Yi 2 Intelligent Camera Test

By: John Scanlan, Published on May 11, 2016

Mega Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi's investment into the security space, Xiaoyi, first entered the market with a super low cost $50 IP camera (the Yi Home Camera which we tested).

Now, they are back with their second generation offering. In addition to higher resolution (1080p vs 720p), the camera focused on intelligent video / analytics, such as:

  • Human detection
  • Baby crying detection
  • People counting
  • Gesture control

And unlike, big name competitors, such as Google Nest Cam that cost $200, the Xi 2 camera is just ~$130.

We bought one and tested it against Google Nest Cam and Yi's first generation camera:

**** ******* ************ ******'* investment **** *** ******** space, ******, ***** ******* the ****** **** * super *** **** $** IP ****** (*** ** **** ****** which ** ******).

***, **** *** **** with ***** ****** ********** offering. ** ******** ** higher ********** (***** ** 720p), *** ****** ******* on *********** ***** / analytics, **** **:

  • ***** *********
  • **** ****** *********
  • ****** ********
  • ******* *******

*** ******, *** **** competitors, **** ** ****** Nest *** **** **** $200, *** ** * camera ** **** ~$***.

** ****** *** *** tested ** ******* ****** Nest *** *** **'* first ********** ******:

[***************]

*******

*** ** **** * offered *********** ******* ** or ****** **** *** Nest *** *** ~$** less *** ** ********* charges. ** *** *****, it *********** ***** ***** activations **** *******, ******, cars, *** ***** *******, though ***** ****** ** careful ** ****** *********** to ***** ****** ********** in *** *****.

*** ** *'* ******* Detection ** * ***** feature ***** ** *** (if ***) ***** *******, and ************ ****** ******** during *******. ** **** 1-2 ********* (**** *** course ** * **** testing) *** ******* ********* inadvertently *********.

*******, **** **** ******** such ** "**** ****** Detection" *** ****** ********, while ******** ** ******'* marketing ********, *** *** yet ******** ** *** app.

Key ********

**** *** *** *** findings **** **** ****:

  • *** ** **** * with ***** ********* ******* provided ****** ***** ***** rejection **** *** **** Cam **** **** *****, rejecting ******* **** ** cars *** ****** ******* and ******* ****** ***** caused *********** ** ****.
  • *** ** **** * experienced **** ********** ***** activation, ********* * ***** where ***** *** ****, typically ** *** *****, with ** ***** *****, occurring ***** ***** ** three **** ** *****. The ****** *********** ********** a *** ** * human **** ** *** tests, *** ******* * smaller ***.
  • *** ** * ****** detections ** ****** ** low ***** **** ***** the ******* "******" ***********, which ******* *** **** Cam *** *** ***** generation ** ******. ******** to "****" *********** ****** eliminated ***** ****** *********** with ** ******** ** false ****** **** ***** Detection **.
  • *** ** **** *'* 940nm ** ** *********, with ** *** **** seen ** ******* ********** IR *******.
  • ******* ********* ** ***** and ****** ** ********* in *** ***** (***** hand, ***** ****, *** follow ***** *******). ******* Detection *** ************* ********* during * ************ **** in *** ***.
  • ** ****** **** ******* was *********, ***** ** a ****.

*******

*** ** **** * is *** ** *********** *** ~$*** ***, ***** $** **** than *** **** ***, which ***** ***~$*** ******. *** ***** ********** Yi **** ****** *** sells ***~$**.

Tech ******* *** *********

****** ** *** **** telephone ** **** **** support. *** **** ******* methods *** ****** ***** and * ******* **** on ***** *******. *** inquiries *** ***** *** form **** **********.

Physical ************

*** ****** ** ******* in **** *** ****** to *** **** *** and ***** **** **** ******. *** ****** ** the ** **** * has **** ******* **** the ***** **********, **** an ***-**-*** **** **** design ******* ** *** "puck" **** ****** ***** snaps **** *** ***** (seen ** *** ** Home *** **** ***/*******).

*** ***** ***** ******** a ******** ******** ** the ** **** * camera.

Video *******

*** ***** ***** ***** the ***** ** **** in *** ********** **** used ****** *******.

*** ** **** * outperformed *** **** ********* Nest *** ** **** light ******. *** ******* taken **** ** **** 2 ***** ***** ***** more ******* ** *** subjects **** ** **** as *** ****** *****.

***** ** ********* **** in **** ***** ******, the ******* ********* ** the ** **** * were ***** **** *** first ********** ** **** camera. *** **** *** was **** ***** **** the ** **** *, though ****, *** ********* any **** ****** *******.

Human ********* *********

*** ** * ******** human ********* *********, ******** to ******* **** **** a ***** ** ** the *****, ******** ***** motion. ** *** *****, these ********* ****** **** in **** ***** ******, with **** *** ********** of ***-***** ******* ******** as ***** (********* *****).

**** *** ****** ** three **** ** ******* the ****** ******* ******* for ***** ********* ** three ******** *********. *****, it ********** * **** dog ** *****, *** below:

****, ** *** *****, we *********** *** ***** detection ****** **** ******* in *** *****, **** light ***** *******, **** below:

Nuisance ***** *********

**** ***** ********* *******, the ** **** * rejected ******** ****** ***** triggered **** *** ***** generation ** ** **** as *** **** *** with **** ***** (***** includes ****'* ***** ****** algorithms). *** *******, ** the ***** ***** (* residential ******* **** * street ** *** **********), passing ******** ********* *** not ******* *** ** 2 **** ***** ********* enabled, *** ****** ****** in *** **** *** and ** *.

**** ***** ******* **** triggered ** ****** ******* in *** **** *******, while *** ** **** 2 *** ***:

940nm ********* **

*** ** **** * uses ***** **, ***** is ********* ** ******, unlike **** ********** ** cameras ***** *** ***** LEDs, ******** *** *** glow **** ********* **** IR. **** ****** ** to ** **** *********** in *** *****, ** intruders *** **** ********** spotting *** ******. ************, the ********* ** ***** it **** ******** *** use ** * **** monitor ******** ** *** red **** ** **** cameras.

**** ***** ***** *** LED ******, ***** ***** purplish ** *** ****** (which *** ** ** cut ****** ****** ***** lets **** *********** *******). Note **** *** ******** blue *** ** *** camera's ****** ***** (***** can ** ****** ***).

Gesture *********

**** ** ******** * gesture ******** **** ** initiate ***** *********, ***** sends * "******** ***** Message", ***** ** **** to ***** ***** ** the ******. ** ******** recording, *** **** ***** the ******, ****** ***** hand **** **** *******, then ****** ***** ****. We *********** **** ** the ***** *****:

******* ********* ****** ******** in *** *****, ********** properly **** ***** ********* these ********. *******, ** some **** *****, ** inadvertently ********* ********* **** conversing ** ***** ** the ******, ********** *** feature **** ******* **** motion, *** *** ******** gesture ********. **** *** be * ******* ** some ***** ** **********, depending ** ******** ******** and ******** ** *** camera's ***.

Comments (8)

Why baby crying detector is missing? I find it nice, as this looks like to be the most useful function of this camera.

Any info about it?

The feature is advertised, but not included (as is people counting). We emailed the manufacturer and have not heard back. I will be sure to update here if / when a response is received.

Surprisingly, literally a week after completing our test, Xiaomi released an update to the camera which supports baby crying detection. We haven't tested it but it is indeed now part of the app:

Surprisingly, literally a week after completing our test, Xiaomi released an update to the camera which supports baby crying detection.

Apparently, Xiaomi is another Chinese camera maker who "really listens" to their customers requests. Just face the mic.

I know it's a long shot, but is there any evidence that this camera actually supports a RTSP stream that could be captured by a VMS or other client?

No evidence I've seen. All ports closed, and we've wiresharked it and it sets up a TLS tunnel pretty much immediately. If there's a way to get RTSP out of it, I don't know what it is.

Yes, it does support RTSP, but you will need a cracked firmware. Check out this link http://robinhenniges.com/en/fix-xiaomi-xiaoyi-small-ant

I was able to use the firmware and get it up and running some time ago. Check the attached screen shot.

Yes, it does support RTSP, but you will need a cracked firmware.

Nice find, Gauthum.

Though a cracked firmware could support just about anything, e.g. ONVIF profile S on a Mobotix q24. :)

Read this IPVM report for free.

This article is part of IPVM's 6,363 reports, 854 tests and is only available to members. To get a one-time preview of our work, enter your work email to access the full article.

Already a member? Login here | Join now

Related Reports

Consumer IP Camera Analytics / AI Shootout - Arlo, Google / Nest, Amazon / Ring, Hikvision / Ezviz, Wyze Cam, Yi Home on Sep 26, 2019
AI analytics are hitting the mainstream in the consumer camera market, with entrants Wyze and Yi Home releasing free people detection on their...
Hikvision 4K Camera Shootout on Aug 02, 2019
With their latest Smart Series 5 cameras, Hikvision is claiming cameras "fully loaded" with "state-of-the-art technology for high performance and...
Hanwha Smaller Multi Imager Tested (PNM-9000VQ) on Feb 14, 2019
Hanwha's first repositionable multi imager PNM-9081VQ tested well, but was huge, over 12" wide and weighing in at over 10 pounds. Now, they have...
Cisco Meraki Cloud VMS/Cameras Tested on Feb 13, 2019
Cisco Meraki says their cameras "bring Meraki magic to the enterprise video security world". According to Meraki, their magic is their management...
Hanwha L Series Lowest-Cost Camera Tested on Dec 04, 2018
Hanwha has released their lowest-priced IP camera line ever, the L series, that competes on price with low cost competitors Dahua and...
Axis 2N Intercom Tested on Nov 08, 2018
Axis expanded its video intercom business buying Czech-based 2N in 2016. Despite competing against owner Axis' intercoms, 2N recently registered as...
Axis Launches ~$100 HD Camera on Apr 11, 2018
Chinese manufacturers, led by Hikvision, have come to dominate the low end of the Western market, driven by ~$100 cameras. While Axis has...
Axis vs Sony Super Size Shootout (Q1659 vs SNC-VB770) on Sep 11, 2017
Super low light, super sized sensor cameras are a growing trend. In the past year, 2 of the most notable entrants for these IP cameras have been...
Ubiquiti FrontRow Camera Tested on Aug 24, 2017
Ubiquiti is famous for low-cost wireless network equipment, a common choice for wireless video surveillance applications. The company has expanded...
UmboCV Deep Learning Cloud Camera Profile on Apr 05, 2017
UmboCV is bringing deep learning analytics to the market at a surprising low price. The Taiwan / American startup has launched a camera that uses...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Access Control Online Show - July 2020 - With 40+ Manufacturers - Register Now on Jul 01, 2020
IPVM is excited to announce our July 2020 Access Control Show. With 40+ companies presenting across 4 days, this is a unique opportunity to hear...
Hanwha Face Mask Detection Tested on Jul 01, 2020
Face mask detection or, more specifically lack-of-face-mask detection, is an expanding offering in the midst of coronavirus. Hanwha in partnership...
UK Government Says Fever Cameras "Unsuitable" on Jul 01, 2020
The UK government's medical device regulator, MHRA, told IPVM that fever-seeking thermal cameras are "unsuitable for this purpose" and recommends...
Camera Course Summer 2020 on Jun 30, 2020
This is the only independent surveillance camera course, based on in-depth product and technology testing. Lots of manufacturer training...
Worst Over But Integrators Still Dealing With Coronavirus Problems (June Statistics) on Jun 30, 2020
While numbers of integrators very impacted by Coronavirus continue to drop, most are still moderately dealing with the pandemic's problems, June...
FLIR Screen-EST Screening Software Tested on Jun 30, 2020
In our FLIR A Series Test, the cameras' biggest drawback was their lack of face detection, requiring manual adjustment when screening each...
Dahua Buenos Aires Bus Screening Violates IEC Standards and Dahua's Own Instructions on Jun 30, 2020
Dahua has promoted Buenos Aires bus deployments as "solutions that facilitate community safety". However, they violate IEC standards and,...
UK Firm Markets False Fever Screening, Hikvision Disavows on Jun 30, 2020
A UK security firm falsely claimed its Hikvision-based thermal solution could be used for "accurately detecting fever in any person", even claiming...
Industry Study: 83% of US Temperature Screening Sellers Falsely Say Not Medical Devices on Jun 29, 2020
83% of US companies selling temperature screening devices, aka 'fever' detectors, claim they are not medical devices, contrary to FDA definition,...
Manufacturers on Virtual 'ISC West' 2020 and Potential ISC West 2021 on Jun 29, 2020
With the 2020 ISC West show now officially canceled, attention turns to Reed's new "ISC West 2020 Virtual Event" planned for October and for the...