CES is but a dream that's far behind us as we enter the month of March. However, the tech life is never far off, as the gang at EZVIZ has sent out the Mini 360 Plus, the fourth camera in the “Mini Series” that we had the pleasure of testing out. At first glance, it’s about the size of a softball that’s had a section sliced off. But what makes this camera different from previous models is that it can pan & tilt around the room. EZVIZ also, claims it’s capable of 340-degree rotation, 1080P resolution, and motion tracking. Let’s see how it does.
From installation to use, setting up EZVIZ cameras have always been very simple. The camera comes with a mounting plate that I used on the ceiling, which gives me a complete view of an entire room. And since the Mini 360 is our fifth camera we're testing, I only had to press the ‘+’ button on the app to add the new camera, and then scan the barcode on the base. If this is your first time with an EZVIZ product you need only download the EZVIZ app from the Google Play Store or iTunes and set up an account; the app will carry you through the whole process, which should take about 5-8 minutes to complete. If you run into any trouble, as I had, turning it off and on again does help and restarting the app simultaneously. Please keep in mind that you have to be connected to the Wi-Fi network in order to complete this whole process.
Once you’re up and running, the app becomes the control center for the Mini 360 for viewing and recording video. If you have multiple cameras you can view up to 4 cameras at the same time and can also make adjustments such as naming the device, motion sensitivity, quality of the recording, and even taking a look at your video history. The video history feature requires an SD card as it does its recording on the fly in camera. EZVIZ also offers a paid subscription for cloud play that is worth taking a look at; if the camera gets damaged during an incident you can go to the EZVIZ cloud see and download any of the recordings.
The Mini 360 comes with all the basic features from other EZVIZ cameras such as night vision, two-way talk, and variety of alerts. The only major difference is the pan/tilt, which allows for camera movement 340-degrees around the room. The next feature is the 360 HD Picture, which I've really enjoyed and have used at parties, as it’s nice to have a full room picture of everything. An Alacran tip: make sure you keep a copy of your 360 picture somewhere safe in case of flooding, fire or theft. That way you can show proof of damage or items missing as the pictures are detailed enough to show even small personal items. The last big feature is the motion tracking, something that most EZVIZ camera feature; however, the Mini 360 is the only one that can follow you around a room. The view of the camera is only 92 degrees, which is smaller than the Mini-O. But, with the Mini 360, I've noticed that I get picked up before I am in view of the lens. And once it's done following me, it returns to its original position.
One of my first surprises with the EZVIZ Mini 360 was hearing how quiet it was; I've been to peoples home, which have similar cameras installed. And as some of the cameras oscillate I can hear them in the background. But in order to hear the Mini 360, it has to be dead silent and very close to your ear. Next, the Mini 360 can be placed nearly anywhere. And unless you're specifically looking at it, you won’t notice it straight away, as it can easily get lost on a console table or bookshelf along with other items. Next, the auto-follow feature worked as promised and it worked best when I was at a distance of 6+ feet. And I was really surprised to see how it was able to follow two people on opposite sides of the room - it was almost like a ping-pong effect. I'd raise my hand and it would follow me. Then my wife did the same and it followed her. The moment she stopped and I moved again, it would go back to me. I also noticed that if I were walking out of the room and there was an obstruction in the camera's line of sight, it kept trying to follow in my general direction before losing track of me. Other positives about the Mini 360 is improved night vision, image quality, and the ability to see almost anywhere in an entire room. I liked the Mini 360 camera so much so that I went out and bought another (pic below very related).
The only issue I ran into with the Mini 360 is if you're moving quickly and too close to the camera, it had difficulty keeping up with the auto-tracking. I tested this out at different ranges and when I was further away it worked well. But at 2 or 3 feet it would stutter.
Though I've tested other EZVIZ cameras, there's really nothing quite like the Mini 360. It serves up excellent picture quality, ease of use, improved night vision, and with its field of vision, it's capable of giving you a broader view of your room for the best security money can buy. So, out of TOV 5 stars, I'm giving the EZVIZ Mini 360 a perfect score of 5.