Hikvision Ezviz Mini 360 Plus - $80 Autotracking Camera Tested

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 21, 2017

Autotracking, integrated IR, local storage, full HD, cloud access: $80.

That is the claim of Hikvision EZVIZ's new Mini 360 Plus. But for this rock bottom price, below even typical budget IP cameras, can it really deliver?

We bought and tested this new cloud camera to see how well autotracking worked plus its overall video quality and usability.

************, ********** **, ***** storage, **** **, ***** access:$**.

**** ** *** ***** of **************'* *** **** *** Plus. *** *** **** rock ****** *****, ***** even ******* ****** ** cameras, *** ** ****** deliver?

** ****** *** ****** this *** ***** ****** to *** *** **** autotracking ****** **** *** overall ***** ******* *** usability.

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*** ***** **** *** Plus ********* **** ** our *****, **** ******** autotracking, * ******* *** found ** *** **** majority ** ********** ****, as **** ** ***** day *** ***** ***** quality *********** **** ***** low **** ***** ******.

*** **** *** ****' autotracking ******** ******** ********** small ** ****** ***** rooms ******* ******, *** and *****. ******* ***** are *** *** ************ limitations:

  • ******** **** **** *** camera (******* *** ******** of *** *****) *** those ****** ******* (**** walk ** ***) **** not ******** *******.
  • ************, *** **** *** Plus **** ***** ****** detection ****, ** ******* entering * **** ******** the ********* *** ****** is ****** **** *** be ******** ** ******* until ******** *** ******'* field ** ****.

******* ** ***** ***********, camera ********* ** ***. The **** *** **** should ** ****** ** far **** **** ******* movement ***** ** ******** to ******** ***** ******, as ******* ******** ****** size *** ***** ***** make ******** **** ********.

VMS *********** *** *********

**** **** *** ***** Mini **** *** **** not ********* **** *** VMS ** ***, ****** cameras *** ** ****** in *********'* ****-**** ******* app. *** **** **** 360 ** *** ***** conformant, *** ** **** been ****** ** ****** a ****** **** ****** (though **** *** ** open).

Compared ** ***** *****

*** **** *** **** elicits *********** ** ******** *****, ***** **** ***** 360° ******* *** ********* tracking. ******* ***** *** two *** *********** ******* the ***:

  • ***** ******** *** ****/***** worked ****:*** *****'* "********" *** based ** *** ****** detection. ******** ** *** direction ****** *** ****** to ****** *** **** an ***** ** *** entire ****, *** ** did *** ************ ***** objects ** **** *****, unlike *** **** **** 360. ************, *** *****'* panning ***** *** ** slow ********* **** ****** walking ***** *** *********.
  • ***** "****" ****** ******/***** does ***:******* ** **** * 360° ***, *** ***** can "***" ****** ******, away **** ***** *** camera's **** ** *****. The **** **** *** can **** ***** ******* which ***** *** ***** of ****.

*****'* **** ***** *** "dumb" ******-******** **** *** EZVIZ ****** * ****** choice *** ***** ******* for ******, ********** ************ or **** * ****** pan/tilt *****.

CNET ** *****

** ***** ****** ** the ***** *** ****,******** ** *** ****** with:

*************, *** **** *** Plus ****'* ************ **** at ********* ****** ******** -- *** ** *** core ********. *'* **** instead ** *** $******** ******** * **** *** cam **** ****** ******** without *********.

***** ** *** *****, the ******** ** ****. The **** *** **** offered **** ************, ******* of ****** ****** ********** a ***° *** ** the ***** (*** ******** ***** **** ******). ** ******* ** their ************* ****** **** CNET ****** ****** ******** only ** **** ***** distances, ***** *** ******* an *****. *******, ****** placement *** ****** ****** or ********* ***** ******, as ***** ** *** tests.

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*** **** *** **** sells ***$** ****** **** ******* ****** ******* **** as ******, ***'* ****, Staples, ***. **** ******* is ***** **** ******* compared ** **** ***** cameras, **** ** **** (~$180) ** **** *****'* own **** **** (~$***).

***** ****** ** **** video *** ** **** recordings ** ****, **** cloud ******* ***** ******** at $* *** ****** for * ****' *******.

Physical ********

*** **** **** *** is *********, **** *** top **** ** *** sphere ********** *** **** and ***/**** *********. *** bottom **** ******** *** camera's **********/*******, ** ****, power, *** ******** (** PoE) ***********.


Privacy ****

***** *** *** *** camera ** ******* ****, which ****** *** ****** to **** *** **** straight ** (**** ** ceiling *******) ***** ** is ******* ** * shroud, ****** ** *** anything. ******* **** *** be *** ******** *** mobile ***. ***** **** integrates **** ******** **** as******** ****** **** ********* systems (***/****** ** ***** system, ****/**** **** ** thermostat) ** ********** *** also ** **** ** enable ******* ****.

******* **** ** ***** here:

Pan/Tilt ************

**** *** **** *** Plus' ************ **** ** enabled, *** ****** ******** to ************* ****** ******** as **** **** ******* its ***. **** **** this ** * ***/**** tracking ****, ** *** camera **** * ***** 90° ****.

*******, **** ******** ****** reliably. *** *******, *** subject *** ******* ** he ******* *** **** and ***** ********** ****:

*** **** *** **** at *****, *** ** the ******'* ***** ** IR ************.

*******, ***** *** *** key *********** ** **** which ****** ***** *** camera ****** ** *******, reviewed *****.

Close ******* *** *******

**** ******** **** *** close ** *** ******, ~3' ** ****, *** camera *** ****** ** track ********. ***** *** subject ** ** ***** at ***** *********, *** edges ***** *** *** of *** ******, ****** it **** ********* ** determine ****** ********.

**** ******* ***** *** same ***** ** *****, with ** **. *** camera ***** ** *** right ** *** ****** enters *** *****, *** fails ** ***** ** the ******* ***** ** the ****.

Fast ****** ******* *** *******

******, **** ****** ******* are **** ******** *******. At ****** ***** (~**', about ******* ******* *** conference **** **** *****), objects ******* ******* ****** to ***** ***** **% of *** ****, **** closer ******* **** ****** tracked. **** **** ***** running ******** *** ******** in ***********/***** ******** ******** these ******* *** ******** for, *** ****** ** obstacles *** ***** ******** size **** ******* **** likely.

** ****** ******, **** fast ******* ******** **** tracked ********, ***** ** this *******:

Image *******

***** ******* ** *** Mini *** **** ** typical ** *** **** 1080p ****** (**** ** Hikvision, ******, *****, ***) as **** ** ***** cloud *******, **** ******, **** ***** ******* in **** *** ******, but ******* ******* ** night.

*** **** **** ***'* built ** ** ************ were ********** ** ********** the ******'* ****** ***** of ****, **** ****:

EZVIZ ***** *******

*** ***** **********, ***** essentially ******** ***** ************ (no **** ********** ********) for **** *** ******** video ** **** ** notifications. ********* ******* *** available *** ****** *** (EZVIZ ***/** ***-*******), ** well ** **** ******* and ****** **** (****-**** and ****).

*** *******, ***** ****-**** for *******, ***** ****** log ** ***** ***** cloud ***********, *** ******* are ********* *** **** viewing *** ********.

****** ***** ** ******, as ****, ********* ***** to **** * ** code ***** *** ****** app, ** **** *** network/enter * ****** ****** via *** ***** *** interface, ***** ****:

*** * **** ** depth ******** ** *** specifics ** *****'* ***** features, *** *********, *** more, ***** ****** *** our********* ***** ******* ****.

Comments (7)

Did the camera have any type of web interface or an accessible IP address?

No. Ports 554 and 8000 are open, but no web interface.

Very cool! Low cost & ingenuity, now thats even more harder to beat.

Cool, but I'm thinking that hearing the PTZ whir to life when I'm opening the fridge for "just one more" libation will seem somewhat accusatory.

It's actually pretty quiet. In a very quiet room it might be audible, but I don't hear it over normal conversations in our office here.

Who is that Dude in the Video? LOL

How it perform at the condition of 2 persons walking in the opposite direction

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