Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro in the test: precise subject tracking
RRP $ 299.00
“From the sharp graphics to the rich app, there’s a lot to love about Eufy’s Floodlight Cam 2 Pro.”
Excellent video quality
Great motion tracking
A powerful companion app
No subscription required
Only 8 GB of internal storage (no cloud option)
Over the years, the world of intelligent security has taken on an entirely new form. While we once relied on the big names in home surveillance to install their hardware and provide remote surveillance services, the performance of the security system has gradually become more and more DIY – and that’s how we like it. Nothing beats grabbing your phone, opening an app, and viewing an instant live feed from a specific camera.
For outdoor DIY gadgets, the installation itself may take a little longer, but the instant reassurance remains the same. And what’s not to love about a powerful floodlight camera with a control app?
When you buy a floodlight system, you come across hundreds of brands that claim to be the best, but one name that still blows us away is Eufy, the smart home division of parent company Anker Innovations. Amid the release of a brand new line of outdoor cameras, we were able to find the Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro, the company’s current flagship offering.
Does the Floodlight Cam 2 live up to its “premium” bill? Yes indeed. Read on to find out more.
Out of the box
The Floodlight Cam 2 has the look and feel of a camera built for performance. Do you know when something just feels cheap? That thought never crossed my mind with the Cam 2, especially when I was holding it in my hands. About the weight of a brick, the Floodlight has an IP65 rated outer shell that feels sturdy and ready for the elements.
The Cam 2 comes with everything you need to get started. The scope of delivery includes the camera itself, assembly and wiring material, a USB power connection for the initial setup (you need a power module in standby mode) and the operating instructions.
Before installing the Cam 2 outdoors, you must first connect the device to your WLAN and the Eufy app (for iOS and Android platforms). After you’ve added the app to your mobile device, open it and tap Add Device. Select the Floodlight Cam 2 Pro from the list of available hardware. You will then be asked to scan the QR code on the camera body. The QR label is neatly hidden in the Floodlight’s lower flap compartment, accessible by holding the release tab (watch out for your fingers) and pulling down on the white part of the camera body.
By tapping into the live feed, the daylight view presented a clear and colorful image with balanced contrast and little (if any) visual artifacts.
Next, connect your Floodlight using the included USB temporary power cable so you can go through the rest of the app setup. After you have connected the camera to your WLAN and run through the firmware update, you can start with the installation.
Wired installation only
Similar to many other outdoor camera products (especially those with powerful lighting), the Floodlight Cam 2 requires a hard-wired power connection (110 to 240 volts). While certain homes may have pre-existing cables under house and garage awnings that you can use, you may need to add professional grade wiring and a compatible junction box to your to-do list if your home is not floodlit.
Yes, I moaned to myself wishing the Cam 2 could run on batteries (I’m not a fan of wiring work), but there is no way I will lose the overall grade because of that. With its abundance of rich features, plus internal storage and powerful lighting (more on these two assets below), a hardwired connection is absolutely necessary. Without one, we’d recharge the batteries every two weeks.
If a wall or ceiling junction box is installed (either the setup is Floodlight approved) the rest of the installation is just screwing in the Cam 2’s rectangular mounting plate, plugging in the wiring, and attaching the camera. Conveniently, the camera comes with a sturdy strap that you can hang from the junction box while the cables are being connected.
Top notch video quality and motion tracking
the Floodlight camera 2 has a 2K sensor for live feeds and video recordings. That is twice the number of pixels compared to its predecessor, the Eufy Floodlight Camera. While the previous iteration only offered a fixed view, the Cam 2 has an adjustable 360-degree lens housing, a 130-degree vertical axis, and full pan and tilt controls. While a lack of 4K support can leave some users disappointed, based on the video quality I learned about during my testing period, I assume that most property owners will be more than satisfied.
The Cam 2 delivers extraordinary videos, day and night. By tapping into the live feed, the daylight view presented a clear and colorful image with balanced contrast and little (if any) visual artifacts. Night views use the three adjustable 3,000 lumen floodlights that illuminate the area in and around the camera well. Better still, the Cam 2’s automatic night mode (you can toggle it on and off in the app) brings another level of nighttime detail.
One of my favorite out-of-the-box features of Cam 2 is the camera’s subject tracking. A highly reactive AI module was developed for human recognition. Whenever a passer-by crossed the Cam 2’s 270 degree motion threshold, my Cam 2 would fly into action, catching the person and tracking them with ease. In addition to a motion notification on your phone, the Cam 2 also records a video clip in the Eufy app and logs it when a person is detected.
Yes, not having to use your credit card for an annual cloud service membership is a huge benefit, but those looking for expanded storage may be a little disappointed.
Best of all, you can create two custom activity zones in the Eufy app (more on app coverage below) to avoid unnecessary motion alerts that are outside your property line.
A feature-rich companion app
The Cam 2 basics are all pretty stellar, but what about the mobile app? Rest assured, you are in good hands. Eufy Security is your one-stop portal for all Anker security products, from indoor and outdoor cameras to motion sensors. On the home page, a Devices tab lists all of your Eufy hardware that is currently online, along with a thumbnail of the most recently captured image.
Every time a motion clip is recorded, it is saved in the Events tab. Here you can sort all of your recordings, with filters for people, pets, and more. You can also watch clips again and delete clips you no longer need. With 8GB of internal storage that’s estimated to last up to 30 days (based on average motion detection settings), no subscription is required to store videos. Yes, not having to use your credit card for an annual cloud service membership is a huge benefit, but those looking for expanded storage may be a little disappointed.
On the Security tab, you can set your Cam 2 to “Home” and “Away” mode, each with their own settings and adjustments. You will also find geofencing and schedule choices to program your camera based on your zip code, sunrise / sunset, time of day, and more.
Tapping the Playback button on the Floodlight Cam 2 on the Devices screen takes you to a live feed from the camera with options for recording, screenshots, two-way communication, and tracking / calibration functions. Tapping the settings icon in the top right corner will take you to various settings for the Cam 2 itself, including motion detection / monitoring, lighting, recording and video quality. You can also arm / disarm the Cam 2, turn the automatic night vision on and off, and much more.
For smart home lovers, the Cam 2 offers support for Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can receive and view motion events and live feeds from your Cam 2 via a compatible smart display.
Price and guarantee
The Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro is currently $ 299 and comes with a one-year, no-hassle warranty.
Outside of a slightly longer installation window than most smart security devices, the Floodlight Cam 2 Pro is top of the line. With outstanding video quality, intelligent subject tracking, numerous customization options, a solid mobile app and a fair price, the Cam 2 is a premium outdoor light that we warmly recommend for any residential or commercial property.
Is there a better alternative?
When it comes to wired floodlight cameras, the Floodlight Cam 2 is a perfect match with other top Floodlight options from Ring, Arlo, and other major security brands. If you’re a quality connoisseur and insist on 4K, the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight camera gives you UHD display, the option of wireless installation, and a lower price. However, you’ll need to opt for an Arlo subscription if you want some type of video storage, which makes the Floodlight Cam 2’s internal storage even more convenient.
How long it will take?
A rugged design and hard-wired electrical connection to your home’s power supply should keep the Floodlight Cam 2 going for some time. Should problems nevertheless arise, you are covered by the one-year guarantee from Eufy.
Should you buy it?
Absolutely. The Floodlight Cam 2 Pro offers exceptional setup-to-assembly performance and a companion app with an incredible number of customization options.