera interface on the monitor

    -App could use some work and polish

    Final Thoughts:

    Overall, I feel that this product worked very well and I would recommend this to a friend if they are in the market for device like this.

    May 27, 2020 08:54
  • Review by Ernesto, 10 out of 10
    Everything you need

    Included in the box: 6 cameras, The main DVR console with a 2TB Hard Drive, all the cables, screws and power adapter you will need, including an optical mouse (more than that in a moment)

    Digital Video Recorder: All of the cameras connect to the DVR, and you can connect the DVR to any TV, or monitor using different cables such as the included HDMI cable. You can also use a VGA cable that most older monitors support. As mentioned before, this particular system comes with 6 cameras but two more can be added for a total of 8.

    Packaging: Everything is packaged well and is easy to find what you are looking for in one of the three cardboard “briefcases” comes inside the box.

    Wired vs Wireless: There is always a trade-off between wired and wireless cameras, wireless cameras need batteries while wired cameras obviously need a wire going to them and for that you have to spend some time running the cables through your house or place of business. This security system uses wires but Swann took advantage of the continuous power by including a built-in speaker onto the camera as well as Sensor Spotlights, Police-style flashing light where they will definitely get the attention of an intruder.....

    If that doesn’t work then each camera is equipped with a siren, where when activated will emit a very loud high-pitched sound. Each camera comes with it’s own stand as well that can pretty much be installed anywhere with the included screws.

    Operating System: The DVR comes with a mouse included, A mouse is needed to navigate through the Windows OS STYLE menus. Everything could be as simple as connecting everything and just powering on the DVR, or as complicated as Setting the record time lenghts whenever the cameras sense moving. whether or not the spotlight and or the police-style flashing lights come on when if it detects an intruder (you can also manually turn them on if you wish to do so to scare away an intruder even if they haven’t tripped the cameras, toggle night vision on or off, sensitivity of the cameras, resolution etc... there is a lot here to learn and play with if you choose to do so.

    4K: This Enforcer security system supports 4K resolution for life viewing, you obviously need a 4K TV or monitor for that, but if you don’t your 1080p Monitor our television will work just fine.

    App: Downloading and setting up the app is pretty easy and straightforward, The app it’s self is designed well and you have a lot of options you can control from your smart phone. The main purpose of the app is that you can view all of your cameras on your smart phone from pretty much anywhere in the world.

    Smart Speakers: This enforcer security system is compatible with smart speakers such as Google assistant or Alexa

    In conclusion: this enforcer security system has it all, 4K cameras, Heat and Motion sensors, spotlights, sirens, Night vision, the ability to see in color video at night, free recording onto the hard drive, waterproof, smart phone app, compatible with smart speakers and more, I highly recommend this system for anybody looking to protect their home or business.

    May 15, 2020 22:10
  • Review by Bootleg89, 8 out of 10
    Great system, terrible app

    So the biggest thing you have to know about this camera system is that it is extremely high quality. The 4k resolution is fantastic and the clarity is bar none. The app is horrid though.

    I was able to set this system up right out of the box. It can be a little intimidating at first, but the instructions are very clear and very intuitive. You place the camera and have to run the cables all the way back to the hub to connect it all. You connect an HDMI to your TV and an Ethernet cable to a router. Then you power all devices with the power supplies. You connect the included mouse and walk through setup step by step. Very easy. It is actually an easier setup than wireless devices because you don't have to link them all to your Wi-Fi. I was seriously up and running the whole system (not including camera mounting/wiring) in less than 10 minutes.

    The quality of this system is unlike any camera system I have had before. You select 4k resolution if you have it available and it just pops off the screen. The cameras work very well and have night vision that is also clear. I really don't have a bad thing to say about the cameras and their clarity/reception.

    Then there's the app. It prompts you to install the Swann Security app to control your system remotely via your smart device. This is where Swann really drops the ball. After installing you create a mobile account which is very easy. You scan the QR code to link your system to your account and that is a breeze. That is where the fun stops. The camera resolution defaults to a medium quality, which is bad, then lags when you change it to high resolution. The first time I tried looking at one of the cams it worked OK, minus the lag. You can turn on the LED light of the cam and even set off an alarm. I exited the app and re-entered it only to have multiple issues pop up. Trying to reopen for the first time it said "failed to connect to device". I exited and came back in and it was fine, but would not load any of the camera's images. Now the system is hard lined to my router so I know connectivity is not an issue. I then exited and opened again and was able to view one of the cameras. I then changed the app resolution to high and the image froze. I could not imagine that this will be quality experience in the long run unless Swann updates the app to correct these issues.

    I think this is one of the best quality systems you can own for camera security, but the app interface leaves much to be improved on. What you capture as far as image goes however is worth the money.

    Jun 03, 2020 19:30
  • 8.6score
    Swann - Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 8-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Security Camera Surveillance System - White - White
    Description

    The Swann 4K Enforcer™ series is armed with the latest in Home Security, such as Police-Style flashing lights, Night2Day™ color night vision, siren, TrueDetect™ Heat & Motion Detection, Google & Alexa compatibility, Cloud back up storage, and much more. An 8-channel security system suits large properties, especially businesses with large premises, like retail stores, restaurants, warehouses, and large homes.

    6 Features
  • Monitor Your Property with Swann: This security system is packed with the latest surveillance technology, such as weatherproof cameras, color night vision, push notifications, built-in siren, bright flashing red & blue lights and integration with Dropbox, Google Assistant, and Alexa.
  • Ultra HD 4K resolution: Get incredible detail with 4K Ultra HD, which is 8x the resolution of 1080p Full HD. Zoom in closer to see essential evidence like license plates and faces, great for use in large areas such as retail stores, warehouses, and parking lots.
  • TrueDetect™ Heat & Motion: TrueDetect™ triggers recording and push notifications when the heat from people and cars are detected, with fewer false triggers, so you will always know what’s happening.
  • Face Detection: Advanced 4K video analytics, such as Face Detection and others, recognize elements on the image to trigger recording and alerts, so you can always keep an eye on your valuable assets, such as product stock, POS equipment, cash registers, and merchandise.
  • Swann Security App: See live or playback video on your phone from anywhere with the Swann Security app. Sound an alarm to protect the ones you love with a loud siren that can be triggered automatically when activity occurs or manually via the app.
  • Store Your Recordings: With no ongoing fees, store months of recordings within the hard drive/ Link your NVR to Dropbox and upload still images to the cloud for off-site storage.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Tstall, 10 out of 10
    A system ready to protect your home!

    I wanted to start off by saying this system will take some time to install and you will need to have a basic understanding of how to use a drill, connecting cables and setting up a monitor or tv screen. Also, you will need to know how to use your phone to download the app and connect to your system but only if you want phone access which is usually a standard today. You will also need to run cables to each 4K camera so if you are not sure how to run and hide the cables appropriately your attack, craw spaces or behind drywall I recommend seeking a professional to install the system.

    I have experience with many types of security camera systems including new wireless systems and older systems. I have had the pleasure of helping many others install their systems and having it setup successfully. Swann is an awesome brand and has been around for many years and have many years in the camera security business. This new enforcer system is a highlight to their success and proving that they can offer more than the competition. Anyone who wants more in a security system without the monthly fee should look no further.

    Everything you need (for the most part) is included in the box including a mouse to operate the DVR system. The only thing you will need is monitor or tv with HDMI or VGA (if you don’t care about clarity or if you will mostly only view from your phone and have an old monitor you can use laying around). The system comes with 6 awesome cameras packed with a crazy amount of features and a DVR box (which will act as your hub). You can add an additional two cameras to this system to make it 8. You also don’t have to use all 6 cameras and rather add them as you go to make sure all the angles you want are covered. The cameras have speakers, night vision, colored night vision, heat detection (this is crazy awesome) red and blue flashing lights (Yes, bright, like the police), spotlights and a siren. They are also 4K and are super clear on my 4K monitor and I would say much better than wireless. These cameras pack a punch to scare anyone who may enter your property even if they have permission. The cameras also have mounts. Another thing to add in is this system will connect to you amazon Alexa (which I have) or google assistant. There is so much I am probably missing something but I gave most of the key features on this entire system.

    For installation I am lucky to live in a one story so I ran all my cables through the attic. I ran an ethernet cable from my modem inside my house into the attic to the DVR box and also installed an extra outlet to where I have my “DVR station”. I located my DVR station with my added monitor to where my attic stairs are so I don’t have to travel far plus I will use my phone as my primary contact source with this system. I attached each of my cameras to each corner of my house on the exterior and I put one by the front and back doors. I pretty much have a 360 view with how I have everything setup and the cameras adjusted. The box includes further and proper instructions on installation of your camera. I do not want to go into further detail as you are the one who will be drilling and installing the camera on to your home. I will say it did take time but since I did it before it was breeze and I think if your even just a little bit handy you will be able to do it yourself.

    The DVR user face is decent and feels like it has quality compared to what I have seen. You have a million different settings to adjust exactly what you want. If you want to have flashing red and blue lights or if you rather you have spot light signify to an intruder that they are being watched you can make it happen. Pretty cool in my opinion. You can really adjust everything and I could write 4 paragraphs on just adjustments but trust me when I say there is more than enough and more access to adjustments and features than any other I have seen. Using an iPhone (sorry no androids here to test) was easy to use and get going. I didn’t have to retry the app 60 times to get it to work (which is a huge plus) due the simple QR code that you can scan. The app is not crazy but gets the job done. You have to remember you don’t have to pay for it monthly like every other service out there. You will need to access the main DVR to adjust most of your settings which is easier to do anyway as you won’t need to make these adjustments everyday. The phone app is my preferred method of viewing my cameras because who has time to go view the monitor everyday and you can now view your home from place you have internet access which now a days is everywhere.

    Overall, this is a great system and will get the job done. Are there some tweaks that could have made in the interface sure but they don’t really matter when all you want to do is secure your home and have good, reliable play back video. This system has great video quality with outstanding amount of features to keep those bad guys away. This system is built to last the outside weather and ready to protect you, your family and your home.

    May 20, 2020 21:25
  • Review by TheOffice1234, 10 out of 10
    SKEPTICAL NO LONGER! AFFORDABLE QUALITY

    SKEPTICAL NO LONGER! AFFORDABLE QUALITY

    REVIEW: Swann - Enforcer™ 8-Channel, 6-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Surveillance System - White

    Model: SWDVK-85680W6RL-US

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    SUMMARY:

    I have been deploying security cameras for about 15 years at home, our local homeowner’s association, my office and for family. I am not in the industry, but I have probably deployed 6 different systems.

    I have always been skeptical about these “all in one bundles”. I think however I can say now they seem to have grown up to be capable units. There is lots to like about this unit, and not much to complain about. While not at the same level as professional grade equipment (costing 4x to 10x more), it does a good to very good job covering most casual needs. This is about as “turn key” as you can get. Plug everything in, turn it on, you are in business for basic monitoring. It also supports many advanced features that you can optionally expose and utilize if needed.

    I would recommend this package for anyone who wants to deploy something quickly without having to source each part out individually, and without breaking the bank. I have no hesitancy recommending this package, at this price point, especially for indoor use. You won’t find anything less expensive that is worthwhile. My only concern is that everything feels cheap and lightweight. There is even a giant warning sticker on the DVR “don’t put anything heavy on the DVR”. This summarizes my feelings about it overall. Again, there is nothing functionally wrong, it all works, it just feels cheap.

    UNBOXING: (see picture)

    INITIAL IMPRESSIONS:

    Everything was protected, but it also seems somewhat loosely tossed into the boxes. The important things like the cameras and DVR are well protected, but cables, screws, power supplies, etc are mostly floating around loose. As mentioned above everything felt very lightweight and inexpensive. I think the focus is on cost (which is OK). For example, what is the cheapest cable we can bundle that will do the job vs, what is a cable that will last 20 years once installed. Again, that is OK.

    Here is one simple example. The internal hard drive is a 2 TB Seagate Skyhawk LITE. Seagate Skyhawk’s have impressive quality and are optimized for security cameras. At first, I was very impressed that it had a Skyhawk drive. But I’d never heard of “LITE”. It seems to be a budget version (reduced specs and performance) sold primarily in India. Again, there is nothing wrong with this drive. For $10-$30 more I would have rather had a “regular” Skyhawk drive. If the focus is low cost, this is a good way to save money on each unit made and probably won’t impact performance. The Skyhawk drives are rated for about 60 devices and the LITE for about 30 devices (cameras). This DVR only supports 8 devices, so it is well within specs.

    INITIAL SETUP / TIPS:

    Here is where the SWANN shines. You can’t hook it up wrong there is only one way everything will connect together. I simply connected all the cables and power and video and turned it on, and instantly it all worked. There were some areas of advanced configuration that could have been easier or more intuitive, but it was not bad at all. I am confident that just about anyone without any technical experience, beyond turning on and configuring a laptop for the first time would have no problems with this system. The hardest part of any security system is running cables in a wall.

    TIP: NO WIFI

    As far as I can tell the unit does not have WIFI although some of the menus seem to indicate that on some units WIFI is an option. OK if you are trying to keep costs down, don’t include a $5 WIFI chip in the unit. It took me while to work around this topic. First, I had to connect the DVR to a wired network (back of router), and then get it all working. I had an extra WIFI to Ethernet adapter in my boxes of computer junk in my basement. This device connects to a WIFI network then bridges the WIFI down to a physical cable. Once I got that bridge working, I was able to move the DVR anywhere I had signal. So expect to spend an extra $50 on a WIFI-Ethernet Device if you need WIFI connectivity. Technically you don’t need it on a network other than TIME SYNC and remote viewing from the phone APP.

    TIP: LIMITED WINDOWS / REMOTE CONTROL / SUPPORT

    This is a dedicated DVR for SECURITY, it is not designed to be operated and managed remotely. It is meant to be sitting on a shelf with a TV/Monitor attached (Think of a small self contained solution in a gas station for example). This means you have to be careful where you plan to install the unit as it will be there for good once you run the cables, and you have to be able to get to it physically to do anything advanced. There is a windows app on the SWAN website, it does not list this model as a supported model, but it does seem to work. It gives you some basic viewing and capturing capability, but not full advanced functionality as if you are sitting in front of the DVR itself. So, expect to spend $100-$200 on a dedicated TV for daily use (vs just launching an app on an existing PC). The phone app works well for quick viewing and motion alerts.

    TIP: NO KEYBOARD SUPPORT

    While the DVR software does a good job of integrating mouse control, with the included mouse, it is still a pain to type in long complex passwords several times each session with a mouse. I tried plugging in a keyboard to one of the spare USB ports and it was not recognized.

    TIP: NOT MUCH HELP ON SCREEN

    As you start to try more advanced features, you are at the mercy of your wit and the people who defined the interface (or maybe read the manual). One example is scheduling for full time recording vs event recording. Here you paint the schedule grid yellow or green (or both) based on what you want. I only knew to paint the schedule because my other DVR system works the same way. But to took me 10 minutes or so to realize the “KEY” of yellow and green dots was more than a key, it was also a selection tool. So click on the green dot to paint green. Click on the Yellow dot pain yellow. Or, on some screens you can right click the mouse to unlock advanced features. As I as I said, you can just plug it all in and turn it all on and it all works. It is really the advanced features that take some time and work to reason out. For the record, in my experience, “ALL DVR SOFTWARE IS CLUNKY” and always has been. The easy stuff is intuitive, the advance stuff is clunky. This is not worse or better than any other DVR system I have ever used.

    TIP: FIRMWARE UPDATE ERRORS

    Normally when I first get a new device the first thing I do is to update the firmware. When you try to upgrade the firmware it gives what seems to be a server or network error. I think the real issue it that there is no new firmware for this device. I looked all over the SWANN website and this firmware is newer than anything that is on their website. It also does not list this model (too new or Best Buy Exclusive?). This makes me a little nervous as their support website is a bit of a mess.

    IMAGE QUALITY:

    My existing camera system is about 4 years old and is a network based system (vs a dedicated head end like this system). My existing cameras are 3MP vs the SWANN 8MP(?) cameras. In theory then the SWANN camera pictures should be about 2-3 times better, clearer, sharper. For comparison, my home system cost about $2800 for 6 cameras, 4TB storage. I plan to use the SWANN at my office since we have an unstaffed front lobby and I wanted to give the staff some piece of mind if they are working late or early about who is coming into the office or ringing the buzzer. I set up the cameras side by side and took snapshots at various times of the day. (See pics). For the most part, the images were about the same. Sometimes the SWANN was a touch better, sometime the SWANN was a touch worse. This is good news that for this price point, you can get good quality images. However, 4K did not really make much of a difference compared to my older non-4K cameras. NOTE: The maximum frames per second at 4K are only 8 FPS on SWANN. (Normal TV video is usually at least 30 FPS)

    FEATURES:

    This has everything I could think of for advanced features: Scheduled Recordings, Motion Detection, Scheduled Snapshots, Email Alerts, Alarms, Sirens, Audio Recording. I like the lights on the cameras that can be “on” or “triggered”. I liked that the cameras supported PIR to better identify people as motion instead of a tree or flag blowing in the wind. It has advanced analysis modes so you can fine tune motion detection. You can black out areas you don’t want recorded. You can set motion detection in only a certain area. As far as features go, I could not find anything that was not there.

    SUMMARY:

    I think this is 100% perfect for a small self-contained office or building like a gas station or retail store or small carry out restaurant. Home use is good so long as you can place the device where a 30 foot cable to the unit can reach the camera. Maybe, for example, you put the DVR in your garage and just have cameras around the outside of the garage pointing at various locations. I’m sure you can buy or build longer cables, but at some point, you start to lose the advantage of an all in one bundle.

    It is easy to use, easy to set up, and the image quality is pretty good.

    May 24, 2020 12:02