Nice thread going on…I have Voted
Can I have some beer with that popcorn too, Please
I own 20 Wyze Cams. Each have their specialized benefits to me:
- 8 V3’s (awesome video and great for outdoor use)
- 7 V2’s (great audio, and the best with all the special AI stuff, black option which looks way better)
- 1 Wyze Cam Outdoor (convenient and great for PIR preferred situations and traveling [hotels, etc], I even take it on hikes, etc and do continuous recording, time-lapse, etc)
- 1 Cam Pan V1 (great to cover an entryway and follow the motion to capture everything more closely)
- 1 Cam Pan V2 (better video, hardware, performance, etc)
- 1 Video Doorbell (amazing video, size, face capture and reporting, VOIP, etc)
- 1 Video Doorbell Pro (on Preorder - fish eye, night color, battery capable)
Total Owned/purchased Wyze Devices/products/services: 157 (255 if you count each Cam Plus license included in Cam Plus Unlimited separately), and since I have Cam Plus Unlimited, every one of my Cams has Cam Plus on it.
But I run everything using a good Mesh Router and I have Fiber with 1Gbps upload and download internet…so everything runs smoothly for me. If anyone is having a lot of connection issues, I’d first blame your internet provider and/or router/modem. As soon as I ditched Comcast things got A LOT better for me.
I will point out that I also have cams and smart devices from other companies as well. So my preference for Wyze isn’t blind. I’ve tried out and have several others and after testing and using others I think Wyze provides the most value so they are my primary camera and tech company because they’ve proven themselves to me time and again. I still use others because I believe in things like redundancy (Wyze has no control over whether AWS is having a problem for example, and so having another camera helps secure me in situations where Amazon has an outage).
I think the above pretty clearly shows that I am very satisfied with my Wyze Cameras, or I would’ve bailed a long time ago. I certainly wouldn’t have 20 cams with cam plus unlimited and over 100 other products from them if I was dissatisfied.
In general, With Wyze, I get to have a TON MORE fun toys with more innovative features all without frustrating my wife [much] over my addiction.
Since that is obviously some seriously old non-functional e-waste in those trees, wouldn’t it be easier to go to a thrift store, buy 10-15 dolls, chop them up, and hang them in the trees.
No one wants to run into someone that crazy and end up as their dinner.
I have never had a problem having mine go directly to the SD card I have one in the base station and one in the camera. I don’t recall even have fun to do anything in settings it would just record are you using cam Plus?
Go Blow Your @horn
If you read the entire post at the bottom you would see they are functional cameras just 360p and will be online locally in a few months.
It serves the Vietnam Veterans needs and was donated and installed for FREE
Once I attain some more WORKING e-waste solar panels, solar controller, batteries, DVR, and monitor the Veteran that served our country will be a happy man…
Feel free to blow your @horn if you like, but I appreciate our countries Veterans and made him happy
I am glad you like Vets and help them out. This is 26 years, 9 months and 6 days of my life all in one box. I started as an enlisted guy but got demoted to an officer.
Thank You for Your Service Sir Antonius
I read that post and all the other posts. And as you said they are not functioning.
If you read the entire post at the bottom you would see they are functional cameras just 360p and will be** online locally in a few months
Not functioning NOW because they currently have no power or comms YET…
These were working when pulled from my property, and 98% of e-waste I get off job sites is usable and working.
I did NOT say the were broken or not functioning due to damage, they work but are only 360p resolution hence I called them horrible cameras even though they do work and costed around $300 each.
MOD NOTE: Post edited to conform to the Community Guidelines.
Proof they worked before removal @horn
And will be working for my friend once power and additional equipment is in place…
For perspective, though, Wyze has over 6 million customers now (per an email I received last month.)
And this forum has ‘only’ about 100K members.
According to my SO (who does the math) that works out to something like 1.5 percent of the total.
And the loudmouths among that minority (I’m looking at you, @Antonius ) are quite active and may skew the perception even more.
This is a pretty cool thread:
with a range of responses from community members with different backgrounds and perspectives. A la carte, you can choose what suits ya.
It’ll be interesting to hear your assessment of the outdoor cam (which has an early lead in the Worst cam category) as your experience builds. Folks here love animals so if you’re inclined feel free to post a few, 'twould be cool!
When security cameras first started to become popular it was not at all unusual for some nefarious people to use class 3R lasers to knock security cameras out. These lasers are easy to obtain. Even cameras with smoke colored glass had pixel loss, etc.
While these lasers were rated as 3R they often had power above the 5 mW level. And the beam can travel 52ft+. I’m sure these older cameras are impervious to lasers. So various types of security has it’s limitations.
WCO ‘man’, eh? Rootin’ for the underdog.
I think you bribed that racoon with some good snacks for the endorsement
I get why the WCO is not everyone’s favorite (it’s my least preferred cam too), but to be fair, WCO’s are AWESOME for particular use-cases:
- Low traffic areas where we don’t need to record 24/7 and don’t need recording triggers far away.
- Temporary timelapse projects. They’re so easy to move around and position perfectly. I have used them for lots of timelapse projects! They are really awesome for this
- PIR triggered recording. For those who don’t want to pay for Cam Plus, but don’t like having basically anything trigger it, this PIR option is really helpful to reduce false detections or notifications, and it can be further improved with regular pixel detection zones even further, making this an awesome option for some use cases.
- Traveling - using it in travel mode, such as in Hotel rooms to ensure hotel staff don’t steal your stuff, or watching your campsite, or to take on hikes and any number of pretty awesome things I’ve done with it.
- I too have used my WCO to record Racoons or other animals eating up close next to it, they’re pretty cool for that, or for just occasional checking in on something.
- Anywhere where electricity is very inconvenient to access.
In almost all other situations a V3 is better most of the time.
Things that would really make it better: Starlight lens (Wyze said in an AMA this summer that they will be adding this to a future version eventually as seen here:
I would also love for a future version to be able to have the option to be plugged in and record 24/7 if it is plugged in.
But even without those updates it’s a great cam for specific uses. But most of us are looking for most of our cams to work like standard security cams, and the other cams are much better for those purposes.
In that sense the WCO is the least useful cam because most of us want to be able to record all the time. Honestly, if Wyze made a WCO that allowed being plugged in and recording 24/7 and where the PIR was optional or not, it would be one of the best cams on the market in my opinion, especially with a starlight lens. I’d probably replace most all my cams with it. Make it a panning cam too and that would be an awesome market disrupter IMO. But as it is, I still love having a few of them for special projects, and now that the solar panel is available, it’s even a lot more useful than it used to be for permanent solutions in electricity limited areas!
Nice write-up, carver’
Your informed enthusiasm is infectious, it rings sincere. And you acknowledge the product’s flaws and make suggestions for improvement.
You seem to be an honest man.
BTW, may I ask to what your handle refers?
Thank you @peepeep You are right that my enthusiasm for Wyze is sincere, and also that I still believe there are a lot of ways that it can and should improve (and I would like to help influence said improvements in a good direction). I am very supportive of honest valid criticisms (at least when given in a respectful and reasonable way). Such criticisms are very, very helpful for businesses’ progress and improvement, including Wyze. I think there are productive ways to go about sharing our disappointments and criticisms to be the most effective.
My username is symbolic to me of many things and a continuous reminder to me. I'll collapse the details in this disclosure tag since it's not really on-topic (but can still be read by those who really wish to know)
- My username reminds me of something I learned from Viktor Frankl. He taught me that I ALWAYS have a choice. Between any stimulus and response, there is ALWAYS choice. This reminds me of that. In the past, I have used negative self-talk with thoughts like “I had no choice”, or “I have to”, or “I can’t”. These thoughts and phrases are not really accurate (at least not without qualifiers) and have hurt me in the past to be used as excuses to myself instead of taking responsibility. It doesn’t matter what someone else does; it doesn’t matter what happens to me; it doesn’t matter what the situation is…I always have a choice in what I will do, or how I will respond, even if that choice isn’t the most ideal nor absolutely preferred (again, when understood in the context of Frankl’s life and book if you’ve ever read it, this makes a lot more sense as this is one of his major points), it is still a choice among others and what I decided. This perspective changed my life to one of immense empowerment instead of victimstancing (as I’d previously struggled with many years ago).
- “carver” has multiple meanings. Besides being my actual last name, It is one who carves. Carve can mean to form, to decorate, design, make, create for oneself. So a carver can be one who creates, forms, designs, and makes things. In this case, a reminder that I “carve” my own choices. I design, make and form my choices. while the final decision and act is the end of such a choice, part of it starts long before then…with the situations I put myself in, the habits I adopt, those people I associate with, my mindset, etc. Many things influence my choices, and thus I am ALWAYS designing, or “carving” my choices, both current and future choices.
- In the past I have also struggled with insecurities such as inadequacy, depression, lack of self-esteem, self-worth, etc. “choice” can refer to something that is valued or of very good quality (often used related to good quality food, but is used for anything of good quality or value). It can remind me that I have worth and am valued. Also, that I can DO something about it. This has not been an issue for me for a long time, but it is a good reminder.
- Combining multiple versions of the definitions and symbolic nature of the words (such as those I described above) have different meanings and are symbolic or act as a reminder to me or things that are helpful to me. I design/make my choices, I take ownership of my thoughts/choices, there is no “have to” nor “no-choice”, I remind myself of my self-worth to never go back to the dark days of my depression more than a decade ago., etc. Basically just a lot of symbolic wordplay on the word “carver” and “choice” in different variations as reminders and uplifting meaning to myself.
Anyway, I took your poll and marked WCO as “the worst cam” even though I don’t really think of it negatively as “worst” implies, but I think polls can be helpful indicators. I am glad Wyze said they are working toward making improvements to this WCO. I will probably buy another one when they come out with the Starlight sensor. better processor, louder speaker, etc as Dave said. It’s nice they are listening to reasonable criticisms and suggestions to make these improvements. This is why it’s important for people to give honest feedback as you mentioned so we can keep getting good improvements. I look forward to even more improvements in future models too … at good prices of course