Wyze Cam v2 review: More features, same $20 price tag

The first Wyze Cam challenged everything we’ve come to expect from home security cameras. It took all the features normally found in showy $200 cams—full HD video, motion and sound detection, night vision, two-way audio—and packed them into an easily concealed cube you could fit in the palm of your hand. It came with 14 days of free cloud storage—twice its competitors’ most generous offerings—and up to 32GB of local storage via microSD card. And, most astounding, it cost only $20.

That’s a pretty winning formula, so it’s not surprising that the Wyze Cam v2 is a mostly incremental update. Everything we loved about the original Wyze Cam is still here: It sports the same 2.20-by-1.97-by-1.97-inch cube enclosure—though the glossy finish has been replaced with a matte one to reduce reflection—on a convenient hideaway stand. It retains all the features mentioned above, along with the original’s ability to detect and alert you to alarms emitted by any standalone smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors. And it still costs only a couple of saw bucks.

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Like the original Wyze Cam, this updated version can detect and alert you to smoke and carbon-monoxide detector alarms.

New features

The Wyze Cam v2 includes some modest updates that build on the strengths of its predecessor, making it even more competitive with higher-priced home security cameras. Here’s what you get:

Improved image and sound quality: The original Wyze Cam’s image quality was excellent and its two-way audio was good enough for quick conversations with home-bound kids or soothing restless pets. Nonetheless, the new Wyze Cam upgrades both.

Though the Wyze Cam v2 retains the original’s 1080p resolution, it now uses a powerful 1/2.7″ CMOS sensor that brings added smoothness and clarity in day and night-vision modes. It also employs a new audio chip and a Class-K power amplifier for clearer sound, better for identifying activity happening out of the camera’s field of view. Both will pay dividends if your Wyze Cam ever captures an actual intruder.

Motion Tagging: One of the drawbacks of the original Wyze Cam was its 12-second video clip length. That blink-and-you’ll miss-it duration made it tough to follow the activity it captured.

Wyze Cam v2 enhances its motion detection with a tagging technology that highlights the moving object in a green box. Now you can easily see where the activity initiates and follow it as it moves across the screen.

Alexa and IFTTT integration: One of the only things missing from the original Wyze Cam’s impressive feature set was smart home integration. Version 2 remedies that. Though it wasn’t yet available for testing at press time, a firmware upgrade adds Alexa compatibility, allowing you to view the Wyze Cam’s live feed on the Amazon Echo Spot and Echo Show. The camera can also be integrated with IFTTT.