Yi 2 Intelligent Camera Test

Author: 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:

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Comments (8)

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