Seapup and Johnsmith - I know it sounds crazy, and I know that the most likely scenario here is to say that this is operator error and that nothing changed, but I swear - the entire reason I bought v3 cams to replace my v2 was because of the invisible claim, and when we received them, they were indeed invisible and fantastic. My 2 year old didn’t care about them, and all was well. Something changed, even though nothing in our room changed. And I know that my own test flies in the face of this (where I bought a brand new one on amazon and it had the same visible IR light issue), but I’m 100% positive that those lights were invisible. That was the entire reason we bought it, and kept it! I swear I’m not crazy. I’m a professional videographer and I care deeply about lighting and cameras.
Furthermore, both of your explanations seem logical and super reasonable to me. Seapup, your explanation of the bell curve makes total sense. If I hadn’t seen that they were invisible originally, I would 100% say that makes sense, and that they should change their advertising. Regardless of your feelings about this response - thank you both for your knowledge and insight. I still think there is something else going on here, but thanks to you I’ve learned a lot about how they normally work!
For anyone looking for another option - Last week I bought an $18 IR light on amazon and have it sitting on a high shelf and pointed at the ceiling. I then turned off all the IR lights on the cameras themselves. The kid can’t see it from his crib, and the IR light bounces beautifully off the walls and ceiling. It’s SO much brighter than the little IR lights on the wyze cams can provide (understandably, given that it’s just as big as an entire wyze cam!). It also doesn’t create shadows of the cribs’ walls because the light is pointed up and bouncing down as opposed to shining right into the crib. This before and after shot doesn’t do it justice. It is truly so much brighter and it has boosted the quality especially when we zoom in on my son sleeping in the crib. It’s way brighter and more beautiful than this one little example frame shows.
So for $18 I’ve solved my problem, and dramatically increased the quality and brightness of my night shot. Just search “infrared light oculus” on amazon and you’ll find a good option.
Here’s the IR light I purchased. Seapup - if this isn’t allowed please message me and I’ll take it down. Or delete this post and I’ll repost without the link.
Orzero Ir Illuminator Infrared Light