Companies like Xiaomi have home security cameras. Installing and setting home security cameras once needed assistance from an “expert”. However, that changed with the entry of Xiaomi who democratised the home security camera market. Now the latest entrant is Ezviz’ C6N that boasts additional features at the same competitive price tag.
The C6N features a dome-shaped design with a dual-tone black and white finish. The design is very similar to the competition, except the C6N seems a little bigger. The large circular base with rubber ensures stability when placed on a flat surface or inversely with the included ceiling mount. The black finish is where the C6N houses the camera sensor with a mic, an LED status light and IR sensors and are placed strategically around the camera lens. Although I would have liked the device to look as polished as the one from Xiaomi, there are a couple of things worth noting, at least features-wise. First is the inclusion of the Ethernet port at the back, making it one of the few cameras to offer connectivity via a wired or a wireless option. Second is the placement of the reset button discreetly hidden alongside the microSD card slot.
The camera’s initial setup is easy to follow, which can be done via the free downloadable Ezviz app. The app is simple to use and expands the camera’s functionality. Not only the app lets the user see the live feed, record videos or pictures and control the camera remotely, but it also adds handy features. For instance, the camera supports 360-degree picture, which takes a panoramic photo of the room that enables the user to quickly monitor the tapped area.
The C6N also supports auto-tracking, which monitors any movement in the room. The camera panning is fast, but it is not accurate. Multiple movements and the camera gets confused.
The camera also supports alarm notifications that are sent out to the user’s mobile device in case a movement is detected. As an additional measure, the camera also gives an audio notification, which can be completely turned off or changed to a deafening intensive mode. Another useful notification is the offline feature that notifies as soon as the camera is turned off or gets disconnected.
The camera records in full HD resolution with the ability to record at night. The recorded footage can be stored on the microSD card (up to 256GB), Ezviz’s cloud service called CloudPlay or Ezviz’s NVR (available separately). It also supports digital zooming up to 8X and two-way talk.
Overall, the C6N is a decent home security camera. It draws on the expertise of Hikvision and brings a set of features that are not easily found in the cameras in the same price range.
It currently sells for Rs. 2,600 on Amazon India.