Wyze Cam v3: Specs
Size: 2.1 x 2.1 x 2 inches
Field of view: 130 degrees
IR sensors: 8 (4x940nm, 4x850nm)
Local storage: 32GB
The Wyze Cam and the Wyze Cam v2 were among the best home security cameras for two reasons: They worked well and they were cheap. Wyze is back with the Wyze Cam v3, which has several improvements including water resistance, color night vision, and better mounting options. Best of all, the Wyze Cam v3 is the same price as the previous generations: Just $20.
Read the rest of our Wyze Cam v3 review to see all of its new features, and how well they work.
Wyze Cam v3 review: Price and availability
The Wyze Cam v3 was originally going to be available in November 2020 for $19.99, but pandemic restrictions have delayed its release. You can sign up for updates as to when it will be available at Wyze.com.
Wyze Cam v3 review: Design
Like the previous models, the Wyze Cam v3 is a simple white cube measuring about 2 inches on all sides, though this time, the edges of the camera are rounded. The front of the camera is black, and on the bottom features a telescoping mount that lets you easily adjust the camera in the orientation you want. The mount can be screwed into a wall or ceiling, but the company also provides a magnetic disk and double-sided tape, should you not want to affix it permanently.
Because the Wyze Cam v3 is water-resistant, it has a slightly different design than the Wyze Cam v2 model. For starters, the v3 has a power cord that’s hard-wired into the back of the camera; this attaches to a 6-foot-long microUSB cable (included), and a USB adapter plug. It gives you more flexibility in mounting the camera outdoors, though not as much as the Wyze Cam Outdoor.
However, there’s one downside to the Wyze Cam v3: Unlike the v2 model, it can’t be outfitted with the Wyze Sense, a small module that lets you link the camera to motion and door/window sensors. Still, the Sense is no longer available, so it’s a moot point for everyone who doesn’t already own it.
Wyze Cam v3 review: Video and audio performance
The Wyze Cam v3 boasts several improvements over the previous generation. While the camera’s resolution is the same, it has a wider field of view (130 vs 110 degrees), lower aperture (f/1.6), a higher frame rate (20 fps for day/15 fps night, versus 15 fps day/10 fps night for the Wyze Cam v2), and improved night vision, thanks to double the number of infrared LED.
In addition, the Wyze Cam v3 has simultaneous (or full-duplex) two-way talk, and a new speaker is loud enough to emit an 80-decibel siren.
One of the newest — and most impressive — features of the Wyze Cam v3 is its color night vision. (Confusingly, you have to turn off the Night Vision setting in the app to use color night vision.) While not as accurate as daylight, color night vision comes very close. I could easily make out the blue pots on my front porch, my orange pants, as well as the house across the street. The camera’s motion sensitivity was strong enough so that even at a 39% setting, it was able to start tracking me from about 40 feet away. Audio was so-so; at about 8 feet from the camera, I could make out what I was saying, but it was pretty garbled.
Daytime video was even clearer, as I could see every little leaf in the trees outside my house, and the colors of the fall leaves were fairly vivid. As with the night video, audio was a bit choppy from a distance of 8 feet, but still audible.
One limitation of the Wyze Cam is that any videos it records are a max length of 12 seconds with a 5-minute cooldown period between each clip. However, you can get unlimited-length videos and no cool-down periods if you subscribe to Wyze Cam Plus ($1.25/month per camera). If you want longer videos but don’t want to sign up for a subscription, you can insert a 32GB microSD card into the camera (there’s a water-resistant door on the underside), which will enable continuous video recording, as well as time-lapse videos.
Wyze Cam v3 review: App
Wyze’s app is simple and straightforward. The main screen shows all your Wyze devices and a thumbnail of what the camera is seeing. Select the camera, and you get a larger thumbnail, along with controls for sound, recording, and settings.
Here, you can set motion detection zones, event recording schedules, alarm settings, and more. Motion detection zones are pretty rudimentary, as all you can do is draw a single rectangle. Blink’s app is more sophisticated in this regard, allowing you to create irregular shapes.
Similar to Alexa Guard, you can set your Wyze Cam to listen for the sound of smoke alarms going off; if it hears something, it can send you an alert.
As with previous Wyze Cams, you can view a feed of the Wyze Cam v3 on Alexa-enabled smart displays.
Wyze Cam v3 review: Video storage fees
Apart from the low cost of the device itself, one of the other attractive features of Wyze has been its affordable cloud storage fees. For starters, you get 14 days of rolling cloud storage for free.
If you insert a microSD card into the Wyze Cam, you can enable continuous video recording. Another option is to subscribe to Wyze Cam Plus ($1.25/month per camera), which lets you record video for as long as there’s motion, and there’s no cool-down period between clips. You also get person, package, and vehicle detection, and coming in 2021 will be pet and face detection.
Wyze Cam v3 review: Verdict
The Wyze Cam v3 is yet another cheap and versatile home security camera from Wyze. It offers a good number of features at a very low price. I was particularly impressed with the color night vision; both its range and its fidelity were top-notch, though audio could be better.
While the Wyze Cam v3 is weatherproof, those looking for an inexpensive outdoor camera should also check out the Blink Outdoor ($90) or the Wyze Cam Outdoor ($40); though they’re more expensive, they’re fully wireless, so you’ll be able to place them in more locations around your home. But if you’re looking for an excellent and inexpensive home security camera, the Wyze Cam v3 looks to be one of the best values around.