Wyze Cam v2 vs. Wyze Cam v3

The Wyze Cam v3 improves upon the v2 in every way.

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Steve Siems
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March 30, 2021
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If you own a Wyze Cam v2, you might be wondering if you should upgrade to the Wyze Cam v3. We compared these two cameras to see if it’s worth the upgrade.

If you currently don't have a Wyze Cam, then definitely get the Wyze Cam v3 because Wyze is going to phase out the Wyze Cam 2, so the v3 is going to be the only one available. But for the same price, the v3 is going to have a lot of cool features.

Wyze Cam v2 vs. v3 price and details
Camera
List price
Resolution
Weatherproofing
Learn more

Wyze Cam v2

$25.98

1080p

Indoor

Wyze Cam v3

$34.99

1080p

Indoor & outdoor

Amazon.com List Prices (as of 03/23/21 3:35 MST). Full disclaimer

The biggest feature added to the Wyze Cam v3 is that this camera is weather resistant, so this one can go outside. I have seen some pictures and videos of people putting the Wyze Cam 2 outside, but it's technically not rated for outdoor use. Since the Wyze Cam v2 isn’t weatherproof, I will not be testing it outside. All of the comparison footage that I show in today's video is going to be of indoor use.

Wyze Sense

It’s important to note that the Wyze Cam v3 no longer has a USB port. This is important if you have the Wyze Sense, which is its little hub that plugs into the back of the v2, and that controls all of the Wyze door and motion sensors.

Since they've removed the USB port on the back of the v3, Wyze will introduce a standalone hub. This hub is going to allow you to still use your Wyze Sense devices, but it's no longer going to be attached to the camera. And according to the Wyze website, this device is coming soon.

Wyze Cam v2 vs. v3 features

The Wyze Cam v3 improved on the v2’s basic specs. Both cameras record in 1080p resolution, but the v3 has a better viewing angle and frames per second.

Wyze Cam v2 vs. v3 specs
Camera
Resolution
Viewing Angle
Frames per second (day)
Frames per second (night)

Wyze Cam v2

1080p

110°

15fps

10fps

Wyze Cam v3

1080p

130°

20fps

15fps

Wyze is also coming out with new accessories for the v3 camera, including an attached spotlight. You’ll put the spotlight on top of the camera, and it will be triggered on and off by motion detected by the camera.

Another amazing upgrade with the Wyze Cam v3 is its new, colored night vision with a star light sensor. The v3 has a 1.6 aperture, while the v2 has a 2.6 aperture. This is going to allow the v3 to capture 40% more light than the v2.

Both of these cameras allow you to set up detection zones through the app. So if you do have an area that triggers the camera a lot, like a tree, bush, or flag, you can set up these detection zones to omit that motion.

Wyze Cam v2 vs. v3 demo

We took several demos with both the Wyze Cam v2 and the v3. Check out audio and video clips for our daytime and nighttime tests.

The Wyze Cam v3 also has a siren, which you can hear in our siren test.

We also tested how these cameras work with your voice assistant.

The Wyze Cam v2 isn’t weather resistant and can’t be put outside. The v3, on the other hand, is weatherproof. But you can set up both of these cameras to view out a window to the outdoors. Let's take a look at a demo of what both of these cameras look like shooting through a window.

Wyze Cam v2 vs. v3 installation

The Wyze Cam v3 also improved on the mounting options. Even though both of these cameras come on the same swivel stand, the v3 now allows you to use a screw to mount this to a wall. In addition to that, you can take the base all the way off, which is going to expose a ¼”-20 mount that allows you to use other types of mounts to instal this camera, which is a great feature.

Recap: Is the Wyze Cam v3 worth the upgrade?

The Wyze Cam v3 is obviously better than the v2. Wyze made a lot of improvements with the v3, but is it worth the upgrade? If you want cameras with better night vision, or if you want the quality to be a little better than what you're currently running, for $20, I would say that the V3 cameras are worth the upgrade.

If you're using the cameras to just keep an eye on a pet, you're probably okay sticking with the v2.

Wyze Cam v2 vs. v3 price and details
Camera
List price
Resolution
Weatherproofing
Learn more

Wyze Cam v2

$25.98

1080p

Indoor

Wyze Cam v3

$34.99

1080p

Indoor & outdoor

Amazon.com List Prices (as of 03/23/21 3:35 MST). Full disclaimer

But from what you saw of the demos, what are your thoughts? Are you going to be upgrading or are you sticking with what you have? Let me know in the comments below.

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Steve Siems
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Steve Siems
Steve is a social media influencer and an overall Smart Home enthusiast. He loves to geek out with all things tech, and is quickly becoming one of the industries leading voices. When he's not in front of the camera, Steve is researching the next greatest Smart Home accessory or playing with his 2 little girls in sunny So Cal.

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