Founded by former Amazon employees, Wyze Labs has been around for less than two years, but in that time it's managed to snag two Editors' Choice awards for its first two product offerings, the original Wyze Cam and its successor, the Wyze Cam V2.
The company's latest offering, the Wyze Cam Pan, continues the trend.
Priced at just $29.99, it offers all of the features of the earlier models, such as motion and sound detection, time-lapse recording, and free cloud storage, and it adds mechanical pan and tilt and support for IFTTT applets.
That makes it our new Editors' Choice for affordable home security cameras.
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Design and Features
At 5.0 by2.2 by 2.2 inches (HWD), the matte white Wyze Cam Pan is similar in size and shape to the iSmartAlarm iCamera Keep Pro.
The similarities don't end there.
Both use a motorized base to provide mechanical panning, and both use a black motorized lens housing to provide mechanical tilt adjustments.
The Cam Pan offers a 360-degree pan range and a 93-degree vertical tilt range.
In addition to the lens housing, the front of the Cam Pan sports a light sensor and an LED indicator that glows solid blue when the camera is connected and flashes yellow during setup.
Around back are a speaker and a Type-A USB port that can be used to connect other Wyze cameras.
On the base of the camera are a microSD card slot, a setup button, a USB power port, and a microphone.
It comes with a six-foot USB power cable, a USB power adapter, and a quick start guide.
The Cam Pan captures 1080p video at 15fps, has an 8x digital zoom, and a 120-degree field of view.
It uses six infrared LEDS to provide up to 30 feet of night vision (black-and-white) video, and it has an 802.11 Wi-Fi radio for connecting to your home network.
It only operates on the 2.4GHz band, whereas the iCamera Keep Pro offers 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi connectivity.
The camera not only looks like the iCamera Keep Pro, it offers many of the same features including motion and sound detection, motion tracking, time-lapse recording, smoke and CO alarm detection, and local storage using a microSD card (not included).
You also get 14 days of rolling cloud storage for free (the iCamera Keep Pro offers free storage for up to 30 clips), support for IFTTT applets, and the ability to view video on an Amazon Echo Show device.
The Pan uses the same mobile app (available for Android and iOS) as earlier Wyze Cam models.
It opens to a Devices screen that displays all installed Wyze cameras with a still of each camera's last captured image.
At the bottom of this screen are tabs for Devices, Notifications, and My Account, and in the top right corner is a plus icon for adding new cameras.
The Notifications tab displays a history of all sound, motion, smoke, and CO alerts, with thumbnails of the associated video.
Tap the thumbnail to play the video, share it, or delete it.
The My Account tab takes you to a screen where you can check the app version, change your email address and password, and access Help and Feedback topics.
Tap the Cam Pan's image to launch a live stream that can be viewed in full-screen mode by turning your phone sideways.
To pan and tilt you can use swiping gestures directly on the video, or use the four-way dial below the stream.
Just below the dial are buttons labeled Sound (mute, unmute), Record (manual video recording), Speak (two-way audio), and Take Photo (take a snapshot).
There's also a More button that opens a menu where you can access many of the camera's features.
Here you can enable/disable Motion Tracking, which allows the camera to follow the motion of whatever/whomever triggers a motion alert; Pan Scan, which has the camera automatically pan the room using four preset waypoints, stopping for 10 seconds before moving to the next one; and Motion Tagging, which frames the object of a motion alert with a green box for easier identification.
Here you can also create time-lapse video, access video and photo albums, and turn the camera on and off.
A gear icon at the top of the app takes you to a screen where you can enable/disable motion, sound, smoke, and CO detection, set motion and sound sensitivity levels, and create a schedule to have the camera send alerts during specific times of the day.
Advanced settings let you configure Pan Scan speed, format an SD card, enable/disable the status LED, rotate the image, and enable/disable sound recording.
Installation and Performance
Installing the Pan Cam is easy.
I downloaded the mobile app and signed in using my account information from previous Wyze reviews.
If this is your first Wyze camera you'll have to create an account.
I tapped the plus icon in the Devices screen to add a device, selected Wyze Cam Pan, and followed the on-screen instructions to plug in the camera and wait around 20 seconds for the yellow light to flash.
I then held the setup button for a few seconds until I heard a beep and a voice prompt that said, "Ready to connect."
Next, I selected my Wi-Fi SSID, entered my password, and used the camera to scan the QR code that appeared on the screen.
When the code was scanned I tapped Next and a voice prompt said, "Setup completed." I entered a name for the camera, updated the firmware, and was finished.
The Cam Pan delivered sharp, colorful 1080p daytime video, and well-lit black-and-white night video in testing.
Live and recorded video quality is fluid, but not quite as smooth as the iCamera Keep Pro, and there is a slight touch of barrel distortion.
On the other hand, pan and tilt motion is a bit more responsive than the iCamera Keep Pro.
Two-way audio is loud and clean.
Motion and sound alerts arrived instantly, and the motion tracking and motion tagging features worked well, although the camera would occasionally lose track of my cat if she was moving too quickly.
The camera never had a problem tracking people, however, and I had no trouble creating and displaying time-lapse video recordings.
My IFTTT applet to have the camera's motion sensor turn on a Philips Hue light worked perfectly, as did my Alexa voice command to view live video on a TV equipped with an Amazon Fire TV Stick.
The smoke alarm notification feature worked as advertised, generating a push notification and a video recording immediately during each test with a Nest Protect alarm.
However, it was unable to recognize the CO alarm on the Nest Protect and on a First Alert plug-in CO detector.
Although both devices generated a sound detection alert, the Cam Pan didn't identify the sound as such.
Despite its bargain price, the Wyze Cam Pan gives you many of the same features you'll find in the more expensive iSmartAlarm iCamera Keep Pro, including mechanical pan and tilt, motion tracking, local and free cloud storage, and time-lapse recording.
It delivered sharp 1080p video in our tests, and its motion tracking and sound alerts worked as advertised, but there was some minor barrel distortion and the CO alarm detection feature was ineffective.
And while you can use IFTTT applets to have the Cam Pan interact with other IFTTT-enabled devices, you can't integrate it into a dedicated home security system like you can with the iCamera Keep Pro.
That said, you'll be hard-pressed to find another pan and tilt camera for $30, let alone one packed with so many features.
As such, the Wyze Cam Pan easily earns our Editors' Choice.
The Bottom Line
The Wyze Cam Pan is a very affordable indoor security camera that is loaded with features including mechanical pan and tilt, motion tracking, local and free cloud storage, support for Alexa and IFTTT, and more.