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.
Now, as of Mid-October 2019 this camera has proven to be a life-saver. As you’ll see in photos below, I played with a couple of these a lot in Spain and left one there running. The other I brought home with no particular use in mind. It just sof happens that I was slightly let down by another camera and this one REALLY came up trumps (if you’ll pardon the expression).
So, I have full remote control over my air-source heating system – the one thing I could not do was keep an eye on water pressure from a distance. I had all kinds of ideas for sensors – then my friend Aidan suggested a simple inexpensive camera. Ok I thought and fitted a little Q9 camera you’ll see elsewhere. It could not see in the dark and was a biy iffy even with a (remotely controlled) cupboard light on! So this morning I replaced it with the Q8. Seriously, apart from questionable ONVIF, it’s wonderful.
Check this out – my heating supboard with NO light and with a LED light running… you have no idea what a life-saver this was after struggling with the previous camera. Setup was easy with the App, no cloud storage needed (if I DID want storage I could fit a MicroSD card). The original images are GREAT and yet the camera was awkwardly placed in the only place I could get it, 6 inches away from the pressure gauge.
and the same again, this time with my cupboard (LED ) lighting on.
Here’s a picture I took in the kitchen in Spain.Back in Spain I ran both Q8 cameras 24/7 for some days on my workbench and they 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!