Our homes are our sanctuaries, and we want to feel safe in them. Installing security cameras can be a good way to gain peace of mind. While the best security cameras often retail for hundreds of dollars, right now you can get one from Wyze that’s great for indoor or outdoor use and only costs $33 on Amazon.
As a brand, Wyze is known for its affordability, and the Cam v3 will be kinder to your budget than other popular models (like the Google Nest Cam, which usually retails for about $199). For starters, this weather-resistant model has an IP65 rating, which means it can get wet without being wrecked in the process, and it can operate through rainstorms if you have it set up outside. Once it gets dark, you’ll still be able to clearly see what’s happening within the cam’s field of vision, as it offers built-in night vision in high-definition, 1080-pixel color. This model—which is compatible with voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant—also provides motion and sound detection, and will send customizable alerts straight to your phone if something gets picked up.
If you want to have the Wyze Cam v3 operate on a 24/7 basis, you can set it up to do so, but you’ll need a 32-gigabyte (GB) microSD card ($12); if you only plan to use it outdoors, you’ll need to use a special power adapter, which costs $20. It’s designed to work over a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network, which is something to keep in mind before you buy. Another perk is that this unit delivers two-way audio so you can respond in real-time if someone comes to your doorstep. If you want additional protection, signing up for the Wyze Cam Plus plan will allow you to record full-length videos, filter video clips by the people in them, and more—even better, it only costs an extra $3 per month, per camera.
With nearly 70,000 reviews and a 4.5-star rating on Amazon, the Wyze Cam v3 is a value pick in the security cam market that many folks have tried and give a seal of approval. Several loved how easy it was to install. “The camera is really easy to set up and has the option to use screws to mount onto the wall, or it comes with [a] sticky command strip to use instead, which is great [for renters],” one shopper wrote. Others noted that it’s an improvement over earlier versions, particularly because it offers night vision. “This camera has SUPER night imaging capability, and switches from black and white night mode to color night mode if it detects motion,” another customer wrote. The real-time, live video streaming it provides is another big selling point among reviewers.
Get the Wyze Cam v3 security camera starting at $33 on Amazon today.
A version of this story was originally published in 2022 and has been updated for 2023.