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Xiaomi Dafang Review - PTZ Security Camera

by 26. April 2018
The Xiaomi Dafang is a smart indoor security camera. For the price of not even 20 € the camera promises a Full HD recording function including night vision mode, a pan-tilt motion tracking and more. Whether the cheap Xiaomi surveillance camera from China is actually so smart, you will find out in this review.
Overview
Manufacturer/Model

Xiaomi

Product

Xiaomi Dafang

Specifications

Recording
Resolution: 1080p (1920x1080)
Field of view: 120 °
Aperture: F2.7
Night Vision: 6 IR LEDs (940nm)

PTZ
Turn: 360 °
Tend: 93 °
Zoom: Digital

App
App: Mi Home
Alarm function: Yes
Motion Tracking: Yes

connectivity
SD memory card slot: Yes
WiFi: 2.4G
Speaker: Yes
Microphone: Yes

other
Size: 127.5 66.0 x x 60 mm
Weight: 249g

What's in the box

1x Xiaomi Dafang
1x Micro USB Cable
1x power adapter
1x user manual

First impression of Xiaomi Dafang

What's in the box

The scope of delivery of the Xiaomi Dafang surveillance camera is overall clear. Contained are next to the camera even a 1.8 meter long Micro-USB cable, AC adapter with NEMA-1 connector (5V - 2A), as well as a Manual in Chinese.

What's in the box

Design and workmanship

The Xiaomi Dafang is a laureate of the "Reddot" Design Awards. Compared to other surveillance cameras, Xiaomi does not go back to the typical "dome design", but takes a slightly different approach with the rectangular "block design". With Dimensions of 12.75 x 6.60 x 6.00 cm and a Weight of 249g The Xiaomi Dafang is a comparatively compact surveillance camera, even if it is not as compact as one Yi Home Camera 2 or Yi Dome, The quality of workmanship of the surveillance camera is not objectionable and does not suggest any product from the low price segment.

Equipment

As so-called "PTZ Security Camera" The Xiaomi Dafang offers one 360 ° pan function (Pan) and also lets itself around Tilt 93 °.

Built up the camera is as follows: Front is the camera module with a wide Field of view of 120 ° and a F2.3 aperture, Around the module are located 6 infrared LEDs (940 nm)that allow night vision. Videos are recorded or transmitted at a maximum resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080). The wireless transmission is done by a 2.4 GHz WiFi module.

Also located on the front side underneath the camera module is a Status LED and an light sensor, The back form the Loudspeakers, One USB Type-A female and a sticker with system-specific information.

You can place the Xiaomi Dafang standing, but also hanging. For this purpose, the surveillance camera is equipped with a base on the underside. A firm footing is achieved by the rubberized surface of the base. At the same time the pedestal is with a ¼ inch thread equipped so that mounting with a universal bracket is not a problem. Furthermore, there are on the bottom one MicroSD memory card slot, One Micro USB socket for power supply (Power consumption DC 5V - 2A), one Setup button As well as the Microphone.

commissioning

Xiaomi products are often intended for the Asian market only. For this reason, one usually only gets a Chinese user manual, which makes the commissioning seem extremely difficult, at least at first glance. Light into the darkness, however, brings so-called "Mi Home" app, which is responsible for the commissioning and operation of almost every Xiaomi product. An advantage is the multilingual structure of the app, which is why English as user language choose. The app is available for both Android and iOS mobile devices. To use the app will be a "Mi Account" needed, which you can easily create via the app.

The commissioning of the Xiaomi Dafang surveillance camera is done in a few steps. Within the Mi Home app you will be guided step by step through the commissioning with English instructions and additional pictures. The voice prompts of the camera are in Chinese. The user interface especially of the Xiaomi Dafang app plugin is only partially translated into English!

Functions and control

The Mi Home app is the control center of the Xiaomi Dafang surveillance camera. Without the app, the camera can not be used! A web interface does not exist and it is also not possible to address the camera via ONVIF protocol or to access an RTSP stream.

However, it might well be possible to implement the RTSP protocol retroactively. Unofficial firmware versions or hacks other Xiaomi surveillance camera have already shown that subsequently the RTSP protocol can be implemented and SSH, FTP and Telnet can be activated. If you want to stay up to date, you should definitely Repoarticle) keep an eye!

Cloud and offline connection

To connect via Mi Home app to the camera, will by default requires an internet connectionwhich then connects to the cloud. Data exchange with the cloud is encrypted in both directions. The servers are in China!

Alternatively, it is also possible a Direct connection to Xiaomi Dafang manufacture. For this purpose, the surveillance camera builds up its own WLAN. A Wi-Fi password can be set individually, but the SSID is not. In addition, the SSID can not hide. The encryption follows the WPA2 PSK security standard. There are no functional differences between the two modes. The only option is to store recordings directly in the cloud, which is understandably not available in "offline mode".

Home screen

If you have established a connection to the camera, you are first on the home screen, about which the Live image output he follows. Already here it is noticeable that the Xiaomi Dafang plugin is only partially translated into English within the Mi Home app.

Nonetheless, most functions are self-explanatory and can be accessed with just a few touches. Via the start screen it is possible to trigger the video or photo recording function and to monitor the transmission quality. Video recordings are stored directly in the cloud, on the smartphone or on the SD memory card. It is also possible to shoot in the loop To make, ie as soon as the memory card is full old recordings are deleted, as well as recordings can be automatically in Network transfer and save. Underneath the live image output are function buttons for voice transmission, speaker, full-screen mode, and memory card access. Also on the home screen is a control padwhich allows the surveillance camera to be moved horizontally and vertically at the push of a button.

swivel function

The Xiaomi Dafang is a surveillance camera with PTZ function. PTZ stands for "Pan-Tilt-Zoom", The Dafang can be rotated by 360 °. An inclination is possible around 93 °. The existing one Zoom is digital and can be controlled by swiping the live image output.

Motion input via the directional pad is taken over with a delay of about one second. The movement itself is rapid. A complete 360 ° rotation takes about 5 seconds. The engine is audible, however, the volume is still acceptable, so that the surveillance camera can be used easily in the sleeping area.

Stand for an automatic movement different movement profiles to select. Among other things, there is one Motion Tracking, that is a motion detection that detects movements in the image area and follows them. Only movements are detected, not faces! For example, if the camera detects movements in the leg area, it is quite possible that the head is no longer in the picture. If several people or objects pass through the image, the Xiaomi Dafang can quickly be disturbed. The camera does not know which person or object to follow and jumps between several trackable people or objects back and forth.

Another mode is the "Cruise Mode", The surveillance camera automatically shuts off 4 positions. An individual range of movement or own positions unfortunately can not be determined. in the "Timelapse mode" The security camera creates a time-lapse shot. At what intervals and over which period images are to be recorded is configurable.

alarm function

Overall there is 3 alarm trigger, Trigger 1 is the motion alarm, As soon as a movement in the image area is detected, the alarm is triggered. The sensitivity of the motion alarm and the period during which the motion alarm is to become active can be configured individually. Furthermore, the Xiaomi Dafang is capable of one smoke alarm and one CO alarm trigger. In doing so, it recognizes the alarm sound of common smoke and CO detectors and thereby triggers its own alarm. Alarm notifications are sent as a push notification to the mobile device. A notification by email or SMS is not possible. The created video clips are stored in the cloud and / or on the inserted SD memory card, depending on the connection mode.

voice transmission

The voice transmission works in both directions. On the one hand, the camera has a microphone installed so that the sound can be transmitted from the camera to the mobile device, as well as the camera has a speaker, so that sound from the mobile device can be played via the surveillance camera. The sound played through the camera's speaker sounds slightly tinny, however, is understandable. The sound recorded by the camera is still understandable even at a range of just over 10 meters.

Timeline

Timeline lets you easily recall the recordings stored on the SD memory card. The recorded period is over the time beam to the second exactly traceable and retrievable. Individual video sections can be sent to the mobile device and shared.

Wed home timeline

scenes

Devices integrated into the Mi Home app can be accessed via so-called "Scenes" or "Automations" being controlled. With the help of If-statements (if> then) can be individually determined how the Xiaomi Dafang behaves in certain events. Among other things, it can be set to turn the camera on or off after a timer, call, SMS or weather event, enable or disable the alarm, or save a clip in the cloud. It can thus create numerous individual scenes and also integrate different Xiaomi smart devices. The only downside is the (mostly) Chinese user interface.

Settings

The settings menu is divided into general settings and more specific camera settings. In the general settings Among other things, the camera name can be changed, a PIN protection can be specified, firmware updates can be called up and the network status can be viewed more closely. About the camera settings can manage the alarm function, you can regulate the night vision mode, the aspect ratio of the recording can be changed, the status LED can be turned off and there is the possibility via the camera settings to enable the offline mode. Unfortunately, there is no way to change the time zone of the camera!

video quality

The Xiaomi Dafang takes videos at maximum 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution and 15 images-per-second on. By the Wide angle of 120 °, you get a particularly large image detail that covers a room well.

Xiaomi Dafang 1080P PTZ security camera - video quality

Recordings convince by one pleasant detail with low noise, Compressed video footage with the H.264 codec, The output format is MP4, The video bit rate is an average 320 kbit / s. Due to the low bit rate image artifacts are not uncommon. Especially with rapid PTZ movements and movements through the image, the artifact formation is clearly noticeable. Although the recording quality is not excellent, people or objects are still well captured. At the same time, the memory is spared, because a one-minute video recording is just once 5 megabytes in size!

When the light is dim, the security camera switches to the standard mode Night vision mode, Alternatively, it is also possible to switch the night vision mode on or off manually. The sensitivity of the light sensor can not be regulated. Active night vision mode also increases the amount of noise. Movements are still detected in night mode.

streaming quality

The transmission quality of the stream is still acceptable according to the price. The video signal is transmitted, if one is with the camera in the same WLAN only slightly delayed. It looks worse with the Remote Access out. If, for example, you would like to access the camera via the mobile network, you must first establish a connection to the cloud, which in turn must first receive the video signal from the camera. The servers are located in China, which in turn leads to major delays. On average, it takes 5-10 seconds for an action to be taken over the remote connection.

input

The power consumption of Xiaomi Dafang is in Idle at 6.5 Watt, Once the camera is with the Cloud synchronized, the consumption increases 8.6 Watt at. Will one PTZ movement executed, the consumption is included 10.5 Watt.

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Final Words

rating
Positive

Simple, unobtrusive design
Good build quality
Pan, tilt and zoom function
Two-way audio system
Acceptable recording quality
Offline mode
Scene function
Clear timeline
Free cloud storage
USB and SD memory card support
Micro USB power supply

Negative

App plugin only partially translated
Time zone cannot be changed
Motion detection for multiple people or objects
No own positions in cruise mode
Low bit rate and thus artifact formation
Cloud location in China and thus delayed remote access

First impression
8.0
8.7
application
8.0
8.8
Design
8.5
9.0
Features
8.5
8.9
usability
7.0
7.8
video quality
7.0
8.0
picture quality
7.5
8.0
App
7.5
8.3
power consumption
8.0
8.7
Summary

The Xiaomi Dafang is a very affordable surveillance solution. The range of functions is convincing and the recording quality is also appropriate for the price. Unfortunately, one senses with this Xiaomi product quite quickly that mainly the Chinese market should be addressed. Among other things, the camera can currently only be integrated via the Chinese Mi Home Server, which means that the camera surface is only partially translated into English. Even the long way to the Chinese servers of the Xiaomi cloud leads to an impairment of the connection stability and transmission quality.

The advantage here is that the Xiaomi Dafang can also be used offline and thus without cloud or remote access. You do not need to use an RTSP stream, as well as FTP, SSH or Telnet access. Here, however, there is hope for an unofficial firmware from the community, as it has already appeared for other Xiaomi surveillance solutions. Should such a firmware appear, the Xiaomi Dafang would be a very good surveillance solution. But even so, the Dafang is already worth their money.

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Frank
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Frank

Krass. At the price, the big manufacturers have to dress really warm. A PTZ camera with Full HD and in quality, I get here not under 50 €. Be sure to keep an eye on them and wait for the alternative firmware. Thanks for the test!

Greetings Frank

basst
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basst

Thanks for the test. How do you activate the offline mode or the direct connection? Can not find anything anywhere.
(I see a wireless without a backup, which is opened by the camera, but to forgive a password, etc. I do not want to succeed)

I would be grateful for any tips!

Stephan
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Stephan

Hello. Question about the camera I already bought:
Although it is a USB port built-in, but I do not see a micro USB port I need to connect the camera using the supplied USB-HDM Micro cable.

fischmuc
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fischmuc

To display the correct time zone, there is a setting in the "Camera Settings" menu, unfortunately in Chinese. It is the option for the "image size"

Jörgen
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Jörgen

Unfortunately, the push messages do not work anymore! At least I do not get notifications from the camera sent to the smartphone.
I would be very grateful if someone could show me a way to solve this problem, which actually makes the camera worthless.