Just wanted to share my experience with Wyze v2 after a month of use.
I decided to write this after the camera began to misbehave, so here is the summary.
The very first thing I noticed at the very beginning was timelapse issues - certain frames were just corrupted, with blocks of color noise or other visual artifacts. However, since timelapse recording is not what I bought the camera for, I decided to live with it.
My next discovery was more worrisome: I found out that cloud recordings are triggered only once every five minutes. In other words, if the camera is aimed at a dynamic scene, it won’t record clip after the clip after the clip continuously. Instead, it will only save a 12-second video once every 5 minutes. 12 seconds saved, 288 seconds missed, and so on. I am sure that this is already described/documented somewhere, but for me it was a surprise. I do understand that this is a security camera, and it is not designed for continuous shooting and uploading, but 12 seconds once in 5 minutes looks way too stingy.
Well, there is a simple workaround for this, I thought. Just turn on continuous local recording to the SD card. Alas, this did not work either. Playback mode showed just random pattern of green stripes on the timeline, with lots of gaps and “No video at the selected time” message. Why? I don’t know. To me “continuous” means just that - without missing a second. Any cheapo dash cam can do this 24x7x365.
Yesterday the camera went offline midday. The app just refused to connect to it, period. Powercycled it a few times just to find out that this does not help at all. Status light behaved erratically - yellow, flashing yellow/blue, flashing yellow, flashing blue, blue… I saw everything without any identifiable pattern. In any case, the camera was not visible to the app.
Tried resetting the camera, unlinking it from the account, linking it again - that went fine, and I was able to see the camera image for some time, but then it again got disconnected.
I plugged the SD card into my desktop and saw the Windows message that this device has issues and has to be scanned/repaired. I ignored that and looked at the files… The directory structure was Ok, but only about 1 file in 10 was Ok. Some videos were totally corrupted and I was unable to play them. Some were playing, but with terrible distortions, artifacts and dropouts; here are a few screenshots:
And interestingly, the camera went live immediately when I removed the SD card. I formatted it in the computer, and the camera went online with the same card again.
It’s worth mentioning that I have both Wyze Pan Cam and Wyze v2, and the pan cam works good so far; no issues with video recording, connectivity etc.