Security is on the top of everyone’s minds. The EZVIZ EzGuard 1080 is a one camera security solution. It delivers great security camera features, equipped with Motion detection and a 100dB siren. As a full featured surveillance camera, It also can provide peace of mind. Is the dog in the yard, who is at the front door, how did my front planter break, or has my latest package arrived safely.
EZVIZ is a pretty new name in the surveillance and security world. They offer a really impressive product line. They have a large range of camera products for your home. Offering Wire-Free cameras that are battery powered, full wired security kits with a DVR, and a great offering of WI-FI security cameras.
Also they are also hip to home automation, making products compatible with Google Home and Amazon Echo. EZVIZ will also provide cloud hosting for your video feeds. While the name may be new, turns out they are the consumer and residential focused subsidiary of Hikvision. Hikvision is the largest manufacturer of surveillance type products.
That is great to know. While a new brand, they have a lot of know how behind them. EZVIZ is located in the city of industry, in sunny California. I expect we will see a lot of great products from them.
In This review I will be reviewing the EzGuard 1080. The EzGuard 1080, is a full 1080 security camera with loads of features.
The EzGuard 1080 comes equipped with :
- Active Defense
- Local Storage
- Two-way Audio
- Dual Wifi antennas
- IP66 Weatherproofing
- Full 1080P w/HDR
- Night Vision
Not to mention a well done mobile app!
I was excited to review the EZGuard 1080. Having a fair amount of experience with CCTV cameras. I managed and spent [sam_pro id=1_22 codes=”true”]many years keeping a casino surveillance system running in tip top shape. There have been so many improvements in the imaging devices and technology in these cameras, I was very interested in how the EzGuard 1080 would perform.
In this review, I will go through a number of things as I install and test the camera. I will cover what is in the box, setup and installation, the Products mobile app, home automation compatibility, and then put it all together in a nice summary. Take your time and enjoy the review.
The EZVIZ EzGuard 1080 is a great security product. The team at EZVIZ are not trying
to be everything to everyone. They are delivering great security solutions to consumers. Offering ease of use and great robust features. The EzGuard 1080 is truly a one camera security system.
One press of the button to set off the 100db alarm will send anyone high stepping away from your porch. Every time I tested it, every dog in the neighborhood cringed, including my own.
The constant recording to give you the seconds before a motion event and the available robust video hosting features, really round out the performance. If you are looking for a security camera for you house or property, I would definitely recommend the EzGuard 1080. It will complement any security system.
Now that I have let the cat out of the bag, read on and find out what makes the EzGuard 1080 a great product. Is this the camera you have been looking for? It is very possible. Check out the rest of the review and make an informed decision.
Whats in the box?
The EzGuard 1080 comes with all the mounting hardware you would need to install it on most surfaces. The packaging is simple, when you open the box the Quick Start guide is right on top ready for you to get started. The EzGuard 1080 comes with a drill template as well to allow you to quickly install the camera. The other items in the box include 3 mounting
screws with anchors, an ac wall adapter for power (10 ft cord,the cord I received measured under 6’ maybe there was a production change?) and protective caps to weather proof the cat5 connection if you decide to use the wired option. For the purpose of the review, I am going to use the EzGuard 1080 to replace my current camera on the front porch. It will be in position to watch the driveway and porch, keeping track of who comes and goes. As well as watching any packages that may arrive.
So you know what we think about the EzGuard 1080 as a security camera. It is a great product loaded with features. Make sure and continue on in the review. On the next page, I will go through the setup and the installation in more detail. Also, continue on to the smart home section. While this is a growing industry,its very easy to go from a smart home to a phone with a lot of apps and no cross functionality. Choosing the right products is important.
Installing the EzGuard 1080 is not complicated. For the most part, this is an easy DIY project. Especially with the wireless connectivity. The team at EZVIZ made it simple by providing a drill template. Now you don’t even have to measure. It is a sticker, so you can place it where you would like to mount the camera, and drill right through the sticker. Even leave it in place as you mount the camera.
As I mentioned, I was installing the EzGuard camera on my front porch. When planning the installation of this camera, there are a couple things to keep in mind. Power and connectivity. Will you be able to get a good wireless signal to your router? Is there an outlet within 10 feet (6 feet with the cable I was provided) to be able to power the EzGuard 1080. In evaluating the power adapter, it does not appear to be weather resistant. Can you run a network cable for a wired connection? If you are unsure about the wireless connectivity.
There are many apps you can download to see a visual reference to the strength of your home wireless network. Never a bad idea to make sure before you start to install.
For the location I chose, I was already using a wireless camera so the EzGuard 1080 should not have a problem. There is also an outlet that is not to far away. I will be using an extension cord. I combed the EZVIZ website and was looking for extensions, but I came up empty. There are lots of extensions available for other cameras and devices that should work. You will want to make sure you get the correct size.
As I have a location chosen, it was time to set it up and install it. The instructions are pretty clear, but in looking at them, you should setup up your user account and configure the camera before mounting it. If you are placing it high and need a ladder, you don’t really want to have to climb up and down should anything go wrong. One of the first steps is to scan a QR code on the camera.
To get the EzGuard 1080 up and running, first thing is to power it up. So I found the closet outlet and plugged it in, while it was sitting on the dinning room table. As soon as you plug it in, three red lights light up.. then two drop of and the top light turns blue when finished.
Once you have power, its time to download the app! You can get the EZVIZ app from your App Store. iTunes or Play.
Once I had the app configured it was time to install the camera. The drilling template makes it easy to mark the holes, drill thought the template and install right on top of it.
Once installed the mount of the EzGuard 1080 gives it a lot of flexibility on capturing the right view.
As I went to power the camera, I again noticed the short power cord. As you can see in the picture. If I let the power adapter hang from the camera, it didn’t even touch the ground. Perhaps there was a rolling change and the box and I had received an older version.
Power is important for a secutiry camera. If the power source is in a place where someone may simply unplug it, it will totally defeat the purpose of having the camera in the first place. I was able to use an extension cord and pull power from around the house.
I am a little concerned, as the power adapter does not seem to be weatherproof. We will see as spring in the NW can be unpredictable, it will see some rain at some point.
Even with a 10’ power cable it isn’t going to get you to far. I did look on the EZviz website, and I did not see any extension cables as you find with other camera brands. May want to take note of this. I am sure you could find an extension on the internet. If you are deploying many of them, you may want to consider installing AC outlets, close to where they will be located. I would recommend with in 5 feet. That way you have some extra cable to make sure the cable routing looks good and you don’t have it strung across your wall. You would be surprised when routing cable neatly how much extra slack it may take.
Once you get power to the camera, positioning it is a breeze. You can rotate the camera and swivel it around on the ball mount to adjust the view. The EZVIZ app works well to show you the camera output. For the purposes of this review, I am connecting the EzGuard 1080 wirelessly. I do think that is how most will use it. One less cable to mess with is always a good thing.
I was impressed with how little latency there was while I was positioning the camera. As I was looking at the live feed on my camera, It was less than a noticeable second. As soon as I looked down at my Phone it was showing the current view.
The performance was good. In just a couple of moments you can get the view your looking for and secure the ring on the base to lock the camera in place.
The installation was very straightforward and simple. Now that I have it mounted and working. Continue on in the review and lets go through the EZVIZ app, more features and the smart home functionality.