Knowing that budget cameras might easily confuse you as they are quite similar, or you might have concerns and would rather pay more for a better security camera. In fact, paying more or not is not the key point. The critical thing is what you’re looking for. Budget cameras also have great value for money options, here are EZVIZ C1C 1080p and Blink Mini 1080p. We break down what you should keep in mind when shopping for one, and we’ve rounded up our favorites after rigorous testing.
This piece walks you through EZVIZ C1C and Blink Mini in design, video quality, audio performance, subscription plan, and avg. pricing.
Design and Installation
EZVIZ C1C 1080p harks back to the earliest Wi-Fi security cameras, with a disk-shaped head on a stand-mounted stem. It’s a compact 3.5 x 5 x 5 inches. So it’s easy for you to conceal among other household bric-a-brac, on a table or shelf. It offers a trio of storage options, so you can record event-detected video locally to a microSD card.
Its installation is very straightforward and easy. Once you plug the camera in and sign into the EZVIZ account in the companion app, you only need to scan the QR code on the camera, login to my network, and enter a verification code in the app. All together it just takes you 3 minutes to get the camera up and running.
Blink Mini certainly lives up to its name, because it’s just 2 inches, and 5 cm tall. However, the device is a primarily plastic build, minus a metal disc in the base. And there are some creaks and groans when adjusting the angle and position using the plastic ball and socket joint.
It’s easy enough to mount the Blink Mini on the wall with the included screws, it’s stable enough and maneuverable enough to leave standing using the base alone. However, the device itself doesn’t have a Micro SD card slot, which you can only subscribe to the cloud plan to record videos.
Winner: EZVIZ C1C
Camera and Video Quality
The EZVIZ C1C video quality is excellent in 1080p resolution. The video image is sharp and even it’s in night vision with black and white, although it only has the 130-degree wide-angle lens. The colors are accurate and vibrant. You can lower or higher the color saturation using a couple of presets in the settings. There’s also a backlight mode that lets you tap overexposed parts of the video images to see more details.
Motion detection is by default enabled in the camera’s settings. You can receive notifications 24/7 unless you change a notification schedule. In terms of the alert frequency, you can of course reduce by lowering the detection sensitivity on a slider and by defining motion detection areas.
Blink Mini serves up delightfully crisp, clear video, because of its Full 1080p HD resolution. The camera offers full-color daylight images, while infrared vision in low light and darkness creates the usual spooky black and white effects. However, video performance at night remains impressive, picking up details illuminated by the built-in infrared LEDs. It offered superior detail and clarity
Audio and Voice Quality
When you hear the EZVIZ C1C audio, it’s easy to spot this is a budget camera. Personally, the sound quality is just not good. And there is a major lag with the audio. Even if the camera has two-way communication, the experience is frustrating and unreliable. EZVIZ C1C scored higher for night recording.
The Blink Mini audio quality has a similar performance to the expensive cameras. It also allows for two-way audio, so you can chat through the speaker with a family member or friend who’s using the Blink app.
You might be glad to hear that the Blink Mini works flawlessly at beaming an image to your device’s screen too, with crisp sound to boot. However, Blink Mini is only compatible with Alexa, as opposed to its EZVIZ C1C rival which also works with Google Assistant.
Winner: Blink Mini
EZVIZ C1C offers a CloudPlay subscription service for $5.99/month for one camera or $8.99/month for up to four cameras. It would have discounts on and off depending on the seasonal promotion, but normally the rate can be cheaper if you sign an annual plan.
All EZVIZ C1C camera devices come with a free 30 day trial of the CloudPlay subscription. EZVIZ C1C offers no free plan. So you will need to choose between local storage on a microSD card or the CloudPlay monthly plan.
Blink mini doesn’t provide free cloud storage, and its monthly subscription is priced at US$3 monthly or US$30 yearly. However, Blink has a local storage device called Blink Sync Module 2, which is priced at US$34.99.
Winner: EzViz C1C
EZVIZ C1C 1080p is priced at US$37,99, which is more expensive than Blink Mini being priced at US$34,99. However, it normally gifts you a free local SD microCard to store videos. What’s more, EZVIZ C1C app and device integration capability are better than Blink, for example being able to integrate with Google products. So US$3 more is worth.
EZVIZ C1C is a Chinese state-owned manufacturer and supplier of video surveillance equipment, while Blink is owned by Amazon. Obviously, regardless of the device quality and price, it’s a comparison between China and USA products. Overall, both device performances are quite close. If you are a fan of Amazon products, Blink Mini absolutely is your best choice. However, in terms of cost, performance, and flexibility, EZVIZ C1C in fact is pretty impressive.
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