Pan and tilt security cameras are ideal for monitoring an entire room. With the Ezviz C6 ($129.99), you not only get a 360-degree view with smooth mechanical pan and tilt action, but you also get 2K video and intelligent motion detection. The C6 delivers sharp video and is easy to install, but its companion app was erratic in testing. Our Editors’ Choice winner, the $54.99 Eufy Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt P24, offers more features for less money, making it a better buy.
Ezviz C6 Design and Features
A bit larger than a baseball, the mostly white C6 camera is round and measures 3.9 inches in diameter. It has a flat motorized base that provides 353 degrees of panning maneuverability and contains a power jack and a LAN port for wired connectivity. Inside is a dual-band Wi-Fi radio for wirelessly connecting to your home network.
The black motorized camera assembly provides 133 degrees of tilt, and the camera captures 2K video (2,560 by 1,440 pixels) at 25fps. Black-and-white night vision comes by way of two infrared LED clusters, and the camera’s Starlight lens uses ambient light to deliver color night video. The camera assembly contains a microphone for audio detection and two-way communication, and there’s an LED indicator that flashes blue when the camera is working properly and flashes red when the camera or network has an issue. A reset button and a microSD card slot can be found on the camera assembly below the lens, and there’s a speaker embedded in the back of the enclosure.
The C6 offers intelligent alerts including human and pet detection, image change detection, abnormal sound detection, and gesture recognition. Image change detection will trigger an alert when the camera detects any change in its view, and gesture recognition will have the camera take a photo when a person is waving their hands. The camera will record video and send an alert when sound or motion are detected and will store the video locally on a microSD card, slot but you’ll have to supply your own media.
Instead of a microSD card, you can subscribe to a CloudPlay storage plan to have the C6 store video in the cloud. There are several plans available. For $3.99 per month or $39.99 per year, you get three days of video history for a single camera. $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year gets you seven days of video history for a single camera. And for $10.99 per month or $109.99 per year, you get 30 days of video history. For up to four cameras, the seven-day plan will cost you $8.99 per month or $89.99 per year, and the 30-day plan will set you back $15.99 per month or $159.99 per year.
The C6 lacks support for Apple HomeKit, but it does work with IFTTT applets that allow it to interact with numerous third-party devices, and it supports Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. It uses the same mobile app as the Ezviz C8C camera that we reviewed earlier this year, and appears in its own panel on the Devices screen. The panel displays the last captured image and the number of video clips currently stored in the event library. Tap the panel for a live stream that can be viewed in full-screen mode by turning your phone sideways.
The video panel contains pause, mute, two-way talk, and pan and tilt buttons. When you tap the pan and tilt button, a circular four-way dial appears below the panel that can be used to change the camera’s point of view with swiping gestures. In the top right corner is a button for giving friends and family access to the camera, and another button that opens the settings screen where you can enable intelligent motion detection features, configure notifications, calibrate pan and tilt, enable auto zoom tracking, and enable audio recording. Other options allow you to subscribe to a cloud storage plan, edit security settings, and change your Wi-Fi connection. Missing are the motion sensitivity and activity zone settings that you get with the Wyze Cam V3 and Eufy P24 cameras.
Ezviz C6 Installation and Performance
The C6 is easy to install, but you have to download the Ezviz mobile app and create an account to get started. I plugged in the camera, opened the app, and tapped the plus icon in the upper right corner. I selected Cameras and used my phone to scan the QR code on the base of the C6 when prompted. I verified that the camera was powered up, tapped Start, and when the LED began flashing blue I selected my Wi-FI SSID and entered my Wi-Fi password. I gave the camera a name and it was immediately added to my Ezviz account and to my Alexa account.
The C6 delivered high-quality video in testing. Image quality was sharp with no noticeable distortion, and colors appeared well saturated. Black-and-white night vision was also sharp with good contrast, but as we saw with the Ezviz C8C, color night video was a bit too dark and colors appeared dull. Two-way audio came through loud and clear.
Motion and sound detection worked as intended, as did motion tracking. Alerts arrived instantly, and pan and tilt action was smooth and responsive.
At first I was unable to stream video from the camera to an Amazon Echo Show device. This is due to a flaw in the app—by default the camera is given a long name that includes the serial number and Alexa was unable to recognize that name. I changed the name in the Alexa app, but was still unable to stream video until I remembered that I had the same problem with previous Ezviz cameras, and had to disable the C6’s security settings to make it work with Alexa. Once I did that I was able to stream live video to my Echo Show.
The Ezviz app was a bit erratic in testing aside from this issue. It wouldn’t let me change the camera name, constantly reverting back to the original long default name whenever I tried. Additionally, the app would freeze every time I selected Cloud Storage in the settings menu, forcing me to exit and restart the app each time.
A Good Camera With a Lackluster App
The Ezviz C6 2K+ Smart Home Camera offers several features that make it easy to monitor an entire room including mechanical pan and tilt, motion tracking, and intelligent alerts. The camera was easy to install and delivered sharp 2K video in testing, and motion alerts arrived quickly. Its motion tracking feature also worked well, but I had to jump through a few hoops to stream video to an Amazon Echo Show and had some issues with the mobile app. For less than half the price, the Eufy Indoor Cam 2K Pan & Tilt P24 offers many of the same features as the C6, along with a few extras including Apple HomeKit support, motion settings, and a built-in siren, so it remains our Editors’ Choice winner.
Ezviz C6 2K+ Smart Home Camera
The Bottom Line
The Ezviz C6 is an indoor security camera that offers sharp 2K video, mechanical pan and tilt for a 360-degree view, and AI-powered motion detection, but its mobile app needs work.
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