Hikvision Ezviz Mini Plus review

Full HD quality in a miniature magnetic IP camera

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We liked

The compact design is certainly convenient and unobtrusive, especially as you can choose between black and white finishes, and the setup procedure is very straightforward too. We’re also impressed by the 1080p specification, which captures plenty of detail, even if the colour balance and contrast are awry. 

The supporting app is well executed, making it fairly easy to adjust the notifications that are sent to your phone, and the sound alarm feature deserves more credit than it is given. Perhaps the best thing about the Ezviz Mini Plus is the way it offers both local video recording to microSD and a cloud subscription service. 

We disliked

The smooth plastic body of the camera looks as though it could be waterproof to some degree, but sadly, it isn’t. It also looks like there should be an integrated battery to make it truly wireless, but again, unfortunately there isn’t. There’s no Ethernet port either, which means you can only locate the camera within the bounds of your Wi-Fi network. 

We found the magnet in the base to be rather weak, and the picture quality is somewhat glitchy and unnatural even at 1080p resolution.

Final verdict

The Ezviz Mini Plus is a discrete and diminutive IP camera that’s simple to install and easy to use. And while it looks like an entry-level model, it’s actually a step up from the Ezviz Mini and offers 1080p resolution, adjustable motion sensitivity and a microSD card slot. It’s really only missing motion zone adjustment and object recognition.

The picture quality suffers from poor contrast, but offers high detail levels with reasonable night vision. However, it’s a pity there’s no internal battery and no integration with Nest, SmartThings, or HomeKit.

Jim Hill

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