Wyze Cam V2 Review

This Wyze Cam V2 review will answer all your questions about the Wyze Cam V2 device. There are so many good things about this camera: It is small, flexible, inexpensive, has sound, motion, time-lapse triggered recording, free cloud, and local storage, sharp 1080p video, and more. The only downside is that it doesn’t support IFTTT or integrate with other smart home devices directly.

Full Wyze Cam V2 Review

Wyze Labs made some improvements to the original Wyze Cam and these upgrades resulted in the Wyze Cam V2. These improvements include enhanced audio capabilities, motion tracking, and a (CMOS) image sensor that’s more powerful. The Wyze Cam V2 is also one of the smallest home security cameras on the market today. The Cam V2 is also one of the most affordable at an incredible price of just $19.99.

Features and Design

This cube-shaped tiny camera looks just like its predecessor, only rather than a glossy white finish, it is finished in matte white.

The measurements at 2.2 X 1.9 X 1.9 inches, HWD, are the same and it uses the same swivel base and flexible hinge that adds a little over an inch of height adjustability. This lets you set the angle of the camera in any direction. You can attach the camera to any metal surface using the magnetic base, or to any other surface using the included adhesive strip and metal disc.

The original Wyze Cam delivered a rate of 10fps, but the upgraded CMOS sensor in the newer version delivers a 1080p video at 15fps. A speaker and microphone are provided with two-way audio and an enhanced audio amplifier to give it a boost. The camera has an 8x digital zoom, a 110-degree viewing angle, and uses four infrared LEDs for up to 30 feet of night vision in black-and-white. In addition, it is also worth mentioning in this Wyze Cam V2 review that this version also contains a feature called “Dubbed Motion Tagging” that uses motion tracking similar to other smart devices, such as the camera Keep Pro and the iSmartAlarm, to draw a box around whoever or whatever triggered recording.

Under the base, there is a setup button that’s used to pair the app with the camera as well as a MicroSD card slot. In the back, there is a status light, the power input, and a USB port that you can plug two cameras into with one single power adaptor. Inside is an 802.11n, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi radio to connect the Wyze Cam V2 to your home network.

Wyze Cam V2
Photo Credit: Wyze Labs / TechHive

Sound and Motion Sensors

The Wyze Cam V2 uses sound and motion sensors to send your phone push notifications and record 12-second videos of each event. It will also listen for a CO or smoke alarm and send a push notification alert when detected.

You can use your own up to 32GB MicroSD card to store your videos locally and enjoy continuous video recording or you can use cloud storage as you get 14 days free. Note: when your MicroSD card or cloud storage is full, old files will be overwritten automatically.

Integrations

Another important note in this Wyze Cam V2 review, is like its predecessor, the Wyze Cam V2 does not support IFTTT applet integrations nor does it work with third-party smart home devices directly. However, the most recent update works with Amazon Alexa.

Once it’s linked to your account, ask Alexa to show the feed and it will display on your screen-equipped Fire TV or Echo device.

Settings

The Wyze Cam V2 uses the same mobile app for iOS and Android devices as the previous model. When it first opens, a device screen will show all of the Wyze cameras installed. If you would like to view any of the live streams, just tap on the image.

The live view screen has some of the important buttons at the bottom, such as “Speak”, “Record”, “Sound”, and “Take Photo”. You will also find the “More” button here that you can tap that allows you to watch video clips stored on a MicroSD card continuously, access snapshots or recorded video clips manually, enable/disable “Motion Tagging,” where you can view or create a Time-Lapse video; however, for this, you will need a MicroSD card.

Tap the gear icon found in the upper corner to access the camera settings. Here you can set up an “Alert Schedule” to receive push alerts at a specific time, create custom motion detector zones, and much more.

Go to the “Advanced Settings” screen to rotate an image, switch the camera status light off or on, enable time stamps for videos, and enable or disable night vision. You can also format media here or enable recordings to be stored on a MicroSD card.

In the back of the “Devices” screen, you will find Notifications buttons that include, “Devices” and “My Account”. To view, share, or delete video clips that are stored in the cloud, use the “Notifications” button. You can change your password and email address in “My Account” and also access a web-based help database, you can tap the “Devices” button to go back to the device’s screen. Tap the “Plus” button located in the top right corner of the page to add a new device.

Installation

It only takes a few minutes to install the Wyze Cam V2 and it’s very simple. If this is your first time using a device from Wyze Labs, you will need to download and install their mobile app and then create an account. Open the app, then tap “Add New Device” to get started. Just follow the simple instructions where it will tell you to plug the camera in and when you see the yellow LED begin to flash, tap “Setup”. A computerized voice will tell you when to connect your camera, select your Wi-Fi network, and enter your password.

Your phone will show a QR code, you will be instructed to hold the camera a few inches away from your phone, wait a few seconds, and it will let you know the QR code was scanned. After roughly 20 seconds your camera will be connected. You will then be instructed to name your camera. After naming your camera, it will take maybe 20 seconds more to update the firmware and installation will be completed.

Wyze Cam V2
Photo Credit: Wyze Labs / TechHive

Performance

The Wyze Cam V2 is a star performer. Its night vision video is sharp, remains well lit from around 25 feet. The 1080p daytime video also shows great details with well-saturated colors. One tiny flaw is a tad of barrel distortion, while it’s barely noticeable, it’s something worth mentioning. Motion tracking, sound detection, and motion detection all work very well. As soon as one of the sensors is triggered, you will get a push notification.

Wyze Cam V2 Review Conclusions

The Wyze cam V2 is small and so is its price but it still offers a healthy amount of good features. Including two-way audio, motion tracking, a MicroSD card slot to locally store videos, free cloud storage, and more. Although it doesn’t support IFTTT and it may not be compatible with some other smart devices, at just $20, the Wyze Cam V2 is a great buy.

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