The $30 Wyze Cam Pan is by far the least-expensive security camera I’ve ever tested. Given that, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But it kinda rocks.
The Wyze Cam has free cloud storage, optional local storage (a microSD card isn’t included), free motion-detection zones, integration withvoice commands and more. The pricier and don’t even offer all of these features for free. Strongly consider the Wyze Cam Pan if you’re looking for a cheap 1080p HD indoor home-security camera with plenty of features and decent performance.
This camera is only available in the United States; it converts to roughly £25 and AU$40 at the current exchange rate.
Same features, much less expensive
The first thing I noticed about this camera is that it has the same design and features as the $150and the $200 at a fraction of the price. Yes, the Wyze Cam Pan is a white plasticky cube, but that’s perfectly fine considering you’re paying just $30 for it.
The camera sets up quickly via the app and comes with an included power adapter. Your purchase doesn’t include mounting hardware, however there is a built-in screw hole if you want to buy a separate mount.
The Wyze app could use a redesign, mainly because it looks a little outdated, but it worked well enough on both iOS and Android to serve its purpose — checking in on the live feed, viewing saved clips and adjusting any settings as needed.
That combination of customization and features is typically reserved for more-expensive cameras like Amazon’s Cloud Cam and the Nest Cam Indoor. Check out the chart below to see how they all stack up side-by-side.
Comparing indoor home security cameras
|Wyze Cam Pan||Amazon Cloud Cam||Nest Cam Indoor|
|Resolution||1080p HD||1080p HD||1080p HD|
|Field of view||120-degree fixed angle; 360-degree pan; 93-degree tilt||120 degrees||130 degrees|
|Cloud storage||Free 14-day video clip storage (clip-based only)||Free 24-hour video clip storage; optional Cloud Cam subscription service starting at $7 per month (clip-based only)||Free three-hour image history; option Nest Aware subscription service starting at $10 per month (which adds continuous recording)|
|Local storage||Yes, microSD card not included (allows for continuous recording)||No||No|
|Mobile app||Android and iPhone||Android and iPhone||Android and iPhone|
|Alerts||Motion and sound (includes custom alerts when the camera thinks it hears smoke alarm and CO alarms)||Motion (person alerts available with Cloud Cam subscription)||Motion and sound (person alerts available with Nest Aware)|
|Activity zones||Yes||With Cloud Cam subscription||With Nest Aware subscription|
|Dimensions (HxWxD)||5 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches||4.1 x 1.7 x 2.4 inches||4.5 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches|
|Third-party integrations||Amazon Alexa, IFTTT||Amazon Alexa||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Works with Nest|
The 120-degree viewing angle, 360-degree horizontal panning, and 93-degree vertical tilting capabilities allow you to see pretty much anything in a room at a glance via the app. The Amazon Cloud Cam and the Nest Cam Indoor can’t pan or tilt to show a different part of a room — what their fixed-angle lenses see is what you get.