Eufy Cameras Review

We tested these cameras for a few days to see how they stand up to the competition.
Top pick
EufyCam 3 starter kit
EufyCam 3 Kit
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1
  • pro
    4K resolution
  • pro
    Built-in solar panels
  • pro
    Bright spotlight
Beginner pick
Eufy SoloCam S220
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
  • pro
    2K resolution
  • pro
    Works outdoors
  • pro
    No hub required
Budget pick
eufy indoor solo camera
Eufy IndoorCam C120
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3
  • pro
    2K resolution
  • pro
    Affordable
  • pro
    Connects to Apple homekit
Doorbell pick
Eufy Video Doorbell E340
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.15
  • pro
    2K resolution
  • pro
    8 GB local storage
  • pro
    Wired or wireless
Floodlight pick
Eufy Floodlight Cam 2
Eufy Floodlight Cam E221
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.05
  • pro
    1920p resolution
  • pro
    Works outdoors
  • pro
    Bright floodlights

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Eufy prioritizes customer privacy with local video storage and robust security practices. But it's also one of the best ways to get a 2K security camera without paying too much.

We recently tested the EufyCam 3 (about $140 each), Eufy's latest flagship camera. Its powerful 4K video, built-in solar panels, and expandable storage make it one of our new favorite Eufy security cameras. You can get it in a 2, 3, or 4-cam kit.

Learn more in our full EufyCam 3 Review.

We think the 1080p EufyCam 2C is the best balance of features and price for most folks because it's a versatile and flexible alternative to the Arlo Essential Spotlight. But it's not a heart-stopping value like the Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24, which sports a higher resolution and similar performance for $100 less (if you don't mind a power cable).

These cameras are the jewels of Eufy's huge selection of cameras, but there's a lot to like about the other offerings.



Eufy security camera pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro More 2K video options than other brands
pro Built-in video storage on most cameras
pro Strong emphasis on privacy
pro Affordable cloud plans
con
Cons
con No cloud storage on some models

Compare Eufy security cameras

Product
Best for
Price
Resolution
Power source
Local storage
Learn more
Top pick 4KBattery, solar16 GB on HomeBase
Beginner pick 2KBattery8 GB built-in
Budget pick 1920pWiredMicroSD slot
Doorbell pick 2KBattery, hardwired8 GB built-in
Floodlight pick 2KHardwired4 GB built-in

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What to expect with Eufy security cameras

Eufy offers one of the broadest ranges of security cameras on the market. This puts it in a prime position to compete with Arlo and Nest cameras on the high end, Ring Stick Up Cam and Reolink cameras in the mid-priced arena, and YI and Wyze cameras for budget dominance. We like that there's something for everyone, but let's dig into what makes Eufy a practical alternative to these popular brands.

Similarities and differences

At first glance, the top cameras in this review have distinctive features that help them fill specific security roles around the house, but they share many features too. Still, you can find slight variations among cameras that look similar—like the EufyCam 2C and EufyCam 2. Here are key features you can expect in Eufy security cameras.

Similarities

Privacy-first policies: One of Eufy's biggest advantages over the competition is a focus on protecting your privacy. This is why all Eufy IP camera models come with some form of local storage to keep your data off the internet. Likewise, Eufy cameras, apps, and cloud servers follow strict encryption protocols when connecting to the internet. We're also fans of the app requiring two-factor authentication when logging in on a new device.

2K and 4K video resolution: Practically every Eufy camera comes in 1920p (also called 2K) and 1080p versions. Surprisingly, the 2K video resolution isn't much more expensive than 1080p. This narrow pricing gap—especially on Solo and SoloCam models—means that it's worth choosing 2K over 1080p every time. Though upgrading to 2K on EufyCam models isn't as good of a deal since you often pay for multi-camera kits—an extra camera tends to negate some savings. Some cameras, like the Eufycam 3, has 4K resolution.

Eufy app: The Eufy app is your gateway to setting up and controlling your Eufy camera. You can watch footage live or view any recordings that happened while you were driving home from vacation. You can also use the app's two-way audio to talk with people through the camera like an intercom.

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AI detection

The app also uses AI to detect people, faces, pets, and babies crying to make it easier to sort through video recordings and notifications. The type of AI detection depends on the camera, with face detection and baby crying showing up on EufyCam and Solo models.

Local storage: All Eufy cameras can store video without using the internet or a cloud storage plan. The storage medium depends on the model with products using one of three methods: built-in storage (SoloCam), microSD card (Solo IndoorCam), or HomeBase camera hub (EufyCam).

Voice assistant: Each Eufy security camera works with the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant smart home platforms. You can ask for a live feed on a smart display, which is great for family members without smartphones. While we like this for quick checks on a camera, the Eufy app is a better interface.

Differences

Power source: Eufy has a healthy mix of wired and battery-powered security cameras. While most wired cameras are indoor models, outdoor cameras like the Floodlight Cam 2, Solo OutdoorCam, and Video Doorbell also have wired connections. The battery-powered cameras gear towards outdoor use—lasting 4–12 months depending on the model. There's even a handy solar panel accessory to extend the battery life even further. Lastly, the SoloCam S40 and a few others have an integrated solar panel on top.

Weatherproofing: Eufy's battery-powered cameras all come with IP65 or the more robust IP67 weatherproofing that helps them withstand rain, snow, heat, and cold temperatures. Among wired cameras, the Floodlight Cam and Solo OutdoorCam boast similar resistances to adverse weather.

Spotlights: You can find bright spotlights on the EufyCam 2C and 3, SoloCam S40, SoloCam L20, Solo OutdoorCam, and Floodlight Cam. These are great for capturing color video at night, which offers a bit more detail than the infrared night vision common to all Eufy cameras. We also like that you can light a path and surprise potential intruders into a hasty retreat.

Apple HomeKit support: HomeKit allows some Eufy cameras to work with Siri and the Apple Home app. The functionality is similar to what you can do with Alexa and Google. Only a small selection of Eufy cameras work with Apple HomeKit and the Apple Home app: Solo IndoorCam C24, Solo IndoorCam P24, and EufyCam models using the HomeBase 2 hub (2, 2 Pro, 2C, and 2C Pro).

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HomeKit Secure Video

EufyCam cameras with the HomeBase 2 hub also work with HomeKit Secure Video to add more features such as pet and vehicle detection, cloud storage via iCloud, and activity zones in the Apple Home app.

Compare Eufy cloud storage plans

Eufy plan
Monthly plan cost
Annual plan cost
Number of cameras
Video history
Basic
$2.99
/mo
$29.99
/yr
130 days
Premier
$9.99
/mo
$99.99
/yr
Up to 1030 days

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Because all Eufy cameras include local storage, its cloud plans are an optional perk for folks wanting a backup on a secure cloud server. Cloud storage isn't available on all Eufy cameras, with the most notable absence being the SoloCam models. You can sign up for a Eufy cloud plan using the Eufy Security app and your online customer account.

Eufy security camera reviews

1. EufyCam 3: Top pick

Top pick
EufyCam 3 starter kit
EufyCam 3 series
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1
$439.99 (2-cam kit)
pro 4k resolution
pro Outdoor
pro Affordable multi-packs

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The EufyCam 3 offers more features than most Eufy cameras.  Its 4K resolution beats Eufy's 2K models, and it packs facial recognition, local, expandable storage, a built-in solar panel and more.

First, let's talk about the facial recognition. This camera can tell the difference between your roommates or family members and strangers. This can lessen those annoying notifications everytime someone approaches your home.

Another feature we love is the built-in solar panel. Each camera has a tiny little panel on top that keeps the camera going on only two hours of sunlight per day. Anything that keeps us from charging batteries every few months is a key feature to us.

Another feature that we like that you won't find on many other top home security cameras is local storage that's expandable. That means you don't need to store your footage in the cloud. It's all contained on the hub. You can expand its memory up to 16TB by adding an external hard drive.

Some other features include:

  • Two-way audio
  • Compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Activity zones
  • Color night footage

 

2. Eufy Solo Cam S220: Beginner pick

Beginner pick
Eufy Solo Cam S220
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.1
$129.99
pro 2K resolution
pro Indoor/outdoor
pro Affordable multi-packs

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The Eufy SoloCam 220 offers more flexibility for its price than more expensive Eufy cameras. Its built-in solar charger keeps the battery ful with only 3 hours of daily sunlight. Its infrared LEDs provide excellent night vision, though not in color like the Eufy Cam 3 series. It's a good beginner camera because you you can use it on its own, without the base station. 

However, you can connect it to the Home Base station 3 for human detection capabilities, and you can buy multi-packs with up to four cameras if you decide you need more coverage, which cuts the per-camera price as low as around $100 each. This competes well against multi-camera kits from Arlo, which doesn't discount additional cameras as deeply.

3. Eufy Cam C120: Budget pick

Budget pick
eufy indoor solo camera
Eufy Cam C120
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
$42.99
pro 2K resolution
pro Indoor
pro No hub required

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The Eufy Cam C120 differs from Eufy's other cameras by skipping the HomeBase hub. Instead, it connects directly to your home Wi-Fi network like a smartphone would. This makes it easier to set up and a little cheaper than the brand's other 2K cameras.

Even a direct Wi-Fi connection this camera still has local 8 GB internal storage and works with cloud storage. 

Overall, we think the Eufy Cam C120 is a great place to start if you want to try out Eufy's cameras without a hub. But it's not as robust as many EufyCam models. 

4. Eufy Video Doorbell 2K: Doorbell pick

Doorbell pick
Eufy Video Doorbell E340
4.2 out of 5 stars
4.15
$179.99
pro 1920p resolution
pro Outdoor only
pro Local storage

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The Eufy Video Doorbell E340 has one of the highest resolutions we've seen in a doorbell camera. Although other brands like Arlo and Reolink embrace 2K video on more cameras each year, Eufy is one of the first to add it on a doorbell. The extra detail is great for porch pirate-wanted posters on social media.

Another reason we like the Eufy Video Doorbell E340 is its inclusion of local storage via the HomeBase 2. If you thought that 2K was rare on video doorbells, local storage is almost unheard of. A large part of competitor's business models is requiring subscriptions to store doorbell footage. Eufy bypasses this, making it cheaper to maintain and a better solution for off-grid homes.

This is a doorbell camera, but the battery power means you can install it anywhere. This is great for putting the doorbell outside doors without existing wiring. Still, we like that you can use doorbell wiring with this camera.

Our favorite feature is that it has two cameras. This is the only doorbell camera we've seen with two cameras. The smaller one on the bottom is perfect to capturing packages.

Overall, we think that the Eufy Video Doorbell E340 is the best video doorbell for local storage. While it produces better video than Arlo and Ring, it's not as affordable.

Check out our take on all the Eufy doorbells.

5. Eufy Floodlight Cam 2: Floodlight pick

Floodlight pick
Eufy Floodlight Cam 2
Eufy Floodlight Cam E221
4.1 out of 5 stars
4.05
$219.99
pro 1920p resolution
pro Outdoor only
pro Bright floodlights

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The Eufy Floodlight Cam E221 offers brighter nighttime lighting than Eufy's battery-powered spotlight cameras. While those models are suitable for temporary lighting, the Floodlight Cam 2's dual LED lights produce a whopping 2,500 lumens. This is enough to illuminate a wide swath of lawn for parties and gardening after sunset.

Installing this floodlight camera is more complex than charging a battery or plugging in a power cord—it's more like installing a new light fixture. You need to mount this light on a junction box and hardwire it. While the electrical work is relatively easy, it might be too much trouble for some folks.

Overall, we like the Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 for outdoor locations where extra nighttime lighting is necessary. While the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired is a good alternative, Eufy's 2K video resolution is hard to beat.

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Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro

We love that the new Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro (about $300) includes pan-tilt functionality and ultra-customizable LED floodlights, but it's an expensive investment. Learn why we think it's worth the price in our full Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro review.

More Eufy cameras we considered

Product
Price
Resolution
Power source
Local storage
Learn more
2KWiredMicroSD slot
2KWiredMicroSD slot
2KSolar, battery8 GB built-in
1080pBatteryMicroSD slot on Chime
4KSolar, battery16 GB built-in; ability to expand with portable hard drive*

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*Portable hard drive not included.

  1. Eufy IndoorCam E220: Eufy's best pan-tilt camera gives you remote control over where the camera points. This is great for looking in different spots around the room. It offers similar performance to the Eufy Solo IndoorCam C24.
  2. Eufy OutdoorCam E220: This camera isn't as affordable as other Eufy Solo models but offers a wired power that doesn't require charging a battery every few months.
  3. Eufy SoloCam S230 (S40): This solar security camera is one of Eufy's newest products, but it's hard to ignore. While most solar cameras use a solar panel accessory, it's a built-in feature of the S40. We're excited to see how it performs since it might be a game-changer that's easier to install than other solar security cameras.
  4. Eufy Video Doorbell: This 1080p doorbell offers expandable microSD storage on its chime accessory. It's a more affordable way to get local storage on a video doorbell than Eufy's 2K model.
  5. EufyCam 3 Pro (S330): This is Eufy's most expensive camera, with double the battery life of the 3C—up to 12 months, plus built-in solar panels. Like 3C, it has a built-in spotlight color video at night, but it also has facial recognition, not just human detection. It's a bit pricey for some folks, but it’s a good example of what Eufy's cameras can achieve.
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Some Eufy cameras available through Cove

The battery-powered Eufy Video Doorbell and the solar-powered Eufy SoloCam S40 are also available through Cove Home Security. If you're in the market for a full home security system, take advantage of Cove's frequent sales to snag these cameras at a discount.

Final word

Eufy cams are not our first choice in most cases, but they're often our second choice. They offer reliability, excellent video quality, multiple power options, affordable options, and smart home compatibility. In terms of features, they don't burn as brightly as Ring and Arlo, but sometimes it's perfectly fine to nail the basics.

FAQ

Eufy is a spin-off brand from Anker specializing in smart home devices like vacuums, lighting, and home security systems. You may know Anker from its popular chargers, cables, power banks, and computer accessories.

Eufy security cameras hold their own compared with dominant brands like Arlo, Ring, Nest, Reolink, and Wyze. Eufy excels in terms of local storage, customer privacy, and video resolution.

Eufy is generally a more affordable option than Arlo for 2K video, but it costs more than comparable Ring and Wyze cameras. We think it's an excellent alternative to these popular brands, especially for local video storage. Still, it doesn't offer as many innovative features as Arlo and pales in comparison to Ring and Wyze's smart home ecosystems.

How we reviewed Eufy security cameras

Before comparing Eufy's cameras, we narrowed down among the brand's 27+ camera models.  Ultimately, we settled on highlighting five cameras that best represent the brand as a whole.

We leveraged our years of experience with security cameras while researching for this review. We scoured customer reviews, support articles, product pages, and other online reviews to find out what makes Eufy unique. Check out our full testing methodology to see how we rank and review products.

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Eufy security issue

Eufy finally addressed a November 2022 security issue in an article from The Verge. The company explained why the Eufy web portal wasn't encrypting live video streams and stated the issue has since been fixed. It's also updating every Eufy camera's encryption protocols to further improve security.

Based on this response—and Eufy's commitment to more transparency and cooperation with independent security researchers—we're leaving our scoring as-is unless further issues arise.

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John Carlsen
Written by
John Carlsen
John is a technology journalist specializing in smart home devices, security cameras, and home security systems. He has over a decade of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech—he was the Smart Home Editor for Top Ten Reviews and wrote for ASecureLife before joining SafeWise as a Staff Writer in 2020. John holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism emphasis from Utah Valley University. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, and starting countless DIY projects he has yet to complete.

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