Xiaomi’s Mijia ecosystem, sold mainly in China, consists of a wide range of smart home devices, from washing machines to smart cameras. The Mi Home Security Camera 360 পড়ে falls into the next category and is one of the few ecosystem products launched in India. It has a sleek design and a ton of features, including live audio talkback and AI motion detection, but is the Mi Home Security Camera 360 really worth buying and renting it for everyday use? Read on to find answers in our in-depth Mi Home Security Camera 360 review.
Mi Home Security Camera 360 ° Design and Build Quality
The Mi Home Security Camera 360 রয়েছে has a clean and attractive design and looks almost like a toy, although it is built tightly. The body of the main camera is a round shell with a pill-shaped cutout that allows the camera lens to tilt up and down. There’s also a microSD card slot under the lens. Behind the round body is a round speaker grill.
The base has a matte finish and you’ll also find a reset button and a micro-USB port on the back. The whole device seems to be made of solid polycarbonate. Solid build quality certainly serves as a guarantee of longevity.
The Xiaomi security camera measures 78x78x118mm, and scales to 239g. Xiaomi claims that it is designed to be shock-proof, but we advise against testing this claim. Motorized camera movement is smooth, and the device makes no noise during the calibration process or in daily use.
Mi Home Security Camera 360 Installation and setup
The Mi Home Security Camera 360 রয়েছে has a flat base with four round grips evenly spaced around the perimeter. It can be placed on a table and it will not sway and it can also be mounted on the ceiling. Fortunately, Xiaomi provides the necessary base plates, screws and plastic screw caps for the retail box. Once the security camera has been placed in your desired location, all that remains is to attach and prepare it, which is quite easy.
First, connect the camera to a USB power source. You can use USB cable and a 5W adapter which comes in retail package Doing so will turn on an LED indicator and the Mi Home Security Camera 360 প্রদান will provide a voice cue that has been activated. To start watching a live video feed, you’ll need to download the Xiaomi Home app, which is available for both Android and iOS, and log in with a Mi account.
Users need to enter their Wi-Fi certificate in the app. It should be noted that the Mi Home Security Camera connects using the 360 ° 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band. If you use a dual-band router, make sure it is enabled, as the 5GHz band is not supported. The app then asks for a few permissions and the Mi Home Security Camera searches for a Bluetooth for 360. Once the device is connected, the app will display a QR code that needs to be scanned by the camera to complete the setup process and allow you to access the live feed.
We found the whole process fairly easy and it could be completed in about five minutes. This is good for people who do not know how to install a standard security camera. The app guides users step-by-step, and the Xiaomi device also introduces instructional audio throughout the process.
Mi Home Security Camera 360 ° Camera quality and features
Mi Home Security Camera 360 ° A 2-megapixel camera with an f / 2.1 aperture. The quality of the videos it captures is surprisingly good, especially when compared to other companies offering similarly priced offers. In well-lit environments, whether indoors or outdoors, the camera captures a sufficient amount of light in our experiments, which means the videos retain a decent amount of color and look clear.
Sharpness is also decent. If you want to adjust video and image quality, there is an option called Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) that makes the objects in a frame look cleaner and less washable. However, it also makes videos and images a bit dull. The field of view of the camera is claimed to be 360 degrees horizontally and 96 degrees on the vertical axis.
The biggest strength of the Mi Home Security Camera 360 হল is the ability to record video even in the dark. The device is equipped with eight 940nm infrared LEDs that allow it to record video even in the dark. The footage we captured in such situations was decently sharp and detailed, and although they are monochromatic, they have very few granular textures. The camera can automatically switch between night and day modes if needed. Night mode works best in the 8-10m range.
The edges of the object were fairly clean, and there was a good deal of detail in the pictures and videos we captured, especially when compared to what we’ve seen with security cameras from companies like Godrej. There is another feature called ‘full-color with low-light’ which tries to capture as much color as possible in video and image under sub-optimal lighting conditions before switching to infrared-assisted monochrome mode.
On the downside, we noticed that some parts of the recorded footage, especially when the camera was being re-positioned using the D-pad, showed some ambiguity. We also noticed that objects at the edges of any frame have a barrel distortion effect. Even after enabling ‘lens distortion correction’ there was some amount of peripheral warping. As far as home monitoring goes, you can choose between 24-hour camera surveillance, day or night recording and a custom schedule.
One flaw is that Xiaomi doesn’t offer the option to back up recorded footage to a cloud storage service, which means users have to rely on a microSD card or a separate backup solution for storing files on a network device. Although it does not affect daily performance, it will be useful and convenient for users.
AI-assisted motion detection is really effective. Even at night, the camera was able to capture the movements of a small insect hovering nearby and sent a warning. Once motion is detected, the camera will immediately send a notification and record a 10-second clip. All such motion detection alerts, including recorded clips, can be accessed by tapping the “Monitoring” option on the live feed page of a log app.
One of the best features of the Mi Home Security Camera 360 – – and one that works quite well – is the talkback feature, which basically allows users to talk to people at home or wherever the camera is installed. Just tap the call button on the live feed screen and you can go. We found the voice quality to be decent with clear audio on both sides. While the speaker did a good job of relaying the voice, the camera microphone had a tendency to capture some background noise if it had a fan-like object, for example, within its range.
If you don’t mind losing some sharpness and color output to reduce file size, you can choose to record HD or lower quality video. In both modes, the resolution remains the same at 1920×1080 pixels. The same goes for stills captured in both settings. Xiaomi claims that the Mi Home Security Camera uses 360 ° advanced video encoding technology that can reduce video bandwidth usage by about 50 percent and allow fast video streaming to smartphones or tablets.
For recorded videos and photos, they can either be stored locally on a microSD card with a capacity of up to 64GB, or sent to other devices in your network for storage. Data transmission is encrypted as a security measure.
The Xiaomi Home app’s clean interface is a bonus. The home screen is where users can choose the device whose live feed they want to view. There’s also an inbox where you’ll find a history of all motion detection alerts, including shortcuts to the Mi Online Store, the Mi Community and your profile section. The Live Feed page, which appears after selecting the device, displays the camera’s feed on the screen with a D-pad to control its movement. The voice call button is attached by monitoring, playback, photo album and shortcut buttons.
The monitoring section displays past notifications and lets you view 10-second clips automatically recorded. The playback section is where you can watch videos recorded by the camera, while the photo album is for stills. The shortcut button provides quick access to sleep mode, camera calibration, and pop-up window tools.
The camera has a slip mode that allows users to turn it off without disconnecting it. You can manually enable sleep mode with the tap of a button or by setting up a custom schedule. When you wake the device, it takes a few seconds to recalibrate itself and send a live feed. There is a slight delay in switching the camera to dark mode immediately after waking up.
The Mi Home Security Camera 360 পুরো perfectly channels Xiaomi’s ‘More Bang for Your Box’ vision, and is feature-rich as well as affordable. With excellent build quality and design, ease of use, a large number of features and the overall quality of its recorded video, this Xiaomi offer is easily one of the best devices in its segment.
Lack of cloud storage and a few minor media output quirks are flaws, but they are not big red flags. Currently going Rs. From the official Xiaomi online store and Amazon Indi 2,699, the Mi Home Security Camera 360 চমৎকার offers excellent value for money.
Price: Rs 2,699
- Solid build quality and attractive design
- Good camera output
- Convenient live audio chat feature
- Impressive night vision mode
- Quick and accurate motion detection
- Cloud storage is not supported
- Video is blurred when adjusting camera angles
Rating (out of 5)
- Design and construction: 4
- Easy to install: 4
- Video quality: 4
- Features: 4
- Value for money: 5
- Overall: 4