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Unboxing Wyze Cam Pan V2 – 360° Panning Camera Perfect for Baby and Pet Monitoring

We’re taking a hands-on look at some of the best security cameras on the market to help readers make more informed choices about their security products.

A strong contender for casual indoor surveillance, the Wyze Cam Pan v2’s nifty motion detection and tracking features make the most of its 360-degree motorized rotation. 

Main Features

  • 1080p HD with color night vision (infrared)
  • 120° field of view
  • 360° horizontal panning, 93° vertical tilting
  • Two-way audio
  • Motion detection & sound detection
  • Continuous recording via microSD (not included)
  • Works with Amazon Alexa
Wyze Cam Pan Box
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???? Automation ‘Rules’ help tailor the device to the user’s needs
???? Built-in siren
???? Mounting tools and instructions are not provided
???? Latency issues on the livestream
???? No Google Voice Assistant support in the in-app menu
???? No weatherproofing


The Wyze Cam Pan comes in a small cardboard box with thoughtfully designed branding. Inside are two smaller cardboard boxes, one containing the camera itself, and the other containing the charging adaptor and USB cable.

Wyze Cam Pan - Inside Box
The Wyze Cam Pan v2 comes with very minimal packaging that’s widely recycled.

There’s no mounting tools, like screws, included.

A quick start guide written in English and French points users towards the app. It doesn’t detail how to mount the camera, even though the camera does have a screw point on the bottom of it, suggesting it can be mounted upside down.

The Wyze Cam Pan v2 charging adaptor, mini USB cable, quick start guide, and the camera itself.
The Wyze Cam Pan v2 charging adaptor, mini USB cable, quick start guide, and the camera itself

Installation & Onboarding

App Setup TimeMounting tools included?Drilling? 
1-5 minutes

With the Wyze app already installed and an existing account logged in, setup lasted barely a minute in total.

For new users, an email address is required, and the app requests that the user’s location be shared. There’s also the option to hand over a phone number for two factor authentication for additional security, but it isn’t required.

Plug in the device, and a status LED will appear on the front. A voice says when the camera is ready to be paired. From the app, tap ‘add a device’, which requires a Wi-Fi network to be chosen to link.

Since I already had another Wyze device paired to my account, I was able to select the network and have the password entered automatically.

A QR code will then appear on the app, which is held up to the camera for it to scan. A voice confirms that Wyze is ready for use.

As for mounting, there’s really little to be said—opening the package reveals no mounting tools, stickers, or screws. It’s clear this isn’t designed for wall mounting. 

Yet the underside of the camera reveals a screw hole that can be attached to a standard tripod mount, so it can be mounted upside down from a ceiling. Even so, upright design of the camera makes it best suited for desktop use.

The underside of the Wyze Cam Pan v2. The USB slot is visible on the side of the spherical motorized mount
The underside of the Wyze Cam Pan v2. The USB slot is visible on the side of the spherical motorized mount
Kasa Spot Pan Tilt (left) and Reolink E1 Pro (right)
Kasa Spot Pan Tilt (left) and Reolink E1 Pro (right)

Hardware – Durability, Aesthetics, Size, Weight

SizeWeightWeatherproof?CasingTilt/Pan?Local Storage?
127.5 mm x 60 mm x 60 mm249 gWhite matte plastic✅ microSD card

Compared to other cameras under $70, that I have tried, the Wyze Cam Pan v2 has a heft to it at about 250 grams. That’s more than double the weight of the Wyze Cam v3.

In a way, the weight conveys quality. The matte white plastic casing looks and feels great, and overall the design is both more attractive than the Wyze Cam v3, even though they both resemble one another with their liberal references to cubic shapes.

The uniformity of the designs creates a uniformity in the home should users opt to have an arsenal of multiple Wyze devices survey their space.

The Wyze Cam Pan v2 (left) and the Wyze Cam v3 (right) on a table
The Wyze Cam Pan v2 (left) and the Wyze Cam v3 (right)

The lens is on a black ball joint on the top part of the camera, while the status LED and microphone are at the bottom. The back reveals a large speaker with ‘W’ emblem detailing. 

Underneath are the setup button and microSD card slot. The USB cable plugs into the circular plate the camera sits on rather than the main body of the camera. The plate doesn’t move, thus avoiding any tangling of the wire as it spins around.

The back of the Wyze Cam Pan v2, with the branded speaker visible
The back of the Wyze Cam Pan v2, with the branded speaker visible

Aside from its weight, it’s also unusually tall for a budget home security device, measuring almost 13 cm in height. A bit like the Wyze Cam v3, the design itself limits how you can position the camera.

Given the weight, mounting methods like stickers and magnets would be ill-advised. 

The device’s selling point, its ability to pan 360-degrees, is mostly successful, with the motor being quiet and smooth. Sometimes, like when the camera is powered on and does a sort of ceremonial spin, it attempts to push against the limits of its horizontal motor for a second or two, which causes a loud grinding noise. 

The central ball that the lens sits on tilts vertically 93-degrees. It also works well. 

More importantly, the app has a bunch of fantastic features to help users make the most of the panning, and the controls were almost instantaneous despite other latency issues. More on that below.

Software – App Usability, Features, and Third Party Compatibility

Wi-Fi?LTE Data (3G, 4G, 5G)?Bluetooth?Wired?
✅ Micro USB

The Wyze app is a pleasure to use. It can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store. It’s easily navigable, with a super clean interface. There’s plenty of settings that can be customized to suit the users needs, which requires some exploration.

A Cam Plus subscription unlocks person detection, full-length motion recording, and web view alongside cloud video storage.

There’s three main features related to motion that can be enabled: Motion Tracking, which tracks movement in accordance with sensitivity settings; Motion Tagging, which uses AI to recognize body parts, people, animals, and objects moving; and Pan Scan, which pans the camera 360-degrees periodically to scan the room. 

Motion tracking is super responsive, and whatever is subject to the most movement in frame is what is focussed on, because ‘motion tagging’ is automatically turned on. This can be turned off, but without it, I found that tracking barely functioned. Upon exiting the frame, for example, the camera won’t follow the subject.

Motion tagging is accurate, recognizing moving subjects from faces and isolated body parts.

Sometimes, motion tagging’s ability to focus on things like hands was disadvantageous, because if the hands move more than a face in the frame, the camera will move to follow the hands, taking the face out of the frame.

Motion tagging will occasionally lose track of faces if a certain body part comes close to the lens.

‘Pan scan’ enables the camera to pan 360 periodically, and if it finds a moving subject, it will then track it, which may be useful for pet monitoring and desk surveillance in a home study. 

If the camera gets confused and loses track of a subject, the pan scan can be relied upon to eventually find it again.

All in all, all three motion tools—Tagging, Tracking, and Pan Scan—need to be enabled to get the most out of the camera. Working in tandem, they make great use of the motorized panning.

Wyze app motion tracking feature screen
Turning on many of the features, including motion tagging, time lapse, and the siren, can be done right from the livestream.

The detection zone tool is decent, allowing for a fair degree of control by ‘painting’ in blocks to indicate where in the frame will be ignored and where won’t. 

Motion aside, exploring the app reveals smoke and CO alarm sound functions, which are a great touch for those regularly out of the home. 

The way events are displayed in calendar format is visually clear and intuitive, and you can easily share devices with other Wyze users, which is useful for families and roommates living together.

wyze app events screen - events are displayed in a calendar
‘Events’ are stored in a calendar that’s clear and visually intuitive.

Wyze’s automation settings, called ‘Rules’, allow for shortcuts like turning on the camera, the siren, and linked accessories. There’s also schedules (e.g. ‘turn notifications off at X time’), device triggers, and location triggers. 

It’s about as deep as it sounds, so will require some experimentation over time to figure out what works best. But it is clear that these automations are genuinely handy for tailoring the device to specific needs, especially if paying for premium features like person detection.


QualityFrame rateField of viewInfrared
1080p HD20 FPS120°✅ 

The camera can capture up to 1080p HD. Generally, I found it produced very clear, sharp images when static, but panning of any sort will reduce the quality. 

AlfredCam next to Wyze Cam V3
AlfredCam (left) next to Wyze Cam V3 (right).

There are latency issues on the live stream, with delays of a couple seconds occuring every now and then. Of the three quality settings (360p, 720p, and 1080p), anything above the lowest caused noticeably delayed footage at times. 

Wyze Cam Pan v2 livestream in 1080p
Wyze Cam Pan v2 livestream in 720p
Wyze Cam Pan v2 livestream in 360p
Quality testing the Wyze Cam Pan v2: from top to bottom, 1080p HD, 720p SD, and 360p.

Reolink’s E1 Pro is capable of much higher quality image settings, yet even 2K resolution didn’t cause the degree of latency issues experienced on the Wyze app. 

There’s no telling if what’s at fault is my broadband or broader latency issues caused by the firmware, but it’s worth being aware that a strong internet connection is probably a requirement for this camera, as was the case with Wyze Cam v3. 

What was clear to me is that the livestream latency issues were pronounced compared to Reolink, Kasa, and AlfredCamera products.

The addition of color night vision is the main distinction between the Wyze Cam Pan v1 and v2, and, to the delight of parents everywhere, it works quite well, so babies can be left in total darkness without becoming invisible. 

As with most other budget security cameras, a white balance issue is occasionally noticeable—fast moving objects close to the camera will be rendered in an indistinct blur of white for a brief moment. 

In reality, since this camera is more likely to be used for casual surveillance, this won’t have any impact at all on usability. 

wyze v3 camera test-1 white balance


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The camera’s audio capabilities are more than adequate, with the speaker and microphone being perfectly capable of facilitating conversations via two-way talk. 

Sound detection can be enabled alongside or instead of motion detection. Sound detection is likely a necessity for new parents—newborns tend to move very little, so motion detection alone isn’t always going to be appropriate for monitoring purposes.

wyze app alarm & CO settings

There’s a built-in siren for those who choose to use the device as a more conventional security tool which is appropriately loud and displeasing to the ear. It plays for a maximum of 30 seconds after being activated.


Wyze Cam Pan V2Subscription Service
RRP $43.99From $1.67 a month per camera

The 1080p quality doesn’t really compare to the 2K achieved by Reolink’s E1 Pro, so it’s not all that surprising that the price is kept lower. But elsewhere, the camera’s clever uses of its panning feature make it generally superior, despite the lower price tag.