The eufyCam 2C has been one of my favourite wire-free cameras in recent times, and what I continue to use personally.
The original Blink XT was my long time favourite for a budget camera, and last year the Blink XT2 was launched offering superior battery life, and an improved mounting mechanism.
So how do these two affordable options compare?
Pricing jumps up and down for both products, and with the eufyCam 2C coming as a two-pack I will compare the two-pack of Blink XT2.
Blink XT2 seems to have an RRP of £179.99, which is also it’s current pricing. It has dropped down to £134.99 during the Black Friday/Christmas period, and regularly is around £140. Add-on cameras sell between £71.99 and £89.99.
The eufyCam 2C has an RRP of £249.99 but sells for £199.99 a lot of the time and is currently £189.99. Add-on cameras sell between £69.99 and £89.99.
If you don’t mind waiting a little longer, you can often pick it up from Amazon France or Spain for even less.
Video / Camera
The eufyCam 2C is the clear winner, with a superior field of view and the option to record in colour night vision aided by the spotlight.
- 135° diagonal field of view
- Colour night vision option (or Black and White in very low light)
- 110° field of view
- Black and white night vision with IR light
Storage options & long-term pricing
eufyCam also wins with storage, the 16GB local storage should be better than the 7200 seconds Blink offers, you will eventually be able to upgrade the storage via USB, and you have cloud plans which offer 30 day 10-camera recording for $9.99pcm/$99pyr. You can also record to NAS (with some limitations).
- 16GB eMMC local storage with approximately 3 months of recordings
- Optional cloud recording
- Optional recording to a NAS or NVR
- 5 – 120 second clips
- Free cloud recording (7200 seconds or 12gb free, I think)
- No local storage options
- No paid options
- 5 – 60 second clips
Again, eufyCam wins here; the human detection is orders of magnitude better than standard motion detection, zoned or not.
- AI human detection and face highlighting
- Zoned motion detection
While eufyCam outperforms options such as Arlo, I am not sure of any other camera which offers anywhere close to 2-years batter than Blink XT2 has. The eufyCam 2 would be the best alternative with 1-year battery, but that is a lot more expensive.
- 180-days estimated usage
- Rechargeable battery with microUSB
- 2 AA batteries
- 2-years charge dependant on usage
- Option USB power (but won’t be watertight)
Eufy has a floodlight camera and a doorbell camera, neither of these uses the Hub, but they will integrate within the Eufy app avoiding you having multiple apps for different camera products.
Blink XT works with IFTTT so you can get it to play with other smart home products.
- Future options to upgrade storage via USB
- Floodlight camera (works independently without Hub)
- More expensive eufyCam 2 model with 365 day battery
- Doorbell camera (works independently without Hub)
The IFTTT feature of the Blink XT2 is a nice addition, you can improve security by having lights switch on when motion detection, and various other smart home tasks.
- Two way audio
- AES-128 data encryption
- IP67 weatherproof-rating
- Works with Alexa
- Works with IFTTT and Alexa
- Two way audio
- Withstands the elements (but no specific IP rating)
Both systems are superb, but in my opinion, I prefer what eufyCam 2C has to offer. The human detection is the big winner for me, reducing annoying alerts which means I don’t disable or ignore alerts. Colour night vision and the spotlight are also big selling points; then you have the superior recording options. The downside is the battery (which is still excellent) and the price (which I think is still very affordable)
Blink XT2 is the clear winner when it comes to price, consistently selling for well under what the eufyCam 2C sells for and the 2-year battery life on AA batteries is perfect for people not wanting the faff of charging their cameras every few months. Some may argue cloud storage is superior too, limiting the chance of intruders destroying recordings, but the lack of upgrade options in this department is disappointing.
Zone motion can help you reduce false positives, but in gardens such as mine with the UK weather, I will always get shadows, branches, rain or litter triggering the camera.
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