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Wyze Cam V3 Review

This barebones model is easy on the wallet and doesn't compromise on video quality
wyze cam v3 video monitor review
Credit: Wyze
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Price:   $30 List | $35.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Budget-friendly, good video quality, WiFi connectivity
Cons:  Past security concerns, no baby-specific features, must physically move the camera, poor sound quality
Manufacturer:   Wyze
By Wendy Schmitz ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 11, 2022
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  • Range - 20% 10.0
  • Sound Clarity - 20% 5.0
  • Video Quality - 30% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 8.0
  • Battery life - 10% 10.0
  • Features - 5% 7.0

The Skinny

The Wyze Cam V3 is a small, unassuming square camera connecting via WiFi. It works as expected and has a straightforward app, and set up with little frustration or difficulty involved assuming your internet is monitor-fast. We like this budget-friendly monitor and think most families will be more than happy with what it offers, especially given the money you can save by making it your monitor of choice. The app can connect several cameras, and there is an unlimited number of viewers possible. The video quality is good, and it features 2-way talk, sound activation, and movement detection (not to be confused with a movement monitor for signs of continued breathing). While this monitor lacks baby-specific features like lullabies and a night light, it has features that we think are important and parents will appreciate. It also lacks the best sound, but it is good enough to get the job done and provide the necessary information for monitoring. Overall, we think this is a monitor you'll be happy you bought both for the price and the quality it brings.

Past Security Concerns
A previous version of the Wyze camera has known security concerns. The company has pushed firmware updates to resolve the concerns, but their v1 camera is still a potential risk for hackers. We recommend parents consider their goals and overall feelings about camera security when making their monitor decision. You can read more about the company's security and privacy approach here.

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Pros Budget-friendly, good video quality, WiFi connectivityGreat video quality, lots of features, low EMF readingWiFi range, lots of features, great images, easy to useHigh-quality video, clear & loud audio, can be paired to multiple cameras, infinite viewersExcellent battery life, budget-friendly, low EMF reading
Cons Past security concerns, no baby-specific features, must physically move the camera, poor sound qualityDelayed camera control is annoying, no precision adjustment to camera, connectivity issuesSub-par sound, higher price, internet dependantNo baby-specific features, requires a Google account, a barebones app that isn't intuitiveManual camera, poor sound quality, mediocre video quality
Bottom Line This barebones model is easy on the wallet and doesn't compromise on video qualityThe great video quality and tons of baby-help features make this a standout pick, but the delay in the camera control causes a big setback for this modelCool WiFi option with all the bells and whistles that is easy to useA great option for those looking for sharp video and crisp audio who aren't as concerned about baby-specific featuresNot the best video or sound quality, but this simple monitor had the longest battery life we tested by a long shot
Rating Categories Wyze Cam V3 iBaby M8 2K Smart Baby iBaby Care M7 WiFi Google Nest Cam 2nd... VTech VM819
Range (20%)
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
6.0
Sound Clarity (20%)
5.0
6.0
4.0
7.0
4.0
Video Quality (30%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
Ease of Use (15%)
8.0
6.0
9.0
5.0
7.0
Battery life (10%)
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10.0
10.0
Features (5%)
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10.0
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Specs Wyze Cam V3 iBaby M8 2K Smart Baby iBaby Care M7 WiFi Google Nest Cam 2nd... VTech VM819
Communication Technology 2.4 GHz 2.4/5GHz 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 / 5 Ghz 2.4 GHz
Indoor Range Test Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity 3 walls, 155 feet
6 walls, 75 feet
Open Field Range Test Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity 400 Feet
Manufacturer's Claimed Range (*buyer beware!) Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity Anywhere You Have Connectivity 1000 Feet
Max Sound 100db @ ~1ft 85 db @ ~1ft 82 db @ ~1ft 110 db @ ~1ft 67db @ ~1ft
Screen Size n/a n/a n/a n/a 2.8"
Max # of Cameras 5 Not Listed (Unlimited?) Not Listed (Unlimited?) Not Listed (Unlimited?) 2
Temperature No Yes Yes No Yes
Movement Detection Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sound Activation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Talk-to-Baby Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pan/Tilt/ Zoom Zoom Pan/Tilt/Zoom Pan/Tilt/Zoom Zoom Zoom
Battery Life n/a n/a n/a n/a 16 hours 28 minutes
EMF @ 6 Feet from Camera 1.47 V/m 0.23 V/m 0.75 V/m 0.6 V/m 0.22 V/m
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year

Our Analysis and Test Results

Wyze Lab's goal is to make great technology accessible to the masses with quality products for a reasonable price. They offer everything from home security cameras to air purifiers and colored bulbs. Wyze started in Seattle when three tech heads came together working at Amazon. The company's motto is "Be friends with users."

Performance Comparison



wyze cam v3 video monitor review - the wyze is a wifi camera with a range that works anywhere with...
The Wyze is a WiFi camera with a range that works anywhere with internet connectivity.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Range


The Wyze v3 camera is a WiFi-connected monitor. It is a good choice for larger homes or those worried about a dedicated monitor's ability to stay connected in their home. WiFi enables you to view your little one from anywhere you have internet connectivity.


You will need adequate internet service in your home to use WiFi-enabled monitors. Don't assume that your ability to stream the latest binge-worthy Netflix show will ensure your monitoring success. We recommend buying and using your camera immediately to determine if your internet is sufficient before you miss your return window.

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Daytime images for the Wyze is almost like being in the room, it is so similar to real life.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Audio / Visual


Vdieo and audio is the bread and butter of your monitoring goals. If a monitor doesn't provide useful video or sound, then it is virtually useless. This monitor has great video and adequate sound to get the job done.


Given that this camera is primarily intended for home security, it isn't a big shock that sound was a secondary thought. It is one of the worst in the WIFI group but still better for sound clarity than much of the dedicated competition. There is some distortion, but for crying, you don't need classical music clarity to know that your baby is upset. When there is no crying, there is a lot of white noise and static. Even when playing a white noise machine in the baby's room, we got the same sound as we did when it wasn't playing. Nothing we did seemed to impact the fuzz. We couldn't create a totally silent monitor without turning the sound off. Which isn't great for baby monitoring. This chronic fuzz prevents great sound clarity and could be a deal breaker for getting restful sleep if you need complete silence to fall asleep.

wyze cam v3 video monitor review - the wyze has different menus for different features, including...
The Wyze has different menus for different features, including volume and alert control.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


The Wyze has a nice field of view that is plenty big enough to see...
The Wyze has a nice field of view that is plenty big enough to see multiple points in a nursery if necessary.
Using the digital zoom on the Wyze results in the ability to see eye...
Using the digital zoom on the Wyze results in the ability to see eye detail and clear images of the sheet pattern.

Whatever Wyze lacks in sound quality, it makes up for with video quality. The images for the Wyze are clear and unbelievable, given the price of the camera. Daytime images are clean and sharp images with great color display that is true to life. The text on the text image tests was distinct and easy to read, even when using digital zoom. The zoom feature worked well and did not create a delay or blurring of the image.

The night time video of the Wyze has a minor hot spot but overall...
The night time video of the Wyze has a minor hot spot but overall offered a crisp image that provides enough detail to see what you need to determine your baby's needs.
The Wyze offers crisp image details when using digital zoom, which...
The Wyze offers crisp image details when using digital zoom, which traditionally provides a more pixilated image that can be hard to decipher.

Night video was somewhat less crisp but still impressive. The video was clear but not as sharp as some competitors. We could read the second row on the text paper when using the zoom feature.

wyze cam v3 video monitor review - the wyze app has an intuitive menu and a straightforward design that...
The Wyze app has an intuitive menu and a straightforward design that almost makes it feel like a familiar friend.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The Wyze is one of the easiest WiFi models we tested to use. Setup is straightforward and includes downloading the app and following verbal prompts to complete the setup. It was quick and painless. There is a delay of up to 30 seconds when connecting to WiFi, but we didn't experience anything after that.


We are able to use the app and see video while on a phone call, but there was some delay in the initial video when switchings apps (all the more reason to use a device that is not your main phone). It automatically signed us up for a "free trial" with Cam Plus when we started using the app. The app is pretty basic and has an intuitive, clear layout that makes first-time navigation almost enjoyable. We initially got constant notifications, but it wasn't difficult to change the settings to those applicable for monitoring. The camera has an SD card slot, a Setup button, and a connectivity light. It works with Alexa and Google Assist.

This camera has a magnet in the bottom for simple setup outside (if you use it there in the future), and it requires a subscription to the app if you want to do much more than simple monitoring.

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The Wyze has a magnet on the bottom for easy installation outside and on metal surfaces.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Battery Life


Battery life in our tests is based on the parent device, and this will vary for Wi-Fi monitors as the parent device is your smartphone or tablet. What else you are doing with your device heavily influences your battery life. Taking calls, text messages, surfing the internet and social media, or playing games can all run down your battery and affect your ability to keep constant monitoring.


In our battery life tests, the dedicated monitors were all over the board, with times ranging from a handful of hours to 16+. We recommend using a secondary device to monitor little ones so your phone is free and no other competing battery-draining operations are at hand. In general, smart devices have a longer battery life than dedicated monitors, so they receive higher scores in this metric.

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Some of the more advanced features of the Wyze will require a subscription we did not sign up for, but you do not need these for basic baby monitoring.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Features


While the Wyze is not a baby-centric monitor and lacks some of the features baby monitors boast, it does have useful features we think parents will appreciate without mudding the waters.


If you think you'll miss these other features, you can always choose a separate product for playing lullabies and white noise or helping to illuminate the night.

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The features and adjustments you'll use the most on the Wyze are on the main viewing screen.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

  • 2-way talk
  • Sound activation
  • Movement detection
  • Digital zoom

Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Levels


The Wyze has fairly high EMF for a monitor of its type, with average recorded emissions during testing of 1.47 V/m. Compared to the more expensive Google Nest Cam 2nd Gen, which has almost half the amount of EMF at 0.6 V/m, is significantly higher. You can limit your little one's exposure by putting the camera as far away as possible and still be useful and unplug it when not in use.


While the jury might still be out on the overall health and development impact of EMF on growing babies, we think it makes sense to err on the side of caution and limit exposure since we don't know what we don't know.

Security/Privacy Concerns


WiFi cameras potentially come with security risks not found in dedicated monitors. Manufacturers do their best to prevent or mitigate these concerns, but there are inherent potential risks to consider if you select a WiFi monitor.

In our research on security and privacy concerning WiFi options, we did find past known security concerns the Wyze. BitDefender identified a security risk in the Wyze camera and informed the company. It took Wyze 2-21 months to resolve different aspects related to the hacking concern. With an update to the firmware for versions 2 and 3 of the Wyze camera no longer have this same security concern. Version 1 remains affected and is no longer supported by Wyze firmware updates. More information on the Wyze security and privacy approach can be found here

We recommend you follow safety protocols and use your best judgment on what solution works best for your needs. If you think security concerns are going to keep you up at night, you might want to choose a dedicated option over an internet-connected monitor.

Safety Tips
  • Frequently update the firmware
  • Change your password from the default to a complex option of 8-12 characters, including upper and lowercase letters, numbers, ad special characters
  • Frequently change your password and avoid using old passwords
  • Set up your camera with the smallest field of vision to meet your goals
  • Unplug the camera when you are not actively using it to monitor. Hackers can potentially activate the camera remotely, and you won't know.

Should You Buy the Wyze V3?


Yes, this budget-friendly WiFi camera is a great choice for families looking for an inexpensive WiFi option that provides a simple setup and features quality video and adequate sound. We love that this camera can potentially enjoy a long lifespan for active toddlers or home security and think parents will enjoy straightforward monitoring without extraneous features that can cause price increases.

What Other Video Monitor Should You Consider?


The Google Nest Cam 2nd Gen is a slightly higher scoring WiFi option in the same realm as the Wyze. This camera is also a security camera traditionally used for home monitoring, but it offers somewhat better video quality and better sound. It does cost more than the Wyze, but it is still economically priced compared to other WiFi and dedicated options that can be up to twice the price. Which you choose will depend on the products and account you already have and what your long-term goals are. If your budget allows or you have a Gmail account or use other Google or Nest products in your home, it might be easier to tie in a Google product to your existing system of smart home products.

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