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These camera's are known for spying or mistrustful network activity. In other words there are reviewers on Amazon that have tracked additional network activity uploading data to rogue servers - even when the cameras have no cloud uploading signups or have no users remotely interacting with camera. If the camera has no cloud back up signup & has local micro SD card for recording activities & there is no user logged in, why would it have any additional network activity. Scary.
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These camera's are known for spying or mistrustful network activity. In other words there are reviewers on Amazon that have tracked additional network activity uploading data to rogue servers - even when the cameras have no cloud uploading signups or have no users remotely interacting with camera. If the camera has no cloud back up signup & has local micro SD card for recording activities & there is no user logged in, why would it have any additional network activity. Scary.
Not an issue when there's open source firmware that easily flashes onto these:
https://github.com/TheCrypt0/yi-hack-v4

The picture quality on these is arguably better than the similarly priced Wyze at $5 less.
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These camera's are known for spying or mistrustful network activity. In other words there are reviewers on Amazon that have tracked additional network activity uploading data to rogue servers - even when the cameras have no cloud uploading signups or have no users remotely interacting with camera. If the camera has no cloud back up signup & has local micro SD card for recording activities & there is no user logged in, why would it have any additional network activity. Scary.
i dont know who i should trust: Yi or someone who is posting for the second time out of a year.

OP. put "1080p" in the title
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Not an issue when there's open source firmware that easily flashes onto these:
https://github.com/TheCrypt0/yi-hack-v4

The picture quality on these is arguably better than the similarly priced Wyze at $5 less.
Do you know by any chance if it supports ftp for storage? Tia
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These camera's are known for spying or mistrustful network activity. In other words there are reviewers on Amazon that have tracked additional network activity uploading data to rogue servers - even when the cameras have no cloud uploading signups or have no users remotely interacting with camera. If the camera has no cloud back up signup & has local micro SD card for recording activities & there is no user logged in, why would it have any additional network activity. Scary.
You can take off your tinfoil hat now, because this is not Facebook.

For the rest of us:
These Yi cameras are good for the price that you pay for them (There's a newer version of these cameras called Yi Smart Home Camera 3 that are slightly better than the Yi Home Camera 1080p cameras, but it's about $25/each.). The Yi cameras come with free 7 days of video alerts that are stored in the cloud, with each video alert lasting 6 seconds (Amazon's description is wrong in stating only one day is stored in the cloud.). Yi also sells extra cloud storage options. Free local video storage is available via your own microSD card (I highly recommend U3 or V3 microSD cards). The free PC software is decent for the price that you pay for the cameras. The Yi Home app is decent too. Nightvision is black&white instead of color, but the blue status light can be turned off and the IR lights can be turned off as well. Human detection reduces false alerts. Live View is available. Camera setup is easy.

Some disadvantages are: Live view is only available for one camera at a time, so you can't watch the live video feeds of four cameras at the same time. While watching the camera's video in the app, you can zoom in, but if you use the PC software, you can't zoom in (don't confuse zooming in with expanding the screen to fit your monitor.). Every time you open the PC software, you have to log in to your Yi account, and every time that you log in, your phone gets a push notification (This can irritate some users, but it is a security feature. But the phone app keeps you logged in though.). The Yi app has banner ads to try to upsell Yi's paid cloud storage subscriptions. Also, you can only set one activity zone, and the activity zone has to be a rectangle with 90 degree corners (so no customized polygon shapes).

For cheap cameras, I would recommend Yi cameras instead of Wyze cameras. Just make sure that you have a good wifi network, and if you use a microSD card, use a microSD card with a fast write speed.
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Bought a total of 4 at around $20 each over 2 or 3 years from SD. It's great for the price, pic quality is fine, biggest issue is cameras sometimes not recognizing that there are memory cards in them. The oldest 2 have died and won't link up to wifi anymore and I expect the newest 2 will eventually die, so about a 1.5 year lifespan. Just got a eufy 2k cam, so going to replace them with those as they die off.
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Bought these 2 years ago. Only 1 of them is left with a working memory card slot. I can still use the others for live viewing. And i did hear about the spying issue with this cameras so i put them in places where we don't usually hang out like the garage.
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my copy paste for whenever i see a yi camera, so people know what they are getting into:


i have just about every camera made by yi. i dont trust them to be inside cause of china servers... as much as folk here say its tinfoil... its a legit concern. they are doing some sort of checking in with the home servers. that has been proven. so inside, no good.. and outside they are about worthless. even on the lowest frequency and sensitivity they will pick up every bug that flies within 10' of the camera and every leaf rustle... enough where i have, no exaggeration, about 100-200 motion events overnight. yet, if i go outside right now and walk around my house, there is almost a 100% chance that one of the 5 cameras wont even record me walking by.

not only that, you cant set one camera to alert you for movement and another to record, but dont alert me. record=alert. so that camera in the driveway that sees 200 motions overnight? and that camera pointing at the inside of my front door? if i want both to record movement events, i can either be alerted 200 times overnight, or be alerted zero times. there is no way to record without alerting. so basically i wont get an alert when it matters, or it will be lost in the sea of 200 alerts which is pointless anyways. i gave up and turned off app notifications in my OS.

truly worthless. the only value is that if something does get broken into, their faces might be caught on 6 second recording... as long as thats not the 1 out of 5 times it decided not to record.

not to mention the evening recording with the ir sensorts seems to drop quality from 1080p to 133e. seriously. from the same distance, during the day a person is easily identifiable, but at night, i can barely make out who just walked up my driveway when it is people i know.
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can we watch multiple video streams at a time??
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Have 5 of these running for 3 year 24/7 now. 3 being outside. Still working and recording fine
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can we watch multiple video streams at a time??
from their very buggy computer app you can. but they will regularly freeze. on your phone, or google smart display, alexa display, no, one at a time only.
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Have the following
-4 home camera v1 for 3+ years. 1 died.
-1 home camera v3 for 2 years. These have AI human detection.
-2 Outdoor cameras for 1/2 year.

You can turn off motion detection for each camera individually in the app. Not only that, you can also specify different schedules for each camera to alert you.

Put in a SD card to continuously record so you have more than 6 seconds of recording.

App video viewing defaults to SD but you can always switch to HD view. I found that their computer app shows the video much clearer than in the app, but then I am usually too lazy to turn on a computer and don't use it often. As mention, view only one camera at a time.

Security concerns is legit but you can put it on the guest network. I think it's more worrisome of the app hacking and sending your network data to china than of someone in China seeing whose home, but I can be wrong.

To access camera in app, feed takes 10-15 seconds to load up. I understand from some friends that have Nest that the Nest feed is instantaneous.

The cameras without AI will alert you every time there is movement if you set alerts for motion detection. But you can also set a perimeter to specific a grid to monitor. This is useless when it rains as you can imagine.

App is consistently working. Once every year or so, there is a bit of downtime.

Overall for the price, I'm happy.
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Do you know by any chance if it supports ftp for storage? Tia
Yes, this firmware supports FTP and RTSP.
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