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Eve Cam, a new home security camera with HomeKit Secure Video support, is available for pre-order as of today, with purchases set to begin shipping on June 23.

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First unveiled at CES in January, the Eve Cam features a 1080p resolution, a 150 degree field of view, an infrared motion sensor, and night vision support up to five meters away. An integrated microphone and speaker are included for two-way communication, and the magnetic camera base is adjustable.

With HomeKit Secure Video support, the Eve Cam securely captures footage and stores it in iCloud, with no paid storage plan required. Using HomeKit secure video does, however, require a 200GB or 1TB iCloud storage plan from Apple.

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Video feeds are end-to-end encrypted and motion detection and video analysis is done on device. Recorded video is stored in iCloud for 10 days, with footage able to be viewed in the Home app. The Home app is able to deliver rich notifications when motion is detected, and the Eve Cam's motion detection features can be used in HomeKit automations for activating other HomeKit-enabled devices.

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Eve Cam is available for pre-order from the Eve website for $149.95 starting today, with orders to ship out later in June. Amazon and Apple will also be offering the Eve Cam in July.

Article Link: Eve Cam With HomeKit Secure Video Now Available for Purchase
 

ColBatGuano

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Finally a nice secure cloud based alternative that'll I'll be able to trust.

Pity Apple don't give you more iCloud storage for free though. The prices they are charge are stupidly high.
 

Jamie0003

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This is great, and I have been looking for more HomeKit devices that don't require their own hub. However, is it possible to power this with power over ethernet?
 

sw1tcher

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With HomeKit Secure Video support, the Eve Cam securely captures footage and stores it in iCloud, with no paid storage plan required. Using HomeKit secure video does, however, require a 200GB or 1TB iCloud storage plan from Apple.

What?

"No paid storage plan required" but it "does, however, require a.... storage plan from Apple."

Is Apple giving away free 200GB or 1TB iCloud storage plans?
 

Mrquarter

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What?

"No paid storage plan required" but it "does, however, require a.... storage plan from Apple."

Is Apple giving away free 200GB or 1TB iCloud storage plans?
I believe it is saying you can view live video and receive motion detection notifications without a paid storage plan. To store the video for 10 days, you need one of those iCloud storage plans.
 

munpip214

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Was thinking about this until Eufy announced their new 2K indoor cam is getting homekit secure video in July and it is only $40!!


 
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kyjaotkb

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Was thinking about this until Eufy announced their new 2K indoor cam is getting homekit secure video in July and it is only $40!!

On their website, kits start at $/£249, which model do you have in mind?
 

ZEEN0j

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I believe it is saying you can view live video and receive motion detection notifications without a paid storage plan. To store the video for 10 days, you need one of those iCloud storage plans.
Also to note about this is the plan is required to get the recording functionally but the stored footage will not take any space on your iCloud
 
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jayducharme

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I'm really tempted by this, but I'd want cameras mounted outside. There's no mention on their website of whether that's possible with the Eve. And since they don't mention water resistance, I assume it's meant for indoor use only.
 

munpip214

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On their website, kits start at $/£249, which model do you have in mind?
 

PsykX

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Annnnnd Arlo is losing ground once again.

I have Arlo Pro 3, and I regret more and more buying such an expensive set of cameras.

At this point I really hope for an announcement from
Apple at WWDC 2020.
 

007Josef

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Finally a nice secure cloud based alternative that'll I'll be able to trust.

Pity Apple don't give you more iCloud storage for free though. The prices they are charge are stupidly high.
Odd, I did not believe iCloud was encrypted storage....
 

Piggie

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How much higher do you need for a "security" cam ? At that point if you wan to store it's video to Apple server, you would need crazy amounts of storage space.

Having some experience recently I'd agree there is more to 1080p than just the numbers.
Frames/Sec how many key frames, what bitrate, and of course how good in the sensor.

I've seen pretty good 1080p and god aweful 1080p and price is no indication either.
Have one 1/4 the cost of others and the live video is worse.

All that said, if you have a person in a room at a distance moving around 1080p is barely good enough.
they need to get close the the camera to get a real good quality shot of their face.,
 
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Killbill2

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What a pity, I didn’t complete the preorder as their web store does not support ApplePay and Sign-in with Apple. I’ll wait and buy from Apple, maybe. If they were really serious they’d make sure the site supports security not PIA PayPal.
 
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Rigby

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Odd, I did not believe iCloud was encrypted storage....
Homekit Secure Video uses end-to-end encryption. Recorded video clips are encrypted by your Homekit Hub (e.g. an Apple TV or Homepod) before they are uploaded to iCloud storage. Here's an overview of how it works:

 
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PutTheFBackIn

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Kinda dumb that a company that’s making a big deal to be Apple Friendly doesn’t accept Apple Pay and requires you to make an account on their site to order (if not using Paypal) after touting the fact that registering the device is unnecessary.
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subi257

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Having some experience recently I'd agree there is more to 1080p than just the numbers.
Frames/Sec how many key frames, what bitrate, and of course how good in the sensor.

I've seen pretty good 1080p and god aweful 1080p and price is no indication either.
Have one 1/4 the cost of others and the live video is worse.

All that said, if you have a person in a room at a distance moving around 1080p is barely good enough.
they need to get close the the camera to get a real good quality shot of their face.,

I completely agree with your response, as somebody working in video. We shoot and edit in 4K and 1080P and 1080i and it's really about all of the specs of the video. We have some freelance shooting 4K on an Osmo and on a 4K on RED Dragon....they are 2 different files. It all varies, as you said...bit rate, compression, pixel density, etc.
 
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Siri's Daddy

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With 200GB iCloud:

Will that be enough to record for 10 days?

We need some charts about how much data this device records.

If I have multiple cams, I may need to get the 2T plan.
 

Rigby

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With 200GB iCloud:

Will that be enough to record for 10 days?
Homekit Secure Video recordings don't count against the limit of the storage plan, i.e. you get 10 days per camera in addition to the 200GB or 2TB for other purposes.
If I have multiple cams, I may need to get the 2T plan.
You have to, because the 200GB plan explicitly supports only a single camera (and the 2TB plan up to 5).
 

T-R-S

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It's awesome these new companies put Google Nest to lower their over priced sub plans.
I bought Dropcam 5 years ago there were not a lot of alternatives back then.
 
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