Aqara launches new HomeKit Secure Video-enabled Camera Hub G3

Aqara launches new HomeKit Secure Video-enabled Camera Hub G3

Aqara has announced the release of a new HomeKit camera on Tuesday – the Aqara Camera Hub G3. As the name suggests, the latest camera offers more than just home surveillance and convenient app controls with integrated Zigbee hub functionality, IR blaster, siren and HomeKit Secure Video.

The new camera is a 2K, pan-and-tilt camera with the local face and gesture recognition features, and it integrates a built-in Zigbee 3.0 hub, allowing the device to connect up to 128 Aqara accessories. The G3 camera not only supports HomeKit Secure Video, but also streaming to Amazon Alexa and Google’s smart screens.

As a security camera, the G3 records and streams video in 2K with a resolution of 2304 x 1296 through the Aqara app (1080p through HomeKit). The camera has a 110-degree wide-angle lens, and built-in motorized pan and tilt controls allow for full 360-degree coverage without blind spots when combined with a convenient autopilot.

Aqara’s camera also supports advanced AI face and gesture recognition technology powered by a local NPU-equipped processor. Face recognition features allow for custom automation to greet visitors or enable a privacy protection mode. In contrast, gesture recognition can identify five unique hand signals – such as the universal peace sign.

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With HomeKit Secure Video support, the Camera Hub G3 leverages a user’s existing iCloud + account to store up to 10 days of recorded footage. Users can also keep recordings local thanks to a built-in microSD card slot, which also waives an additional subscription.

As mentioned earlier, the Camera Hub G3 also works as a Zigbee 3.0 hub, security system and IR blaster. The camera supports pairing of up to 128 Aqara-branded Zigbee devices – including the recently released Aqara TVOC Air Quality Monitor and makes them available via the HomeKit and Home app. The G3 also adds a do-it-yourself security alert in the Home app that users can use to quickly “arm” the camera so it’s ready to start capturing events when they walk out the door.

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 for automation and scenes with other Aqara accessories, but unfortunately IR devices are not exposed to HomeKit.

The Aqara Camera Hub G3 can now be purchased through Amazon in the US, 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 buying one for yourself, be sure to use the promotional code USG3PRGE (USA and Canada) or CAMERAG3FR (France) to score the reduced price.

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