Ezviz does things a little differently in the security camera industry. After branching out from Hikvision1 in 2013, China-based Ezviz became focused on making cameras and accessories for homeowners with smart, sophisticated motion detection technology and crystal-clear HD video.
In our hands-on review of Ezviz cameras, we learned about their many features, how their technology works, and how the cameras looked and performed in our home. But today, we’re breaking down the who, what, where, when, and how of Ezviz’s pricing and packages, to help you decide if their cameras are right for you both in product offerings and value. We’re also laying out everything you need to know about how Ezviz measures up to cameras from rival brands, from major players like Ring to more obscure companies like Amcrest.
First, here are some key aspects of Ezviz cameras:
Having been around for a little less than a decade, Ezviz has evolved and weathered the twists and turns of the security industry much in the way Zmodo, another affordable camera brand, has done. Like Zmodo, Ezviz has grown to become a well-regarded tech company with affordable yet reliable smart home products that go beyond traditional video surveillance.
After having lived with their cameras, we can say that these devices suit a multitude of specific needs and locations, whether you’re looking for a camera that pans over a room, something with outdoor lighting built-in, or a full-featured camera with color night vision2 to watch over your property.
Did You Know: Ezviz was once known as a maker of whole-home, multi-camera security systems. This model is similar to the offerings we’ve seen from Swann’s line of camera-based systems. But recently, Ezviz has started to focus more on individual cameras that run on Wi-Fi and don’t need to be fed into a bigger system. This is a true reflection of where the industry is going these days.
We like that there’s something for everyone here, but you should also know Ezviz does not sell their products directly.3 Instead, Ezviz relies completely on third-party retailers, which include Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Adorama, and the Home Depot.
So while the cameras themselves are not hard to find, you also don’t get one central destination to shop for Ezviz cameras. This can make adding security cameras to your home a slower, more arduous process, at least in the initial stages. And if you’re shopping in person, this gets even trickier, as inventories change so rapidly. If you’re looking for more flexibility here, we recommend checking out our latest Buying Guide for Home Security Cameras.
In our own experience, we found the Ezviz C1C indoor camera sold for anywhere between $19.99 and $24.99. While we didn’t see any massive differences in prices across retailers for Ezviz cams, this structure does make it difficult to get a complete picture of the brand as a whole.
That said, here’s a deeper look at some of Ezviz’s cameras, keeping in mind that some models might be out of stock, marked down, or discontinued.
Ezviz C1C is a lightweight, low-maintenance indoor camera with a neat magnetic base and a slim, petite build. We used it in and around our home office, making sure our middle schoolers stayed on task during homework time, and also to monitor our dog when we were out of the house. In both cases, video came through in crystal-clear 1080p, and we received prompt alerts each time motion was detected.
These are pretty innocent use-cases, but this camera is equipped to handle more serious threats, too. If someone were to attempt to break in, for instance, C1C’s sound detection technology would kick in and alert us to the suspicious activity just as promptly as when our pup decided to play keep-away with our son’s math homework.
Overall, the experience was easy and hassle-free – exactly what we all want in our smart home technology, right?
The traditional teardrop design of C1C looked classy displayed in our home, blending easily with our decor. To us, it resembled a slightly thinner version of a Lorex camera we reviewed recently: the Smart Wi-Fi Indoor Camera with person detection. Both in setup and everyday use, Ezviz C1C handled in much the same way as Lorex. But a key difference is the price; at last check, Lorex’s indoor cam was priced at $39.99, while Ezviz C1C was available at some retailers for as low as $19.99.
Another great advantage of the C1C is that it has a built-in micro SD card slot that supports up to 256 GB of storage for your video history, so you can use your C1C without paying monthly fees to store video to the cloud. In terms of value, you’re getting a lot out of a $20 indoor camera.
Pro Tip: Though Ezviz cameras support a micro SD card,4 it’s important to note that they don’t actually include the cards in the package. So be warned: If you want to self-monitor your space using local storage, you’ll want to buy at least one or two micro SD cards to get you started.
The whipping winds of the Midwest are no match for the built-tough C3N. This IP67-rated5 weatherproof camera has much more heft and bulk than the traditional bullet-style cameras we’ve tested outside. Lorex cameras, for example, felt just as solid and tough in our tests, but they’re also about half the size of an Ezviz C3N camera.
With the Ezviz C3N, we will say one thing: This camera is not meant to blend in. So if you’re looking for a camera with a commanding presence, Ezviz is a great choice. On that note, another intimidating camera we’ve reviewed is the Ring Floodlight Camera (and “intimidating” is an understatement!).
In our tests, the C3N gave us sharp nighttime monitoring thanks to color night vision and two built-in spotlights. Plus, Ezviz offers lots of ways to customize the camera via the mobile app, so once we tinkered with those settings for a few moments, we were able to receive precise, real-time alerts about exactly what was happening around our home.
Not only is this instant insight convenient for busy folks like us, it also gave us peace of mind. The intimidating look of the C3N has been known to spook a would-be intruder or two, after all. But beyond that, this camera has two-way talk, so if someone tries to break in, we could let our voices do the spooking, too.
Depending on the source, prices for Ezviz C3N start around $40. In our view, that’s quite a low price for what you get, especially considering that an outdoor camera from a bigger-name brand – say, a Ring Spotlight camera – would cost you around $200 to start. Of course, that’s not including monthly cloud storage fees you’ll need to pay if you want to hold onto your video history.
When it comes to equipment, there’s no doubt you’ll save money with Ezviz.
Another of Ezviz’s outdoor cameras, the C3X is an upgraded version of C3N, with an intelligent dual-lens for wider visuals and multi-layered A.I. motion detection, giving you greater context into any threats that might be intruding on your space. C3X also has crucial active deterrence features that we didn’t find in the C3N: a built-in siren and two-way talk, both vital tools in scaring away potential intruders.
Like its predecessor, the C3X is made to withstand weather, with an IP67 dust and water rating. And again, you can use a micro SD card for storage, avoiding the need to store videos in the cloud.
Ezviz C3X typically retails for $149.99, which we think is reasonable considering what it offers. Stacked up against the Reolink Argus 3, we see some similarities in technology, which you can read about in our Reolink Argus 3 review; both did a great job alerting us to threats great and small. But keep in mind that with Reolink, you’re not going to get the embedded A.I. deep learning algorithm that powers the Ezviz C3X. Just something to think about.
|Ezviz Model Name||Camera Type||Key Features||Price|
|C6TC (Mini 360 Plus)||Indoor||
|DB1 Video Doorbell||Doorbell Camera||
We’re all about choices, and we always like to see a brand that lets us choose how we want to monitor our homes. Whether you’re planning to store your recordings internally using a micro SD card, or via a cloud subscription plan, Ezviz offers options for both.
And just how much is the cloud option going to cost you? That all depends on how much storage you need, how many cameras you want to cover, and how much time you want to spend on monitoring.
Across the board, though, subscribing to a CloudPlay plan is not going to take a huge chunk out of your budget. In fact, your options appear to be well in line with other brands of Ezviz’s size and scope, give or take a couple bucks.
For comparison’s sake, we did note that when we reviewed YI cameras, similar to Ezviz’s C1C in equipment and price, their monthly plans started at $5. For just a dollar more for a standard plan, we can say for certain that Ezviz’s costs for day-to-day monitoring are quite reasonable.
|Ezviz CloudPlay Plans||Basic||7-Day Standard||30-Day Standard||7-Day Home Plan||30-Day Home Plan|
|Video History & Playback||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Daily 24/Hour Recap||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cameras Covered||1 Cam||1 Cam||1 Cam||Up to 4 Cams||Up to 4 Cams|
We can’t say for sure, but we’re guessing that the first two letters of Ezviz are meant as a nod to the “ease” of the brand’s products for the end user. That was evident from the installation through to setup, allowing us DIY homeowners to get our Ezviz cameras in full operation within minutes.
You might call this a “simple” camera in terms of features, but there’s also some impressive technology at work, making Ezviz a suitable low-cost alternative by all accounts.
Full HD Video
Seeing your space in 1080p full HD video resolution is truly something. In Ezviz, video quality is set to 1080p in almost every camera in stock, and as far as the picture, these cameras can easily measure up against the top cams in the biz.
Infrared Night Vision
In some of Ezviz’s lower-cost cameras, we found night vision to be underwhelming. But moving up to a C3W, for instance, was quite an improvement; there, we had brilliant color night vision even in the pouring rain. That said, you might encounter periodic graininess in your videos at night if your Wi-Fi slows down, or when the scene is particularly active.
Smart Motion Detection
Beyond merely alerting us to motion, Ezviz cameras go a step further to let us know exactly which objects triggered the motion, and in some models, we could even set the camera to automatically track motion as it’s happening. It wasn’t a 100% accurate experience for us, though – our camera did have trouble distinguishing a person from our family pet from time to time.
A growing number of Ezviz cameras are wireless, meaning you don’t need any complicated hardwiring to run these cameras. Instead, they use your home Wi-Fi to send you real-time motion alerts and start recording the split second motion is captured.
Smart Home Integration
Most major smart home ecosystems, including Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, support voice commands and live video display for Ezviz cameras. Setting up a skill through an Amazon Echo Show, for example, let us pull up our camera’s live feed to get a real-time update on our space from the comfort of our bedroom.
As we mentioned previously, Ezviz’s camera prices vary according to the seller, but by and large, they’re all considered affordable. Of course, you’ll pay more for a camera with more features and advanced technology, and Ezviz’s prices reflect that, too. But nothing is out of the normal range, from what we saw.
By perusing the different retailers and comparing prices, we found many ways to save money off the full price of an Ezviz camera. From one seller, for example, we found the C3X outdoor camera, with an MSRP of $149.99, marked down as low as $99.99. For exceptional indoor coverage, we came across a nice-looking C6CN indoor pan & tilt camera for $29.99, about $10 off MSRP.
So while price variations come up in almost every Ezviz camera we’ve looked at, we were pleased to find plenty of markdowns that make it easy to buy multiple Ezviz cameras and set them up in numerous places around your home. You just might have to do a bit of digging to find them.
We like to say that Ezviz cameras are everywhere and nowhere at the same time. You have to go to one of many third-party retailers to buy them, which can be a tricky endeavor if you’re looking for a specific Ezviz camera.
In this way, Ezviz is quite different compared to other home security brands. Not necessarily bad; just different.
We also had some minor struggles trying to make sense of all those letters and numbers in Ezviz’s product names and distinguish them from one another. It was a bit of a head-scratcher, to be honest. Is a C6CN better than a C6N? Why does the DB1 cost more than the DB1C? Who named these cameras, anyway? C3PO and R2D2?
So while getting to know Ezviz products can be a bit dizzying, the force is still strong with this line of simple, sophisticated home security cameras. For folks on a budget, the equipment costs are sure to come as a relief. But when it comes time to choose your cameras, it all goes back to what you’re looking for in-home security: something that handles the basics and not much more, or a real powerhouse gadget that gives you tons of customization and control over your space?
Whatever your preference, we think Ezviz is a brand worth considering.
Yes, it does. If you need something more than local storage through a micro SD card to manage, store, and view your video history, Ezviz has several low-cost cloud storage plans you can sign up for. Without signing any contracts or service agreements, you can get extra storage space for one camera or up to four (with one of Ezviz’s home plans).
Many Ezviz cameras use PIR motion sensing. In layman’s terms, this means motion is detected by heat. This way, your notifications are more accurate, as they can tell you if the movement came from living things or other objects like a tree swaying in the wind or a car passing by.
Some users have noted less-than-favorable experiences with Ezviz customer service, particularly when it comes to unsolved tech issues and slow response times. With companies of this size and magnitude, we’ve found that these deficiencies in customer service are pretty common. We recommend trying out Ezviz’s live chat feature on their support page to get faster answers.
Mainly, yes. Ezviz makes several inexpensive, basic security cameras with great motion detection but without fancy features or advanced technology. By going with an Ezviz C1C, you can get a decent indoor camera for around $20, which is incredibly cheap in our view. But any time we deal with low-cost technology, we like to remind folks that in this industry, you do get what you pay for.
Yes, and very well, in our opinion – especially for the price. When we tested two of their cameras for several days, everything did what it was supposed to do. The cameras didn’t miss a beat sending us alerts throughout the day as soon as anything unusual occurred. Video quality and motion detection technology worked consistently, with only rare instances of buffering and graininess.
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