eufy Wireless Cameras and HomeKit

Anker has a home security subsidy, eufy, that has jumped into the home camera business with both feet. I like and trust Anker. I have been buying their stuff for years, so I was interested in their eufy camera offerings from the beginning.

For several years, I have been using the Canary camera system. I was a paying subscriber and generally happy when I first started using Canary products. But over the past few years, my love has waned. The cameras have begun failing me regularly for no explicable reason. When I would check them, they would be offline. If I power-cycled them, they would start back up and sometimes reconnect, but not always. Had the Canary company been willing to embrace HomeKit, I may have looked into upgrading the cameras instead of moving on. But alas, beyond some early broken promises, Canary has shown no interest in HomeKit, and I was ready to move on.

eufy was very much of interest to me. At this point, eufy does not have a subscription service where you pay them to store security video online for you. Instead, they have integrated storage in their hardware so you can keep your security footage locally. Because they are not motivated to sign you up for their subscription service, they have also embraced Apple’s own HomeKit Secure Video service with a growing list of their cameras.

I bought a few of eufy’s battery-powered cameras including the eufyCam 2C and the eufyCam 2 Pro. Both are battery-powered wireless cameras that connect to eufy’s hub, which contains 16GB of internal storage. The cameras stream to the hub, and you can monitor the hub from the eufy app. The internal storage holds the streams until it runs out of memory, and then it starts deleting older footage to make room for new footage. It all works fine, although I wish they made the storage via replaceable SD card.

Moreover, the eufy hub can connect with HomeKit and turn footage from these cameras over to HomeKit. For a reasonable price, you can have wireless cameras feeding straight into your HomeKit, which you can also connect to HomeKit Secure Video.

This whole system is far better than my Canary system, and it has been a great upgrade. Comparing the 2C vs. Pro cameras, there are a few items of distinction:

Recording Fidelity The 2C records at 1080p. The Pro records at 2K. I can’t tell much of a difference between the two.

Battery Life eufy, like most hardware manufacturers, must not be testing these cameras under normal conditions. They claim the 2C battery should last six months. I get about a month out of one, and I get about two weeks out of another. (The second one is near a place of high activity, so it goes off much more often.) They are easy enough to plug in and recharge, but it is a thing, and it has me thinking about bringing in an electrician to hardwire a few spots around my house. The eufyCam2 Pro has been getting better than double that in battery life for me.

Cost There is a significant jump. You can get two 2C cameras plus a base station for $220. The same rig with two eufyCam2 Pro cameras goes for $350.

Either way, this was a significant upgrade in my home security system, and the rest of my family loves that they can now see the cameras in the Home app. I am taking full advantage of HomeKit Secure Video. I have also gone further down the Eufy rabbit hole as I have added some more of their wired cameras, which I will be covering over the coming weeks.