Buying this one was a typical case of buy-first-and-think-later reaction, but I got curious about this new compact design (foldable, 77x77x50mm) and also wanted to try an Escam product for once.
A tiny compact ONVIF 2.4.2 compliant camera would be convenient in some situations.
However my hopes were gone seconds away from unpacking the QF601...
The MI Square Smart IP Camera is the result of another crowdfunding project from Xiaomi.
This 5 cm² IP camera is presented to double as an action camera, although it needs an external power source.
Beside being a full featured IP camera with 1080P resolution, 110° wide view, IR-Cut, night vision and 8x digital zoom, it also supports time lapse and is designed to work on the go. The camera can operate as a standalone Wi-Fi access point and a power bank can be used instead of the 5V/1A power supply. It sticks to any metallic surface, or to another MI Square, with its magnetic base.
As part of the original features is the possibility to combine 2 cameras in order to increase the viewing angle from 110° to 180°.
The Mi Square can also react to specific sound patterns, like a smoke detector alarm (it's not specified if it works only with the hard to find Xiaomi Home kit)
Xiaomi MI Square can be pre-ordered at Gearbest and will start shipping on the 3rd of January 2017.
The "smart sleep" function is a convenient battery-saving feature that turns off the display when the cover is closed, but with the cheap cases, that the magnet is too strong and also turns off the screen when the cover is folded behind the device.
This can be easily solved at very low cost.
If you ever wished that you could add download tasks to your Download Station directly from any page in Chrome, (iow without having to go to the DSM interface), this is now possible with this neat extension.