Regular Wyze cameras are great because they are so inexpensive, but they aren’t waterproof and it’s hard to get power outside … until now! Meet the Wyze Cam Outdoor! I ordered this product the day it was announced and am excited to share my unboxing, review after 6 weeks, and FREEZER test with you. Yes, I kept it in a freezer. I wanted to know what would happen to it since I live in Iowa and it is basically a freezer here in the Winter.
I’ve been using regular Wyze cameras for well over 2 years now at home, my business, and my workplace. They are easy to setup, have night vision, connect anywhere, and best of all are only $20! The biggest compounding issue has been not having a waterproof version for outdoors. I’ve seen a few 3rd party mounts trying to make them somewhat waterproof, but of course none of them are officially rated so I wasn’t sure I wanted to take that chance. The other issue is power. Do you have power outside where you want the camera? Most do not. I’ve even bought a battery pack for a camera to capture a temporary issue. It was for indoor use but there wasn’t power close by. These cameras have fantastic night mode capabilities, however you can’t just stick them out a your window to capture it? For the night vision to work it needs an IR light, but IR doesn’t shoot through glass, so you can’t do night mode through a window unless you have a IR flood light mounted outside, which again brings in the power question and added cost.
I’m happy to report, the outdoor version will solve these previously mentioned problems! Like their siblings, these cameras record, timelapse, & stream in 1080P and includes motion detection. They also include IP65 weather resistance, which officially means it “Gives protection against low pressure water jets from any direction, as well as condensation and water spray. It’s suitable for most outdoor enclosures that won’t encounter extreme weather such as flooding.” I love that I can put this anywhere at any time – we even moved it to the garden to see who was eating our tomato plants!
Also, it includes 2 x 2600mAh batteries, thus not really needing power. After using my camera for 1 month, it is down to 20% battery life. But I will say it was already down to 80% before hardly using it because of set up, playing with settings, & firmware updates. It’s now dropping about 15% per week. I do have a lot of traffic on my street because I live close to a school, so lots of pedestrian traffic as well. I could probably reduce section of movement, but prefer to see it all on recordings. It seemed like recording time lapses took a bunch of juice, so you should be able to adjust settings to stretch the battery out longer – probably 6 weeks. The camera app will notify you when the battery is low (20%) and when it needs to be charged. Wyze sends software updates and improvements out frequently which I appreciate.
They still have the micro USB charge port (for the batteries) and MicroSD card slot, but now include a power switch which is nice since it’s battery powered. A cool feature called “Travel Mode” will allow you to record locally without WiFi now which is a great addition. Maybe you want to capture a time lapse or have in a remote location. I love that it can back up to the base station!
I do wish the Outdoor cam had a magnetic bottom like the original Wyze cam. We have steel siding and it would have just been too easy. It has a screw mount, so 2 small screws does make it secure so it’s not that bad.
These cameras connect wirelessly to a base station to connect to WiFi and also includes another MicroSD card slot. Again, best of all these cameras come in at only $50 for the starter kit which includes one camera and base station, and $40 for additional cameras. That’s insane to me!
So how did it hold up after having it in my freezer for 6 days? Surprisingly well. The battery only dropped 5%. It started at 100% and dropped to 95%. Check it out in the video!
What do you think? Are you excited about this camera?
Last update on 2023-01-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API