There is no doubt that Eufy security cameras are reliable, durable, and comprehensive security products that many users rely on. But, as a homeowner, you may be looking out for alternatives to Eufy security cameras for one or more of the following reasons:
- You want a more affordable product
- You want features that Eufy does not offer
- You are dissatisfied with a current Eufy camera that you own
- You just want something different
Whatever your reason, I have got you covered. In this article, i will be exploring the best security camera alternatives to Anker’s Eufy cams, arming you with all the relevant details you need to make an informed decision on your next purchase.
Best Eufy Camera Alternatives
It’s not an easy ask to find a list of security cameras that rival Eufy. There’s a reason why it remains the most popular. With integration with IoT devices, sharp 2K video, four options for video storage, and the ability to distinguish between people and pets as well as detect the sound of crying, and consistent reliability, Eufy is hard to beat.
The list I have provided below is a result of a meticulous analysis of several factors including storage options, footage quality, reliability, specific alert capabilities, integration with smart devices, and of course, affordability.
Storage Options – What’s the point of a security camera if you cannot easily access the footage? And what better than to have a range of options for where you can store the footage for ease of access, backup and disaster recovery!
A good security camera should allow you store footage outside of the security system, and in more than one location for the reasons listed above.
Footage Quality – You want a security camera that consistently delivers at least 2K image quality. This is especially important for actual security incidents where proper identification of faces and events is crucial.
Reliability – It is no secret that some security cameras work intermittently. How frustrating it can be when you want to play back an incident only to find that your security camera did not record at the time!
Specific Alert Capabilities – You want intelligent cameras that will not constantly give false alarms; cameras that are able to distinguish between humans and animals. And if it can also serve as a baby monitor then that’s jackpot.
Integration With Smart Devices – I strongly believe that modern cameras must integrate with smart devices to allow easier management and operations.
Affordability – Unless you are going for a Nasa-grade surveillance system, you want a security camera system that will not have you breaking the bank.
With the above in mind, let’s go ahead and explore the best Eufy security camera alternatives in 2023.
1. Google Wired Indoor Nest Security Cam
Google Indoor Nest cam has built-in intelligence to tell the difference between a human, an animal, a toy, a vehicle, and so on. It then sends alerts directly through the Google Home app where necessary.
It is true that some features require a subscription but the basic security features you need only require a Google account.
Google Nest offers the superior 1080P HDR video with night vision, and you can see what you missed with three hours of free events video history.
Oh, and if your Wi-Fi goes down, Google Nest cam will store up to one hour of recorded events so that you can see what you missed.
It offers the standard two-way audio so that you communicate with the person on the other side of the door.
Integration with Google Home also allows you to call your local emergency service if need be. However, this feature will require a Nest Aware subscription.
Another thing I love about this product is that you can specify which areas of your home that you want to receive phone notifications for.
To use Google Nest, all you need is the Google Home app and a free google account.
- Seamless integration with Google Home, which is expected, given the fact that there is no need for 3rd party application integrations.
- Cloud and local storage
- Motion sensor capabilities
- Familiar Faces feature but requires Nest Aware subscription
- Streaming of live video feeds on compatible smart displays with Google Assistant, and compatible smart displays, smart TV’s, and tablets with Amazon Alexa
- Most of the features do not require any subscription. You can set up when to turn the Nest off and on so that it does not continuously run even when you do not need it to.
- Offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity
- Superior intelligence to differentiate between persons, animals, and objects so that it only sends relevant notifications to you
It would have been nice if the feature to contact emergency services did not require a subscription. Other than this, I don’t see any flaws with this camera yet
Storage is in the cloud, but you can easily download the files to a local storage. I think that the cloud option is great because you can access footage from anywhere and at any time.
2. Wyze Cam v3 Pro
The issue many users had with Wyze was that the notifications were not sent real-time, and that the app was filled with bugs. But all of that has been sorted with their latest software upgrades: just be sure to have strong internet connectivity.
With the Wyze Cam v3 pro, you take security monitoring to a whole new level.
The crisp 2k image resolution is a dream. With built-in, motion-activated spotlight, you are never in the blind about what’s going on around you at night.
Unlike the standard v3 and other products, this product uses edge AI capability rather than cloud integration to detect and distinguish people a lot faster.
It also offers the opportunity to use micro-sd card for 24/7 recording, storage, and access at your discretion.
- Outstanding spotlight and siren capabilities integrated with motion sensors
- Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
- 2-way audio
- Smart focus to zero in on people without losing track of the wider view
- Colour night vision
- 3x faster detections
- Durable and weather resistant (rated IP65)
- Does not support cloud storage
3. Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Cam
Many users complained about the fact that Arlo also used a local hub just like the Eufy Homebase, which hardly made it a genuine alternative. Arlo listened and come out with the impressive Pro 4 Spotlight Camera.
This camera grants direct to WIFI access so you no longer need a hub. The wireless setup makes it one of the easiest to install.
It also offers a clear and sharp 2K image resolution and 2-way audio.
- Motion sensor, siren, and spotlight capabilities
- Colour night vision
- 160 degrees diagonal angle lens for image correction
- Smarter alerts for people, pets, vehicles, packages, and lots more so you know exactly what you are responding to
- Integration with Apple HomeKit, Alexa and Google Assistant
- Weather resistant
- Comes with Arlo Secure trial – this offers cloud video quality and history, rich notifications, call a friend, theft replacement.
- Optional magnetic charging cable for continuous power
Most of the pros above require an Arlo Secure subscription of about $4.39 per month. Wheww!
SimpliSafe are better known for their smart locks, but I think their security cameras have gone criminally under the radar. Whether it’s the indoor or outdoor camera, SimpliSafe security cameras are some of the most comprehensive and reliable out there.
The indoor camera offers smart motion detection and 24/7 life guard protection…even though that requires a subscription. But the first month of life guard monitoring is free. How about that?
What’s more, it has a built-in siren that triggers alarms and deters intruders. Add to that the 2-way audio and that provides comprehensive deterrence.
Like the Google Nest, it uses AI to distinguish between humans and pets to minimize false alarms.
- Unlimited cloud storage
- 1080p video quality
- Free shipping with system order
- First month of 24/7 monitoring by SimpliSafe agents is free
- Wireless Indoor camera unlike the Google Nest
- Built-in rechargeable battery
- Night vision with 125 degrees field of view
- Automated privacy shutter
- Motion Sensor
- Integration with Google Home and Alexa requires a subscription of either Fast Protect or Self-monitoring with Camera Recording plan. Does not integrate with HomeKit.
Ring and Blink are other options that users consider. But they just do not match up to the products in this list.