New Wyze Cam v3 Pro delivers better video quality and faster smart alerts


Smart home company Wyze has launched the latest generation of its popular budget security camera. The $49.99 Wyze Cam v3 Pro adds 2K resolution and on-device AI for faster processing of smart alerts for person detection. Wyze also says the Pro Camera has a faster processor, improved speaker and microphone, and better Wi-Fi with dual antennas compared to the Wyze Cam V3 at 29.99. $. Although it still only works on 2.4 GHz networks.

Another new feature is smart focus. Part of a new app interface for Wyze’s cameras, Smart Focus adds a smaller view of the live stream while the main view focuses on the detected person, giving you more information at a glance. ‘eye.

The new Wyze Cam has the same look as Wyze’s previous outdoor wired camera, but has bloated internals for faster operation and better video quality.
Image: Wyze

The Wyze Cam V3 Pro is a wired outdoor camera (IP65 rated) powered by USB cable with a new 5V2A power adapter. (You have to buy the $14 outdoor power adapter if you plan to plug it into an outdoor outlet.) Wyze says it delivers 20 FPS video in daylight and 15 FPS at night. The camera also uses Wyze’s excellent 4MP Starlight sensor for color night vision, along with a built-in spotlight and siren.

The camera supports up to 256GB micro SD card for 24/7 recording and features a 116 degree field of view and 8x digital zoom. As with all Wyze Cams, it supports integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant for alerts and voice control, and the Wyze app offers schedules and automations.

The Wyze app gets a new interface for viewing cameras and has a new feature called Smart Focus.

The Wyze app gets a new interface for viewing cameras and has a new feature called Smart Focus.
Image: Wyze

The main reason to spend the extra $20 over the excellent Wyze Cam v3 is for that higher resolution – 2560 by 1440p – and local processing of person detection events. The latter leverages the faster 1.2 GHz dual-core processor to deliver AI alerts that aren’t dependent on the cloud. Wyze used to offer in-vehicle people detection processing for free using a company called Xnor.ai’s technology, but it ended that partnership in January 2020 when Apple bought Xnor.ai.

Although Person Alerts are free – as they use local processing and no cloud component – ​​you will need to subscribe to Wyze’s Cam Plus service ($1.99 per month / $20 per year, per camera) to view the video. recorded. The new Wyze Cam is not compatible with Cam Plus Lite (the free version which provides 12 seconds of recorded video with a 5 minute cooldown between recordings), so – unless you’re using an SD card to save video locally – you will only get thumbnail images of any detected activity.

Wyze Cam Plus offers unlimited video recording with no cool down period and also adds detection of people, pets, packages and vehicles. Moreover, you can also view your Wyze Cams on its web portal.

Update Tuesday, October 25, 9:10 a.m.: Added new details from Wyze on how the Wyze Cam v3 Pro works with its subscription service. It is not compatible with Cam Plus Lite, and Cam Plus subscription is the only way to get cloud stored video.


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