Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 review: An excellent outdoor security camera on a budget

The Cam Outdoor v2 ticks a lot of boxes, but the useful features are locked behind subscriptions.

Wyze Cam Outdoor v2
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Android Central Verdict

You can't go wrong with the Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 if you're looking for an outdoor security camera without spending north of $100. It supports local, and cloud storage, and the Travel mode feature makes it easier to bring the camera with you anywhere. However, most of its standard features require monthly subscriptions.

Pros

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    Inexpensive

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    Clear 1080p video

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    Offline recording support

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    Easy to set up

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    AI motion detector

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    Travel mode

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    Color night vision support

Cons

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    No free person detection

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    Micro-USB charging

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    Camera is sometimes inaccessible through the Nest Hub

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    It still requires a base station

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Wyze has been a household name in the home security camera market, particularly because its products are much cheaper than the competition while retaining most of the features you may want. While it lacks the capabilities of the more expensive Arlo cameras, it provides good value for money.

However, the company's earlier security camera line lacked standard protection from the elements. Wyze fixed this with the release of the first-generation Wyze Cam Outdoor, though it still left a few things to be desired. For example, the Cam Outdoor has a narrow field of view at 110 degrees, and its nighttime video was also lower in quality than the other cameras in its price range.

Enter the Wyze Cam Outdoor v2. This battery-powered camera has basic weatherproofing and can be mounted anywhere you like since it runs on battery power. It also brings a few improvements, such as color night vision and a wider field of view. But behind this easy-to-setup model are a few trade-offs, such as its reliance on a hub and more. 

In this review, I'll take a look at its video quality, storage, and smart features to see how it stacks up against the best outdoor security cameras.

Wyze Cam Outdoor v2: Price and availability

Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 camera lens

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The Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 is available for $74. It's a bundle that includes a camera, a hub (base station), a micro-USB charging cable, a power adapter, a mount, and a LAN cable. If you already have the first-gen version, you can just purchase an add-on camera for $64.

Wyze also sells a 4-camera kit comprised of a base station and four camera units amounting to $260. You can pair each camera with a solar panel by paying an additional $106.

Wyze Cam Outdoor v2: What's good

Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 top portion of base station

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I installed the Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 on the ceiling overlooking the back of our house to put it through its paces. I liked how easy it was to set up the camera, which was also true for the previous version. This means you can start recording video after connecting the hub to your network and mounting the camera to the wall or ceiling.

The Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 is still a small white cube camera, similar to the first generation, which makes it less likely to draw attention. You won't have any trouble setting it up if you bought the previous model since you can just link it to the first-gen base station. Likewise, it is easy to install if you're a first-time owner of Wyze's outdoor security camera.

Because the camera is mounted on a magnetic base, you can easily swivel it to get the best view of your backyard or porch. The camera's wider field of view ensures greater coverage of your backyard, and it's simple to cover multiple sides of your house. The mounting base also has a good grip on the bottom, and the camera is held in place by a strong magnet.

For a security camera less than a hundred dollars, the Cam Outdoor v2 records daytime video with a decent resolution that makes it easy to make out a person's facial features. Its IR motion sensor also helps to reduce false motion alerts, though I had to train the camera's smarts to stop mistaking light movements for motion.

The Wyze Cam Outdoor v2 is one of the cheapest outdoor security cameras with decent low-light performance and smart detection features.

I also like the Travel Mode option, which records motion to a microSD card without the need for a hub or a Wi-Fi network.

The Cam Outdoor v2, like most security cameras, has two-way audio, so you can tell the delivery person to simply leave your package at your door. The speaker also functions as a siren to deter intruders. In my opinion, the siren lacks the piercing sound that would deter unwanted visitors, but it's better than using your voice to scare them away.

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CategoryWyze Cam Outdoor v2
Dimensions5.84 x 5.84 x 7.11cm
Weight9.8 ounces
Connectivity2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
StoragemicroSD card up to 32GB (each for the camera and base station)
Battery2 x 2,600mAh
Two-way communicationYes
SpeakerYes
Camera resolution1920 x 1080
Viewing area130 degrees with 8x digital zoom
Night visionUp to 25 feet
ProtectionIP65
Smart featuresDetection features for persons, pets, packages, and vehicles

The camera captures nighttime video at a much lower resolution (1080p at 10fps). But it's nothing that ruins the image quality, and as long as there is little movement, the images are clear enough to see. The updated starlight CMOS sensor also supports color night vision and outperforms the previous model in low-light conditions.

I'm impressed by how the camera provides a clear view of our backyard in full color, even past 12 a.m., with nothing but a solar-powered lamp mounted on the ceiling. The night vision mode works just fine as well, even in complete darkness.