Xiaomi Mijia 1080P Home Panoramic WiFi Camera Review

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Today I’d like to review an updated version of the Xiaomi PTZ camera – MiJia 1080P (MJSXJ02CM). An updated version of the camera can shoot quality videos with a resolution of 1080p and in general the model turned out to be quite successful. Xiaomi Developers improved the user interface and expanded the possibilities of camera use.

The package includes:
– Xiaomi MiJia 1080P Camera
– Power supply with American plug. Output voltage parameters: 5V 1A (the previous
version had a 5V 2A power supply)
– USB-MicroUSB power cord (about 2m long)
– Mounting kit
– User’s manual in Chinese

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Main technical specifications of this camera

Video resolution:1920×1080
Video codec :H265
Focal length: 3.9mm
Field of view: 110°
Pan/Tilt-Horizontal Angle: 360 degrees
Pan/Tilt-Vertical Angle: 115 degrees
Infrared light: 10 Ir leds 940nm (max range 9m)
Network: Wifi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
Max. supported memory card: 64 GB micro sd

The MiJia 1080P case is made of high-quality white plastic.There is a MJ (MiJia) logo on the front side of the lower part of the model. The Reset button and power connector are at the backside of the device. On the front side of the upper part there is a lens that can rotate to a 360 degree in horizontal and to 115 degree in vertical directions. The diode indicator of the camera mode is above the lens.

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Color indication in different modes:
The orange indicator is lit permanently meaning the power connection.
Flashing orange means waiting for connection (when adding a camera to the MiHome application);
Flashing blue: connection;
Blue is constantly on: connected;
Slow Flashing Orange: Software Update.

If you lift the lens as much as possible upwards, the microSD card slot will be available. At horizontal lens layout, the microSD slot is not visible.
The speaker holes are placed on the back side of the upper part . The second function of these
holes is extra cooling.
10 IR LED night illumination is located around the lens. The diodes work with the range of 940 nm, which is invisible to the human eye. You can see the backlight operation with the help of a cell phone camera.
There are rubber feet and grooves for connection with the mounting plate on the bottom.
Inside the bottom there is a sticker with the ID number of the camera and a QR code for pairing. The sticker slightly differs in the previous camera version.
The MiJia 1080P developers improved the rotation algorithm. The turning head is rotated by pressing the corresponding button in the application. The rotation occurs smoothly until you
release the button.
The noise from the engines, when turning, is minimal and hardly audible.The MiJia 1080P camera, as the previous model, does not contain the presets with fixing certain angles in.

Mobile application

The MiJia 1080P camera, like most Xiaomi products, works with the MiHome mobile app.In the MiHome application, there are software plug-ins for each individual devices.

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During the first application launch to make the device work properly , you must select the location “Mainland China.”
After the power supply is turned on, the MiJia 1080P will carry out the calibration and indicate that the device is prepared for the connection.The mode indicator will flash orange.
MiHome will automatically detect the camera and offer you to connect. When connected, you must specify a password to the selected WiFi network in MiHome. The application will display a screen with a QR code that needs to be shown in the camera lens.
Some time later the camera will connect to MiHome. Next we will see a screen on which you can change the name, location of the camera and place an icon on the smartphone desktop.
After the successful pairing, the camera found a new software version and offered to upgrade. The update passed without any problems.

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The camera control is simple and clear. At the top of the screen there is a window with Live picture. Below there are some function buttons: “sound-off /on ”, “take a snapshot”, “perform video recording”, switch the quality of the Live image, “expand image in full screen”.

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Under the buttons there is a module of the camera rotation control.
When you rotate the camera, the icon with the angle of the camera rotation is displayed.
To the right there is an Timeline button that helps to scroll the footage. In the Timeline, the color indicates the activity in the frame, you can scroll the footage back and view the recording in required time. The records are stored for 7 days on Xiaomi servers, on microSD card or in the network storage.

Main settings

At the bottom of the screen there is another group of buttons:
– “ Home monitoring assistant” – this button allows you to customize the recording functions and motion detection notifications in the frame. The notification occurs via push notifications;
– “List of filmed videos” –  displays a list of recordings. The records are devided according to the date and time. The time when the recording was performed is highlighted;
– “ two-way voice communication” – an intercom between the smartphone and the camera.
The algorithm of the button was improved. The MiJia 720P version had a  voice communication with the camera only if you  held the button. In the MiJia 1080P  version – you can once press the button and  the intercom is turned on. Press the button again to disconnect;
“Cloud storage” – shows the offer of paid subscription for Xiaomi cloud;
– “Additional functions Button ” – opens the block of the additional functions such as: “ sleep mode”, “camera calibration”, “minimizing the Live window”.
The settings menu allows you to:
– rename the camera;
– set an access password  to view;
– share the camera with other Mi accounts;
– check the firmware version and update it;
– turn off /on  the status indicator;
– turn off /on  the display of a watermark (date, time) on the videos;
–  turn the image (when mounted on the ceiling);
– Manage IR illumination (automatically, constantly on, constantly off);
– turn on the notification and video recording when motion is detected in a frame (when
detection mode is switched off, the camera records constantly);
– control the sleep mode (allows you to turn the camera into the sleep mode, including schedules data);
– configure NAS;
– Manage microSD card;
– set up the scenarios for camera interaction with other Xiaomi devices;
– remove / reload the camera.
The following additional options appeared in the MiJia 1080 settings menu:
– the mode with a wide dynamic image range (WDR) – it  improves the image at any fluctuations (changes) of the light level
– an additional item of “Saturated color in low light” is added to the IR illumination control menu – which allows you to get a full color image in low-light conditions

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NAS / Network Storage / Memory Card

In the “Configure storage” section, you can select the desired recording mode (always during the  motion detection). In the same menu there are settings for managing a microSD card and NAS.
Xiaomi Mijia 360 ° 1080R records one minute videos.
Like in the previous camera version, the recordings can be stored on the microSD card, Xiaomi servers (storage period is 7 days) and in the network storage / NAS.
The copying to the network storage occurs only when the memory card is inserted and there is a connection to the internet.
If there is no internet connection, the camera records video to the memory card.
My network storage was automatically displayed in the appropriate settings section .
The files in the network storage are arranged in folders, sorted by date and time of recording. There is an ability to adjust the frequency of synchronization of records with the storage (in real time / once in
hour / once a day) and to set the file storage time (day / week / month / 3 months).
The camera does not contain ONVIF / RSTP support on the factory firmware.

Video quality

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Unlike the previous version, the MiJia 1080P version  can be characterized by its high video quality .
The camera shoots videos in MPEG-4 with a variable bit rate (VBR). In the afternoon it records at the 1920×1080 resolution with 19.9 to 20 fps , at night – 1920×1080 from 14 to 20 fps