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As promised, Anker has updated its EufyCam 2 security camera with support for HomeKit Secure Video, which allows the cameras to capture and store recordings securely in iCloud.

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As noted by iMore, the free update adds secure video recording directly to Apple's Home app for users with a paid iCloud storage plan.

EufyCam 2 is one of the first security cameras to support Apple's new HomeKit Secure Video feature. Support for the feature was first unveiled during Apple's WWDC 2019 keynote, but it wasn't available when the eufyCam 2 launched last fall.

The firmware containing the support is version 2.5.9 and is currently rolling out to EufyCam 2 owners as a silent automatic update. Users can also manually check the availability of the new software via the firmware update option in the eufy Security mobile app.

The release notes don't mention the feature addition, so it's unclear whether Anker's other HomeKit camera, the eufyCam 2C, is also getting the upgrade.

According to Apple, HomeKit Secure Video is only available to users that pay for 200GB or more of iCloud storage, starting at $2.99 per month. Users with the 200GB plan can store 10 days of recordings from one camera in iCloud at no extra cost, while those with a 2TB plan can store 10 days of recordings from up to five cameras. HomeKit Secure Video recordings do not count towards a user's iCloud storage usage.

Update: A spokesperson for Anker informed the blog iPhone in Canada that the rollout of HomeKit Secure Video for the EufyCam 2 has been delayed until mid to late April.

Article Link: Anker Adds HomeKit Secure Video Support to EufyCam Security Camera [Updated]
 
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BJMRamage

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I'm just getting up and online....give me a few minutes to further comment.


I'll have to look it up further but if you have 200GB and 1 camera you get 10 days...do you get 5 days with 2 cameras or anything more than 1 camera and you need 2TB option in iCloud?
 

nicho

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I'll have to look it up further but if you have 200GB and 1 camera you get 10 days...do you get 5 days with 2 cameras or anything more than 1 camera and you need 2TB option in iCloud?

You don't have to look particularly far - the linked article explaining how it works says no. Anything more than 1 camera = need 2TB.
 

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I've posted a few times in the "Post your last purchase" thread about my ongoing... adventure with some cheap Chinese IP cameras.

The experience has not been 100% smooth but holy **** are people really spending $350 for two cameras (or $150 each for extra cameras), that you can't mount anywhere that gets full sun, and that you need to remember to take down and charge?

I get the theoretical appeal of "look ma, no wires" but if you care enough to spend that much on cameras I find it weird that you'd rely on Wifi for the connection (I guess maybe if your house is entirely made of wood there may be no signal issues?)
 

mtngoatjoe

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The price is a bit steep for my blood, but 2 wireless cameras that last a year on a charge for $350 looks interesting to me.
 

trainwrecka

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I love these cameras. Backed them on Kickstarter in... 2018 maybe. It allows you to store all video on an SD Card in your own home. No requirement for monthly service or any of my video hitting their servers. Privacy!
 
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I love these cameras. Backed them on Kickstarter in... 2018 maybe. It allows you to store all video on an SD Card in your own home. No requirement for monthly service or any of my video hitting their servers. Privacy!

I only use security cameras that I can store video/images on SD cards or my own equipment. I'm not going to pay for cloud services that may or may not be here tomorrow, and that are not likely as secure as my own. I use Amcrest cameras and I can by 2 or 3 of them for what one of these limited cameras cost. And I can keep them outside in the sunshine, cold, heat, all kinds of weather, and never have to mess with them. No brainer to me, these are a pass...
 

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I use Amcrest cameras
Do you have them recording to a Mac, and if so, what software are you using?

I've been mostly happy with SecuritySpy (not with Amcrest cameras though) but I'm curious if there's anything else commonly used for this amongst Mac users.
 

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I love these cameras. Backed them on Kickstarter in... 2018 maybe. It allows you to store all video on an SD Card in your own home. No requirement for monthly service or any of my video hitting their servers. Privacy!

To me, that’s a distinct advantage Without the cloud services, which is just another additional fee on top of the hardware the consumer is already paying for. Even though I think an SD card slot is kind of antiquated in terms of manufacturers migrating towards cloud services, it’s still a reliable method, plus it’s solely in your control , and as you already indicated, I personally don’t Want my camera recordings stored on the cloud. [A.K.A the internet.]

This is a product I would ‘bookmark’ for the future if I add Additional cameras to my household.
 
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neutrino23

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We are considering the Netatmo security camera which is HomeKit compatible. Entirely weatherproof, Floodlight, infrared light, the camera can distinguish people, cars and animals. Is there a review that compares cameras?
 

munpip214

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We are considering the Netatmo security camera which is HomeKit compatible. Entirely weatherproof, Floodlight, infrared light, the camera can distinguish people, cars and animals. Is there a review that compares cameras?
Depends on if you want just homekit compatible or homekit secure video compatible. Those are two completely different things
 

Stephen.R

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We are considering the Netatmo security camera which is HomeKit compatible. Entirely weatherproof, Floodlight, infrared light, the camera can distinguish people, cars and animals. Is there a review that compares cameras?
I must admit I stopped looking at their details when I saw that it’s $300 for one camera.

who says people won’t pay for “convenience”.
 

harriska2

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I just use outdoor cameras (hikvision-works in full sun) and use blue iris on a win 7 intel nuc machine with 1 tb 7200 rpm drive. It cost about $1200 about 2 or 3 years ago but is still going strong w/o issue. I won’t pay subscription and my internet isn’t fast enough/with enough bandwidth to support storing video in the cloud.
 

Cem Özbeyoğlu

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this feature should bring different features, not just icloud.
this camera proud to be using its own memory card.
homekit doesn't mean icloud.
anybody want to tell about it?
 
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