Given that smart home cameras can cost in excess of $200 with a bunch of fees for playing back your footage – the Wyze Cam v2 has every chance of success.
The $20 camera obviously significantly undercuts the competition. Not only does it have a super-low price, but the camera also eschews data storage fees by offering 14 days of playback and the option to record onto a microSD card.
And the good news continues to roll in. The Wyze Cam v2 features 1080p recording, motion detection, and it's smart enough to detect the sound of smoke and CO2 alarms. and alert you via push notification. The Wyze Cam v2 also features two-way audio, night-vision – and it can even take timelapses.
There are a few downsides, however. The field of view is 110 degrees, which is fairly narrow for a smart home camera, and the sensor offers just 10 frames per second recording in both HD and SD modes – which is quite poor. That’s going to mean much choppier playback than rivals such as the Nest Cam IQ Indoor which record at 30fps – albeit at 10x the price. That’s pretty much the pay-off for the excellent price.
There’s not a great deal in the way of smart home integrations, but the company has just announced Works with Alexa functionality, so you’ll be able to view the Wyze Cam v2 on Amazon Echo Show/Amazon Echo Spot devices.
Wyze Cam was started by a bunch of former Amazon employees in Seattle, and the first camera launched in October 2017. The Wyze Cam v2 is available for pre-order now and will ship at the end of February across the US. It costs $20 and there’s a $5.99 shipping charge. There’s no word on worldwide availability at this time.