Wyze Cam v2 Review

Update: The Wyze Cam now has person detection.

They say good things come in small packages, and I hope that’s true of the Wyze Cam. I’m actually shocked by how small the camera and box are- could something this small be powerful?

Oh, and another thing. This camera’s only $19.99, making it by far the most affordable camera we’ve seen. Plus, it boosts amazing features, like 1080p HD video, eight times optical zoom, and integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. How did Wyze manage to fit all those features into this tiny camera for one-fifth of the price of their competitors? I’m determined to find out.

In this review, I’ll talk about what Wyze promises you, what you actually get, my first impressions of the Wyze Cam, and its necessary features. Then, I’ll compare the camera to some similar products on the market, as well as discuss the Wyze app. Security Baron’s review of the Wyze Cam starts now!

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At only $20, the Wyze Cam is one of our most affordable cameras, but it doesn't skimp out on quality, with 1080p HD video, integrations with Amazon Alexa, and infrared night vision. 

Promised Features

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Wyze Cam and Box

The Wyze Cam is promising me a lot of good stuff, like:

  • Infrared night vision
  • 14 days of free cloud storage
  • Eight times digital zoom
  • Integrations with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT
  • Two-way audio
  • 1080p HD video
  • Motion detection

All this from a camera that costs about as much as a fancy salad? I’m excited to open the box and see what’s in store.

First Impressions

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Wyze Cam

At first glance, the Wyze Cam looks a bit like Wall-E. This is a compliment— I love that movie! I love the white cube surrounding the round black camera, and it looks pretty cute over its little gray base. I love that the camera can swivel all the way around and tilt on its base, and how the base doubles as a wall mount. Seeing that the back of the camera features a USB port is also a good sign of some local storage to come. Overall, the Wyze Cam looks pretty good so I’m excited to see how it performs.

Necessary Features

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Wyze Cam Necessary Features

To judge a camera, I use the Security Baron Necessary Features Test, which matches cameras’ technical specifications with  my experience of the products. Let’s jump in!

Video

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Wyze Cam Video Display

Video-wise, the camera is pretty good but not ideal. I’m happy with the 1080p HD, the industry standard, as well as the camera’s ability to zoom in eight times digitally. However, the field of view is a bit more narrow than I’d like at 110 degrees. The field of view is less relevant, however, than other cameras as the Wyze Cam can rotate 360 degrees around. As you can see, the video quality is pretty fantastic. Is it just me, or do I look particularly vibrant in this footage? Full marks!

Night Vision

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Wyze Cam Night Vision

The Wyze Cam’s four infrared LED sensors make for some great night vision. I’m glad that the Wyze Cam has infrared night vision over color night vision because no one will know I’m recording them in the dark. And that’s not as creepy as it sounds! I’m giving the Wyze Cam full marks for its night vision.

Audio Quality

The Wyze Cam has two-way audio. That means you’ll be able to speak to whoever you’re recording, whether you’re a floor above them or 1,000 miles away. If you know anything about two-way audio, you know that it can be particularly useful while an intrusion is happening. Imagine a disembodied voice telling you to leave the house you’re robbing. If the intruders weren’t scared before, they’ll be scared now! F-U-L-L M-A-R-K-S.

Storage

Praise! The Wyze Cam offers both local and cloud storage for 14 days- completely free! I really have nothing bad to say about that. Having both cloud and local storage is important so that you can back up your footage. If the cloud storage fails, you still have the local storage, and vice versa. I wasn’t a Girl Scout myself, but I do know that you should always come prepared. Full marks for storage!

Smart Platform Integration

Integrations wise, you can pair the Wyze Cam with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or IFTTT. This camera would be great for someone already in the Amazon ecosystem, and the IFTTT integrations will make for hundreds of home automations. The Wyze Cam gets full marks for storage.

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At only $20, the Wyze Cam is one of our most affordable cameras, but it doesn't skimp out on quality, with 1080p HD video, integrations with Amazon Alexa, and infrared night vision. 

Artificial Intelligence

Given that this camera costs less than $20, I’m pretty impressed that it has smart sound recognition for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This means that if one of your detectors go off, the camera will hear it and will immediately alert you via a mobile notification. It’s a great feature if you have old-school smoke/CO detectors that aren’t connected to your phone, as the Wyze basically transforms then into connected devices. Of course, you won’t be able to control the environmental monitors from your phone, as a camera can only do so much.

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Person Detection

As of a recent update, the Wyze Cam now has person detection, meaning it can differentiate between people, animals, and other moving objects. Full marks for artificial intelligence!

Convenience

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Wyze Mounted on Wall

I was slightly shocked at how easy it was to set up the Wyze Cam. It came with a Quick Start Guide that made things super simple. All I had to do after I took the camera out of its packaging was download the Wyze app, create my account, and add the device via its QR code. 

Once I added the device, I plugged my camera into an outlet using the USB cable and power adapter that came in the box. Finally, I connected the camera to Wi-Fi.

Mounting the camera was no hassle, as it comes with both a magnetic base for steel surfaces and adhesive tape for everything else. I love that the camera can be mounted upside down or sideways. All in all, the process took me about 10 minutes— full marks for convenience!

Value

Overall, I’m really impressed by the Wyze Cam, and that’s not only because of its crazy low price. This camera matches up with the best of them in terms of video, audio, night vision, person detection and storage. It even integrates with Amazon Alexa! Full marks for value!

The Wyze App

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The Wyze App

A new-age camera like the Wyze Cam should have an amazing app, right? From the Wyze app, you can livestream, record, or view old footage, receive push notifications, communicate with who you’re recording through two-way audio, and create time lapse videos and screenshots.

Unfortunately, the Wyze app only has five reviews on the Apple Store and a 3.5 rating. The Google Play Store, in contrast, has over 1300 reviews for the Wyze app and a similar 3.4 star rating. It seems like many customers had issues with the livestreaming- the app doesn’t seem capable of smoothly livestreaming in full 1080p HD, but remember that could be reflective of their internet setup.

Comparisons

I’m going to compare the Wyze Cam to the YI Home Security Camera and the Tend Lynx Secure Indoor Camera, two awesome indoor cameras. Sure, the Wyze Cam is great, but can it compare to more established security cameras?

YI Home Security Camera

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Yi Home Security Camera

The YI Home security is another awesome indoor camera. Both the YI and the Wyze Cam have 1080p HD video display, which is great. The Wyze Cam, however, has twice the amount of optical zoom as the YI, while the YI’s field of view is two degrees larger than the Wyze Cam’s at 112 degrees. Both fields of view are pretty narrow, however, and the difference is negligible.

Some more similarities? Both cameras come with two-way audio and local storage, although YI provides you with a 32 GB micro-SD card. The YI and the Wyze Cam also have excellent night vision, although the YI has twice the amount of infrared LED sensors as the Wyze.

Some major differences lie in storage, smart platform integration, and artificial intelligence. While the Wyze Cam gives you free cloud storage for 14 days, the YI only gives you a week of free cloud storage. Beyond that, you can either pay $9.99 a month for 14 days of cloud storage or $14.99 for 30 days for up to five cameras. The YI’s major drawbacks are its lack of smart platform integrations and artificial intelligence capabilities. Keep in mind that the Wyze Camera works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT and has smart sound recognition for smoke and C.O alarms plus person detection.

Both of these cameras are on the lower-end price wise, with the YI camera costing $31 compared to the Wyze Cam’s $20. Overall, I would buy the Wyze Cam over the YI Indoor due to its superior smart platform integrations, A.I capabilities, storage options, and more affordable price. There’s really no area in which the YI beats the Wyze Cam, so this was a pretty clear choice.

To learn more, read our review of the YI Home Security Camera.

Tend Lynx Secure Indoor Camera

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Tend Secure Lynx Indoor Camera

Another indoor camera is the Tend Secure Lynx, available for $60 (three times as much as the Wyze Cam). Both cameras shoot in 1080p HD, although the Tend has a wider field of view than the Wyze Cam at 120 degrees. I was happy with both cameras’ infrared night vision and two-way audio.

However, the Wyze Cam beats the Tend Lynx Secure Indoor Camera when it comes to storage. The Tend camera has no local storage and only gives you a week of cloud storage, while the Wyze Cam has local storage and gives you 14 days of cloud storage. The Wyze Cam also wins when it comes to smart platform integrations, as the Tend Lynx Secure Indoor Camera has none.

The only area in which the Tend Lynx is superior to the Wyze Cam is artificial intelligence. The Tend Lynx Secure Indoor camera has both person detection and facial recognition while the Wyze Cam just has person detection. That means you’ll get more specific notifications, not just that your camera detected motion but that your Grandma entered your living room, or an unfamiliar face was detected in your entryway.

Despite its superior A.I, I would buy the Wyze Cam over the Tend Lynx Secure Indoor Camera. In all other categories, the Wyze Cam matches or exceeds the Tend Lynx Secure, so unless A.I is a must, I’d go with the Wyze Cam. The $40 price difference doesn’t hurt, either!

To find out even more information, read our review of the Tend Secure Lynx Indoor Camera.

Recap of the Wyze Cam

All in all, I’m pretty blown away by the Wyze Cam. I can’t believe it’s only $20 and matches cameras up to $300 in terms of video, audio, night vision, and storage. I’d call this a slam dunk, but let’s break it down to see if it’s right for you.

The Wyze Cam might be good for you if you’d like…

  • Affordable price: At $20, the Wyze Cam is by far the cheapest camera I’ve reviewed.
  • Great infrared night vision: See clear as day with the Wyze Cam’s four LED sensors.
  • 1080p HD video display, eight times optical zoom: The Wyze Cam matches industry standards when it comes to video.
  • Two-way audio: You’ll be able to speak to whoever you’re recording, a huge plus.
  • Free local and cloud storage: 14 days of cloud storage is super generous, plus you can back up your files in two ways.
  • Integrations with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT: Think of all the home automation possibilities!
  • Easy setup: Installing the Wyze Cam is a total breeze.
  • Decent app ratings: iPhone and Android users rated the Wyze app 3.5 and 3.4 respectively, which is pretty good.

However, I’d steer clear if any of the following are dealbreakers…

  • No integration with Microsoft Cortana or Apple HomeKit: If you were looking for a security camera to fit in either the Microsoft or Apple ecosystems, the Wyze Cam isn’t the one for you.
  • Narrow field of view of 110 degrees: This isn’t a huge deal, but the Wyze Cam’s viewing angle is a bit smaller than I’d like.

If you’re still not satisfied, you might want to check out our review of the best home security cameras. 

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

8 thoughts on “Wyze Cam v2 Review”

  1. Thanks, Gabe…

    You did mention Digital Zoom in three places so you were clear. Your review has helped me to decide on the Wyze Cam and I appreciate your effort.

  2. Any idea when these might go wireless? I hate the thought of plugging cams in all over the house and then having that long dangling wire to an outlet 🙁

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