Smart home brand Anker Eufy is revamping its camera lineup with a new battery-powered outdoor SoloCam ($199.99), Floodlight Cam E340 ($219.99), Video Doorbell E340 ($179.99), and Indoor Cam S350.
The new line’s signature hardware feature is dual lenses – with one wide-angle camera and one zoom telephoto to better identify faces and license plates. But there’s also a new premium capability: cross-camera tracking and video linking.
“This technology is taken from the banking and traffic industry,” said Brett White, spokesman for Eufy. the edge In a briefing.
“Each camera can capture and follow the action – so now you get a split video showing every action across each camera.” The new tracking feature works with Eufy’s HomeBase 3, a hub for its cameras. HomeBase uses on-device AI to identify the person on each connected camera, link all the videos together, then send just one notification and one video.
Eufy Home Pace 3 ($149.99) also adds AI-powered smart alerts to the cameras for free, including facial recognition and detection of people, pets, and vehicles. HomeBase 3 now also comes with a 1TB hard drive. Locally stored recordings can be accessed for free without a subscription, and paid cloud storage is also available.
On-device AI and locally stored recordings are features that should appeal to privacy-conscious consumers, not just those looking to dodge cloud fees — but note that Anker’s Eufy brand is the brand we’ve been caught up in the privacy scandal.
The new camera tracking feature will be part of a free trial at launch, and White says the final version of the feature will be released in “Q4 2023.” Pricing for this feature will arrive later this year, but it looks like it will be part of the subscription.
Older cameras that work with the Eufy HomeBase 3 will also add cross-tracking, so you won’t have to buy new cameras to get this feature. White says that almost all Eufy camera devices, with the exception of some wired cameras and wall light cameras, now have full HomeBase 3 compatibility.
Here’s a look at the new cameras:
Eufy SoloCam S340 – $199.99
A dual-lens battery-powered outdoor camera with a built-in solar panel, the S340 features a 3K wide-angle lens and a 2K telephoto lens with 8x hybrid zoom. It also has on-device AI, the ability to track the subject and zoom in/out by panning 360 degrees and tilting 70 degrees. Color night vision, two-way audio, a 100-lumen spotlight plus four months of battery life and 8GB of on-board storage round out the specs. It is compatible with HomeBase 3.
Eufy Floodlight Cam E340 – $219.99
The first Eufy camera to have the ability to record 24/7, the new Floodlight comes with a built-in micro-SD slot for up to 128GB of local storage. A wired camera with two light panels accommodates up to 2,000 lumens of light and is designed to be mounted vertically on a wall. It has 360 degree coverage and can track anyone in its field of view. It works with dual-band Wi-Fi 6, has two-way audio, a built-in alarm, light schedules, and adjustable brightness.
Eufy Indoor Cam S350 – $129.99
The new indoor camera features 4K UHD resolution, 8x zoom, and 350-degree tilt. It can be set to “patrol” points of interest, and AI tracking can keep the subject in check. It also features a privacy shutter and is powered by a USB cable.
Eufy Video Doorbell E340 – $179.99
The Eufy Dual Video Doorbell’s successor, the E340, features two cameras — a 2K camera with color night vision on top for people detection and a second 1080p camera on the bottom for package detection. The doorbell can be installed with wired power or it can be battery operated, and as other cameras have advertised, it handles up to 60 days of event-based recordings locally (8GB built-in storage), and can be accessed without a subscription.
Eufy cameras work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, but only the Eufy Cam 2 line is compatible with Apple Home. White says the company is in discussions about material compatibility when the new smart home standard supports cameras. “It’s a possibility, something we’re looking into, but nothing is certain,” he says.
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