One minute review
When it comes to home security, having eyes everywhere is a dream. While most security cameras are best placed in prime locations, where the most activity happens, pan and tilt models like the Ezviz C6 2K+ move a few steps forward whenever motion is detected.
The best home security cameras can cope with any environment they’re placed in, and the Ezviz C6 is more versatile than most. With AI-powered motion detection that can differentiate between humans and pets, boosted audio for two-way calling, and auto-zoom tracking, its capabilities go beyond what its compact form might suggest.
For those who like cloud storage but a camera without a subscription won’t suit them; However, unlike most options, the C6 offers local storage via a microSD card, in case you want to keep your clips for another day.
Ezviz C6 2K+: Price and Availability
- List price: $130 / £99.99 / AUS$199.99
The Ezviz C6 2K+ is available from Amazon in the US, UK and Australia, priced at $130 / £99.99 / AUS$199.99. You can also buy the camera in the UK from Very, Maplin and The Electric showrooms.
You can use the live camera at no extra cost using local storage, but a 30-day free trial of Ezviz CloudPlay is available for new users. This subscription is required for cloud storage. The Premium Plan (7-day video history) costs £4.99 / $4.99 per month or £49.99 / $49.99 per year for one camera, while the Elite Plan (30-day video history) costs £9.99 / $9.99 per month or £99.99 / $99.99 per year.
- Price and Availability Score: 4/5
Ezviz C6 2K+ Design and Setup
- Can be mounted or left freestanding
- 360-degree view
- Privacy screen
The Ezviz C6 is a circular device with a black opening on the front, where you’ll find the camera and a mounting base if you choose. The center addition allows the device to pan and the camera to tilt up and down as needed. It’s small enough to fit neatly on a sideboard, shelf, or anywhere else without making a nuisance of itself.
As mentioned, if you want the camera completely outside, it’s mountable, and everything you need to do this is included in the box. However, note that its size means that it doesn’t feel like a natural. It looks uncontroversial and works well when placed only on the surface.
However, the degree of pivot can affect your decision, as the camera can’t see much downward without being attached to a wall. Then again, the C6 has to be wired, and it’s easy to hide those cables behind the cabinet.
One of the best design features is the sleeping face on the privacy screen, which becomes visible when the camera is hidden. It’s not something that serves any real purpose, but it made us laugh. You also get a microSD card slot in this mode.
Ezviz C6 2K+ Features and Performance
- 2K resolution and night vision
- Good motion detection
- Buggy app
The Ezviz C6’s 2K video resolution does not disappoint, providing a clear view of the field, with a slight drop in quality at night. We tried the camera in a few different locations to see how it performed. While in the lounge, the view of the room was wide and clear, allowing us to be seen by anyone walking into the kitchen.
We then moved the camera to the kitchen entryway to see how it responded to sudden movements. We set the C6 to beep when it saw someone – and, sure enough, it immediately turned around and made a (very loud) noise when we entered the room. It can apparently determine the difference between people and animals, which limits the number of false positives. Unfortunately, we don’t have pets and so we couldn’t test this ingredient.
The 4x zoom gives a better view of the “events” detected by the camera, plus the onboard AI can be tweaked to only do this for visible people.
While we were impressed with the camera’s performance, the Ezviz app was another matter. While you can connect the C6 to the internet via an Ethernet cable, the state of our router meant this wasn’t an option, so we opted for Wi-Fi. Since we’ve tested the ezwiz doorbell before, we can simply log into the app and add a new camera. It took a few tries, but it finally worked.
Accessing the camera with our phone was a frustrating experience, sometimes showing as offline and on many occasions taking too long to load the live view. A slow app is a real problem for security devices like this, as it can take so long for you to load a view of the area that it’s up to no good.
Apart from these connectivity issues, the app has many really useful features. Two-way talking means you can talk to someone with a camera in the same room as you, and choose to wave at the camera to trigger a call on your phone.
Many of these communication features are very useful if you have a smart display, as you can use any of the best smart speakers with a screen from Alexa or Google to see what your camera is seeing.
Score Card: Ezviz C6 2K+
|Price and affordability||A mid-range option with no subscription required||4/5|
|structure||Sleek design with privacy mode and near-360° view||4.5/5|
|Performance||A clever app lets down an otherwise solid camera with good motion detection, night vision and 2K resolution.||3.5/5|