I have to somewhat agree with mikey5112. I was happy with my purchase until I discovered some lapses in notifications today.
I bought two cameras because my car was broken into and I wanted to catch the person doing it. Also, since I was leaving on a 3 week trip I wanted the extra security of knowing what is going on around my house and catch any unwanted activity. I noticed over the last week that there are some notifications or events that are not recorded in the log that should be such as me leaving the house or driving my car out of the drive way or mail delivery etc.
After inquiring about this issue with the Wyze team it turns out that there is a 5 minute cool down period after an event has been recorded. Perhaps this has something to do with storage limits, but I find this to be a big flaw in the usage of this device. I want to receive a notification of any activity whenever it occurs and not just once every 5 minutes. Yes I have an SD card in both cameras and continues recording is enabled as well as the playback but there is also a problem with this. Let me explain….
There are 86400 seconds in a 24 hr period. If an event triggers a recording of only 12 seconds (it will only record for 12 seconds regardless if the activity is still ongoing) it will then stop any further notifications for 5 minutes or 300 seconds. So based on this, the camera is only capable of providing an event notification every 312 seconds. That means in a day it can roughly provide 277 event notifications. That seems like a lot but that equates to 3324 seconds (277*12) of event recording. That means that for the remaining 83076 seconds or 1384.6 minutes or 23.1 hours there are no notifications of events. You get the point.
Now of course it has continuous recording and you have the play back feature and should you be lucky enough that the camera recorded an event of interest you can time stamp and go back and look…… but what are you supposed to do if the event did not get notified and you have to search through 23 hrs of footage on a single speed playback function? Are you really going to sit there for 23 hrs looking for some activity of interest (yes you can cut that down based on sunlight in the video etc.)? What if you were gone for a week and noticed something was missing/broken into are you going to sit through days’ worth of footage? Shouldn’t the camera do this for me and isn’t this what I bought it for?
I am very disappointed that what I thought was a good way of catching perpetrator turns out to be very ineffective. All you need is for the camera to be distracted by a car driving/person walking/animal setting of the event notification and after 12 seconds the perpetrator has 5 minutes of unnotified time which leaves me clueless to when it happened. If I’m up for the challenge of sifting through hours of boring footage this may not be a problem but who has time for that.
Had I known of this characteristic before I would not have purchased these cameras. I also did not see any mention of this in any of the online reviews so perhaps there are other users with a false sense of security and are unknowingly missing important notifications?
Either way I think this is a critical component that the Wyze team needs to address and get it fixed as soon as possible.