EZViz CTQ3N


EZViz CTQ3N hero

A comparatively cheap outdoor camera, the EZViz CTQ3N gets the basics right: it has good quality video during the day and night, and you can use the camera’s settings to cut down on notifications. Cloud storage is expensive (it’s better to use the microSD card slot) and installation can be a bit fiddly.

Pros

  • Great video quality
  • Good value
  • microSD card storage

Cons

  • Expensive cloud storage
  • Fiddly power connection

Availability

  • UKRRP: £89.99
  • USAunavailable
  • Europeunavailable
  • Canadaunavailable
  • Australiaunavailable

Key Features


  • TypeThis is an outdoor security camera, which comes with a stand so you can wall or ceiling mount it. It has a Full HD resolution.

  • ConnectionThis is a Wi-Fi camera (2.4GHz) although it can also be connected via an Ethernet cable.

Introduction

EZViz is a building a good reputation for low-price, high-image-quality cameras. The EZViz CTQ3N is one of its cheapest cameras yet, but this outdoor model is capable of shooting in full colour at night time and it requires no subscription. 

The app is slightly fiddly to use and image quality is a little off the best that the competition can offer, but given the low price, this camera is something of a bargain.

Design and installation

  • Fiddly power connector
  • Optional Wi-Fi or Ethernet
  • Flexible stand

An outdoor camera, the EZViz CTQ3N comes with a flexible stand that must be drilled into a surface. It can be mounted horizontally, such as on a fence, or it can be mounted on a ceiling, angling down.

Thanks to the ball joint in the stand, there’s a good amount of flexibility in this camera, so it’s pretty easy to get it to point where you want it.

EZViz CTQ3N wal mount

This model is a Wi-Fi camera, as you can probably tell from the two large antennas on the side of the camera’s body. While these aren’t the most attractive design feature, they do at least mean that it’s easier to get good wireless reception, which is something very important when the camera’s outside.

EZViz CTQ3N antenna

If you prefer, there’s an Ethernet port so that you can hardwire the camera into your home network. EZViz provides a weatherproof kit for this connection; it’s a shame that the same isn’t true of the 12v power input. This should be wrapped in waterproof tape to protect the camera.

EZViz CTQ3N power

A Power over Ethernet connection would make even more sense, sending data and power down a single cable.

Once in place and powered on, the camera can be connected to your network using the EZViz app. In my case, it took just a few minutes to get the camera up and running.

Features

  • On-camera people detection
  • SD or cloud recording
  • Motion detection zones reduce notifications

The camera comes with default settings. Out of the box it starts to monitor the local area and uploads video to the cloud thanks to the free online storage trial to EZViz CloudPlay. A single camera costs £2.99 a month for three days of video history (£29.99 a year), or a whopping £9.99 a month (£99.99 a year) for 30-day video history. Options are available for four cameras, too.

That’s comparatively very expensive. Buy a Ring camera and for £8 a month you get 30-days of history of an unlimited number of cameras and extra features for the Ring Alarm.

If you’re going to get cloud storage here, the basic 3-day plan makes the most sense. Alternatively, you can insert a microSD card into the camera (there’s a screw-in slot underneath) and use local storage instead.

EZViz CTQ3N underneath SD card slot

All saved video is available through the app. Tap the camera’s thumbnail and you go to the live view section, which also has a list of thumbnails for recordings. You can tap any of these to view the recording but you can’t download it from here.

Instead, you need to go to the video library (available for local or CloudPlay footage) and you can see all of the available recorded clips. From here you can download a video, which gets saved to the app’s album, and from there you can save it to your phone’s camera. That’s a little more hassle than being able to save a clip straight to your phone but, given the low price, something I’m comfortable living with.

EZViz CTQ3N view camera history

With the basic controls, you’re likely to get a lot of notifications and clips. EZViz has a few features that can help. First, you can turn on Human Shape Detection (that’s people detection to me and you), which uses in-camera processing to only warn you when a person is spotted.

It’s pretty accurate, too. Sure, you get some errors, as you do with all cameras that offer similar features, but the CT3QN is right most of the time.

Secondly, you can use motion detection zones, so you’ll only get alerts and recordings when motion is spotted in these areas. The tool is a little more rigid than with other cameras: the Arlo Pro 3, for example, gives you fine control and you can have odd-shaped zones while the EZViz CTQ3N lets you select rectangular zones only. However, it largely does the job and stopped me from getting too many alerts.

EZViz CTQ3N motion settings

There’s an option to schedule when you receive alerts, too. The camera will still record but it just won’t bother you about it. There’s an option to arm or disarm all of your cameras to get them to stop recording, plus a new Geofencing feature that can enable or disable cameras automatically based on your location.

From the live view you can see exactly what’s going on, but as this camera doesn’t have a speaker you can’t have a chat with anyone that you can see. There’s also an Active Defense button, which causes the camera’s spotlight to flash. That can warn someone that they’re being recorded, but it’s not as useful a feature as on EZViz cameras that have a speaker, as here Active Defense also plays a siren sound.

EZViz CTQ3N main app

There’s a spotlight inside the camera that lets it shoot in full colour at night time. By default, the spotlight comes on at night and stays on. With the camera pointing into my kitchen, I kind of felt as though I was trying to mean a break from prison and had spotlights on me. 

There’s an option to set the spotlight to only turn on when it detects motion, which makes far more sense and is the default option on similar cameras, such as the Arlo Ultra.

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant skills are available, so you can view the camera’s live feed on a compatible smart display.

Image quality

  • Slightly over sharpens the image
  • Clear video during the day
  • Great night vision

With its 120-degree viewing angle, the EZViz CTQ3N doesn’t have the widest field of view, particularly for an outdoor camera. However, I could still manage to capture a good area of my garden, focussing on the back door.

During the day, the camera shoots a nice, well-exposed image, even when facing into the sun. There’s a fair amount of processing going on, with a lot of artificial sharpening, so the final image doesn’t look particularly lifelike. However, detail is good enough that you can see clearly what’s going on and it’s possible to identify people.

EZViz CTQ3N daylight sample

With the spotlight turned on, image quality remains similar at night, which is good to see, and far better than the usual black and white IR image that many cameras shoot.

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