[Review] Xiaomi Mi Camera Home Security Camera 360 1080p WiFi Night Vision- AliExpress

A Xiaomi Mi Camera Home Security Camera 360 1080p WiFi Night Vision was acquired in AliExpress, shop GTopbuy Store. She's a smart camera, with motion detection, that can record images in the cloud, microSD memory card, and a NAS in the local network.

Motivation and Choice

Got the Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera to keep an eye on my dog ​​while I'm not home. The idea came up on the last day of 2018. I wouldn't be home at the time of turning 2019, when a bunch of imbeciles would surely set off fires, what scares dogs and other animals, much more sensitive hearing than ours.

So I took an old cell phone and installed the app on it Alfred Camera, available for Android and iOS, who ended up fulfilling his role that day. But with continuous use I realized many problems, the main one being that the app eventually stopped working and was inaccessible, not working when i needed it. Another problem is the lack of night vision. You can even turn on your phone's flash to see something in the dark, but it ends up bothering the animal.

I came to think that the problem was with the cell phone being used, um Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos. When I purchased my Xiaomi Mi 9, I spent my old one Motorola Moto Z Play to do the camera function. But the problems persisted.

So, I decided it was time to buy a decent camera to monitor the dog. I spent a few months maturing the idea and in November I finally bought. The requirements for the camera were:

  • Have WiFi so you don't have to run cables;
  • Be easily accessible by cell phone;
  • Saving the images, preferably in My in;
  • Night vision;
  • Possibility to send audio (talk to the dog).

With these requirements in mind, I discarded ordinary cameras that need DVR. In AliExpress there are many cameras that could meet the requirements, but many of them are from unknown brands, and I take a step back from its perfect functioning and quality. In Brazil there are also some, but with higher prices.

On the other hand, Xiaomi is already a brand I know and trust. I am satisfied with several other branded products I have and I have already shown them here on the Skooter Blog. Check out some of them:

A Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera 360º so it seemed like the ideal choice. Not only did I have everything I wanted but some more bonuses, as the motor to move it 360º horizontally and 96º vertically, allowing me to see not only the corner where the dog usually stays, as well as part of the yard.

Purchase

I bought the Xiaomi Mi Camera Home Security Camera 360 the store GTopbuy of AliExpress. Note that the Chinese version of the camera bears the name Mijia, which is one of the brands of Xiaomi, while the export-oriented version bears Xiaomi's own brand. But the product is essentially the same, only changes the logo and the language the camera speaks the instructions at the time of configuration.

Even with the camera speaking Chinese, it's easy to set it up, and the app is in Portuguese, so that after installation it makes no difference whether the version is Chinese or export. I investigated all of this before making the purchase, to have no surprises.

Unboxing

The box Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera 360º suffered some dents in transport, but the product was intact. The socket is in the American standard (Type A), but an adapter to work on Brazilian outlets was included by the seller, without additional cost.

Inside the package comes the camera, USB cable, power supply, which is bivolt (100~240V 50/60Hz) and offers 5V output voltage and 1A current, some brochures and a support with screws that allows you to attach the camera to walls or ceiling, with insert to easily insert and remove it.

Check out the photos and the video of the unboxing of Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera 360º:

Installation, Configuration and Tests

As soon as I turned on the camera she started to move around and speak instructions in Chinese. I installed the software my Home no celular, I logged into my Xiaomi account with him, and through it I selected the installation of Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera 360º.

Note that o my Home fits multiple Xiaomi smart devices, like cameras, smart outlets, smart light bulbs, purifiers, humidifiers, induction cookers, vacuum cleaner robots, presence sensors, temperature, moisture, opening doors and windows, water leak, and many others. You can automate the whole house with it, but for now I only have the camera.

The application then displays a QR Code on the cell phone, just show it to the camera and it automatically perceives it, focuses and reads user information to configure the camera on his account.

Setting up and controlling the camera via the app is very easy and intuitive. You can view it in a window or in full screen. It is possible to control movement vertically and horizontally. You can adjust the orientation of the image to install it upside down, as I did, without the videos being in the wrong orientation.

I pinned the camera under the granite stone of a counter, more specifically in the French hand (in France the French hand is known only as the hand?) that holds the stone and had a small gap where I managed to pass a nylon clamp and attach the support, without having to use the screws. Check out:

At first I didn't buy a microSD card, because I intended to do the recordings directly on the NAS. But, This is not possible. A microSD card is required in the camera, because it writes to the card first and then transfers it to the NAS. In continuous mode it makes one video file per minute, and the transfer of the card to the chosen folder of the NAS is done next, about 1 a 5 minutes, using the protocol samba. Luckily I had the 64GB microSD card that I used on my Motorola Moto Z Play, so he is breaking the branch until another card comes that I bought exclusively for the camera.

On the NAS, a Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera 360º creates an hourly directory, in YEAR format + MONTH + DAY + TIME (Example: ‘2019122017’). Within each directory are, therefore, to 60 video files, one for every minute.

Files are recorded in 1080p and are between 10fps and 20fps, no formato MPEG-4 HEVC, with ADPCM audio. The video is in the 800 kbps (variable), and the audio 128 kbps (fixed). Here is an example of the characteristics of a file generated by Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera 360º, captured by MediaInfo:

General
Complete name                            : \\ds918Cameraxiaomi_camera_videos[removed]\2019122017\06M21S_1576872381.mp4
Format                                   : MPEG-4
Format profile                           : Media Base / Version 2
Codec ID                                 : mp42 (mp42/isom)
File size                                : 6.71 MiB
Duration                                 : 59 s 600 ms
Overall bit rate                         : 944 kb/s
Encoded date                             : UTC 2019-12-20 20:05:23
Tagged date                              : UTC 2019-12-20 20:06:22

Video
ID                                       : 2
Format                                   : HEVC
Format/Info                              : High Efficiency Video Coding
Format profile                           : [email protected]@Main
Codec ID                                 : hvc1
Codec ID/Info                            : High Efficiency Video Coding
Duration                                 : 59 s 576 ms
Bit rate                                 : 814 kb/s
Width                                    : 1 920 pixels
Height                                   : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 16:9
Frame rate mode                          : Variable
Frame rate                               : 20.008 FPS
Minimum frame rate                       : 19.982 FPS
Maximum frame rate                       : 20.040 FPS
Color space                              : YUV
Chroma subsampling                       : 4:2:0
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.020
Stream size                              : 5.78 MiB (86%)
Encoded date                             : UTC 2019-12-20 20:06:22
Tagged date                              : UTC 2019-12-20 20:06:22
Codec configuration box                  : hvcC

Audio
ID                                       : 1
Format                                   : ADPCM
Format profile                           : A-Law
Codec ID                                 : alaw
Duration                                 : 59 s 600 ms
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 128 kb/s
Stream size                              : 931 KiB (14%)
Encoded date                             : UTC 2019-12-20 20:05:23
Tagged date                              : UTC 2019-12-20 20:06:22

In the Xiaomi cloud the camera records only portions in which movements were detected, it is not possible to make continuous recording in the cloud. The camera detects and records movements so that it is easy to access only the videos of the moments when there was some movement through the application. You can also access any video at any time, either directly in the NAS files, either through the application. It is possible to define the times when the detection is active, interval between successive alarms, notifications push to the phone, etc. It is possible to save any video permanently through the application.

In the app you can also hear the audio in real time, or even open the microphone and speak to those close to the camera, because she has a speaker, beyond the microphone. It is also possible to capture photos and video clips.

Check out some screenshots of the application my Home, showing some features:

Unfortunately there is no version of Mi Home for Windows, so the only way to access the camera in real time on the PC is using an Android emulator. For this I have used the Nox Player, which is very easy to use.

The first time I used the camera engine my dog ​​scared and walked away. Us 3 or 4 minutes later he returned, but I kept looking at the camera suspiciously all the time, e ficou assim por algum um tempo. Guardei os vídeos desses minutos em definitivo. 🙂 Agora ele já acostumou com ela e não se preocupa mais.

Tracing

These are the package tracking information obtained in the AliExpress:

2019.12.09 19:33 (GMT-7): Delivery successful
2019.12.05 16:44 (GMT-7): Cleared customs
2019.12.05 15:18 (GMT-7): Accepted by Last Mile Carrier
2019.11.09 09:45 (GMT-7): Departed country of origin
2019.11.07 14:08 (GMT-7): Shipment accepted by airline
2019.11.06 14:06 (GMT-7): Shipment left country of origin warehouse
2019.11.06 12:42 (GMT-7): Shipment at country of origin warehouse
2019.11.06 12:12 (GMT-7): Shipment dispatched

Through the code LP + 15 digits, that appears in the system AliExpress, you can get the code ePacket posted in Sweden (LB + 9 digits + SE), by using the site system Cainiao, that displays the following information:

Delivered
2019-12-09 19:33:00

Import clearance success
2019-12-05 16:44:00

Arrive at destination country
2019-12-05 15:18:00

Hand over to airline
2019-11-09 09:45:00

Depart from transit country or district
2019-11-08 12:27:00

Arrive at transit country or district
2019-11-08 11:54:00

Received by line-haul
2019-11-07 14:08:00

Outbound in sorting center
2019-11-06 14:06:48

Inbound in sorting center
2019-11-06 12:42:25

Accepted by carrier
2019-11-06 12:12:25

These are the package tracking information obtained on the site of the station:

09/12/2019
18:32
Delivered to the addressee object
09/12/2019
10:43
/ SP
Object out for delivery to the recipient
07/12/2019
08:25
INDAIATUBA / SP
Object forwarded
Treatment Unit in INDAIATUBA / SP for distribution Unit in [REMOVED] / SP
06/12/2019
06:59
CAJAMAR / SP
Object forwarded
Treatment Unit in CAJAMAR / SP for Treatment Unit in INDAIATUBA / SP
05/12/2019
16:57
CURITIBA / PR
Object forwarded
Distribution Unit in CURITIBA / PR for treatment plant in CAJAMAR / SP
05/12/2019
16:55
Customs supervision terminated
05/12/2019
15:27
Object received by the post Office of Brazil

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08/11/2019
11:54
SWEDEN /
Object forwarded
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08/11/2019
11:52
Object received in export unit

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08/11/2019
11:00
Object posted

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Table-Summary

This is the table-summary of purchase:

Product Name: Xiaomi Mi Camera Home Security Camera 360 1080p WiFi Night Vision
Name Original: Original Xiaomi Mijia 1080P Smart Camera IP Cam Webcam Camcorder 360 Angle WIFI Wireless Night Vision AI Enhanced Motion Detect
Store: AliExpress | Store: GTopbuy Store
Value: R$ 143,39
Current value: R$ 143,83 (US$ 33,03)
Payment Method: Credit Card Visa International
Shipping Type: Aliexpress Standard Shipping
Shipping Fee: R$ 13,49
Package Home Country: China
Purchase Data: 04/11/2019
Submission Date: 06/11/2019
Data Delivery: 09/12/2019
Time in Transit: 33 days
Declared content: Camera
Type Marked Content: Others
Declared Value: USD 10.00
Taxed: Not
Taxable Value: -
Tax Value: -

Final Considerations

I am quite satisfied with the Xiaomi Mi Camera Home Security Camera 360. A imagem é muito boa, inclusive na visão noturna. O aplicativo funciona sem enroscos, nunca tive qualquer problema ao me conectar na câmera.

Claro que há espaço para melhorias, e uma delas seria criar um aplicativo para desktop, tirando a limitação de poder usar apenas o celular ou emuladores de celular para acessar a câmera diretamente.

Mas mesmo com essa limitação eu compraria essa câmera novamente. Eventualmente penso até em comprar mais uma para monitorar outras áreas.

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