V380This entry is an update on my original 2019 post about the Xiaow Q8 HD 1080p 360 degree panoramic IP camera with ONVIF support, InfraRed night vision and AI motion detection from Xiaomi Youpin. No, I’d not heard the last part of that name either. Here’s a stock photo to start the ball rolling… and most of this blog is from 2019 – but as I just turned on the Q8 for the first time in a while (August 2019) and the firmware just updated itself, I thought I’d update you.

I turned on the APP “V80 Pro” on my Android phone and that’s when I decided to check on the Q8. Not even logged into the APP (always a plus).  I factory reset the Q8 as it was looking for my UK WiFi and I’m in Spain (i.e. long press of the reset button while turned on) – “System is starting – please wait” – “System startup completed”. I told the phone about the camera’s internal WiFi access point to start the ball rolling. Then I simply keyed in the number on the back of the camera and that was it. I told the App which of my 2.4Ghz WiFi access points to use. “WiFi connecting…” – “WiFi connected”. I gave the camera a new name (Q8) and my password – and then it suggested the update. Moments later – DONE. The picture on SD was good- on HD even better (this is over WiFi, it also handles harwired Ethernet via a socket). Motion tracking….

And here it is – brand new screen capture from my phone – which in turn was capturing video from the camera.. At the time of this update the camera is available from Banggood for something like €27

In short an inexpensive, mainly indoor IP camera with APP, V380 Pro, the QR code comes in the little manual that is supplied with the camera.

After a spot of fun setting the Android V380 Pro APP up, all was well, the cameras operate perfectly. It also works with APP V380S (tested). However, the ad claims ONVIF compatible and that is where I had problems. I use ONVIFER and other ONVIF programs with several other cameras all of which work, this camera does not appear compatible.

Now, as of Mid-October 2019 this camera has proven to be a life-saver. As you’ll see in photos below, I played with a couple of these a lot in Spain and left one there running. The other I brought home with no particular use in mind. It just sof happens that I was slightly let down by another camera and this one REALLY came up trumps (if you’ll pardon the expression).

Q8 camera in a cupboard

So, I have full remote control over my air-source heating system – the one thing I could not do was keep an eye on water pressure from a distance. I had all kinds of ideas for sensors – then my friend Aidan suggested a simple inexpensive camera. Ok I thought and fitted a little Q9 camera you’ll see elsewhere. It could not see in the dark and was a biy iffy even with a (remotely controlled) cupboard light on! So this morning I replaced it with the Q8. Seriously, apart from questionable ONVIF, it’s wonderful.

Check this out – my UK heating supboard with NO light and with the camera IR LED light running… you have no idea what a life-saver this was after struggling with the previous camera.

Setup was easy with the APP, no cloud storage needed (if I DID want storage I could fit a MicroSD card).

Q8 colour camera image

The original images are GREAT and yet the camera was awkwardly placed in the only place I could get it, 6 inches away from the pressure gauge.

I then took another shot with the light on this time. You can see the difference with full colour – though the mono dark shot is also pretty good.

(If you note the updates at the top, August 2021 – 2 years after the original blog entry – the camera is here with me in Spain and as good as new).

Fridge CamBack in Spain I ran both Q8 cameras 24/7 for some days on my workbench and they performed perfectly (staring at the walls) despite two power brown-outs and an unexplained house WIFI outage one day which lasted more than an hour. On later checking the V380 APP, the cameras were operating perfectly.

R2D2 watching Fridge CamFor the purposes of making a nicer demo, this morning I down-powered one camera which I’ll now call “Fridgecam”, put it in front of the fridge in the living room and plugged it in. Voice: “System is starting”, “start-up is completed”, “WIFI connecting”,  “WIFI connected” as the little round head revolved almost 360 degrees and bobbed up and down for a few seconds,  Is that cute!! English is good with a very slight Chinese/American accent.

SettingsBack in my office, via the app, I adjusted the height and direction of the camera so as to get a half-decent shot, then it occurred to me that watching this camera with the other one might make for an interesting demo. I moved camera #2 which I’ll refer to as “R2D2” into the kitchen and plugged it in. After the start-up messages, R2D2 commenced its’ monitoring duties perfectly and is still doing so as I write this.

Settings in the APP for each camera (I just happen to have two) include paid cloud storage options, network selection, video recording options including quality, SD formatting. video record quality (I chose HD and it stayed put, unlike the preview), audio record and event recording options, also optional continuous recording (that would need a big microSD or cloud package). SD formatting is also possible. The cameras operate from WIFI or a standard network connection

Device voice prompts can be turned on and off, language can be English or Chinese, IP can be DHCP or static and alarms can be turned on or off. There are arm/disarm options for intruder sensing but I could not see any sensitivity settings. Maybe I missed something or maybe that’ll come later with permanent HD preview?

For now, good gadgets!

Xiaow Q8 HD 1080P 360° Panoramic IP Camera — http://bit.ly/2Ob4A0D
More IP Cameras– http://bit.ly/2SsFdWI
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