Since launching its paradigm-shifting home security camera a few years ago, Wyze has steadily improved its flagship product and even added an outdoor version while maintaining its low price of $20. Now, it has effectively integrated the best of these two cameras into Wyze Cam v3, which is its first indoor/outdoor camera (IP65 rating, which means it is dust-proof and does not Affected by the spray from the nozzle on the garden hose. More information about the IP code.)
At first glance, there seems to be little change from one version to another, but the camera has undergone a modest makeover. The third iteration is still a cube about 2 x 2 x 2 inches, but its corners have been rounded, and its black face is now a square instead of a circle.
Greater changes can be found internally. The most important of these is the addition of color night vision. The starlight sensor combined with the wider 1
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This is important because it means that the color night vision device is always on. This may cause some confusion for users, because Wyze Cam v3 still includes classic black and white night vision goggles using infrared LEDs (multiplied to eight times) for viewing in the dark. You are activating the night vision function of Wyze Cam v3 when you “turn on” it. In order to activate color night vision, the “night vision” function must be turned off.
The audio of the camera has also been upgraded to enable two-way calls at the same time. There is no need to require users to press a button every time they speak, they only need to press it once to activate the microphone and speaker at the same time, allowing the two parties to have a conversation as if they were on the phone. Other enhancements include a wider field of view (130 degrees vs. v2’s 110 degrees), 80dB police siren sound and higher frame rate for smooth video playback.
In addition to these significant changes, Wyze Cam v3 retains most of the features of v2, including 1080p HD streaming, 14 days of free cloud storage, local backup via microSD card, and CO2 and smoke alarm recognition. It also supports sound and motion detection, detection area, and integration with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa services.
The past Wyze Cams made me expect a fairly frictionless experience, and although I was using the Alpha version of the Wyze application developed for new hardware, I was not disappointed. The application-assisted settings are quick and easy, and the basic operations, calibration detection settings, and playback of video clips are all intuitive. As with previous Wyze cameras, you can schedule recording, turn event recording on and off, and customize the type of notification you receive.
The camera’s dual storage option provides the best of both worlds. After installing the microSD card, you can continuously record and create time-lapse videos according to custom parameters. Wyze’s free cloud service recorded 12 seconds of motion and sound event clips, with a cooldown of 5 seconds between each. Quite short-by default, most cameras record about 20 to 30 seconds per clip. You can choose to upgrade to Wyze’s Cam Plus service for $1.99 per month (or $1.25 per month if paid annually). The plan allows you to record when unlimited motion is detected (no cooling time), and the video is stored for the same 14 days. The paid service also provides vehicle and person detection, and Wyze said more features “coming soon”: facial recognition, package detection, and pet detection.
As part of the test, I installed Wyze Cam v3 to ignore the lane. This is very accurate between identifying people and arriving and departing cars (remember, this requires a paid service), and I was able to calibrate the detection sensitivity so that the front is triggered only by people in the property and not passing people.
Color night vision is very effective and adds a vital element to potential forensic evidence-the ability to capture cars, clothes, hair and other colors that can identify criminals. The enhanced black and white night vision produces a better illuminated image than the previous Wyze Cams, which translates into more captured details.
One of the disadvantages of cameras is that they require constant AC power. If you can’t use an outdoor power outlet, you can easily accommodate it indoors, and even more so outdoors. I can, but I still have to pass the extension cord through the outer wall and through some patio doors to reach it, which complicates the original cumbersome setup.
But don’t let that frustrate you. Wyze Cam v3 is a well thought out and executed update of this powerful camera. It is also one of the best value in similar products. These are all important reasons to put it on your holiday wish list.