Review: Eve Cam

Yesterday I reviewed the eufy Indoor Cam 2K. I walked away from that review seriously unimpressed. Thus I was hoping that the Eve Cam would do a better job of impressing me. Eve is a German company that specializes in HomeKit compatible products. Which means by extension, you need to be in Apple’s ecosystem to use this camera. But one of the main reasons that caught my attention is that they have a commitment to privacy. That was important to me because of the privacy issue that the eufy camera had. But I’ll get to that later. Let’s start with the camera itself:

It has a very modern look to it. And you can get the Eve Cam in any color you want as long as it’s black. That creates a bit of an issue as you will see in the next picture.

On the back you can see the speaker and microphone as well as a Micro USB port for power. And you can see the main issue with having a black camera. This one was out of the box for five minutes and it already had noticeable dust all over it.

The mounting hardware is cool. This metal ring allows you to mount the camera magnetically. You could screw it in, or if you don’t want to do that, there’s 3M tape that allows you to mount the ring to a perfectly flat surface.

Here’s the key specs:

  • 1080p/24fps H.264 Video
  • 802.11 a/b/2.4 GHz and 5GHz WiFi support
  • 150° field of vision
  • Infrared motion sensor
  • Night vision up to 5 meters
  • Two-way communication with built-in microphone and speaker
  • Status LED that indicates when you are being watched and recorded via a red light. And when it is simply online with a blue light.
  • HomeKit Secure Video Support

Setup was laughably easy:

  1. Install the camera in the desired location and power it on.
  2. Open the Home app on your iPhone
  3. Click the plus sign and click on Add Accessory
  4. Scan the HomeKit QR code that is on the camera or in the box.
  5. Follow the prompts to install it.

You’ll note something about this install. Mainly that it installs directly into HomeKit and you don’t need a secondary app to install it. While there is an Eve app for iOS, you don’t have to use it. Though it will come in handy to update firmware as you presently can’t do that from the Home app (though that functionality is apparently in iOS 14). But if you do use the Eve app, you don’t need to create an account to use it. And it pulls data with your permission from the Home app. Meaning Eve never sees your data. Furthermore, there is no “Eve cloud” or anything like that for the Eve cam to talk to. So you are fully within the Apple ecosystem when you use the cameras. Which means your privacy is in a much better place as a result.

Another thing that I really liked is that when I set this camera up, it defaulted to using my 5GHz network. Why is that important? There’s less interference and better performance on the 5GHz band. That’s important for a security camera as it will simply be more stable and be able to stream video better. Speaking of which, after installation, I had zero issues with this camera. It worked flawlessly on my network. And the image quality was pretty good as you can see a wide field of vision with a fair amount of detail. Night performance was decent, but not as good as the eufy camera which performed better at night in my testing. Audio in and out was very good as well.

Now to the only downside to the Eve Cam. The Price. The camera goes for $219 CDN at the Apple Store. Not cheap. But if you need a HomeKit camera, the Eve Cam is a slam dunk. It’s simply the best camera out there for those who live in the Apple ecosystem because of the fact that it works only with HomeKit and third parties never get access to your camera.

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