The Mi Wireless Outdoor Security Camera 1080p is Xiaomi’s first outdoor security camera to be offered in France under its own brand. With its attractive price and comprehensive services, it seems to have everything to please… Answer in our test.
outdoor security camera Xiaomi Mi 1080p Wireless Outdoor Security Camera It works with a battery and therefore has an autonomy of several months. It has been designed to be installed outdoors and thus cope with the vagaries of the weather.
Beyond the camera aspect, it’s logically capable of motion detection and has local storage using its dock. the camera is it is offered in a kit with its base at the price of 99.99 euros and it is possible to add up to 3 additional cameras with an additional cost of 79.99 euros per camera.
Design and ergonomics
The camera itself is totally built in a very classic white plastic and has a rounded hull. The front is made of shiny black plastic and houses the optics, surrounded by its infrared LEDs. An imposing motion detector sits underneath and there’s also an LED indicator and microphone.
The Mi Wireless Outdoor Security Camera 1080p, on the other hand, remains quite imposing due to its integrated battery which ultimately occupies most of the internal space. We’re also sorry that this 5700mAh battery isn’t removable, which means the camera will have to be swapped out if the battery fails. Pity.
Because the camera will still need to be recharged from time to time, it has a Hidden USB C port near the power button. A speaker is also present on this edge and will allow the two-way communication that we already find on the Mi 360° 2K.
As for fixing, Xiaomi has equipped the camera with a wall mount that requires 2 screws (supplied with its pegs). A third screw is present on the part attached to the camera to secure the assembly. A more or less wise choice since it will always be necessary to carry a screwdriver to unhook the camera.
The ball joint that takes place at the rear of the camera lacks amplitude in our opinion and it will be necessary to pay attention to the placement of the latter before drilling your wall. For example, it is not possible to orient the camera parallel to the support on which it is fixed. Also, we wish there was a magnetic mounting system in the box, or even a base that could have made it possible to simply place the camera on any surface.
The camera is therefore supplied with a docking station acting as a central alarm. This base is essential for the operation of the camera and looks like a small Wi-Fi router made entirely of white plastic. However, the device has the merit of being relatively compact and can be used to add multiple cameras.
This small box will logically have to be connected to the network and this action can be carried out as desired. wired (via an RJ45 port) or wireless through your usual Wi-Fi network. Power is provided here via a USB C port. If the cable is provided in the box, there is unfortunately no power supply. An increasingly common habit among all manufacturers…
The plant also has a USB port and a micro SD card reader that can be used to store images cameras. Two quite welcome additions as Xiaomi does not offer cloud storage for these cameras and only security events will be stored there.
As is often the case with this type of product, all the configuration is done through the dedicated application that is none other than Xiaomi Home. The setup steps are pretty straightforward, but we had some difficulty attaching the camera to the dock and it took a few tries.
Please note that this Xiaomi Home application is also used by many other devices of the brand and that it will logically be possible to operate all these products together if it is already equipped.
Basic functions and recordings
When our first camera is added to the app, we can directly access the ” Map dedicated to the latter. The application however, it does not appear to offer a live preview of this stream. and it will be necessary to press the play button to see the live image. It is also possible to access some shortcuts which are then displayed overlaid on the video stream.
From here it is then possible to make a video capture or recording. When manually activated, these recordings are stored directly in the phone’s memory. Events triggered by motion detection are stored in the cloudsfrom Xiaomi for 30 days and also on external storage if added.
it is not a priori it is not possible to completely disable storage on theclouds. Also, Mi Wireless Outdoor Security Camera 1080p does not offer continuous recording even if external storage has been added. However, this is a feature that was found on the Mi 360° 2K. Pity.
Equipped with a microphone and speaker, the camera records and outputs sound at the same time as video when images are viewed live (or in a recording). The presence of the loudspeaker. also allowscommunicate” Throught the camera thanks to two separate buttons.
At first, we didn’t really understand the usefulness of the second one, which actually adds audio processing to the voice to make it more serious. Why not. In any case, the quality of the microphone is very average and cannot really be exploited. The loudspeaker is quite correct for the use that could be given to it in practice. We only regret that it is not possible to use it as an alarm.
the motion detection is very lively and therefore globally effective thanks to the imposing motion detector present on the front. The latter can be set to different sensitivity levels and different detections are possible: motion, person or camera movement. All of these detections are effective and almost always relevant. Only detection of people after dark could be improved.
It is also possible customize recording duration which will be activated when an event is detected. Similarly, to avoid being harassed by notifications, you can also customize the delay between each one according to the user’s expectations. Overall, the app offers pretty limited options for this model and sticks to the bare essentials.
The autonomy announced by Xiaomi is about 3 months with the 5700 mAh battery. If this cannot be verified with just a few weeks of camera use, we can compare it to its real-fake twin, the Imilab EC2.
The latter easily lasts 3 to 4 months on a charge, knowing that its accumulator is more affordable. Therefore, we can logically deduce that the Mi Wireless Outdoor Security Camera 1080p and its larger battery will also be able to achieve such values.
The Mi Wireless Outdoor Security Camera 1080p sensor captures 1080p images that can also be saved in 720p to limit the impact on local storage. Here we benefit from a fairly wide field of view of 130° and an extended dynamic range “WDR” is also included.
This results in very decent quality images during the day. The image is sharp enough to be able to recognize a face. However, sudden changes in brightness can sometimes cause issues or even trigger motion detection.
Once night has fallen and the infrared LEDs are on (automatically), the image quality naturally degrades. the videos and photos turn out quite washed out and sometimes it can be difficult to formally recognize someone who is not very close to the camera. At this point we remain in fairly classic features, although lower than the best models on the market.
Surprisingly for an outdoor camera, on the other hand, it is not possible to mask certain areas of the image. Therefore, it will be necessary to be attentive to the orientation of the latter in order to remain on the nails in front of the law.
Xiaomi Mi Wireless Outdoor Security Camera 1080p price and availability
The Mi 1080p Wireless Outdoor Security Camera is available at the recommended price of 99.99 euros.