Aqara announced on Tuesday the release of a new HomeKit camera – the Aqara Camera Hub G3. As the name suggests, the latest camera offers more than just home surveillance and convenient application controls with integrated Zigbee hub function, IR blaster, siren and HomeKit Secure Video.
The new camera is a 2K, pan-and-tilt camera with local face and motion recognition functions, and integrates a built-in Zigbee 3.0 hub, allowing the device to connect up to 128 Aqara accessories. The G3 camera supports not only HomeKit Secure Video, but also streaming on Amazon Alexa and Google smart screens.
As a security camera, the G3 records and broadcasts video in 2K resolution of 2304 x 1296 through the Aqara app (1080p via HomeKit). The camera has a wide-angle lens of 110 degrees, and built-in motorized displacement and tilt controls provide full 360-degree coverage without blind spots combined with a practical automatic cruise mode.
The Aqara camera also supports advanced AI face and motion recognition technology powered by a local processor equipped with an NPU. Face recognition capabilities allow for customized automation to greet visitors or activate privacy protection. In contrast, gesture recognition can identify five unique hand signals – such as a universal sign of peace.
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With support for HomeKit Secure Video, the Camera Hub G3 uses an existing iCloud + user account to store up to 10 days of recorded material. Users can also keep recordings locally thanks to the built-in microSD card slot, which also requires no additional subscription.
As mentioned earlier, the Camera Hub G3 also acts as a Zigbee 3.0 hub, security system and IR blaster. The camera supports pairing of up to 128 Zigbee devices from the Aqara brand – including the recently released Aqara TVOC Air Quality Monitor and makes them available through HomeKit and the Home app. The G3 also adds a DIY security alarm in the Home app, which users can use to quickly “arm” the camera so it’s ready to start recording events when they go outside.
Infrared functionality allows the camera to send commands to nearby devices such as TVs and robotic vacuum cleaners, all with a simple setup process in the Aqara app. Users can then add IR devices to automation and scenes with other Aqara add-ons, but unfortunately, IR devices are not exposed to HomeKit.
The Aqara Camera Hub G3 is now available for purchase through Amazon in the United States, Canada and France. The Camera Hub G3 has a retail price of $ 109.99, but Aqara is currently offering a 20% discount to celebrate the launch. If you are interested in downloading one yourself, be sure to use a promotional code USG3PRGE (USA and Canada) or CAMERAG3FR (France) to achieve a reduced price.
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