YI Night Guard Baby Security Camera

Last updated: August 11, 2022

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Product Details

In our analysis of 67 expert reviews, the YI Night Guard Baby Security Camera placed 13th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

360° Complete Coverage Smart Home System YI Dome Camera is your 360° complete coverage indoor security camera system. With YI you are in touch with your home wherever you are. Rotation: Bidirectional rotation supports a 345° horizontal rotation range, and 115° vertical rotation range. With a 112° wide-angle lens, YI Dome Cam captures the full scene with practically zero blindspots. Automatically returns to “Auto-masking” mode for extra sense of security ensuring no recording without your permission. Store up to 8 positions as bookmarks and easily return to them at a touch of a button. Choose to auto-cruise horizontally 360° or make pit stops at your selected bookmarks. Protection: YI Dome Camera keeps you connected with your family always. Check-in with your family through 2-way audio by connecting to live video. Take quick snapshots and easily record videos. With a 360° viewing angle, every spot is covered. Enhanced night vision stays awake while you sleep: With 8 Built-In 940nm (non-invasive) infrared LEDs, YI Dome Cam Night Vision can shoot in the dark for a range up to 3 meters YI Home App: Monitor your home with YI Home App. View YI Dome Camera along with your other YI Home Camera family in one integrated app. Our Motion Detection Algorithm is YI Dome Cam’s safety hallmark. Movements can be accurately picked up and activity alerts are immediately sent to the App. 10 seconds smart motion tracking keeps up with everything, so you don’t have to. Ease of Use: Quick and versatile installation. Place YI where it suits you best: Vertical, Wall Mount or Ceiling. Simple and Flexible Storage Options: Local and Cloud

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Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The device also makes automatic use of this mobility. Whenever motion is detected, it automatically zones in on the disturbance and even tracks the moving target.
Motion tracking also worked quite well, and the pan and tilt feature was very responsive.
The Dome’s video was tack sharp with vibrant colors. The camera uses a proprietary distortion correction technology to straighten the fisheye edges that normally occur with wide-angle lenses. The result is the details at the boundaries of the image remain crystal clear.
The sleek, motorized design allows you to pan the camera in almost a complete circle, giving it the widest effective field of view of any camera that we tested.
Very loud and clear audio with almost no lag. Cool hands-free mode.
The Dome Cam provides 360 degrees of coverage with the rotating base, and you can mount this camera wherever without needing to purchase additional mounting equipment. Associated with the 360-degree camera coverage, the Dome Cam also features "auto-cruise" and "panorama capture" allowing you to keep an eye on specific areas or the entire room.
YI Dome Camera features a bidirectional rotation range that captures panoramic scenes.
The Yi Home Camera can move to allow nearly full 360-degree motion. This is great if you’re using it to see what the kids are up to or even to visually check doors and windows from the APP.
In addition to motion detection, the camera also has audio detection, which is critical when monitoring babies. Amusingly, Yi claims its camera software can identify the mood of the voice to differentiate a “baby crying” condition against other possible sounds. It also features two-way audio so the camera can also act like an intercom.
The camera has a motion tracking system which when enabled, allows you to continuously keep an eye on the activity in the room. When the internal AI detects a new motion or activity, it will continuously keep focusing on the action. It will track the moving object or person and keep following it until it disappears.
Clear audio: The camera provides two modes of audio handling, intercom and hand-free mode. The sound is crystal clear and the two-way communication is simply brilliant with almost zero breaking.

What reviewers didn't like

Reputation for low quality and prone to malfunction
It has a built-in microphone and speaker for two-way audio, and offers a Baby Crying feature that is supposed to send an alert when the camera hears an infant crying, but I wasn't able to get this feature to work in testing.
It's worth noting, however, that the YI 1080p Dome Camera can only connect to a 2.4GHz network. If that frequency band is heavily congested in your home, you'll be better served by a model that gives you the option of connecting to a dual-band router's 5GHz network.
It lacks some panache in video quality and monitoring performance, but still provides decent 720p video and is adept at detecting motion.
It doesn't tilt down at all and will rotate up so far that the cowling blocks the shot. The mechanism is also loud.
However, there are some limitations such as lower FPS recordings, and the lack of AI-enhancements to avoid false notifications.
App privacy concerns
When changing viewing positions, however, some users have reported a short gap where the only audio is that of the unit moving. This is minor however and doesn’t interfere with any other functionality of the camera.
The Yi Dome Camera is no different and Yi is offering a new Yi Cloud service just for that. Subscribers aren’t limited by how much they can store online. They are, however, limited to having only 30 days worth of recordings at a time.
In night mode the feed turns black and white, but the clarity takes a bit of a beating — subjects are not as sharp as one would expect, but the feed is good enough for faces to be recognized.
Panorama: The final images are not very stunning but the concept is pretty chic.
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