Solar Powered Security Cameras : Home security cameras often suffer from premature issues, where their batteries deplete rapidly, leading to the hassle of frequent recharging or rendering them as mere deterrents. On the flip side, some manufacturers push monthly subscriptions and delete security recordings swiftly, leaving homeowners vulnerable to theft without any footage.
For instance, Google’s Nest cameras erase footage after a mere three hours, leaving homeowners helpless. This review delves into eufy’s innovative solution, the SoloCam S340. This WiFi-connected outdoor security camera boasts twin lenses and a unique feature – it’s powered by solar energy, eliminating the need for manual recharging.
In our testing, the SoloCam started at a 71% charge and, even in partially shaded conditions with occasional overcast days, it managed to increase its charge to 77% over five days. This impressive self-sustainability sets the SoloCam S340 apart from its counterparts, addressing the premature battery depletion issue effectively.
Additionally, eufy’s user-friendly Security app complements the SoloCam with a Solar Dashboard, allowing users to monitor and boost the camera’s battery levels with ease.
Nevertheless, there’s a second challenge to address. While the SoloCam S340 boasts 8GB of onboard storage, sufficient for around four hours of high-quality video footage from its dual lenses, this footage is at risk if the camera itself is stolen during a break-in.
The hope was that the SoloCam S340 would support Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) like some eufy cameras, enabling users to stream footage to secure locations, even if the camera is stolen. Unfortunately, eufy has not included RTSP for this model, citing potential battery drain, despite its solar charging capability.
It’s suggested that eufy reconsider this decision, as many users could benefit from RTSP for offloading motion-detection recordings. Currently, users must purchase a HomeBase to offload the SoloCam’s videos, which adds to the cost.
In conclusion, the SoloCam S340 addresses the premature battery depletion problem with its innovative solar charging feature. However, the lack of RTSP support for secure storage is a missed opportunity. Eufy could enhance its offering by considering a firmware update to make security footage storage as eternal as the sun’s energy that powers it. It’s a step in the right direction for nature-inspired technology.