Founded by previous Amazon workers, Wyze Labs has been around for less than two years, however in that time it’s handled to snag two Editors’ Choice awards for its first two item offerings, the original Wyze Cam and its successor, the Wyze Cam V2. The company’s most current offering, the Wyze Cam Pan, continues the pattern. Priced at simply $29.99, it provides all of the functions of the earlier models, such as motion and sound detection, time-lapse recording, and free cloud storage, and it adds mechanical pan and tilt and support for IFTTT applets. That makes it our new Editors’ Choice for economical home security cameras.
PROS:Inexpensive. Motion tracking. Time-lapse video. Mechanical pan and tilt. Crisp 1080p video. Alexa and IFTTT support. Free cloud and local storage.
CONS:CO alarm alert didn’t work in testing. Minor barrel distortion.
BOTTOM LINE:The Wyze Cam Pan is a very affordable indoor security camera that is loaded with features including mechanical pan and tilt, motion tracking, local and free cloud storage, support for Alexa and IFTTT, and more.
Design and Features
At 5.0 by2.2 by 2.2 inches (HWD), the matte white Wyze Cam Pan is similar in size and shape to the iSmartAlarm iCamera Keep Pro. The similarities don’t end there. Both use a motorized base to provide mechanical panning, and both use a black motorized lens housing to supply mechanical tilt modifications. The Cam Pan uses a 360-degree pan range and a 93-degree vertical tilt variety.
In addition to the lens housing, the front of the Cam Pan sports a light sensor and an LED sign that glows solid blue when the cam is linked and flashes yellow during setup. Around back are a speaker and a Type-A USB port that can be used to connect other Wyze cameras. On the base of the cam are a microSD card slot, a setup button, a USB power port, and a microphone. It features a six-foot USB power cable television, a USB power adapter, and a flying start guide.
The Cam Pan captures 1080p video at 15fps, has an 8x digital zoom, and a 120-degree field of vision. It uses six infrared LEDS to provide approximately 30 feet of night vision (black-and-white) video, and it has an 802.11 Wi-Fi radio for linking to your home network. It only operates on the 2.4 GHz band, whereas the iCamera Keep Pro uses 2.4 GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi connection.
The cam not only looks like the iCamera Keep Pro, it uses many of the very same functions including motion and sound detection, movement tracking, time-lapse recording, smoke and CO alarm detection, and regional storage utilizing a microSD card (not included). You also get 14 days of rolling cloud storage free of charge (the iCamera Keep Pro provides totally free storage for up to 30 clips), support for IFTTT applets, and the ability to view video on an Amazon Echo Show device.
The Pan uses the same mobile app (available for Android and iOS) as earlier Wyze Cam models. It opens to a Devices screen that displays all installed Wyze cameras with a still of each electronic camera’s last captured image. At the bottom of this screen are tabs for Devices, Notifications, and My Account, and in the leading right corner is a plus icon for including brand-new cameras. The Notifications tab displays a history of all noise, motion, smoke, and CO informs, with thumbnails of the associated video. Tap the thumbnail to play the video, share it, or delete it. The My Account tab takes you to a screen where you can inspect the app version, change your email address and password, and access Help and Feedback topics.
Tap the Cam Pan’s image to release a live stream that can be seen in full-screen mode by turning your phone sideways. To pan and tilt you can use swiping gestures straight on the video, or use the four-way dial below the stream. Simply listed below the dial are buttons labeled Sound (mute, unmute), Record (manual video recording), Speak (two-way audio), and Take Photo (take a photo). There’s also a More button that opens a menu where you can access a lot of the camera’s functions. Here you can enable/disable Motion Tracking, which enables the camera to follow the movement of whatever/whomever activates a motion alert; Pan Scan, which has the video camera immediately pan the room using four preset waypoints, stopping for 10 seconds before relocating to the next one; and Motion Tagging, which frames the object of a motion alert with a green box for easier identification. Here you can likewise develop time-lapse video, access video and picture albums, and turn the camera on and off.
A gear icon at the top of the app takes you to a screen where you can enable/disable motion, sound, smoke, and CO detection, set movement and sound level of sensitivity levels, and develop a schedule to have the camera send notifies during specific times of the day. Advanced settings let you set up Pan Scan speed, format an SD card, enable/disable the status LED, turn the image, and enable/disable noise recording.
Installation and Performance
Setting Up the Pan Cam is simple. I downloaded the mobile app and signed in utilizing my account details from previous Wyze evaluations. If this is your first Wyze camera you’ll need to develop an account. I tapped the plus icon in the Devices screen to add a device, picked Wyze Cam Pan, and followed the on-screen instructions to plug in the camera and linger 20 seconds for the yellow light to flash. I then held the setup button for a couple of seconds up until I heard a beep and a voice trigger that stated, “Ready to link.”
Next, I picked my Wi-Fi SSID, entered my password, and used the cam to scan the QR code that appeared on the screen. When the code was scanned I tapped Next and a voice prompt stated, “Setup finished.” I went into a name for the electronic camera, updated the firmware, and was finished.
The Cam Pan provided sharp, vibrant 1080p daytime video, and well-lit black-and-white night video in testing. Live and tape-recorded video quality is fluid, but not rather as smooth as the iCamera Keep Pro, and there is a slight touch of barrel distortion. On the other hand, pan and tilt motion is a bit more responsive than the iCamera Keep Pro. Two-way audio is loud and clean.
Motion and sound signals arrived quickly, and the movement tracking and motion tagging functions worked well, although the camera would occasionally lose track of my feline if she was moving too rapidly. The camera never ever had a problem tracking people, however, and I had no trouble developing and displaying time-lapse video recordings.
My IFTTT applet to have the video camera’s movement sensor turn on a Philips Hue light worked perfectly, as did my Alexa voice command to see live video on a TELEVISION geared up with an Amazon Fire TV Stick.
The smoke detector notification feature worked as marketed, generating a push notification and a video recording immediately during each test with a Nest Protect alarm. Nevertheless, it was unable to recognize the CO alarm on the Nest Protect and on a First Alert plug-in CO detector. Although both devices created a sound detection alert, the Cam Pan didn’t identify the sound as such.
In spite of its bargain price, the Wyze Cam Pan offers you a number of the exact same functions you’ll discover in the more expensive iSmartAlarm iCamera Keep Pro, including mechanical pan and tilt, motion tracking, local and totally free cloud storage, and time-lapse recording. It delivered sharp 1080p video in our tests, and its motion tracking and sound signals worked as advertised, however there was some small barrel distortion and the CO alarm detection feature was ineffective. And while you can use IFTTT applets to have the Cam Pan communicate with other IFTTT-enabled devices, you can’t incorporate it into a dedicated home security system like you can with the iCamera Keep Pro. That stated, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another pan and tilt video camera for $30, not to mention one packed with many features. As such, the Wyze Cam Pan quickly makes our Editors’ Choice.
Last updated on September 16th, 2019