Wyze Cam Review: the best featured indoor smart camera with 1080p, 2-way audio, and motion detection for just $20!
1080p, night vision, motion detection, 2-way audio, and free cloud storage for less than $20!
Easy to set up, easy to configure, easy to view, and works with Alexa
Concerns about security and video clips are far too short
We’ve used many different kinds of smart cameras. Ring, Arlo, Zmodo, to name just a few. So, you can imagine that we were both excited and skeptical about all of the amazing features that are packed into the Wyze Cam.
And, it costs just $19.99!
No, seriously, it does. How could we not buy it and test it out?
- Works with Echo devices with screens to show your front door, kid’s room, or anywhere else you have your Wyze Cam.
- 1080p full HD live stream direct to your smartphone.
- Night vision that has four Infrared LEDs and illuminates up to 30 feet.
- Works with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks (does not support 5GHz only Wi-Fi).
- Motion Tagging technology detects and outlines motion in both live stream and playback video modes.
- Motion and sound detection with free, rolling 14-day cloud storage.
- Use the Wyze App (iOS and Android) to manage and share multiple cameras.
- Magnetic base, 6-foot power cable and included adhesive metal plate let you mount your Wyze Cam anywhere – no screws required.
- Insert a microSD card and you can record continuously–meaning you can review footage from any time in the past day or so, not just when an event triggered cloud storage.
So, how does it actually look and function? Here’s the process from opening to operation.
You get everything you need to get it set up, mounted (if needed), and plugged in.
Once you install the Wyze app, it provides an easy walkthrough to help you set it up. A couple of nice touches were a) the camera talks to you to help you with the next step, and b) you place your phone in front of the lens and it scans the QR code to connect it to the app. Very slick!
To give you an idea of its size, we placed the Wyze Cam next to the Amazon Cloud Cam–which costs $100 more and offers not much more in the way of features.
You can pull up the live video on your smartphone and make sure it’s positioned the way you want it. It will even put a green box around any movement it detects in front of it. A feature I’ve not seen on cameras costing 10 times as much!
It will even put a green box around any movement it detects in front of it.
One of my biggest concerns about the Wyze Cam is the lack of security mentioned by reviews on Amazon. It’s still a somewhat unknown brand, so I decided it wasn’t worth the risk to use it to monitor the inside of my home–what if a video of my home was hacked? Instead, I decided to place it looking outside through a window.
Ignoring the reflection caused by the window glass, you can see that the Wyze Cam has a very nice video quality! Not the best 1080p, but certainly better than 720p found on other cheap smart cameras. If you too decide to do this, be sure to turn off the Night Vision mode–otherwise, the infrared lights will reflect off the glass and ruin the video image.
Lastly, I connected the Wyze Cam to IFTTT and set up a new rule that would trigger the camera to start recording if either my Ring doorbell or Ring Floodlight Cam detected outside motion.
Sure enough, it worked perfectly!
What we loved
We love the cost of the Wyze Cam. It’s just $19.99!
Obviously, we love the cost of the Wyze Cam. It’s just $19.99! We also love that it comes with its own articulated stand, free cloud storage, night vision, and it works with Alexa!
What we didn’t love
As we mentioned, questions were raised by one Amazon reviewer about Wyze Cam’s security [Update: Wyze assures readers of its security]. Having free cloud recording is awesome, but having clips limited to just 9-12 seconds is not so awesome. We also wished it would connect to more smart speakers than just the Amazon Echo.
…having cloud stored clips limited to just 9-12 seconds is not so awesome.
Lastly, we noticed some connection issues during setup, even though the smartphone was right next to the Wyze Cam and the camera itself was getting over 200Mbps of bandwidth. Hopefully, this is not indicative of the camera’s connection reliability down the road.
The Wyze Cam is an amazing deal on an indoor smart security camera. If you have little nooks and crannies or blind spots around your home that are a) not vital to monitor, and b) have access to a power outlet, then the Wyze Cam is an amazingly affordable smart device to add to your home!
You can buy the Wyze Cam directly from Wyze for just $19.99. However, you have to add $5.99 in shipping fees. Alternatively, you can buy it from Amazon for the same overall price but get faster shipping if you are a Prime member.
Wyze Cam Review
An incredibly low price for a smart camera packed with features. While it comes with free cloud storage, we wish recorded clips were longer.