Wi-Fi is great for connecting battery-powered security cameras so you can have wireless surveillance of your property. But there are plenty of places Wi-Fi can’t go where you might still want some digital eyes. The latest smart security camera from Eufy Security, the 4G starlight camerais designed to solve this problem.
The 4G Starlight can be left unattended in remote locations while still giving the owner access to any footage it captures. Starlight uses 4G LTE cellular connectivity through AT&T to communicate with the Eufy app on your phone or tablet. It also has a built-in GPS location tool to help recover it if it’s lost or stolen. The camera costs $249 and will be released on April 15. You also have the option of a $20 solar panel to keep it charged. AT&T SIM card is sold separately with a monthly service fee of about $30.
Starlight camera specs include 2K resolution, 2.5x digital zoom, color night vision, spotlight, 5-megapixel lens, and three months of battery life. The built-in smart detection to detect people uses built-in AI, which Eufy says is five times faster than cloud-based AI. The camera uses a starlight sensor to capture full color images in low light, and the focus is there if needed.
The complementary solar panel is a 2.6W high-efficiency panel that should continuously power the camera with only a few hours of direct sunlight each day. Without it, you’ll need to bring the camera indoors to charge it, which is done via a USB-C cable. A camouflaged silicone cover is coming soon to help prevent the camera from being stolen or damaged by the weather, says Eufy. The camera is IP67 rated to withstand rain, dust, and extreme temperatures (-4 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit).
All captured images are stored locally on the camera using an included 8GB enhanced media card, which is non-removable. There are no monthly fees required to view saved video, but you will need to purchase an AT&T SIM card for 4G connection and pay a monthly AT&T connectivity charge. While Eufy has a cloud subscription service, no cloud storage is offered for this camera.
There is not a lot of competition in the cellular security camera space. The closest option in terms of specifications is the $250 Arlo Go 2 LTE / Wi-Fi Camera, which, unlike the Eufy, works with both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE. Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to use cellular as a backup if the Internet goes down or the power goes out.
Arlo also has two-way audio which the Eufy doesn’t, but it only offers 1080p video compared to 2K for the Eufy. Both have three months of battery life and built-in GPS. For Arlo, you’ll need to pay for a data plan from US Cellular or Verizon, the latter of which starts at $5 per month with an existing plan. While the Arlo camera has the option of a removable microSD card to view recorded footage for free, you’ll need to subscribe to Arlo Secure (starting at $3/month) to receive smart alerts and cloud video storage. Eufy doesn’t charge for smart alerts and this camera doesn’t have a cloud storage option.