I picked up a pair of Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Cameras from Amazon. I’ve wanted to try out some home security cameras without spending a lot of money and the Wyze Cams seemed the way to go. At $25 a piece they are inexpensive but have excellent reviews and seem like a great way to try out home surveillance.
I had heard a lot of good things about these inexpensive security cameras so I thought I’d give them a try.
In my video, I unbox the one of the wizen cameras. Of note, the camera is a small cube. It includes an adjustable stand. The camera is powered by an included micro USB cable and power adapter. The cable is about 6 feet long and is flat. The wizen cam requires a MicroSD card to capture and record data. It isn’t included in the price. The camera can use a card up to a maximum size of 32GB. These cards are cheap. I bought a brand name SanDisk card for under about $8 I think.
The camera comes with a magnetic mount plate with 3M adhesive tape. You can attach the plate to a wall and magnetically mount the camera at a number of different angles.
You can control the camera and monitor the video use the Wyze app for iPhone or Android. I’ve used the app for iPhone. The app has a lot of features and settings. It can detect motion and sound and alert you on your phone automatically. There are a number of sensitivity adjustments. I haven’t tried all of the them yet. One cool feature is it can detect the sound of a smoke or carbon monoxide detector going off in your home and alert you.
While the app works well, it interface does not work like common iPhone user interfaces. For example, you can’t swipe to delete video alerts. More on this at a later time.
I have two cameras, and I could see adding more. Wyze is also coming out with more devices such as light bulbs and motion sensors.
While these are not outdoor cameras, I am going to point one out facing my backyard to track the wildlife that moves through my backyard. We have deer, foxes, coyotes, hawks, groundhogs, as well as birds and squirrels. I realize that the Wyze Cam is neither an outdoor camera nor is the software designed for monitoring outdoors it would be fun to capture what is wandering through my yard.