Test report eufy Security Indoor Cam 2K with pan and tilt function
eufy has brought two new security cameras to Germany. On the one hand there is the classic indoor camera with 2K resolution, on the other hand there is the eufy Security Indoor Cam 2K with pan-tilt function. After I have lost a few words in the test report about the standard camera, I now move on to the next camera. However, I will be able to leave something out here, because in many ways the behavior of the camera is identical to that of the interior camera without pan and tilt function. eufy has quickly caught a few bad reviews on Amazon, because the camera has been sold with HomeKit support since the listing began, but they were only distributed on July 14.
So users bought the camera, but could not integrate it into HomeKit. But that's now possible. What you need to know in advance: Of course, the camera not only supports Apple HomeKit, but can also be used via the eufy app, or even has to. eufy supports recording away from HomeKit on your own NAS, on a microSD card – and obviously eufy would like to bring your own cloud storage as a service to Germany as an alternative.
2K resolution + night vision
Pan, tilt & zoom: 360 °, 100 ° and 8x
Smart detection (human, pet, baby)
Compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant & HomeKit
Adjustable activity zones
Until now, eufy cameras had to be attached to a base that saved clips on a microSD card. This is different with the eufy Security Indoor Cam 2K with pan-tilt function. It can be equipped with a microSD card for permanent or clip recording. Alternatively, you can release an RTSP stream, which then provides live streams via apps such as the VLC media player or recording on a NAS, for example on one from Synology via the Surveilance Station – I mentioned a paragraph higher. That worked quite well during the test on my Syno-NAS, eufy has an assistant function in the app that helps with the setup.
The camera comes in a simple packaging, it is quite handy and everything you need is included – in addition to the camera, there is also a power supply unit, a USB connection cable from the power supply unit to the camera as well as initial information and a base plate and screws if you attach the camera attach a blanket and don't want to put up. The camera is set up via the eufy app, which requires an account with the provider. The app guides you through the setup. Where is the camera placed? Which memory should be used?
The eufy Security Indoor Cam 2K with pan-tilt function has motion detection, here you can set whether people, pets or all other movements are also recorded. If you only want to monitor certain areas of the field of vision for movements, this can also be set – as well as a sensitivity at which movements are to be registered.
The noise detection works in a similar way: “crying” can be detected here, but also other noises. Sensitivity can also be set here. The camera can therefore not only recognize movements, but also "hear" whether something is in the bush.
The pet detection is very funny. For example, you can set an alarm zone – such as a couch. If a dog is recognized on the couch, the camera can play a voice command you have defined, for example "Hey, go down there immediately!" The camera will notify you if an event occurs. Of course, it can also record events so that you can view them in the app or download them to your smartphone. The functions as such worked as promised, but due to the lack of a pet, I could not try the pet detection with the appropriate voice command.
Here is some information for users who want to integrate the camera into HomeKit:
* Yes, the camera can be used in the eufy app with a microSD card and at the same time for viewing in HomeKit. Then HomeKit Secure Video is not used.
* Yes, the motion sensor built into the camera can be used in HomeKit to trigger other automatic functions, for example to switch on the light.
* Yes, the integration in HomeKit ensures that some features, as described in the text, do not work via the eufy app. So you have z. B. only 1080p resolution, even when recording on the microSD card. The pan also works and not yet, so the camera cannot be controlled. Activity zones cannot be used in HomeKit either. That should come with iOS 14.
This information is also for those who do not use a HomeKit and use the camera in the eufy app as normal:
* Yes, you can also have the camera recorded around the clock. Think about the life of your microSD card. Some cards can be written 500x. It is 16 GB long for a recording of around one day (+/-).
* The camera does not need a base.
* Very annoying at the moment: If you have several of the cameras in the eufy app, you cannot set them all absent at the time of the test contribution date. So eufy has to improve!
* The cam has several modes: Home, Away, Disabled or Schedule. There is currently no geofencing. You have the option to set up a custom mode. If this is activated, you can do the following: record video / receive push notification / camera alarm.
* The camera detects movements in front of a window
Other in a nutshell:
* The pan-tilt function is quite quiet, I don't find it annoying
* The camera has a mechanism that ensures that recognized objects are tracked using the pan function. If this is activated, the camera turns, which worked as promised in my test.
* Night vision can be deactivated
A first conclusion: Solid camera for the price of currently 49.99 euros, especially with regard to the HomeKit functionality. What I don't like is the current connection to the eufy app. It would be nice if users of a base could connect the wired cameras to the base. Why? For the same reason, for which I hope that eufy will improve the software even more: You cannot combine several cameras and manually set them to "Absent" at the same time.
And: Do not be blinded by the 2K resolution claim when HomeKit is used, because then the camera is pinned down to 1080p – and even Full HD sections from surveillance videos can easily look as if they were shot with the potato camera when you go into it Image zooms.