- Very affordable
- Small size makes it easy to mount or place anywhere
- Good video quality + 2-way audio and live streaming
- Motion and sound detection + free 14-day cloud storage (local storage also)
- Good mobile app (iOS and Android)
- Not wireless
- No Alexa, Google Assistant, or HomeKit support just yet
- No geo-fencing or schedule for turning camera on/off
- Bugs here and there
We’ve been very pleased with the WyzeCam, all things considered. For $20-30, it’s a really impressive camera.
So this is one of the cooler products we’ve reviewed, not because it’s completely novel, but because it’s so affordable, yet actually worthwhile. For $20-30, it’s going to be hard to beat out Wyze Cam. In fact, when I first saw the video (below) for this product, I was thinking that it was clearly too good to be true. I was wrong. They have so many headline features that you’d only expect of a higher end camera, but it’s not higher end…it’s crazy affordable. Now, it’s not perfect, but net net, it’s a not a bad way to spend $20-30 [check price on Amazon].
Design and setup process – WyzeCam Review
It looks like a little box, but you can rotate, tilt, and angle the camera basically in any direction you’d like. It’s made of plastic and feels like a budget camera and is wired so you’ll need an outlet close by. It can, however, be stood upright or mounted on the wall, which is nice—we had no issue getting the angle we wanted from our footage.
In terms of getting the camera system setup, it’s pretty much as simple as it gets. Mounting or installing the camera is a sub-5-minute task and getting things working with the app is quick as well. No complaints whatsoever with setting up Wyze Cam. Here’s their video regarding the setup process.
Wyze Cam Features (video quality, audio, etc.)
It shoots 1080p and supports night vision, which turns out looking pretty good, but this will depend heavily on your internet connection. Night vision can be turned on, off, or set to auto so that it switches on only when necessary. There’s also a host of other settings that you can adjust within settings in the WyzeCam mobile app. As you can see in the screenshots below, you can turn on/off and adjust the sensitively of the motion sensor (same for sound). You can also turn on smoke and CO detection, which is quite unique for an IP camera, however, we didn’t get around to starting any fires in our office so aren’t sure how well this works. Still nice to have though.
It also has two-way audio, allowing you to talk to the person whom you’re recording. Again, this requires a strong internet connection, but it works well. There is always a little lag, however, in the audio, as is the case with most cameras. Further, WyzeCam unfortunately does not support 5.0GHz Wi-Fi, so you’re stuck with 2.4GHz, which is slower in transmitting your footage.
The camera also supports push notifications, as you can see in the screenshot below. So whenever it senses motion, sound, etc. it can send you a real-time alert. We’ve found the notifications to be decent. We get alerts all the time when the lights turn off, which is frustrating and there’s no geo-fencing or scheduling feature to automatically turn on/off the camera.
This posed two issues for us. Firstly, we got bombarded with notifications. And second, it’s sort of creepy to know the camera may or may not be on at any given time. I’d like to have more control over when the camera is on or off.
One thing we did really appreciate, however, is that the camera comes with 14 days of free rolling cloud storage, which allows you to access recorded footage remotely. It even has a local storage option. You can choose continuously recording or motion-based recording, which is nice as well. Most cameras just have local storage or a paid cloud storage option. This has both, at no extra cost to you (assuming you have a 32GB MicroSD card laying around).
Accessing your media can be frustrating at times though. The timeline slider in the app is imprecise and jumping from day to day is less efficient than with the Nest Cam IQ or Arlo Pro, for example. It’s not the best part about WyzeCam.
WyzeCam does support live streaming so you can check on your camera at any time. You’d think this is a no-brainer feature, but there are a lot of cameras that leave this out. And speaking of omissions, WyzeCam does not yet support Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana, IFTTT, or Apple HomeKit just yet, although we’ve heard they may be working on this.
Final thoughts on the WyzeCam Smart Camera
The price its best feature. Everything else is good and works fairly well, but you get the camera because it’s cheap, small, and easy to use. We wouldn’t rely on it as our main source of security, but as a means of redundancy, it works great. We’ve been overall pleasantly surprised with WyzeCam.