Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Security Camera Review

I just got 3 of these today. I set all of them up in about 45 minutes, including prompted camera updates, and I am impressed so far. I came from another service after they stripped features I had for free over for over a year and asked me to pay a monthly fee to get them back. Wyze offers many of the same services for free, plus more. There are a few bugs in the app like the volume muting when you talk and the app not staying awake while viewing video, but they have said these will be addressed. I also do not like that I have to manually turn notifications on and off, for all 3 cameras. Hopefully they can address that some way as well. For the price though, I am blown away with how awesome these little things are! I am sure the app will continue to be improved.

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Wyze is a smart home security camera that can record 1080P video, video can be stored on the cloud disk, wyze provides a lot of free cloud storage space. The camera base is a rotatable disk that can be rotated in the direction of the person or pet.

Wyze features 1080P sensors, night vision, two-way microphones and speakers, and motion detection. There is also a recordable video MicroSD card and two weeks of free video cloud storage.

Wyze can be turned from one direction to another in just 12 seconds, it can also rotate 360 ​​degrees, and its lens can be tilted up and down so that it can monitor pets or even robot cleaners. Wyze records each motion record detected and automatically stores them in the wyze APP, which you can view. You can also download videos to your phone, and wyze will automatically mark the time options.

Product Description

  • Works with Alexa: Ask Alexa to show your front door, kid’s room, or anywhere else you have your Wyze Cam , Smart Sound Recognition – Wyze Cam recognizes the unique sounds of smoke alarms and CO monitors and alerts you to these specific emergencies
  • 1080p full HD live stream direct to your smartphone day or night with night vision (up to 30 feet away). Works with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks (does not support 5GHz Wi-Fi)
  • Motion Tagging technology detects and outlines motion in both live stream and playback video modes. Operating system supports ios 8.0 and android 5.0 or later.
  • Motion and sound detection with free rolling 14-day cloud storage. Use the Wyze App (iOS and Android) to manage and share multiple cameras. Add a microSD card (up to 32GB max size) for local storage.
  • Magnetic base, 6-foot power cable and included adhesive metal plate let you mount your Wyze Cam anywhere – no screws required

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PROS:
–Incredibly easy setup. You just install the app on your phone, plug the camera in, push a button on the bottom, and then point the camera at a QR code the displays on your phone. Then you are prompted to enter the password for your wifi, and that’s it. It literally takes 1 minute to set up, with no messing around with firewalls, routers, ports, etc. There are voice prompts, played from the speaker on the camera, that guide you through the process. It’s an absolute breeze.

–Image quality is very good. It looks to me like 720p HD video. On my network it streams in full motion at a nice high frame rate. There’s none of the jerky low frame rate video that I get from some of my other cameras. Color reproduction is quite good.

–The camera includes both a microphone and a speaker, so you can listen in on the location of the camera, and/or speak through the camera. Speaker quality is what you would expect from a speaker that is less than an inch in diameter. But it works! The microphone is FAR better than the microphone on any of the Foscam/Wansview cameras that I’ve used in the past. On those you would have to be shouting in order to be heard. The Wyze camera picks up even faint sounds in the room.

–I LOVE the magnetic base! You can stick this thing to any ferrous metal surface, and it stays stuck. At the moment mine is hanging from the bottom of an air duct pipe in my basement. Just go into the app on the phone, tell it to invert the image, and you are all set! It really is slick, and is something that more camera manufacturers should do.

–The motiion detection is simple and reliable. It can be tuned from highly sensitive (triggerrs when my cat walks across the basement floor) to low sensitivity (my wife would have to walk in front of it). Upon triggering, a ~10 second video is captured and uploaded to the cloud. An optional push notification is sent to your phone. And you can go into the app and watch the recording.

–Night vision mode is decent, but not outstanding. There is a single IR LED for low light illumination. They state a night vision range of “up to 30 feet”. That’s pushing it. But 15-20 feet seems to be no problem at all. It certainly covers a room with no problem.

–The price. How can you beat a $20 camera that simply exceeds every expectation that I had? After reading about this camera online, and reading some reviews, I decided to order on on the spur of the moment just to test it out. Yeah, at this price point you really have no reason NOT to buy one as an impulse purchase. I received mine in 2 days. But the day after ordering, they went on 1-2 month back order. Apparently they are as popular as they deserve to be. Despite the backorder, I’ll be placing an order for a couple more before the end of the day.

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CONS
–None that are really noteable.

–The app doesn’t always update the list of recorded motion detection video clips. If you close the app, and reopen it, they show up in the list. But that’s software, and will undoubtedly be updated in the very near future.

–Unlike many of the other cameras in the house, this one doesn’t support pan/tilt. But for the price, who cares? The Wyze has a nice wide field of view. They are stackable. So if you spend $60 you can stack three of them and have a full 360 degree view for less then the price of one camera that does pan/tilt. And the Wyze will have better image quality

–No idea what its environmental tolerances are. I know that it’s not weatherproof. But if I put one in my unheated garage, in upstate NY, is it going to survive the cold? Who knows? But heck, for $20 it might be worth just trying it to see what happens!

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