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Ezviz Mini 360 Plus review: Motion tracking isn't this 360 cam's forte

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The Good The $80 Ezviz Mini 360 Plus' two-way audio was particularly clear and you get a lot of features for the price -- 1080p HD live streaming, local and optional cloud storage, IFTTT support and a 340-degree panning angle.

The Bad Ezviz doesn't offer a free cloud storage option -- either pay or use a microSD card. Its auto-panning feature doesn't follow motion activity particularly well.

The Bottom Line Ezviz needs to improve the Mini 360 Plus' auto-panning feature before I can widely recommend it.

6.0 Overall
  • Features 6
  • Usability 6
  • Design 6
  • Performance 6

When standard fixed-angle security cameras don't cover enough ground, pan/tilt models make smart alternatives -- they raise, lower and rotate to capture more of a room.

The $80 Ezviz Mini 360 Plus has a 340-degree panning angle and an 80-degree tilting angle that you can either adjust manually or set to "auto-tracking" mode to follow motion activity for you. It also works with IFTTT and comes with local as well as optional cloud storage for an additional fee. The Mini 360 Plus has limited availability in the UK and isn't currently sold in Australia; the price converts to roughly £65/AU$105 at the current exchange rate.

Unfortunately, the Mini 360 Plus wasn't particularly good at following motion activity -- one of its core features. I'd look instead to the $150 Zmodo Pivot for a true 360 cam that tracks activity without stumbling.

About that 360 cam

Ezviz's Mini 360 Plus looks nice enough. It's a smallish adapter-dependent orb that you can install and connect anywhere in your home over Wi-Fi. It also comes with an Ethernet port if you want to tether it directly to your router. This model has a relatively narrow 92-degree diagonal field of view, but its 340-degree panning angle and 80-degree tilting angle allow you to see much more.

To get started, download the Ezviz app on your Android or iPhone gadget of choice, then follow the step-by-step tutorial to get the camera up and running. I already had an Ezviz account from testing out the $70 fixed-angle Ezviz Mini, but the configuration process took less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

The Ezviz app isn't as streamlined as I'd like. You really have to poke around to find the settings and other features you're searching for. It also looks dated and is in definite need of a design refresh.

But I was trying to select the left arrow...

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This unfortunately extends to the app's overall usability, particularly when you're trying to manually pan or tilt the camera. Open the camera's live feed and select the arrow icon on the far left. From there, select the Pan/Tilt option.

This takes you to a seemingly blank half of the screen, but tap it and an arrow will appear. The odd thing is that you don't have a lot of control over which arrow appears first -- selecting the top of the screen, for instance, might engage the left arrow, sending the camera in the wrong direction.

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