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Eufy 2K Security Camera Review

Plug-In Indoor Cam with Great Value

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Eufy Indoor Cam 2K

The Eufy Indoor camera has 2K video resolution, local or cloud video storage, and smart activity detection. The high resolution allows for up to 8X of zoom as well. During our tests, we found the day time video quality to be exceptional and night time quality was very good. We did experience some difficulty with connecting to the camera’s live view, but that could vary based on network quality. Overall, this camera has solid performance if you’re looking for a plug-in, indoor camera. Check Price

Pros

  • 2K resolution (or 1080p while using Apple HomeKit)
  • Subject detection; distinguishes people from pets
  • Offers local video storage (up to 128 GB) with SD card

Cons

  • Plug-in configuration only
  • 30-day cloud-based storage with subscription only

Quick Specs

  • Resolution: 2K (or 1080p while using Apple HomeKit)
  • Field of View: 125°
  • Use: Day or Night
  • Location: Indoor use only
  • Compatibility: 2.4 GHz only
  • Control: Smartphone or Amazon Alexa
  • Power: plug-in
  • Subscription Cost: $3/mo and up

Performance

Video – Day

Great

Video – Night

Great

Audio

Good

App

Great

10 SECOND SUMMARY: The Eufy indoor camera has great video quality in day or night indoor environments. The app was easy to use to view a live feed of the camera, take screenshots, or send 2-way audio. In addition, there is also a pretty decent audible siren for added security. All of these features listed are free (without a subscription) so this camera is a great value.

Video: Day vs. Night

The video quality of the Eufy indoor camera is crisp and clear. It offers 2K video resolution (or 1080p when paired with the Apple HomeKit).

Day

Daytime video footage has balanced and full color. At windows, there was a little bit of overexposure, but not terrible.

Eufy indoor camera - daytime video quality

Even with figures at a slightly further distance, the picture was still quite clear.

Eufy indoor camera - background figure
Eufy indoor camera – background figure

Night

For night time shots the Eufy switches to black and white mode. It uses 8 IR LEDs to provide visibility and can illuminate up to 32.8 feet.

Eufy indoor camera - night time video quality

There is still a good amount of contrast between the lightest and darkest surfaces so it is easy to get a clear picture.

Eufy 2K camera night shots

Audio

For the purpose of our review, we look at three aspects of audio performance:

  1. Audio Detection
  2. 2-Way Audio
  3. Audible siren

All of these factors are important for complete home security and can work in tandem to help you (1) know when someone or something is in your home and (2) effective ways to respond to viable threats.

How good is the audio on the Eufy?

  • Audio Detection: The audio detection was pretty clear and easy to understand conversations or louder things also like dogs barking, glass breaking, etc.
  • 2-Way Audio: The 2-way audio feature was a nice feature also. It is easy to activate 2-way audio on the app and verbally send instant messages that are audibly transmitted through the camera.
  • Audible Siren: The siren is decently loud on this camera, although Eufy doesn’t explicitly give a dB rating. The alarm can be opened manually or triggered automatically, depending on the settings you have.

The Eufy App

The Eufy app makes it easy to monitor the camera, view history, or change settings. You can view a live feed from multiple Eufy cameras, view a history of pre-recorded events, or change mode.

The Modes

This Eufy camera has three modes:

  • Away: settings when you leave home
  • Home: settings when you are at home
  • Schedule: schedule switch Home/Away state
Eufy app - camera notification
Eufy app – camera notification

If suspicious activity is detected, you have a few options. You can:

  1. View a live feed of the activity
  2. Sound an alert with 2-way audio
  3. Emit the onboard siren
Ring stick up cam notification
Ring stick up cam notification

During our tests we used the app extensively to try out all of the features. Overall, our experience with the app was good. Menus, features, and settings are intuitive, and everything works well.

Eufy security camera app live view

However, during our night tests we had quite a lot of trouble at getting the app to connect to the camera for a live view. In most cases, connectivity issues are the fault of larger wifi network issues.

However, we recently upgraded to a commercial grade access point that was around 20 feet away from the camera. In our view, our network hardware is more than sufficient.

Eufy 2K camera

All that said, when it worked it worked great. However, we would be remiss if we did not mention our issues with live view connectivity.

Eufy Design

The Eufy indoor camera has a simple white body with rounded edges and a black gloss face. The stem of the camera is also white with a flat base.

Eufy 2k indoor camera design

The back of the camera has 2 inputs, one for the power adapter and a reset button on the left side.

There is also an input slot for an SD card, located on the side of the camera.

SD card slot for the Eufy 2K indoor camera
SD card slot for the Eufy 2K indoor camera

The SD card would be sold separately and only needed if you want local storage.

For Cloud-based storage only, there is no SD card required.

Operation

It plugs into a standard wall outlet and cannot run wirelessly. When it’s plugged in and running, the camera will emit a small blue light to indicate that it is on

The top portion of the camera can pivot freely and it has a field of view up to 125°.

Thanks largely in part to the 2K resolution, this camera has zoom up to 8X.

The controls for the Eufy indoor camera are all available via the Eufy app.

Features

The Eufy indoor camera has a number of different features; some of the top features are listed below:

  • Motion Notifications: sends a push notification to your smartphone when the camera detects motion in the camera’s view
  • Flexible Use: can sit upright on a shelf or be mounted to a vertical surface
  • 2-Way Audio: lets you hear what’s going on in the video as well as the ability to talk back, using the audio output on the camera itself
  • Dual storage: local storage via an SD card (card not included) or using the Cloud through the Eufy app
  • 24/7 Live Video: can record footage for 24/7 live video playback
  • Activity Zones: highlight special areas where you want more sensitive activity alerts
  • App Control: view the camera footage from your smartphone or other device
  • Multiple Pairing: pair multiple cameras together for whole-home security

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What’s in the Box?

The Eufy indoor camera with a basic set of parts and accessories. You can set this camera up freestanding (install time: 5 minutes or less) or install it onto the wall using the mounting plate (install time: 10-15 minutes)

In the box, you’ll get:

  • Eufy indoor camera
  • Power adapter
  • Power cable
  • Mounting screws (optional)
  • Drywall anchors (optional)
  • Mounting plate (optional)
Eufy indoor camera, what's in the box
Eufy indoor camera, what’s in the box

Setup & Usability

The setup for Eufy is quick and easy. It takes less than 15 minutes and has a series of guided prompts to make things simple.

How easy is it to setup?

To get up and going, start by unboxing the camera and removing all packaging.

  1. Plug the power cable into the camera body and then plug the other end into a standard indoor outlet. Set aside.
  2. Download the Eufy app to your smartphone or another device.
  3. Connect your indoor camera to your wifi network.
  4. Follow the in-app prompts to connect the camera to the app.
  5. Test the camera… if all worked properly, you should see the feed of your camera on your smartphone now.

Once the app is connected, you’ll be able to view a feed

How easy is it to install?

For installing the Eufy camera, there are two different options—freestanding or on a vertical surface.

Install Mounts

  1. Freestanding
  2. On a vertical surface

If you’re doing freestanding, you simply plug the camera in, sit it on the surface, and walk away.

If you want to mount it on a vertical surface, you can use the mounting plate provided. This plate comes with screws (and drywall anchors if needed) to secure the plate onto the wall.

Eufy indoor camera design
Eufy indoor camera design

How easy is it to use?

So after install and initial setup, how easy is this camera to use? Overall, we found it incredibly easy.

Once connected to your smartphone, the Eufy cam will send push notifications when there is activity.

The alerts were relatively sensitive to activity, but if you found them to be too sensitive or not enough, it is easy to adjust in the app.

It was able to distinguish between people and pets and the activity zones were a nice feature to help identify more important areas.

Does Eufy require a subscription?

The Eufy Indoor cam doesn’t require a subscription to their security plan, but as with any system, subscribing does provide you with a few additional options.

  1. Eufy Basic
  2. Eufy Premier

Let’s see what the big differences are between each option.

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Free Eufy Plan: No Fees

Without a subscription, you’ll have access to all of the following:

  • Push notifications: sends an instant notification when activity is detected
  • 24/7 Live Video: you can view the feed from the camera at any time using the Eufy app
  • 2-way audio: so you can hear what’s going on or speak directly through the camera, whether you’re home or away
  • Audible siren: can be triggered manually or automatically for extra security
  • Local storage: insert an SD card and save video footage locally

With the Eufy Basic plan, you’ll have all of the features of the free plan as well as up to 30 days of rolling storage on the cloud for a single camera.

Eufy Basic Costs: $3/mo or $30/year

With the Eufy Premier plan, you’ll have all of the features of the free plan as well as up to 30 days of rolling storage on the cloud for up to 10 cameras.

Eufy Premier Costs: $10/mo or $100/year

Which subscription plan is right for you?

If you plan on joining multiple cameras together, the Eufy Premier would be your best bet, but if you only have 1 camera, the Eufy Basic should do the trick. The only notable difference is the number of cameras that it supports.

If you don’t need 30 days of cloud bases storage, you can opt for Eufy without a subscription. This free plan would still allow you to view the live feed at any time and saved footage could be stored locally via an SD card.

Eufy Indoor Camera Specifications

SpecificationsEufy Indoor Cam
TypeIndoor
ManufacturerEufy
Model2K Indoor
Width2.17"
Height4.09"
Weight3.68 ounces
Viewing Angle125°
Operating TempsNot listed
AlertsPush alerts based on motion/sound detection
Privacy ModeNo
Night VisionYes
AudioTwo-Way Audio
StorageUp to 30 days with subscription; Local storage available with SD card
Orbit / PanNo
ZoomYes; 8X
ReturnsVaries by retailer, other retailers will vary
Warranty1-Year limited
PriceCheck Price

Should you buy the Eufy Indoor Cam?

I would recommend the Eufy Indoor Cam if you’re looking for the following in a security camera.

  • Indoor use only: This camera is designed for indoor use only. This helps keep the cost down, but it’s still something to keep in mind.
  • A great value: The cost for this camera is exceptionally low, considering the high 2K resolution, 2K zoom, and other features (like 2-way audio, the siren, and more.)
  • Dual video storage: The video storage for this camera can be local via an SD card or through the Cloud. With a paid subscription you can have up to 30 days of rolling footage for 1 or up to 10 cameras.

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Summary

The Eufy security camera is an indoor only 2K camera. During our tests, video quality was exceptionally good during the day, and still quite good at night. Our overall experience with the app was good, however, we did experience some connectivity issues with live view. Ultimately, the Eufy camera’s price point is the most compelling feature. It offers an excellent set of features and performance for less than many competitors.

About Derek Hales

Derek HalesDerek Hales is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ModernCastle.com. He has been featured in Fast Company, Reader's Digest, Business Insider, Realtor.com, She Knows, and other major publications. Derek has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University. Hales has been testing and reviewing products for the home since 2014.

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2 Comments on “Eufy 2K Security Camera Review”

  1. Probably the most thorough and insightful reviews I’ve read on this product. One thing I have been unable to glean from any reviews, customer or professional, is the purpose of the SD card storage. I was originally convinced that clips recorded to the card would be uploaded from the card on demand to the user app over internet or at least the local network. However, my experience with the Kasa Spot (by TP-Link, which is eerily similar to this cam; even the subscription prices and policies are the same) is that only clips uploaded to the cloud would be available to view remotely, download or share afterward. To view clips on the sd card, you should just eject the card and watch them on your laptop. Can you confirm this?

    Reply
    • Hi Fred,

      Having the SD card allows for local storage. Basically, it stores a history of clips accessible via the app and if you eject and drop it onto a PC. You can still view the clips through the app.

      If you pay for cloud storage it would work more or less the same way, except everything would be online.