Aqara Camera Hub G2H Pro in the test: A smart model for monitoring the house with HomeKit

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

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

As with all the cameras we test, we decided to compare the G2H Pro’s images to another model, this time opting for Eufy’s 2K Pan & Tilt camera. It is one of the best indoor cameras in our comparison.

during the day

Eufy 2K Pan & Tilt

Aqara G2H Pro

Aqara’s small camera delivers decent image quality. The level of detail is certainly not sufficient, which the 2K Pan & Tilt camera offers with its 4 megapixel sensor and the finer elements, such as the topography of the terrain on the various map sections of our test scene, are not noticeable, but the facial features are well defined. This not only applies to our portrait column, but also to the figures in the middle. So we can easily detect an intruder. The G2H Pro camera also has the benefit of avoiding exposure issues.

At night

The G2H Pro’s infrared vision activates after three seconds in very low light conditions. Eufy’s camera isn’t faster. On the other hand, it offers better image quality. With Aqara, the level of detail drops again by one level, which is to blame for the very present smoothing of the night images. You don’t have to go very far in analysis to notice it. Just look at the portraits on the left: some facial features have completely disappeared, mostly on fair skin.

Eufy 2K Pan & Tilt

Aqara G2H Pro

Identifying an intruder from images captured by the G2H Pro camera’s infrared vision can therefore be difficult, especially when they are far away. In our recognition test, we struggled to detect a face more than 2m away from the camera. Motion detection is a little more compelling: activity was captured to the end of our lab, which is up to 30 feet. By comparison, the Eufy’s camera also detected activity up to 30 feet away, but it allowed us to pick a face out of something further away, at a distance of 3 m.

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