Wi-Fi is excellent 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 digital eyes. Eufy Security’s latest smart security camera, the Starlight 4G Camera, is designed to solve this problem.
The 4G Starlight can be left unattended in remote locations while still allowing the owner access to all the footage they capture. The 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 tracking tool to help you recover it if lost or stolen. The camera costs $249 and will be released on April 15. It also has the option of a $20 solar panel to keep it charged. The AT&T SIM card is sold separately with a monthly service fee of around $30.
Starlight camera specs include 2K resolution, 2.5x digital zoom, color night vision, spotlight, 5-megapixel lens, and three months of battery life. Built-in smart sensing to detect people uses on-board AI, which Eufy claims is five times faster than cloud-based AI. The camera uses a Starlight sensor to capture color images in low light conditions, and the spotlight is there if needed.
The companion solar panel is a high-efficiency 2.6W panel that should power the camera continuously with just a few hours of direct sunlight each day. Without it, you’ll have to bring the camera inside to charge it, which it does via a USB-C cable. A camouflage silicone cover to prevent theft or weather damage to the camera will be available soon, says Eufy. The camera is IP67 rated to withstand rain, dust and extreme temperatures (-4 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit).
Any footage captured is stored locally on the camera using an included 8GB enhanced media card, which is non-removable. No monthly fee is required to view recorded video, but you will need to purchase an AT&T SIM card for 4G connection and pay monthly AT&T connectivity fees. Although Eufy has a cloud subscription service, no cloud storage is offered for this camera.
There isn’t much competition in the field of cellular security cameras. The closest option in specs is the $250 Arlo Go 2 LTE/Wi-Fi camera, which unlike the Eufy works on Wi-Fi as well as 4G LTE. Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to use cellular as a backup in the event of an Internet or power outage.
The Arlo also has two-way audio that the Eufy doesn’t, but it only offers 1080p video compared to 2K for the Eufy. Both have three-month battery life and built-in GPS. For the Arlo, you’ll need to pay for a US Cellular or Verizon data plan, the latter starting at $5 per month with an existing plan. While the Arlo camera has a removable microSD card option to view recorded footage for free, you’ll need to subscribe to Arlo Secure (starting at $3 per month) for smart alerts and cloud storage of the video. Eufy does not charge for smart alerts and this camera does not have a cloud storage option.