Motion Algorithm to Ignore Blowing Leaves/Shadows/Bugs/Snow/Rain/Headlights/Flags

What I think is funny is that Wyze used to allow me to select areas of a zone which allowed me to block out areas where the tree branches were, which gave nice fidelity. Of course, that feature never worked and so it would still trigger movement in those blocked out areas. This is why I guess they got rid of it for the more limiting cropping box.
I love the price of the Wyze but with all of the error 6’s and 7’s I get pretty regularly, the inability to configure the thing to rule out events, and the sluggishness when it comes to connecting to them (even when the wireless router is about 15 feet away, at some point I suspect I’ll just purchase higher end cameras and put these in places where security really isn’t a major concern.

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I think this should be a HIGH priority for Wyze. Why? Imagine the amount of “drive space” your would save on your CamPlus Subscription. Ever since subscribing to that the number of motion videos recorded skyrocketed to what seems like hundreds of daily videos of shadows of the trees moving.

While the vehicle, person detection stuff works really well, I would like to see all the critters that pass along my house (which is almost a nightly occurrence) but going through all the videos through the less than friendly App, is very time consuming.


spiders, too

Wyze cam v3 would actually be a great product if it was marketed correctly, I know it is pixel based detection but I dont know who made the decision to make this equivalent to “motion.” Leaves, I understand but shadow and lighting changes are not “motion.” If you’re going to complete with other security cameras or market your product as such, at least have an algorithm that would understand these type of changes. Especially for a product that is marketed to be used outdoor. Having an alert for car headlights and shadows from cloud, every minute, defeat its purpose and renders the product useless. It shows no thought in the product and seem like products are release for the sake of releasing a new product. Individuals no longer care or view the notification when it happens every minute, leaving important events missed. The price point is great but that’s just it, it lacks the capabilities to make the camera what it is marketed to be. Definitely not “smart” or can be used as a “security” cam. It is a fun toy and goes well with the wyze car…it that product a hint at the usefulness or what this camera is in fact intended for?

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Yep, I feel the same way. It’s an inexpensive camera system that allows some ability to survey your house while you’re away but it’s not a dependable product. If we get any kind of wind, it’s constantly picking that up and as soon as the outdoor lights kick on/off, another event happens. Then there are the times when features just stop working. Several times the speaker just won’t function and rebooting the camera isn’t enough. I have to go and unplug it. I’ve also had the camera not be able to read from the SD Card, which required me to climb a ladder, take the card out, reinsert the card, do the a little dance to appease the technogods, and then it would work.
This is a temporary solution but at some point, I’ll probably upgrade to a video system that is designed for this role.

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Just when you think you have what you desire a person in a guille suit gets to you and wyze didn’t detect it. I may play too many mmo’s, but yea.

Cam V3 reporting lighting change, including shadow movements events

Please work on improving the AI of this cam so as not to trigger the motion detection event for lighting changes including shadow movements. This is a big failure for Wyze and I am considering changing all my 4 cameras to Ring since their AI is able to differentiate between actual motion events and shadow/lighting changes.


Motion Sensing Ignore Waving Branches

My V2 is aimed out my front window and depending on the wind direction, gets dozens of false detections from the moving shrubs / branches, even it seems when the pixels are blanked out in Detection Zone settings. An algorithm that detects repetitive motion in the same pixel set and disables it should be easy.

Ignore plant sway

Not sure how hard it would be but it would be great if the camera picked up something moving across or within the field of view, rather than a plant setting in the breeze causing an event which is something we do not really need to get events over.

This is a big failure for Wyze, Today I got more than 100 notifications for the movements of leaf shadows and lighting changes, Planning to change from wyze to other products and stop this useless cam plus subscription.

It seems Wyze don’t listen to customers.


I fully understand you frustrations. I use detection zones trying to limit false alerts ( plant movements) unfortunately nearly all of my alerts are plant movement.


Stop picking up bugs and snow

I wish they would figure out a firmware update that would stop my wyze cams from taking 100+ videos a night because it snowed… I love wyze but this is ridiculous

Camera as outdoor motion detector needs some optimizing

Just feedback:

I’ve got a camera over my front door, plugged in via the light adapter. I was hoping to use a simple rule to turn the attached light on when someone walked up my front path and steps

Unfortunately it’s a short path, so if I use Person detection it doesn’t actually finish processing and respond until they’re already up the steps. Less than useful for someone who wants light on the approach.

If I don’t use Person, the camera turns on the lights every time a car goes by and projects moving shadows into the area. I get too much traffic for that to be a good solution.

Could try switching to a “real” motion detector triggering camera and lights, but (a) I don’t currently have an outdoor-suitable motion detector and (2) it seems a bit silly when I already have a camera watching the steps. Besides (iii) I’m not sure whether motion detector would reject the projections either.

Any chance we could get a camera setting that specifically rejects headlight projections, and responds more rapidly than person detection?

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4 Years later… and it’s not going to change folks.

We want to love Wyze, but the sad truth is, we should move on to more expensive, better software products. :confused:

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Well, you get what you pay for. I got my V2’s new for $8 a piece and I think they were well worth that money but it’s always been my plan to upgrade to a higher quality, but MUCH more expensive, IP camera. At this point, these things aren’t perfect but they give me better piece of mind than I had w/o them. The V3 is definitely better than the V2 but still has its issues. Sound from the wind trips it and movement from bushes does as well. and none of the built-in camera speakers are useful

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I started transitioning to Eufy, build quality is much better. Still think wyze has a place in the market for what they offer at the pricepoint, but I’ve grown up as a consumer, and it doesn’t seem like Wyze has any interest in keeping up. Willing to pay a lot more for features and build quality.

I find it interesting that Wyze bemoans the high cost of Data hosting in their sales pitch for pay-walling features, yet most of what they’re paying to host is garbage clips of false detects. If they focused on improving the AI and released paywall detection features to general users, it would likely offset the loss of revenue through hosting cost savings.

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We are constantly working on ways to improve our algorithm and implement new ways to reduce false alerts. This is something that will never be perfect no matter how hard we try so it will probably sit on the wish list in ‘testing’ status even though we are constantly working on it.


On my v3 cam I am constantly seeing events triggered by rain and snow. I like providing feedback to improve the AI but since there is no weather or rain or snow option I usually don’t submit. Sometimes I do nothing but it really is something but usually don’t submit. Put rain and snow as options. Outdoor cams don’t trigger on rain and snow.

Flag The Flags

I would really like to see the system detect the flag waving for the cameras.

I’ve had to take down my American flag because the system will not flag and ignore it.

Flags have a certain pattern in their movement that should be easy to differentiate from something like a bush or tree.

I’ve had to give up my flag for the safety of my wife, as a veteran I have a problem with that.