There are specific uses for the micro SD cards, as stated. However, it is very clear that recording complete motion to either card was left out to force customers to enroll in a monthly service. I understand that these cameras are cheap and likely don’t return enough profit to fund their growing company. But I also feel as though Wyze is missing the main attraction of their products… Cheap and don’t require a subscription. I have personally recommended Wyze to several people looking at Ring cams simply because of this. “Hey, Wyze is only $20, doesn’t require a subscription, and records continuously to a memory card.” I personally would gladly forfeit the useless 12 second cloud recordings for easier to navigate continuous recording to the micro SD card.
This change is further solidified with their doorbell, which should have been designed to take a card. Or at least make it able to record to the outdoor cam base station. The free 12 second clips are so useless that they’re not even worth whatever it’s costing Wyze. They probably should have built their whole platform around local storage, with the option to pay for cloud storage for those that care, to reduce their base operating costs. Cloud storage and cloud computing are very expensive, reoccurring costs. And they joke about it in their announcement, “we finally hired an accountant.” While I don’t believe it was that simple, that is a very nonchalant way to joke about a very serious problem with their business model. “Oh yeah, it turns out we didn’t research the stuff we’ve been promising you. Lulz, our bad y’all. But hey, trust us to be your security company!” …Uh-huh. Right.