Fantastic indoor security camera at an affordable price

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In addition to security, a camera like the Wyze Cam Pan v2 is great for monitoring pets, children, seniors at risk, etc. (Photo: Rick Broida)

The original Wyze Cam Pan was a locally managed product, offering an amazing array of home security features at an unbeatable price. No wonder then that it took Wyze years to develop a successor, as there wasn’t much that needed to be improved.

But here comes the Wyze Cam Pan v2, and its upgrades are already modest. So, is he still a home run, or just a hard hitter? (Hey, what can I say, baseball season has just started.) The answer is… complicated.

First things first: The $50 Wyze Cam Pan v2 on Amazon usually sells for $40—the first time the product has been discounted.

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Even at $50, it’s a remarkably affordable camera, although plenty of similarly priced competitors have emerged in recent years. At the time of this writing, for example, the Eufy Security Solo IndoorCam drops to $39 when you clip the $5 off coupon page. The Kasa EC70 is on sale for just $30. When the original Pan hit the scene again in 2018, it was $30, and nothing else came close.

Wyze Cam Pan v2: Features and Performance

I haven’t had a chance to try those other cameras, but I tested the pan extensively. It’s a 1080p indoor model that can rotate a full 360 degrees on its base and tilt the lens up and down by just over 90 degrees. In other words, it offers a fairly full field of view, making it an excellent choice for home security and surveillance.

Speaking of which, the Pan supports motion and voice detection, automated room scanning, two-way audio, local and cloud storage, and Alexa and Google Assistant integration. If you own a smart screen from Amazon or Google, you can order a live feed (just by asking, natch). However, Apple HomeKit is not supported, which is something to consider if you want Siri in your smart home mix. In that case, consider the Eufy camera mentioned above.

So far, I have just described the original Cam Pan. The v2’s biggest upgrade is color night vision, which definitely makes a difference: Instead of monochrome photos, you get something that looks a lot closer to recording in full color daylight. While I’m not sure this adds a lot of value, at least on the in-camera, it’s a nice improvement that works really well.

Here's a shot of my living room, as captured by Wyze Cam Pan.  To move the view, just swipe left, right, up or down.  (Photo: Rick Broida)

This is a shot of my living room, as taken by Wyze Cam Pan. To move the view, just swipe left, right, up or down. (Photo: Rick Broida)

In terms of storage, Wyze’s options are getting a little confusing. The company continues to offer 14 days of free cloud storage (something a few other camera makers match), although there are some limitations: only 12 seconds per clip and a 5-minute slowdown session between recordings. To get these features, you must sign up for Cam Plus Lite, where Wyze encourages you to “name your price” (and yes, $0 is an option). Meanwhile, there’s Cam Plus ($1.25 per month when paid annually), which allows for longer recordings and eliminates the cool-down period. It also adds smarter detection features: person, pack, pet, and vehicle.

That’s a reasonable subscription price, no doubt, but I don’t like that it’s per device: if you add another Wyze camera to your home, the Plus benefits won’t automatically apply; You have to pay another $1.25 per month. At least you have the option of showing up with an inexpensive microSD card that can keep recordings for days. Not all smart home cameras offer this feature.

I also need to shout about the very good Wyze app, which is much more intuitive and intuitive to use than most apps. Among other things, it allows you to set up rules that are repeated in other devices, such as turning on the flashlight when the camera detects motion.

Wise about privacy?

I have exactly one reservation about recommending the Wyze Cam Pan v2: Last month, Wyze made headlines for failing to detect and patch a security vulnerability. While no harm appears to have been done (there have been no reports that hackers have successfully exploited this flaw), you will have to decide if Wyze is worth your business.

I’ve followed the company since its early days and have always found it very transparent with clients – more than most – so this was a somewhat surprising occurrence. General consensus: Wyze should have exposed this flaw to customers instead of sitting on it Three years.

Privacy is obviously an important consideration, especially with smart home products, and I understand you might be suspicious of a smaller company. However, big companies don’t always do better: Ring has been in the news for video doorbell privacy, and Amazon’s recently added Sidewalk feature shares your internet connection with neighbors by default.

Wyze Cam Pan v2: Should You Buy It?

Personally, I believe that the benefits of having a Wyze Cam Pan v2 in your home greatly outweigh the very small risks of a privacy breach. (In fact, I feel this way about every connected device I own, including my phone, TV, computer, etc.—all of them to varying degrees vulnerable to hackers.)

For just $40, you get a super smart, easy-to-use and legitimately useful indoor camera. Homer may not crash, but I’d say it lands a solid triple.

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