I am a recent convert to the Wyze cameras. I am loving them!
But for years, I have wanted to install a peephole camera, but still, there are no good options available.
It’s strange because I am betting that the market for a door peephole camera that replaces a standard optical peephole is far greater than for wired doorbell cameras.
As of now (Dec. 1, 2019), I am not aware of any products that meet the basic requirements of WiFi, recording, mobile alerts, and incognito appearance (looking like a regular peephole). The closest product that I could find is https://doorsecuritygroup.com/brinno-peephole-security-camera but it completely misses on no WiFi and no mobile alerts.
I was going to go the Raspberry PI route, but it’s unlikely that I will be able to interface that camera to the Wyze mobile app. So, I have ordered another Wyze camera to tear apart to build my own peephole camera.
Why tear apart the camera?
I have looked at attaching the camera to the inside end of a standard peephole, but even with am additional objective lens, the view is too distorted and their is too much of a ‘barrel’ effect to get a good enough view of the outside.
Unless someone has a better idea, I am thinking that I will need to lift the camera off its base an move it to the outside of the door, in other words, the camera body is on the inside of the door, camera wires run through the hole in the door, to the camera sensor/lens on the outside.
I probably won’t get started on this project for another month, but I’ll post updates to this thread whenever I have some news.
I welcome any suggestions.