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Review: Eufy SoloCam S40

Eufy Security’s new SoloCam S40 is probably one of the few security cameras available on the market, which are powered by solar energy. It comes packed with a solar panel that supplies all the power needed to run the camera. According to Eufy, the SoloCam S40 can work wirelessly all day and night, with just two hours of direct sunlight each day.

The idea sounds brilliant since most security cameras out there on the market either need their batteries regularly recharged, or need to be connected to a power source. Since the Middle East region receives a good amount of sunlight, the Eufy SoloCam S40 seems like a perfect fit. And you can just get it set up in minutes since it does not require wires to get installed.

In terms of resolution, the Eufy SoloCam S40 offers 2K high-definition footage, which is directly recorded onto the camera’s built-in 8GB storage. This means you do not have to subscribe to cloud storage to store all the recorded security footage.

The camera sends out instant motion alerts to your phone that can activate the built-in 600-lumen spotlight, especially at night to deter intruders. In addition, the camera can sense motion up to a distance of 8 meters and it also comes with colour night vision.

Inside the box, you get the Eufy SoloCam S40, along with a bunch of accessories that include the camera wall mount, screws, and some paperwork including the quick start guide. You also get a USB-C charging cable in case you would like to plug the camera into a power outlet as a backup.

Since the Eufy SoloCam S40 is an outdoor camera, it comes with an IP67 rating to ensure the camera is protected from humidity, dust, sandstorms, and rainstorms. In addition, Eufy says the camera can also withstand extreme heat.

The SoloCam S40 can also be connected to Wi-Fi – this means, you can also view the recorded footage through the Eufy mobile app. In addition, all recordings are protected by AES-128 military-grade data encryption to safeguard your privacy.

The SoloCam S40 also features advanced motion detection and advanced AI technology to help recognise humans, animals, swaying trees, or passing traffic to avoid false notifications. You can also set up two activity zones to cover the most vital areas of your home.

You also get a powerful 90dB alarm on the S40, which can be activated both manually and automatically when you have an unwanted person on your property. In addition, the two-way audio communication system allows you to talk directly to anyone who approaches your home even if you and your family are outside the house.

What’s more, the SoloCam S40 also comes packed with Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants. Opening a flap on the back of the device reveals a sync button and USB-C charging port, while the bottom of the S40 houses the unit’s speaker. A microphone is placed to the left of the camera lens on the device’s face, next to the photo-sensitive sensor and motion sensor LED indicator.

As mentioned earlier, you can use the Eufy app to check out the footage recorded by the S40. The SoloCam S40 does not record footage continually – instead, it captures short video clips when a motion is detected. You can, however, record continuous footage onto your phone’s storage, via the app. However, doing so may drain the S40’s battery.

By default, the S40 uses the Optimal Battery Life mode, wherein clips are recorded between 10 and 20 seconds. However, you can choose to select the Optimal Surveillance mode which records clips in lengths of up to 60 seconds. You can even get into the settings and customise the recording length to up to 120 seconds.

The quality of the footage, whether it was an image or a video, was very good. Footage recorded was very clear and crisp, with natural-looking colours. The S40 also records footage in night-vision mode in monochrome format, which was also very clear and detailed.

The Eufy SoloCam S40 is available for a price of AED 699. For that price point, the S40 does sound like an amazing deal, considering it is totally powered by solar energy, stores footage onboard, offers 2K resolution, and requires little or no maintenance. The Eufy SoloCam S40 thus comes across as highly recommended.

Price: AED 699

Eufy SoloCam S40 AED 699
  • Final Rating
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By default, the S40 uses the Optimal Battery Life mode, wherein clips are recorded between 10 and 20 seconds. However, you can choose to select the Optimal Surveillance mode which records clips in lengths of up to 60 seconds. You can even get into the settings and customise the recording length to up to 120 seconds.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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