I received my new Outdoor Wyze Cams and have the base stations installed, the cams charged, and then went to mount them and realized that I am in trouble. The supplied cam mount seems to only allow vertical swivel for adjustments, no horizontal. If I mount it sideways, it will only allow horizontal, not vertical. I need both to properly aim the outdoor cam. Am I missing something really obvious or is this just the way it is?
It swivels left and right and tilts up and down. If you’re mounting the base on a wall you should be able to extend the arm and tilt the round part until it’s level, then swivel left or right as needed.
It’s not a perfect base, but it’s pretty flexible. Some people have attached them to L-brackets or 3D-printed mounts to get just the right angle.
Duh, I was overthinking this, you simple rotate the camera on the magnet and viola, problem solved, Sorry for the confusion.
The WCO allows me to put the camera where I have no power, like the chicken coop to alert me when snakes come a-calling, in my tomato patch to alert me when squirrels come a chomping, in my long drive way to let me know when someone is approaching. I am hoping it will fit this niche for me. Will update with any experiences.
Glad you got it figured out! It’s also worth mentioning that you can also remove the WCO from the magnetic base and attach the base to the top of the WCO to keep it right-side up for ceiling mounts.
I’m not sure the WOC will sense snakes as they are not warm blooded. Pretty sure the chickens fluttering around in response to the snake will get noticed by the camera.
I agree the tilting the round part up until it is level and then rotating the camera left or right will provide a nice image.
However, there is case where the camera if mounted high up in a tree or above the first story of a building, tilting the round part to level will result in a level field of view which sees a lot of sky and not a lot of ground. To lower the aim of the camera so it captures a more useful field of view, the round part will need to be tilted downward. Subsequent left or right rotation of the camera about the round part will result in out-of-level field of views. The degree of out-of-level depends upon how much tilt and direction angle is involved. At low angle values the field of views would still be satisfactory.
To correct the out-of-level field of views, the base that is connected to a vertical wall (or tree) must be rotated as needed to restore levelness to the view. The corrective rotation of the base may result in having to touch-up the tilt angle of the round part. Two to three iterations of these back and forth adjustments are all that should be needed to get a nice level field of view at the desired horizontal and vertical aim.
Of course, the camera will be strung-out, tilted and rotated. This makes the aim of the camera subject to the curiosity of outdoor creatures. Also bumping them while removing cobwebs doesn’t help.
My preference has been to utilize various L-bracket mounts that keep the camera in its most compact configuration (easy to clean), and the L-bracket maintains a stable aim.