Wyze Cam Pan v2 Review: Incremental Upgrades for Extra $ 10


Adding a motorized pan / tilt system to a security camera used to be an expensive proposition. Wyze threw that calculation out the window in 2018 with the launch of his $ 30 Wyze Cam Pan, and with Cam Pan v2, he’s ready to outdo himself. Sure, the price has reached a whopping $ 40 (well, huge for Wyze, anyway), but a handful of new features and improved specs ensure you still get one of the best values ​​in the business.

Design and Specifications

If you’ve seen the original Cam Pan, the hardware design of the Cam Pan v2 won’t surprise you. It is still designed as a vertical monolith 5 inches high and 2 inches wide and deep, with a bulbous lens on one side. Panning makes the camera rotate on its base, while tilting moves the lens component up and down. There really isn’t a zoom feature; you can pinch to enlarge the image in the app, but this is just a digital effect. The camera has no battery and requires permanent power through its microUSB port. Cable and adapter included.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best home security cameras, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.

Under the hood, the camera specs haven’t changed drastically, or at all in most cases, with a 360-degree horizontal range and 93-degree vertical range, 1080p resolution, and a field of view of 120 degrees, although the camera’s CPU is said to be faster. The application is also practically the same.

Functions and functionalities

Key features such as motion tracking (which allows the camera to follow an object as it moves around the room), motion tagging (which surrounds moving objects with a green box), and alarm detection (which starts recording if hear a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm) have not changed.

wyze cam pan v2 motion detection zones Christopher Null / IDG

Motion detection zones can be easily specified; the camera returns to this position automatically after you zoom out.

Continuous recording is only possible on a built-in microSD card (not included); Events created by detected motion are saved only to Wyze’s cloud service, which is free in its most basic version, although it only stores 12-second clips for 14 days. There’s also a 5-minute cooldown between clip recordings, which means you’ll likely miss a lot of the action if you only have the basic plan.

You’ll need to upgrade to Wyze’s AI-powered Cam Plus service for smarter operations, including person, package, and vehicle detection features (all configurable), fast-forward cleaning, and longer clip duration (unlimited), no cooling between clips. (A pet detection feature is also available; it appears to be always on.) For a measly $ 2 per month or $ 15 per year, it’s an obvious upgrade if you want to take advantage of the device for legitimate security needs. A 14-day trial of Cam Plus is included with your purchase, so you can try it before you buy.

The biggest update to the Cam Pan v2 is a new Starlight sensor, which enables full color night vision. There is still a traditional infrared mode, but switching between the two modes is not intuitive. If you want to stick with standard IR, enable or “auto” night vision by tapping the crescent moon icon on the live view panel; when night vision is “off”, the full color night vision mode is actually upon. The full-color night vision clips are surprisingly well done, and the camera lived up to its claims of reaching 30 feet of night vision range in my tests. Video recorded in IR mode looks solid too.

Beyond the addition of color night vision, there is also the more powerful CPU, which is primarily said to improve motion tracking, and indeed the feature performed very well in my tests.


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