Wyze, the company best known for making some of the best affordable smart home cameras, just announced its first-ever outdoor smart home camera. The all-new Wyze Cam Outdoor is essentially a wire-free and weather-resistant version of the company’s Wyze Cam V2 ($20). It’s capable of 1080p live streaming and recording video, and it has night vision and two-way audio.
The other big difference, besides having a built-in battery and an IP65 rating, is that the Wyze Cam Outdoor has an interesting new travel mode so, according to the company, “adventurous users can watch after their hotel rooms while on vacation or take time-lapses of their campsite while sleeping under the stars.” At the time of writing, we’re not exactly sure how this will work (in terms of connecting to Wi-Fi and what features might be compromised), but it certainly sounds unique; to my knowledge, no other smart home camera is designed as a travel gadget.
As for price, the Wyze Cam Outdoor and its companion base station will cost $50. The base station magnetically connects to the camera and can be mounted to walls or ceilings with screws. If you want to use a third-party mount, you can (it’s compatible with any 1/4″—20 camera mount); you can buy the Wyze Cam Outdoor without the base station for $40.
Like with other smart home cameras, Wyze offers 14 days of rolling video storage for free. The camera will start recording footage whenever it detects motion or hears a loud sound. However, it only captures clips that are up to 12 seconds if you don’t subscribe to its Complete Motion Capture plan ($1.49 per Wyze Cam per month). If you subscribe, the camera will record motion for as long as motion is detected. There’s also a MicroSD slot if you want a local storage option.
The Wyze Cam Outdoor is available for pre-order right now.
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