Gabe Turner: This is Gabe at Security Baron. What would you do with $20? Buy a cheap sweater, an expensive salad, or the Wyze Cam? Let’s check it out. [background music] Gabe: Like to see a list of our favorite home security cameras? Google Security Baron best home security cameras.
You have a question about today’s review, leave us a comment and I’ll get back to you. The Wyze Cam talks a tremendous game. I’m actually starting to feel like Jackson Five right before they sign with Berry Gordy, though I hope the outcome is a little bit more positive.
Honestly, they say they have Amazon Alexa integration, 1080p video quality, two-way audio, can all that come in a package that cost $20? Well let’s check it out. Before we jump into the Security Baron Necessary Features Test, I just want to talk about the design of the Wyze Cam.
Right off the bat, it’s really cute little nifty package. You got your typical black and white design, which we’ve seen with a lot of cameras, but you want to note that there is a grey base at the bottom.
When you’re looking at this cube-like design, you get real Wall-E vibes. It’s cute, Disney-esque. You’ll note that you have a flush lens and camera on the front, so you don’t have to worry about any protruding elements.
I think that adds to its very minimal design. When you look around the back, you’ve got your micro USB port, which is recessed along with the USB port and a speaker. The speaker is here. All of these elements are not something that you note from any other side, other than looking directly at the back.
This base adds to the ability to rotate the camera, swivel, tilt, a lot of things that you can do. It also comes with this cool magnetic plate that you can place on the bottom with your trusty 3M adhesive and just put this anywhere.
It’s going to fit in to your abode no matter what because of it’s flexibility. All in all, just a cute, nifty design with the Wyze Cam. Now that we’ve looked at the design of the Wyze Cam, let’s run it through the Security Baron Necessary Features Test.
Here at Security Baron, we think that every security camera should have high-definition video, two-way audio, night vision, local and cloud storage, smart platform integration, artificial intelligence, convenience and value.
Video quality is a necessary feature at Security Baron. The Wyze Cam actually does very well here. It has 1080p crisp high-definition video. It only does have 110-degree field of view. We like to see a 120 degrees at least, but it does really well, again, when you look at its eight time digital zoom.
When it comes to the Security Baron necessary feature of video quality, we give the Wyze Cam full marks. At Security Baron, two-way audio is an important, necessary feature. Here with the Wyze Cam, we’re glad to see that.
This little package comes with big audio. By that I mean, it has two-way audio so it can listen in and hear, and you can talk back to it. If anyone’s in the room, you can talk to them directly through the cam.
When it comes to two-way audio and the Wyze Cam, we give it full marks. Night vision is a Security Baron necessary feature and the Wyze Cam actually performs well here with this four infrared LED sensors, which is what we’d like to see whenever we’re looking at a camera.
We like that infrared LED, we don’t want lights going off or things like that to alert any potential intruder that they’re being watched. The Wyze Cam definitely does well. We give it full marks for night vision in the Security Baron Necessary Features Test.
Local and cloud storage are Security Baron necessary features and the Wyze Cam does really well here. It has both a local storage option and 14 days of cloud storage, absolutely free. When it comes to the Security Baron necessary features of local and cloud storage, the Wyze Cam gets full marks.
Now, a little camera like this and the Security Baron necessary feature of smart platform integration, can’t be compatible, right? No, we are wrong. It has Amazon Alexa capabilities along with IFTTT. If you’re a Google Assistant person, this is out for you.
If you’re not the HomeKit person, out for you. But when it comes to Amazon Alexa, it pairs well and you can talk directly to your Alexa and get the responses you need. When it comes to Wyze Cam and the smart platform integration necessary feature, we give it full marks.
Artificial intelligence is a Security Baron necessary feature. Typically, when we think about artificial intelligence, we’re thinking about pet detection, person detection, facial-recognition technology.
You’re not going to find any of those in the Wyze Cam, which honestly is not too surprising. However, they do say that they use artificial intelligence to know when a CO2 alarm is going off or a smoke detector.
There is artificial intelligence in terms of it being able to know what is going on in your home — essentially turning your other devices into smart devices — but it doesn’t have artificial intelligence in the traditional way that we think about it here at Security Baron.
We’re going to give it half marks for the Security Baron necessary feature of artificial intelligence. Convenience is maybe my favorite Security Baron necessary feature. When it comes to the Wyze Cam, it does super well.
I basically had it set up, from start to finish, in three minutes. You download the app, you plug in the Wyze Cam, you show the app to the camera itself, it scans the QR code and you’re set. I named the space, I named the cam, and I was ready to go.
I can’t ask for an easier experience when it comes to setting up a security camera, so we give it full marks when it comes to convenience and the Security Baron Necessary Features Test. Value is a Security Baron necessary feature.
The Wyze Cam does tremendously coming in at $20. $20 gets you Amazon Alexa integration, 1080p, a host of other features. We can’t say much more about it than it does so well for so little. When it comes to value and the Security Baron features test, The Wyze Cam gets full marks.
Wait, quick break. I have to admit that I’m very impressed by the feature set on The Wyze Cam. I was actually just wondering which of it’s features most blows away our viewers. If you want to leave us a comment below, just so I can get an idea of which one of the elements of this $20 [laughs] camera is the most impressive to you, I’d appreciate it.
Let’s get back to the video. Now that we’ve discussed what the Wyze Cam can do, let’s talk about what that user experience is like through the app. Now, in the Google Play Store, it gets 3.4 out of five stars and in the Apple App Store, it gets 3.
5 out of five stars. The general consensus seems to be that’s it a pretty middle-of-the-road app with the issue plaguing a lot of consumers being related to the high-definition video with the app asking them to rather have their video record in 720 and even doing that in a live stream.
That can be an issue caused by a lot of different factors, but that’s something that we wanted to mention. As we’ve seen the general consensus, let’s look into my experience on the Apple iPhone. Here we are looking at The Wyze Cam mobile application as it works on my iPhone X.
Now, the app starts the way you want any security camera app to start, which is essentially just looking at what’s most important, the Live Stream. Here I am in the Live Stream. It’s going high-definition.
I’m not having any problems in high-definition as some people have noted. You just note that there it is and look, here I am. It works pretty well. You get all of your options right below. You have Sound, — which I currently have off, so we don’t have that issue that you get with having to listen to yourself a million times, — you’ve got record, speak, take photo and then more.
Let’s just jump right into them as they come across in your screen. Now, here’s sound. Now, you can hear the echo, so turn that off quickly. Then I can also just go ahead and start recording whatever I’d like.
That icon you see denoted by the camera symbol. Now, I’m recording this video that we’re taking. It’s pretty straight forward. You also note that it tells you now that there’s someone in the frame with that green motion over my face.
That’s where the motion is and that’s really useful. Let’s go ahead and stop this recording. Now, it saves that direct into the album. If I wanted to speak, I can speak by holding on to the microphone, which is the very central icon.
That is the two-way audio demonstrated on the Wyze Cam. It’s useful to be able to have that. If I were in another room and I hit that Wyze Cam speak button, I could talk to someone as I’m looking at them.
That’s really crucial. Finally, on the right side before you get to More, you see Take Photo. Let’s take a nice candid here. Now, we’ve created the photo. That will also save. Now, if I click on More, you get motion tagging, which I can turn off.
Now, you see that, that green box that I spoke about earlier is gone because now motion tagging is turned off. I want to turn motion tagging back on. Here we go. Now, any time there’s any motion on the screen, you will get it surrounded in that green box.
I can look at the Albums. I’ve got Video Album, where I just took that video you just saw. There’s our photo that we took. Now, you can see it in the Photo Album. That’s a useful element to just be able to know exactly where your files are very quickly.
Now, you can also do a time lapse. That requires us to go ahead and install that micro SD card into the camera. Now, if you want to go into the top-left corner, you’ll see where it says, HD. So, we’re streaming in HD right now.
And right below that, you actually get your kilobytes per second number. If I wanted to go down to standard definition or even 360p, those are our options as you see here. So, I could hit SD, 360p. But let’s keep it in high definition since we have that ability.
On the right side you have Auto or you can turn on night vision by pressing there. I’ve just turned on night vision so now you see, the vision looks so different. Let me go back to Auto since we actually have the lights on.
And there’s the normal vision. Now, in the upper right-hand corner you see the gear icon which typically denotes that, that is your settings. So I tap on settings. I can look at the name of the camera which I’ve named, Baron Hideaway since this camera seems to be so easy to kind of hide in any spot due to its size and its adhesive nature.
I can do event recording. So this will basically have the camera record an event depending on, detecting the motion or detecting sound. And I can get a push notification, which you saw at the beginning of this video when I started to move in front of the camera.
Now, I can turn off detect motion so it won’t record then. I can turn on detect sound, so it’ll start to record once it hears a sound. Or I can turn both of them off. Now for schedule, you can set it in different ways.
If I turn off, all day, it will only record during these periods. That is a useful thing if you don’t want to feel like you’re being spied on in your own home. I go back and forth on that but just for now, let’s keep it on, all day, but it’s definitely useful to have.
So, you know that the default for scheduling is 9:00 to 6:00. Which is typically the times that people are not at home if they’re in an office environment. I think that’s cool that it comes with that as the default.
Going out of here, you can look at your Detection Settings, setting you Motion detection settings at a various level and your Sound detection at various levels. Right now, we’re in the middle. Not low and not high for both.
It’s fascinating that you can actually work with that so as to try to decrease false alarms or if you don’t want it going off for any little thing. You can try to set that up to your liking. Now, there are Alarm Settings.
And this is cool because this is one of the artificial intelligence elements of the Wyze Cam. Where it uses artificial intelligence to let you know if a smoke alarm has gone off or a carbon monoxide alarm has gone off.
So that’s useful. I keep both [laughs] of those on at all times because you want to definitely know if that’s something that’s going on. Now, in your Advanced Settings, you can look at your local storage options so you can record to micro SD card, you can change your night vision mode, decide if you want the camera status on, you can rotate your images.
Timestamp, watermark, show the Wyze logo [laughs] or turn it off if you don’t like it. You can decide whether or not you want to record sound on your videos or even just sync the time. So that’s great to have in terms of options for just customizing your Wyze Cam experience and your Wyze Cam mobile application.
If I wanted to share, I could send someone through an email address, so they also have access to this Wyze Cam if I had a spouse or someone who I felt needed to be able to see what was going on. And then, the final one is your information regarding what you have going on with your particular camera.
So this is the Wyze Cam version 2. Now if I go out of this, go to the home page. You’ll see at the bottom, you got, Home, Events, Discover, Shop and Account. So I can look at the various events that are taking place.
I can look at the various things that are accessible through Wyze Labs which is interesting. I can even share things, I can shop for more cameras right [laughs] there in the app. Or I can just look at my particular account.
Here I am checking out the video quality on the Wyze Cam. Now, it’s impressive, it’s 1080p high definition video and it really shows. It has this motion detection of course that you see in those green boxes that show up whenever I move my hands on one side or another.
While it only has a 110 degree field of view, it’s only about 10 shy of what we like to see of a 120. Don’t forget about this digital zoom which we’ll show at our Globe Test. We can go in, check out exactly what’s happened on the globe.
All right, Africa, there we go. You can make out these continents and countries on the map. This is useful for us here at Security Baron to know. That’s the video quality on the Wyze Cam. Here I am checking out the night vision on the Wyze Cam.
I don’t know what it is about night vision, it always makes me want to talk more quietly on camera. But I got to get over that and just talk about the fact that you can see pretty well on the night vision on the Wyze Cam.
You’ve got four infrared LED sensors that allows for you to catch what’s happening on screen especially by going and do some digital zooming there. You can really make me out. The beer provides a nice contrast.
If we go and were to do our Globe Test, you can see quite well. I’m actually impressed that a $20 camera…I know I keep stressing this price point but I’m super impressed that it has such clear night vision.
So here we are, checking out the night vision on the Wyze Cam. Let’s review how the Wyze Cam performed on the Security Baron Necessary Features Test. Video quality, full marks. The Wyze cam has 1080p high definition video, a 110-degree field of view and eight times digital zoom which allows you to get a clear picture.
Two way audio, full marks. The Wyze Cam has two way audio that lets you have a conversation with someone in a room no matter where you happen to be in the world. Night vision, full marks. With four infrared LED sensors, the Wyze Cam allows for a pretty decent picture even at night.
Local and cloud storage, full marks. the Wyze Cam has local storage and 14-day free cloud storage which puts it ahead of a lot of its peers. Smart platform integration, full marks. The Wyze Cam comes with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT which allows for a smart platform integration that you would not typically expect with a camera as affordable as the Wyze Cam.
Artificial intelligence, half marks. The Wyze Cam does not come with facial recognition, pet detection or even person detection, but it does use artificial intelligence to let you know when a CO2 or smoke alarm has gone off.
Convenience, full marks. The Wyze Cam was a breeze to set up. It took me less than five minutes from beginning to end. Value. Full marks. The Wyze Cam comes in at $20 making it incredibly affordable yet has a lot of the features that you expect with something that cost a hundred dollars.
The value is really unmissable. Now, we’ve come a long with the Wyze Cam. Ultimately, I know what you want to know and that is, is this cam right for me? If you need artificial intelligence like person detection, pet detection or an advance feature like facial recognition, then, you’re not going to get it with a Wyze Cam.
However, if you’re looking for a camera that will just work, be convenient and integrate with your smart platform –as long as it’s of Amazon’s Alexa — then you can’t look any further. My personal take in terms of value and convenience, the Wyze Cam simply cannot be beaten.
It’s really impressive, comes with a lot in such a small package, at such an affordable price. [background music] Gabe: That’s our review of the Wyze Cam home security camera. If you appreciated today’s video, give us a like and hit that subscribe button.
As always, this is Gabe at Security Baron. Be secure. [background music]