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Wyze Cam V3 HD Indoor/Outdoor Wireless CCTV Camera Review

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Nowadays, we see CCTV cameras all over public places and footage from these cameras is often featured in crime or spy dramas on TV. With all the brands available with different specs and prices from manufacturers all over the world, which one do you choose? We got to test the Wyze Cam HD Indoor/Outdoor CCTV Camera and here is our product review. This article is produced together with my hubby, Dennis, who did the set up in different areas of our home and business establishment.

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~ The packaging of the Wyze Can V3 HD camera packaging. It came securely packed with bubble wrap from the dealer in China. Yes, it ships from China and it took about a week to be delivered to my home in the province. ~

The Wyze Cam V3 HD Indoor/Outdoor CCTV Camera Specs

Before we get to the review, here are the basic things you should know about the Wyze Cam V3 HD CCTV camera for both indoor and outdoor use. This is available at Shopee.

The body is made of polycarbonate plastic while the lens is made up of layers of glass and plastic. The camera is quite small and inconspicuous with its dimensions of 52 mm (L) x 51 mm (W) x 58.5 mm (D).

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~ What’s inside the box. ~

Display

  • Resolution: FHD 1920x1080p
  • Viewing angle: 130º diagonal
  • Night Vision
  • IR Lights: 4x940nm, 4x850nm
  • Day/Night Vision

There is an option to Save Image from the camera and the photos featured here were captured that way. Images were saved at 1920 pixels x 1080 pixels with a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. I just had to reduce them to 600-pixel width (scaled to height) in order to fit my blog format.

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~ This is an image saved directly onto hubby’s smartphone. ~

Audio:

  • Mic: ECM
  • Speaker: 80db, waterproof
  • Simultaneous 2-way Talk
  • Siren
  • Sensor: CMOS Starlight Sensor
  • LED Indicator:  Red + Blue (Front)
  • Connectivity: 2.4GHz WiFi
  • Storage:  Local Storage (microSD card required) or Cloud
  • Weather Resistance: IP65 Weather-resistant (Indoor/Outdoor)
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~ The camera unit was installed about 14 feet from the ground. And that’s the light source above hubby. The camera needs to have some available light to be able to capture well at night. ~

Other Features

Free Cloud Storage – Save 12-second motion and sound Event videos to the cloud, for free. Videos are saved for 14 days at a time.

Motion & Sound Detection – Look and listen for motion and sound. Wyze Cam sends your phone an alert and begins recording when either is detected.

Motion Detection Zones – Monitor specific areas for motion so you only receive notifications when it matters.

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~ Meanwhile, this photo was captured when the fluorescent light overhead was turned off. Only the light street lamp illuminated the area. ~

24/7 Continous Recording – Capture and view up to 3 days of continuous video with a 32 GB microSD card (sold separately).

Time Lapse – Take stunning time-lapse videos over long periods of time. But this requires a 32 GB microSD (which is sold separately).

Smoke & CO Alerts – Receive an alert the moment Wyze Cam hears a Smoke or CO alarm go off. It will then record a video during this time.

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~ As a point of comparison, here is a picture of the back alleyway without the overhead light, as captured by hubby’s Huawei P20 smartphone. ~

The Wyze Cam V3 CCTV Camera Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT.

Wyze Cam V3 HD CCTV Camera Product Review

We tested the Wyze Cam V3 HD unit to cover the dark alleyway behind our building outdoor. Indoors, we installed it at our place of business in two areas. First, it was placed in a dimly-lit hallway while the next is facing the counter where the customers make their purchases.

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~ Image captured inside a dimly-lit and narrow hallway inside the store during daytime. ~

Conclusion

The Wyze Cam V3 HD CCTV Camera has a modern design and looks so sleek when installed. It is versatile and is perfect for home or business (office or commercial) use.

It can work as CCTV, baby monitor, and alarm system packed in a small package. You can even use it as a door camera where you can communicate with your visitor before letting them in. However, for a more dedicated product, Wyze has other video doorbell items, too.

We are yet to discover the many capabilities of the camera, especially the features and services of the cam plus. There are also other accessories that can enhance the camera’s capabilities, like the spotlight kit. But this camera is a sure winner. And here are our notes.

Video Quality

Night and day, the captures are clear, as long as there is a little source of light (like those small bulbs that homeowners often use to light up the outside of their homes at night.

The quality of the footage is quite excellent with its 720p or HD resolution. If you want models capable of live streaming Full HD or 1080p resolution, they have other models with such specs, such as the Wyze Cam Pan v2. Setting it up may be a challenge for the less tech-savvy, but the app provides step-by-step instructions to follow.

Please note that the camera is not capable of capturing footage in a completely dark room, but it is capable of amplifying the smallest light source. Such was the case when we installed the camera facing our back alley and had the light turned off. The area was very dark when the night light was turned off. But because there was a street lamp from a distance, the Wyze Cam V3 was able to amplify it in order to capture bright footage.

Memory Card

The only thing is, the set doesn’t come with a memory card so you have to purchase one separately. On a good note, you can at least pick a card with a larger capacity.

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~ Setting up the Wyze cam and connecting it to hubby’s Huawei P20 smartphone through Wifi. ~

You have the choice to save your video on a microSD Car or plug it into the slot provided by the camera. You may also save the live footage on your device or in the cloud.

Note: The camera does not come with built-in memory storage for it to continuously save the videos it captures locally or when offline. However, as long as the camera is connected to a stable internet connection, it can save the footage on the cloud. If your phone or gadget is accessing the livestream, you can save the footage on your phone through the app.

Single Cable

A regular CCTV camera has two lines: one for the power and another for the transmission of the footage. The Wyze cam only has one cable, which is only for the power source. You don’t need another cable for the video feed, which you can access through the Wifi Connection. You have the choice to download it to your gadget or upload it to Cloud, where it will stay for up to 14 days.

It is value for money because it is affordable plus you get to capture clear footage, even at night.

Security Features

The motion detection triggers the cam plus to save the footage. But the user has to subscribe to cloud services in order to avail of such a feature. Free trials are offered and different plans come with more premium features or services.

Moreover, you can remotely turn on a siren sound to scare off intruders.

Two-Way Audio

When we tried this feature, the CCTV camera was installed in the store about (2) meters from the counter. We were inside the car away from the store when we saw that our daughter Shane was there so it was the perfect opportunity to test the two-way audio feature.

Accessing the audio-video feed through hubby’s smartphone, we were able to talk to Shane through the camera. She heard us loud and clear and we also got to hear her response. I think this is perfect for homes where both parents are working and the little kids are left at home with a babysitter. Parents can oversee their homes and supervise helpers remotely.

Installation

The Wyze Cam V3 HD CCTV camera is easy to install. It has a magnetic base that can strongly attach itself to metal surfaces. If these are not available, it also comes with double-sided tapes.

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~ Hanging from the aircon metal frame inside our bedroom. ~
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8 thoughts on “Wyze Cam V3 HD Indoor/Outdoor Wireless CCTV Camera Review

  1. WoW this is nice Mommy..hindi LNG pang business pwede rin gamitin ang camera na ito to monitor your children habang NASA work ka ang galing naman

  2. Ang gaNda namaN po nitong Indoor/Outdoor wireless CCTV camera. Napaka laking tulong po talaga ng CCTV nowadays. 👌

  3. Ang ganda ng cctv gusto ko din magkaroon ng ganito, lalo na at uso nakawan sa lugar namin., maganda sya malinaw. Mapapakinabangan mo talaga saka oara secure ka na din at buong pamilya. Will check tjis out mommy Sig.

  4. Mukhang maganda talaga to mommy sig. highly recommended pa lalo sa mga afford magavail ng cctv sa house. Thank you for sharing this mommy sig.

  5. Wow!!! Love this Wyze Cam V3 HD CCTV camera. High quality yet so affordable! Love the features. Highly recommended especially if my business ka or kahit inside/outside your house para mas monitor mo lahat & also for your family’s safety and protection. Thanks for sharing this ma, will definitely check this out.

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