Are The Eufy Floodlight Cameras Compatible With Apple HomeKit?
More and more of today’s electronics are becoming interconnected, even more so with digital personal assistants coming from every one of the major tech companies. The desire to have all of your devices, appliances, and accessories talk to each other and play nice with one another is at an all-time high. With so many devices, though, some are bound not to get along.
The Eufy Floodlight Cameras are not compatible with Apple’s HomeKit software that links, configures, and manages their smart devices across their home network using iOS and iPadOS devices. The Eufy Floodlight Cameras come with smart integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Voice Assistant.
Even though the Eufy Floodlight Camera isn’t compatible with HomeKit doesn’t mean you can’t get the most out of the device with your smart home assistants. However, if you are already using HomeKit, a few Eufy Floodlight Camera competitors in the same price range might be able to meet your expectations.
Eufy Floodlight Camera is Not Compatible with HomeKit
Apple’s HomeKit might be somewhat confusing for many people as it is neither an app nor a physical product. HomeKit is what is called a framework. It is an underlying program that runs in the background of your iOS and iPadOS devices, allowing your smart devices to speak to each other and your Apple devices easily.
There are floodlight cameras available for use with Apple’s HomeKit framework, but if you are insistent on using Eufy’s Floodlight Cameras, then you will have to use Amazon’s Alexa or Google Voice Assistant for voice commands.
The most important aspect of HomeKit integration for most people is the ability to use Siri to use voice commands to control the smart devices around their home. Unfortunately, the Eufy Floodlight Camera does not support HomeKit but supports other popular home digital personal assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Voice Assistant.
With Amazon Alexa or Google Voice Assistant, you can use voice commands to:
Control Your Eufy Floodlight Camera’s Livestream
- “OK, Google” or “Alexa” … ”Show me [Eufy Floodlight Camera name].”
- “OK, Google” or “Alexa” … ”Show my [Eufy Floodlight Camera name].”
- “OK, Google” or “Alexa” … ”Show the [Eufy Floodlight Camera name].”
- “OK, Google” or “Alexa” … ”Show [Eufy Floodlight Camera name].”
- “OK, Google” or “Alexa” … “Stop” – to stop your camera’s Livestream
Control Your Eufy Floodlight Camera’s Smart Lock
- “OK, Google” or “Alexa” … “unlock the [smart lock name].”
- “OK, Google” or “Alexa” … “lock the [smart lock name].”
Turn the Floodlight On and Off
- “OK, Google” or “Alexa” … “turn on the floodlight.”
- “OK, Google” or “Alexa” … “turn off the floodlight.”
There may be more commands possible, but these are the official ones listed on the official Eufy website as compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Voice Assistant.
Eufy Cameras that are Compatible with HomeKit
While the Eufy Floodlight Cameras are not compatible with HomeKit, Eufy makes many other cameras compatible with Apple’s HomeKit. The only caveat is that the cameras Eufy makes that are HomeKit capable lack floodlights. So, if you are specifically looking for floodlights, there is a section below about other floodlight brands that are HomeKit capable.
One thing to note about the Eufy cameras compatible with HomeKit is that they require the Eufy HomeBase 2 to connect to Apple’s HomeKit. The HomeBase 2 is a base station that connects your cameras to your home network. The HomeBase 2 also has an internal 16 GB flash drive, and a built-in siren, and can support 16 cameras up to 90m away.
HomeKit Compatible Eufy Cameras
Floodlight Cameras Compatible with Apple’s HomeKit
Currently, numerous internet-enabled cameras are compatible with HomeKit available on the market. However, there are only two that are floodlight cameras. If simple security cameras without lights are what you are looking for, mainly for indoor surveillance, then your options are almost endless.
Even Eufy makes some great HomeKit-compatible cameras without lights. They have decided not to carry over the HomeKit integration to their outdoor floodlight cameras.
Here are the two best floodlight cameras that are compatible with HomeKit.
The Netatmo c Camera – WiFi Integrated Floodlight
The Netatmo c Camera is comparable in price and functionality to the Eufy Floodlight Camera. In some cases, it ekes out the win. With Netatmo, you aren’t required to use Eufy’s Cloud storage; you have access to Dropbox or any FTP of your choosing. There is also a MicroSD slot for saving videos. One downside is the field of view drops from 140° to 100°.
Here is a short list of Netatmo c Camera features:
- Full 1080p HD Video
- Field of View: 100°
- 20m Long-range motion-detection
- 15m Infrared night vision
- MicroSD slot with an included encrypted MicroSD card
- Optional Dropbox or FTP Cloud Storage
- HZO waterproof protection
The Netatmo is not only HomeKit compatible but also with Amazon Alexa and Google Voice Assistant.
Eve Outdoor Cam – Secure Floodlight Camera
The Eve Outdoor Cam was made specifically to work with HomeKit. It was the first floodlight designed to work specifically with Apple’s HomeKit framework from the ground up. One of the main benefits of the Eve Outdoor Cam is that it has a direct, encrypted connection to the camera and can be accessed without cloud or a bridge dependency.
The Eve Outdoor Cam also has one of the largest viewing angles of any flood light camera on the market today. Most internet-enabled floodlight cameras have a 140° viewing angle, but the Even Outdoor Cam has a 157° viewing angle thanks to its wide-angle lens.
Here is a short list of Eve Outdoor Cam features:
- Made specifically for Apple HomeKit Secure Video
- Records 1080p at 24 fps
- Saves H.264 video files
- Extra-wide 157° viewing angle
- Infrared night vision
- Infrared motion detection
- Light-boost floodlights
- Two-way communication through the camera unit
- Comes with Home Hub
- Hard wired
- IP55 Waterproof rating certified
You have options if you are dead set on using Apple’s HomeKit framework for your home automation and internet of things needs. Perhaps, in some cases, even better options than the Eufy Floodlight Camera. Either way, whether you use HomeKit, Alexa, or Google Voice Assistant, there is a camera system that will fit your needs.