Review of smart camera and smart home center - Aqara G2H (CH-H01)

The topic of a smart home has been actively promoted for the past ten years, but has not received any noticeable development until recently. Enthusiasts installed such systems, but then stumbled upon the lack of convenient software for managing individual elements, the uselessness of many scenarios. The revolution happened quietly, little by little, when people began to receive separate smart accessories, such as light bulbs, and saw how they could be integrated into their lives. And so, device after device, our homes began to acquire accessories that make life easier.

Every smart home should have a center, what is called a hub. It is to this hub that you connect your devices. For many, buying a hub looks relatively expensive and somewhat meaningless: why do I need a separate device, I want the light bulb to be controlled directly without intermediaries. But a hub is a necessary control element for a smart home, it's another matter that many people want to get it for a penny or even for free. Fighting the green toad, you can cheat and buy not a separate hub, but a smart camera that already has these features. For those who, like me, use a smart home, such an additional hub is interesting because you expand the area of ​​​​your smart home, you can connect various sensors directly to the camera and automate many things. But, of course, security in the broadest sense of the word comes to the fore, because a smart camera is needed for this, right?

Although, looking at the Aqara G2H camera, I can say that it can also be a baby monitor, you can monitor the baby in the crib. And you can use such cameras to organize internal communication in the house, since you have the opportunity to call the camera or record a small video message from the camera (surprisingly, this has become a kind of reminder for me what exactly I need to buy in the store).

Aqara G2H is unique in that, in addition to the standard Aqara Home application, Apple HomeKit is fully supported, that is, you can integrate the camera into the Apple smart home ecosystem. And at a cost of about 5,000 rubles, this is the most inexpensive smart camera for this ecosystem, all other offers are twice as expensive and there are not so many of them.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH- H01)

Let's figure out together what this camera can do and how convenient it is in everyday use.

Design, installation, power supply and initial setup

Official deliveries of this camera to Russia are adjacent to the gray market, where you can find the camera in different colors on the latter. But the officially supplied camera is only white, at least at the moment it is.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH- H01)

The camera is small, medium in size, but it is impossible to call it compact. A mains connection is always required, the wire included in the kit is two meters, so you will surely reach the outlet. The connector on the camera is microUSB, which should not be a concern, since the charger is included.

Nice rough plastic, the camera will fit perfectly into any interior. This is not a hidden camera, so find a suitable location for installation. You can hang the camera on the wall, but something will need to be done with the wire, in the official pictures this moment was even somehow ignored, as if the camera hangs without wires at all.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH-H01) Smart camera review and smart home center - Aqara G2H (CH-H01)

In my opinion, you need to decide what kind of room you are going to equip with a camera, as well as why you need it. If it is security, then you should think about a good viewing angle, capture a larger angle, including doors and windows. But it is possible that you want to put a camera for the child to see what he is doing and so that he can communicate with you via video. Then it is appropriate to install the camera on the desktop.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH-H01)

I have combined several tasks, set up a camera in the kitchen to be able to “call” it and find out when you can go to dinner, or ask a question. In fact, this is a convenient intercom that allows you to call from anywhere not on the phone, but on this device.

The camera stands on a leg, on the inside there is a slot for microSD memory cards, you can remove the card by pressing a special clip that is included in the kit. At first glance, this is an absurdity, because it is inconvenient to get a card like that. In fact, this is done for security reasons, because if attackers discover the camera, then there is no reason to make it easy for them to remove the card on which video and events are recorded.

Perhaps the lack of a built-in battery in this simple camera is the biggest drawback, primarily for security purposes. Power outage and camera stops working, https://cars45.co.ke/listing/nissan/march/2006< /a> You can get out of the situation by adding an external battery, but this is already a kind of collective farm and unnecessary inventions (it’s easier to buy another camera for these tasks, it’s more logical).

The camera is on a foot, you can adjust the tilt.

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A 140-degree angle covers virtually the entire room, from a small room to a larger hall. Night vision with IR is turned on automatically by default and allows you to see the room at night.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH- H01)

I want to note right away that it makes sense to set up storage of information in the cloud, in addition to the fact that it will be written to a memory card (it is not included in the kit). For Apple, you'll need an iCloud subscription of at least 200 GB, and the camera supports full data encryption. One of the advantages of the system is that within HomeKit you can analyze your photos in the cloud, and then you can determine who exactly flickers in front of the camera - wife, daughter, someone else. The accuracy of face detection is quite high, and this is a great way to know that the child has come from school and is at home.

On Android, you can set up any of the cloud services available to you, there are many instructions on the web on how to do this, everything works simply and clearly.

Automation, camera usage scenarios - intercom

There is a key on the top of the camera and a speaker on the back.

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Of all the button settings, I like the ability to record small videos the most, hold the button for three seconds and you can record video up to 15 seconds. It will arrive on all smartphones connected to your system (even if you are not at home, but somewhere else!). For a child, this is a great way to communicate with parents. From the non-obvious, I will note the opportunity to remind you that you need to buy something in the store, instead of calling, send a message (in our case, this scenario somehow arose by itself and turned out to be convenient, as well as such video reminders to ourselves). I don’t know about you, but I try to move around the house without a phone, and such cameras have become a great intercom option, someone calls you on them, and you immediately communicate (full duplex, microphone quality is excellent). The volume of the speaker is not very high, but it is enough for a comfortable conversation even when the TV is on.

In addition to the camera constantly recording video of what is happening around it, you can automate events, create notifications to help you navigate what is happening. The camera can automatically detect movement in the field of view, as well as respond to unusual external noise (for example, broken glass). You will immediately receive notifications and be able to watch a short video of the event. A few seconds before the event itself and a few seconds after, such a video is transferred to your smartphone and stored for up to 30 days in memory (you can save it forever, everything is up to you).

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The beauty of the camera and automation is that you can create a wide variety of events, including using smart home accessories, and they will act as triggers for the camera and create a list of events. The software is very advanced, and you can create different scenarios, for example, a leak sensor is triggered and a notification with a picture from the camera immediately goes on.

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Coming up with all sorts of scenarios is not difficult, here you are limited only by your imagination and what sensors you use. For example, I have a scenario set up in which the opening of the door creates an event - the camera records exactly who entered or exited. Conveniently? Wrong word.

Price and short conclusion

The cost of the camera is around 5,000 rubles (for example, the camera can be bought in the official aqara.ru store), the price looks adequate, since this is a two-in-one device, not only a smart camera, but also a hub for a smart home . If such a camera appeared first, Aqara would start building its smart home around it.

You can call the camera from Aqara soundly made, good price / quality ratio, it does not have any flaws that interfere with use. For those who are looking for a solution to automate the control over the space at home (for example, how often your child is not sitting at the lessons, but playing the console), this is the optimal product. For those who use Apple, this is the most affordable HomeKit camera with support for the company's proprietary chips. So I recommend it from the bottom of my heart, the product turned out to be good.

Review of smart camera and smart home center - Aqara G2H (CH-H01)

The topic of a smart home has been actively promoted for the past ten years, but has not received any noticeable development until recently. Enthusiasts installed such systems, but then stumbled upon the lack of convenient software for managing individual elements, the uselessness of many scenarios. The revolution happened quietly, little by little, when people began to receive separate smart accessories, such as light bulbs, and saw how they could be integrated into their lives. And so, device after device, our homes began to acquire accessories that make life easier.

Every smart home should have a center, what is called a hub. It is to this hub that you connect your devices. For many, buying a hub looks relatively expensive and somewhat meaningless: why do I need a separate device, I want the light bulb to be controlled directly without intermediaries. But a hub is a necessary control element for a smart home, it's another matter that many people want to get it for a penny or even for free. Fighting the green toad, you can cheat and buy not a separate hub, but a smart camera that already has these features. For those who, like me, use a smart home, such an additional hub is interesting because you expand the area of ​​​​your smart home, you can connect various sensors directly to the camera and automate many things. But, of course, security in the broadest sense of the word comes to the fore, because a smart camera is needed for this, right?

Although, looking at the Aqara G2H camera, I can say that it can also be a baby monitor, you can monitor the baby in the crib. And you can use such cameras to organize internal communication in the house, since you have the opportunity to call the camera or record a small video message from the camera (surprisingly, this has become a kind of reminder for me what exactly I need to buy in the store).

Aqara G2H is unique in that, in addition to the standard Aqara Home application, Apple HomeKit is fully supported, that is, you can integrate the camera into the Apple smart home ecosystem. And at a cost of about 5,000 rubles, this is the most inexpensive smart camera for this ecosystem, all other offers are twice as expensive and there are not so many of them.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH- H01)

Let's figure out together what this camera can do and how convenient it is in everyday use.

Design, installation, power supply and initial setup

Official deliveries of this camera to Russia are adjacent to the gray market, where you can find the camera in different colors on the latter. But the officially supplied camera is only white, at least at the moment it is.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH- H01)

The camera is small, medium in size, but it is impossible to call it compact. A mains connection is always required, the wire included in the kit is two meters, so you will surely reach the outlet. The connector on the camera is microUSB, which should not be a concern, since the charger is included.

Nice rough plastic, the camera will fit perfectly into any interior. This is not a hidden camera, so find a suitable location for installation. You can hang the camera on the wall, but something will need to be done with the wire, in the official pictures this moment was even somehow ignored, as if the camera hangs without wires at all.

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In my opinion, you need to decide what kind of room you are going to equip with a camera, as well as why you need it. If it is security, then you should think about a good viewing angle, capture a larger angle, including doors and windows. But it is possible that you want to put a camera for the child to see what he is doing and so that he can communicate with you via video. Then it is appropriate to install the camera on the desktop.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH-H01)

I have combined several tasks, set up a camera in the kitchen to be able to “call” it and find out when you can go to dinner, or ask a question. In fact, this is a convenient intercom that allows you to call from anywhere not on the phone, but on this device.

The camera stands on a leg, on the inside there is a slot for microSD memory cards, you can remove the card by pressing a special clip that is included in the kit. At first glance, this is an absurdity, because it is inconvenient to get a card like that. In fact, this is done for security reasons, because if attackers discover the camera, then there is no reason to make it easy for them to remove the card on which video and events are recorded.

Perhaps the lack of a built-in battery in this simple camera is the biggest drawback, primarily for security purposes. Power outage and camera stops working, https://cars45.co.ke/listing/nissan/march/2006< /a> You can get out of the situation by adding an external battery, but this is already a kind of collective farm and unnecessary inventions (it’s easier to buy another camera for these tasks, it’s more logical).

The camera is on a foot, you can adjust the tilt.

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A 140-degree angle covers virtually the entire room, from a small room to a larger hall. Night vision with IR is turned on automatically by default and allows you to see the room at night.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH- H01)

The optics in the camera are not at the level of a high-quality camera, but no one expected that you would shoot photos or videos for family viewing with this camera, it has completely different tasks. It is possible to correct the distortion of the optics, but I will leave it up to you to enable or not enable the option.

The LED indicator under the eye of the camera is directional, it can be seen if you look at the camera directly, it is not very bright and does not irritate in the dark. When the camera is in hands-free mode, the blue color changes to red.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH- H01)

When you turn it on for the first time, you need to set up the camera, for this you need to download the Aqara Home application for Android, on iOS you can use the branded Home. A QR code for settings will appear on the smartphone screen, show it to the camera, and in a matter of minutes it will be set up.

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I want to note right away that it makes sense to set up storage of information in the cloud, in addition to the fact that it will be written to a memory card (it is not included in the kit). For Apple, you'll need an iCloud subscription of at least 200 GB, and the camera supports full data encryption. One of the advantages of the system is that within HomeKit you can analyze your photos in the cloud, and then you can determine who exactly flickers in front of the camera - wife, daughter, someone else. The accuracy of face detection is quite high, and this is a great way to know that the child has come from school and is at home.

On Android, you can set up any of the cloud services available to you, there are many instructions on the web on how to do this, everything works simply and clearly.

Automation, camera usage scenarios - intercom

There is a key on the top of the camera and a speaker on the back.

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Of all the button settings, I like the ability to record small videos the most, hold the button for three seconds and you can record video up to 15 seconds. It will arrive on all smartphones connected to your system (even if you are not at home, but somewhere else!). For a child, this is a great way to communicate with parents. From the non-obvious, I will note the opportunity to remind you that you need to buy something in the store, instead of calling, send a message (in our case, this scenario somehow arose by itself and turned out to be convenient, as well as such video reminders to ourselves). I don’t know about you, but I try to move around the house without a phone, and such cameras have become a great intercom option, someone calls you on them, and you immediately communicate (full duplex, microphone quality is excellent). The volume of the speaker is not very high, but it is enough for a comfortable conversation even when the TV is on.

In addition to the camera constantly recording video of what is happening around it, you can automate events, create notifications to help you navigate what is happening. The camera can automatically detect movement in the field of view, as well as respond to unusual external noise (for example, broken glass). You will immediately receive notifications and be able to watch a short video of the event. A few seconds before the event itself and a few seconds after, such a video is transferred to your smartphone and stored for up to 30 days in memory (you can save it forever, everything is up to you).

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The beauty of the camera and automation is that you can create a wide variety of events, including using smart home accessories, and they will act as triggers for the camera and create a list of events. The software is very advanced, and you can create different scenarios, for example, a leak sensor is triggered and a notification with a picture from the camera immediately goes on.

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Coming up with all sorts of scenarios is not difficult, here you are limited only by your imagination and what sensors you use. For example, I have a scenario set up in which the opening of the door creates an event - the camera records exactly who entered or exited. Conveniently? Wrong word.

Price and short conclusion

The cost of the camera is around 5,000 rubles (for example, the camera can be bought in the official aqara.ru store), the price looks adequate, since this is a two-in-one device, not only a smart camera, but also a hub for a smart home . If such a camera were the first to appear, Aqara would start building its smart home around it.

You can call the camera from Aqara soundly made, good price / quality ratio, it does not have any flaws that interfere with use. For those who are looking for a solution to automate the control over the space at home (for example, how often your child is not sitting at the lessons, but playing the console), this is the optimal product. For those who use Apple, this is the most affordable HomeKit camera with support for the company's proprietary chips. So I recommend it from the bottom of my heart, the product turned out to be good.

Review of smart camera and smart home center - Aqara G2H (CH-H01)

The topic of a smart home has been actively promoted for the past ten years, but until recently it has not received any noticeable development. Enthusiasts installed such systems, but then stumbled upon the lack of convenient software for managing individual elements, the uselessness of many scenarios. The revolution happened quietly, little by little, when people began to receive separate smart accessories, such as light bulbs, and saw how they could be integrated into their lives. And so, device after device, our homes began to acquire accessories that make life easier.

Every smart home should have a center, what is called a hub. It is to this hub that you connect your devices. For many, buying a hub looks relatively expensive and somewhat meaningless: why do I need a separate device, I want the light bulb to be controlled directly without intermediaries. But a hub is a necessary control element for a smart home, it's another matter that many people want to get it for a penny or even for free. Fighting the green toad, you can cheat and buy not a separate hub, but a smart camera that already has these features. For those who, like me, use a smart home, such an additional hub is interesting because you expand the area of ​​​​your smart home, you can connect various sensors directly to the camera and automate many things. But, of course, security in the broadest sense of the word comes to the fore, because a smart camera is needed for this, right?

Although, looking at the Aqara G2H camera, I can say that it can also be a baby monitor, you can monitor the baby in the crib. And you can use such cameras to organize internal communication in the house, since you have the opportunity to call the camera or record a small video message from the camera (surprisingly, this has become a kind of reminder for me what exactly I need to buy in the store).

Aqara G2H is unique in that, in addition to the standard Aqara Home application, Apple HomeKit is fully supported, that is, you can integrate the camera into the Apple smart home ecosystem. And at a cost of about 5,000 rubles, this is the most inexpensive smart camera for this ecosystem, all other offers cost twice as much and there are not so many of them.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH- H01)

Let's figure out together what this camera can do and how convenient it is in everyday use.

Design, installation, power supply and initial setup

Official deliveries of this camera to Russia are adjacent to the gray market, where you can find the camera in different colors on the latter. But the officially supplied camera is only white, at least at the moment it is.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH- H01)

The camera is small, medium in size, but it is impossible to call it compact. A mains connection is always required, the wire included in the kit is two meters, so you will surely reach the outlet. The connector on the camera is microUSB, which should not be a concern, since the charger is included.

Nice rough plastic, the camera will fit perfectly into any interior. This is not a hidden camera, so find a suitable location for installation. You can hang the camera on the wall, but something will need to be done with the wire, in the official pictures this moment was even somehow ignored, as if the camera hangs without wires at all.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH-H01) Smart camera review and smart home center - Aqara G2H (CH-H01)

In my opinion, you need to decide what kind of room you are going to equip with a camera, as well as why you need it. If it is security, then you should think about a good viewing angle, capture a larger angle, including doors and windows. But it is possible that you want to put a camera for the child to see what he is doing and so that he can communicate with you via video. Then it is appropriate to install the camera on the desktop.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH-H01)

I have combined several tasks, set up a camera in the kitchen to be able to “call” it and find out when you can go to dinner, or ask a question. In fact, this is a convenient intercom that allows you to call from anywhere not on the phone, but on this device.

The camera stands on a leg, on the inside there is a slot for microSD memory cards, you can remove the card by pressing a special clip that is included in the kit. At first glance, this is an absurdity, because it is inconvenient to get a card like that. In fact, this is done for security reasons, because if attackers discover the camera, then there is no reason to make it easy for them to remove the card on which video and events are recorded.

Perhaps the lack of a built-in battery in this simple camera is the biggest drawback, primarily for security purposes. Power outage and camera stops working, https://cars45.co.ke/listing/nissan/march/2006< /a> You can get out of the situation by adding an external battery, but this is already a kind of collective farm and unnecessary inventions (it’s easier to buy another camera for these tasks, it’s more logical).

The camera is on a foot, you can adjust the tilt.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH- H01) Review smart camera and smart home center - Aqara G2H (CH-H01)

A 140-degree angle covers virtually the entire room, from a small room to a larger hall. Night vision with IR is turned on automatically by default and allows you to see the room at night.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH- H01)

The optics in the camera are not at the level of a high-quality camera, but no one expected that you would shoot photos or videos for family viewing with this camera, it has completely different tasks. It is possible to correct the distortion of the optics, but I will leave it up to you to enable or not enable the option.

The LED indicator under the eye of the camera is directional, it can be seen if you look at the camera directly, it is not very bright and does not irritate in the dark. When the camera is in hands-free mode, the blue color changes to red.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH- H01)

When you turn it on for the first time, you need to set up the camera, for this you need to download the Aqara Home application for Android, on iOS you can use the branded Home. A QR code for settings will appear on the smartphone screen, show it to the camera, and in a matter of minutes it will be set up.

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I want to note right away that it makes sense to set up storage of information in the cloud, in addition to the fact that it will be written to a memory card (it is not included in the kit). For Apple, you'll need an iCloud subscription of at least 200 GB, and the camera supports full data encryption. One of the advantages of the system is that within HomeKit you can analyze your photos in the cloud, and then you can determine who exactly flickers in front of the camera - wife, daughter, someone else. The accuracy of face detection is quite high, and this is a great way to know that the child has come from school and is at home.

On Android, you can set up any of the cloud services available to you, there are many instructions on the web on how to do this, everything works simply and clearly.

Automation, camera usage scenarios - intercom

There is a key on the top of the camera and a speaker on the back.

Smart camera and smart home center review - Aqara G2H (CH- H01) Review smart camera and smart home center - Aqara G2H (CH-H01)

Of all the button settings, I like the ability to record small videos the most, hold the button for three seconds and you can record video up to 15 seconds. It will arrive on all smartphones connected to your system (even if you are not at home, but somewhere else!). For a child, this is a great way to communicate with parents. From the non-obvious, I will note the opportunity to remind you that you need to buy something in the store, instead of calling, send a message (in our case, this scenario somehow arose by itself and turned out to be convenient, as well as such video reminders to ourselves). I don’t know about you, but I try to move around the house without a phone, and such cameras have become a great intercom option, someone calls you on them, and you immediately communicate (full duplex, microphone quality is excellent). The volume of the speaker is not very high, but it is enough for a comfortable conversation even when the TV is on.

In addition to the camera constantly recording video of what is happening around it, you can automate events, create notifications to help you navigate what is happening. The camera can automatically detect movement in the field of view, as well as respond to unusual external noise (for example, broken glass). You will immediately receive notifications and be able to watch a short video of the event. A few seconds before the event itself and a few seconds after, such a video is transferred to your smartphone and stored for up to 30 days in memory (you can save it forever, everything is up to you).

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The beauty of the camera and automation is that you can create a wide variety of events, including using smart home accessories, and they will act as triggers for the camera and create a list of events. The software is very advanced, and you can create different scenarios, for example, a leak sensor is triggered and a notification with a picture from the camera immediately goes on.

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Coming up with all sorts of scenarios is not difficult, here you are limited only by your imagination and what sensors you use. For example, I have a scenario set up in which the opening of the door creates an event - the camera records exactly who entered or exited. Conveniently? Wrong word.

Price and short conclusion

The cost of the camera is around 5,000 rubles (for example, the camera can be bought in the official aqara.ru store), the price looks adequate, since this is a two-in-one device, not only a smart camera, but also a hub for a smart home . If such a camera appeared first, Aqara would start building its smart home around it.

You can call the camera from Aqara soundly made, good price / quality ratio, it does not have any flaws that interfere with use. For those who are looking for a solution to automate the control over the space at home (for example, how often your child is not sitting at the lessons, but playing the console), this is the optimal product. For those who use Apple, this is the most affordable HomeKit camera with support for the company's proprietary chips. So I recommend it from the bottom of my heart, the product turned out to be good.

Review of smart camera and smart home center - Aqara G2H (CH-H01)

The topic of a smart home has been actively promoted for the past ten years, but has not received any noticeable development until recently. Enthusiasts installed such systems, but then stumbled upon the lack of convenient software for managing individual elements, the uselessness of many scenarios. The revolution happened quietly, little by little, when people began to receive separate smart accessories, such as light bulbs, and saw how they could be integrated into their lives. And so, device after device, our homes began to acquire accessories that make life easier.

Every smart home should have a center, what is called a hub. It is to this hub that you connect your devices. For many, buying a hub looks relatively expensive and somewhat meaningless: why do I need a separate device, I want the light bulb to be controlled directly without intermediaries. But a hub is a necessary control element for a smart home, it's another matter that many people want to get it for a penny or even for free. Fighting the green toad, you can cheat and buy not a separate hub, but a smart camera that already has these features. For those who, like me, use a smart home, such an additional hub is interesting because you expand the area of ​​​​your smart home, you can connect various sensors directly to the camera and automate many things. But, of course, security in the broadest sense of the word comes to the fore, because a smart camera is needed for this, right?

Although, looking at the Aqara G2H camera, I can say that it can also be a baby monitor, you can monitor the baby in the crib. And you can use such cameras to organize internal communication in the house, since you have the opportunity to call the camera or record a small video message from the camera (surprisingly, this has become a kind of reminder for me what exactly I need to buy in the store).

Aqara G2H is unique in that, in addition to the standard Aqara Home application, Apple HomeKit is fully supported, that is, you can integrate the camera into the Apple smart home ecosystem. And at a cost of about 5,000 rubles, this is the most inexpensive smart camera for this ecosystem, all other offers cost twice as much and there are not so many of them.

Let's figure out together what this camera can do and how convenient it is in everyday use.

Design, installation, power supply and initial setup

Official deliveries of this camera to Russia are adjacent to the gray market, where you can find the camera in different colors on the latter. But the officially supplied camera is only white, at least at the moment it is.

The camera is small, medium in size, but it is impossible to call it compact. A mains connection is always required, the wire included in the kit is two meters, so you will surely reach the outlet. The connector on the camera is microUSB, which should not be a concern, since the charger is included.

Nice rough plastic, the camera will fit perfectly into any interior. This is not a hidden camera, so find a suitable location for installation. You can hang the camera on the wall, but something will need to be done with the wire, in the official pictures this moment was even somehow ignored, as if the camera hangs without wires at all.

In my opinion, you need to decide what kind of room you are going to equip with a camera, as well as why you need it. If it is security, then you should think about a good viewing angle, capture a larger angle, including doors and windows. But it is possible that you want to put a camera for the child to see what he is doing and so that he can communicate with you via video. Then it is appropriate to install the camera on the desktop.

I have combined several tasks, set up a camera in the kitchen to be able to “call” it and find out when you can go to dinner, or ask a question. In fact, this is a convenient intercom that allows you to call from anywhere not on the phone, but on this device.

The camera stands on a leg, on the inside there is a slot for microSD memory cards, you can remove the card by pressing a special clip that is included in the kit. At first glance, this is an absurdity, because it is inconvenient to get a card like that. In fact, this is done for security reasons, because if attackers discover the camera, then there is no reason to make it easy for them to remove the card on which video and events are recorded.

Perhaps the lack of a built-in battery in this simple camera is the biggest drawback, primarily for security purposes. Power outage and the camera stops working, https://cars45.co.ke/listing/nissan/march/2006 you can get out of the situation by adding an external battery, but this is already a kind of collective farm and unnecessary inventions (it’s easier to buy another one for these tasks camera, it makes more sense).

Perhaps the lack of a built-in battery in this simple camera is the biggest drawback, primarily for security purposes. Power outage and the camera stops working,
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The camera is on a foot, you can adjust the tilt.

A 140-degree angle covers virtually the entire room, from a small room to a larger hall. Night vision with IR is turned on automatically by default and allows you to see the room at night.

The optics in the camera are not at the level of a high-quality camera, but no one expected that you would shoot photos or videos for family viewing with this camera, it has completely different tasks. It is possible to correct the distortion of the optics, but I will leave it up to you to enable or not enable the option.

The LED indicator under the eye of the camera is directional, it can be seen if you look at the camera directly, it is not very bright and does not irritate in the dark. When the camera is in hands-free mode, the blue color changes to red.

When you turn it on for the first time, you need to set up the camera, for this you need to download the Aqara Home application for Android, on iOS you can use the branded Home. A QR code for settings will appear on the smartphone screen, show it to the camera, and in a matter of minutes it will be set up.

I want to note right away that it makes sense to set up storage of information in the cloud, in addition to the fact that it will be written to a memory card (it is not included in the kit). For Apple, you'll need an iCloud subscription of at least 200 GB, and the camera supports full data encryption. One of the advantages of the system is that within HomeKit you can analyze your photos in the cloud, and then you can determine who exactly flickers in front of the camera - wife, daughter, someone else. The accuracy of face detection is quite high, and this is a great way to know that the child has come from school and is at home.

On Android, you can set up any of the cloud services available to you, there are many instructions on the web on how to do this, everything works simply and clearly.

Automation, camera usage scenarios - intercom

There is a key on the top of the camera and a speaker on the back.

Of all the button settings, I like the ability to record small videos the most, hold the button for three seconds and you can record video up to 15 seconds. It will arrive on all smartphones connected to your system (even if you are not at home, but somewhere else!). For a child, this is a great way to communicate with parents. From the non-obvious, I’ll note the opportunity to remind you that you need to buy something in the store, instead of calling, send a message (in our case, this scenario somehow arose by itself and turned out to be convenient, as well as such video reminders to ourselves). I don’t know about you, but I try to move around the house without a phone, and such cameras have become a great intercom option, someone calls you on them, and you immediately communicate (full duplex, microphone quality is excellent). The volume of the speaker is not very high, but it is enough for a comfortable conversation even when the TV is on.

In addition to the camera constantly recording video of what is happening around it, you can automate events, create notifications to help you navigate what is happening. The camera can automatically detect movement in the field of view, as well as respond to unusual external noise (for example, broken glass). You will immediately receive notifications and be able to watch a short video of the event. A few seconds before the event itself and a few seconds after, such a video is transferred to your smartphone and stored for up to 30 days in memory (you can save it forever, everything is up to you).

The beauty of the camera and automation is that you can create a wide variety of events, including using smart home accessories, and they will act as triggers for the camera and create a list of events. The software is very advanced, and you can create different scenarios, for example, a leak sensor is triggered and a notification with a picture from the camera immediately goes on.

Coming up with all sorts of scenarios is not difficult, here you are limited only by your imagination and what sensors you use. For example, I have a scenario set up in which the opening of the door creates an event - the camera records exactly who entered or exited. Conveniently? Wrong word.

Price and short conclusion

The cost of the camera is around 5,000 rubles (for example, the camera can be bought in the official aqara.ru store), the price looks adequate, since this is a two-in-one device, not only a smart camera, but also a hub for a smart home . If such a camera appeared first, Aqara would start building its smart home around it.

You can call the camera from Aqara soundly made, good price / quality ratio, it does not have any flaws that interfere with use. For those who are looking for a solution to automate the control over the space at home (for example, how often your child is not sitting at the lessons, but playing the console), this is the optimal product. For those who use Apple, this is the most affordable HomeKit camera with support for the company's proprietary chips. So I recommend it from the bottom of my heart, the product turned out to be good.