Ezviz HB3: a Wi-Fi HaLow compatible camera to monitor large properties
If it continues to expand its catalog, recently with a first portable electrical station, Ezviz does not forget its historical activity. It must be said that the brand belongs to the HikVision group, one of the world leaders in video surveillance. So it would probably be frowned upon to ditch the cameras, and Ezviz has plenty of new stuff in store to bolster its market presence this year.
A first HaLow wifi camera for Ezviz
The most interesting at the moment is undoubtedly the HB3. This model is rather intended for the outdoors, since presented as weatherproof, and is distinguished by its HaLow wifi connection. This version of the famous wireless connection protocol uses lower frequencies than others (in the 900 MHz band, rather than 2.4 and 5 GHz) for extended range and better penetration of obstacles, such as walls . Ezviz unfortunately does not venture to announce a distance, but it should be possible to use this camera to monitor a large house or the hut at the bottom of the garden. This is all the more interesting since the HB3 requires the use of a base, and therefore makes it difficult to add wifi repeaters if the range is too low.
However, having a base has its advantages. His allows recordings to be stored inside the house thanks to its microSD port, and this for several cameras – up to four can be connected to it. The Ezviz cloud is still offered as a supplement, but you will have to pay to take advantage of it.
Bonus battery for wireless installation
In addition to a wireless connection, the Ezviz HB3 offers a battery to facilitate its installation. Unfortunately, it was the 5200 mAh model fitted to the affordable EB3 that was chosen, with a battery life again announced at 120 days. With its base, the new model is more reminiscent of the BC1, which we hoped to find the 12,900 mAh battery, but a solar panel is sold as an option so that it no longer has to be recharged. On the design side, moreover, the HB3 seems to take more from the EB3: it is not entitled to the metallic finishes which allow the BC1 to be fixed to the wall with a magnetic support, like the BC1C 2K+. The single support that accompanies it is screwed onto the back, then into the wall.
In terms of surveillance equipment, the new Ezviz camera benefits from a 3 megapixel sensor – recordings in 2304 x 1296 pixels – to which is added a wide-angle lens (110 ° horizontally) . Infrared LEDs and spotlights are provided for night vision, as well as a PIR sensor to detect movement. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the HB3 should be able to distinguish human forms, but not vehicles; a feature that we hoped to see become widespread after the launch of the C8W Pro.
H8 Pro, H8c, H3, H3c, H6c… The entire catalog soon to be renewed
Note that the C8W Pro will also be renewed shortly with the H8 Pro, as will the C8C with the H8c. Rather minor developments, as we note in the first case the addition of gesture recognition to initiate a call, like the C6 2K+, while the H8c will bring the possibility of recording directions to change views quickly, in addition to a new design.
Still for the outdoors, but without motorization, an H3 series is also in the pipeline to replace the C3s, while an H6c seems ready to chase the C6N to establish itself as the new affordable 360 camera from Ezviz. , for the interior this time.
The manufacturer has not yet communicated any prices for its new cameras, except for the H8c. This will be offered in two versions: 2MP and 3MP, for 90 and 100 € respectively. Rather affordable prices for a motorized outdoor camera. We are therefore looking forward to knowing the price of the HB3. We know that it will be sold with its base, in packs comprising one (HB3-B1) or two (HB3-B2) cameras, as well as alone (HB3-Add-On) to complete these packs.