Wyze Cam Pan Review
One of the most affordable cameras we've reviewed, the Wyze Cam Pan doesn't skimp in terms of quality.
Note: As of January 21, 2020, the Wyze Cam Pan doesn’t have person detection temporarily, but Wyze is adding it back in as soon as possible.
If you haven’t heard of Wyze, you will soon. It was founded by former Amazon employees who were disappointed with the home security cameras on the market at the time. While the more technologically advanced cameras were pretty pricey, the more affordable cameras lacked quality. Wyze sets out to have the best of both worlds, affordability, and incredible technology.
Their Wyze Pan camera is the newest iteration of the indoor camera, and I must say that I’m intrigued. I can see on the website how the camera rotates 360 around, and I’m dying to know what’s inside.
In this Wyze Cam Pan review, we’ll cover the camera’s promised features, what I thought of it, and whether it matches up with our Necessary Features Test. Let’s jump in!
I must say that the Wyze Cam Pan seems like a really unique camera. It features:
- 1080p HD video
- Integrations with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT
- 360-degree rotation
- 120-degree field of view
- Eight times digital zoom
- Infrared night vision
- Two-way audio
For under $30, this seems incredible! I’m excited to take the camera out of the box and see what’s in store.
I’m really impressed by the Wyze Cam Pan’s design. A white rectangular prism with a shiny, black circular camera, it is super sleek and minimalist, a look I prefer. Plus, it can pan 360 degrees horizontally and 90 degrees vertically, hence the name. This allows you to see basically an entire room, which is awesome. Of course, the camera has a microphone and speaker enabling two-way audio, plus a slot for a micro-SD card. The camera plugs in, which means you won’t have to worry about replacing a battery anytime soon. All in all, I’m really satisfied with how the Wyze Cam Pan looks, but let’s see what it can actually do.
Now it’s time for my favorite part of any camera review— our Necessary Features Test. Let’s see if the Wyze Cam Pan can pass!
I’m impressed that the Wyze Pan has 1080p HD, the ability to zoom in eight times, and a field of view of 120-degrees. Of course, you have to keep in mind that the camera can turn all the way around, so it’s more like a 360-degree field of view when you really think about it.
The camera comes equipped with six infrared LED sensors that make for a really clear picture, even in the dead of night. I prefer infrared light over color night vision because it’s a lot less conspicuous than a bright white light. If I’m recording someone, I don’t want them to know about it, less they try to unplug my camera. Infrared night vision gives me the stealth I need to stay safe at night.
The Wyze Pan features two-way audio, meaning you’ll be able to speak to whoever you’re recording. This can be useful for speaking to someone from another room or anywhere using your Wyze app. You can also use two-way audio to scare away intruders. Picture this: you’re robbing someone’s house when suddenly a voice comes out of nowhere screaming at you to get out. What would you do in that situation? I don’t know about you, but I’d leave ASAP!
Wyze gives you free local and cloud storage for up to 14 days. Considering some cameras have no local storage or free cloud storage, this is a really generous deal.
Smart Platform Integration
The camera integrates with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. This is great if you’re already in the Amazon or Google ecosystems, but if you’re an Apple HomeKit user, you might want to check out something else.
When I say artificial intelligence in reference to home security cameras, I’m typically talking about person detection, which differentiates between people and other moving objects to give you notifications that actually matter. After a recent update, the Wyze Cam Pan now has person detection, which is awesome! The camera also offers smart sound recognition for smoke and C.O alarms, so you can turn your old devices into smart ones and receive mobile notifications.
The Wyze Cam Pan was easy to set up. The entire process took only about three minutes. First I plugged in the camera then connected it to Wi-Fi in my Wyze app. After scanning the QR code on the back of the camera, it synced up with my app, and voíla! The Wyze Cam Pan is ready to rock.
Now, a lot of the times that a camera pans it can feel a little flimsy, but that was not the case with the Wyze Cam Pan. On the contrary, it was light but very sturdy, and for $30, this camera is definitely worth it overall.
The Wyze App
To access your Wyze Pan remotely, you’ll use the Wyze app, available on both the Apple and Google Play stores. The camera has ratings of 3.5 and 3.4, respectively- pretty middle of the road. As Wyze is a relatively new company, it seems like the app is pretty buggy and has issues livestreaming. Hopefully, that’ll be fixed in the future. Still, it’s not the worst app rating I’ve seen from a camera company.
On the Wyze app, you’ll be able to livestream footage, review video history, use two-way audio, receive push notifications, and create time-lapse videos. In other words, it’s your portal to the Wyze Pan, completely on-the-go.
Now I want to compare the Wyze Cam Pan to three other indoor cameras, the iCamera Keep Pro, the original Wyze Cam, and the Nest Cam Indoor. Let’s take a closer look.
iCamera Keep Pro
The Wyze Cam Pan is very similar to the iCamera Keep Pro, although it’s less than a third of the price. Both have 1080p HD video and the ability to zoom in eight times, but the iCamera Keep Pro has a slightly wider field of view at 140 degrees compared to the Pan’s 120. Of course, the Pan can rotate all the way around, so I’d say it wins for video. Both offer excellent infrared night vision, two-way audio, and cloud and local storage through micro-SD cards. As well, both cameras integrate with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT, although the Wyze Cam also works with Google Assistant. One area that the Wyze Cam Pan and the iCamera Keep Pro don’t excel in is artificial intelligence. Only the Wyze Cam Pan has person detection, but they both have sound recognition for smoke and C.O alarms. As both cameras were equally easy to set up, I would recommend that you buy the Wyze Cam Pan over the iCamera Keep Pro. It has the same or better qualities in every category of the Necessary Features Test, plus, it’s only $30 compared to $100 for the iCamera Keep Pro. This one’s a no-brainer!
You know I wasn’t going to review the Wyze Cam Pan without comparing it to its predecessor, the original Wyze Cam! Now, the main difference between the two is— you guessed it, the Wyze Cam Pan’s ability to turn all the way around and pan 90 degrees. It also has a larger field of view by 10 degrees, and two more infrared LED sensors making for clearer night vision. But aside from that, the cameras are exactly the same; the Wyze Cam Pan just costs $10 extra. Since this is such a small difference, I would buy the Wyze Cam Pan over the Wyze Cam so you get that superior video and night vision. But make no mistake, these are both great cameras.
Want more information? Read our review of the Wyze Cam.
Nest Cam Indoor
Finally, I want to compare the Wyze Cam Pan to one of my favorite cameras ever, the Nest Cam Indoor. Now, the first thing you should know is that the Nest Cam Indoor is $199, about six times more expensive than the Wyze Cam Pan. Is it worth the hefty price tag? Both cameras have 1080p HD video and the ability to zoom in three times, but the Nest Cam Indoor has a field of view 10 degrees wider than the Wyze Cam Pan at 130 degrees. Of course, it can’t spin all the way around, so I’m going to say that the Wyze Cam Pan wins for video. Both have two-way audio and infrared night vision, although the Nest Cam Indoor has a whopping eight infrared LED sensors, two more than the Wyze Cam Pan. However, the Wyze Cam Pan wins for audio, offering free local and cloud storage for 14 days. Nest is notoriously stingy with their storage, offering no local storage and only three hours of free cloud storage. Beyond that, you’re going to have pay steep prices for five, 10, or 30 days of cloud storage.
Now, both cameras got full marks for smart platform integrations, but the Nest Cam Indoor has a bit more, with Philips Hue lightbulbs. Both cameras work with Alexa and Google Assistant, but only the Wyze Cam Pan works with IFTTT. But while the Wyze Cam Pan gives you person detection on the house, this feature only comes with a paid Nest Aware subscription for the Nest Cam Indoor. For one-sixth of the cost, I’d recommend the Wyze Cam Pan over the Nest Cam Indoor.
To learn more, read our review of the Nest Cam Indoor.
Recap of the Wyze Cam Pan
If it wasn’t clear, I think the Wyze Cam Pan is a fantastic security camera for your home. Not only is it $30, but it has almost all of the Necessary Features that I want in a camera, not skimping on quality just because it’s affordable.
I’d buy the Wyze Cam Pan if you’d like…
- Excellent video, audio, and night vision
- Free cloud and local storage
- Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT integration
- Smart sound recognition for smoke and CO alarms
- 360-degree pan and 90-degree tilt
But it’s not for you if you want…
- Apple HomeKit integration
Wyze Cam Pan FAQs
- Is there a monthly fee for the Wyze Cam Pan?
There’s no required monthly fee for the Wyze Cam or the Wyze Cam Pan. However, if you want full recording of motion events, you can pay $1.49 a month. Otherwise, your recordings will only be a maximum of 12 seconds long.
- Is the Wyze Cam Pan wireless?
No, the Wyze Cam Pan is not wireless. Rather, you’ll need to plug it into power.
- Can the Wyze Cam Pan be mounted upside down?
You can mount the Wyze Cam Pan upside down. To flip your video feed go into Advanced Settings and turn “Rotate Images 180 Degrees” to be on. I recommend using the magnetic base to mount it upside down.