Wyze Cam Outdoor Review

The Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 has a bunch of handy features, but its basic functions were underwhelming.
Best for outdoor use
Wyze Cam V2
Wyze Cam Outdoor v2
Monitoring starts at
$0/mo.
  • pro
    Smoke and CO alerts
  • pro
    Travel Mode
  • con
    Poor video quality
Alina Bradford
Senior Writer, Safety & Security Expert
July 19, 2022

Whether you have a Wyze security system and want to add an outdoor camera or just want to watch a certain area of your yard, the Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 has the features you need. From internet-free Travel Mode to smoke and CO alerts, this tiny camera goes beyond the norm. It’s not perfect, though. You’ll see why in this Wyze Cam Outdoor review.

pro
Pros
pro Smoke and CO alerts
pro Recording options that use no internet or the base station
pro Pay-what-you-want subscription
con
Cons
con 1080p video instead of 2K
con Free cloud storage limited to 12-second clips
con Laggy, choppy footage

Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 subscription pricing

Price
Video length
Delay between recorded events
Person detection
2x and 4x fast-forwarding
Package, vehicle, and pet detection
Learn More
Basic Snapshot1 to 5 minutes
Icon No  LightNo
Icon No  LightNo
Icon No  LightNo
Wyze Cam Plus Lite12 seconds1 to 5 minutes
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo
Icon No  LightNo
Wyze Cam PlusUnlimited0 to 5 minutes
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Wyze has a unique way of pricing its subscription plans. For the lowest tier plan, you don’t have to pay anything at all. With the next tier, Cam Plus Lite, you can decide how much you want to pay. (Yeah, we know everyone is going to choose to pay $0.) And then for the top tier, you pay the tiny amount of just under $2 per camera.

We recommend opting for the top tier. You get cool features like person, pet, vehicle, and package detection, plus unlimited video storage and back-to-back recordings.

Under $2 is one of the cheapest security camera subscription plans we’ve seen. Arlo, one of Wyze’s biggest competitors, charges $14.99 per month for its top-tier plan.

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What's in the box

Wyze Cam Outdoor v2, quick start guide, base station, and cords

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  • Wyze Cam Outdoor v2
  • Wyze base station
  • Ethernet cable and power adapter for base station
  • USB camera charging cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Screws

Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 does more than your average outdoor security camera

Wyze went above and beyond with features you don’t typically see on more affordable cameras.

The biggest feature surprise was smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detection. We could only think of two (Arlo and Nest Cam) top-rated cameras that offer this feature (and we’ve probably tested hundreds). 

Another feature you don’t see on many outdoor security cameras is local storage. You can store 28 days of continuous with a Wyze microSD Card. Unfortunately, the card is sold separately. You can get the 32GB microSDHC card for $8.99 or the 128GB microSDXC card for $16.99. If you don’t want your personal footage stored in the cloud for security or privacy reasons, springing for the SD card is a smart idea.

The Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 also has a handy feature called Travel Mode. It’s called “Travel Mode” because Wyze envisioned people taking their little v2 with them camping or hiking, far from internet service. 

Travel Mode lets you record videos to the microSD card without being connected to the internet. So even during internet outages, your outdoor cam is still working. The only downside is that you have to buy that darn SD card.

Other Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 features

This Wyze outdoor camera has a bunch of other nifty features too:

  • Two-way talk
  • Color night vision
  • IP65 Rating/weather-resistant (-4° up to 122°F)
  • Motion and sound detection
  • Wire-free, thanks to the included battery, or you can purchase the solar charging accessory ($24.99)
  • Built-in siren
  • Works with Alexa, Google, and IFTTT
  • Person, vehicle, pet, and package detection
  • Continuous recording
  • Motion detection zones
  • Time-lapse video

Wyze Cam Outdoor v2: Some good, mostly bad

Like its major competitor Reolink Argus 3 Pro and its sibling camera Wyze Cam v3, v2 stuck with the same 1080p HD video instead of upgrading to 2K. But it does have improvements compared to the Wyze Cam v1. The video is clearer and brighter than its previous version, thanks to the new Starlight Sensor and ISP and the new ƒ/1.6 aperture. These let in more light and increase clarity.

Wyze Cam Outdoor v2’s failings

Despite better clarity, its video has its problems. We couldn’t get the camera to take one video that wasn’t choppy. We tried different locations and getting it closer to its base to increase the Wi-Fi strength, but nothing seemed to help.

The camera also seemed to have problems with recording faces. Even when standing still, the faces were still pixelated, almost like they were censored for witness protection.

We haven’t had this problem with other cameras we’ve tried in the same locations. In fact, we were testing another camera right next to the v2 and didn’t have any problems—which rules out connection issues.

Unfortunately, there’s more. The battery wouldn’t hold a charge for more than a week or two, even though the package says it should last around six months. We tried to adjust the setting and moving the camera to help make the battery last longer, but it didn’t seem to help. Other customers have reported problems with the battery as well.

Plus, the color night vision wouldn’t work some of the time. When the color night vision did work, the footage was so grainy you usually couldn’t tell who the person was on my porch.

Even more frustrating, the camera often didn’t detect packages, pets, or humans. Sometimes it wouldn’t even detect motion at all.

We’ve contacted Wyze customer service about the issues. We’ll update our review if we are able to fix the problems.

Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 vs. other top security cameras

Product
Best for
Price
Video resolution
Field of view
Smart home compatibility
Learn more
Best additional features1080p 130° Alexa, Google, IFTTT
Best overall1440p (2K) 160° Amazon, Apple, Google, IFTTT, SmartThings
Best budget 1080p 120° Amazon, Google
Best outdoor 1080p 140° Amazon
Best indoor 1080p 130° Google
Best doorbell 1080p155° Amazon
Best solar 1080p 120° Amazon, Google

*Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer

Final word

While we like that the Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 has an array of features that are usually reserved for pricier cameras, this Wyze device annoyed us to no end. With slow video loading times, videos not saving, pixelated video, and other problems, we’re hesitant to recommend this Wyze camera.

You can read about security cameras we do recomend (like the beloved Wyze Cam Pan v2) in our best home security camera round-up.

Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 FAQ

It’s weather-resistant from dust, rain, and temperatures between -4° up to 122°F.

There are several things that set them apart. The v2 is wireless, meaning it doesn’t need a power cord. And it’s weather-resistant with an IP65 rating. It also has an upgraded camera for clearer video and better lighting in videos along with a better motion detector. Travel Mode was a new feature introduced with v2 as well.

Yep, you only need a cord to charge the battery.

How we reviewed Wyze Cam Outdoor v2

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Image: Alina Bradford, SafeWise

For our Wyze Cam Outdoor review, we tried the camera hands-on, in a real home. We used our dozens of years of experience testing and reviewing cameras to determine how useful the v2 would be in the average home. We also pitted it against some of its biggest competitors—judging features, video quality, and price.

Learn more about how we review products and services by reviewing our Safewise methodology page.

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Alina Bradford
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Alina Bradford
Alina is a safety and security expert that has contributed her insights to CNET, CBS, Digital Trends, MTV, Top Ten Reviews, and many others. Her goal is to make safety and security gadgets less mystifying one article at a time. In the early 2000s, Alina worked as a volunteer firefighter, earning her first responder certification and paving the way to her current career. Her activities aren’t nearly as dangerous today. Her hobbies include fixing up her 100-year-old house, doing artsy stuff, and going to the lake with her family.

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