Wyze Cam V2 Review- A Safe and Secure Camera?


Gabe Turner: This is Gabe at Security Baron. What would you do with $20? Buy a cheap sweater, an expensive salad, or
the Wyze Cam? Let’s check it out. [background music] Gabe: Like to see a list of our favorite home
security cameras? Google Security Baron best home security cameras. You have a question about today’s review,
leave us a comment and I’ll get back to you. The Wyze Cam talks a tremendous game. I’m actually starting to feel like Jackson
Five right before they sign with Berry Gordy, though I hope the outcome is a little bit
more positive. Honestly, they say they have Amazon Alexa
integration, 1080p video quality, two-way audio, can all that come in a package that
cost $20? Well let’s check it out. Before we jump into the Security Baron Necessary
Features Test, I just want to talk about the design of the Wyze Cam. Right off the bat, it’s really cute little
nifty package. You got your typical black and white design,
which we’ve seen with a lot of cameras, but you want to note that there is a grey base
at the bottom. When you’re looking at this cube-like design,
you get real Wall-E vibes. It’s cute, Disney-esque. You’ll note that you have a flush lens and
camera on the front, so you don’t have to worry about any protruding elements. I think that adds to its very minimal design. When you look around the back, you’ve got
your micro USB port, which is recessed along with the USB port and a speaker. The speaker is here. All of these elements are not something that
you note from any other side, other than looking directly at the back. This base adds to the ability to rotate the
camera, swivel, tilt, a lot of things that you can do. It also comes with this cool magnetic plate
that you can place on the bottom with your trusty 3M adhesive and just put this anywhere. It’s going to fit in to your abode no matter
what because of it’s flexibility. All in all, just a cute, nifty design with
the Wyze Cam. Now that we’ve looked at the design of the
Wyze Cam, let’s run it through the Security Baron Necessary Features Test. Here at Security Baron, we think that every
security camera should have high-definition video, two-way audio, night vision, local
and cloud storage, smart platform integration, artificial intelligence, convenience and value. Video quality is a necessary feature at Security
Baron. The Wyze Cam actually does very well here. It has 1080p crisp high-definition video. It only does have 110-degree field of view. We like to see a 120 degrees at least, but
it does really well, again, when you look at its eight time digital zoom. When it comes to the Security Baron necessary
feature of video quality, we give the Wyze Cam full marks. At Security Baron, two-way audio is an important,
necessary feature. Here with the Wyze Cam, we’re glad to see
that. This little package comes with big audio. By that I mean, it has two-way audio so it
can listen in and hear, and you can talk back to it. If anyone’s in the room, you can talk to them
directly through the cam. When it comes to two-way audio and the Wyze
Cam, we give it full marks. Night vision is a Security Baron necessary
feature and the Wyze Cam actually performs well here with this four infrared LED sensors,
which is what we’d like to see whenever we’re looking at a camera. We like that infrared LED, we don’t want lights
going off or things like that to alert any potential intruder that they’re being watched. The Wyze Cam definitely does well. We give it full marks for night vision in
the Security Baron Necessary Features Test. Local and cloud storage are Security Baron
necessary features and the Wyze Cam does really well here. It has both a local storage option and 14
days of cloud storage, absolutely free. When it comes to the Security Baron necessary
features of local and cloud storage, the Wyze Cam gets full marks. Now, a little camera like this and the Security
Baron necessary feature of smart platform integration, can’t be compatible, right? No, we are wrong. It has Amazon Alexa capabilities along with
IFTTT. If you’re a Google Assistant person, this
is out for you. If you’re not the HomeKit person, out for
you. But when it comes to Amazon Alexa, it pairs
well and you can talk directly to your Alexa and get the responses you need. When it comes to Wyze Cam and the smart platform
integration necessary feature, we give it full marks. Artificial intelligence is a Security Baron
necessary feature. Typically, when we think about artificial
intelligence, we’re thinking about pet detection, person detection, facial-recognition technology. You’re not going to find any of those in the
Wyze Cam, which honestly is not too surprising. However, they do say that they use artificial
intelligence to know when a CO2 alarm is going off or a smoke detector.There is artificial
intelligence in terms of it being able to know what is going on in your home — essentially
turning your other devices into smart devices — but it doesn’t have artificial intelligence
in the traditional way that we think about it here at Security Baron. We’re going to give it half marks for the
Security Baron necessary feature of artificial intelligence. Convenience is maybe my favorite Security
Baron necessary feature. When it comes to the Wyze Cam, it does super
well. I basically had it set up, from start to finish,
in three minutes. You download the app, you plug in the Wyze
Cam, you show the app to the camera itself, it scans the QR code and you’re set. I named the space, I named the cam, and I
was ready to go. I can’t ask for an easier experience when
it comes to setting up a security camera, so we give it full marks when it comes to
convenience and the Security Baron Necessary Features Test. Value is a Security Baron necessary feature. The Wyze Cam does tremendously coming in at
$20. $20 gets you Amazon Alexa integration, 1080p,
a host of other features. We can’t say much more about it than it does
so well for so little. When it comes to value and the Security Baron
features test, The Wyze Cam gets full marks. Wait, quick break. I have to admit that I’m very impressed by
the feature set on The Wyze Cam. I was actually just wondering which of it’s
features most blows away our viewers. If you want to leave us a comment below, just
so I can get an idea of which one of the elements of this $20 [laughs] camera is the most impressive
to you, I’d appreciate it. Let’s get back to the video. Now that we’ve discussed what the Wyze Cam
can do, let’s talk about what that user experience is like through the app. Now, in the Google Play Store, it gets 3.4
out of five stars and in the Apple App Store, it gets 3.5 out of five stars. The general consensus seems to be that’s it
a pretty middle-of-the-road app with the issue plaguing a lot of consumers being related
to the high-definition video with the app asking them to rather have their video record
in 720 and even doing that in a live stream. That can be an issue caused by a lot of different
factors, but that’s something that we wanted to mention. As we’ve seen the general consensus, let’s
look into my experience on the Apple iPhone. Here we are looking at The Wyze Cam mobile
application as it works on my iPhone X. Now, the app starts the way you want any security
camera app to start, which is essentially just looking at what’s most important, the
Live Stream. Here I am in the Live Stream. It’s going high-definition. I’m not having any problems in high-definition
as some people have noted. You just note that there it is and look, here
I am. It works pretty well. You get all of your options right below. You have Sound, — which I currently have
off, so we don’t have that issue that you get with having to listen to yourself a million
times, — you’ve got record, speak, take photo and then more. Let’s just jump right into them as they come
across in your screen. Now, here’s sound. Now, you can hear the echo, so turn that off
quickly. Then I can also just go ahead and start recording
whatever I’d like. That icon you see denoted by the camera symbol. Now, I’m recording this video that we’re taking. It’s pretty straight forward. You also note that it tells you now that there’s
someone in the frame with that green motion over my face. That’s where the motion is and that’s really
useful. Let’s go ahead and stop this recording. Now, it saves that direct into the album. If I wanted to speak, I can speak by holding
on to the microphone, which is the very central icon. That is the two-way audio demonstrated on
the Wyze Cam. It’s useful to be able to have that. If I were in another room and I hit that Wyze
Cam speak button, I could talk to someone as I’m looking at them. That’s really crucial. Finally, on the right side before you get
to More, you see Take Photo. Let’s take a nice candid here. Now, we’ve created the photo. That will also save. Now, if I click on More, you get motion tagging,
which I can turn off. Now, you see that, that green box that I spoke
about earlier is gone because now motion tagging is turned off. I want to turn motion tagging back on. Here we go. Now, any time there’s any motion on the screen,
you will get it surrounded in that green box. I can look at the Albums. I’ve got Video Album, where I just took that
video you just saw. There’s our photo that we took. Now, you can see it in the Photo Album. That’s a useful element to just be able to
know exactly where your files are very quickly. Now, you can also do a time lapse. That requires us to go ahead and install that
micro SD card into the camera. Now, if you want to go into the top-left corner,
you’ll see where it says, HD. So, we’re streaming in HD right now. And right below that, you actually get your
kilobytes per second number. If I wanted to go down to standard definition
or even 360p, those are our options as you see here. So, I could hit SD, 360p. But let’s keep it in high definition since
we have that ability. On the right side you have Auto or you can
turn on night vision by pressing there. I’ve just turned on night vision so now you
see, the vision looks so different. Let me go back to Auto since we actually have
the lights on. And there’s the normal vision. Now, in the upper right-hand corner you see
the gear icon which typically denotes that, that is your settings. So I tap on settings. I can look at the name of the camera which
I’ve named, Baron Hideaway since this camera seems to be so easy to kind of hide in any
spot due to its size and its adhesive nature. I can do event recording. So this will basically have the camera record
an event depending on, detecting the motion or detecting sound. And I can get a push notification, which you
saw at the beginning of this video when I started to move in front of the camera. Now, I can turn off detect motion so it won’t
record then. I can turn on detect sound, so it’ll start
to record once it hears a sound. Or I can turn both of them off. Now for schedule, you can set it in different
ways. If I turn off, all day, it will only record
during these periods. That is a useful thing if you don’t want to
feel like you’re being spied on in your own home. I go back and forth on that but just for now,
let’s keep it on, all day, but it’s definitely useful to have. So, you know that the default for scheduling
is 9:00 to 6:00. Which is typically the times that people are
not at home if they’re in an office environment. I think that’s cool that it comes with that
as the default. Going out of here, you can look at your Detection
Settings, setting you Motion detection settings at a various level and your Sound detection
at various levels. Right now, we’re in the middle. Not low and not high for both. It’s fascinating that you can actually work
with that so as to try to decrease false alarms or if you don’t want it going off for any
little thing. You can try to set that up to your liking. Now, there are Alarm Settings. And this is cool because this is one of the
artificial intelligence elements of the Wyze Cam. Where it uses artificial intelligence to let
you know if a smoke alarm has gone off or a carbon monoxide alarm has gone off. So that’s useful. I keep both [laughs] of those on at all times
because you want to definitely know if that’s something that’s going on. Now, in your Advanced Settings, you can look
at your local storage options so you can record to micro SD card, you can change your night
vision mode, decide if you want the camera status on, you can rotate your images. Timestamp, watermark, show the Wyze logo [laughs]
or turn it off if you don’t like it. You can decide whether or not you want to
record sound on your videos or even just sync the time. So that’s great to have in terms of options
for just customizing your Wyze Cam experience and your Wyze Cam mobile application. If I wanted to share, I could send someone
through an email address, so they also have access to this Wyze Cam if I had a spouse
or someone who I felt needed to be able to see what was going on. And then, the final one is your information
regarding what you have going on with your particular camera. So this is the Wyze Cam version 2. Now if I go out of this, go to the home page. You’ll see at the bottom, you got, Home, Events,
Discover, Shop and Account. So I can look at the various events that are
taking place. I can look at the various things that are
accessible through Wyze Labs which is interesting. I can even share things, I can shop for more
cameras right [laughs] there in the app. Or I can just look at my particular account. Which talks about Device Sharing, Order History,
Notifications, Shortcut History, App Settings, Help & Feedback and of course, your About
page with your Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy. Let’s get a final look at the high definition
on the Wyze Cam home security camera as seen through the mobile application on my iPhone
X. Here I am checking out the video quality on
the Wyze Cam. Now, it’s impressive, it’s 1080p high definition
video and it really shows. It has this motion detection of course that
you see in those green boxes that show up whenever I move my hands on one side or another. While it only has a 110 degree field of view,
it’s only about 10 shy of what we like to see of a 120. Don’t forget about this digital zoom which
we’ll show at our Globe Test. We can go in, check out exactly what’s happened
on the globe. All right, Africa, there we go. You can make out these continents and countries
on the map. This is useful for us here at Security Baron
to know. That’s the video quality on the Wyze Cam. Here I am checking out the night vision on
the Wyze Cam. I don’t know what it is about night vision,
it always makes me want to talk more quietly on camera. But I got to get over that and just talk about
the fact that you can see pretty well on the night vision on the Wyze Cam. You’ve got four infrared LED sensors that
allows for you to catch what’s happening on screen especially by going and do some digital
zooming there. You can really make me out. The beer provides a nice contrast. If we go and were to do our Globe Test, you
can see quite well. I’m actually impressed that a $20 camera…I
know I keep stressing this price point but I’m super impressed that it has such clear
night vision. So here we are, checking out the night vision
on the Wyze Cam. Let’s review how the Wyze Cam performed on
the Security Baron Necessary Features Test. Video quality, full marks. The Wyze cam has 1080p high definition video,
a 110-degree field of view and eight times digital zoom which allows you to get a clear
picture. Two way audio, full marks. The Wyze Cam has two way audio that lets you
have a conversation with someone in a room no matter where you happen to be in the world. Night vision, full marks. With four infrared LED sensors, the Wyze Cam
allows for a pretty decent picture even at night. Local and cloud storage, full marks. the Wyze Cam has local storage and 14-day
free cloud storage which puts it ahead of a lot of its peers. Smart platform integration, full marks. The Wyze Cam comes with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT
which allows for a smart platform integration that you would not typically expect with a
camera as affordable as the Wyze Cam. Artificial intelligence, half marks. The Wyze Cam does not come with facial recognition,
pet detection or even person detection, but it does use artificial intelligence to let
you know when a CO2 or smoke alarm has gone off. Convenience, full marks. The Wyze Cam was a breeze to set up. It took me less than five minutes from beginning
to end. Value. Full marks. The Wyze Cam comes in at $20 making it incredibly
affordable yet has a lot of the features that you expect with something that cost a hundred
dollars. The value is really unmissable. Now, we’ve come a long with the Wyze Cam. Ultimately, I know what you want to know and
that is, is this cam right for me? If you need artificial intelligence like person
detection, pet detection or an advance feature like facial recognition, then, you’re not
going to get it with a Wyze Cam. However, if you’re looking for a camera that
will just work, be convenient and integrate with your smart platform –as long as it’s
of Amazon’s Alexa — then you can’t look any further. My personal take in terms of value and convenience,
the Wyze Cam simply cannot be beaten. It’s really impressive, comes with a lot in
such a small package, at such an affordable price. [background music] Gabe: That’s our review of the Wyze Cam home
security camera. If you appreciated today’s video, give us
a like and hit that subscribe button. As always, this is Gabe at Security Baron. Be secure. [background music]

81 thoughts on “Wyze Cam V2 Review- A Safe and Secure Camera?

  1. What would be your recommendation for an inexpensive smart camera for the google home? Or would you recommend this camera regardless of the google integration, in hopes of its soon integration?

  2. Guys go on Amazon and check out the one star reviews for this. This is a great review, but most of the one star reviews have people saying that this isn't a reliable security camera.

  3. so here's the deal with 'nite vision'… the infrared led's are 850 nanometers in wavelength.. that is, a faint red glow.. the other MORE EXPENSIVE 940 nanometers leds that are truly invisible…

  4. secure your home for $20? lol no thanks. Arlo all the way. Looking at your vids I can't believe you haven't reviewed it yet.

  5. I really like this review. We bought our Wyze Cams a little over a month ago. I do not believe that you touched on my favorite feature, that is the Shortcuts you can create. My wife and I have three different shortcuts we set up depending on if anyone is at home and what time it is. All you have to do is open the app, touch the shortcut and it does what you told it to do in the shortcut. I do wish there was an easy way to do geofencing based on both of our phone locations, but I could not find an easy way on IFTTT. But the shortcuts really help with that. We put the app on her phone and we are good.

    One thing I like is a feature with the microSD card. You can set it up to record continuously for record on the card when there is an event that happens. It can hold 2 days of continuous recording in HD or seven days in SD.

    I also heard that they are looking to release a product where you can have the recorded videos sent to your own external hard drive and then you can store as many videos as you want for as long as you want. You can learn more about this on this video (hope it is ok I share. It isn't my video) https://youtu.be/Ayx9hVVn1Ow

  6. Thank for your videos, I really do enjoy all of the information you put out it's extremely helpful in purchasing a security camera that suits most if not all of my needs. Peace & Grace…

  7. I've watched several reviews of this camera. All claimed it cost $20. I can't find it for anything less than $25. Still a good deal, but limits my confidence on the reviewer.

  8. The best latest option is grouping. You are now able to see live multiple cam streams instead of clicking one at a time.

  9. I recently ordered this camera and while it is a decent camera for the price, I have one major issue with it. It stops recording after 12 seconds even if there is still movement in the room.

  10. Could you touch on the use of the sd card? I inserted an sd card, but the app says that there is no card installed.

  11. Very nice features! Very cheap! Cons: no battery option, no outdoor use (no IP classification). No use for my outdoor needs around my house, have rain and in winter snow. This is why I switched to Blink XT and soon the XT2. Full 2 yr use on Lithium AA batteries. No drilling through the brick walls for complicated power cables.

  12. I don’t get the whole idea behind home security cameras. So I can be alerted and watch in comfort at work as my prized possessions are hauled out my apartment? Hmmm…

  13. I'm looking for a inexpensive camera/nanny cam to monitor my shop but don't want Alexa type of assistance..I do want with micro sd, motion detection & ability to view via Android cell phone is this a good option?

  14. Can the pan model be mounted? I’m just thinking that if there were ever an intruder in your home, the intruder could easily snatch the cam, or break/destroy it.

  15. And can you turn these off if you wanted too? Like, say turn the cams off during the day when you’re home, and turn them back on at night when you’re gone or sleeping? I’m asking because my mom recently had someone break into her home at night while she was sleeping, and now she wants a camera…. but she’s skeptical of getting one because of the potential for people hacking into the cam and watching her (she watches too much CSI 😆) anyways, it would ease her mind if she could disable the camera during the times she’s home lol

  16. Just got mine . So question? What do I like the most???? It’s fantastic for the money. It just works.

  17. I just ordered one on amazon I can’t wait to get it in tomorrow and play around with it. I’m planning on mounting it in my snake enclosure so I can monitor her while I’m away from home. If I’m happy with how it works and looks I’ll be getting more to install in some of my other reptile enclosures.

  18. I have 5 of these… Went out of the country and was able to view all my cameras no problem… Even have 2 installed outside… No loss in quality! I give them 10+

  19. Just got mine today. I am really impressed with this little gadget. I am very pleased so far….and for this price is a plus! So glad I didn’t get the Arlo or the Ring. Wyze I am!🤗

  20. Great review. You left out that it has to be plugged into a 110 volt outlet and how short the cable is.

  21. Questions: I have an android phone and an AT&T internet home network. Is there app availability and security? Does this expose my network to intruders? Will my internal lighting (on timers) or oscillating fans trigger events?

  22. When mounted in a corner, 110 degrees is much more than adequate since a corner is 90 degrees… So I really don't understand what that 10 degrees you insist on is gonna do for you.

  23. Does any gadget work to stop the Wyze camera from recording a motion event? There are motion events that camera has not recorded. What may be the cause for this??

  24. Can't seem to be able to purchase the Wyze Sensors separately here in Canada unless you purchase the starter kit which includes the Wyze Cam. I just purchased 3 of the Wyze Cam Pan's so not interested in buying another just to get 2 door sensors. Also, doesn't appear that the security systems includes an alarm or siren. Any recommendations?

  25. Own two of the Wyze pan cameras and one of the fixed. They have been great, two rotating ones are mounted outdoors with cover and the fixed is mounted indoors. A few minor issues with pan and track with the latest firmware, the camera seems to track too fast and gets jumpy. I believe I will be replacing the outdoor pan version with the fixed version to assure all activity in selected field is captured. Very happy for the price and love the fact they have free 2 weeks of online storage. One is mounted on the garage which is 50-65 yards from the house, no issue with the strength of wifi at all. This June they did do a fairly big update to the software installed on phone with more new features. Looking forward to the next firmware update. The pan is cool but value for the buck the fixed camera from Wyze rocks, especially when coupled with outdoor case and mount.

  26. I bought 4 in recent months. The two-way speaker function has never worked with any of them. Within a month, one of the camera’s IR stopped working. I contacted them about it and it took a week for them to respond, and when they did, they asked if it had started working again. They then asked me to jump through hoops to troubleshoot the problem. Then 24 hours later they asked me what the results were. I work for a living so I can’t get to troubleshooting THEIR FAULTY product in their timeframe. At that point I told them to just replace it which was going to be too much of a pain in the ass as well…GRRRR!!!!. This morning I can’t even review playback function with they’re products default excuse due to slow network when my network is running over 120/12. This is a built in Bull Shit excuse for their crappy product. The bells and whistles along with the cheap price will scream “BUY ME!”. But as with all things, you pay for what you get. This product is short-lived and DISPOSABLE. DO NOT DEPEND ON THIS PRODUCT TO PROTECT HOME, BELONGINGS AND LOVED ONES. Spend a little more money on a product that will actually perform as advertised for a longer period of time. You will only be frustrated with this product unless you’re just looking for a toy….

  27. can more than one person access the camera? Looking for putting one in nursing home. Would like both my brother and I to see the feed.

  28. Awesome in-depth review on the Wyze cam. Really appreciate the quality of detail here. Just want to add that since this video, Wyze has continued to upgrade their cameras. They now have person recognition AI as a free addon, RTSP, optional night vision without the IR LEDs being on and a more robust scheduling tool in the app. Their continued improvements and support are why I am purchasing the Wyze cam.

  29. Does the Wyze cam offer me a notification schedule ?
    I would like to be notified of motion during the day but don't want to be woke up all night long with the dogs walking around yet still record the motion at night

  30. Nice cams. I have 3 now and have ordered another one. They are just what I was looking for and the added bonus is the push alerts and the set time when they are active or "All day" active if away. Easy setup as you said and what a deal for $20. Get video and easy to follow.

  31. Gabe – my home in the woods has no internet service.

    My needs/wants are:

    1. Small concealable security device.

    2. With no Internet Service available, Record video to local SD during motion detection.

    3. Both Indoor/Outdoor options would be nice.

    4. Both AC/DC power options would be nice.

    I know the Wyze camera is Indoor only and only AC powered.

    Can I setup the Wyze camera with my cell phone where there is an internet connection, relocate the camera to my home in the woods that has no internet service, plug it into the AC outlet and have the camera set to record video to the local SD card during motion detection, remove the SD card to view captured video on a laptop?

    If not, what are your camera recommendations based on my Needs/Wants criteria?

    Thanks!

    Allen

  32. What’s it like at night if it’s pointing outside though a window? Does the infrared reflect back off the window, Thanks

  33. Is it true it has 5 mins cool down between events?

    Is the max event recording is 12 seconds? Even with local storage?

    How is the connectivity? Did you face any issues with wifi range etc?

  34. Excellent review! Thank you. I got two of these on a leap of faith, and I am happy as a clam with them. I will say that I subsequently purchased 32G micro SD cards so I could have local storage. I get four full days full time recording at 1080p. I think that the micro sd card is a must have.
    We just came back from a trip to the US, and my sister -in-law was so sold by my description of my experience that she bought two from Home Depot. And to my surprise, they sell the cameras with the 32G card included for $34 each.

  35. what happens after 14 days of cloud storage passes? like do you need to pay for it or it just keep footage of 14 days and then overwrite the oldest content?

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