Wyze Cam Pan is a 1080p pan/tilt/zoom camera that puts you in the driver's seat, giving you full control over what you want to see and when you want to see it.
See around those pesky corners and can’t beat the price point!!Cons:
People get freaked out by movement
I was first introduced to Wyze Cam Pan through testing for WyzeCam. When I received the Wyze Cam Pan to test I was not disappointed a bit by the packaging. The look and feel was great, and it was very secure. The size was slightly off putting at first, but it turned out to not be as bothersome as I first expected.
Through testing different placement areas with this camera, I did find it critical that you place this camera on a smooth and level surface. At first, I placed the camera on a shelf that had a slight lean (not noticeable to the eye), the Pan ended up “walking” off the shelf.
The second area I tested in I mounted the Wyze Cam Pan inverted on a ceiling. This camera mounts very easily to a traditional tripod mount. (1/4” thread) Once inside the Wyze app it was very easy to go to the advanced settings and rotate the image 180 degrees. With this camera mounted to the ceiling I could gain clear view around corners, and be able to track motion in those areas.
• Simple setup
• Fantastic image quality
• Sleek design
• Easy mounting
• Two-way audio
• User friendly app
• Slight motor noise
• Freaking family members out with the camera movement
If you are already familiar with the WyzeCam’s, you will not be disappointed in the quality of the image you are able to view, and you will very much enjoy having movement control of the Pan Cam. If you’re not familiar with the WyzeCam, I really do encourage you to make that investment for yourself.Sydney Sorrentino has used this product for one month.
Full motion control, easy to set up, great priceCons:
Motor sound can get a little annoying
I had the opportunity to try out the new Wyze Cam Pan as a part of the alpha testing phase and was impressed with what it has to offer. I’ve had an original Wyze Cam as a part of my home monitoring setup for a year or two, so I was really excited to see what the Pan had to offer.
Upon opening, I was immediately struck by the size of the Pan. When I heard that the camera would have full motion capabilities, I expected something pretty hefty. In reality, though, the camera is quite a bit smaller and lighter than I thought it would be.
As with my older Wyze Cam unit, setup was simple. It only took a minute or two to get the Pan connected to my network and added to my list of cameras. The Pan also runs through a little calibration phase when first plugged in which I thought was pretty cool because it immediately gives you an idea of the range of motion that the camera is capable of.
The Pan, like other cameras from Wyze is a 1080p HD camera and offers night vision. Overall, I would say the picture is in line with what I expected. Depending on network conditions, I occasionally notice some loss of clarity, but I chalk that up to my home network and not the camera.
Motion tracking was the part of the Pan that I was most interested in. The original Wyze Cam offers motion notifications and recording, but it doesn’t have any features to highlight motion so it can be difficult to see what actually triggered a recording sometimes. The Pan, on the other hand, can outline the source of motion in a video clip and you can also set it to actually pan and tilt to follow the motion automatically.
Right off the bat, I enabled motion tracking and tested it out by walking around the room. I was pretty impressed with how well it was able to follow me, even if I was moving at a fairly brisk pace.
I did have a couple of instances where the camera would over-rotate and then get stuck looking in the wrong direction, but after a couple seconds it would typically reset to its initial. From my testing, it seemed like the reflective surface that I had the camera sitting on would sometimes be misinterpretted as motion and the camera would end up following that rather than the actual moving object. As far as I can tell, a lot of this have been ironed out, though.
This is my only gripe with the Pan. When I first set up the camera, I was struck by how quiet it was when moving. After a few days, though, my wife and I started to get a little annoyed by the sound of the motor. I’m not sure if it actually got louder or if we just started to notice the sound more, but it got to the point that we decided to turn off the automatic panning and tilting when we’re home. I set the camera up in a pretty high-traffic area, so it was moving a lot and we decided we’d rather not hear it constantly. My wife also raised concerns that if someone were to break into our house, the motor sound would probably draw their attention to the camera which I think is a valid point.
All in all, this is a great camera—especially for the price. I have already started recommending the camera to friends now that it is officially released and I’ve been trying to think of places in my house where I could add more Pans.
Wyze has also recently added IFTTT support which I am very excited about. I can’t wait to see what kinds of things become possible going forward. I’m hoping they’ll introduce a web app soon so that viewing streams in-browser is a possibility. If that becomes a reality, I’ll probably replace all of my non-Wyze cameras with Wyzes.Andrew Philpott has used this product for one month.