The Ezviz LC1C ($149.99) is a Wi-Fi-connected floodlight and security camera combination that lights up the outside of your home when motion is detected and lets you see what’s going on out there using your phone. It offers some useful features including a PIR (passive infrared) motion sensor, a microSD card slot for local video storage, color night vision, and voice control. It also supports IFTTT applets, though this feature didn’t always work correctly in testing. Our Editors’ Choice, the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera, is more expensive at $249.99, but it offers a much sharper picture, intelligent alerts, and it’s completely wireless.
Design and Features
The LC1C has an IP65 waterproof rating and comes in a black or white finish. It measures 10.3 by 7.5 by 7.2 inches (HWD) and has two round dimmable LED lamps that combine to deliver 2,000 lumens of light with a 3,000K white color temperature. Below the lamps is a camera enclosure that holds the camera lens, a microphone and speaker, a PIR motion sensor, and a small removable panel that covers a microSD card slot and a reset button. The LC1C has an embedded 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio for connecting to your home network and a built-in 100dB siren.
The camera captures 1080p video at 25fps and has a 121-degree (diagonal) field of view. It uses infrared LEDs for black-and-white night vision, but will deliver color night vision when the floodlight lamps are illuminated. The LC1C will illuminate the floodlights and have the camera record video when the PIR sensor detects motion, and it will push a motion alert to your phone. You can use the built-in microSD card slot to store event-triggered video, but you’ll have to supply your own media. Alternately, you can subscribe to an Ezviz CloudPlay storage plan, but they can get pricey, especially if you have more than one camera.
For $5.99 per month or $59.99 per year, you get seven days of storage for a single camera, while a 30-day plan will run you $10.99 per month or $109.99 per year. In comparison, the Ring Protect plan costs $3 per month or $30 per year and gives you 60 days of storage for a single camera. If you have more than one camera, the Ezviz CloudPlay subscription goes for $8.99 per month or $89.99 per year for seven days of storage, and $15.99 per month or $159.99 per year for 30 days of storage, while the Ring multi-camera plan will cost you $10 per month or $100 per year and gives you 60 days of storage.
The LC1C uses the same Android and iOS mobile app as the C3X and C3W ezGuard cameras. When you launch the app, you’re presented with a home screen that contains panels for all of your installed Ezviz cameras. Tapping any panel launches a live video stream that you can view in full-screen mode by turning your phone sideways. Below the live video stream are buttons for stopping the video, muting the speaker, adjusting the video resolution, and viewing up to four video streams at a time, and below these are buttons for sounding the siren, initiating two-way talk, taking a snapshot, manual video recording, and turning the lights on and off. The bottom half of the screen contains a timeline of recorded video that lets you view video stored in the cloud or on the microSD card.
Tap the gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen to access the Settings menu where you can adjust light settings, enable/disable audio, enable notifications and create notification schedules, enable Daylight Savings Time and image encryption, and check the status of your cloud storage and local storage media. Here you can also edit Wi-Fi settings, update the firmware, and put the device into Sleep Mode, which halts monitoring and recording.
Installation and Performance
The LC1C isn’t difficult to install, but it requires working with electrical wiring and most likely will require using a ladder. I started by turning off the circuit breaker for my existing floodlight and removing the floodlight assembly. I attached the LC1C mounting plate to my house siding using the included mounting screws, connected the black and white wires from the power source to the black and white wires on the floodlight, and capped them off using the included wire nuts. I attached the floodlight/camera assembly to the mounting plate, secured it with the two mounting nuts, and restored power to the circuit.
Next, I opened the app, tapped the plus icon in the upper right corner, and used my phone to scan the QR code located on the LC1C camera. I confirmed that the device was powered up, tapped Next, and when the LED began flashing blue I entered my Wi-Fi SSID and password and connected the floodlight to my network. I gave the device a name and the installation was finished.
The LC1C delivered sharp 1080p video in testing. Daytime video is colorful and free of distortion, and night video is also sharp, but as we saw with the Ezviz C3X and the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight cameras, night vision colors aren’t as vibrant as daytime colors.
Motion detection worked well, with virtually no false alerts. We had no trouble accessing cloud-based video like we did with the C3X. In fact, recorded video arrived quickly and looked every bit as good as live video.
According to a company spokesperson, Ezviz currently offers limited support for IFTTT applets but will completely end IFTTT support in the near future. My IFTTT experience was mixed: I created an applet to have the floodlight’s motion sensor trigger a Wyze Bulb, and at first I was unable to get the applet to work at all and received an error message telling me that IFTTT couldn’t connect to Ezviz and to try again later. After several tries over several days, I was finally able to make an IFTTT connection and the applet work as it was meant to, although every so often the trigger was delayed for up to 60 seconds.
On the plus side, I was able to use Alexa voice commands to stream video to an Amazon Echo Show, but I had to disable the Daylight Savings Time and Image Encryption settings to do so.
If you’re looking for a floodlight that will do more than just light up your yard, the Ezviz LC1C is a solid affordable option. In addition to two bright dimmable LED lamps, it contains a camera that delivers sharp 1080p video and provides color video at night when the floodlights are lit. That said, its support for IFTTT applets that allow it to integrate with other smart devices is questionable, and cloud subscription prices run a bit high, although you can buy a microSD card to store video locally. You’ll pay more for the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera, but in return you get ultra-sharp 2K video, full IFTTT support, and intelligent motion alerts. It’s also wireless and much easier to install, and Arlo’s cloud plans are slightly less expensive.
Ezviz LC1C Smart Floodlight Camera Specs
|Integration||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT|
|Field of View||121 degrees|