The Wyze Cam v3 is one of the affordable wired security cameras. It’s a small and versatile camera, and the small form factor makes it easy to fit it anywhere. And the IP68 rating helps its case. Another security camera in the same price bracket is the Amazon Blink Mini. Like its peer, it’s also a 1080p camera and comes with nifty add-ons like two-way audio and invisible infrared LEDs.
The Wyze Cam v3 and the Amazon Blink Mini are the best value-for-money propositions. But between the two, which camera is the better security camera? More importantly, does the Cam v3 offer you more features than the Blink Mini?
Well, that’s what we will explore in this post today as we pit the Amazon Blink Mini against the Wyze Cam v3 security camera.
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The Blink Mini lives up to its name and sports a small form factor. It sports a round base and squarish face. The ‘face’ has invisible infrared LED that help in recording sharp night clips (more on that later). And yes, the camera rotates and turns on its base.
Despite the small plasticky base, the Blink Mini is quite sturdy. Als, the base can easily hold the weight and you can mount it on walls.
The Blink Mini is strictly an indoor camera and doesn’t come with any IP (Ingress Protecttion) rating. However, if you are looking for local storage options, you will need to invest in the Blink Sync Module 2.
It’s worth noting that the Sync Module 2 has almost the same price as the Blink Mini. So in case you want to store your video files locally, your setup costs will certainly go up.
On the other hand, the Wyze Cam v3 stands out due to its adorable shape and size. It’s shaped like a cube and resembles a little robot. Like its companion, it’s small, and when pulled up to its maximum height, it measures 2.05 x 2 x 2.3-inches.
The Cam v3 is lightweight and can be moved easily across places. However, this convenience comes at a price for thieves or potential intruders can easily pull this camera out. It has been designed as an offline camera and comes bundled with ports for a microSD card and USB-A flash drives. It removes the hassle of buying a bridge or a sync unit. However, if the camera gets stolen, you won’t have access to the footage.
Lastly, the Cam v3 is IP65-rated making it a great outdoor camera. And like the Blink Mini, the Cam V3 can also be mounted on walls.
Storage — Offline & Cloud
One of the major differences between the Amazon Blink Mini and the Wyze Cam V3 is the storage options. Wyze’s camera gives you options for offline and cloud storage. The former means that you can hook a microSD card or a flash drive to record the events. With it, you’ll need to review the footage frequently so that they are not over written.
At the same time, the Cam v3 also comes with free 14-day cloud storage. If you opt for this, you won’t get continuous recording like the offline mode. Instead, it will record 12-minute videos when triggered. Interestingly, the camera needs a 5-minute cooldown period between recordings and won’t record continuously. In critical situations, the camera could potentially miss out on recording crucial moments.
On the other hand, a single Blink Mini comes with the option to record the video on the cloud. For starters, you can opt for the free 30-day trial of the Blink Subscription Plan. With this, you can save up to 90-minutes of video per session. At the same time, the cloud storage gives you the flexibility of reviewing the video footage at the time of your convenience.
After the trial period completes, you will have to shell out around $3 per month for a single device. The subscription also opens the door to features like motion-activated notifications, live view recording, continuous recording, and photo capture. Sadly, you will be limited to viewing live streams for up to 5 minutes only and alert notifications without the plan.
You can also switch to offline storage only if you pair it with the Blink Add-On Sync Module 2.
Features that Matter
The Blink Mini is an Amazon device and supports Alexa integration. Also, if you have the Echo Show, you can view the live view on the device. Cool, right?
The Mini packs activity zones and two-way audio. Surprisingly, the two-way audio is crisp and sharp, and if you have a pet at home, you can easily use this to soothe them remotely. Moreover, the Blink app opens the door to several customization options. For example, you can arm and disarm the camera at your will.
However, it lacks important features like person detection or package detection. But for the price, we are not complaining.
As opposed to it, the Wyze Cam v3 bundles several nifty features like sound monitoring and smoke monitoring. And yes, it also supports person detection and vehicle detection. Naturally, this saves you from pouring over hours and hours of unusable video. However, there’s a slight catch to it.
You will need to subscribe to the Wyze Cam Plus subscription for person detection. This plan costs around $1.25/month.
Video Quality & Performance
No security camera is worth its money if it delivers hazy or blurred videos. Thankfully, both cameras churn out quality video despite the affordable price tag.
The Blink Mini delivers crisp and sharp videos. And the 1080p resolution is the cherry on top. Night videos also rank well in the quality department. They are well-detailed and clear and do not have white and black effects, usually associated with cheap security cameras. The folks at Tech Radar used this camera as a baby monitor and found out that it recorded better night videos than dedicated baby monitors.
When it comes to the Wyze Cam v3, the videos are also crisp and clear, and you will be able to easily make out the features. However, the video quality tends to drop a notch with fast-moving objects. At the same time, the audio detection is a little off. For instance, it can pick up deep voices but fails to pick up light conversations near it.
Blink Mini vs Wyze Cam v3
So, which camera should you choose? Well, it depends on your requirements. The Wyze Cam v3 is versatile and easily doubles as an outdoor camera. The offline storage option saves you from monthly subscription charges. The video quality is not bad for the price, and the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support is the cherry on top.
However, if you are already on the Blink ecosystem (or plan to upgrade later), the Blink Mini is a good option. Sure, the subscription charges and the camera cost more than the Wyze camera here, but you get quality audio and video.
Last updated on 23 May, 2022
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