Whether you are an indoor-looking-outdoor user wanting to cut down on the reflection of the camera in the window, someone that doesn’t want to freak out the neighbors in the backyard, or someone who wants the camera to be hidden from intruders, the black version of the Wyze Cam was for you. Unfortunately, it was a limited edition model, and as of this date it is no longer available. https://www.wyzecam.com/wyze-cam-black/
Now, there are lots of options for turning your Wyze cam black. Vinyl covering. Physical enclosure. Black paint, etc. The option I chose was Plasti Dip. Plasti Dip is a removable rubber covering that can be applied with a spray can. Think of it as rubber spray paint! It will not permanently change your cam at all. You can simply peal it off when you no longer want it on the camera. I think I like it better than glossy paint, as it is a great dull, non-reflective surface. It comes in other colors too, including camo: Plasti Dip® - PLASTI DIP® I bought my can at Walmart for $6.
I am an indoor-looking-outdoor user, so I didn’t need the infrared LEDs, or the two nonfunctional circles on the front panel. I also hate that I can’t turn off the microphone from live streams [take note, Wyze!] So I masked the microphone with a tape circle, but don’t really ever intend to uncover it. Turns out it doesn’t matter much anyway, as the coating and mask combo are still thin, and there are plenty of other holes in the case. So the microphone still works way too well. The IR lights also still work thru the coating, but are attenuated.
The functionality you want may vary, so just adjust your masking technique. Even if you don’t mask, simple trimming with an exacto knife should get you back whatever you want. It’s the perfect ‘paint’. You can’t make a mistake!
Here are my pics. Note I put my can in warm water between coats to keep the spray mist fine:
Nah… wanna catch that sneaky bastard that’s been letting his dog crap on my lawn. I don’t want him to just pick another one of my neighbors yard to move to. In your case, why not just buy a bunches of dummy cameras that would be a lot less work.
As prior law enforcement, covert and overt regarding cameras my experience have been that properties with visible cameras may deter a rainbow criminal (one who breaks in just on a whim) but to the one’s who has this activity as a career it is not a deterrence it still occurs but the subject(s) can not be identified because they come clad in disguise which further allows them to continue their activity upon the next victim without apprehension and the property owner items rarely recovered.
I have one v2 cam pointed out a window. Against the dark green blinds, it stuck out. I thought about painting the cam, but decided on a quick reversible solution. I used the packing material from the box, cutting off the back and bottom pieces. Then with green and black permanent markers, colored packing material to blend in with the blinds. A couple of pieces of tape, on the inside and to hold onto the cam, and done. From the outside, you only see it if you’re looking for it during the day and not at all at night.
The real advantage in going full black in my opinion is to get rid of that great cyclops eye that tells everyone it’s a camera. If you want people to know it’s a camera, just leave it white. In my opinion a mysterious black box is harder to see, or to identify if you can see it (what is that black box?)
I now have 4 cams painted Plasti Dip black. Two are behind glass and you can’t see them from the outside even with direct sunlight on them. A third is outdoors on my patio to watch for squirrel damage, and just looks like a mysterious black box. I don’t want that one looking like a camera because I don’t want to freak out my neighbors, as it incidentally records several of their back yards. The 4th is a spare that I will either use as a replacement, use as an ad-hoc camera (maybe even with a portable power bank), or use in the living room to watch the inside of my front door when I’m on vacation.
I just thought it was more trouble than it was worth. YMMV. The cord is behind the camera, and the base has moving parts and information that would have to be masked off. Since the base is low-profile too, I just decided to skip it. I did the same on my V2s, but those bases were gray.
The main thing I was trying to defeat with the paint was the cyclops look that gives away it’s a camera. Also, the black keeps it from reflecting, but if they see it, they just see a non-descript black box.
I don’t see any issue in painting them, if you want to do it. Be sure to mask off the part of the base that goes up into the circle on the camera.
One thing I didn’t mention is when you separate your base from the camera, be sure to mark your camera with the last two sets of numbers of the hardware address shown on the base. That way you know which base goes back on the camera.