This Eufy Cam 2 Pro review is very comprehensive and as a natural consequence, long and super detailed. As a matter of fact, it is the most detailed review available anywhere, online or off. No one has this much details about this camera type in one place.
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Pros Of The Eufy 2 Pro 2K Security Camera
- Real 2K video resolution that actually records and resolves in 2K. The resulting footage is crystal clear and detail-filled with no quality lost even when zoomed in.
- Smart AI that differentiates humans from all other subjects or things.
- An impressive battery life that though doesn’t last the rated one year (in real-world usage), is better than anything available on the market now, battery wise.
- Ability to save recorded footage, securely offline via the base station. No monthly (or yearly) fees required.
- Weather resistance (IP rating of 67). This actually sees to it that the camera works, 24/7, irrespective of the local weather conditions.
- Optional cloud storage for users who desire it and the flexibility it ensures.
Cons Of The Eufy 2 Pro 2K Security Camera
- Camera isn’t suited for super busy places such as supermarkets where continuous recording is required as it doesn’t offer this feature.
- Unlike the HomeBase 1, the HomeBase 2 powering the Eufy Cam 2 Pro doesn’t have an inbuilt battery. You’ll need to power it all through to keep the base station up and working.
Now, that’s the brief, smart summary.
If that’s enough for you, you can now proceed to check the IP security camera on Amazon or check the Eufy Cam 2 Pro on the official Eufy website directly If you’re one for details, kindly proceed below. I promise I’ll bare it all and make your time both fun and worthwhile.
Recently, I moved into a new apartment; one that is the type of neighborhood that I’ve always wanted to live in – peaceful, zero crime, hidden from the main street and importantly, occupied with persons I believed were reasonable and had common sense.
The moving process itself wasn’t that much of a hassle and the apartment proved to be everything I had imagined it would be – besides a less than perfect neighbor here and there.
Everything else was perfect. …till one unfortunate evening.
I drove in with my cherished 1987 Classic W124, parked at my space and retired for the evening. To my greatest shock, when I went down the next day, the vehicle had a large dent by its left side – a dent that clearly wasn’t there the previous day when I parked it downstairs.
I was livid and had an instant headache!
An idiot had the effrontery to hit my car, parked right at my residence and he/she did not have the decency to inform me or take responsibility?!
I called the security man in charge of the apartments and asked questions…unfortunately, he did not see anything.
I suspected that he was lying…but since I had no evidence to the contrary, I could only helplessly listen to him ramble up his nonsense.
When he was through, I felt like crying, and at that point, my faith in humanity was (further) threatened…it was at that very point that I knew I needed to trust technology a bit more than I do humans 🙂
There and then, I decided to get a security camera or some sort of CCTV installed so that should such an incident ever occur again, I’ll have to ask fewer questions and instead, will only need to call up the footage, watch it and take appropriate action.
The challenge remained that I had unique needs and challenges that I needed to be addressed by any camera or camera system that I’ll decide on.
First things first, however: I needed to start the review process of selecting a camera to be installed. In the meantime, however, I drove my Mercedes to a nearby garage and had it fixed.
The Moment Of Decision
There are things that I don’t compromise on: – education, health, and security. If I’m to handle any choice relating to these, I plan well ahead of time and decide on what I truly need (not want).
And certainly, what will serve me, not just in the short run but also, the long term.
Since the security man at the apartment had already failed me, I knew I needed some sort of camera to be installed so that, in the event of a challenge like the instant case involving my Mercedes, I’ll be able to review the footage and take appropriate action.
However, such a system needed to comply with the following, rather stringent requirements:
- Wireless. I didn’t have the patience to begin to play around with cables, wires, and trunking. To make matters worse, the car park is at least, 25 feet from my apartment.
- Be a battery-powered rechargeable system – for reasons similar to the above. However, I wanted a good battery system, not one that will see me charging the cameras for more hours than they actually have the opportunity to record!
- Having remote functionality was also very important to me. I wanted to be able to view live footage and access saved ones from wherever in the world I happened to be. I also wanted to be able to switch on and off the cameras from anyone around the globe.
- Be able to record audio (in addition to video) and also, act as a two-way radio so that I could talk to the subjects in-view and hear them respond, in real-time, if need be.
- Record video in as clear a manner as was possible. I didn’t want my footage to look like some coverage of WW 1.
- Weather-resistant. The car park where the camera was going to be installed did not have protection against the elements and even if it had, I wanted something that would be suitable to be mounted anywhere – irrespective of the prevailing weather at both the time of mounting and during use.
- Finally, I wanted a camera that ticked all the boxes indicated above and importantly, had a vibrant community of users and an experienced support team – just in case something went amiss either during installation or actual use.
- As a plus, the option to save my own footage locally without the need for recurrent, cloud storage payments. While this was important, it wasn’t a deal-breaker, however.
I got to work and started my research in earnest. I quickly discovered that I needed an IP security camera instead of the standard CCTV setup and I needed the cameras to record only when there was motion – instead of consuming tons of storage recording empty spaces and flying insects.
Arlo presented an awesome security camera that initially caught my interest. However, when I looked carefully, the cameras resolved basically at 1080p and there was a monthly subscription option that one needed to opt for if the full extent of the Arlo offering were to be got and benefited from.
Blink was next. I was particularly excited about this security camera because I understood it was an Amazon company and Amazon is known for making super awesome products in addition to offering fantastic service.
However, on closer look, I discovered that though the cameras promised 2-year battery life, I wasn’t comfortable with the fact that they were powered by AA batteries. And then, their resolution was capped, like Arlo before it, at 1080p.
Ring followed. However, I quickly got discouraged when I saw the ‘Ring Protect Plan‘ and also discovered that the cameras, like the two before them, resolved only at 1080p.
For this too, I passed.
Now, I was left with the Eufy series of smart, security cameras. And, when I took a close look, I was impressed – instantly and wondered why I hadn’t first taken a look at them.
Eufy promised no monthly fees, had an awesome battery reality (a whole year was promised with a single charge), and importantly, the cameras resolved at 2k – not 1080p, for at least some of the offerings.
In addition to my small list above of being wire-free, having a 2-way radio, and being weather resistant; the camera offered, at least at this stage, all that I was asking.
However, there was a small problem…
…Eufy, by Anker, had a huge product line to choose from and I wanted to get the very best that would serve my situation in the most brilliant manner possible.
And this, my dear reader, appeared to be a big problem. At least, initially.
Deciding Amongst Awesome Home Competitors
Eufy has an array of awesome security products, especially when it comes to cameras.
Accordingly thus, it can be a challenge picking the one that will serve you in the months and years to come; based on your actual needs (and not mere wants).
This was my exact challenge – at least when I initially met the confusion of various products that appeared, essentially, to do the same thing and had little or no difference at all in their offering.
However, since I had clearly defined what I wanted and wasn’t going to bulge, I narrowed down my choices to the Eufy Cam 2c and the Eufy Cam 2 Pro – being the best options offered with the HomeBase (I needed the cameras to be powered by a central base station).
This led me to figure out what exactly differentiated these two otherwise awesome units from each other. After some digging around and reading, here’s what I found.
Differences Between The Eufy Cam 2C And Cam 2 Pro
Carefully outlined below are the differences between the Eufy Cam 2c and the Eufy Cam 2 Pro. I found this after painstaking research and it helped me tremendously decide which camera option to finally settle for.
|S/N||Eufy Cam 2C||Eufy Cam 2 Pro|
|1.||6-months battery life advertised.||1-year battery life advertised.|
|2.||Features a spotlight.||No spotlight design.|
|3.||135 degrees coverage.||140 degrees coverage.|
|4.||No anti-theft alarm feature.||Anti-theft feature present.|
It is worth noting that, beyond these 4 major differences, the Cam 2C and the Cam 2 Pro share every other spec and feature including the same weatherproof IP rating (67), a reliance on a base station called the HomeBase, 2k resolution, an AI system that detects human and is able to isolate their faces for preview and finally, an eMMC 16GB of standard storage memory.
But, why did I choose it in the first place?
Why I Chose The Eufy Cam 2 Pro
While many persons today buy things to feel good about themselves and largely populate their lives with ‘wants’ and not necessarily ‘needs’, I pride myself in being an exception.
The price of being that radically different means that anything I do has to have meaning, much like Gandalf the Grey in The Lord of the RIngs.
Here are my reasons for choosing the Eufy Cam 2 Pro:
First, while I love the freedom and ease of use that smart security cameras like Eufy come with, I do not want to be compelled to bring the cameras from their mounts every week or month in the name of charging.
Besides this being highly inconvenient, it will also defeat the very essence of the security coverage since, during such charging bouts, the places the cameras are intended to cover will be exposed without cover.
Second, I wanted the maximum coverage possible. While the best I could get with Eufy was 140 degrees, I was would have willingly opted for a 360-degree option were it to present itself in the manner the 2 Pro had.
I’m that crazy for details!
Third, I chose the 2 Pro over the 2C because I didn’t need both the light and extra attention the spotlight on the 2C would bring.
Since I was installing the camera in places I would likely be sharing with other tenants, it didn’t make sense to shine a light in the face of anyone who happened to come across the camera during the dark.
Then again, beyond this, I sincerely believe that the spotlight isn’t a necessary feature since the IR feature works awesomely and captures footage clearly during pitch darkness especially when the ‘Auto Night Vision’ mode is selected in the camera setting.
This was what I learned during my research stage. Fortunately, it has proved to be true with my purchase and actual use of the 2 Pro cameras.
Finally, since the cameras were going too be installed in communal places where I shared with other neighbors, I wanted to make certain that any attempt to illegally move any of the cameras should sound an alarm; a little precaution I hoped and believed would serve as a deterrent to any would-be ‘camera thief’.
Unfortunately, the 2C didn’t have this feature but the 2 Pro I was already loving had it. It was at this point that I knew I was committed and the 2 Pro it was.
Now, if your circumstances are remotely close to mine or you generally love and appreciate freedom, power and flexibility, it will certainly be a no-brainer that the 2 Pro is what you’ll also opt for…
…exactly like I did.
What’s In The Box?
Eufy security cameras, especially the options that require a standard HomeBase to work do not come standard with the same content across.
My order was the 3 camera bundle of the Eufy 2 Pro bought from Amazon. Accordingly, what your own content order would bear may slightly be different, especially if you order a bundle that contains a different number of cameras from what I did.
Here’s what I saw on opening my parcel:
- Three cameras (remember, I bought the three-camera bundle).
- HomeBase 2 (x1).
- Three outdoor and three indoor camera mounts (with the corresponding screws and fishers) (x6 total).
- Ethernet cable (x1).
- A USB cable for charging the camera. This cable is a USB A to Micro USB cable (x1).
- Reset pin (x1).
- User manual (x1).
- Camera mounting screw positioning card (x3). This corresponds to the number of cameras in the bundle and covers both the indoor and outdoor mount types.
- 24/7 Eufy monitoring sticker (x1).
- Apple HomeKit setup guide (x1).
- Security and commitment card (x1).
The package, with everything in total, weighed in at about 5 pounds, which roughly translates to about 2.2 kilograms.
Eufy Cam 2 Pro: First Impressions
The first thing I noticed about the parcel was that it was nice, fit and properly packed. Eufy ensured that the boxes were custom made and fit snugly, according to the camera bundles they were made to house.
This smart thinking made certain that instead of having things swaying from left to right or worse, all inside the box, everything fits into its own shock-proof seating (another thing I instantly loved about the camera system and ultimately, the company behind the products, Eufy).
When I opened the package proper, I was impressed that the cameras were solid to the feel and felt like something that was truly made to last. It reminded me of my 1987 German-made W124.
With the lens and motion sensors covered with transparent nylon for transportation, the cameras truly looked new and smelled nice too 🙂
I was a bit disappointed with the size and weight of the HomeBase 2 though: the unit appeared way smaller in reality than it looked online and certainly smaller than what I had ultimately hoped it would be.
It was also lighter than I had anticipated, so lightweight was it that it felt I had got a counterfeit product or the packing and shipping department had decided to play a classic joke on me by deliberately adding in a toy unit!
The other things in the box were as expected without any surprises (or challenges) except for the camera mounting screw positioning card. This card is a brilliant attempt to help you mark and drill the wall or surface you need to mount the camera(s) on in a precise and clean manner.
While I did not use the mounting guide/stickers during the camera mounting process, I found out that for someone who isn’t a professional or handy with a drill, they would certainly come in handy to make the whole process more fluid.
This remains nice attention to detail that though wasn’t useful in my case, might be in yours and many other users for that matter.
Charging, Pairing And Mounting The Eufy Cameras: How Easy Is This?
When I removed the cameras from their bases in the parcel, I discovered that they were pre-charged, up to about 50%. However, before I mounted them, I wanted them to be at a full and impressive 100%.
This way, I’d be sure they’ll stay where I mounted them for longer before running out and would also fulfill the requirement of fully charging the batteries powering the cameras to full as per the suggestion of Eufy.
Using the provided USB A to Micro USB cord provided, I plugged the first camera into its charging port and plugged the USB A end into the HomeBase which itself was already firmly plugged to the wall.
Pairing the HomeBase to my home router was also quite easy: it simply implicated using the ethernet cable and connecting the ends of the ethernet cable to the appropriate ports of both HomeBase and router.
With the Eufy Security App already downloaded from the Google PlayStore, I was able to link the first camera in less than 2 minutes simply by capturing the QR Code when prompted and following the subsequent online prompts.
Holding the syn button on the Base ensured that this process took nothing more than the 2 minutes stipulated here. I had luck that some of the cameras even synced in less time than that.
The whole process was a joy and the cameras linked in a super effortless manner.
Since the first camera was already plugged into the HomeBase which was in itself plugged to a wall outlet, I decided to let it charge overnight – with the camera left on.
To my greatest shock, when I woke up, about seven hours later, the camera was still charging and the charge level was about 92%!
I immediately switched off the camera via the app and allowed it to charge for the remainder of the night without being switched on and this, it appears, made all the difference: the camera got to 100% in a matter of minutes – not more than 15!
Enlightened by my newfound discovery, I switched off the remaining two cameras whilst they charged, and to my utmost surprise, both of them got from about 50% right up to 100% in just about three hours.
I was finally ready to mount!
The mounting itself was pretty easy: it took less than 10 minutes with a drill and it was done! Camera 1 was already in position.
In the next 30 minutes, all cameras were already doing what I bought them to do: security coverage!!
What, (it must be noted), caused some delay was the actual positioning of the cameras to get the angles that I wanted.
The most challenging and tricky part was working with the motion detection from the app so that I get things right and ultimately, get notifications when someone entered into ‘protected space’.
With the mounting finally done and dusted, I was impressed with how easy it was to mount these cameras and I couldn’t wait to see the quality of the footage, how fast it got to me (via my smartphone), and importantly, how effective the motion sensor would be during the day and much more importantly, at night.
This process, by and large, was extremely easy for me and should also be the same for you and anyone who can handle a screwdriver and who knows how to use an app and a hand drill.
Footage Quality, How Fast Notifications Arrive And Motion Detection Generally
My experience with this security camera type from Eufy, bothering on the details covered by the overhead title were varied and distinct. I’ll thus present them in a manner that will make both skimming and comprehension easy and straightforward:
The camera quality of this Anker’s product is rated at 2k. It is a great thing because I was looking for something that will pick the fine details of footage and absolutely, leave nothing out.
The first footages that came in were average – and I wasn’t impressed: the sun was blinding in the direction of the camera lens and this, as I later discovered, severely affected the quality of the footage.
However, later footages proved stunningly beautiful: the 2k resolution is truly a beauty to behold and resolved like it was 4k! The details captured were astonishing and beautiful at the same time!!
I could see in clear detail the subjects in captured footage up to well in excess of 20 feet! I could also see very minute details about the subjects such as the necklace they were wearing (and its color) and right up to even if they were wearing a band or not and if they were, on the precise finger the band sat.
However, I noticed with dismay that license plates weren’t picked up – unless the vehicle came to about 10 feet or less and the environment around the camera was clear daylight before such detail could be got.
This did not overly bother me since everything I needed to be protected outside was within that range and for any vehicle to cause me harm (by hitting my own cars), would need to drive truly close to the camera to effect this harm type I was so weary of.
If you need to catch license plates, unfailingly, you might need to tweak some things or find a way around.
During the night, however (and with the optional ‘Auto Night Vision” switched on), the camera captured good enough footage to relay what’s going on but does not provide exceptional clarity, color or joy.
This is especially so, in my experience for cameras mounted outside and in the open. The images, even at about 10 feet (sometimes less) appear a bit grainy and look like the camera has changed the resolution to 720p.
This challenge does not appear to happen when cameras are used indoors or in closed spaces like passages or staircases. My theory is that the IR technology focuses better in such instances as the camera doesn’t dissipate IR ‘light’ trying to see ‘everything’ but instead, focuses on what truly matters, resulting in better resolution and finer detail, albeit black and white.
Notifications wise, it was (and still is) my experience that this is largely dependent on network signal and how fast one’s internet connection is; that is the connection that pairs with the HomeBase directly and not necessarily the one powering your phone.
With an average internet speed of between 5 and 20 Mbps, notifications typically arrive on the connected smartphone as soon as the footage finishes a particular cycle which could max 2 minutes, a minute, 20 seconds or any other pre-set recording duration set.
It has also been my experience that with internet connection in that speed range, the recorded footages avail themselves to be watched in a flawless manner and also, can be downloaded for off-HomeBase storage if one so desires without any hitches.
Motion detection, at first, was quite a tricky one: I had no idea how it worked so, couldn’t optimize it to best serve my interests the first time I mounted the cameras. I just hoped or rather, believed that it would work in a flawless manner once the cameras were mounted, and to its credit, it did work – not just in a flawless manner 🙂
Motion detection was arbitrary for the first few months the first charge of the batteries lasted.
However, when I recharged the cameras for the second time after purchase, I noticed that the camera that was mounted at the end of a flight of stairs could now capture folks as soon as they approached the second-to-last flight whereas, when the camera was mounted for the prior months, it only managed to capture folks only when they were on the last flight of stairs and not just that, when they were actually some feet away from the camera!
I went back quickly to the manual and discovered that I has missed a very important part of the camera parts: the motion sensor!
The large, almost half of the camera’s face – powered by a black cut-out, resembling an irregular rectangle was (and still remains) the motion sensor, and to get motion captured in the desired manner, the camera needs to be manipulated in such a manner that the sensor faces the place intended to be covered in a precise manner to get the desired results.
Armed with this newfound knowledge, I tweaked all three cameras and the results in coverage and what the cameras started picking was MASSIVE!
The one overlooking the cars outside, for instance, started comfortably picking motion of about 25 feet in daylight and about 18-20 feet at night.
However, it is worthy of note that this reality is only true for humans, animals, and other sources of motion within the size point of the above-mentioned.
For vehicles and trucks, I have been able to capture them on camera from more than 40 feet away during the day and at night, provided they are putting on their headlights.
This isn’t all the work of the motion sensors, however: I have set the sensitivity of the camera to external motion on ‘7’, the highest level that the app offers.
Audio Quality Of The Eufy Cameras And Effectiveness Of The Anti-Theft Feature
Part of the allure that made me settle for smart IP security cameras and the Eufy brand, in particular, was the 2-way radio function: the ability of users not only to see who and what is under a coverage area but to also be able to communicate to the subject in question and be heard back if there’s the need.
Once I set up the camera and adjusted the audio settings to my desired settings (max – if you’re curious); I asked my wife to communicate to me (standing under one of the cameras as if I were a visitor).
She did and I could not only hear her clearly, but I could also hear her distinctly. I also recognize the voice as hers even though it came over the camera with a slightly robotic tone to it.
My reply to her was equally clear and crisp; she got all the details and on time too. This last part, it is worth noting, actually depends on the strength of your internet connection as a slower connection is more likely to cause a delay in the transmission of messages to and fro for about a second or two.
The speakers, for the purposes of the two-way radio function, are truly loud and efficient. Set all the way to the max on the app, the voice over the camera’s speakers are bound to command attention even in the busiest of places.
However, the anti-theft alarm (of camera and HomeBase as both can be programmed to sound an alarm when the cameras are moved in an unauthorized fashion) leaves much to be desired.
In comparison to the standard speaker for the two-way radio function, the alarm appears weak: it ‘alarms’ at about a third (or less) of the full speaker output when used for the 2-way radio communication.
Accordingly thus, the alarm isn’t loud enough to alert you if someone is trying to make away with one of your cameras, for instance (unless you are truly a light sleeper and sleep in the same room where the HomeBase or camera is placed).
Unfortunately too, the alarm won’t likely also wake up the neighbors and is likely to be unheard in a busy thing…this is one of the things that I actually, disliked with a passion about the camera and system as a whole.
Battery Life Of The Eufy Cam 2 Pro
The advertised battery life of Eufy cameras generally is better than the competition; this is what led me to consider the brand as a whole and importantly, settle for the 2 Pro, which is rated as being good for a year.
I was eager to see this in practice.
However, with an average of about 60 clips a day from all three cameras combined, setting the auto night vision on, opting for ‘customize recording’ in the working mode and maxing it out at 2 minutes per footage as against ‘optimal battery life’, setting the video quality to the highest values and enabling audio along with my footage recording, I came to a startling realization: I wasn’t going to get that battery to last for a year!
After about three months, I had run the batteries to about a third of their capacity (a safe point from which I recharge all lithium-ion batteries to prolong their lives).
So, theoretically, it is safe to conclude that I could still ‘squeeze’ out some days and maybe, a month before the batteries ran into ‘critical mode’.
While the above is very possible, the overall service life of the battery will be shortened and you’ll need to replace the cameras sooner than later – a reality no one actually bargains for.
It is thus safe to conclude that were I more conscious of my settings and had fewer events triggering the cameras, I could have hit six months or maybe, slightly cross that with a single charge.
Anything beyond that, given my frequency of triggers, wouldn’t have been practical.
All-Weather Reality: Does This Truly Work?
The Eufy Cam 2 Pro comes with impressive weather resistance numbers: it has an almost perfect Ingress Protection (IP) rating of 67.
The implication of this is that the camera is 100% protected from sand and dust and exposing the camera to these elements will have no adverse effects on its longevity or operation.
With the large swats of dust that are normal where I live (and with it, gusts of sand), there was not a time more perfect than the season to test the cameras – especially the ones mounted out in the elements.
Surprisingly, for exposure of well over 60 days, the cameras have held their own well and do not appear to have slowed down or diminished in performance. This was an awesome thing to note as any other results would have seen to it that I was screwed.
Liquid-wise, one of the cameras is mounted where it receives a fair amount of rain when it showers. I was especially curious to see how this camera would perform, especially when receiving a beating (of rain) and right after.
Excellent is an understatement. The cameras handled the elements with pride and dignity and overall, did amazingly well.
Seeing that they are properly sealed against the elements and experiencing their durability first hand, I have no doubts that these results would hold the same for you too – unless you plan on immersing the cameras into water overnight for all their life with you 🙂
Updates And Addition Of Features
In the business of security cameras, updates and the addition of new features is something every manufacturer should take very seriously and it is something that every buyer (and user) ought to actively look out for.
Unlike the analog cameras that never go see action online, these smart, IP security cameras live all their service lives online where challenges are present in leaps and bounds.
A camera, for instance, that hasn’t been updated in a while will thus be open to vulnerability exploits assuming vulnerabilities have been found in the system. Without a patch that comes in a timely fashion, this could mean the invasion of privacy and in some instances, much more.
I was thus super curious to see how Eufy handles this and importantly, what it meant for me as a user.
A few hours after I connected the HomeBase to the wall, paired it up to my home router, powered it, and added the cameras, I received a notification: the software powering the cameras and HomeBase had been updated.
To say I was impressed is stating it mildly.
After that day, I have discovered that the cameras and Base continue to be updated in a timely and regular manner.
With these updates, I’m positive that bug fixes (even the ones I haven’t noticed yet) are fixed and importantly, security patches actually happen to make certain that the devices remain on top of their game, security-wise.
I am also able to sleep easier in the thoughts that no matter what happens, there’ll be a fix in a few hours max and all will be well with the systems again.
Online, nothing beats this level of peace of mind.
Addition Of Features
Ordinarily, if you’re a simple person who strives to get what he needs and then, loves it to the moon and back, you won’t have any need for the addition of features on the camera functionality or the Eufy security app.
However, if you’re one that doesn’t mind (and as a matter of fact), welcomes healthy additions from time to time, you’ll certainly be looking forward to software updates that particularly promise this or be excited when you’re notified that an update has become available to you.
Either way (or even if you’re completely indifferent or undecided), the addition of new features to the existing ones show that:
- The research and development team of the company, in this case, Anker, is working hard to make existing products better.
- It also means that the company is listening to customer feedback and is in fact, making an attempt to use that feedback in a positive way.
Since I installed the camera, I have always looked forward to these little additions that do indeed make my experience with the camera better.
For instance, a recent update to the app made it possible to mark out some places the camera would ordinarily see as ‘Privacy Zones’.
These zones effectively ‘blinded’ the camera to what happened in the marked out places – a really cool feature for better enhancing your own privacy as a user consciously selecting what you’d rather not see.
Again, not too long ago, I woke to an update that separated the detection statistics from the general point under the HomeBase and for all the cameras to individual cameras ‘Detection Statistics’.
This helps in knowing, with a click, the exact ‘work’ every camera is doing, judging it appropriately (in terms of battery life and other metrics) when the time actually comes to do so.
The company thus scores very high here so far as adding new features and keeping things updated is concerned.
Putting The Major Manufacturer’s Claims To Test
When most manufacturers release new products, they are usually liberal with the stats and figures relating to such a product. Usually, they are naturally excited and the figures that they quote are largely valid for tests conducted under ideal (laboratory and controlled settings) and not real-world usage and reality.
The net result is usually one thing: disappointment when the product is put to use in actual everyday circumstances or at best, figures that wildly vary with what is advertised; on the strength of which the product itself would have likely been bought in the first place.
This is why, for this review, I took the time to actually put Anker’s major claims regarding this product to the test.
1. The One Year Battery Life Claim
This is the singularly biggest marketing claim that the Eufy Cam 2 Pro makes. It has also carved a niche amongst its sister cameras to be the only option available today to offer such impressive battery life. The allure here is that you won’t need to take down the camera every now and then just to recharge it.
Seductive and persuasive at the same time; isn’t it?
The reality is however different: while the camera itself has excellent battery life, real-world usage and actual experience using it indicate that relying on battery and a single charge for 12 months is simply not practical.
With a minimum of 30 footages recorded a day by all three cameras (with some days seeing a little close to a hundred), I have discovered that the three month mark is the best time I need to take down the cameras for a recharge so as not to either run them flat completely or worse, be without coverage because of a dead battery.
If I had the strongest of minds to let things simply be and only charge the battery when I absolutely must or when it runs down flat, it is easy to see that I might be able to get four months of power and maybe, some days more.
The 12 months battery life claim is thus, simply marketing hype.
However, in defense of Anker, the company has this printed on the box of the actual pack that delivers the camera to you: “Based on an average recording of 300 seconds of footage a day” – with the italized being an explanation for the 365 days (12 months) advertised battery life printed boldly on the pack.
The only problem with this is that, the printing itself is contained in considerably smaller text than the standard advertisement of the 365 days battery life. It is thus very easy to miss for eyes that are not too keen – even if you happen to see and buy the product in-store and not online.
If you’re buying online like I did, this warning or explanation isn’t found anywhere so that might spring a shock to you when the camera bundle is eventually delivered to your doorstep.
Then again, 300 seconds of footage max a day implicates just 5 minutes of recording from a camera on a daily basis or less.
This isn’t practical in real-world situations or is only applicable to quite a tiny fraction of the overall number of buyers who opt for security cameras especially buyers who are locked in with the 365 days battery life promise.
This, you should know before you make the bold step of buying this IP camera.
2. The 2k Video Resolution Claim
With most CCTV cameras and dedicated IP security cameras running just 720p and a few having the ‘privilege’ of running the 1080p resolution, I was interested to see the glory of this claim by Anker and like the one-year battery life claim above, see if it is true in its entirety or some sort of marketing hype.
With the installation of the camera and first footage that came into my cellphone as notification, I instantly knew that this wasn’t marketing hype – the camera indeed resolved in bright, crisp and super clear 2k display.
With about 2k pixels packed in the resolution, the camera performed similar to another point and shoot that I have, rated at the same resolution point.
When I zoomed in on a subject during live view or when taking a look at recorded footage, the quality of the footage was quite impressive and nothing broke – provided I didn’t stretch my limits. It is also worth noting that despite zooming in on a subject, the quality still came through and was impressive, to say the least.
It is worth noting however that in low light, especially when the camera needed IR to record, the Eufy Cam 2 Pro did not resolve in 2k. It switched from 720p to 1080p depending on several environmental factors such as where the camera is placed and the surrounding lights hitting the lens and subject to supplement the entire IR recording process.
3. The 140 Degrees Coverage (Vertical And Horizontal) Claim
One of the major reasons why I bought this camera in the first place was the advertised field of vision the camera came with: an impressive 140 degrees!
I wanted such an impressive coverage because I wasn’t looking to install more than a camera in a place because of the limited view only one may provide.
Accordingly thus, immediately after mounting the first camera, I tested this by using the live view, starting with the horizontal Field of View (FOV) and comparing same with that of my own sight, which is about 130 degrees, horizontal.
The camera clearly saw slightly more than I could at once, horizontally. I heaved a sigh of relief: I had confirmed the first part.
For the vertical view claim, I simply compared what the field of view (FOV) at the horizontal level was with what the vertical level rendered and reached my conclusions: they were about the same.
The conclusion I reached was simple and straightforward: as regards the field of vision of the Eufy Cam 2 Pro, the company rendered exactly what they advertised: no more, no less.
4. The HomeBase 2 Acting As A WiFi Repeater
WiFi is an interesting internet protocol that enables communication with other internet-enabled devices close by using radio waves.
I’m talking trees, building, walls, those types of stuff.
This is especially true if you’re interested in connecting a router and an internet-enabled device such as a smartphone with the intention of accessing the internet.
Unfortunately, in practice, walls are present in our homes and offices and we cannot all be forced to be in the room or office that houses an internet WiFi router.
To get around this challenge, WiFi repeaters are installed. These ‘repeaters’ connect to the original router and then, ‘repeat’ the original WiFi signal, effectively boosting range.
Now, Anker advertises this smart IP camera HomeBase as a WiFi repeater, a reality that is only half correct.
The HomeBase 2, in reality, connects to the home router and acts as a WiFi ‘connection boost’ to the cameras and not the entire WiFi signal from the router (as available to other internet-enabled devices connected to the router or network).
For instance, while the camera I installed outside in the parking lot where I park my cars gets a solid ‘4 bar’ WiFi signal from the HomeBase, my smartphone, connected to the same network, gets no WiFi signal at that spot at all!
My conclusion is this: the HomeBase gets the WiFi signal from the router and creates (and boosts) its own unique signal for use with the cameras (something like an intranet). It is this unique, newly created signal by the HomeBase to gadgets connected directly to it that Anker calls a ‘WiFi repeater’.
If you are initially misled by the wordings on the Anker sales page or Amazon and are getting excited that you’ll get a WiFi boost around your entire property with the HomeBase acting as a repeater, sorry to burst your bubble.
If you truly need a WiFi repeater, you may need to buy one separately as the HomeBase 2 isn’t one, at least for general, non-Eufy branded internet-enabled devices!
Highlighting Some Of The Minor (But Very Important) Features The Manufacturer Failed To
Manufacturers, we’re all aware, love to blow their trumpets and make their products appear to be the very best the market has to offer.
What is rare however is a manufacturer leaving out (or not making a mountain) out of features and specs that actually distinguish their products apart and may even ensure more sales for the company, in a competitive setting.
I found out some of such features in the course of using the Eufy’s Cam 2 Pro.
It is worth noting that I did not find these awesome details in any of my pre-purchase research, nor were they found on Anker’s own website or Amazon.
Not found doesn’t necessarily mean that they weren’t published. The point is that, the company doesn’t make a great deal of them and because of that, I missed them completely during the pre-purchase stage. You may likely do too, hence this special section.
1. Camera Can Zoom In To Get The Fine Details
Generally, security cameras that pan and tilt often include the zoom feature – either during live view or when viewing recorded footage. This naturally comes as an extension of the panning and tilting reality that they are designed for.
This helps you get the fine details of a subject and if need be, take stills from the whole process, in either live sessions or saved footage.
However, for cameras that are fixed in a place and aren’t designed to pan and tilt like the Eufy 2 Pro under discussion here, the zoom feature is still quite a novelty.
With my experience with cameras before now, I’ll estimate the zoom feature of the 2 Pro to be between 8x and 10x – quite a handy feature, especially if you aren’t expecting to see it there.
And, unlike the 720p and 1080p options that literally ‘break’ footage to ‘pieces’ when zoomed in, the 2k resolution sees to it that even after zooming in considerably, you still have healthy enough footage to either work with or decipher.
2. The App Can Be Shared With More Than One Person
When I decided on purchasing this Eufy security camera, I had no idea that I could share the control of the app with anyone.
Now, this is one smart feature that pleasantly surprised me as well as made me pleasantly smile.
After the installation of the app and mounting the cameras, I saw the option that gave me the freedom to share the responsibility of managing the app with other users of my choice. All that I needed to do was to add their email addresses (one after another, of course) and they received an email with instructions on how to proceed.
The process for being privy to such an account as was being shared was not more than downloading the app and signing in to a unique, newly created account.
Once done, the new user would only access cameras you had expressly pre-permitted and be able to only view footages or make admin-level changes to the security system based on what you want and authorize as the initial admin.
In essence thus, as a first user who permits others to join up in the responsibility of managing the security system, you also get to set their limits and permit such second, third or fourth users exactly the privileges you deem fit.
Nothing more, nothing less!
3. Cameras Still Record When Internet Is Out
When I was researching this camera, I did not come across any review that mentioned the fact that with or without the internet, these cameras still record fine and do their job, brilliantly.
Anker too did not make a big deal of it as there was nothing either on their official website or Amazon to suggest the contrary.
Now, I was afraid that in the event of an internet blackout, the cameras would be useless – and this would defeat the aim of their installation in the first place.
I was wrong. Completely.
I found out when my ISP had technical challenges and my home router was without signal for 2 days straight. For those two days, the cameras recorded everything that happened, both day and night, and saved it up in its usual manner.
The only challenge was that the saved footage could not be accessed, downloaded, or viewed. I only got to see the whole of the saved recording when internet service was restored, not a moment before.
The concept of camera operation that makes this work in such a manner is simple and quite straight to the point: the internet is only needed to pair the HomeBase to the router (initially) and update both the cameras and the Base.
Further, active internet is used to view the stored footage on the HomeBase and authenticate a remote connection to view what was stored, is on the Base, or is due, live.
The actual process of the cameras recording and saving footage is handled by the batteries of the camera (provided they are charged), the power to the HomeBase (provided it is plugged into a live wall socket, providing appropriate voltage -110V – 220V range) and importantly, WiFi signal the HomeBase maintains with the cameras right from the moment they are paired up.
This signal has nothing to do with the internet (once successfully established) and will continue to support recording and storage even if the internet takes a break for as long as it likes!
4. The Magnet On The Camera Ends Is Badass!
When I was researching this security camera, I came across a review that mentioned that besides the mounts provided to help hang up the camera where it would spend its entire life, it was also worthy of note to state that the cameras themselves are designed with an impressive magnet around their ends.
While it is easy to dismiss such a design as just another option without much meaning, the magnets attached to the rear of these cameras are quite different and powerful.
The suction effect they ensure is so strong that if you take them near stationary metal, your hand is bound to be forcefully drawn towards the stationary metal!
And once they attach, it becomes particularly difficult to detach them, casually!
This gives you an easy mounting option if you’re going to place the camera where it’s unlikely to be exposed to theft and there’s metal close by.
This reality truly surprised me…it surprised me further that the company did not make a big deal out of what is clearly a big and impressive feature!
Personal Observations Worthy Of Note
In the course of using this security system, I have come across options and realities it is hard or nearly impossible for someone who is simply researching about the topic or reading about the camera features and specs to have.
Some of these observations are things anyone can figure out on the first day of use; still, for some, it requires a very detailed and careful mind, using the Eufy Cam 2 Pro over the months/years to reach the same conclusions or at least, observe the same things as I have, here.
Yet still, for others, it is just about knowing where to look!
1. Playback On The App Happens Better On An Advanced Smart Phone With 2K HD Capabilities (Or More)
I have, before now, been a big fan of getting the very best option (of anything) that is currently available on the market (that is if I convince myself that I need the same).
Accordingly thus, I have a camera that shoots videos at an impressive 4k resolution and, I’m currently looking at an option that will bring the coveted 8k home in form of a camera.
However, when it comes to smartphones, I don’t really take them that seriously and accordingly, have never actually bothered with the latest or best the market offers.
This indifference cost me a lot and almost forced me to return the Eufy Cam 2 Pro security camera bundle back to Amazon just after running trying it out.
What happened is that, while recording and every other aspect of the camera worked just fine, playback was a major pain in the butt was could take as much as 3 hours! Sometimes more just to view an average of 50 clips (sometimes less).
Most of the footage would play for some seconds then hang and display a sad message I always dreaded: ‘unable to play live video‘ despite having an average internet speed in excess of 30 Mbps!
As a result of this, I simply opted to download the videos, a reality which proved stressful, time-consuming and in most cases, ended in the dreadful message: ‘failed to download‘ after reaching an expectant 98 or 99%!
This went on until one day; while playing around the app, I came across this notification under the ‘Recording Quality’ section:
“2K clips with high compression are not available on this phone. This phone only supports the H.264 encoding format. If this phone is your most common (sic) using (sic) device, please change to the Full HD option.”
Now, having been given the option between recording my footages in 2k HD or Full HD (1080p), I naturally choose the former, a better overall resolution point.
Unfortunately, upon checking, the smartphone I was using at that time did not support 2k resolutions and only offered support as far as 1080p.
I immediately changed to another smartphone (now a 4k powerful option) and immediately, I saw flawless play: my footage played like a movie would in the theater – fluid and seamless!
It is thus worthy of note that, if you intend to benefit from the reality of 2k recording and playback, you must be prepared to download the app and access the footage on a smartphone that actually offers up to 2k in resolution or more.
Getting an option that delivers 4k or even 8k won’t do any harm but the absolute minimum, if you’re to use the 2k video benefit, is a smartphone that supports that encoding grade.
2. Internet Fluctuations Don’t Affect Recording (Only The Status Light)
An IP camera works with the internet, especially by means of a WiFi connection and the Eufy Cam 2 Pro isn’t any exception.
You’ll thus need an active internet connection to set up the camera initially.
However, after connecting the base station to the internet and pairing up the cameras to it, internet fluctuations do not actually affect the working and recording reality of the cameras or the HomeBase in its capacity as a base station.
While the normal, status light of the HomeBase is a bright blue light, when the internet goes out or fluctuates, that status light changes to red.
However, during such periods, the cameras still record and save footage to the HomeBase…the only challenge is that such footage would not avail itself to be viewed directly, remote viewing will also be disturbed and the live view of the camera too will cease.
Further, adjustments to the system like recording quality, length of recording or motion detection won’t also be possible till internet access is restored.
This is something you need to know beforehand and I need to specifically add that it remains an awesome reality that personally, impresses me and further ensures peace of mind during internet blackouts.
3. Set The Camera In Such A Way That It Doesn’t Face The Sun
As much as possible, do not mount the cameras in such a manner as will make their lens face the sun – any time of the day.
While this should ordinarily go without saying, I had terrible results with the resulting footage when one of the cameras was placed in this fashion and figured that it might be a challenge someone might be facing – resulting in less than ideal clips.
This is something you must avoid at all costs.
4. Cloud Storage Is Available For A Premium
It is also important to know and fully understand that though you may choose to save all your footage locally, there is actually an option to save everything to the cloud, for a premium.
When your clips are saved to the cloud, you get an extra copy of your footage saved online besides your local backup. In the event of an accident or any mishap, you still have your recorded footage, right up to the time of the mishap saved and intact for access and download, provided you have an internet connection and your login credentials.
The service, as at the time of writing costs $2.99 a month per camera and $9.99 a month for up to 10 cameras.
This feature is practical and very important for places where the cameras, HomeBase, or even the property secured is likely to be compromised beyond redemption.
With the cloud storage activated for an account, footage can be viewed and downloaded even when the cameras or HomeBase are offline due to whatever reason.
If you’re someone who values flexibility above all else, this is an option that will certainly interest you.
However, while going the cloud way may be convenient, it certainly has its risks too. You may wish to take a look at the major risks of cloud storage before towing this path.
5. The HomeBase 2 Can Accommodate Up To 16 Cameras/Devices
When I was looking at the HomeBase 2 prior to buying the camera bundle on both the Eufy official website and Amazon, there wasn’t any indication of the number of units that can be paired to the HomeBase 2.
This led to speculation on my part and largely, guesswork.
However, since the unit I was buying came with three cameras, I was rest assured that it made common sense that all the cameras could be paired to the unit or the bundle won’t make sense to start with.
However, after buying and using the system for sometime now, I came to a startling discovery: the HomeBase can accommodate up to 16 solid devices, all paired to it.
This includes not just the Cam 2 Pro but any other camera made by Anker and compatible with the HomeBase 2. This reality also implicates other units that though are not cameras, have been designed to work with the HomeBase such as the Eufy motion sensor, smart lock, and the Eufy battery-powered doorbell.
Suggestions For Improvement
The Eufy line of security cameras, in my opinion, is the very best brand for all things security, especially cameras. However, even the very best things can always be improved on to make them even more badass.
These suggestions are made accordingly with the thoughts above in mind. It is also worth noting that, currently, ALL these features or options aren’t live on any production (one) security camera, to my knowledge.
If Eufy thus implements them as an update or into the next generation of its products, it would effectively, simply have no competition again!
1. The Anti-Theft Alarm Needs To Be Loud. Way Louder
The alarm function of the camera and the HomeBase is a very important security feature of the security camera itself; it actually sees to it that the ‘watchman’ is safe while doing the security job it has been hanged out (or in) to perform.
Unfortunately, the alarm system here isn’t loud enough to justify this all-important function.
For instance, I found it disturbing that the voice prompts of the HomeBase during the pairing process is way more profound than the anti-theft alarm – if beeped to the highest setting.
This is unacceptable. The alarm needs to be the loudest thing in the entire unit and should be able to actually wake even a heavy sleeper if it is to serve this all-important ‘security’ job properly.
2. The Memory Needs To Be Expandable
Video recordings, especially when recording in 2k tend to be heavy due to the extra pixels and detail such a reality means.
Heavy clips will certainly sap memory and be ‘weighty’.
To put this into perspective, a footage, recorded by the Eufy 2 Pro camera in 2k resolution for a minute is about 11.53 MB! Now, with a 3 camera bundle, it doesn’t take genius to see that you’re run out of the standard 16GB eMMC sooner than later.
Now, to the credit of Eufy, once the eMMC 16GB wraps up, the newer footages overwrite the older ones and the process happens seamlessly.
However, while not thoroughly important for some users, others may want to save their footage for a period longer than what that 16 onboard storage offers.
For all such users, I strongly believe that they should be able to, by means of an expandable SD, for example, or at the very worst, bump up the eMMC storage to say, 128 GB 🙂
3. Bring Back A Battery In The HomeBase 2 (Or 3)!
The HomeBase 1 had a battery that was good for an impressive 8 hours after power was cut off from the unit. Or so Eufy claimed.
However, for whatever reason, that option has been completely removed in the newer, supposedly improved version of that original unit.
Sadly though, this ‘improvement’ means the removal of the battery and complete reliance on external power for operation and performance.
The implication of this is that, unlike the internet, if power is cut, even for a split second, recording stops, and everything is put on hold. Even with the restoration of power, the system takes about a minute to initialize/boot before it is ready to record again.
It would make so much sense if a battery (and a more powerful one at that) was re-introduced to the HomeBase 2 or added to a future generation, say the HomeBase 3.
It was, in my opinion, not supposed to be removed from the unit in the first place anyway.
4. Bulk Downloads Need To Be Made Way Easier
With a memory that doesn’t really excite one and an overwriting policy of old footage to make way for new ones, the only option now to save clips for posterity is to download them and save them either on an SD card slot to a phone, on the phone memory or on an external storage device via the smartphone.
Unfortunately, at the moment, to do this, you need to download every single footage one after the other!
Depending on the number of clips that you may need to save, you may actually spend hours at the process.
Now, a simple software update could fix thing this challenge and enable the ability to download 50 or more clips at once and with ease.
Life, certainly, will be much easier with such a reality.
5. The Cameras And Or software Should Be Designed/Coded To Have A Memory Of The Exact Last Setting And How They Were Mounted
Generally, setting the Eufy Cam 2 Pro to cover what you want it to protect and react accordingly when things happen isn’t an issue. As a matter of fact, it is simple and quite straightforward.
However, sometimes, getting the perfect angle, especially, in very large places becomes a bit tricky. In such an instance, trials may follow trials before the perfect angle that serves is got.
Unfortunately, when this perfect angle is got, the camera would need to be taken down after a few months for recharging, seeing to it that all the prior efforts at positioning the camera are ‘wasted’.
Now, not all users will need this function. However, for customers or users who appreciate exactness and are very interested in getting the perfect angles when they work, ensuring that the camera remembers its last set position would be an improvement that will see to it that many actually smile and heave a sigh of relief.
6. Notifications Should Be Able To Be Set For Only A Camera At A Time
Notifications of actions caught by the cameras are actually an awesome thing and usually, are something a new user looks forward to.
I did. Many others did. You’ll likely do.
However, the challenge is that, for fairly busy places, these notifications may prove too much, forcing you to stop everything else and instead, just watch footage all day.
Now, if that is your full-time job, awesome. However, if you need to earn your living somewhere else, then, this becomes a sad and sharp pain in the butt and like me, may simply force you to disable the app’s notifications completely and instead, resort to checking in once in a while to see recorded and saved footage.
Now, this approach only solves the challenge halfway; it leaves a bigger problem unsolved: what if the notification is important and time-bound and your input is critical to shaping things, going forward.
This is where you miss out. Big time.
A smarter approach would be to code the app in such a manner that notification could be enabled on a camera-to-camera basis. That way, you actually get to leave the notifications for the most important cameras on while you deactivate the other cameras you deem not too important (or less important).
This is an improvement everyone who currently is forced to disable notifications (because too many of them are pushed down at a time) will certainly look forward to.
7. Ability To Custom Draw The Camera Coverage Activity Zone
The security app powering the Eufy Cam 2 Pro is an amazing app; it is fast, fluid, and truly sleek. It was designed by smart developers who knew what they were doing. Because of the much thought put into the development of the app, the UI is truly wonderful, making using the app blissfully simple and an absolute joy.
One of such ‘wonders’ of the app is the ‘Activity Zone’ feature; a feature that lets you ‘direct’ the camera on what to ‘see’. Actions that happen within the activity zone(s) are recorded and saved for your consumption with anything happening outside this zone(s), completely ignored.
This smart feature helps you ignore false positives and aids you to focus on what truly matters and needs to be captured.
However, the ‘Activity Zone’, powered by rectangles (three of them to help you set up three different units) is just that: rectangles. This assumes that anything you wish to include in this zone is four-sided and can fit in.
Theoretically, this presents no challenges. However, in the real world, many of the spaces or properties that one may need to protect and put in this zone may not be four-sided, creating the challenge of including other areas or things not needed (at best) or at worst, failing to completely cover up the subject matter in question.
Luckily, it takes just a simple revision of the code to ‘correct’ this and this can be done as one of the numerous updates the camera app has seen over time.
As a way around this challenge, I have devised a method to tackle the triangles and make certain that I get what I want in terms of what gets protected in the activity zone or at least, something close to it.
I simply use two or more triangles (there are three in all) with one overlapping the other. This way, the subject matter that must be protected is completely covered and extraneous items are to a great extent, removed from the scene.
While we hope for and wait for an update as users and prospective users of this security camera bundle, this is a smart alternative to look at while Anker decides what to do.
Summary And Verdict
To wrap up, I’ll need to answer my own initial poser: is this 2k Eufy 2 Pro security camera worth it?
However, like all good things, the camera and its security system as a whole may or may not serve you, depending on what you’re looking for and ultimately, what your reality is.
Should you buy it? That depends 🙂
Buy The Eufy Cam 2 Pro If…
- You’re interested in a camera that will brilliantly perform no matter the weather, all year round.
- You are a DIY kind of person who loves to have smart things around and are currently living in a small or average-sized home.
- Have a country or summer home where you occasionally visit and would love to see what happens there when there’s any action in your absence.
- Need to monitor your property remotely and do not wish to play with many things or setups that may ultimately fail (and worst) or at best, complicate your life.
Don’t Buy The Eufy Cam 2 Pro If…
- You have a large home or property. Since the system works with WiFi signals, you may need to install more than one HomeBase to even have something remotely resembling a decent coverage.
- You need round-the-clock recordings such as is obtainable in a super busy store or high traffic area like a busy street.
- If you’re a very forgetful person and would likely forget to charge the battery (though impressive, you may need to charge the battery at least twice a year, in real-world usage and reality).