Aqara, a provider of smart home products, has announced the launch of the long-awaited G2H camera hub in the US. The camera hub will be available on Aqara Amazon store starting today priced at $69.99.
Aqara has equipped the G2H camera with a 1080p Full High Definition lens with a 140-degree ultra wide-angle. It also features a IR night vision that I found could make out objects up to 10 meters away. In addtion, it also features two-way audio and Abnormal sound detection and MicroSD card slot for recording storage.
The G2H camera is made of plastic and comes in white, unlike the Chinese version which comes in various colours. It features a useful rotatable stand for easy installation on a flat surface. But you can also use the magnet built into the base to attach to a wall using the metal wall mount.
The Aqara G2H works with the Aqara app and does not need a hub to function. This is is because the G2H has a Zigbee 3.0 hub built in. The Zigbee hub allows users to control other Aqara sensors and controllers. When used with the Aqara app users can view the event timeline and check on recordings that the camera has captured.
HomeKit Secure Video
To top the list of capabilities of the Aqara G2H, the smart camera also works HomeKit and HomeKit Secure Video right out of the box. HomeKit support allows the G2H to stream video footage via the Home app on your iOS device or Mac. But if used with a supported iCloud plan and HomeKit hub, then you get 10 days of recordings on supported iCloud accounts with end-to-end encryption.
When used with HomeKit Secure Video, the G2H can detect people, animals, cars or other moving objects. If it detects motion, then the HomeKit hub processes and encrypts the recording before uploading to iCloud. You can then view up to 10 days of recordings via the HKSV time in the Home app. Within the Home App, you can also setup notifications for motion events for the camera and use the built in motion sensor to trigger other HomeKit devices.
The G2H will also work with activity zones and facial recognition, which shipped with the update to HomeKit Secure Video in iOS 14.
I recently reviewed the G2H, albeit the Chinese version, and I was impressed with the performance and quality of this camera. You can checkout the Aqara G2H review here or the video version on our YouTube channel.
Pricing and availability – Discount code
You can pick up the Aqara G2H for $69.99, but through until the 16th October, Aqara is offering 25% discount with the code AQARAG2H for purchasers via its Amazon store.