Having a smart security camera is the easiest way to stay in the loop of everything that’s going on at home. Whether you’re worried about thieves breaking in, your pets acting out, or who your son or daughter brings home after school, a smart security camera can let you know everything at any moment.
One popular brand of highly regarded security cams is Eufy. Their limited line of EufyCams has allowed thousands of customers to rest easier knowing that their homes or businesses are safe and sound when they’re not around. Today, we’re going to be looking at two of their EufyCams: the Eufy 2 and 2C – two cameras that are similar in appearance but are equipped with significantly different hardware.
Read the full comparison of the EufyCam 2 vs. 2C to see which of them, if any, should provide you with 24/7 remote monitoring.
1080p Video Quality
2 and 2C
What most people look for in a home security camera is high-resolution imagery. After all, there’s no point in finding a burglar in your home if their faces are pixelated beyond recognition.
We’re glad to report that both the 2 and 2C have 1080p high-definition recording that helps differentiate one pixel from another. They both only record at 15 FPS so videos are a bit choppy, but this is hardly a problem, seeing as how most home security cameras record at this rate.
Enhanced Night Vision
Equipped with a Sony Starvis Sensor, the 2 is able to pick up clear images in the dark without the use of external lighting. This makes the 2 more inconspicuous to bad guys who come roaming into your home in the middle of night.
The 2C, on the other hand, doesn’t have the same night vision quality as the 2. It relies on a LED spotlight to illuminate objects at night for the camera to pick up. The spotlight works like a charm, and you’ll be able to clearly tell objects picked up by the camera, but it’ll draw the attention of any nighttime visitors. There’s also an infrared mode to keep the 2Cfrom attracting attention.
The night vision capabilities for both of these models are completely different but work as intended. I’d give the upper hand to the EufyCam 2 because its Sony Starvis Sensor doesn’t shine any bright beams of light, and its night vision picture quality is superior to that of the 2C on infrared mode.
Battery Life (Estimate)
One area where you’ll definitely want to pay close attention to is how long the camera can last. The 2’s battery pack is made to provide up to 356 days of usage, giving you an entire year’s time before worrying about purchasing replacements.
The 2C’s battery pack is a lot smaller than that of the 2; a single pack can supply power to the camera for up to 180 days of continuous usage. Because the battery is built into the camera, replacing it isn’t as easy as swapping it out for a fresh pack. You’ll have to contact EufyCam to do it for you.
The batteries in the 2 and 2C are protected by a 1-year and 6-month manufacturer warranty respectively – if anything happens to the camera and battery within this grace period, EufyCam will replace any broken components FOC.
According to their site, the cost for replacement batteries outside of the warranty period will be “reasonable.”
Alexa, Assistant, and HomeKit Compatibility
The 2 can connect to your home’s Wi-Fi router where you can receive alerts directly from your smartphone through Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit.
The C is currently in beta testing with HomeKit so don’t expect much from the C via an Apple device. EufyCam plans to allow you to connect up to four different 2s to the HomeKit system.
The 2C can connect to either Alexa or Assistant. Doing so will provide you with total control over everything going on at home. EufyCam announced that there’s a chance that they might possibly add HomeKit connectivity… in the near future… if all goes as planned. My fingers are crossed but the future doesn’t seem so bright.
If you use HomeKit, then you’ll definitely want to pay attention to how the 2’s beta tests are going. If you have Alexa or Assistant, then either the 2 or 2C will work just fine. The experiences of numerous customers show that integrating the 2 or 2C to a smart home hub is quick and easy.
The 2 comes with both indoor and outdoor mounts. The indoor mount consists of a magnetic base and sticky template that clearly indicates where to pre-drill. Just place the template where it needs to go and attach the 2 by its onboard magnets.
The 2C comes with outdoor mounts only. To set this device up inside, you’ll need to purchase a sticky template and an indoor mount separately. This, like the 2, is rated for outdoor use extreme rain and snow won’t damage the 2C in the slightest.
Both devices are rated IP67 for safety against total submersion (heavy rain and snow don’t got nothing on these guys), but only the C comes with the proper supplies for indoor mounting. You’ll either have to purchase sticky pads for the 2C or stick to the outdoor mounting bracket.
16GB Internal Storage
2 and 2C
Both of these home security cameras come with internal storage capacity of up to 16GB. I know what you’re thinking – if you’re recording all day, 16GB isn’t going to be enough.
That’s true, but these cameras have motion detection and will only begin recording when it detects the presence of humans. Also, the saved videos are stored for a maximum of three months before being automatically deleted to make room for new footage.
EufyCam 2 vs. 2C – Which Should I Get?
In terms of performance, the only difference between the Eufy 2 and 2C is the former’s Sony Starvis Sensor which does an excellent job recording in the dark.
The infrared vision of the Eufy 2C is admirable at night, but it’s not at the same quality as the C’s. Other minor differences include battery life, smart hub connectivity, and indoor mounts, and in all three departments, the 2 is superior by far.