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Wyze Cam Pan v2 Review

A top-performing, remote panning camera at a low price with no hidden charges
Wyze Cam Pan v2
Credit: Wyze
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Price:   $50 List | $49.98 at Amazon
Pros:  Vertical/horizontal panning, color night vision, no subscription required
Cons:  Indoor use only, no back-up battery, so-so sound quality
Manufacturer:   Wyze
By Nick Miley, Matt Spencer, and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Apr 18, 2022
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RANKED
#3 of 11
  • Recorded Video Quality - 35% 7.1
  • Monitoring Performance - 35% 7.8
  • Ease of Use - 30% 8.7

Our Verdict

The Wyze Cam Pan v2 is a simple-to-use camera that pans vertically and horizontally, allowing for a wide field of view. Automatic motion tracking and color night vision are just a few of this device's useful features. We also like that the camera does not require a subscription to access most of its features, and it has an easy-to-navigate app in order to set alerts. The camera does lack a backup battery but makes up for it with redundant cloud and SD card memory. All told, it's a great camera at a reasonable price.

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Pros Vertical/horizontal panning, color night vision, no subscription requiredInexpensive, most features available without subscription, color night visionSufficient live and download video quality, good onboard microphoneColor night vision, loud camera speakerInexpensive, 1080p video, night vision
Cons Indoor use only, no back-up battery, so-so sound qualityPlug-in power source, no remote panning, no backup batteryPoor night vision, relatively slow frame rate, no onboard speakerNo local storage, poor audio and video quality, indoor use onlyNo local storage, requires a subscription, poor video and sound quality
Bottom Line A top-performing, remote panning camera at a low price with no hidden chargesA high-performance camera at a low price that allows access to most of its features without a subscriptionAn all-around decent quality camera that cuts a few corners to keep the price lowThis camera earned low scores across the board yet has a relatively high price tagThis camera performed poorly across the board and requires a subscription to boot — it's not worth the money
Rating Categories Wyze Cam Pan v2 Wyze Cam v3 YI 1080p Home Ring Indoor Blink Mini
Recorded Video Quality (35%)
7.1
7.5
6.5
5.3
5.1
Monitoring Performance (35%)
7.8
7.8
7.8
6.3
4.2
Ease of Use (30%)
8.7
8.7
8.4
5.3
4.7
Specs Wyze Cam Pan v2 Wyze Cam v3 YI 1080p Home Ring Indoor Blink Mini
Camera Type (Indoor or Outdoor) Indoor Only Indoor and Outdoor Indoor Only Indoor Only Indoor Only
WiFi Type 2.4 GHz
802.11b/g/n
2.4 GHz
802.11b/g/n
2.4 GHz
802.11b/g/n
2.4 GHz
802.11b/g/n
2.4 GHz
802.11g/n
Encryption Types AES 128-bit AES 128-bit Yes, type N/A TKIP, AES, TKIP + AES AES
Resolutions Available 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p
Wired or Battery Wired Wired Wired Wired Wired
Smart Device Compatability Amazon Alexa
Google Assistant
IFTTT
Amazon Alexa
Google Assistant
IFTTT
Amazon Alexa Amazon Alexa Amazon Alexa

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Wyze Cam Pan v2 shows up its peers with its panning capabilities, giving it an expansive field of view. Add to this unique design good color night vision, dual storage options, and an easy-to-use app, and it should be clear why this home security camera was a favorite of ours. Our only gripe is that it can't be used outside. However, we are willing to overlook the lack of weatherproofing given its suite of useful features and remarkably low cost.

Performance Comparison


Wyze Cam Pan v2 home security camera - the wyze cam pan v2 is the second set of eyes you've always wanted.
The Wyze Cam Pan v2 is the second set of eyes you've always wanted.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Recorded Video Quality


The recorded video quality metric assesses the camera's video quality, night vision, and field of view. The Cam Pan v2 did fairly well in this evaluation, earning above-average marks. The bright spot in this metric is the camera's field of view. While the camera can only capture 120º of horizontal vision in any position, it can pan on its X and Y axis, providing 360º of horizontal coverage and 93º vertically. The camera moves at 110º per second, too. It is fast enough to track moving objects passing through the field of view.


As for the downloaded video quality, we found that details such as facial features were clear; thus, identifying individuals was easy to do. We did find that video recorded in bright light tended to get overexposed. However, the effect was minimal.



Similarly, white surfaces in the night vision appeared very bright, and the eyes of subjects staring directly into the camera had an illuminated look. Yet, the quality of the images remained high. Again, facial features were clear, and lettering such as license plates was easy to read. The background is also relatively clear, with color adding to the quality of the low-light video.

Wyze Cam Pan v2 home security camera - the v3's night vision has good resolution. however, white surfaces...
The v3's night vision has good resolution. However, white surfaces in the night vision appeared very bright, and the eyes seemed to glow. But, quality remained high, with facial features and lettering easy to make out.
Credit: Matt Spencer

Our assessment of recorded video quality is a comparative analysis. All the cameras being tested for review record the same event from the same location. Then the resulting footage is assessed alongside the footage from the competition. Using this methodology, we can tell you that the recorded video quality of the Cam Pan v2 is well above average for the class.

Monitoring Performance


The monitoring performance metric assesses the camera's live video and sound quality and the sound produced by the camera's onboard speaker. Overall the Wyze Cam Pan v2 scored near the top of the class in this evaluation. In these tests, we are looking for a lag in what the camera sees and the video and sound rendered on the monitoring device. While the Cam Pan's video lagged real-time events by less than a second (a relatively minor delay), the sound lagged by two seconds. This decoupling of video and sound isn't uncommon with home security cameras. However, we have to say that it is a bit annoying, and we favor the cameras that limit this division.


Aside from the video/sound decoupling issue, we think that the live video is high quality and is quite smooth, displaying very little skipping or glitching. However, very fast movements do get a bit blurry. Additionally, unlike some competition, the Cam Pan v2 allows the user to stream a live feed indefinitely. This is a nice feature for keeping an eye on a pet, a sleeping child, or the weather at your vacation home.

Wyze Cam Pan v2 home security camera - the v2 has great live streaming so you can keep an eye on the things...
The v2 has great live streaming so you can keep an eye on the things that matter most while you're away.
Credit: Chris McNamara

While the video quality produced by the Cam Pan v2 is quite good, the sound quality is less satisfying. Spoken words outside of the direct proximity of the speaker are soft, a problem slightly exacerbated by a slight buzzing noise. Yet, noises made close up to the camera's microphone are clear and easy to discern. Moreover, the speaker on the camera produces robust sound, if a little rough at times. But, the alarm that the camera issues from the same speaker is quite muted (67.8dB) — too low to be of any practical use.

Ease of Use


The ease of use metric looks at how the user interfaces with the camera. Specifically, we look at the app used to program and monitor the camera, the available data storage options, and how the camera is mounted. The Wyze Cam Pan v2 performed wonderfully in this evaluation, earning top marks in its class.


The Pan Cam did so well in this metric because Wyze has no hidden subscription fees, providing its customers with free rolling 14-day cloud storage. Additionally, the app is simple, intuitive, and, most importantly, effective at quickly getting the camera to do what you want it to do. This is particularly evident when managing multiple cameras, as each gets its own home page and can be programmed as needed. For example, tap the camera you would like to adjust on the home screen — from there, enter a menu that allows you to watch the live feed, manually record, or access a camera's quick settings. We were particularly impressed with the motion tracking setting, where the camera rotates to follow the movement.

Wyze Cam Pan v2 home security camera - the rotation base and vertically panning lens allow the device to...
The rotation base and vertically panning lens allow the device to track movement if you activate the feature.
Credit: Chris McNamara

The Pan Cam v2 also offers users several types of programmable notifications. These include sounds, motion, people, and vehicles. The camera even offers users smoke and carbon monoxide detection alerts. Further adding to its redundant, security, and safety-focused design is onboard data storage in an easy-to-access micro SD card port.

Wyze Cam Pan v2 home security camera - when used indoors, the v2 has both smoke and carbon monoxide...
When used indoors, the v2 has both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that will alert the user on their personal device.
Credit: Chris McNamara

Finally, the mounting system on the Pan Cam is as simple as pulling it out of the box and setting it on a horizontal surface with a clear line of sight and room for it to rotate freely. Unlike some competitors, this camera isn't rated for outdoor use or wall mounting. However, it does have a spot on the base to add attachments for nonstandard placement. Despite the mounting limitation, the camera is quite easy to use, from opening the box to customizing the settings.

Wyze Cam Pan v2 home security camera - no assembly is required for the v2. take it out of the box and plug...
No assembly is required for the v2. Take it out of the box and plug it in - it's that easy.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Value


We see value as a cost to performance ratio wherein a product that performs highly and costs less is considered a greater value. Few products meet this standard better than the Wyze Cam Pan v2. The camera is surprisingly inexpensive for what it is capable of, and Wyze does not charge the user for cloud storage or require a subscription to unlock the most useful features. For these reasons, we think that this camera is of great value.

Conclusion


The Wyze Cam Pan v2 is an incredible camera regarding its performance in our evaluation and its low cost. Notably, the camera does not require a subscription to function at a high level, and Wyze provides free 14-day cloud storage to its customers. This camera has an expansive field of view, good video, decent sound, and many useful features accessible through the Wyze app. Although, do note that the camera isn't rated for outdoor use, aside from that, it has few limitations and a host of great features to remotely monitor what's valuable to you.

Nick Miley, Matt Spencer, and Austin Palmer

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