Wyze Cam v3 Review

Wyze Cam v3 Review [2024 Update]

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Last Updated on May 1, 2024 by Daniel Osakwe

Review of the Wyze Cam v3 Home Security Camera

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Excellent color night vision.
  • Low storage costs

Cons

  • A better motion zone could be created.

Wyze has been a pioneer in the Internet of Things space for the past few years, offering home cameras that utilize Z-Wave wireless technology and can be controlled using the Wyze app. The company recently added Wi-Fi connectivity to their cameras, but I have to admit that I had very little interest in the new feature. 

The cameras have always worked flawlessly on Z-Wave, and I wasn’t too concerned about Wi-Fi for the most part. But after playing around with the Wyze Cam v3 for a few days, I’ve found that I do like the idea of having the ability to add Wi-Fi to my home security camera system.

Wyze’s newest home security camera, the Wyze Cam v3, is a new camera that Wyze is selling for about $35.00. It features two-way audio, night vision, a 2-inch LCD display, and Wi-Fi. It also has a built-in speaker and microphone, so you can communicate with other devices through the camera.

WYZE CAM V3: SPECS

Connectivity Wi-Fi
Integrations Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT
Field of View 130 degrees
Resolution 1080p
Storage Cloud, Local (up to 32Gb)
Two-Way Audio Yes
Mechanical Pan/Tilt No
Night Vision Yes
Alarm Yes

Wyze Cam v3: Design

  • Cubic design
  • Easy to mount and adjust.
  • water-resistant

Wyze Cam v3 Review

As with its predecessors, the Wyze Cam v3 is a simple white cube measuring about 2 inches on all sides, though this time the edges are rounded. The camera has a black front and a black bottom with a telescopic mount that provides easy orientation adjustment. If you don’t want to permanently attach the mount, the company also provides a magnetic disk and double-sided tape.

Due to its water resistance, the Wyze Cam v3 has a slightly different design than the Wyze Cam v2. To start with, the v3 has a hardwired power cable built into the back of the camera, which connects to a 6-foot-long micro-USB cable (included) and a USB adapter plug. Compared to the Wyze Cam Outdoor, a fully wireless model that is on our list of the best outdoor security cameras, it offers more flexibility in mounting the camera outdoors.

One downside to the Wyze Cam v3 is that, unlike the Wyze Cam v2, it can’t be outfitted with the Wyze Sense, a small module that lets you connect the camera to motion and door/window sensors. Even so, the sense isn’t available anymore, so its significance is moot for anyone who doesn’t already have it.

Wyze Cam v3: Video and audio quality

  • Improved night vision
  • Two-way talk
  • Great speakers

Wyze Cam v3 Review

A number of improvements have been made to Wyze Cam v3. This camera features a similar resolution (130 vs. 110 degrees), a smaller aperture (f/1.6), a higher frame rate (20 fps for day and 15 fps at night versus 15 fps day and 10 fps at night), and improved night vision.

Wyze Cam v3 also comes with two-way talk and a speaker loud enough to emit an 80-decibel siren.

One of Wyze Cam v3’s most impressive features is its color night vision. The Night Vision setting in the app has to be turned off to use color night vision. Color night vision is very close to daylight accuracy, but it can still not compete. My blue pots on my front porch, my orange pants, and the house across the street were clearly visible. 

Although I was standing about 40 feet away, the motion detection on the camera was strong enough to be able to track me even at a 39% setting. Despite being about 8 feet away from the camera, I could make out what I was saying, but it was a bit garbled.

The video taken during the daytime was even clearer, as I could see every leaf in the trees outside my house, and the fall foliage was extremely colorful. From a distance of 8 feet, the audio was a bit choppy but still audible.

A drawback of the Wyze Cam is that it only records videos for up to 12 seconds, with a 5-minute cooldown period between clips. If you subscribe to Wyze Cam Plus ($1.25/month per camera), you can record unlimited-length videos with no time limit. Alternatively, you can put a 32GB microSD card into the camera to record continuous videos and create time-lapse videos without signing up for a subscription.

Wyze Cam v3: App

  • Easy to use.
  • The app can be viewed on Alexa-enabled smart displays.
  • It’s not very sophisticated compared to its competitors.

Wyze Cam v3 Review

Wyze’s app is easy to use. On the main screen, you can see all your Wyze devices, as well as a thumbnail of what the camera sees. Select a camera, and you’ll see an expanded thumbnail and controls for sound, recording, and settings.

This is where you can set motion detection zones, recording schedules, alarms, and more. As far as motion detection zones are concerned, all you can do is draw a rectangle. In this regard, Blink’s app is more sophisticated, allowing you to create irregular shapes.

If you set your Wyze Cam to listen for the sound of smoke alarms going off, it can send you an alert if it hears anything.

The Wyze Cam v3 can be viewed on Alexa-enabled smart displays, as with previous Wyze Cams.

Storage Fees

  • Affordably priced cloud storage
  • It supports the use of a microSD card.
  • Face detection coming soon

Wyze Cam v3 Review

Aside from its low cost, one of the other attractive features of Wyze has been its affordable cloud storage fees. To start, you get 14 days of free cloud storage.

You can record continuous video with the Wyze Cam if you insert a microSD card. You can also subscribe to Wyze Cam Plus ($1.25/month per camera), which lets you record video for as long as there is motion, and there is no cool-down period between clips. Aside from people, packages, and vehicles, you’ll also get face and pet detection soon.

The verdict

The Wyze Cam v3 is yet another home security camera at an affordable price. For its price, it offers a lot of features. My favorite feature was the color night vision, which has excellent range and fidelity, but the audio could be improved.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive outdoor camera, you might also want to consider the Blink Outdoor ($90) or the Wyze Cam Outdoor ($40). These cameras aren’t as weatherproof, but they’re wireless, so you can place them in more locations around your house. 

In our opinion, the Wyze Cam v3 looks like one of the best choices when it comes to an excellent and low-cost home security camera.