Eufy Cam 2 Pro vs. Eufy Cam 2C (Is the upgrade worth it?)
Eufy cameras have cemented their place in the security camera market by providing customers with exceptional battery life, local storage options that protect privacy, and subscription-free features. When comparing Anker’s eufyCam 2C and the eufyCam 2 Pro, it boils down to personal preference and the small features that set them apart.
Both the eufyCam 2C and eufyCam 2 Pro cameras are fantastic choices. Besides the vertical design of the 2C and the horizontal design of the 2 Pro, there’s very little to compare. Price and features narrowly separate them, so customer preference will be the discerning factor.
In this article, we’ll cover the minimal differences between the eufyCam 2 Pro and 2C as well as which device is best suited for your smart home security needs.
Eufy Cam 2 Pro vs. Eufy Cam 2C
|eufyCam 2C||eufyCam 2 Pro|
|Price||2-camera package plus Homebase––$219.99||2-camera package plus Homebase––$349.99|
|Storage||16GB built-in Homebase||16GB built-in Homebase|
|Data Encryption||AES 128-bit encryption||AES 256-bit encryption|
|Device Support||Apple HomeKit/Google Assistant/Amazon Alexa||Apple HomeKit/Google Assistant/Amazon Alexa|
Typical hardware upgrades will add a few features here and there for the 2C. However, the eufyCam 2 Pro is no exception. Both cameras are sold as a 2-cam package with the Eufy Homebase, which has 16GB of built-in storage.
Aesthetically, they are both exact opposites, with the eufyCam 2 Pro measuring a horizontal 4.2 x 2.24 x 2.24 inches and the eufyCam 2C measuring a vertical 3.2 x 1.89 x 2.24 inches.
Lack Of IFTTT
The one consistent complaint about Eufy cameras is their partial support of third-party devices. Both the eufyCam 2 Pro and the eufyCam 2C share the frustration. While both support Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa, the experience is far from exhilarating. In fact, the only effective option is to mirror your recordings on your TV.
Thankfully, you can use the Eufy Security App to set up your cameras to turn off and on based on your location. That’s just one feature that IFTTT applets offer, but it’s better than nothing at all.
IFTTT (If This Then That) is an app that opens up your smart home to richer connectivity options. For example: “If” your camera detects motion, “then” all of your smart lights will activate.
Unfortunately, both Eufy cameras are still lacking when it comes to a purely customizable smart home.
Most customers are probably not very knowledgeable in data encryption and the major differences between 128-bit and 256-bit, but it is important to know the basics.
The 2 Pro is protected by AES 256-bit data encryption, but that doesn’t mean it’s twice the amount of the 2C’s.
What it does mean is the 2 Pro is 340 billion-billion-billion-billion times harder to crack. That’s math for you. While that sounds incredible, it doesn’t mean that 128-bit encryption is child’s play in cracking ability. The 2C’s encryption is still a random number that is 39 digits long—still pretty difficult to infiltrate.
The Pro 2 has a small advantage in field-of-view at 140-degrees, while the 2C’s is 135-degrees. That’s probably not something easily discernible, but it may be an additional factor worth considering if you’re looking at interesting camera positions with large areas to cover.
The price advantage goes to the eufyCam 2C. The 2 Pro’s is over a hundred dollars more expensive. Whether 2k resolution, 256-bit encryption, a Homebase that serves as a repeater, and twice the battery life justifies an extra $130, depends on what you’re looking for and if you prefer to charge your battery twice a year or once.
Is the Eufy Cam Pro or 2C the Better Buy?
The greatest separation between the 2 Pro and the 2C is the 2 Pro’s 2k resolution, the Homebase serves as a repeater, and it has twice the battery life.
- EufyCam 2C has a 1080p HD resolution, which is certainly not a disqualifying factor. 2C video is generally crisp and detailed. The visual difference is most noticeable at dusk. While 2C may be affected by visual distortions during this timeframe, the 2 Pro images remain clear and well-defined.
- Also, the 2 Pro has twice the battery life of its 2C counterpart. Whether or not 365 days of battery life over 180 days of battery life is a game-changer boils down to personal preference.
- The 2 Pro’s Homebase comes with 16GB of built-in storage, just like the 2C. However, you can also use the 2 Pro’s Homebase as a wireless repeater/extender. If you don’t already have some form of Wi-Fi extension, the 2 Pro’s Homebase extender could be the tie-breaker.
The eufyCam 2C and eufyCam 2 Pro are both quality additions to any home security setup. The 2 Pro certainly has some advantages. Whether that justifies a $350 price tag over a $220 2C is debatable and likely falls in the category of customer needs versus budget. Either way, both cameras are solid and will be a great addition to your network.