Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Review: EZVIZ C6CN and C1C Home Security Cameras

In our uncertain times security may be more important than ever! More and more of us are turning to online ordering and deliveries while we are stuck at home. And with the kids being out of school it is important to keep track of the whole family both while we are away or while we are stuck in our home offices. This past few weeks we've had the chance to test out two offerings from EZVIZ. The fully featured EZVIZ C6CN and the smaller more basic (yet just as capable) EZVIZ C1C.

EZVIZ C6CN Features and Benefits

The EZVIZ C6CN boast industry leading video clarity and complete 360° panoramic coverage of the area around your camera. Auto Motion Tracking & Notifications and automatic Day to Night mode switching mean that you should never miss a beat. There is even an option for simple one-touch Panoramic Photo Navigation for taking a full 360° photo around the camera.

EZVIZ C6CN Specifications

  • Video Resolution: 1080p with 8x digital zoom
  • Field of View: 340° horizontal, 120° vertical
  • Night Vision: 2 infrared LEDs
  • Network Connectivity: 802.11bgn (2.4 Ghz only) and Ethernet
  • Smart Home Connectivity: Google home hub, Amazon Alexa
  • Audio: Full-duplex, two-way live audio
  • Local Storage: MicroSD card up to 256GB (not included)
  • Security: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
  • Mobile Devices Supported: Android 5.0 or higher, iOS 9.0 or higher
  • Dimensions: 3.45" x 3.45" x 4.43"
  • Weight 9.1 oz

EZVIZ C1C Features and Benefits

Looking for some basic functionality at a lower cost? The EZVIZ C1C is such a camera. It delivers most of the same features as its bigger brother but in a smaller more concealable package. For about $20 you'll get standard customizable motion detection, Full 1080p HD video, night vision and two-way audio. Mounting is made easy with a magnet built-in base so it can be easily mounted to almost any metallic surface, a metal plate is also included. The C1C offers many of the same features as the EZVIZ C6CN. The C1C will automatically switch to night vision mode when the lights dim. You also get the same Smart motion detection zones and notifications draw specific zones within your cameras field of view where you would like to detect activity, when activity is detected, you will receive a notification in real-time.

The C1C’s 130-degree wide-angle lens provides excellent video quality. The image is sharp with little distortion even in night vision mode. Colors are accurate and vibrant. I found myself fairly happy with the default image settings. However, should you need to you can lower or boost the color saturation using a couple of presets in the settings menu. There’s also a backlight mode that, when activated, lets you tap overexposed parts of the image to see more details.

EZVIZ C1C Specifications

  • Video Resolution: Full HD 1080p with 40 ft. super night vision
  • Field of View: 106° horizontal, 130° vertical
  • Audio: Full-duplex, two-way live audio
  • Local Storage: MicroSD card up to 256GB (not included)
  • Security: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
  • Mobile Devices Supported: Android 5.0 or higher, iOS 9.0 or higher
  • Dimensions: 2.4" x 2.28" x 4.04"
  • Weight: 3.4 oz

EZVIZ App Setup with the C6CN & C1C

Setup of the EZVIZ app is pretty straightforward. You simply unpack your camera, use your phone to scan the QR code and pair your two devices. From there things are pretty self explanatory. One great feature is the ability to see and control multiple cameras right on your device. For those wanting several zones of coverage you can use the advanced control setup with the EZVIZ PC studio (available for windows PC only). The app will unlock advanced configurations of your network and video settings as well as increasing the number of cameras able to view simultaneously from 4 to 25.

Conclusion: Two good entry level cameras!

In my testing the EZVIZ C1C proved that you didn't need to spend a mint to get a full featured camera that, for most home users, provides everything you need to effectively monitor your home while you’re away. While it was a very capable camera. For those of us that like to track ever little detail having the pan and tilt option included in the EZVIZ C6CN is going to be a must and is definitely worth the extra cost. Fortunately the EZVIZ app allows you to run multiple cameras from one device so I strongly suggest buying them as a tandem.

If I were looking for faults I could say I found a couple. Firstly I would have liked to have had an option to use either camera as a webcam, especially in these days of telecommuting. The C1C would have been ideal to place on my desk or a shelf in order to communicate with my team. For the C6CN I wasn't overly impressed with the video tracking. This could easily have been due to my use rather than a fault with the camera.

Both cameras offers a trio of storage options: You can record event-detected video locally to a microSD card, use EZVIZ's network storage or store your video offsite with an EZVIZ CloudPlay subscription. The cameras come with a free one-month trial of 7-day storage. EZVIZ CloudPlay starts at 7-day playback: $5.99/month/camera or $59.99/year/camera. 30-day playback: $10.99/month/camera or $109.99/year/camera.

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