Pros: Video quality on this unit is great for both daytime as well as nighttime viewing. The picture comes in crystal clear over my local wireless network and I had no problems configuring the unit to get it up and running. This device has been purposed as a secondary camera for my newborn's nursery and allows us an alternative angle to view our baby from compared to the dedicated monitor we already had. The IR LEDs are powerful and provide a superb amount of illumination in a very dimly lit room. The set up and config of the unit is smooth and changing settings on the fly is very simple. Overall a very positive experience with a high-quality camera. The camera comes with a couple mounting options/brackets to suspend it upside down or mount it to the wall which I don't particularly need but is nice to have included.
Cons: The unit gets very warm when using it for extended periods of time. The unit also does not allow for constant streaming. There is a time limit (I believe it's 30 - 60 seconds) where the video will pause and you have to restart the stream. This device CANNOT be used as an always-on camera --this limits its use for my family since I intended to have this as a primary camera for a baby monitor. Not being able to view a live stream for an indefinite amount of time would prevent me from purchasing this unit if it were not provided for testing purposes. There is no setting to override the timeout either which I found to compound my frustration with this functionality.
Overall Review: Overall if you just need something as a motion tracking camera that can record to a micro SD card, this will suit your needs. If you need something for continuously-streamed video, this is not the device for you.
Pros: + Small footprint
+ Easy to set up
+ Expandable storage
+ Good video quality
+ 2 way audio
+ Wide camera view
Cons: - Will not work with Synology NAS
- Gets warm
Overall Review: I have been interested in getting a security camera, mostly to keep an eye on my puppy during the day while I am at work. So I wanted a small footprint, wifi enabled 1080p camera with 2 way audio that will connect to my NAS. The EZVIZ hits all but one of those requirements, but is still worth it.
First of all, it was super easy to set up. Plug it in, install the app, scan the code on the camera, enter a couple things and BAM, you are pretty much ready to go. Took no time at all. The app is perhaps a little dated feeling, but it works fine. I was able to quickly access all the functionality and immediately harass my dogs with the 2 way audio. The app also works great remotely, so checking in on my dogs throughout the day both live and recorded was easy .
I did notice that it does run a little hot, but I do not think that is a issue. So far the EZVIZ has worked flawlessly. My only complaint is that I am not able to have it connect to my Synology NAS, but to be fair, there are many others that cannot as well. Overall though, I am really pleased with the EZVIZ mini Plus. It is priced well, works great and does everything is advertised it would do. Recommended.
Pros: 1. Setup is extremely easy, create an account, verify it, and hold the phone to the camera. (This is a make or break step for most users).
2. The lag is minimal, if you are on the same network. If you are outside the network, I don't think it actually works.
3. Night vision works nice!
4. You can view up to 4 cameras at a time (the feature is in the app).
Cons: 1. Mine did not come with the 130 degree wide lens. I'm guessing it's an addon. So I cannot review that piece of this.
2. No IFTTT interface (don't know why it's listed as a feature).
3. Proprietary only mass storage options. These are the subscription to the cloud or a proprietary network drive. You can NOT use your own hard drives with this camera.. BAD!
4. This is NOT a security camera. Security cameras allow you to store the much needed footage (aka security footage) onto your local setup. This.Does.Not.
Overall Review: 1. When switching between basic, standard, and hi def mode, you need to reboot the app (This is ok, as long as you know you need to reboot).
If they fixed the above issues, I would purchase several of these. If they created an outdoors version, this would be excellent. Unfortunately, due to the proprietary nature of this camera... I would say the target audience are those who are curious but not serious.
Pros: Very compact
Good quality video
Cons: No local network storage
Motion detection is a bit tricky
Control must be via smartphone/tablet app
Seriously no Desktop control!
Overall Review: Compared to some other cameras of a similar type the EZVIZ Mini Plus is a high quality device. It is dependent upon an internet connection though and if you are looking for a straightforward IP camera with local storage then you should perhaps look elsewhere. If on the other hand you are looking for something that is easily setup, with very good video quality, is intended for fairly infrequent use, with two way audio (admittedly laggy), motion sensing, and IR then this may be for you. The camera comes packaged in a rather neat little box complete with a dinky PSU and a micro USB to USB cable. When connected to my laptop the camera powered up but the laptop could detect nothing on the USB port so I suspect the cable is merely for power, although there is a dedicated 1TB hard drive available for this device so maybe it is just hiding its capabilities. The camera itself is remarkably small and if it was white would probably blend in better in my environment than the jet black one I have. Connection and setup was a breeze, my only concern was the heat generated by the camera, it got rather warm. Instructions were a bit sparse but I managed to get through it without a misstep. The video and stills produced were much better and less laggy than what I had experienced with other similar devices from other manufacturers. I set this one up on the fridge door in my kitchen, when we're out my labrador dog has a habit of getting into the trash as a means of revenge for not taking him with us. While in the restaurant I got an email alert, pulled up the app and there he was sniffing around the trash can. Much to the amusement of the other diners and his abject shock I told him to "lie down". I think I'll be using it for this most! However, my biggest concern is the requirement to use the internet to do anything with this camera, really? Dismounting the SD you can find the video files there with a USB card reader. At first I thought that there was an issue as the whole card (16GB) was full and most of the files were unplayable, I later figured that maybe the camera reserved space on the SD by writing empty files for "filling later", it stills seems rather clumsy to have to fish out a microSD card from the camera to retrieve files when the thing is connected to your home network. Not elegant but definitely a possible income stream. 4 eggs for design quality, video quality and ease of setup and use. -1 egg for making it fully dependent upon the internet and not having a desktop client able to configure/control the camera.
Pros: Small size, magnetic base for mounting to metal.
Expandable with MicroSD card
Cons: Sadly I am unable to get this to go anywhere beyond the add a Wifi network stage.
I have tried two different devices, a HTC Tablet (running android 5), and a Nexus 5x running Android 8.1.0 and I go through the setup process, it tells me to hold the phone with 2 inches of the camera and it can never connect. I have tried both 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz frequency bands without any success, and since this device is lacking an ethernet port I have no other way to configure it as far as I can tell.
I have tried resetting the device and using an alternate power source as well.
Overall Review: Why does the App need access to my Phone (call history, if I'm on a call ETC), and my contacts? I can understand Camera (to setup the device), Microphone (to utility 2 way audio), and Storage (to save video clips from the device).
You can only save to the MicroSD card or the cloud sadly, I would not be able to use this with my NAS for video recording (if it worked)
I am going to keep on attempting to get this device to work by borrowing a friends iPhone but I don't have high hopes.
Pros: This camera is very small. Would be a little hard to “hide” if you wanted it to be more or less a security camera.
The video quality is phenomenal. It will take still pictures or record video to the cloud. In order to use this, you would need an account on their service.
The installation was a breeze, download the app, scan the qr code on the camera, and hold it close to your phone to pick up the wifi connection.
This has a two way microphone, so if you needed to have a conversation it works both ways. You can mute and listen in if you would like.
The software works really great also. It has the capability to add additional cameras etc. It works without any need for instructions. The interface is laid out in a very user friendly way. Only took a few minutes to familiarize myself with it.
If you have a spare micro SD card, it will save direct on to the card instead of the cloud.
Cons: Not really much of a con, it uses a USB cable for power.
The mounting hardware provided is kind of limited. However it does have a magnet inside to make mounting easy.
Overall Review: I was unfamiliar and never used an Ezviz product before. I am truly impressed. After using this product for over a week I have yet to find any real problems.
I have used several different home security cameras at this point. And this is the first that had good two way microphone system!
If you are looking to flat mount this on the wall, you will need to run the power cable through the top of it, or run it upside down and invert the picture.
Pros: - small footprint and size, it can be placed almost anywhere, fits smaller spaces
- made of good quality plastic, it's hard and won't break easily even if accidentally dropped
- power cable is detachable, it has a microUSB connector on the base
easy to set up
- documentation has clear instructions on how to get it set up quickly
- comes with 16GB microSD card - expandable to 128GB it states, but I found that 16GB is good enough
- has optional cloud storage for video recording/playback, 1st yr is free but it does cost $$ afterward, (still pretty cheap if you
get a couple of these and record to the same cloud server)
- base is magnetic and it's strong enough to hold itself (such as if you wanted to place on fridge, etc.)
great video/picture quality, vibrant colors and super clear
- The "live" video is super smooth (make sure you have fast internet speeds though)
- It has 8x zoom capabilities; the pinch to zoom feature on the app is responsive too
- I have AT&T 4G on my Android phone. When using the app to access the camera the video is pretty smooth at 1080p even with
just 2 bars showing on my Android Phone
- The infrared for night vision is very clear, video & recordings are in black and white
- 135 degree viewing angle, wide angle lens covers my whole living room
- The base also comes with a metal ball-joint configuration so you can turn the camera any direction and it doesn't feel like it's
going to break easily
- Android and iOS apps available
- Android app is a little buggy (read more below in the "cons" section) but it is very user-friendly, well laid out and works great
(when it works)
- I like that you can view up to 4 different cameras just using one app
- It has multilayer encryption, which is better security since everything is online
- I also like the fact that if you installed the app onto another device/phone, you MUST have the camera physically there to enter
in the code on the bottom of the stand; this is great (for example) security reasons because even if your email got hacked, the
hacker cannot view your cameras
- You can define certain times when the camera should be active or not active (to save energy)
- Built-in motion sensor works flawless - you can even change its sensitivity AND
designate various parts of, where-ever you are pointing at, how sensitive you want the motion to be before it triggers an alarm.
(for example: if you pointed the camera between two trees, you can designate the motion to detect only between those two
trees so if the trees move, you don't get a false alarm.)
- Easy to set up alerts when the built-in motion detector is tripped to start recording video and audio
- I like that there is an option to turn off/on audio
- I like that the videos are kept on my Android phone so I can share them
- It comes with built in 2 way audio communicator, like a walkie talkie / intercom system, but more on that below...
Cons: - Single 2.4GHz band connection only to WiFi, there is no support for 5GHz! Why? My 2.4GHz has a lot of interference and I have
a lot of other devices connected to that band, EZViz, give us an option to connect to a 5 GHz WiFi network, please!
- Android app is a little buggy at random times:
- app stopped working the second I open the app on multiple occasions
- app crashes/stops working/freezes at random times
- intermittent at times connecting to the cameras takes up to minutes to connect
- I love that I can set notifications, but there is no way to clear them unless I go into the app and click on each one to delete
each alarm. There is an option to delete multiple alarms (via a checkmark system) but if there were more alarms than what is
showing on the screen, you can only select that amount
(for example: if you have 50 alarms but only see 13 on the screen, you can long hold and press on an alarm, a window will pop
up allowing you to "select multiple" but you can still only select 13 of the alarms and NOT ALL ALARMS. WHY? If you wanted to
really select all 50 alarms, you have to keep scrolling down until all 50 videos are "refreshed" onto the screen, which takes a lot
of time for them to load, only then will you be able to check all 50 alarms to delete). THIS IS SOOOOO FRUSTRATING!
- I love that they include 2-way voice communication, but sadly it does not work properly at all! Even on local wifi with full bars,
the voice is crackly, not clear and has a lot of static. This is (sadly) on both ends (on the Android phone AND if you were in front
of the camera). Even worse, if you have less than full bars viewing the camera from Android app on 4G LTE, the 2 way
communication doesn't even work. At various times I could hear the person talking through the camera, but then he could not
hear me talking from the Android app, and vice versa. When you could hear, the voice (again) was cracking, had a lot of static,
simply you could not even make out the words at all...it just never worked properly for me. Please fix EZViz, this is a great
selling feature your camera has!
Overall Review: I have 2x EZViz cameras, the 720p version and now this 1080p version. Both are great cameras, well worth what they are selling the price point for. They have thought out a lot of what regular consumers would use the cameras for and put those features into the app.
These are NOT outside cameras, as they don't have any housing for weatherproofing.
I've owned a couple of wifi cameras before (Panasonic, D-Link, NetGear and even some off-brand China-made ones) and these EZViz cameras have a great quality finish to them and their video images are the best I've seen. They are getting better and better every year! I especially love that these EZViz WiFi cameras use microUSB plugs rather than some proprietary plug that you can't find (or the manufacturer charges lots of $$ for the wires or plugs). This is great for installation because you can find longer microUSB cables anywhere (if the included 10' is not long enough for you).
Even though the Android app does have some bugs/issues, it does work, like, 95% of the time. Don't worry too much about the app bugs because it's minor compared to the design, the excellent video quality and the price you're getting these for. With that being said, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND this EZVIZ Mini Plus HD 1080p WiFi Home Security Camera. If you are looking for a small but great video quality wifi camera for security, these have the best video images I've seen so far. There are also a lot of features on the app that make it easy for home security!
Pros: Where do I even start? This is one of the most well done products I have bought in recent years. It seems everything these days is designed to break and fall apart, like it's being held together by scotch tape and tacks. This camera is the polar opposite. From the packaging to the outer shell of the camera itself, the design is on point and sturdy.
Very easy mounting options. You could just leave this camera on a shelf somewhere or you can use the sticky plate which came with it to mount it on any flat surface, even vertically as the base of the camera swivels and adjusts to your needs. If you want a more permanent mount, a metal plate with screws comes with it as well, I didn't need them but it's a nice option.
One problem the lesser models had was that the cable wasn't detachable and that it didn't come with an SD card. Both are very minor things, but this model fixes both of those issues by supplying a 16gb sd card already installed and ready to go. And because the cable is detachable if you want to extend the cable but leave the PSU right on the plug itself, that's now an option.
The software setup on this was also a lot easier than the cheaper models. Everything worked the first time without problem. The software is incredibly intuitive and I love how it only records when it sees motion and none of that had to be configured, it's all automatic. Automatic is what we need more of with technology today.
The picture quality it recorded is also top notch full HD which really matters. I set this camera up at my front door looking outside and I can see the pimples on anyone approaching my door or walking by my house. Also one feature I didn't know I was getting, two way audio. That's absolutely awesome, now I can yell at my dog from work if he's barking.
Cons: Really nothing, I can't think of any way to make this better. If only it was an outside model, but that's why we have those models right? Plus it's not like you can't build a clear case to store this in and protect it from the elements.