After much anticipation, Eufy, the smart home sub-brand of the electronics company Anker, have issued HomeKit updates to both of their two recently released indoor cameras. The Eufy Indoor 2K Pan & Tilt (a pan and tilt camera, obviously…) and the Eufy Indoor Cam 2K, a static camera, both of which have been touted as compatible with Apple homeKit since they were announced, actually didn’t come with either HomeKit or HomeKit Secure Video (HSV) when released around a month ago, much to the annoyance of many of the company’s early-bird customers. However, the company promised the delay was simply due to making the cameras not only HomeKit compatible, but also HSV compatible.
Now that these updates have dropped, we’ve checked for the relevant updates for both cameras. Both showed HomeKit updates as being available in the Eufy Security app, with the static camera gaining compatibility with both HomeKit and HSV, as promised. *Unfortunately, at the time of writing, the HomeKit update for the pan & tilt version was available and seemingly installed without issue, although the requirement to add it to HomeKit, via the ‘HomeKit Portal’ option in the settings for the camera took us nowhere, so as it stands it can’t be added to HomeKit. However, we’ve since had a user inform us that the opposite is true for them and that while they can’t get the static camera into HomeKit, the pan and tilt camera is able to be added without issue.
***UPDATE*** Since this morning, we’ve had some of our readers write in to say they can now add their Pan & Tilt cameras to the HomeKit Portal within the Eufy Security app. We have since tried this and can confirm this is now working for both cameras, and HomeKit functionality is now available. Eufy also published a small post that can be found within their app (see above), stating that the HomeKit rollout hasn’t reached everyone, but should be complete by Tuesday 14th July.
As expected, the Eufy camera that has been able to be pushed to HomeKit works as expected, and once in the Home app, you get the usual options, including HSV functionality, that allows the camera to ‘Stream & Allow Recording’. Any video captured via the Eufy indoor cam (via HSV) shows up as being 1080p, at 24fps, which is the minimum requirement for HSV to work. It’s worth noting, our forthcoming review of the Onvis C3 tops this number, with 1080p at 30fps, so we’ll be doing a comparison video soon, to see how they both fare.
Update: It now also seems that, as first reported by Jon Ratcliffe over at HomeKit Authority, that the Eufy indoor cams are also available on amazon in the UK, and are also now listed as available on Amazon.de, according to Daniel over a German Apple-related website Smartapfel.
Whilst this update has been overdue, it’s great to see Eufy deliver on their promises, so the only thing to beat this news would be for their battery-operated video doorbell to get the same update…