EZVIZ C3X Dual-Lens Colour Night Vision Security Camera Review – Hikivision tech gets trickled down

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The EZVIZ C3X is the latest outdoor camera from the consumer branch of Hikvision.

This new camera sits at the top of the outdoor range and priced accordingly at £149.99. The camera adopts a lot of the technology you find on the commercial Hikivision cameras. Combining a dual-lens colour night vision recording with smart object detection this is one of the most advanced consumer-orientated cameras you will find.

Specification and Features

  • Full HD 1080p – Consistently reviewed as best image quality in class (EZVIZ Brand)
  • Intelligent Dual-Lens – Proprietary and provides Vivid and Natural Colour Night Vision. One lens records the ambient brightness and the other captures colour information. Then the two images are merged to create an image in unparalleled detail and realistic colour.
  • Embedded AI Deep Learning Algorithm – No extra cloud subscription fees required for AI features.
  • Human and Vehicle Shape Detection – Minimizes false alerts
  • Customisable Motion Detection Zones & Notifications – Draw specific zones within your cameras field of view where you would like to detect activity. When activity is detected, you will receive a notification in real-time.
  • Customizable Voice Alerts – Personalize the alert that C3X plays when activity is detected. Record a message that warns intruders they are trespassing or something softer to greet welcome guests.
  • H.265 Video Compression – Saves up to 50% storage space required for video recordings
  • Active Defence with Siren and Strobe Light – Each camera also serves as a fully functional alarm system.
  • IP67 Dust and Waterproof – Can operate in extreme weather conditions.
  • Customizable voice alerts – Record personal messages to be played when activity is detected.
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz band transmission
  • Storage – On-board micro-SD card storage up to 256 GB
  • Next Level Home Security – C3X is an advanced and fully featured security system, with Full HD image quality, customizable alarm system, two-way audio, intelligent AI algorithms, and revolutionary colour night vision clarity.

Set up – No POE

The Ezviz C3X ticks a lot of boxes but also stumbles at the first hurdle. There is no POE even though there is 100M Ethernet, so you are forced to use the included power cable, they do kingly provide you with a long extended lead. However, I would have thought someone spending £150 per camera may be willing to invest in a POE switch which is far more convenient to use than physically wiring up power, then connecting via 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi, especially if you are installing more than one camera.

As critical as I am of the absence of POE, everything else about the set up is easy. You download the Ezviz app and add the device by scanning the QR code. The cameras have a pre-define random encryption code which is more secure many competing options, but you need to make sure you write this down or change it to something secret to yourself.

Recording Options – No ONVIF / Blue Iris

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