Eufy Security launches a new line of outdoor security cams


Anker Innovations’ Eufy Security division hopes its new line of home security cameras will make you forget all about last month’s devastating privacy breach. The new Wi-Fi cameras sound impressively innovative, and we’ll have hands-on reviews soon, but will that be enough to get consumers to trust the brand again?

Straight out of a PR professional’s nightmare, on May 17—just two days before the company planned to demo these and another new product in an online video presentation—some EufyCam users discovered they could access each others’ live video streams and video recordings. Anker says the problem resulted from a software bug introduced during a server update, and that “the issue affected users at a small rate in the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.” To its credit, Anker owned up to its mistake, quickly releasing a statement that read, in part: “We realize that as a security company we didn’t do good enough. We are sorry we fell short here and are working on new security protocols and measures to make sure that this never happens again.”

Six new security cameras

solocam e40 Eufy Security

The Eufy Security SoloCam E40 is a step up from the 1080p model E20 and delivers video resolution of 2K.

The six new outdoor cameras announced today share some common features, including 8GB of onboard storage that eliminates the need for an onsite hub or a cloud storage account. Anker says that amount of storage should be capable of archiving two months of video (based on recording 30 10-second clips per day).

The Floodlight Cam 2 Pro, shown at the top of this page, is the big Kahuna of the group and is designed to be hardwired to your home’s electrical system. It incorporates a 2K-resolution camera with three LED floodlights that produce a total of 3,000 lumens of brightness. Each of the three lamps can be positioned independently to ensure total coverage, and the LEDs can be color-tuned from a relatively warm 3,000 degrees Kelvin for outdoor gatherings to an energizingly cool 5,700K for home monitoring purposes.

solocam l20 spotlight Eufy Security

The SoloCam L20 Spotlight is a 1080p security camera with an integrated spotlight that enables the camera to record in full-color night vision. The SoloCam L40 Spotlight offers the same features with a 2K camera.

The camera, meanwhile, is mounted to a motorized 360-degree pan/tilt mechanism that can automatically lock on, track, and record any subject that enters its field of view, and it has A.I. human detection to distinguish between people, pets, birds, and other moving objects. The camera also boasts color night vision, and there’s a 100dB siren built in that can be triggered on demand. It’s expected to come to market in July for a retail price of $300.

If a hardwired electrical solution won’t work for you, there are five battery-powered alternatives. The SoloCam 1080p Essential (model E20) and 2K Essential (model E40) offer the same motion and A.I. human detection, along with night vision out to a distance of 8 meters (about 26 feet) and a 90dB siren. The SoloCam Spotlight, also available in either 1080p (model L20) or 2K resolution (model L40), adds a 600-lumen spotlight that is color-tunable from 4,000- to 6,000K. The built-in illumination enables the SoloCam Spotlight to deliver color night vision. The SoloCam E20 is expected to ship in June for $100, followed by the E40 in late June for $130. The SoloCam Spotlight L20 is expected in mid July, when it will sell for $150, followed by the Spotlight L40 in late July with $170 price tag.

solocam s40 solar Eufy Security

If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of recharging your security camera’s batteries, the Eufy Security SoloCam S40 Solar has a solar panel built right into its enclosure.

Anker estimates the batteries in the SoloCam models discussed above should provide around four months of service between charges. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of recharging batteries (the batteries are fixed inside the cameras’ enclosures), the Eufy SoloCam S40 features an integrated solar panel that should keep the camera operating indefinitely. It captures video in 2K resolution and comes with the same 600-lumen LED light as the SoloCam Spotlight. Anker expects to ship it in August for $200. This should be a much better solution than plugging the camera into a separate solar panel that needs to be mounted near the camera and then connected via USB cable, although that option will also be available for the cameras that don’t have an integrated solar panel.

The entire SoloCam line is now available for preorder at eufylife.com and will also be available for purchase through Amazon and other retailers soon. The company says it will share details on global availability and pricing in the coming weeks.



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