Aqara Smart IP Camera 1080P HD

In this review I will tell you about an interesting gadget for the Xiaomi smart home – combining the capabilities of an IP camera and a ZigBee gateway – Aqara Smart IP Camera 1080P HD.

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Specifications:

  • Wireless interfaces: ZigBee, IEEE 802.11 b / g / n 2.4GHz
  • 180 degree viewing angle
  • Resolution and frame rate – 1080p, 12 fps
  • Operating temperature: -10 / 40 C
  • Power supply: micro USB 5V 1A
  • Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 7.7cm

Contents of delivery

The device is delivered in a white cardboard box with printing made in grayscale. Specifications, traditionally on the back of the box.

Let’s start the discovery. Inside – everything is tightly packed using cardboard templates, nothing dangles the box.

In the delivery set, besides the “gateway” itself, there is also a power supply unit with a flat plug, a USB-micro USB cable, a metal base with a clip and a clip for resetting.

Inspection

A fairly powerful magnet is built into the base of the camera, and if a complete metal base is attached to the wall, the camera can be securely fastened and quickly removed if necessary. For mounting on non-magnetic smooth bases, the diameter of the base, pasted a strip of double-sided tape

At the bottom of the camera is a micro USB connector for power, a reset button and a slot for a micro SD card.

On the back side there is a speaker for which a perforation is made in the case.

The complete power supply unit is designed for an output voltage of 5 V, current up to 1 A, input – 100-240 V, up to 0.2 A

Work with the application

Connecting to MiHome is completely standard – After turning on the camera, it is detected by the application, after which the settings are synchronized and the latest firmware version of the device is downloaded.

At first glance, the new gadget is not particularly different from the usual IP cameras included in the Xiaomi system. Plug-in with the usual standard camera options – image quality, sleep mode, taking screenshots, voice communications, video recording. Unusual here is the option to activate the alarm. The settings menu is also standard – rename, login password, device sharing, location, checking for updates, deleting a device, adding a shortcut to the desktop, network information.

The camera has the usual settings, such as recording video only by movement, flipping the image, displaying time on the video, screen correction — it programmatically removes the barrel of the video, the SD card settings, the sleep timer. From the unusual settings – sound adjustment and alarm settings

After inserting a memory card, a timeline appears below the video window, allowing you to track the intervals when the recording was made, as well as view it. The button on the left of the timeline allows you to select the day for which you want to view the record. The button on the left above the timeline gives access to the menu of manually recorded photos and videos, as well as alarm videos.

The usual menu, like all gateways, with a list of sub-devices in the plugin of this camera is not. Adding new zigbee devices is carried out through the main menu – add a device – add manually, then you need to select a connected device from the list, and in the next menu – select a gateway, among which there will be this camera and further on, add a sensor to the system in a standard way.

From the usual function of the gateways, this camera has only the alarm function, its usual setting is the alarm activity time, the sensor that will trigger the alarm – it can only be a sensor connected to this gateway, the alarm interval, alarm sounds are also standard, it is possible to work in tandem when an alarm is triggered by any other system gateway.

Just in case, let me remind if someone does not know – recently, in square Aqara gateways, the opportunity has appeared to enable the developer mode, which allows working with gateways to alternative management systems. With a five-fold click on the version of the gateway in the about menu, additional options also appear here, one of which is the developer mode. But when you directly click on this option, a message is displayed that this device does not support this feature, and if you click on the gateway information, where all the information will be on both the gateway and devices connected to it, then click on the left button below – You can get to the developer mode menu. However, the switch of its activity will still not be available for activation.

In scenarios, this camera can only work as an action. The conditions for detecting motion in the frame are the same as those of other cameras; Action at the camera – six. The first is the third action, they are responsible for managing the alarm, the fourth action records an alarming video for about 10 seconds to the cloud, and the fifth and sixth options enable and disable the sleep mode.

In the SD card settings menu, you can see not only the used and remaining space, but also the time of the recorded clips and the approximate time for which the memory card is still enough, which is very convenient. When recording – the camera creates videos of about a minute and a resolution of 1920 by 1080 with a frequency of 12 frames per second, with mono sound. The size of the rollers from 4.5 to 6 MB each.

Video recording

Of the benefits – it should be noted that in the watermark on the video, the local time is indicated, and not Chinese – this is convenient. The camera has a very wide shooting angle – 180 degrees. And if the plug-in effect of a fish-eye is corrected programmatically, then actually raw videos are written just with this effect and viewing them outside the plug-in is not very convenient. The very quality of the video is very mediocre, especially when shooting at night with infrared illumination – everything that is on the sides of the frame is quite blurred.

Shooting examples – can be viewed in the video review, which will be at the end of the text.

As for power consumption, it consumes 0.25 A, and can work for quite a long time from the powerbank.

Conclusion

Summing up, we can say that this is, in principle, a good alternative to conventional gateways – you get a camera and a gateway in one bottle. Although the quality of shooting is quite specific – but it is quite enough for home video surveillance and due to its wide viewing angle it can quite compete even with PTZ cameras.

By the way, this is the only gateway without a rigidly built-in triple Chinese plug – the camera is powered via the micro USB connector.

The advantages should also include a convenient magnetic base and the supplied metal base.