This entry is about the Xiaow Q8 HD 1080p 360 degree panoramic IP camera with ONVIF support, InfraRed night vision and AI motion detection from Xiaomi Youpin. No, I’d not heard the last part of that name either. Here’s a stock photo to start the ball rolling…
These cameras turned up a while ago and have been running ever since but I forgot to write about them. Now is as good a time as any.
In short an inexpensive, mainly indoor IP camera with APP, V380 Pro, the QR code comes in the little manual that is supplied with the camera.
After a spot of fun setting the Android V380 Pro APP up, all was well, the cameras operate perfectly. However, the ad claims ONVIF compatible and that is where I had problems. I use ONVIFER and other ONVIF programs with several other cameras all of which work, this camera does not appear compatible.
Also the V380 Pro app that comes with these cameras returns the camera monitoring to SD mode when running in HD mode, i.e. very time I restart the APP the cameras revert to SD mode. I will write in about that.
Lest I sound negative, I’ve been running both cameras 24/7 for some days now on my workbench and they’ve performed perfectly (staring at the walls) despite two power brown-outs and an unexplained house WIFI outage one day which lasted more than an hour. On later checking the V380 App, the cameras were operating perfectly.
For the purposes of making a nicer demo, this morning I down-powered one camera which I’ll now call “Fridgecam”, put it in front of the fridge in the living room and plugged it in. Voice: “System is starting”, “start-up is completed”, “WIFI connecting”, “WIFI connected” as the little round head revolved almost 360 degrees and bobbed up and down for a few seconds, Is that cute!! English is good with a very slight Chinese/American accent.
Back in my office, via the app, I adjusted the height and direction of the camera so as to get a half-decent shot, then it occurred to me that watching this camera with the other one might make for an interesting demo. I moved camera #2 which I’ll refer to as “R2D2” into the kitchen and plugged it in. After the start-up messages, R2D2 commenced it’s monitoring duties perfectly and is still doing so as I write this.
Settings in the App for each camera (I just happen to have two) include paid cloud storage options, network selection, video recording options including quality, SD formatting. video record quality (I chose HD and it stayed put, unlike the preview), audio record and event recording options, also optional continuous recording (that would need a big microSD or cloud package). SD formatting is also possible. The cameras operate from WIFI or a standard network connection
Device voice prompts can be turned on and off, language can be English or Chinese, IP can be DHCP or static and alarms can be turned on or off. There are arm/disarm options for intruder sensing but I could not see any sensitivity settings. Maybe I missed something or maybe that’ll come later with permanent HD preview?
For now, good gadgets!