YI Adjustable Alerts Security Camera

Last updated: August 23, 2022

The YI 1080p Home Camera comes with an easy-to-install mount. Simply slip off the backing and the mount adheres to the wall. This camera also lets you pan and tilt your security camera using the app, letting you manage your camera's viewing angle even when you aren't home.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: If you're renting your place, the adhesive backing on the YI 1080p Home Camera mount will keep you from putting holes in the wall.

In our analysis of 67 expert reviews, the YI Adjustable Alerts Security Camera placed 10th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Building on the success of the #1 best-selling YI home camera, The YI home camera 1080P delivers high definition videos of your home, so you can view every moment in even clearer quality. Its baby crying detection technology also acts as a state of the art baby monitor, sending an alert to your phone at the first cry of your baby. By connecting to YI cloud you can be rest assured you’ll never lose any footage, even if your camera is damaged or stolen.

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Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The recording quality was pretty good, even in night vision mode, and when the motion detection alerted me to movement, I could make out details in the image, regardless of light levels.
It’s quite rare to get a pan and tilt enabled camera for something in this price range. The best news? It actually works. Besides that, the camera quality is great and the images and video are sharp and clear, even at night.
Sound quality is decent considering how cheap the camera is, and whether you're listening in from the companion app or you're talking to someone through the camera, sound is perfectly clear enough so there are no miscommunications.
The Yi Home Camera has a microphone and a loudspeaker allowing you to communicate with anyone within earshot of the camera while you’re away through the application, further reinforcing the webcam-like properties of the thing – just keep in mind that big brother is listening.
Its night vision mode uses eight infrared LEDs to help it get a clear view in the dark. Its built-in algorithms allow the camera to detect when your baby is crying, and it can send you a distinct notification letting you know.
It has 1080p video, two-way audio, night vision, and even special audio detection where it can sense a baby crying.
Two-way audio allows for conversation
The YI Home Camera includes special technology that detects a baby’s crying and sends you a smartphone alert. Plus, it boasts advanced night vision that allows you to check on your little one without disturbing them.
I have to give this camera top marks in the video clarity department. The moment I got the live stream up on my phone, everything appeared so crisp and sharp. It was amazing. Having that 1080p HD recording — which is an industry standard — is so clutch.
The camera captures clear images during the day and can easily spy on the given area in pitch darkness. The camera is a no-brainer and all you need to do is power it on and forget it.
The app works on both mobiles phones and PCs, plus there is two-way audio allowing you to remotely communicate with people and pets who are near the camera.
The motion sensor and night vision of YI home camera are phenomenal as it helps in capturing clear images even when it is pitch dark.

What reviewers didn't like

While the notification limitations are a bit strange and unclear within the app's settings, the real problem is the spotty motion detection. Being able to get an alert at the right time could mean the difference of contacting law enforcement during the act or missing it all together. The detection failing once or twice might be forgiven, but it was hit-or-miss far too often.
The camera only records for a very short time-frame after motion is detected, and it’s difficult/impossible to change this feature, even with a micro SD card.
The camera itself is only 720p for video, though Yi does have an upgraded (and more expensive) model with 1080p.
This model doesn’t support cloud storage but has onboard recording capabilities facilitated by micro-SD cards. The videos are encrypted upon being saved with passwords configurable through the application.
Storage sold separately (either memory card or cloud)
Alarms or sirens. This could be useful if I wanted the neighbors to know that someone broke into my house.
You can also use this to alert the person on the other end (it could be either waking up a sleeping guard or a scaring away a thief). However, the volume is not as loud and the camera needs to be at a close distance to understand the owner’s voice.
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The camera memory is limited to 8 to 32GB SD card and in order to continue recording, the first hour of recording is always deleted when memory is full.
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