Founded by innovators who met while working for Amazon, Wyze Labs still has close ties to the monstrous online retailer. Not official ties, but ties, nonetheless. For example, the free Cloud storage is provided on Amazon Web Service (AWS) and Wyze cameras pair with Amazon Alexa to offer home automation features.
They work to provide quality products at highly affordable prices. They keep costs to a minimum by partnering with the best global manufacturers, cutting out the middleman by selling directly on their website and keeping their profit margin low to pass as much savings on to the consumer as possible.
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Wyze Labs began with only one product – the Wyze Cam – and are growing their product line slowly to ensure quality. Today they offer three different cameras the original Wyze Cam, a limited edition black version of that camera, and the Wyze Cam Pan. Other than that, they sell Wyze branded accessories for their cameras: surge protector, 32 GB microSD card, and camera mounting kit.
The first product offering from Wyze Lams, this basic cam comes in white and includes a power cord and adapter. There is also a Limited Edition all black version of this camera that is available for the same price while supplies last.
This camera has all the features of the Wyze Cam plus some additional attributes. Like the Wyze cam, it has 1080p Full HD, works with Amazon Alexa, has two-way voice, night vision, and much more. Unlike the basic camera, this device has features such as 110 degrees per second rotation with a 360-degree horizontal range (in roughly 3 seconds) and a 93-degree vertical range.
This camera also has Wyze’s trademarked Pan Scan feature. This allows customers to set a patrol route for their camera with as many as four custom waypoints. It also automatically detects, tags, and tracks motion that occurs within its field of view.
These supplementary accessories are branded and designed to work with Wyze cameras. They include:
While there are no special discounts, sales, or pricing offered on the Wyze website at the time of this writing, there is the special edition, limited availability black edition of the Wyze Cam. As detailed above, there is no discounted pricing for this camera, but it is a unique offering that will not be available forever. Moreover, Wyze offers low prices on their cameras, to begin with, and has little room for discounts or sale pricing.
Based in the Seattle area, Wyze Labs is a relatively new company. Founded in July of 2017, they started with the Wyze Cam and have been growing steadily since.
While they are not accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), they have an active file with the consumer watchdog group. That file shows two complaints since the company’s founding, both of which were quickly addressed and resolved by Wyze. Overall, they have garnered an impressive B+ rating in a short period of time. Read our full review of Wyze Cam here.
Wyze Labs cameras have motion detection that will send a notification via the customer’s smartphone any time motion is detected.
Although the cameras do require being plugged into a wall outlet to power them, that is the only wire that is needed. Video streaming and storage is processed wirelessly.
SMART HOME INTEGRATION
Using the two-way voice capabilities of Wyze cameras, customers can utilize the Smarthome features of Amazon Alexa. Simply say something like “Alexa, show me the front door” or “Alexa, turn on the lights” to turn your Wyze cameras into smart home devices.
This feature allows customers to speak to family members, furry friends, or visitors at their door even if they are at work, on vacation, or anywhere else that their smartphone has service. The uniquely designed mic minimizes ambient sound to provide clear high-quality audio.
Wyze Labs’ cameras are completely plug and play making their installation simple. The camera bases are magnetic to adhere to the mounting plate which itself installs with a 3M double-sided adhesive tape so that no tools are needed for installation.
With six infrared LED lights, Wyze cameras can distinguish between 18 shades of gray and provide crystal clear images from up to 30 feet away even in pure darkness.
All Wyze cameras provide Full HD with 1920 x 1080 resolution with 8 times digital zoom, progressive scan, and 15 frames per second to record smooth video while conserving bandwidth and storage space.
When motion is detected, Wyze cameras turn on and automatically record a 12-second event video. At the same time, they send a notification to the customer’s smartphone that an event has been triggered by motion.
Wyze includes 14 free days of rolling cloud storage to all of its customers. With this, videos are securely uploaded via end to end encryption to the AWS – a secure cloud services platform – where they are accessible for 14 days.
LIVE VIDEO STREAMING
Images captured with Wyze cameras are accessible with the Wyze app where they are not only available for viewing but also allows 8 times digital zoom to get a closer look at what is happening.