Aqara Camera Hub G2H vs. G2H Pro: Which should you buy?

Aqara G2h Camera Review
Aqara G2h Camera Review (Image credit: Christopher Close / iMore)

There are plenty of great HomeKit cameras on the market but Aqara stands out by offering some of the most affordable and functional options. Its Camera Hub G2H has been a top-pick of ours since it debuted in 2020 and the new Pro version builds on its success. For some, the Pro model will fill some of the holes in the original's spec list, whereas others may be able to save a few bucks by foregoing the new advancements.

Aqara Camera Hub G2H vs. Aqara Camera Hub G2H Pro: Breaking it down

If you couldn't guess by the names alone, the Aqara Camera Hub G2H and Aqara Camera Hub G2H Pro are incredibly similar products though there are some differences that could affect your real-world usage. Here are how the specs compare to help you decide which to get.

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Header Cell - Column 0 Aqara Camera Hub G2HAqara Camera Hub G2H Pro
PlatformHomeKitHomeKit, Alexa, Google Assistant
HomeKit Secure VideoYesYes
HomeKit Security SystemNoYes
Resolution1080p HD1080p HD
Night visionYesYes
Field of view140 degrees146 degrees
Activity zonesYesYes
Two-way audioYesYes
Hub capabilityZigbee 3.0 (up to 64 devices)Zigbee 3.0 (up to 128 devices)
StorageiCloud, MicroSD (up to 32GB)iCloud, MicroSD (up to 512GB), NAS

Aqara Camera Hub G2H vs. Aqara Camera Hub G2H Pro: More platforms and features in the Pro model

Aqara Camera Hub G2h Pro Voice Assistant compatibility

Aqara Camera Hub G2h Pro Voice Assistant compatibility (Image credit: Aqara)

Visually, the cameras are basically identical so there are no points to be scored either way on the looks front. The design remains cute and compact in the Pro model and it only comes in white regardless of which model you go for.

The unchanged exterior of the G2H Pro does hide some notable improvements on the inside, mostly in terms of compatibility. The biggest change is that the G2H Pro offers support for all the major smart home platforms including HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant compared to the HomeKit-only approach of the original model. That's essential for users of these smart platforms that want an affordable indoor camera.

The G2H Pro offers quality-of-life features upgrades and additional platform support for the same starting price.

There's reason for HomeKit users to rejoice too, though, with added support for HomeKit Security System modes. That means users can customize their experience based on Home, Away, and Night alarm modes.

Other improvements in the Pro model include a wider 146-degree field of view, upgraded microSD card support (now up to 512GB), support for NAS storage, and the ability to connect up to 128 Aqara devices and sensors to the built-in Zigbee hub (up from 64 in the previous-gen model).

Aqara Camera Hub G2H vs. Aqara Camera Hub G2H Pro: Save a few bucks with the original version

Though there are important improvements in the Pro model, the Aqara Camera Hub G2H is still one of the best HomeKit cameras you can buy.

The improvements aren't enough to warrant ditching your existing G2H for a G2H Pro.

With the arrival of a new model, the original version is also available at a discount while supplies last making it a great pickup if you don't want to spend a dollar more than you have to.

The improvements for HomeKit users most likely aren't enough of a reason to ditch your existing G2H if you have one, unless you're really frustrated by the 32GB microSD card limit or are running up against that 64 device limit for the hub functionality.

Aqara Camera Hub G2H vs. Aqara Camera Hub G2H Pro: Which should you buy?

The Aqara Camera Hub G2H Pro looks set to replace the original G2H entirely, coming in at the original model's regular MSRP and with Aqara now having removed the G2H's product page from its official website, so your best bet is to buy the newer G2H Pro. The Pro model improves in the areas that the original model fell short without sacrificing any of the positive features of the original product.

That being said, if you can find a really good deal on the original G2H then it is still a great device and you won't regret adding one to your HomeKit smart home setup. Additionally, if you already own the original G2H and don't care much for the upgrades, sticking with it definitely won't hurt.

Adam Oram

Adam Oram is a Senior Writer at iMore. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as an Apple Genius and as a Deals Editor at Thrifter. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food. Follow him on Twitter at @adamoram.