WyzeCam security camera review

Would you believe me if I told you that you can have a home security camera that is priced at only $19.99 per camera AND there are no monthly subscription or cloud storage fees required? Yes, I’m serious. Let’s check out WyzeCam.

What is it?

WyzeCam is a small 1080p home security camera that’s crazy inexpensive but still has all the features of the big guys like Nest and even some features they don’t have, all for only $20 per camera.

What’s in the box?

WyzeCam
Steel disk w/3M adhesive
USB cable (5.5-foot in length)
AC adapter

Hardware specs

2.8mm focal length
110 degrees wide angle lens
1920 x 1080 resolution
8x digital zoom
10fps recording
Night vision
2-way audio

Design and features

The WyzeCam is a small 2-inch white plastic cube with a grey base and a camera lens and IR sensor on the front.

On the back of the camera is a speaker, a Type A USB connector, and a micro USB connector.

In a standard setup, you would connect the included micro USB cable into the micro USB port on the camera and then connect the other end into the included AC adapter.  The Type A USB connector allows you to daisy chain the cameras so that they can share one power connection. To do this, you would connect one WyzeCam the standard way and then connect the included USB cable with a 2nd WyzeCam into the back of the first WyzeCam.

The base of the WyzeCam has a QR code that is used during setup.

The base unfolds so that you can customize the viewing angle of the camera.

The base of the WyzeCam is magnetic, so you can attach the camera to any steel surface or you can use the included disk to mount the WyzeCam on a wall.

When you unfold the base, it also reveals the micro SD card slot that you’ll use if you want the camera to capture video 24/7. Note that you have to supply your own micro SD card. There’s also a button on the bottom of the camera that is used during the setup procedure.

Setup

The Wyze camera is one of the easiest security cameras that I’ve ever installed. All you do is install the mobile app, add a camera, power up the camera, and follow the screen and voice prompts. I had the first camera up and running within 2 minutes which I think is a record. Adding additional cameras is just as easy.

The WyzeCam app is similar to most other security camera apps. It gives you the ability to see a live view of the camera and customize settings.

The WyzeCam can notify you via your phone when it detects motion, sound, and even a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm in your home.

This camera can also record motion detection clips locally on a micro SD card (not included), or you can set it to continuously record to the card.

When motion is detected, the camera will save a short clip to the cloud which you can view through the app from anywhere in the world. These clips are saved for 14 days on the WzyCam servers and you’re not charged anything for that service.

The camera’s image quality is very good, as is the viewing angle.

You can record action manually or snap an image by clicking the onscreen buttons in the live view window. You can also listen in on what is happening and have a two-way conversation using the built-in microphone and speaker.

However, night vision is a little fuzzy compared to other security cameras that I’ve tested. but it’s not bad enough to be a deal breaker.

In addition to watching a live stream from the cameras from a remote location, you can also watch past events if you insert a micro SD card into the camera. The WyzeCam even has a time-lapse feature that you can use to condense an entire day down to a few minutes. This is a feature that you have to schedule and you can only view the time lapse when you’re on the same network as the camera.

Time-lapse video example


What I like

There’s not much that I don’t like about this camera. It’s small, the price is affordable for anyone, it has good image quality, alerts you when it detects motion, sound, smoke alarms, CO alarms, provides two-way conversation feature, and is simple to set up.

What needs improvement

There are only two main things that stand out for me that Wyze needs to improve. One is that the application is a little flakey. When I launch the app, 7 times out of 10, it will freeze or not connect to the camera until I kill the app and restart it.

The other improvement that I’d like to see is with motion detection. Sensitivity even when set to the lowest setting is pretty high resulting in motion alerts for things like tree limbs moving or shadows from the sun. I would also like to see a motion trigger zone feature.

And one more thing that really isn’t an improvement as much as it’s a wish… It would be great if they come out with a water and weather-resistant camera for outdoor use.

Final thoughts

WyzeCam security cameras are an inexpensive way to outfit your home with live streaming cameras that will alert you to motion, sound, smoke, and CO alarms. For only $20 a camera, it’s an obvious choice to go with WyzeCam over other security camera brands that cost 10x as much and lock you into a monthly fee to use their cloud services.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Wyze. Please visit their site for more info. Amazon also sells them, but for some reason, they are more expensive than buying them right through Wyze.

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8 thoughts on “WyzeCam security camera review”

    1. They are now showing in stock on the Wyze site (but may take 1-2 additional days)…. shipping is an additional $5.99 SO, Amazon’s price (Prime exclusive) isn’t bad when you take into account the 2-day shipping.

      1. I purchased 2 from Wyze just now and shipping was $9.98 for both. Total was $49.96. Two purchased from Amazon is $49.98 with 2 day Prime shipping.

        Rather give the extra $$s to the company for providing such a reasonably priced product for the features. I’m sure they take a % hit selling through Amazon.

        1. When I add 2 into my Amazon cart, it’s $59.98…

          I agree in supporting the company but, if it’s out of stock (which it apparently was earlier today), paying the premium to Amazon (and getting it faster) isn’t too bad.

  1. I picked up 2 of these Wyze cameras (direct from the company). They were delivered quickly. Here’s a bit of another review.

    TDLR; Really nice product. Well made and easy to set up. Plenty of features. Extremely good value

    I was not going into these prepared to be impressed. After all how good could a $25 security camera be? Well it can be really good.

    The packaging was top notch – everything had a place and it was very secure. Included in the small cubey box is the camera, metal mount plate, USB adapter, flat and long micro USB cable and quick guide.

    You need to download and install an app to set up the Wyze cameras – both iOS and Android flavors are available. The app is very well written and shows a lot of professional development effort.

    The camera only connects to 2.4ghz wireless networks so if you have a dual 5/2.4ghz WiFi network (who doesn’t these days) you may run into a little trouble. I suggest that unless you have a high end wireless router that can manage the networks you configure your wireless network into separate 2.4 and 5ghz networks. My network was already set up that way so my Wyze connected without trouble. I did have to switch my iPhone to the 2.4ghz network before the app would communicate with the Wyze and set up the configuration however once that was done I switched back to the 5ghz network and the application continued to work fine.

    The camera is 1080p fixed focus (with digital zoom – who cares) and sits on an nice base which telescopes and swivels so you can position the camera. The base has a strong magnet so the camera will stick to any metal surface or you can use the included metal disc to create a mounting position.

    Once it’s set up you can control everything through the app. Nicely Wyze includes 2 weeks of free cloud recording so that you can play back recordings from anywhere (not just in your home network). The app also has settings for frame rate as well as a number conditions which will trigger recordings (like motion, sound, smoke or CO2 detectors) and which will push alerts to your smartphone. The alerts are linked to a short video clip so you can see why the alert was issued.

    In my tests these all worked pretty well. The motion detection is basic (sensitivity is the only parameter you can change) but it works and the clip records about 10 seconds before and after the alert.

    The camera also has IR illuminators which you can turn off – otherwise they go on automatically in dark conditions (with the requisite LOUD relay click). IR illumination is about 10-30 feet and the quality of night recordings is good. Also included is 2 way audio communications – it’s pretty low volume but you can understand what people are saying and they can hear you as well.

    Nicely the camera has a microSD card slot and so you can record directly to the card. Like a dash cam you can specify the length of recording clips (30 minutes is the default) and you can select the option to overwrite older clips. Using this option you can store a couple days of 1080p 15fps video on the maximum supported 32gb microSD capacity. However you can lock clips or if when detection events happen those clips are stored separately and are locked as well. You’d still get them on your cloud storage however.

    I was impressed by the quality of the recording and the quality of the device. If you’re trying to decide to install security cameras in your house (sorry the device is an indoor device only and can’t really see out of the windows especially in the dark) the Wyze camera is a nice device to try out the viability of the idea. At $25 it’s a great value and you might find that you don’t need to replace them with expensive cameras after all. However it’s certainly nice to have a little, easily hidden camera to deploy if an occasion arises in the home which needs some monitoring – perhaps the mother-in-law is stealing silverware? Although the camera does include a 5v USB power adapter you could power it using a high capacity USB battery pack for portable purposes.

    I think Wyze should be applauded for producing a camera with features above the very reasonable price they’re offering.

    1. Nice review Alan! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I still have my 2 WYZE cameras setup and they are still working fine. The app is a little flakey though and you’ll probably notice (unless it’s just the Android app with this problem…) that you’ll have to restart the app pretty regularly because it will freeze.

      1. You’re welcome. The iOS app is very stable (for a couple of weeks) although I’m only monitoring 1 camera right now. I haven’t had to restart it even once. And I switched phones right in the middle from iPhone 7 Plus to iPhone X and it didn’t miss a beat.

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