Smarthome company Wyze has released the latest generation of its popular budget security camera. The $49.99 Wyze Cam v3 Pro adds 2K resolution and on-device AI for faster processing of smart alerts for person detection. Wyze also says the Pro camera has a faster CPU, an improved speaker and microphone, and a better Wi-Fi connection with two antennas compared to the $29.99 Wyze Cam V3. Although it still only works over 2.4GHz networks.
Another new feature is Smart Focus. As part of a new app interface for Wyze’s cameras, Smart Focus adds a smaller view of the live stream, while the main view focuses on the person detected, giving you more information at a glance.
The Wyze Cam V3 Pro is a wired outdoor camera (rated to IP65) powered by a USB cable with a new 5V2A power adapter. (You have to buy the $14 outdoor power adapter if you plan on plugging it into an outdoor outlet.) Wyze says it delivers 20 FPS video in daylight and 15 FPS at night. The camera also uses Wyze’s excellent 4MP Starlight sensor for color night vision, plus a built-in floodlight and siren.
The camera supports up to 256 GB micro SD card for 24/7 recording and has a field of view of 116 degrees plus 8x digital zoom. As with all Wyze Cams, it supports integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant for alerts and voice control, and the Wyze app offers schedules and automations.
The main reason to spend the extra $20: the excellent Wyze Cam v3 is for that higher resolution – 2560 by 1440 p – and the local processing of person detection events. The latter uses the faster dual-core 1.2GHz processor to deliver AI alerts that don’t rely on the cloud. Wyze offered free onboard person detection processing using a company called Xnor.ai’s technology, but it ended that partnership in January 2020 when Apple bought Xnor.ai.
While the person notifications are free – because it uses local processing and not a cloud component – you must subscribe to Wyze’s Cam Plus Service ($1.99 per month / $20 per year, per camera) to view recorded video. The new Wyze Cam is not compatible with Cam Plus Lite (the free version that offers 12 seconds of recorded video with a 5 minute cooldown between shots), so – unless you use an SD card to record video locally – you get only thumbnail images of each detected activity.
Wyze Cam Plus provides unlimited video recording length with no cool-down period and also adds person, pet, package and vehicle detection. In addition, you can also view your Wyze Cams on the web portal.
Updated Tuesday, October 25 09:10: Added new details from Wyze on how the Wyze Cam v3 Pro will work with its subscription service. It is not compatible with Cam Plus Lite and a subscription to Cam Plus is the only way to get video stored in the cloud.