Wyze Cam Pan review

OUR VERDICT

The Widgets Cam Pan is easy to use, delivers good video and audio, and has a 360-degree viewing area and a variety of useful features for less than $ 40.

PROS

  • Inexpensive.
  • Motion tracking.
  • Time-lapse video.
  • Mechanical pan and tilt.
  • Crisp 1080p video.
  • Alexa and IFTTT support.
  • Free cloud and local storage.

CONS

  • CO alarm alert didn’t work in testing.
  • Minor barrel distortion.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Widgets Cam Pan is a very affordable indoor security camera that features mechanical pan and tilt, motion tracking, local and free cloud storage, support for Alexa and IFTTT, and more.

Full Story

Founded by former Amazon employees, Widgets Labs has been around for less than two years, but at the time it stripped down its original Widgets cam and its successor, WizCam V2, for its first two product offerings for two Editors’ Choice awards. The company’s latest offer, Wise Cam Pan, continues this trend. Priced at just $ 26.5, it offers all the features of the previous models, such as speed and sound detection, time-lapse recording and free cloud storage, and is available on the Mechanical Pan Ab

Design and Features

Matte White Waze cam pan size and size similar to the iSmartAlarm iKemera Kip Pro at 5.1 by 2.2 by 2.2 inches (HWD). The matches don’t end here. Both use a motorized base to provide mechanical panning, and both use a black motorized lens housing to adjust the mechanical tilt. The cam pan offers a 360-degree pan range and a 93-degree vertical risk range.

In addition to the lens housing, the front of the cam pan sports a light sensor and an LED indicator that glows in solid blue color while the camera is connected and a yellow color during setup. There are almost back speakers and a Type-A USB port that can be used to connect to other Wiz cameras. The camera has a microSD card slot, a setup button, a USB power port and a microphone. It is a six foot USB power cable, a USB power adapter

The cam pan captures 1080p video at 15 pps, has 8x digital zoom, and a 120-degree viewing area. It uses six infrared LEDs to deliver up to 30 feet of night vision (black-and-white) video, and has an 802.11 Wi-Fi radio to connect to your home network. It operates only on the 2.4GHz band, where the Ikemera Kip Pro offers 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi connections.

Not only does the camera look like the Ikemera Keep Pro, it includes speed and sound detection, speed tracking, time-lapse recording, smoke and CO alarm detection, and local storage using a microSD card. You get 14 days of free rolling cloud storage (Ikemera Kip Pro provides free storage for up to 30 clips), IFTTT Applet Support for the Amazon eco-car device ulira and video viewing capabilities.

The Pan uses the same mobile app (available for Android and iOS) as the previous Wise Cam model. It opens on a device screen that displays all installed widgets with the last captured image of each camera. At the bottom of this screen are the Devices, Notifications, and My Account tabs, and a plus icon for adding a new camera in the upper right corner. The notification tab displays a history of all noise, motion, smoke and CO alerts, including a thumbnail of the video.

To turn on the live stream, tap the image on the cam pan that appears in full-screen mode by rotating the side of your phone. You can use the swipe gestures directly on the video or the four-way dial at the bottom of the stream to pan and squeeze. Just below the dial are buttons labeled sound (mute, unmute), record (manual video recording), speakers (two-way audio), and take photos (take a snapshot). There is also a button that opens a menu where you can see many of the cameras

Here you can enable / disable motion tracking, which allows the camera to follow the speed of / any person triggers a speed alert; The pan scan, whose camera automatically panes the room using four preset way points, will stop for 10 seconds before moving on; And motion tagging, which frames the object of a motion alert with a green box for easy identification. Here you can create timely videos, access video and photo albums, and cam

A gear icon at the top of the app takes you to a screen where you can set / enable motion, sound, smoke and CO detection, speed and sound sensitivity levels, and create a schedule for sending camera alerts at certain times of the day. Advanced settings allow you to configure pan scan speed, format an SD card, enable / disable status LEDs, rotate the image and enable / disable sound recording.

Installation and Performance

Pan cam is easy to install. I downloaded the mobile app and signed in using reviews from my previous widget reviews. If this is your first widget camera, you will need to create an account. I tap the plus icon on the Devices screen to add a device, select the Widgets cam pan and follow the on-screen instructions to plug it into the camera and wait about 20 seconds for the yellow light to glow. Next I set up the button for a few seconds

Next, I selected my Wi-Fi SSID, entered my password, and used the camera to scan the QR code on the screen. When the code is scanned I tap on the next one and a voice prompt says, “Setup is finished.” I entered a name for the camera, updated the firmware and finished.

The cam pan provided sharp, colorful 1080p daytime video and well-lit black-and-white night video on the test. The quality of the live and recorded video is fluid, but the Ikemera is not quite as smooth as the Kip Pro, and there is little touch of barrel distortion. On the other hand, pan and tilt motion icimers are somewhat more responsive than Kip Pro. Two-way audio is loud and clear.