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. Two 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 Mini Cameras
After discontinuing two of their earlier cameras, they've added a few more options.
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 temporarily discontinued the distribution of this camera. As they haven't removed it from their website, we still have our fingers crossed for a comeback. The camera offers live footage via the free EZVIZ app, giving you 720p HD resolution and night vision capability. It also works as a motion detector and 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 is known for being overly sensitive.
The Mini doesn't offer two-way audio but does have a built-in microphone so that you can 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. But even the motion detection is upgraded. The camera can tell the difference between significant and insignificant motion; it will ignore trees blowing in the wind but will notify you when a person walks by.
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
Currently, at $59.99, Mini O is the cheapest EZVIZ camera. Its 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.
4. EZVIZ Mini 360
EZVIZ Mini 360 is more advanced than the cameras we've previously mentioned as it can pan and tilt. This feature allows the camera to see your whole room. Its maximum resolution is 720p, it has night vision, and it supports two-way talk. It also features Privacy Mask, a lens cover that closes when you want privacy.
EZVIZ Mini 360 sells for $149.99 and it supports microSD cards up to 128GB, or it can store videos to the cloud.
5. EZVIZ Mini 360 Plus
Mini 360 Plus is an upgrade to Mini 360. It has a dome-like shape and a higher resolution at 1080p. It also improves motion detection and security with the help of two added features.
The first added feature is panoramic shot. On your command, the camera will take a 360° panoramic picture, letting you see the whole room in one image. If you see something interesting or suspicious, you can simply tap on the area you want to focus on, and the camera will automatically find it and stream a live video to your phone. The second feature is motion tracking. Unlike Mini 360 that needs your assistance to pan and tilt, Mini 360 Plus can move on its own and follow the movement of an intruder.
Surprisingly, Mini 360 Plus only costs $79.99, almost half the price of Mini 360. If you're looking for a pan-and-tilt camera from EZVIZ, I recommend this one over Mini 360.
6. EZVIZ Mini Trooper
One of EZVIZ's latest cameras is the Mini Trooper, a wire-free, battery-powered, security camera built for the outdoors. It has an Ingress Protection rating of 65, meaning, it's both dust-proof and waterproof. It does have one weakness: extreme cold. The camera can only operate above 14°F, so it's not built for cold weather climates.
Mini Trooper is unique in several ways. One, it has batteries, four CR123As to be specific. It can live wire-free for as long as nine months, although the actual battery-life can be affected by external factors such as the temperature and how heavily you use it. If it runs out of battery, you can simply replace the batteries with new ones. Two, it's not a standalone camera as it requires a base station. The base station connects to Wi-Fi to help extend the camera's battery life. It also features a built-in siren and the ability to connect with up to six Mini Troopers. Three, Mini Trooper lacks two-way audio, but it can record sounds using its built-in microphone.
Mini Trooper supports both local (microSD card) and cloud storage. The camera kit (1 Mini Trooper + 1 Base Station) sells for $109.99.
EZVIZ Husky Cameras
|Other||Weatherproof outdoor camera. Can survive extreme cold.||Vandal-proof. Can survive extreme cold.|
|Local Storage||Up to 128GB||Up to 128GB|
If you're looking for an outdoor camera with more power than the Mini Trooper, then Husky is for you. Unlike Mini Trooper, it can withstand frigid weather, as low as -22°F. However, it's not wireless, and it doesn't have batteries, which means you'll have to run a power cord to the camera. It does support Wi-Fi, so that's one less cord to set up. Alternatively, if your Wi-Fi router can't reach the camera, you can run an Ethernet cord to Husky and use a PoE adapter to power it via Ethernet.
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.
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.
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.
EZVIZ offers several video storage options, whether you want to use onboard local storage, 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 (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 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. In fact, you can mix-and-match your cameras to fit your needs perfectly. But what about working with other smart home brands?
Recently, Amazon launched Echo Show, an Alexa-enabled device with a screen. Along with it, they also released an API Kit that allows developers to integrate their cameras with Echo Show. The integration enables Echo Show users to see their cameras' footage on the screen.
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: Mini Plus, Mini O, Mini 360 Plus, Husky, and Mini Trooper. If you have one of these five cameras and an Echo Show, you can simply ask Alexa to stream a feed and she will.
EZVIZ also has an IFTTT channel. IFTTT lets you create automation rules triggered by selected actions from your selected devices. For example, using EZVIZ's trigger "An alarm event occurred," you can make your Philips Hue lights turn on whenever 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. On top of that, most of their cameras aren't reviewing well on Amazon, and many professional reviewers agree the performance is lackluster.
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.
Crispr and Ultra4: Advanced Home Security Systems
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 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 $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."