WyzeCam Review

WyzeCam Review
9 Total Score

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  • 1080p with infrared night vision
  • 14 days of motion clip storage
  • Flexible mounting options

So how good is a security webcam that only costs $30?  Surprisingly good.


There have been several updates to this camera since my initial review. Scroll down to the “Updates” section to check out the new features!

Design / Ease of Use

The WyzeCam has a unique cube design. The flexible base also allows you to aim it where you want, but please note that the camera does not have pan and tilt motors. The base is magnetic, which gives you some flexibility when it comes to mounting it.

Configuring the camera is easy.  The app will walk you through the process, then display a QR code that you show to the camera.  The camera then pulls your Wifi information from that code and configures itself for your network.  Wyze’s cloud services take care of connecting you to a live stream of your camera when you’re away from home, so you don’t need to worry about port forwarding or messing with your router.

Picture Quality

The camera can record in 1080p with a night vision infrared LED. The picture quality looks great — it’s not as quite as good as the Logitech Circle 2 that I recently reviewed, but it’s clear enough to see people approaching the camera. Remember that the infrared night vision LED will not work through glass, so you won’t be able to see or record motion outside at night through a window.

Features

The Wyze Cam will send you a push alert whenever the camera detects motion. Similar to the Logitech Circle 2 camera, you can create a time lapse recording of the day, but you must schedule it in advance and it only records at regular intervals — not just when it detects motion.

The camera also feature 2-way audio, allowing you to use the app to talk to a person near the camera.

While the WyzeCam packs a lot of functionality, it is missing a few features. As I mentioned earlier, you cannot move the camera while you’re away… it is stationary. You also cannot specify specific zones of the image for motion alerting, just the sensitivity (Update: The April 2018 firmware update adds motion detection zones). Also, there is no Apple HomeKit or IFTTT support at this time (Update: The May 2018 firmware update adds IFTTT support).

Audio will always be included when recording to the Micro SD card or when a motion clip is saved to the cloud. You may want to keep that in mind if you plan to keep it running all the time inside your house (Update: The April 2018 firmware update adds the ability to disable the mic). If you don’t want to save any anything to the cloud, be sure to disable the motion and sound alerting options.

Value

Unlike the Circle 2 camera, which only gives you 1 day of cloud storage, the Wyze camera gives you a full two weeks of motion storage in the cloud. You also have the option of using a Micro SD card — up to 32 GB — to record 24/7 locally. So even if your internet connection goes down, you still have a copy of your recordings. That’s another big advantage over the Logitech Circle 2 camera, which has no local storage option at this time.  So while the Logitech Circle 2 constantly pushes you to their higher tier cloud storage options, the Wyze Cam functions are completely free (at launch, there is not even an option to upgrade yet).

Additional Details

  • When enabling motion or sound detection, a 12-second clip will be saved to “the cloud” whenever an event occurs.  The clips are stored for 14 days.  If you reach 5 minutes of recordings in the cloud, older clips may be deleted (prior to 14 days).
  • If you don’t want to save anything to the cloud, you will need to disable all motion and sound detection options.
  • Audio is always recorded to both the cloud (if motion/sound detection is on) and the Micro SD card (if you choose to record locally). (Update: The April 2018 firmware update adds the ability to disable the mic)
  • When saving to the Micro SD card, the folders are organized by Date > Hour > Minute. Each minute is saved as a separate MP4 video file.

Updates

  • February 2018: WyzeCam v2 has been released, which adds motion detection highlighting (so you can more easily see what triggered a motion alert) and a new CMOS sensor. The WyzeCam team states they will continue to support v1 with firmware updates.
  • April 2018: WyzeCam now support motion detection zones and the ability to disable sound recording.
  • May 2018: WyzeCam now supports IFTTT! The biggest benefit is that you can now enable/disable motion detection alerts based on your phone’s location.
  • June 2018: A pan/tilt version of the WyzeCam is now available.
  • July 2018: You can now view your WyzeCam v2 and WyzeCam Pan on Alexa devices with a display. Unfortunately, WyzeCam v1 is not supported at this time.

9 Total Score
Excellent

For a quick and easy way to check in on your house while you're away, you can't beat the price and picture quality of the Wyze Cam. I especially like the generous cloud storage of motion events and the ability to record locally to a Micro SD card.

Picture Quality
8.2
Features
9.1
Ease of Use
9
Value
9.5
PROS
  • 1080p with infrared night vision
  • 14 days of motion clip storage
  • Flexible mounting options
CONS
  • No zones for motion detection
  • Cannot turn off audio recording completely

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Features

  • Live Stream from Anywhere in 1080p -1080p Full HD live streaming lets you see inside your home from anywhere in real time using your mobile device. While live streaming, use two-way audio to speak with your friends and family through the Wyze app.
  • Motion/Sound Recording with Free Cloud Storage - Wyze Cam can automatically record a 12-second video clip when motion or sound is detected and saves that video to the cloud for 14-days, for free. Mobile push notifications can be enabled so you’re only alerted when something is detected letting you stay on top of things without having to constantly monitor the app. Or, record continuously to a MicroSD card (sold separately) regardless of motion and sound. Compatible with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB FAT32 MicroSD cards.
  • See in the dark - Night vision lets you see up to 30’ in absolute darkness using 4 infrared (IR) LEDs. Note: IR does not work through glass windows.
  • Voice Controlled? You got it! - Works with Alexa and Google Assistant (US only) so you can use your voice to see who’s at your front door, how your baby’s doing, or if your 3D printer has finished printing. Wyze Cam is only compatible with the 2. 4GHz WiFi network (does not support 5GHz Wi-Fi) and Apple (iOS) and Android mobile devices.
  • Person Detection at no extra cost - New in July 2019: Get notified when a person is detected and filter your event videos with people using on-device AI person detection. Available immediately, all Wyze Cam owners can update their camera's firmware to enjoy this new feature at no additional cost.
  1. The Wyze Cam has a lot going for it, but the 5-minute cool-down period after sending an alert is a major concern. Someone breaks in and all you get is one 12-second piece of video until 5 minutes later when you get another notification and 12-second clip. Pretty much requires an SD card for continuous recording, as well as placing it where it’s hidden or unreachable. But still for 26 bucks shipped…

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