After a brief period of availability to Mainland China customers, the Aqara G2H camera (including a Zigbee 3.0 hub) has officially launched in the US today (October 9th). This means that customers who buy this US version of the camera will be able to add it to HomeKit, as well as the Aqara app set to the US server. The camera, which is designed to work exclusively with Apple HomeKit, as well as HomeKit Secure Video (HSV), is priced at $69.99, although if you use the Aqara discount code AQARAG2H you can get a discount on the price, which in our quick test, took US$17.50 off the list price.
Up until this announcement, any Aqara G2H bought on the ‘grey’ market, via stores like AliExpress or GearBest etc. would be the Chinese model, which can only be added to the Mainland China server, which, for international customers could be somewhat of an inconvenience. This wouldn’t be an issue if you wanted to solely use the G2H with HomeKit, although given that the camera also has onboard recording via an SD Card slot and Zigbee 3.0 hub functionality, then things get more tricky if you’re not keen to use the China server whilst living in the US, as neither function are easily accessible without being tied to the correct server.
The G2H itself, as already mentioned, also acts as a Zigbee gateway, just like the current Aqara hub, but with the improved Zigbee 3.0 functionality. This will allow current Aqara (and some Mijia branded) child devices – as well as the forthcoming updated T1 range of sensors and switches – to be added to the camera, which, if you haven’t already got an Aqara hub, negates the need for a separate hub and camera.
What isn’t mentioned on the company’s EU, US or international versions of their website is the four colour options. Currently, in China, you can buy the G2H in Red/Orange, Navy Blue, Yellow, or White. Aqara has confirmed to us that only the white model will be available in the US at this time.
The G2H comes with a slot for a micro SD card, allowing for local recording in addition to HSV recordings, via the Aqara Home app. The hub functionality and SD Card recordings are only accessible via the Aqara app. In the meantime, if you’re still on the fence about this new product from Aqara, you can check out our video for a little more on the range of things this diminutive product is capable of.