YI Home Camera

Last updated date: September 26, 2019

DWYM Score
8.8


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 181 expert reviews, the YI YI Home Camera placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 8, 2019:
Checkout The Best Pet Camera for a detailed review of all the top pet camera.

Expert Summarized Score
9.9
16 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.8
4,109 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Baby Crying Detection and Motion Detection features use state-of-the-art technology to detect and send notifications to your phone. Activity Alerts (7-day storage in YI Cloud) available free of charge without a microSD memory card or a YI Cloud subscription.
- Goriosi
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.
- Top Tenz
July 7, 2019 | Full review
The YI Home is the first YI product on the list, and while it does not offer the same full suite of features that the YI Dome does, it is an excellent option for anyone needing an IP camera. One area where the YI Home shines is in terms of connectivity. With a three channel 2.4Ghz wifi connection and speeds of up to 150mbs, the YI Home can keep up with the best of them.
- V Best Reviews
The name “Yi” itself stands for the quality. It has got a lot of helpful features like feed sharing, sound detection, baby cry monitor and many more. With 1080p/15fps video recordings, enhanced night vision, instant activity alerts, robust encryption, Apple and Android app support, and local and cloud storage support, Yi 1080p home security camera is really the best in the list that you can buy.
- The Keen Hunter
This IP surveillance camera will give you peace of mind while away from home and comes in a pack of 2. The white set looks good in different settings including the living room, office, bedroom, balcony and children’s room.
- Join Double
March 1, 2019 | Full review
This is one of the Best Security Cameras for Small Business which has earned a high reputation for the enhanced night vision. As the infrared is turned on in an automated manner in the low light conditions, you will be able to see in the dark clearly. The Baby Crying Motion Detection features make use of state of the art technology for the detection and sending of notifications to the phone.
- OpenSumo Guide
The YI 1080p Home Camera is arguably the best in its class. Its celebrated 1080p HD resolution delivers crystal-clear videos and images for ultimate convenience. This unit also features an enhanced digital noise reduction as well as advanced Baby Crying Detection. Its smart motion detection uses advanced motion computation algorithms to detect any movement. Furthermore, the camera has a 2-way talk that allows you to keep your loved ones entertained with your own voice.
- The Z9
July 7, 2019 | Full review
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
The keenly rate YI features revolutionary algorithms that can detect when your baby is crying within seconds and sends notifications right to your phone. Meanwhile, the sophisticated night vision lets you see if your infant is sleeping without infrared or LED glare to disturb him/her.
- Generic Surplus
Enhanced Night Vision - 8 individual 940nm infrared LED's, which automatically turns on infrared (IR) in low light conditions, allowing you to see clearly in the dark.
- Burnaztur
The 720p camera has 111 degree view with night and a 4x zoom allowing you to spy on - er, we mean check on - your dog effectively.
- Pet Aware
February 2, 2019 | Full review
The thing we love best about Yi is that multiple people can use multiple cameras under 1 account. This is a very convenient way for everyone in your family to be able to keep an eye on a pet, check who’s at the front door, or watch for a crying baby at night. You could also use this camera to keep an eye on an expensive toy like a boat or trailer that’s in a storage facility.
- Spy Cameras Reviewed
It’s the #1 best-selling home security camera on Amazon for so many reasons, and it has all the great features you would expect in a home security cam.
- BGR
July 24, 2018 | Full review
The new features of Baby Crying Detection and Motion Detection give a perfect addition to the product and its domestic use. The 4x zoom and 3D Noise Reduction provides an impeccable video and audio enhancement respectively. These Special Activity Alerts compliments the product as compared to others.
- GetLockers
This quirky little piece-of-kit offers 24/7 full high-definition recording via an F2.0 aperture and 112-degree wide-angle lens. The 1080p video comes with 15 frames-per-second and offers an extremely clear and vivid picture which is exactly what you need from the hardware of this nature. The camera also features two-way audio to ensure that communication can be ket as well as individual activity alerts if motion or noise is detected. Cloud storage completes the offering for this excellent hardware.
- Redmond Pie
YI security camera held the seventh position among the best home security cameras, has 1080p resolution. It is an indoor 2.4G IP security surveillance system. The day clips recorded are crystal clear, you can view your videos through YI home app and store them in YI cloud for 7 days free of cost, although 8GB to maximum 32GB micro SD card is also supported for local storage. You can share your cameras with at least 5 family members through a single YI app.
- Gadget Souq
What experts didn't like
You’re literally handing your privacy over to the Yi corporation on a silver platter
- SafeMonk
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
Not suitable for outdoor uses
- GetLockers
Night vision is little blurry.
- Gadget Souq

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.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Furbo Pet Camera
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 32
2. TENVIS Security Camera
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 26
3. YI Wireless Indoor Security Surveillance System
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 21
4. Faleemi Wireless Network Camera
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Petcube Pet Camera with Interactive Laser Toy
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 33
6. YI Home Camera
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 16
7. KAMTRON Security Camera
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 10
8. NETVUE Pet Camera
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
9. SereneLife Indoor Wireless Camera
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 6
10. DophiGo Wireless Home Security Monitor
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Pet Camera

One of the great things about owning a pet is the reaction you get when you walk in the door. After a long day, it’s good to get slobbery, yappy proof that somebody missed you. (OK, maybe that happens less often with cats — but they’re still nice to snuggle up to.)

The flip side of that is knowing they’re lonely all that time, and maybe wondering what mischief they’re up to. Well, it’s modern technology to the rescue as usual. A good pet camera can not only let you keep tabs on your fur baby, but interact with them, too.

Pretty much any remotely controlled camera can let you supervise your favorite guard dog or cat, and video quality can vary a lot among the cheaper models. 720p is a good baseline resolution, though most cams have some HD video capability. If you want a better view of your pet’s antics (or maybe clearer evidence of little “accidents” they may cause), maybe consider a sharper 1080p picture. Some upscale pet cameras even include the option for two-way video, allowing your dog or cat to see you while you look in on them.

Stationary cameras are at the low end of the price spectrum, but they’re not as common these days. And since even the laziest cats won’t stay put for an entire day, it’s best to invest in a cam with some range of motion. Modern pet or security cameras allow you to pan left or right, giving you a field of vision that can stretch up to 360 degrees. Most will also tilt up or down to a lesser degree.

For especially active animals, our home improvement expert Vicki Liston recommends considering a camera with motion sensors and tracking capabilities: “Instead of checking in and wasting time when nothing is happening, some models will send you an alert if it senses motion or noise, like barking. Once you receive this alert, you’ll be able to check the video and see what the commotion is all about (and whether or not your neighbor was telling the truth about your dog barking all day),” she says.

Want to hear what your pet has to say during the day? Audio feeds are a common capability on pet cams, and some even have a speaker built in so that the two of you can have a conversation. Again, barking is a concern for pet owners in densely populated areas. Pricier cameras might include audio detection tech, ranging from the ability to send alerts in case of loud noises to algorithms that can distinguish the sound of a yapping dog. In either case, they can provide a double dose of security, letting you know when your pup is upset and if there might be an intruder around the house.

Those are the most common features, but there are a ton of others. The latest puppy cams can let you play simple games remotely with your dog, and spit out treats to award good behavior. Cat-centric cams might have a laser pointer that you can control with an app, allowing you to amuse and/or confound your favorite feline. There are even cameras that use spritzes of aromatherapy to soothe excitable dogs. The makers of these pet cameras know there’s little we won’t do for our furry friends, so the sky’s the limit.

DYWM Fun Fact

What do you get the pet who has everything? A pet of their very own … who’s also secretly a spy. For the those who truly don’t want to let their puppy go for a second during that long workday, there’s the Vava Mobile Pet Cam. As the name implies, it’s a camera that rolls on tiny treads, controlled like an RC car by a remote app. With two-way audio, it allows you to ask Fido who a good boy is from anywhere in the house. It comes equipped with all the toys, including a laser pointer and even a feather for teasing cats.

The Pet Camera Buying Guide

  • High-ticket pet cameras might have a little extra sticker-shock when you set it up. Pairing up your camera to another device or video storage might require you to purchase the manufacturer’s app or subscribe to a storage service. Liston says to do your homework before you buy, especially if you’re on a budget. “Does the cam you like only allow you to use all its bells and whistles if you also purchase the subscription plan? Does the subscription plan include cloud storage for a certain period of time? Does it limit the video to one user at a time or can multiple members of a household stream the camera feed? Consider the additional cost of subscriptions with the camera’s features to see which model best fits your needs.”
  • To get the most out of your pet camera, place it in an area where it will do the most good. For most rooms, that’s going to be relatively high up in a corner (provided they can be mounted that way). This allows even stationary cameras to cover a wide swath. You might need to mount them closer to the ground if they include interactive games or treat dispensers, but Liston urges caution there, too: “For those with problem-solving pets, it’s best to place or wall-mount treat-dispensing pet cameras just out of reach. The camera may be chewed on, knocked over and pummeled over and over in an attempt to get at the entire cache of deliciousness inside,” she says.
  • Most pet cameras will trumpet their hi-res video as a big selling point, but more pixels isn’t always a plus. Keep in mind that constantly streaming super-HD video can put a strain on your Wi-Fi. Do you really need to see every whisker on your cat for the entire eight-hour workday? If your wireless capability isn’t the best, you might want to consider a more modest camera resolution.