Wyze is releasing a continuation of its Cam v3 main device, with an upcoming Pro model that is “smarter” and “faster” than before.
The company has made a name for itself in the smart home industry, providing affordable, mid-range alternatives to security devices with on-demand features. But what Wyze lacks in its catalog are powerful cameras; devices with standout features such as 2K video. However, it seems that attitude is changing with Cam v3 Pro (opens in new tab).
In this new offering, the Pro will be able to record in 2K resolution (2560×1440 pixels), add new software features and have the hardware changes to back it all up. Any smart home product line that gets a Pro model is usually given a price increase to go along with it, and this is no exception. You can buy the Cam v3 Pro now for $49.99 or $99.98 if you want two, but it won’t release until November 4th.
The newfound speed in the Cam v3 Pro comes from a combination of a new 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Edge AI, allowing you to quickly identify people entering the lens’s view. On the older model, the camera must first upload an image or recording to the cloud for processing before reporting what it sees in the Wyze app. That extra step is gone. People detection is almost instant thanks to the built-in CPU/AI combo, according to the company. Plus, you don’t even need to sign up for Wyze’s Cam Plus service.
Speaking of the Wyze app, it’s also getting an update. The UI will include new tools for controlling the v3 Pro’s built-in spotlight and a redesigned recording timeline that Wyze claims is easier to navigate. You can even create “custom detection zones” to tell the camera where you want it to watch. But the main feature has to be Smart Focus, which adds a miniaturized feed to the app while the camera focuses on someone. Think of it as the picture-in-picture feature on YouTube.
Other notable new features include a motion-activated floodlight that shines at 80 lumens and an 89-decibel siren to sound the alarm on potential intruders.
In addition to the new features, many of the existing ones from Cam v3 are migrating to Pro, with some getting an update. Color night vision, for example, can also record in 2K resolution. Its two-way audio system will have noise and echo cancellation for cleaner sound. The lens gains 8x digital zoom, but comes at the cost of a smaller 116-degree field of view (the older model had a 130-degree field of view).
The IP65 water resistance rating remains unchanged, which means the camera is fully protected from dust and water jets. So you can use v3 Pro outside, although Wyze recommends buying the outdoor power adapter (opens in new tab) like what it comes with can’t handle the elements either. And with your purchase, you get a three-month free trial of Wyze Cam Plus Service (opens in new tab) adding extra features like packet detection plus 4x fast-forwarding.
If you’re not entirely convinced by Wyze’s new offering and want to buy some, be sure to check it out. ‘s Newly Updated Home Security Camera List for 2022.