Wyze Cam Outdoor review: A weatherproof version of the awesome indoor security camera

The $ 50 Wyze Cam Outdoor Starter Package takes the best parts of the $ 20 indoor Wyze Camand adds a weatherproof design as well battery-powered flexibility. It’s a great looking camera that’s easy to set up and use, at a ridiculously low price. Wyze continues to offer two weeks of free cloud storage with this camera, plus a built-in microSD card slot if local storage is more your thing. (You’ll still need to use the microSD card slot if you want to take advantage of this camera’s travel mode, more on that later).

Like it

  • It only costs $ 50
  • Simple to set up
  • 2 weeks of free cloud storage
  • Integrated microSD card slot

I do not like

  • You have to pay for person attendance alerts
  • The battery is not removable

Wyze’s decision to introduce an option to pay the long-awaited in-person notices, which will return in September, is the only thing stopping me from giving this model a HDOT Editors’ Choice Award (more on in-person notices) .

Overall, however, this $ 50 camera is a great budget option that expands on Wyze’s excellent line of affordable smart home products. Starter Bundles and standalone cameras are now available for pre-order.

Read more: The best outdoor security cameras to buy in 2020

The basics

With your Starter Bundle, you receive a Wyze Cam Outdoor, base station, and mounting hardware. Like it The Arlo Pro series of cameras, Wyze Cam Outdoor must be used with a hub, the Base Station, which you connect to the router with an included cable. Additional cameras will be sold separately for $ 40 each, and you can connect up to four cameras to a base station.

The idea here is that the base station will both work extend your Wi-Fi range and improve the battery life of your camera. While battery life may vary based on usage, outside temperature and other factors, it should last three to six months. Unfortunately, you have to bring your camera when you need to charge it – it doesn’t have a removable battery.

  • 1080p HD streaming
  • Motion detection
  • Customizable motion detection zone
  • Night vision
  • Two way audio
  • Integrated microSD card slot
  • Free cloud storage for 14 days
  • Time lapses
  • Supports Alexa is Google Assistant
  • Travel mode
  • Optional Cam Plus subscription coming in September, including in person alerts

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More details

Setting up the Wyze Cam Outdoor is simple; it’s the similar to installing the indoor Wyze Cam, with the addition of connecting the Base Station to the app. Check out my Wyze Cam how-to article detailing each step for more information. But, in short, you need to download the Wyze app, create an account (if you don’t alread have one) and follow the prompts to connect your camera. 

The app will ask you to plug the Base Station into your router and name your Base Station. Then add your camera, placing it near the Base Station and turning on the power switch behind the camera. Hit the sync button on the bottom of the camera, name your camera and you’re pretty much done. You do also have the option to share your device with a family member or friend. Also, you can follow instructions in the app tutorial to mount your camera. The camera has a built-in base similar to the indoor Wyze Cam, so I opted to set it on the railing of the back deck rather than mounting it.

All told it took a little over 5 minutes total to set up, although it will take longer if you mount your camera more permanently. 

Just like the indoor Wyze Cam, the Wyze Cam Outdoor offers adjustable video quality (auto, HD, SD and 360p), livestreaming, motion alerts, a motion detection zone and time lapse, two-way audio and free saved clips in the app’s events tab. 

The camera also works with Alexa and Google Assistant. I don’t have a smart display at home to test this out, but you should be able to ask your Alexa- or Google-Assistant-enabled smart display to show your camera’s live feed. The Travel Mode option is supposed to record motion and time-lapse clips to a microSD card without being connected to the Wyze Base Station or your home Wi-Fi network. Again, I didn’t have a microSD card handy when I was testing out this camera. 

That brings me to person alerts. Wyze used to have a free person detection feature that worked really well, but got rid of it in January, promising to bring it back soon — and to continue to offer it as a free service. An excerpt from the Nov. 26, 2019, email alerting customers to the upcoming change read: “The good news is that when we do reroll out this feature [person detection] it will still be free for you, even if we end up using the cloud instead of edge-AI. ”

On July 20 of this year, Wyze reached out to some early customers, informing them that people tracking would return in September and that anyone who created a Wyze account before November 26, 2019 would continue to get people tracking for free. But, due to the costs that Wyze hadn’t anticipated, everyone else will have to pay for people detection via an upcoming optional service called Cam Plus. I don’t have pricing details for this optional subscription plan yet, but will update this review when I will do it.

Fortunately, you still have two weeks of cloud storage and other existing features, such as motion zones and time slots, for free.

Privacy chat

User privacy is an important important consideration when you buy a security camera or any camera-enabled smart home device.

A Wyze data leak User data exposed for 22 days in December 2019. Customer credit card information and passwords were not part of the leak, but Wyze logged all users out of their accounts and restored integrations with Alexa, Google Assistant, and other partners of third parties. To protect yourself after the loss, Jason Cipriani of HDOT suggested creating a new password (and changing any other accounts that may have the same password), as well as signing up for two-factor authentication and relink third-party integrations.

Please see Wyze’s privacy policy to learn more about what information it collects and how it is used.

Should you buy it?

If you’re looking for a weatherproof home security camera, the Wyze Cam Outdoor should definitely be in the running. This model combines an outdoor housing with a rechargeable battery so you can place it virtually anywhere within range of your Wi-Fi network and, if you’re using travel mode, well beyond the range of Wi-Fi.

Wyze gives you storage options with two weeks of free event-based video clips and the built-in microSD card slot. The camera itself is easy to install and works well. It’s a shame Wyze wasn’t able to report free in-person alerts for everyone, even though the company says it will consider charging for the feature in the future if possible. Regardless, this is a great camera that brings the best of the original indoor Wyze Cam outdoors.

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