Wyze recently announced a new optional Cam Plus subscription for its security cameras. With Cam Plus, your Wyze Cams can start recording in the cloud when they discover a person without any cooling off periods. It̵7;s a service similar to Nest Aware, but they are not identical, and these differences are important.
When choosing between Wyze and Nest, cost is already a factor. Wyze Cams start at $ 25 (including shipping), while Nest cameras start at $ 130. You can buy five basic Wyze cameras for the price of a basic Nest camera. But Nest cameras have a wider field of view, tighter integration with Google services and 5 GHz Wi-Fi radio, at no cost for local storage options.
It’s a trade-off, and when you start looking at the two competing services, you’ll find similar trade-offs.
Wyze Cam Plus is cheaper for some cameras
If you only have a few cameras, you save money with Wyze. And it’s not just the cameras, but also the services. Wyze Cam Plus sets you back $ 15 per year per camera. For that price, you get the company’s Complete Motion Capture (which records video without cooling periods), personal discovery (so you only record people) and 14 days of cloud storage.
If you have three Wyze cameras, whether it’s Wyze Cam or Wyze Cam Pan, you’ll spend $ 45 a year. It’s worth noting that you can not connect the Cam Plus to Wyze’s new outdoor camera yet. With Nest, the minimum you can spend is $ 60 per year. But it quickly becomes a bargain if you own enough cameras.
Nest has more cameras, storage and the price does not go up
But what if you need a lot of cameras? Then Nest Aware can be something to think about. You will spend more in advance on cameras, but less on a rolling subscription.
Nest Aware is available in two flavors, either $ 60 per year or $ 120 per year. Either way, you get a lot more history than you do with Wyze. Instead of just the previous 14-day movies, you can either show up to 30 days of event-based history or 60 days of event-based history plus 10 days of 24/7 video. Wyze does not offer an alternative “24/7 history” at all.
And either plan allows you to connect an unlimited number of cameras. When you hit four Wyze Cams, you pay the same as the cheaper Nest Aware plan and you get less history. But Nest Aware with five or more cameras connected costs you less than Wyze Cam Plus for five or more cameras.
You might think owning many cameras is unlikely, but Nest offers more camera types than Wyze. It has two indoor cameras, two outdoor cameras and a video doorbell. They all work with your Nest Aware subscription.
Conversely, Wyze has two indoor cameras that work with the subscription, and that’s it. It does not have a video doorbell (yet), and the outdoor camera does not work with its subscription (yet).
So which one should you get?
If you already own Wyze or Nest cameras, you should get the matching subscription. But if you have not yet invested in any of the ecosystems, it is best to set your priorities.
Want to spend less on some cameras? Then Wyze is the solution for you. You spend less on cameras in advance, and as long as you stick to three cameras or less, you spend less on a subscription.
Do you want to cover the entire home or narrow the integration of smart homes? Nest may be the solution for you. After hitting four cameras, say a pair of indoor cameras, an outdoor camera and a video doorbell, the Nest Aware plan is competitive with the Wyze Cam Plus.
You will spend more money getting there, but your subscription works for you outdoor cameras and doorbell. And when you add more, your subscription price will not increase.
And because Google creates Nest, Nest cameras always work better with Nest Hubs and other Google Smart devices. Wyze has its own growing list of smart home integrations, but no smart screens, which can be discussed as the best feature of a video doorbell.
In the end, there are no wrong answers – just the right solution for your scenario.