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Wyze Cam v3 Review

Overall
Price
wyze cam v3
Pros
Affordable price for the quality you get
Can be used indoors or outdoors
Sound and motion detection
Color night vision
Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT-compatible
Cons
Limited microSD card size compatibility
Videos are only sent as a notification when motion is detected
Slow frame rate in Live View mode
Not as "smart" as most smart cameras

The Wyze Cam V3 boasts many smart features at an extremely affordable price. Many people do not believe the quality that this camera offers because it seems, frankly speaking, too good to be true. But contrary to popular belief, this camera is that good. It is jam-packed with quality imaging, sensors, and a user-friendly app—all for around $30. Keep reading to get a full review of this popular, low-cost smart security camera.

Specs and Features

Composition Material
Polycarbonate body with a plastic and glass lens
Weight
3.5 ounces
Color
White
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The Wyze Cam V3 can be used as an indoor or outdoor weatherproof camera and enables video and picture recording at resolutions of up to 1080p—HD quality. This camera offers many features, such as color-night vision, two-way talk, a siren, motion sensors, and sound sensors.

The cost of the Wyze Cam V3 is extraordinarily affordable: one camera will only cost a consumer $29.99. Users can also download the Wyze app for free to access the smart features of the camera, and there’s no monthly subscription required.

What We Really Like

For its low price and the number of features available, the Wyze Cam V3 camera is absolutely worth it, and here’s why:

It’s Small and Sleek

This camera is shaped into a small cube. This design makes it so that it is easy to hang anywhere in the home without it bringing too much attention to itself. If you do not want to hang the camera up, then you can opt to place it on a shelf or counter instead. Either way, the camera comes equipped to be wall-mounted or stand-alone, so you can set it up any way you want.

Since this camera is small, it can easily be placed in any room of the house or even outside. There are several ways that this product can blend seamlessly into any living room, baby room, playroom, basement, backyard, or porch.

High-Quality Imaging

Many people would look at the price tag of the Wyze Cam 3 and automatically assume that the graphics are poor quality, but these people would be sorely mistaken. This is because the graphics perform better than most cameras that it competes with. The sensors seem to grab at the room’s light to improve the overall shot’s light, color, and saturation.

Even in a room with moderate sunlight, you can easily make out the details of the room when looking at the camera feed. This includes colors, the location of objects, as well as shadows. The image is super clear and crisp, adding to the quality of the picture.

Security Features

While most cameras are used for security purposes within the home, not all of them come with extra built-in features to enhance this. When you install a Wyze Cam V3 and download the app, you are automatically equipped with security monitoring. The camera has sensors that will alert you when it senses sound or movement. These alerts can be customized to your preference.

Once movement or sound is detected, the camera will take a snapshot or short video of the scene during the noise or movement that is picked up. These snapshots are stored in the cloud on the app for you to view when you are ready. If you want more benefits and better snapshots, you can subscribe to the Wyze Cam Plus plan for just $1.99 per month, a true bargain.

What Could Be Better

The Wyze Cam V3 is amazing for the price, but it still has room for improvement. Some people may not be happy about the fact that this security camera does not have every function and capability that other smart cameras do.

Limited Storage

One of the features that can be frustrating on the Wyze Cam V3 is that there is only a limited amount of storage capabilities that come with the camera. Wyze has made it so this camera can only handle MicroSD cards up to 32GB. While that number may seem like a lot, it really isn’t. Video recordings take up a lot of space, so it is easy to quickly run out of local storage.

Wyze does, however, try to counteract this with a cloud storage system. The downfall of this system is the fact that the recordings are only stored for a limited amount of time. This means you will need to download them elsewhere if you want to keep them permanently. This can be annoying because it means another hard drive or cloud storage will be needed.

No Geofencing

Some newer cameras have geofencing, but not this camera. Geofencing is the ability of a smart device to pick up a mobile signal to determine whether or not it is still in the area or has left. It can then respond to the absence of the device in a programmed manner. This feature is often used for thermostats, lighting, and home security systems.

Although this isn’t a deal-breaker, it is still a loss for the Wyze cam. Every time you leave the house, you have to remember to mark your status as “Away” on the Wyze app; the device itself is not intuitive enough to figure it out on its own. So, if you are forgetful, then it is best to set a reminder to regularly check in on the status of the Wyze app and Wyze Cam V3.

Slow Frame Speeds

This is a budget camera, so the frame speeds are much slower than a higher-end, luxury brand camera. This means there can sometimes be a significant delay between what you watch live and what is happening in real-time. The delay is only mere seconds, but if you really need to know a play-by-play without lag time, then this is not the right camera for you.

Final Thoughts

The Wyze Cam V3 really sets the bar as far as affordable security cameras go. It is hard to find any camera that comes close to this one in terms of features, responsiveness, and design for the price you pay. And if you already own the former Wyze V2 Camera, it doesn’t take much to upgrade to the latest model.

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