When I first heard about the WyzeCam 1080p HD Wireless Smart Home Camera and its very low price I was very skeptical about its performance. It claimed some pretty decent specs and although I know prices on the components used in the WyzeCam and similar cameras have dropped recently I did not really believe the feature list could be had at such a low price point. Most companies that are offering connected cameras at low price points monetize them with some kind of subscription service. The WyzeCam had none. It offered cloud storage of 14 days’ worth of alert recordings for free and a built in SD Card slot for local storage. Crammed inside this funky little boxy camera was decent hardware, consisting of a 1080p camera with night vision and 110-degree field of view. This could not be a $20 camera, could it? A $20 camera could not be as good as the claims…well for $20 it was worth finding out.
I was expecting a small device when I ordered the WyzeCam 1080p HD Wireless Smart Home Camera but was surprised when I actually got my hands on it, it was smaller than I thought it would be, yet the optical sensor was a decent size. The packaging was inviting and easy to open (read no clam shell packaging for the win). The instructions were simplistic and easy to follow. So far so good.
I quickly downloaded the app from the Google Play Store and set up my account, got the camera powered up and was ready to go. I followed the app instructions and got to a point where I had a QR Code on my phone that needed to be scanned by the camera. This QR Code contained my WI-FI information and I was not to trilled that it had been converted to a QR Code and transmitted this way, but I am not all that paranoid, so I think I can live with it. What I cannot live with however was the struggle I had getting the WyzeCam to read the QR Code off my phone. I tried with my phone at different distances, different screen brightness and different ambient lighting. When scanning a QR Code with your phone you have a nice reticle to help you aim…with the WyzeCam you do not so it was frustrating to say the least but after about five minutes I finally scanned, and I was up and running.
After setup the Wyze App is designed very well with a kind of minimalistic approach, not giving you too much information on one screen but not holding anything back either, they really did find a good balance. After clicking around a little bit in the app you quickly learn that you do need to have a MicroSD card in the WyzeCam for many of the features LIKE but at the price point I am okay with that. Live Viewing and 2-Way audio work out of the box with no SD Card and in my application, that is what was most important to me.
The picture quality during the day I thought was fantastic and the zoom was super helpful. Night Vision on the other hand I felt a bit lacking but was livable especially for the $20 price. In that price point I would not even expect night vision. Below, have a look at some screenshots and judge for yourself.
Two-way audio worked very well for me and will perfectly suite my needs of communicating with my son when he is in his playroom. The WyzeCam fills the hole I created by removing my Wink Relays.
Overall this is a decent little camera in a slightly funky form factor which I love. The mount has plenty of adjustability and the included metal mounting plate give you so much flexibility. While a lot of people out there worry about privacy concerns in inexpensive connected devices with cloud storage, as I mentioned earlier I am not all the paranoid, but I will be monitoring traffic to see just where information is being sent. If I find anything out of the ordinary I will be sure to update my review. I would love to see a battery powered option although I would not expect it to be at the same price point…Maybe a $40 option??
Has anyone else played around with this handle little camera? If so let me know what you’re doing with it and what your thoughts are on it in the comments below.
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