Wyze Labs Discontinues First-Generation Security Camera
The Verge reports that Wyze Labs has discontinued its first-generation WyzeCam, released in 2017, which I reviewed in “$20 WyzeCam Security Camera Is Almost Too Good to Be True” (28 February 2018). As of 1 February 2022, Wyze Labs will no longer sell or support the first-generation WyzeCam, and the company discourages its use due to a lack of security updates.
In an email to affected customers, Wyze Labs included a $3 coupon toward the purchase of a new WyzeCam, a decent discount. The current third-generation WyzeCam costs $35.98 but is also usable outdoors, unlike the original WyzeCam. These days, I usually recommend the $39.99 Eufy Security Solo camera, which is limited to indoor use but is HomeKit-compatible.
Thank you Josh: Of course they are warning of security issue. Making money is the name of the game. I am going to go with your recommendation. While Wyze cameras have been stable, the voice feature has never really worked.
Heads up to all Wyze Cam owners: Wyze is scaling back the free cloud video recording. They are sending emails to Wyze owners stating that as of 15 Feburary 2022, cameras will only save still snapshots in the cloud unless you sign up for Cam Plus or Cam Plus Lite, the latter of which lets you name a price of $0… for now.
They have been so confusing to work with the past couple of years.
I am trying to find out from them if we would be able to add new cameras to Cam Plus Lite OR if we can save videos locally to the SD cards and still view them within the app. If these answers are no, there is no reason for me to buy a Wyze again.
And their last update broke video playback (plays at 2x speed) at night for many users.
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