Kami Mini Indoor Security Camera Review

by | May 13, 2021 | Smart Home | 0 comments


2021-05-13 17:30:00

The Kami Mini Indoor Security Camera is a powerful little indoor camera that’s versatile in its use – and very effective in keeping a home secure. The company sent us a test, we used it – and here’s what we found.

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Our Mini is unpacked.GearBrain

What is the Kami Mini Indoor Security Camera?

The Kami Mini Indoor Security Camera is the latest indoor security camera from Yi Technology. They also manufacture the Kami Outdoor Security Camera (which we tested at the end of last year) as well as other security cameras, as well as advanced video, imaging and computer vision technologies.

The Kami Mini comes with infrared night vision, two-way communications, sound detection and also works over a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection. HD video resolution is 1920 x 1080p with a 112 degree wide angle (FOV) lens and 4X zoom capability. It is also a very light polycarbonate (PC) camera and can operate in temperatures ranging from -10 degrees to 45 degrees Celsius.

What makes this little camera great is its built-in AI with facial recognition and human sensing technology. Kami Mini has a Senslab chip built into the interior, which the company claims allows it to detect faces and then create an instant summary of all the faces it has read. You can go to the app and see the face of the person who was detected next to the video recording.

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Kami facial recognition captures the faces of visitors in the video.GearBrain

Kami Human Detection is the company’s response to the traditional passive infrared sensor or PIR sensor. The company says it can help them reduce the number of false alerts you would receive due to movement in a room. It knows, for example, if the dog is in sight or if perhaps the blinds are moving because of the outside wind, and does not send an alert for these reasons.

Each of these features is controlled in the Kami Home app, available for iOS and Android devices, and you can also sign up for the Kami Cloud service. The company gives you a 7-day free trial on some cloud service plans, and their service plans are based on how many cameras you use, as well as how many days you want to store from 7 to 30 days. rolling. The cost starts at $ 39.99 per year ($ 4.99 per month) for a camera with a 7-day moving average for 12 months. Kami Cloud Plan Plus is the most expensive at $ 149.99 per year and the only plan that offers 27/7 emergency service. You can pay monthly or annually. If you choose to pay annually, you’ll get an 18-month extended hardware warranty from Kami for free.

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Monthly Kami Cloud Storage PlansGearBrain

Configuring the Kami Mini Security Camera

The process of setting up Kami Mini is quite straightforward. First, download the Kami Home app from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android). Then open an account and select “+” to add a new device.

You will be asked which device you want to configure. Choose the Kami Mini and follow the instructions in the app. I advise you when you configure your Kami Mini, to be near your home router. This will make it easier to pair the camera to your home Wi-Fi network. Once the camera is paired, you are ready to install it in its final location.

The home page of the Kami Home app will show you the latest image from each camera along with its status. This page is where you can configure your alerts, notifications, sign up for the cloud service, and access Kami customer support.

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Kami app home screenGearBrain

Smart home integrations

Kami Mini is compatible with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa platforms. You can easily connect the camera to a smart display from any of these two voice platforms and view live video or video recordings.

Performance

We put Kami Mini through a series of tests to see how it would work. We used it as a baby monitor, as well as a safety device. The video quality was good and the detection worked as expected. The sound was not as crisp as we have seen in other security devices. It didn’t take long for Kami to capture the facial recognition of our household members. Setup with the Google Assistant smart display was easy. We just went to the Google Home app and added Kami Mini to our group of devices that work with Google Assistant.

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In short, we have found this security camera to be easy to use, setup simple, and provide facial recordings for anyone who comes into view of the camera. This makes it easy for you to see who’s in the frame without having to watch the video – and we think these are all cool features that you normally find in expensive Wi-Fi security cameras.

Night vision

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Kami Mini Night Vision in the app

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Day vision

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Kami Mini Daytime Vision in the app

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Price

The average price for a good indoor security camera with facial recognition, night vision, PIR detection, 1080p video resolution, and integration with Google Assistant or the Amazon Alexa platform is around $ 100 to $ 150. Kami Mini costs just $ 29.99 and is available on the company’s website.

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summary

When you are considering a security camera for your home, there are a few things that you should check off before purchasing one. What is the video resolution? What is the field of view or FOV? Does it have two-way communication? Is there a motion sensor and can you adjust its sensitivity and detection area? How good is the night vision? Finally, what is the cost of the camera and are there any additional costs for storing videos? All of these questions will help you narrow down your search for a good quality smart security camera.

If you’re looking for a security camera with 1080p video resolution, night vision, wide-angle (over 120 degree) field of view with two-way talk, and one that also works over Wi-Fi, Kami Mini is not. not for you. Yes, Kami has good video resolution and all the other features, but its FOV is rather small compared to other Wi-Fi security cameras like Arlo Pro or Nest Cam IQ. But these other cameras also have a higher cost. If you’re willing to have a little less field of view (like 10-20 degrees), Kami Mini is a great choice.

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Kami Mini used as a baby monitor.GearBrain

Kami Mini is a small but powerful security camera. It reminded me of Wyze Cam because of its size, field of view, and other similar high quality features. In addition, Kami Mini can be used in several ways, both as an indoor safety device and as a baby monitor. You can also use it as a pet monitor, and you can even talk to your dog or cat if needed. While the sound isn’t great, it does work. but it works

What surprised us a little with Kami Mini were its cloud storage plans. The company offers a variety of plans that range from simple video storage on one camera to a five-camera plan, 300 days of continuous video recordings, and 24/7 emergency service. Many plans are competitively priced, while some are quite expensive. However, it’s worth noting that the 24/7 emergency service feature was only featured on one plan – Kami Cloud – which covers five cameras for $ 149 per year. We believe this is a feature that should ideally be offered on all fronts.

Overall, the best part about Kami Mini is its price. Cameras with the same features as Kami Mini, which include facial recognition and human detection, cost well over $ 120. Kami Mini is priced at just $ 29.99. And if you want to add more cameras to your Kami Mini lineup, the company has a good outdoor camera (which we reviewed and liked) as well as other types of cameras (e.g. baby monitors) that can train. a nice inexpensive DIY chip. home security system for your home.

Benefits

  • Price
  • Facial recognition and human detection
  • Video resolution

The inconvenients

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