Plus local video storage options!
Available today for $120, the Aqara Smart Video Doorbell G4 offers advanced facial recognition features that are processed locally, plus the ability to store local video on a microSD, NAS device, or iCloud account. In theory, this should improve security and eliminate the need for a subscription.
But before we get to those juicy details, let’s look at the basic specs. The Aqara Smart Video Doorbell G4 captures 1080p video with a wide FOV of 162 degrees. It features an IR night mode and runs on battery or cord (24/7 video recording requires corded power). Plus, a wireless doorbell is included, so you don’t need to connect the Doorbell G4 to your home’s existing doorbell.
The Doorbell G4 is compatible with most major smart home systems: Google Assistant, Alexa, IFTTT, and HomeKit. (Matter support will come in a future update.) You can stream local video to a Google or Amazon smart display, and it supports HomeKit Secure Video for local streaming to Apple products and Video storage in iCloud.
But the defining feature here is locally processed facial recognition. The Aqara Smart Video Doorbell G4 can recognize familiar faces, which you can identify from the app. Once someone’s face is identified, you can set custom automations for that person: custom doorbell sounds, pre-recorded messages, smart home routines (like turning on the lights when a family member comes home), and more. (It’s similar to Google Nest Doorbell’s familiar face detection, but with local processing.)
Additionally, the Doorbell G4 offers some unique security features. If someone tampers with the doorbell (or loiters), it will send you an emergency alert. It also includes a built-in siren and a two-way audio system with a voice changing tool, so you can disguise yourself as a gruff grown man (among other voice options) when suspicious guests are outside.
All of these services come in a subscription-free package. You get seven days of continuous video storage from Aqara, though you can opt for local storage with a microSD card or NAS stick if you’d like. Of course, if you’re a HomeKit user, iCloud storage is also an option (although this requires an iCloud subscription).
Really, the Aqara Smart Video Doorbell G4 looks like a very interesting product. And it should pair well with Aqara’s other smart cameras. You can buy it today on Amazon for $120.
Aqara Video Doorbell G4 (Doorbell Included)
The Aqara Video Doorbell G4 features advanced facial recognition, which is processed locally and can trigger custom routines for identifiable guests. Works with the Google Assistant, Alexa, IFTTT, and Apple Home with HomeKit Secure Video.