YI 1080p Home Camera

Last updated date: November 13, 2019

DWYM Score
8.7

YI 1080p Home Camera

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Overall Take

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. In our analysis of 92 expert reviews, the YI YI 1080p Home Camera placed 7th 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
8.8
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.8
4,312 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts 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.
- Gear Brain
December 12, 2017 | Full review
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.
- Spy Cameras Reviewed
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.
- Windows Central
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.
- SafeMonk
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.
- Business Insider
It has 1080p video, two-way audio, night vision, and even special audio detection where it can sense a baby crying.
- Review Geek
Two-way audio allows for conversation
- Property Guard Master
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.
- Verywell Family
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.
- Security Baron
August 8, 2019 | Full review
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 Asian Age
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.
- Omnicore
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.
- thesecuritycamera.org
What experts 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.
- Gear Brain
December 12, 2017 | Full review
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.
- Spy Cameras Reviewed
The camera itself is only 720p for video, though Yi does have an upgraded (and more expensive) model with 1080p.
- Windows Central
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.
- SafeMonk
Storage sold separately (either memory card or cloud)
- Property Guard Master
Alarms or sirens. This could be useful if I wanted the neighbors to know that someone broke into my house.
- Security Baron
August 8, 2019 | Full review
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.
- The Asian Age
The Momentum HD Wireless may be an even better deal
- Omnicore
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.
- thesecuritycamera.org

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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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.

DWYM 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.