Dafang Camera hack
Xiaomi/Dafang cameras can be hacked with a custom firmware. Once
done the camera runs locally and doesn't upload any information to
You can find the link here: https://github.com/EliasKotlyar/Xiaomi-Dafang-Hacks
The cameras are pretty cheap too, you
can find them on Ali Express for around $30. They also have
infrared LEDs for night vision.
The new firmware adds a motion tracking, integration with home
automation apps, and a bunch of other fun features you can play
around with it.
It currently is set up to monitor my home
office. It sends me images when the motion detection goes off to
my Telegram account. The videos taken are saved to my NAS and
backed up to the cloud. If I need more cameras, it looks like
this is the hardware I am going to use.