Eufy Indoor Cam 2K Review by Budget Home Automation: Wyze has taken the spotlight for a while as the leading budget-friendly, bang for your buck smart home security camera. Now there’s a new kid on the block and it’s hangin’ tough with the competition. Truthfully, I’d say this Eufy camera is blowing away the competition for cameras under $150.
Eufy recently introduced two budget home security camera options: the Indoor Cam 2K at $39.99 USD and the Indoor Cam 2K Pan and Tilt for $49.99 USD. I picked up both during their presale event in April for $25.99 and $36.99 respectively because they were advertised to work with HomeKit. This was a bit of a gamble at the time. If it panned out, I’d end up with the most affordable HomeKit cameras to date. I’m going to focus on the stationary camera in this review. I’ll review the pan and tilt in the near future after a firmware update.
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Eufy Indoor Cam 2K Features
- 2K resolution
- 8x digital zoom
- Advanced night vision with 8 IR LEDs
- 125-degree field of view
- On-device AI with human and pet detection
- Up to two customized activity zones
- Advanced sound detection for crying baby
- Two-way audio
- Pre-recorded pet commands option based on activity zone
- HomeKit (beta), Google Home and Amazon Alexa integration
- Storage options: Micro SD local, cloud subscription, NAS (RTSP) or HomeKit Secure Video (beta)
- Customizable real-time alerts with a snooze option
- View live video feed and events via the web
- Supports multiple users
- On-board alarm feature
- WiFi 2.4GHz
- 5V DC/1A Power with USB Type A-to-Micro USB
Why Am I So Excited About The Eufy Indoor Camera 2K?
Let’s start with the price. It’s a very affordable camera yet, there’s no compromise with features or quality. The 2K resolution clarity makes such a noticeable difference. I could only muster “Wow” upon the initial load of the feed. The processing is unbelievably fast on the Indoor Cam 2K. When Eufy used the word “instantly”, I had my doubts. Well, it’s true! This camera lives up to the hype. The detection and notifications are lightning quick. Saving the best for last, let’s talk a bit about HomeKit Secure Video or HSV. This could be a whole separate article in itself, so I’ll try to stick to the highlights here and get into a bit more below. HSV brings streaming, recording, and activity notifications into the Apple Home app for the camera. It’s all there in one app for centralized control. The activity processing happens on your Home Hub. The motion detection can be specified to people, animals, and vehicles shown in the timeline. I really like the interface for viewing the recordings from the timeline. It’s laid out well, as you can see here, and clips are easily accessible. I can send or share recordings using the share sheet.
Since it’s Apple, you know it’s secure. Video streamed in the Home app is end-to-end encrypted. Only you and people you add through your Home app can see it. The same goes for recorded videos stored in your iCloud account. Not even Apple can view your recordings! Plus, there are even more exciting HSV features coming with iOS 14, including activity zones and facial recognition based on your tagged friends and family from your photos app. If you have a HomeKit doorbell, Siri will announce who is at the door on your HomePod and your Apple TV will pull up the camera feed picture in picture. Futuristic smart home living has arrived! Apple is bringing some amazing features to HomeKit Secure Video with iOS 14.
Eufy Indoor Cam 2K: The Cons
The only thing I can really say that I would improve on this camera would be the night vision. In my opinion, it’s a little blown out close up…reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project if you’ve ever seen that movie. If you haven’t seen it, don’t go watch it. This is definitely not a recommendation. Anyway, the night vision looks better further away at fifteen and even thirty feet. I expected this to be the case when I read this camera had eight IR LEDs after playing around with our outdoor cameras and adding various configurations of infrared lighting. It’s better spaced out in my opinion. I will say the low-light clarity is excellent. Better integration with Google to include the Nest Displays would be another improvement.
Setting up the Eufy Indoor Cam 2K
Download the Eufy Security app. Follow the instructions to set up an account. Press “Add Device” and select the camera. Plug the camera in and wait for the LED status light to turn blue. You are prompted to scan the QR code located underneath the camera base. The app prompts you to hold the Sync button located next to the power port on the back of the camera for about two seconds until you hear a beep. The status LED will start flashing blue. Tap on “Heard a Beep?” to proceed. Connect the camera to your 2.4 GHz WiFi network. Press “Next” to choose your storage option. If using HomeKit Secure Video like me, you can skip this step. I tested the local storage option with a 128GB MicroSD which worked as expected. The cloud storage for rolling thirty days of event recordings is free for thirty days. After that, the storage subscription plans cost $2.99 monthly or $29.99 annually per camera. There are plans for up to ten cameras at $9.99 monthly or $99.99 per year all in USD. These are continuous recordings of unlimited clips with a thirty-second cooldown.
Eufy Security App
The app opens on the Devices tab. You will see thumbnails for your cameras where you can snooze alerts, view events, or access the camera settings. Pressing the gear icon takes you into the settings. Here you can turn the camera on and off. Below this are toggles for status LED, auto night vision, and timestamp. Motion settings are at the top of the next section. Set the motion detection sensitivity and settings for person, pet, or all motion along with activity zone. Sound detection settings allow you to specify alerts for all sound or crying specifically which makes this camera a great baby monitor option. Pet command automatically plays the audio you pre-record when a pet is detected in the set activity zone. I tried this to see if it would deter my dogs from jumping on the furniture. The function works perfectly but unfortunately proved no more effective than when I directly speak the command. I might try recording the Dog Whisperer instead. Recording settings lets you set up a continuous recording for MicroSD card or NAS storage. The storage options are accessed at the bottom of this section: MicroSD, Cloud, or NAS. Recording, video quality, and audio settings are included here, too. The notification settings let you specify person, pet, all motion, crying, and all sound. Interval settings determine the time between event notification and recording from zero to five minutes. You can specify text only for immediate notification, text with thumbnail if available, or both text and thumbnail.
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Connecting your camera to Alexa, Google, and HomeKit
Connecting Eufy Indoor Cam 2K to HomeKit
I bought the camera entirely with the hopes Eufy would add HomeKit support as advertised. There were some delays due to the pandemic, but Eufy now has a beta version of the HomeKit firmware, which I’ve been testing on the Indoor Cam 2K. The beta firmware also includes support for HomeKit Secure Video. Note there are a few requirements for HomeKit Secure Video directly from Apple’s support page:
- An iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with iOS 13.2 or later
- The Home app set up on your iOS device using the Apple ID that you use with iCloud
- A home hub set up on an iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV
- One or more HomeKit Secure Video cameras
A supported iCloud storage plan (200GB plan supports one camera and 2TB plan support up to five. Note the recordings do not count toward your storage limit.)
How to Add Eufy Indoor Cam 2K to HomeKit
Let’s start by adding the camera to HomeKit.Open the Apple Home app. Select “Add Accessory” and scan the QR code on the bottom of the camera to add it to your home. With HomeKit Secure Video you will set your streaming and recording options for when you’re home and away. This is a really nice feature with HSV allowing more finite control of your privacy when you are home. Set to off, there is no streaming or recording. The Detect Activity setting will still trigger automation and send notifications with streaming and recording both disabled. The camera has a motion sensor to trigger automation. Choosing the Stream option will allow people in the home to view the live stream, but nothing is recorded. Specified activity will trigger automation and send notifications. The Stream and Allow Recording setting will do everything in the previous option along with recording activity events. HSV also adds vehicle detection for this camera.
Don’t worry if you’re not in the Apple ecosystem. The camera works with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. From the hamburger menu in the Eufy app, select Settings, and then Smart Integrations. Here you can select Google or Alexa for the complete step by step instructions. The instructions for Google were a little off, so you may want to follow the steps below.
Google integration works through Google Assistant and Chromecast. Open the Google Assistant app and select your account at the top right corner of your screen. From the Assistant tab, select Home Control. Select Manage Accounts from the three dots menu. Search for and select Eufy Security to link your account. Now, you can view your camera on Chromecast.
For Alexa integration, open the Alexa app and enable the Eufy Security skill. You are prompted to enter your Eufy credentials to log in and link your account. Ask Alexa to discover devices to add the camera. Then, you are all set up to view your cameras on your Echo Show, Spot, or Fire TV devices.
Summing Up the Eufy Indoor Cam 2K
This little camera packs in a ton of features and quality for a low price. I haven’t been this excited about an IoT device in a while. I thought the Indoor Cam 2K sounded too good to be true. However, this is one of those rare instances where it not only met but exceeded my expectations. Here’s the link for more information or to purchase the Eufy Indoor Cam 2K: