YI 1080p Dome Security Camera

Last updated date: October 25, 2019

DWYM Score
7.4


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 91 expert reviews, the YI YI 1080p Dome Security Camera placed 11th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 15, 2020:
Checkout The Best Security Camera for a detailed review of all the top security cameras.

Expert Summarized Score
7.3
11 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.6
4,436 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts 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.
- SafeMonk
Motion tracking also worked quite well, and the pan and tilt feature was very responsive.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
July 20, 2018 | Full review
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.
- TechHive
August 21, 2018 | Full review
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.
- Tech Gear Lab
Very loud and clear audio with almost no lag. Cool hands-free mode.
- Android Police
January 20, 2017 | Full review
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.
- Android Central
YI Dome Camera features a bidirectional rotation range that captures panoramic scenes.
- SafeWise
December 18, 2018 | Full review
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.
- ensmartech
March 20, 2017 | Full review
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.
- Slash Gear
November 22, 2016 | Full review
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.
- Deccan Chronicle
March 9, 2019 | Full review
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.
- Secure Your Home and Family
What experts didn't like
Reputation for low quality and prone to malfunction
- SafeMonk
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.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
July 20, 2018 | Full review
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.
- TechHive
August 21, 2018 | Full review
It lacks some panache in video quality and monitoring performance, but still provides decent 720p video and is adept at detecting motion.
- Tech Gear Lab
It doesn't tilt down at all and will rotate up so far that the cowling blocks the shot. The mechanism is also loud.
- Android Police
January 20, 2017 | Full review
However, there are some limitations such as lower FPS recordings, and the lack of AI-enhancements to avoid false notifications.
- Android Central
App privacy concerns
- SafeWise
December 18, 2018 | Full review
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.
- ensmartech
March 20, 2017 | Full review
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.
- Slash Gear
November 22, 2016 | Full review
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.
- Deccan Chronicle
March 9, 2019 | Full review
Panorama: The final images are not very stunning but the concept is pretty chic.
- Secure Your Home and Family

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

Overall Product Rankings

1. Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 17
2. Reolink 8CH Home Security Camera System, 4 Cameras
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 0
3. ZOSI 8-Ch Security Camera System HD
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 4
4. KAMTRON WiFi IP Security Camera
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
5. heimvision 1080p Security Camera
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
6. YI 1080p WiFi 4pc Home Secutiry Camera System
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
7. YI 1080p Home Camera
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 12
8. Zmodo Wireless Security Camera System
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 10
10. ZOSI 720P 8-Ch Home Security Camera System
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 1
11. YI 1080p Dome Security Camera
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 11

An Overview On Security Cameras

Whether you run a business or you just want to protect your home, a security camera can be one of the best investments you’ll make. With a camera in place, you’ll be able to check in when you’re away, which will give you the peace of mind you need. There’s a wide range of security cameras designed for indoor areas, and most are packed with features at affordable prices.

Vicki Liston, writer, producer and narrator of “On the Fly…DIY,” says there are three main criteria to consider when looking for a security camera: picture quality, night vision and motion sensing. “On the Fly…DIY” is an award-winning show that focuses on unique project tutorials for home improvement and DIY projects.

“A 1080p or higher video will give you the resolution you need, even at night when it’s hardest to see,” Liston says. “Night vision should be a given, as more crimes statically happen after the sun goes down. The motion-sensing feature starts recording (and some also send notifications to your phone) only when something is actually happening within the camera’s field of vision. This can save hard drive space or battery life, depending on the type of camera.”

If you choose a camera that records in 1080p resolution, also check into the storage you’ll be offered for those videos. Your recordings won’t be very useful if you’re constantly running out of room. You may find that your chosen camera brand provides cloud storage, but you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription price to store your videos. Alternatively, you can buy an SD card and store your videos locally, but you should factor that extra cost into your camera purchase.

Installation and setup should be part of your purchase decision. Some cameras are easier to install than others. Battery-powered cameras can be mounted anywhere, while you’ll need to make sure you’re close to a power outlet if you choose one that needs to be plugged in at all times. Also consider the type of mount your camera comes with and decide whether you can mount a camera with screws to that section of the wall. If you’re a renter, you may want to go with a camera mount that has an adhesive backing to avoid drilling holes in the wall.

DYWM Fun Fact

If you leave the house, chances are you’ll soon be on camera, wherever you go. From the time you step out of the car in a parking lot, you’re likely on surveillance video. But nowhere is this more prevalent than the U.K., which has an estimated 500,000 closed-circuit televisions spread throughout London alone. Experts believe the average Londoner is captured on camera an average of 300 times each day. This is due in part to the fact that many businesses have installed cameras to protect customers and employees. However, you’ll find at least 15,000 cameras surrounding the city’s train system, known as the Underground, spread throughout the city. As with businesses, the Underground’s CCTV system is built to keep crime at a minimum.

The Security Camera Buying Guide

  • The quality of the images your camera captures is a prime consideration in any security camera. The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera uses a feature called motion tagging that keeps objects clear even as they’re moving. Recordings are in 1080p and infrared night vision. The KAMTRON WiFi IP Security Camera provides night vision via an IR LED that can capture images up to 20 feet away. You’ll get 1080 x 720p recording quality. The YI 1080p Home Camera has an upgraded version for a higher price that captures in 1080p.
  • Installation can be complex with traditional security cameras. As Liston points out, though, some newer cameras run on batteries to make this part of the process much easier.

“Battery-operated cameras are incredibly flexible when it comes to installation,” Liston says. “Since they are wireless, you won’t have the added tasks of drilling holes, running wires and ensuring the camera is close enough to an outlet.  You can also choose to move the camera to a new location if that becomes necessary in the future. The drawback, though, is that these require a strong Wi-Fi signal and you’ll need to regularly access the camera to change out the batteries.  With that in mind, any battery-operated unit should be installed out of reach of a would-be intruder but still accessible enough for maintenance.”

  • If installation is a concern, go for a battery-powered model, which can be installed anywhere.
  • Mounting the YI 1080p Home Camera is fairly easy, thanks to a magnetic base. However, it doesn’t have a battery, so you’ll still need to be close to a power plug.
  • Chances are, you won’t want your camera to capture video when nothing’s happening. Most security cameras are built to kick on when motion or sound is detected. The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera is triggered to record by both motion and sound, as is the KAMTRON WiFi IP Security Camera. The motion detection on the YI 1080p Home Camera is questionable, as there is a lag between movement and recording.
  • With some cameras, you can speak to the person on the other end. That can come in handy if you have a visitor you want to address. The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera has two-way audio, as does the KAMTRON WiFi IP Security Camera. With the YI 1080p Home Camera, you’ll get two-way audio, but the person on the other end will need to be very close to the camera to hear.
  • For those who have an Alexa device, the Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera connects up so that you can pull up your feed via voice command.
  • As handy as it is to see what your security camera is capturing in real time, if an event takes place, you’ll want to have it captured for later reference. The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera provides 14-day cloud storage. With the YI 1080p Home Camera, you’ll need to either purchase a cloud account or an SD card.
  • If something happens when you’re away from home, an alert can make all the difference. The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera lets you customize your alerts and tweak the sensitivity. You’ll also receive notifications if your smoke or carbon monoxide detector goes off.
  • The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera is very affordable, but you’ll find the build is less than impressive. That’s a small price to pay to have a camera packed with so many features, though.
  • The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera, KAMTRON WiFi IP Security Camera and YI 1080p Home Camera are built for indoor use. If you need a security camera you can put outside, exposed to the elements, you’ll need to shop specifically for an outdoor camera.
  • Since you’ll be saving your videos to the cloud or accessing your live view remotely, you’ll need to choose a camera that will easily connect to your home’s Wi-Fi. The Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera will only work on 2.4GHz, so check your router before you buy.
  • One great feature of the YI 1080p Home Camera is that you can pan and tilt your camera remotely, using the app.
  • Viewing angle is also important. The KAMTRON WiFi IP Security Camera has 360° rotation and viewing capability.
  • If you’re on a budget, you’ll want to stick with the Wyze Labs Wireless HD Indoor Smart Camera, KAMTRON WiFi IP Security Camera or YI 1080p Home Camera. All three cameras are in a low price range but pack plenty of features.