Wyze Cam in under 50$

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If your friend or relative is looking for a security camera, this is one of the best Wyze Cam in under 50$ gifts you can buy them. It captures excellent HD video, sends phone notifications when it detects movement, and is tiny enough to blend into its surroundings.

The Wyze Cam has the same key performance and features as Wyze’s $30 Cam Pan, another solid, affordable indoor camera from the brand. But instead of a panning base, the Wyze Cam has a static base that you can manually angle, raise and lower. It has free person alerts (though see below), free 14-day event-based cloud storage and a microSD card slot if you want continuous, local recording. The value of those free features alone is a big deal — factor in its cheap initial cost and solid performance, and the value is bonkers.

See in the dark –

Night vision lets you see up to 30’ in absolute darkness using 4 infrared (IR) LEDs. Note: IR does not work through a glass window.

Voice Controlled?

You got it! – Works with Alexa and Google Assistant (the US only) so you can use your voice to see who’s at your front door, how your baby’s doing, or if your 3D printer has finished printing. Wyze Cam is only compatible with the 2. 4GHz WiFi network (does not support 5GHz Wi-Fi) and Apple (iOS) and Android mobile devices.

Share with those who care –

One Wyze Cam can be shared with multiple family members so everyone can have access to its live stream and video recordings. Just have your family members download the Wyze app and invite them to your account. Camera sharing can also be easily removed.

Features you will get in Wyze Cam:

  • 1080p HD resolution
  • Alexa and Google Assistant voice support
  • IFTTT integration
  • Motion alerts
  • Sound detection with smoke and carbon monoxide alarm detection
  • Person alerts (through Xnor.ai until January 2020; Wyze then plans to introduce its free person alerts sometime next year) 
  • Motion detection zone
  • 14-day cloud storage (motion- and sound-alert based)
  • microSD card slot (microSD card sold separately)
  • 110-degree field of view
  • Adjustable, magnetic base
  • Night vision
  • Two-way audio via a built-in speaker and microphone
  • Time-lapse 


It works, too –

More good news: The Wyze Cam also performs well, provided your Wi-Fi network connection is decent. During my initial testing, I received quick and accurate motion, sound and person notifications. 

You also have a lot of customizability in the app, from adjusting motion and sound sensitivity to opting in or out of features like the smoke and carbon monoxide alerts and person alerts (which might raise privacy concerns for some).

Related to privacy, you can check out Wyze’s privacy statement for more details. The company uses cloud platform Amazon Web Services for cloud storage and Xnor.ai for person detection, again, until January 2020.

A great Wi-Fi security camera for a lot less –

I’m impressed. For $20, you get a camera with free two-week cloud storage, optional local storage (with the purchase of a microSD card), person alerts, a detection zone and advanced audio detection. 

It’s a great camera and at just 20 bucks, it’s affordable. The Wyze Cam isn’t perfect. Mostly, I wish you got more than one detection zone, but for the price, that doesn’t bother me much. I’m also annoyed that person detection and person alerts are going away in January and that Wyze won’t yet commit to when in 2020 its new in-house person detection feature will go live. 

I plan to continue testing the Wyze Cam over time, especially the smoke and carbon monoxide feature and its new person alerts, whenever they arrive. But I can comfortably say, even if the person detection feature disappeared completely, that the Wyze Cam is the budget camera worth buying if you want an affordable indoor camera with features you typically only find on cameras that cost a lot more. 

Conclusion:

Wyze Cam captures high-definition video, is easy to set up and use, and blends right into its surroundings. There are a few minor annoyances — an over-eager alert system and an ugly power cord — but overall, you get much more than you pay for.

Wyze Cam captures high-definition video, is easy to set up and use, and blends right into its surroundings. There are a few minor annoyances — an over-eager alert system and an ugly power cord — but overall, you get much more than you pay for 

After using Wyze Cam for a little over two weeks, I had a hard time finding a reason everyone shouldn’t own one. It’s a great piece of technology in a tiny package, and with a price tag so low, Wyze Cam in under 50$ it’s almost irresponsible not to buy it.

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