EZVIZ Cameras: Affordable Home Security SolutionsBy - 01/23/2019
Home security cameras are becoming more affordable, but functionality isn’t being sacrificed for affordability. If anything, they have more features than ever before. EZVIZ is at the forefront of this “pay less, get more” movement. They’ve developed several home security cameras, each with a low price tag and each unique.
Our first encounter with EZVIZ was at CES 2016. Back then, they were an up and coming company in the process of expanding their lineup of home security cameras. Years later, they now have a fleet of cameras, and they are starting to expand their reach into the smart home market by making friends with third-party products. We’ve updated this review to reflect the changes in their lineup and features.
EZVIZ Indoor Cameras
|Other||NA||Can be used as a webcam.|
|Motion Detector||Yes & Smart|
|Local Storage||Up to 64GB||Up to 128GB|
|Check Current Price||Currently Unavailable||Amazon|
After discontinuing two of their earlier cameras, they’ve added a few more options.
|Mini O||Mini O+||ez360||Ez360 C6P|
|Pan and Tilt|
|Other||Magnetic Clamp||Magnetic Clamp||Panoramic Shot, Privacy Mask.||Panoramic View|
|Motion Detector||Auto-Tracking of Motion|
|Local Storage||Up to 128GB||Up to 128GB||Up to 128GB||Up to 128GB|
|Check Current Price||Amazon||Amazon||Amazon||Amazon|
1. The EZVIZ Mini
The Mini was the cheapest and most basic of all EZVIZ home security cameras, with a price tag of under $70. Unfortunately, EZVIZ has discontinued the distribution of this camera. Still, it’s an important part of the EZVIZ family as it has become the basis for future EZVIZ Mini versions. The camera offered live footage via the free EZVIZ app, giving you 720p HD resolution and night vision capability. It also worked as a motion detector that sends you notifications when triggered. You can schedule the motion detector to turn on or off at set times, and you may need a schedule, as this camera was known for being overly sensitive.
The Mini doesn’t offer two-way audio, but it did have a built-in microphone so that you could record and playback the audio recorded to your video clips. All videos can be stored on a microSD card (up to 64GB), in the cloud, or to the EZVIZ hard drive.
2. EZVIZ Mini+
The Mini+ camera is, as you might expect, an upgraded version of the Mini. For $79.99, this camera adds new features including a higher 1080p HD resolution. Like the Mini, it has night vision and motion detection with notifications.
Mini+ also has two-way audio, allowing you to communicate through the app and the camera. If home security isn’t your thing, you can use the camera as a webcam by connecting it to your computer. The Mini+ offers slightly more in the way of local storage as well; it’s compatible with microSD cards up to 128GB. Like all EZVIZ cameras, it also has the option to record to the cloud or the separately sold storage device.
3. EZVIZ Mini O/O+
Currently, at $39.99, Mini O is the cheapest EZVIZ camera, followed by Mini O+. Mini O’s features are similar to that of EZVIZ Mini. It has a 720p resolution and decent night vision. However, it has added features such as two-way talk and local storage via the microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB. It also features a magnetic swivel base for easy installation.
Mini O+ is an upgraded version of Mini O. It has a 1080p resolution and a wider viewing angle of 135°. Mini O+ sells for $49.99, but there’s a $59.99 version that comes pre-equipped with a 16GB microSD card.
EZ360 (formerly EZVIZ Mini 360 Plus) is more advanced than the cameras we’ve previously mentioned as it can pan and tilt, but it wasn’t the first EZVIZ camera to offer this feature. Before ez360 Plus, there was Mini 360, which was later discontinued.
ez360 Plus is an improved version of Mini 360. It offers a 1080p resolution, it pans and tilts, and has two-way talk and night vision. Also, it offers Privacy Mask, a lens cover that closes when you want total privacy.
Thanks to its ability to pan and tilt, ez360 can see an entire room. You can control the panning and tilting motion using the EZVIZ app. On top of that, you can set ez360 to take a 360° panoramic shot of a room. Another special feature is motion tracking. When it senses motion, it will pan and tilt in order to keep the moving person within its frame.
Surprisingly, EZ360 only costs $69.99, which is close to the price of Mini+ and Mini O cameras.
ez360 Panoramic Camera
Finally, EZVIZ offers ez360 C6P, a 360° panoramic camera. Unlike the pan-and-tilt version, it doesn’t need to rotate or tilt its head to capture an entire room. The catch is that to display its full view, it creates a distorted image with fisheye effect.
Fortunately, EZVIZ has added other viewing modes. First is Expanded Mode. When using this mode, the camera zooms in on the image and reduces the fisheye effect, but it won’t show the full 360° image at once. Instead, it lets you move the coverage area up, down, left, and right. The second viewing mode is called Two-Screen View, which splits your phone’s display into two and shows two different frames. As with the Expanded View, you can navigate each display to explore areas that were not shown. The final viewing mode is Four-Screen View. This mode is similar to Two-Screen View, but instead of two displays, it splits the screen into four displays.
ez360 C6P’s specs are similar to that of ez360. It sells for $125.
EZVIZ Outdoor Cameras
|Other||Weatherproof outdoor camera. Can survive extreme cold.||Vandal-proof. Can survive extreme cold.||Built-in siren and strobe light.|
|Local Storage||Up to 128GB||Up to 128GB||Up to 128GB|
1. EZVIZ Husky
EZVIZ Husky is EZVIZ’s most basic outdoor camera. It’s weatherproof, durable, and has excellent night vision—features that are vital to outdoor cameras. Also, it supports both Wi-Fi and PoE. If your router’s Wi-Fi signal isn’t strong enough outdoors, you can use PoE both to power your camera and connect it to the internet.
As for the camera’s quality, its max resolution is 1080p, its viewing angle is 107.5°, and it has an impressive night vision range of up to 100 feet. It also uses HDR (high dynamic range) allowing the camera to see both dark and light areas in one frame without glare.
Husky sells on Amazon.com and supports both local and cloud storage.
2. EZVIZ Husky Dome
Husky Dome is a dome-type version of the Husky outdoor camera. It shares the same features as Husky, such as the low operating temperature, impressive night vision, even the resolution and viewing angle. The only difference between Husky and Husky Dome is that Dome isn’t completely weatherproof. It’s designed for use in the shade. However, it is vandal-resistant with an IK10 rating. What does this mean? It means it’s protected against a 5kg object dropped from 40cm above or equivalent to 20 joules of force.
You can find EZVIZ Husky Dome on Amazon.com.
ezGuard is similar to Husky regarding appearance, durability, the ability to see in the dark, and features. It’s a 1080p camera that requires power and supports both Wi-Fi and PoE. However, several features differentiate it from Husky. First is dual-band Wi-Fi support. Husky only supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, so if your router only supports 5GHz, ezGuard is your best bet. Second, ezGuard has a built-in strobe light, which it uses to potentially scare away intruders. Third, as a complement to the strobe light, ezGuard has a built-in siren.
ezGuard sells for $119 on Amazon.com.
EZVIZ Advanced Outdoor Cameras
If you need more power, EZVIZ has developed two options that are both powerful and energy conscious: Crispr and Ultra4. While these two options can be used in homes, they are also well suited for commercial use.
The cameras also share an impressive feature – InfraNova energy-saving LEDs. The advanced LEDs are so powerful that two LEDs can take the place of many. The cameras can see up to 100 feet at night using just two InfraNovas.
Crispr is an analog wired solution. According to a company press release,
“The Crispr analog wired security solution supports up to 3MP video input and features a real-time 30fps display on every channel. Its video compression reduces bandwidth and storage an impressive 50% compared to H.264 and requires no rewiring of existing coaxial cabling, making it simple to upgrade an existing solution.”
The Crispr solution runs around $599.99.
On the other hand, Ultra4 supports up to a 4K 8MP video input.
“The IP Ultra4 wired security solution supports up to 4K 8MP video input and HDMI 2.0 output to display, along with 4K video for monitoring applications. It supports H.265 high-performance video compression, and features live and playback viewing at 4K UHD resolution or 1080p HD resolution when viewing eight or more channels at a time.”
EZVIZ Front Door Cameras
1. EZVIZ DB1
Aside from indoor and outdoor cameras, EZVIZ has expanded their product line to include cameras meant to monitor your front door. The first product in this category is DB1, a wired doorbell camera. It’s your typical video doorbell: it notifies you when pressed or when it detects motion, lets you watch over your front door anytime using the app, and talk to visitors using two-way talk. It even works with several mechanical and digital chime brands.
DB1 has a few standout features. First, its resolution is 2048 x 1536, a bit higher than Full HD. Second, it has a 180° vertical field of view. This wide-angle vertical view was purposely added so you can see your guests from head to toe. The catch is that its horizontal viewing angle is only 105°, leaving wide blind spots on both sides. Finally, it’s one of the very few EZVIZ cameras that doesn’t use computer vision for motion detection. Instead, it uses a PIR motion sensor. PIR motion sensors detect heat signatures, so trees, shadows, and other moving objects won’t cause false alarms.
EZVIZ DB1 sells for $189.99 on Amazon.com.
2. EZVIZ Smart Door Viewer DP1
The second product in the door monitoring category is DP1, formerly called EZVIZ Lookout. It was introduced at CES 2018 and is now available on Amazon.
EZVIZ Lookout is NOT your typical doorbell camera, but rather an integrated peephole viewer. It’s a two-part device, where the first part is a camera attached to the external side of the door and the second part is a touchscreen display mounted on the internal side of the door. The two components are joined together by a wire that goes through the peephole. This means that to use Lookout, you must remove your existing peephole viewer.
Lookout can be installed on any door with a 16.5 to 50mm peephole diameter (roughly 2/3″ to 2″) and 35 to 110mm (1 ⅓” to 4 ⅓”) thickness. The entire setup is battery-powered, so there are no wires involved except for the wire that connects the camera to the display. To recharge the battery, you will need to use the microUSB port on the side of the display unit. You can either use a power bank as a power source or detach the display unit from its dock and charge it using a power adapter.
The idea of Lookout is to give you a front view of whoever’s standing at your door. When you’re home, you can use the 4.3″ touchscreen display to see who’s on the other side of the door. Lookout’s touchscreen display has a proximity sensor, so it wakes up automatically when you walk towards it. If it doesn’t wake up, you can press the Wake-Up button on the display itself.
You can also use Lookout to get a view of your front door even if you aren’t home, thanks to the EZVIZ app. If you connect Lookout to Wi-Fi, it can stream live videos to your phone.
Finally, Lookout can also function as a doorbell camera. On the camera’s face, right below the lens, is a doorbell button. If someone presses it, Lookout will sound its built-in chime and let you know using a push notification. If you’re home, you can view who’s at your door using the integrated display. If you’re away, you can use the app. And like with most doorbell cameras, Lookout supports two-way talk.
Lookout offers a maximum resolution of 720p, has a short night vision range (10 feet at 0 lux), PIR motion detection, human detection, person recognition, and a 165° viewing angle. It also comes with built-in local storage (128GB).
DP1 sells on Amazon.com for $229.99.
EZVIZ offers several video storage options, whether you want to use local onboard storage, an in-home NVR, or cloud storage.
Most EZVIZ Wi-Fi cameras have microSD card slots. Their newer models support card capacities up to 128GB, while older models support 64GB and below. The advantage of using a microSD card is that they’re cheaper than other storage options. Although they offer less storage space (compared to the in-home NVR), microSD cards are usually enough for a few days’ worth of video. The downside of using a microSD card is that if the intruder sees the camera and takes it, he’s taking your footage too.
Your second local storage option is the Vault, a 1TB wireless NVR for EZVIZ Wi-Fi cameras. The Vault can connect with up to eight cameras wirelessly and store 1TB worth of videos.
Unfortunately, customer reviews indicate that the Vault has its issues. One, it doesn’t have a fast-forward function, so if you’re reviewing your footage, you must watch it in real time. Two, according to one user, you can only access recorded videos if the camera is online. If the camera is stolen, its recorded videos are lost too.
The final option is cloud storage via the CloudPlay service. With CloudPlay, event clips are sent to the cloud for storage, and the clips are accessible even if your camera has been stolen. The downside is that this option requires a constant internet connection to forward videos to the cloud. However, you can solve this problem by using a microSD card as a backup. If your internet goes down, the camera will store videos to the card temporarily and will upload them to the cloud once your internet is restored. A second downside is that cloud storage isn’t free. There are two storage options available for EZVIZ cameras: 7-days and 30-days. The seven-day plan costs $5.99/month (or $59.99 per year), while the 30-day plan costs $10.99/month or $109.99/ year.
Working With Others
EZVIZ Wi-Fi cameras work well with each other. You can mix-and-match your cameras to fit your needs perfectly. But what about working with other smart home brands?
If you’re familiar with screened Amazon Echo devices, you know that their main home security feature is integrating with cameras. The screened devices have the ability to stream footage from partner brands. EZVIZ is one of the brands taking advantage of the integration potential. However, not all EZVIZ cameras are compatible. Currently, only five models work with Echo Show/Spot: Mini Plus, Mini O/O+, ez360, and Husky. Soon, DP1 will be added to the list. If you have one of these cameras and an Echo Show/Spot, you can simply ask Alexa to stream a feed and it will.
EZVIZ also has an IFTTT channel. IFTTT lets you create automation rules triggered by select actions from select devices. For example, using EZVIZ’s trigger “An alarm event occurred,” you can make your Philips Hue lights turn on when your camera detects motion. On the other hand, EZVIZ can act as the rule action triggered by another device. EZVIZ has three IFTTT actions: toggle sleep mode, toggle alarm notification, and toggle privacy mode.
EZVIZ is starting to build a robust lineup that will appeal to many. However, the vast selection of devices may be confusing to the average homeowner. Plus, they change their lineup often. On top of that, most of their cameras aren’t reviewing well on Amazon, and many professional reviewers agree the performance is lackluster.
2. EZVIZ Prototype
Though details are still fuzzy, EZVIZ has shared plans to add action cams with a base. If you add the action cams to the base, it will create a 360° virtual reality camera.
Discontinued EZVIZ Models
EZVIZ Mini IQ
At $139.99, the Mini IQ isn’t quite as affordable as its counterparts, but it is less expensive than most home security cameras. The Mini IQ shares the same basic features as the Mini and Mini+, but what sets it apart from the other EZVIZ cameras is that it’s smart. It has ambient temperature and humidity sensors, and it includes Z-Wave technology. The camera acts as the hub and can communicate with other smart products including lights, locks, and thermostats.
Also giving this camera an edge is the built-in battery. If you prefer, you can monitor your home by plugging it into an outlet, but IQ works with a battery too. When the camera runs on battery power, it goes into a power saving mode that uses the PIR motion sensor as a wake-up mechanism. When prompted, the camera will wake up and start recording. Unlike other battery powered cameras, the IQ is quick to wake up. It can start recording about 600 milliseconds after motion is detected.
The Mini IQ offers the same storage options as the Mini+.
EZVIZ Mini Cube
The Mini Cube is a $109.99 outdoor camera. It offers 1080p HD resolution and has night vision. With motion detection and notification of events, the Cube works like the indoor EZVIZ cameras.
The Cube does not have two-way audio, but it does have the option for DC or battery power, like the Mini IQ. Using the same PIR detection as the IQ, this camera has a speedy wake-up time when running on battery power.
EZVIZ Mini 360
Mini 360 was the first pan-and-tilt camera but was discontinued after the release of Mini 360 Plus (now ez360). It features a 720p resolution, night vision, and two-way talk. However, it’s expensive. It sold for over $100.
EZVIZ Mini Trooper
It saddens me that Mini Trooper is no longer available. It was the first and only battery-powered security camera offered by EZVIZ. The setup is kind of like Arlo because it requires a base station. However, the camera’s battery isn’t rechargeable. If they run out of juice, you’re going to have to buy new batteries.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’re going to see a comeback for Mini Trooper.