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For current models of surveillance cameras from eufy, for the eufyCam 2 and 2C, an automatic update is currently being rolled out, which will make the cameras compatible with Apple's HomeKit Secure Video. This not only ensures that the recordings are evaluated locally on Apple devices, but can also be saved in the iCloud - this eliminates the need for manufacturer-side servers or the expansion of the manufacturer's hardware. Different storage functions are enabled depending on the iCloud plan. In the following you will find detailed information and my previous experiences with the devices, for which there is also a separate review.
By using HomeKit Secure Video - provided that eufy cameras and Apple hardware are coupled - you can save, share and view video recordings via the iCloud. If an iPad, HomePod or Apple TV is set up as a home hub, its computing power is used to analyze the camera image live and locally. Depending on the settings, notifications are then sent when vehicles, people or animals are detected. The encrypted storage of the surveillance camera recordings in the iCloud is normally possible for the last ten days.
If you use the Apple iCloud with a 200 GB storage plan, you can also save the activities of the surveillance cameras when using the eufyCam 2 and eufyCam 2C. As the manufacturer states, with a 2 TB storage plan it is possible to save the video material from up to five eufyCams in the Apple cloud. The good thing about it: the recorded video activities are not counted towards the storage limit of the online storage. The storage of the recordings works parallel to the booked memory, which you can still use for your documents, photos and other things.
The 1080p Full HD surveillance cameras, which have a very long battery life, can be ordered from Amazon, among others. The set of 2 comes with two weatherproof wireless cameras and a bridge, which can be used as local storage. The battery life is 365 days. View and buy the set you can with this link.
The 2C set also includes two weatherproof wireless surveillance cameras and a bridge. The set is 110 euros cheaper, but the battery life of the cameras is "only" 180 days. Another difference is the improved recognition of objects. For example, the detection of birds, dogs and leaves gives 95% fewer "false alarms". All details and information about the night vision function can be found on this product page.
I have been testing the cameras described for a few months and can already draw a positive interim conclusion. Before I can present you with a comprehensive review, here are the most important points:
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Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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