EZVIZ C1C indoor security camera review: A fabulous value in home security

This $25 cam is designed for easy deployment anywhere in the house.

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At a Glance
  • EZVIZ C1C indoor security camera

Security cameras needn’t be pricy to be perfectly capable. With its C1C indoor camera, EZVIZ turns out a solid, flexible, and very affordable camera designed for indoor operations.

The teardrop-style design is a familiar one, featuring a small, rounded camera unit a simple pedestal-style base. A two-way hinge allows it to be aimed freely in any direction, though you’ll need to take care with the lengthy USB cable that provides power to the system. (No battery is included.) Mounting hardware (courtesy of a magnetic base) allows for a more permanent placement if desired.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best home security cameras, where you’ll find reviews of the competition’s offerings, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping for this type of product.
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Clips are organized by thumbnails, each populating the hour in which it was recorded.

The camera records 1080p video at 20 frames per second at maximum resolution. A 130-degree (diagonal) lens captures a wide-angle view, and traditional IR night vision is rated at a significant 40 feet of range. I was also impressed with video quality both during daylight and at night. Two-way audio is built in, also—though with an indoor-only camera that feature tends to be limited in value.

Setup is reasonably straightforward with the EZVIZ app, which has you scan a QR code printed on the base of the camera to begin the process of bridging the unit to your home Wi-Fi network (only 2.4GHz networks are supported). I encountered no setup trouble—and also no major issues with operations during regular use over the course of a week of testing. Motion detection was accurate and quick to pick up on both people and pets, both during day and night.

Recorded clips, up to a minute in length, are easy to flip through. These clips are presented as thumbnails, segmented by hour for each day of recording. As well, a fast-forward feature lets you see all the day’s clips in one super-cut, played back at roughly triple speed. I did encounter some minor buffering hiccups with clips or live video sometimes being slow to load, but it’s a convenient, intuitive, and effective way to find video snippets.

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The EZVIZ C1C indoor security camera can store video locally after you buy a microSD card slot for it.

The EZVIZ C1C can record directly to a microSD card (not included) or save clips to the EZVIZ CloudPlay service. The options available for CloudPlay are extensive. With one camera, you can pay $4/month or $40/year for three days of backup, $6/month or $60/year for seven days of backup, or $11/month or $110/year for 30 days of backup. With up to four cameras, the fees are $9/month or $90/year for seven days of backup, or $16/month or $160/year for 30 days of backup. A seven-day trial is included with purchase.

Those prices aren’t the cheapest on the market, but they aren’t outrageous—especially if you’re running a multi-camera setup (and why wouldn’t you, considering the cost of the hardware). Alexa and Google Assistant smart displays are also supported if you’d like to beam live video footage to another device.

The C1C is a solid enough camera—though it’s never overwhelmingly dazzling or surprising—but it’s biggest and best feature is its price tag. At just $25 each, the C1C is almost competitive with the Wyze Cam v3, though it can’t readily be used outdoors and is missing a few minor features, like a siren and color night vision. On the other hand, EZVIZ has stronger IR night vision and has fewer time restraints on recording if you don’t pay for the subscription. At these prices, to be honest, you can’t really go wrong with either option.

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At a Glance
  • Another ultra-affordable security camera, though it’s only fit for indoor use.

    Pros

    • Highly effective night vision
    • Intuitive operations within the app
    • Extremely inexpensive

    Cons

    • Minor wireless stability issues
    • Not the least-expensive subscription plan (the value proposition improves with multiple cameras)
 
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