Still, with a little selection, there’s nothing wrong as long as you understand what you’re purchasing. Our inside source has been able to acquire icon-sized pictures from a whole host of video doorbells, although, to be evident, there is no clear data as to whether any of these will receive assistance from HomeKit in the future or at all. However, as these will almost definitely be compatible with the Xiaomi Home app, which in turn implies that there will be some control level using Siri Shortcuts, with the ability to include automations that also involve HomeKit equipment once the completed iOS13 version falls.
As for the doorbells themselves, we managed to get some data about a few of these products, but it was a bit mixed up, while also requiring a Chinese translation, so you’ll have to forgive us if the information doesn’t turn out to be 100% precise – after all the specs alter all the time, so treat the information as just a rough guide.
First of all, the Loock Cateye (v2) and Chuangmi Cateye Peephole cameras both work together with the Loock / Mxiang Cateye Video monitor to provide a live stream from the peephole camera to the user. The screen is 4.3′′ diagonally, while the peephole cameras provide a viewing angle of 160o, human detection up to 3 m distance, and night vision of infrarot up to 5 m. Both of these’ peephole ‘ cameras look quite comparable to the presently accessible CatY Peephole camera, although these are distinct models to the item presently accessible.
The Mijia Video Doorbell 2 Lite looks much like another doorbell already mentioned in the Mi Home app, called the Mi Video Doorbell (except for’ lite’) with the MADV Cateye Video Doorbell looking quite comparable to the current Dling Video doorbell (we have one here), but there are currently no specs on these variants other than like the Dling, it’s going to work with the Xiao Ai Video speaker. The same applies to the MXiang Cateye Video Doorbell, the Yijian Cateye Video Doorbell, the Dun Cateye Video Doorbell, as well as all other models shown above. What we know is that they all operate with Wifi and use standard, generally AA-sized batteries.
If any of these cameras are as nice or better than the Dling Doorbell camera we’ve got here, they’re fairly nice. Video quality is more than good, and motion detection is quick, although you need to make sure that the sensor is not triggered too often, as this has a serious impact on battery life, which is the one downside of none of these hardwired systems.
Only time will say if any or all of these appliances will be available for retail, and although there is no reason to doubt that they will be available, even for Xiaomi, this is a huge list of appliances to be released covering only one aspect of intelligent homes for customers, although if you look at the scarcity of video doorbells that are compatible with HomeKit, there would be no harm in looking at these at least