Wyze has some of the best security cameras on the market. We recently featured the Wyze Cam V3 as our go-to thanks to its low price and convenient selection of features. While a subscription isn’t entirely necessary for the company’s cameras, it does provide extra utility. With that in mind, it’s opening up a new subscription tier for everyone.
THE includes AI people detection (instead of motion detection) and 12-second event recordings. Here’s the difference: it’s a pay-what-you-want plan, so you’ll have access to these features without having to pay a monthly or annual fee.
The existing Cam Plus plan costs $2 per month or $15 per year. It supports consecutive event recordings (instead of one every five minutes). Other features include full video recording while motion is detected and detection of packages, vehicles and pets.
Until now, Wyze cameras captured 12-second clips every five minutes when they detected an event, and these recordings are stored for up to 14 days. Wyze is moving this feature to its subscriptions, however you will need to opt for the Cam Plus or Cam Plus Lite plan to continue using cloud recordings.
Wyze says it’s pairing Cloud recordings with the AI people detection feature in the Cam Plus Lite plane to make them more useful and reduce unnecessary notifications that can be triggered by a clip of, say, a bug flying in front of the camera. The company believes this approach will improve the overall experience, although it has said it will incur significant cloud costs as a result. As such, while not making users pay for these features, they are expected to contribute whatever they can to help cover everyone’s costs.
If you do not activate for Cam Plus Lite, your cameras will store thumbnails of what they detect instead of video. You can still sign up for Cam Plus Lite at any time.
Wyze is also making some changes to local storage options. It will support microSDXC cards with more than 32GB of storage. This feature is available on Wyze Cam v3 now and is coming to the company’s other cameras as part of its upcoming firmware update. In mid-February, Wyze will release 30-second rewind and fast-forward buttons to help users scroll through images stored on a microSD card faster.
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