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Eufy and Reolink are two well established brands in the security camera sector. With predominantly wireless cameras, Eufy are much more suited to home surveillance. Whereas Reolink offers both wireless and wired cameras suitable for either home or business.

In this review, we dive into each brand and compare their flagship camera models to give you a feel for what sets them apart.

Eufy vs Reolink at a Glance

Budget Wire Free Security Camera Head to Head

High-End Wire Free Security Camera Head to Head

Mid-Range Wi-Fi Security Camera Head to Head

Mid-Range Indoor Head to Head

Eufy vs Reolink Overview

Eufy (also known as EufyLife) was founded in 2011 as a sub-brand of Anker Innovations. Eufy manufactures a wide range of smart home products such as robot vacuums, baby monitors, security cameras, etc.

They have a very impressive list of consumer-grade security devices that includes cameras, video doorbells, smart locks, door/window sensors, and even a smart delivery box. On top of that, they have their own cloud service for storing and processing data footage.

What’s great about Eufy security cameras is that almost all security camera systems include local storage and have several camera resolution and power options to choose from. However, their devices tend to be more expensive, and their most-versatile security camera: the EufyCam Add-on needs an additional wireless hub for it to work.

Reolink is another Chinese company that was founded in 2009. Unlike Eufy, this brand exclusively deals with video surveillance equipment. Reolink has a very extensive catalog of security cameras, such as 4G/LTE cameras, PTZ cameras, and NVRs.

One of the advantages of Reolink cameras is that most of their devices support ONVIF profiles; hence, you can easily integrate them with other third-party cameras and systems.

Year Founded
2011
2009
Customer Focus
Consumer Leaning
Mix of Business & Consumer
Aggregate App Reviews
4/5
2.9/5
Cloud Platform Name
Eufy Cloud Storage
Reolink Cloud
Cloud Subscription Features
Cloud StorageSmart / AI NotificationsAdvanced App Features
Cloud Storage
Cloud Subscription Costs
Starting from $2.99 / Month to $9.99 / Month
Free Plan Available - Standard Plan starts $3.49 / $6.99 / $10.49 / Month
Note: PoE & Coax cameras typically require a connected NVR, DVR or surveillance software package (like Blue Iris) to gain access to desktop, mobile or browser apps along with availing of Intelligent Video Surveillance (IVS) Features. The specs below are based on integration with the manufacturers recommended NVR / DVR.

Budget Wire Free Security Camera Head to Head

Key Differences

For our first comparison, we have the eufyCam 2C Pro bundle versus the Reolink Argus 2E.

The add-on cameras on the eufyCam 2C Pro bundle have a 3MP camera that records at 2304x1296 resolution. Meanwhile, Reolink’s Argus 2E records at 1080p using a 2MP camera.

The Reolink camera is equipped with a rechargeable battery just like the eufy cameras. However, this Reolink Argus 2E can also be set up with a DC adapter or Reolink solar panel.

The eufyCam 2C Pro camera system can perform face and human detection. On top of that, it has an IP67 waterproof enclosure, making these add-on cameras highly compatible with outdoor installations.

Meanwhile, the Reolink counterpart has an IP65 splash-resistant rating, and it cannot carry out any smart object detection functions.

Case Type(s)
Spotlight
Bullet
Price
Power Options
Battery
DC PowerBatterySolar Panel
Resolution
2K / 3MP: 2304x1296
2MP: 1080P / HD: 1920x1080
Night Vision Type
InfraredFull Color (via Spotlight)
Infrared
Spotlight
Yes
No
Storage Options
Wireless HubNASCloud
microSDCloud
Interoperability
RTSP
-
Smart Motion Detection Features
Person DetectionFace Detection
-
IP Rating
IP67
IP65
Smart Integrations
AlexaGoogle AssistantApple TV
AlexaGoogle Assistant
Cloud Subscription
None
Optional
Apps
AndroidiOS
AndroidiOS

Key Features in Common

When talking about what’s common between these devices, they both rely on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi for data transmission. None of them include wired options such as PoE.

Both cameras include microphones and speaker systems that allow them to record audio and carry out two-way communication. Also, they have built-in alarm systems that can be activated remotely. (via the app.)

Infrared is readily supported by both of these camera systems and they can both record footage at a maximum framerate of 15fps.

Camera Location
IndoorOutdoor
IndoorOutdoor
Data Type
IP
IP
Camera Wire Type
Wireless Data & Battery Power
Wireless Data & Battery Power
Data Transmission
2.4GHz WiFi
2.4GHz WiFi
Integrated Microphone
Yes
Yes
Two Way Audio
Yes
Yes
Integrated Siren / Alarm
Yes
Yes
Lens Type
Fixed Focus
Fixed Focus
Night Vision Functionality
Yes
Yes
Motion Activated Recording
Yes
Yes
Continuous Recording
No
No
Max Supported Frame Rate
15fps
15fps
WDR
Unsure
Unsure
Motorized Pan Feature
No
No
Motorized Tilt Feature
No
No
Optical Zoom Feature
No
No

High-End Wire Free Security Camera Head to Head

Key Differences

The High-end wire-free options of both these brands include the SoloCam S40 and the Argus 3 Pro.

Of these two, the Argus 3 Pro has the better camera with its 4MP sensor that can record at 2560x1440. The Eufy SoloCam S40 has a 3MP camera with 2304x1296 maximum resolution.

The Argus 3 Pro includes better storage options, including a local MicroSD card. Meanwhile, the Solocam S40 has an eMMC storage which doesn’t allow footage to be retrieved locally.

Also, the Solocam S40 has a better-rated enclosure with IP67, and the Argus 3 Pro has an IP65 rating. Both are splash-resistant, but the Solocam S40 is better for outdoor installations.

Case Type(s)
Bullet
Spotlight
Price
Power Options
BatterySolar Panel
DC PowerBatterySolar Panel
Data Transmission
2.4GHz WiFi
2.4GHz WiFi5GHz WiFi
Resolution
2K / 3MP: 2304x1296
4MP: 2560x1440
Storage Options
eMMC
microSDCloud
Max Supported Frame Rate
17fps
15fps
Smart Motion Detection Features
Person Detection
Person DetectionVehicle Detection
IP Rating
IP67
IP65
Smart Integrations
AlexaGoogle AssistantChromecast
Google AssistantChromecastGoogle Nest Hub
Apps
AndroidiOS
AndroidiOSWindowsMacBrowser App

Key Features in Common

Both cameras are IP-based devices and incorporate general-purpose fixed-focus lenses.

Both the Solocam S40 and Argus 3 Pro have two-way recording facilities and integrated sirens. On top of that, these cameras can perform spotlight-assisted full-color night vision.

Also, since both cameras are wire-free options, they do not support continuous recording. Instead, they record short clips (of no more than 60 seconds) whenever the motion sensors detect movement.

Camera Location
IndoorOutdoor
IndoorOutdoor
Data Type
IP
IP
Camera Wire Type
Wireless Data & Battery Power
Wireless Data & Battery Power
Integrated Microphone
Yes
Yes
Two Way Audio
Yes
Yes
Integrated Siren / Alarm
Yes
Yes
Lens Type
Fixed Focus
Fixed Focus
Night Vision Functionality
Yes
Yes
Night Vision Type
InfraredFull Color (via Spotlight)
InfraredFull Color (via Spotlight)
Spotlight
Yes
Yes
Motion Activated Recording
Yes
Yes
Continuous Recording
No
No
Motorized Pan Feature
No
No
Motorized Tilt Feature
No
No
Optical Zoom Feature
No
No
Cloud Subscription
Optional
Optional

Mid-Range Wi-Fi Security Camera Head to Head

Key Differences

Of these two brands, many consider the Eufy Solo OutdoorCam C24 and the Reolink RLC-511W to be the true mid-range wireless security camera options.

When it comes to power, both devices have to be hardwired to the AC supply or via a DC adapter. There are no rechargeable batteries or integration with solar panels.

Apart from the usual 2.4GHz, the Reolink RLC-511W supports 5GHz Wi-Fi and has an RJ45 port for an ethernet connection. Also, it has a motorized 4x optical zoom lens with a 5MP sensor that records footage at a maximum resolution of 2560x1920.

Meanwhile, the Eufy Solo OutdoorCam C24 only supports 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, has a fixed focus lens, and can only record at a maximum resolution of 2560x1920.

Case Type(s)
Spotlight
Bullet
Price
Power Options
AC Power
DC Power
Data Transmission
2.4GHz WiFi
2.4GHz WiFi5GHz WiFiEthernet
Two Way Audio
Yes
No
Resolution
2K: 2560x1920
5MP: 2560x1920
Lens Type
Fixed Focus
Motorized
Night Vision Type
InfraredFull Color (via Spotlight)
Infrared
Spotlight
Yes
No
Storage Options
microSDNASCloud
microSDNVRFTP
Interoperability
RTSP
RTSPP2P
WDR
Unsure
Digital WDR / HDR
Smart Motion Detection Features
Person DetectionAnimal DetectionSound Detection
-
IP Rating
IP67
IP66
Optical Zoom Feature
No
Yes
Smart Integrations
AlexaGoogle Assistant
Google Assistant
Cloud Subscription
Optional
None
Apps
AndroidiOS
AndroidiOSWindowsMacBrowser App

Key Features in Common

Eufy’s Solo OutdoorCam C24 and Reolink’s RLC-511W are both IP-based devices with wired power requirements and wireless data transmission options.

Both cameras do not have integrated sirens, but they include microphones for recording audio.

Also, since both cameras have continuous wired connections and MicroSD cards/NVR support, they can seamlessly record footage 24/7.

Camera Location
IndoorOutdoor
IndoorOutdoor
Data Type
IP
IP
Camera Wire Type
Wireless Data & Wired Power
Wireless Data & Wired Power
Integrated Microphone
Yes
Yes
Integrated Siren / Alarm
No
No
Night Vision Functionality
Yes
Yes
Motion Activated Recording
Yes
Yes
Continuous Recording
Yes
Yes
Motorized Pan Feature
No
No
Motorized Tilt Feature
No
No

Mid-Range Indoor Head to Head

Key Differences

In our final comparison between the Eufy Solo IndoorCam P24 versus the Reolink E1 Pro, we can see that the Reolink camera has a better camera resolution of 2560x1440, thanks to its 4MP camera.

However, that is not to say the Eufy Solo IndoorCam has an inferior camera system. It’s not that far along since its 3MP camera can record at 2304x1296 maximum resolution.

Apart from customizable motion zones, the Eufy IndoorCam has better motion detection features since it can carry out person, animal, and sound detection. Meanwhile, the Reolink E1 Pro does not support any of these object detection features.

Both cameras can integrate with Google Assistant, but only the Eufycam supports Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa.

Price
Data Transmission
2.4GHz WiFi
2.4GHz WiFi5GHz WiFi
Resolution
2K / 3MP: 2304x1296
4MP: 2560x1440
Storage Options
microSDNASCloud
microSDNVRCloud
Interoperability
RTSP
RTSPP2P
Smart Motion Detection Features
Person DetectionAnimal DetectionSound Detection
-
Smart Integrations
AlexaGoogle AssistantApple HomeKit
Google AssistantChromecastGoogle Nest Hub
Apps
AndroidiOS
AndroidiOSWindowsMac

Key Features in Common

Both cameras are IP-based devices and they have almost the same PT capabilities. (355° panning and 50° tilting for the Reolink camera, while 360° panning and 96° tilting for the Eufy counterpart.)

They both require DC power via an adapter plugged into a wall outlet and can effortlessly record continuous footage.

The Eufy IndoorCam and Reolink E1 Pro have speakers, microphones, and alarms built-in such that they can record audio, perform two-way communication and sound the alarm whenever necessary.

Also, both cameras have infrared sensors and emitters for carrying out infrared night vision, and unfortunately, no hardware supports full-color night vision.

Case Type(s)
PT
PT
Camera Location
Indoor
Indoor
Data Type
IP
IP
Camera Wire Type
Wireless Data & Wired Power
Wireless Data & Wired Power
Power Options
DC Power
DC Power
Integrated Microphone
Yes
Yes
Two Way Audio
Yes
Yes
Integrated Siren / Alarm
Yes
Yes
Image Sensor Size
1/2.7"
1/2.7"
Lens Type
Fixed Focus
Fixed Focus
Night Vision Functionality
Yes
Yes
Night Vision Type
Infrared
Infrared
Spotlight
No
No
Motion Activated Recording
Yes
Yes
Continuous Recording
Yes
Yes
Motorized Pan Feature
Yes
Yes
Motorized Tilt Feature
Yes
Yes
Optical Zoom Feature
No
No
Cloud Subscription
Optional
Optional

The Eufy vs Reolink Verdict

When comparing Eufy and Reolink in terms of their general-purpose wire-free cameras, the most common premise is that Eufy cameras tend to do better in terms of software. Their mobile apps are highly responsive and have impressive ratings on the App Store and Google Play Store. Most of their cameras have intelligent object detection algorithms, and they support an extensive array of third-party smart home assistants.

On the other hand, Reolink cameras have the upper hand in terms of hardware. Their cameras have higher resolutions, enclosures have better protection, and they tend to be more affordable.

For our verdict, we have decided to go with Eufy because of their comprehensive catalog of smart home devices and advanced software features. Despite being more premium, they are easier to set up and do not require bulky hardware.

Do you agree with this decision? Let us know in the comments.

3 thoughts on “Eufy vs Reolink”

  1. I have a few of the Reolink wireless cameras with solar panel. When accessing the live feed, or a recording, it takes quite a few seconds to start streaming.

    Some friends showed me their Eufy setup… when clicking on a recording or live feed, it started within maybe 1-2 seconds max. Very impressive.

    I think I will be switching as the Reolink is quite cumbersome when watching playback.

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  2. thanks for this review – very helpful.. question: I am interested in a security camera that will monitor for critters (raccoons, foxes, etc) around my chicken coop and in my garden. I really like the EUFY cameras BUT there seems to be a trend to optimize for People detection. I fear if I turn off people detection then I suspect it is just motion detection which will then cause shorter battery life due to excessive detects (chickens move a lot). Do you know of any systems that would be optimized for this use case?

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