Test Aqara Camera Hub G2H Pro: a smart model to monitor the house with HomeKit

The G2H Pro Camera Hub captures 1920 x 1080 pixel images through a lens with a 146° field of view. Interestingly, when accessing recordings from a notification or albums, you have to settle for a definition of 640 x 360 pixels.

This certainly has the merit of facilitating access to images with a bad connection, but this definition makes it difficult to use and the procedure to recover them in Full HD is not very practical: you have to go live, check or change the definition if necessary, then find the desired recording in the timeline and finally take a manual capture of the stream to download them. In this way, it is also possible to opt for 1280 x 720 pixels. Of course, Aqara has also provided infrared vision for night surveillance, but no other settings are offered to improve image quality, such as HDR mode.

As with all the cameras we tested, we decided to compare the images from the G2H Pro with those of another model and this time we chose Eufy 2K Pan & Tilt Camera. It is one of the best indoor cameras in our comparison.

At daytime

Eufy 2K Pan and Tilt

Aqara G2H Pro

Aqara’s little camera produces decent image quality. The level of detail is certainly not up to what the 2K Pan & Tilt camera with its 4-megapixel sensor offers and the finer elements, such as the topography of the terrain in the different parts of the map of our test scene, are not stand out. , but the facial features are well defined. This is not only the case for our portrait column, but also for the figures in the center. Therefore, we can easily recognize an intruder. The G2H Pro camera also has the merit of avoiding exposure problems.

At night

The G2H Pro’s infrared vision kicks in after three seconds in very low light conditions. Eufy’s camera isn’t faster. However, it offers better image quality. The level of detail drops one step further with Aqara, due to a smoothing that is very present in the night images. You don’t have to carry the analysis very far to notice it. Just look at the portraits on the left: some facial features have completely disappeared, mainly in light skin.

Eufy 2K Pan and Tilt

Aqara G2H Pro

Therefore, identifying an intruder from the images captured with the G2H Pro’s infrared vision can be difficult, especially when you are far away. In our recognition test, we struggled to recognize a face more than 2m from the camera. Motion detection is a bit more convincing: activities were detected all the way to our lab, ie up to 9m. By comparison, Eufy’s camera had also detected activity up to 9m, but allowed us to identify a face slightly further away, at 3m.

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