What to expect with Cove security cameras
For the most part, Cove's security cameras share the same basic features:
- Remote access through the Cove and Eufy app
- Motion-activated recording
- Two-way audio
The Cove app is your portal to using the cameras and allows you to change settings, receive notifications, and watch live and recorded videos from your cameras. Still, most of these features are pretty standard among security cameras. For our review, let's focus on the most useful: motion detection.
Cove's recording settings come in various flavors to help you sort videos and manage notifications:
- Motion sensitivity: By adjusting the sensitivity of your camera's motion sensor, you can train it to ignore small movements from pets.
- Activity zones: Activity zones allow you to exclude portions of the camera's view from triggering recordings or alerts (like a busy sidewalk). It's common on most security cameras and is one of our favorite features.
- Alert frequency: This helps solve one of the biggest problems with Wi-Fi security cameras—notification overload. We love that you can set how often the camera will alert you so it won't send multiple notifications in less than a minute. This setting is helpful if you want to keep a higher level of motion sensitivity, which usually results in a pile of notifications every time your dog walks by.
Cove Cloud video storage plans
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We appreciate that Cove Cloud includes seven days of cloud storage with every security camera, which should be enough for most people. You have plenty of time to download videos before they disappear forever.
Although you can upgrade your storage plan to Cove Cloud+ for around $3 per month per camera, the costs add up quickly if you have more than three cameras. Compared to brands with affordable multi-camera storage plans—like the Ring Stick Up Cam and Google Nest Cams*—Cove's per-camera pricing isn't a great deal.
Cove Cloud doesn't work with Eufy cameras
Only the Cove Indoor Camera and SkyBell Doorbell Camera are compatible with Cove Cloud. For Eufy cameras, you need to use local video storage, as cloud storage is unavailable.
Although most of Cove's camera offerings come with 1080p video, the Eufy Outdoor Camera can record 2K or 1920p. This is most helpful when zooming in on subjects far from the camera. In contrast, 1080p is plenty acceptable for up-close interactions with doorbells and indoor cameras.
Still, Cove has a big advantage over Ring, thanks to 8GB of built-in storage on the outdoor camera and microSD card slots on the indoor cam and Eufy doorbell. This gives you local video storage that's easier to manage than cloud storage and doesn't require a monthly subscription.
Of course, you need to buy the microSD card upfront. But considering you can buy a compatible card for less than $10, it's the best alternative to paying for a Cove Cloud+ plan on the Indoor Camera.
While SkyBell's motion detection is useful for recording anything that moves in front of the camera, it's less potent than the human detection used by Cove's other three cameras. As the name suggests, this AI-driven feature looks for motion from people-shaped objects, so your camera ignores everything that isn't human.
The Cove Indoor Camera has an extra detection trick: baby crying. It can record video when there's a loud sound—hence the namesake. Fortunately, it's not limited to babies crying (it also works for alarms and other loud sounds), but it is very helpful for capturing video without motion detection.
The doorbell cameras' fields of view—160º for Eufy and 180º for SkyBell—are wider than those of the Eufy Outdoor Camera (135º) and the Cove Indoor Camera (110º). They can see more area, which makes sense when its outdoor setting doesn't have to deal with walls that naturally restrict a camera's view.
The Eufy Outdoor Camera comes with a bright spotlight that gives it access to color night vision. Spotlights are popular among newer security cameras like Arlo, Wyze, and Reolink. Although the other Cove cameras offer infrared night vision, they lack the color imaging of the Eufy Outdoor Camera.
The Eufy Outdoor, Eufy Doorbell, and SkyBell can handle adverse weather conditions like rain, dust, and snow. The Indoor Camera doesn't need weatherproofing and isn't suitable for outdoor use.
Both Eufy cameras use battery power, so you can install them where there's a good view without thinking about a power cord. The Cove Indoor and SkyBell both use wired power sources. You need to recharge the batteries occasionally, but it's worth the extra portability. Just remember to keep the cameras in range of your Wi-Fi network.
Still, Eufy Outdoor Camera's built-in solar panel tops off your battery daily. While this isn't the only solar-powered security camera on the market—Arlo, Ring, Wyze, and SimpliSafe offer the option—other brands sell solar chargers separately.