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Eufy’s New 4G Starlight Security Camera Is Powered by 4G LTE

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Wi-Fi is great for connecting battery-operated security cameras so you can monitor your property wirelessly. But there are plenty of places where WiFi can’t go where you still want digital eyes. Eufy Security’s latest smart security camera, the 4G Starlight Camera, is designed to solve this problem.

The 4G Starlight can be left unattended in remote locations, while the owner still has access to all recorded footage. The Starlight uses 4G LTE cellular connectivity via AT&T to communicate with the Eufy app on your phone or tablet. It also has a built-in GPS location tool to help recover it if it is lost or stolen. The camera will cost $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 charge of approximately $30.

The specifications for the Starlight camera include 2K resolution, 2.5x digital zoom, color night vision, a spotlight, a 5-megapixel lens and three months of battery power. Built-in smart sensing to detect people uses onboard AI, which Eufy says is five times faster than cloud-based AI. The camera uses a starlight sensor to capture color photos in low light, and the floodlight is on hand when needed.

A $20 solar panel can be added to the 4G Starlight camera for continuous power.
Image: Eufy

The accompanying solar panel is a highly efficient 2.6W panel that should power the camera continuously with only a few hours of direct sunlight per day. Without it, you’ll have to bring the camera in to charge, which it does via a USB-C cable. A camouflage silicone cover to prevent the camera from being stolen or damaged by the weather is coming, Eufy says. The camera is IP67 rated and can withstand rain, dust and extreme temperatures (-4 to 131 degrees Fahrenheit).

All captured images are stored locally on the camera using an included 8GB Enhanced Multimedia Card, which cannot be removed. There is no monthly fee to view stored video, but you do need to purchase an AT&T SIM card for the 4G connection and pay a monthly AT&T connection fee. Although Eufy has a cloud subscription service, no cloud storage is offered for this camera.

There isn’t much competition when it comes to mobile security cameras. The best option in terms of specs is the $250 Arlo Go 2 LTE/Wi-Fi camera, which, unlike the Eufy, works over both Wi-Fi and 4G LTE. With Wi-Fi connectivity, you can use mobile as a backup if the internet or power goes down.

The Arlo also has two-way audio that the Eufy doesn’t, but only offers 1080p video compared to 2K for the Eufy. Both have a battery life of three months and built-in GPS. The Arlo requires you to pay for a US Cellular or Verizon data plan, the latter of which starts at $5 per month with an existing plan. While the Arlo camera has an option for a removable microSD card 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 video. Eufy doesn’t charge for smart notifications, and this camera doesn’t have a cloud storage option.

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