Received the v3 Cam today.
Had some difficulty getting it setup.
It took 4 tries of plugging it in, and pressing the Setup button to get the ting to say the" Ready to connect" line, now a male voice, that was a surprise.
(Fresh out of box, the Wyze v2 cams have always been auto “Ready to connect” for me at first power on, never had to press the setup button for first setup.)
It setup fine after that stumble and had a firmware update.
(i noticed later it had another one, to v 184.108.40.206, but it did not show a pop up as i was testing the cam to update to this version, it only showed in the Firmware update section of the app)
I am having significant issues though getting it to work…
It is very often not loading/connecting in the app the live stream.
And it is saying Device Offline a few times now, requiring me to power cycle the cam.
Then after maybe 5 min, its back to connection issues, and then offline.
None of my other wifi devices, wyze plugs and such, are having any issues, so it is not my wifi.
There are a few things I would like to note about the v3 cam for my initial and brief test of it…while it will load in the app.
I still to setup one of my v2 cams next to it to fully compare.
The mic sensitivity does not appear to be any better. The sub par audio quality of the Wyze cams is the worst part of them.
Same as the V2, it is near field pickup, and no where near as good as the mic in my Unifi G3Flex cam which can pic up sound in other rooms, even very quite talking.
The volume for live playback is also quite low, even with my phone on max.
There does appear to be a tad better noise suppression processing in the V3, so it has a tiny bit better clarity to the audio capture than the v2, but again, only when it actuly picks up sound, like when you are standing no more than ~8 feet from the front of it.
The 'Talk" function, where you can speak through the cameras internal speaker…
It is very low volume. In a dead quite room, it is just like somone talking in a low voice next to you.
The V2 cams, your voice comes blasting out very loud, over powering the tiny speaker even.
The clarity and quality is significantly better though on the v3…but I would say that is due to it not being over amped and clipping badly, as is how the v2 cams sound when I speak through them, using the same phone.
Picture quality of the video image appears same if not better than the v2.
I have not had truly compared side to side the image captures yet.
Yikes! I started it, and the banner in the app gave a STOP option, but it did NOT work to stop it, does not even acknowledge the tap. So, it is stuck playing for 30 secs with no way to stop it. This needs to be fixed in the app.
Anyway, it is not that loud at all. Only a tad louder than your average smartphone ring tone.
I really like the Dual IR LED setup they have in the V3.
Long range and short range options, where the Shirt range are invisible when u look at the cam.
Not sure how a feel about the attached cable.
Really like the wall mount hole in the stand, that makes things so much easier in many use cases.
For sure looks more “Outdoor” type cam, as it is a but more chucky and solid feel to its construction, with rubber button and the rubber cover for the sd card.
However, i have had a v2 cam stuck outside for 3yrs+ now, and it has seen rain, hail, snow…temps well below (-30F)and above(115F) its rated specs, and it is still working fine)
Overall, decent evolution of these cheap, but amazing little $20 cams.
Hope they make a black model, for use in stealth setups.
(the “Panda” look sure makes it stand out and easy to spot)
Pixel 3 Android 11
Wyze app version: 2.17.6