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[wyze cam app apk]The Wyze Cam V3 is the best budget home security camera we’ve tested, and it costs just $20

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  Starting from just $19.99, the Wyze Cam V3 home security camera comes with 14 days of free cloud storage and doesn’t require a subscription, making it one of the cheapest home security options out there.Camera footage is 1080p in full color, with a choice of color or infrared night modes.Rated at IP65 water resistance, you could even use the Wyze Cam V3 outdoors. The Wyze Cam V3 also boasts new versatile mounting options, but it still needs to be plugged into an outlet.You can read our guide to the best home security cameras for more options.

  

  

  Wyze Cam V3

  $32.97 from Amazon

  While you can actually score some handy things for under $20, you wouldn’t expect a home security camera to be one of them. The Wyze Cam V3 will make you reconsider your expectations because it boasts a surprisingly full feature list that includes color 1080p video, free cloud storage, and motion detection with custom zones.

  The Wyze Cam V2 is already the best budget home security camera available, with nothing else coming close at this price range. The Wyze Cam V3 brings an improved frame rate for video, a more versatile mount, IP65 water resistance, and color night vision. Best of all, it’s being offered at the same $20 price.

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  I tested the Wyze Cam V3 in my home to see how it performs, and how it compares to its predecessor. While I did encounter a few glitches, and person detection now requires a subscription, this small camera is a big bargain.

  2 x 2 x 2.3 inches1080p resolution 130-degree field of viewColor night vision or Night vision with infraredTwo-way audioMicroSD storage up to 32GB (not included)IP65 (indoors or outdoors)14-day cloud storage Custom zonesMotion and sound detection

  Wyze Cam V3 design

  

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  If you buy direct from Wyze, you’ll pay $19.99 for the Wyze Cam V3. As with the last version, you might have to pay a little more if you buy from other retailers. Open the box and you’ll find the cube-shaped camera, power adapter, an outdoor-rated flat power cable that’s 6 feet long, a wall mount plate, screw kit, and mounting tape. The base can be screwed into a wall or ceiling, attached magnetically, or even fixed with tape.

  The Wyze Cam V3 has the same cute boxy look as its predecessor. It’s a rounded white plastic cube and the base folds out of the bottom and can rotate, enabling you to set any position you want. This time around, because it’s water-resistant (IP65), there’s a short power cable permanently attached to the back of the camera with a covered connector to slide the power cable into.

  Although the camera and cable are water-resistant and could potentially be used outdoors, the power adapter is indoors-only, so you will need to place your Wyze Cam V3 in reach of an outlet.

  The Wyze Cam V3 measures 2 x 2 x 2.3 inches and weighs 3.5 ounces. A black square on the face contains the camera lens, sensors, microphone, and a tiny LED to show the camera status. On the back, there’s a speaker grille. On the bottom, if you extend the base out of the way, there’s a flap for the MicroSD card slot and a single Setup button.

  The IP65 rating means you can use the Wyze Cam V3 indoors or out and the versatile mounting options give you a lot of choices. I tested mine indoors, which is how I imagine most people will use it, as you would likely need a longer power cable to be able to mount this outdoors and reach an indoor outlet.

  You can pop the Wyze Cam V3 on a shelf, mount on the ceiling or wall, or stick it to the fridge; the only limitation is that you need to be in reach of a power outlet to plug into. Install the Wyze app for Android or iOS, and tap the plus icon to add a new camera. Scan the QR code on the base of the camera to connect it to your network in seconds.

  The Wyze Cam V3 connects directly to your Wi-Fi router, so there’s no need for a separate hub, but it only supports 2.4GHz networks. Sadly, Wyze has not added 5GHz support. From start to end it took me about five minutes to set up.

  Wyze Cam V3 app

  

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  The Wyze app is straightforward, with the default Home tab displaying your connected cameras or other Wyze devices. On the right, there’s an on/off button and you should see a frame from the last recorded video, which you can simply tap to jump into the live view for that camera. There are options to turn sound on or off, record video manually, a microphone icon for speaking, the option to take a photo, and a few extras like motion tagging, time-lapse video, and siren.

  The settings cog at the top right gives you access to detection settings, notifications, scheduling, and other advanced settings. You can have the camera trigger a recording when it detects motion or sound. You can also set a custom detection zone by dragging a box to cover the area you want. This is handy for preventing a lot of false positives, such as passing traffic outside a window. The fact that you can only set a single detection zone box limits its usefulness a little, with Ring cameras, for example, you can set three separate custom motion zones.

  The sound detection will trigger if it detects a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm going off, which is a nice safety feature.

  Insert a MicroSD card and you can turn continuous recording on. You also get free cloud storage for a rolling 14-day period.

  When I tested the Wyze Cam V2 person detection was free, but Wyze has now restricted person detection to Cam Plus subscribers. The Cam Plus service costs $1.99 per month, or $15 for the year, which works out at $1.25 per month. The other benefits the subscription currently offers include unlimited motion triggers and video length; without the subscription, videos are restricted to 12 seconds with a 5 minute cooldown period in between triggers.

  Wyze is also planning to add package, face, animal, and vehicle detection for Cam Plus subscribers in the coming year.

  You can use voice commands to turn your camera on or off via Amazon’s Alexa or

  Google Assistant

  , and you can jump to a live feed via a Fire TV or

  Chromecast

  , or on an Echo Show or Nest Hub device. You can also use IFTTT to set up different triggers for your Wyze Cam V3.

  Wyze Cam V3 Screen

  

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  The Wyze Cam V3 records video at a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution, just like its predecessor, but the frame rate has jumped from 15 frames-per-second (fps) to 20 fps. Wyze has also widened the field of view to 130 degrees and used a lower aperture (f/1.6). This larger aperture can let in more light, which allows for a color night mode. There are also extra infrared LEDs to boost the night vision, which also boasts an improved frame rate, going from 10 fps to 15 fps. To put it simply, the video is now smoother, better quality, and captures more of the scene thanks to the expanded field of view.

  Daylight video features vibrant colors and plenty of detail, but overexposure is still an issue when there are very bright areas in the shot, such as sunlight coming in through a window. The biggest improvement over the previous Wyze Cam is the night vision video, it’s much brighter and able to pick up far more detail. If there’s some light in the frame, such as a streetlamp, the color night vision works well, but if it’s completely dark, or close to it, you’ll still want to use the infrared.

  Detection triggers work well and, after setting a custom zone, I didn’t get any false positives. I do miss person detection, though, as my cats frequently triggered alerts.

  While delays of a few seconds when you connect to a security camera are to be expected, I found the Wyze Cam V3 to be relatively slow. It was much slower than my Eufy cameras, which only take two or three seconds, but on a par with my Ring doorbell, taking around four seconds on average to jump into the live feed after loading the app. There’s also a slight lag on the feed, but not so much that you can’t have a real-time conversation.

  The audio quality is good enough for live conversations but seems worse in most recorded videos. The Wyze Cam V3 seems to pick up a lot of background noise.

  After inserting a 32GB MicroSD card into the Wyze Cam V3, I turned continuous recording on. This gives you a timeline you can scroll back through and it offers an affordable way to expand on the 12-second limit without having to sign up for a subscription.

  The main issue I encountered with the Wyze Cam V3 was a refusal to detect MicroSD cards. The first one I inserted worked for a while but then disappeared. The next two I tried couldn’t be read. Eventually, I reached out to Wyze support and they advised me to format the card in my PC first to FAT32 with a 32KB cluster size. After I did that it worked just fine and has continued to work for more than a week so far.

  Connection lag is a reality with security cameras, but the Wyze Cam V3 is still among the slowest of all the cameras I’ve tested to connect. Sometimes it would take a few seconds for the app to detect the camera when loaded and then another few seconds to load the live feed. It can also take a while to process videos and make them available after a triggered event.

  Because you have to plug the Wyze Cam V3 into an indoor outlet, it’s not going to work as an outdoor option for most people. You could buy a longer cable, but you’ll probably need to spend close to what you paid for the camera. I have also noticed that the camera gets quite warm to the touch.

  One other thing that might be worth noting is that Wyze Labs did have a security breach in 2019 when account data was accidentally exposed. While there was no suggestion that hackers could access camera feeds, security is obviously a big concern with cameras in the home.

  I’m pleased to note that Two-Step Verification is an option via the Account tab under Security, and you should definitely take the time to set it up for your Wyze camera. While you can use the SMS option, which sends a code to your phone for any new login, the Google or Microsoft authenticator app option is more secure as the codes can’t be intercepted. It randomly generates codes that refresh every 60 seconds and it’s quick and easy to set up.

  Yes, it delivers an impressive list of features for the price. This is a perfectly affordable way to start a smart home security system.

  The Wyze Cam V3 does everything you’re likely to want for $19.99, but if you want to cover a larger area the Wyze Cam Pan is $10 more and allows you to pan the camera.

  The Amazon Blink Mini is an obvious contender that costs $24.99, but once you factor in the subscription you need for cloud storage or the Sync Module for local storage, that price climbs rapidly, as I explain in our Amazon Blink Mini review.

  If you’re keen to avoid a subscription altogether, and you want a camera that will work outdoors without the need to plug in, the EufyCam 2C is worth a look at $199.99 for two cameras and a local storage hub. Find out more in our EufyCam 2C review.

  Wyze Cam v2 and v3

  

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  You would expect to find compromises in a device as cheap as the Wyze Cam V3, but I think it’s a far better product than the price would suggest. With decent quality video and audio, 14-days of free cloud storage, and that local storage option via a MicroSD card, this is by far the best home security camera for bargain hunters.

  Even if you decide you need person detection, the Wyze Cam Plus subscription is much more affordable than most competitors’ offerings.

  Pros: Very affordable, two-way audio, motion and sound detection, color night vision, no subscription needed, IP65 weather-resistant, Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT support

  Cons: Person detection now requires a subscription, limitations to free service, some glitches

  $32.97 from Amazon

  $19.98 from Wyze