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Blink Mini Vs Wyze Cam Vs Wyze Cam Pan: Best Lil’ Budget Cam?

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In this article, I’ll compare Amazon’s new Blink Mini vs Wyze Cam vs Wyze Cam Pan.

I’ll include a side-by-side features comparison table so you can get a sense of the similarities and differences between the three cameras at a glance.

Simply want to know the two main differences between the Blink Mini vs Wyze cameras? Here they are:

First, Blink Mini is wired, and both Wyze Cams are wireless. Second, Wyze provides a limited amount of free Cloud storage, where Amazon charges a monthly fee; local storage is available on all three cameras (via a Synch Module add-on for Blink and a MicroSD card for Wyze).

 There are some other noteworthy technical differences as well. I will cover those below.


A ‘Wyze’ Decision?

In a move that has left some critics a bit puzzled, Amazon announced an inexpensive new security camera. The hot-off-the-press Blink Mini Cam is positioned to compete with two very popular cameras made by Seattle-based Wyze in the smart home security space.

I don’t find it confusing at all. Because of the price point and good quality, I have myself bought several Wyze Cams over the past year for myself and to give as gifts.

As reported in a recent Forbes magazine article, citing a study by Strategy Analytics,  the home security cameras market is poised to surpass a whopping $9.7 billion by 2023.

Wyze has certainly captured a substantial market share in the high stakes home security space, selling over one million units in their first year of business.  And that was way back in 2017.

Amazon wasn’t going to stand for that forever. LOL.

But what are the differences between the two cameras?

Let’s start by comparing them side by side.


Blink Mini Vs Wyze Cam vs Wyze Cam Pan: Head to Head

The following table illustrates the major technical differences between Blink Mini vs Wyze Cam vs Wyze Cam Pan.

Blink Mini Wyze Cam Wyze Cam Pan
Designed for Indoor Use Indoor Use Indoor Use
Video Quality 1080p 1080p 1080p
Wireless 2. 4GHz WiFi network 2. 4GHz WiFi network 2. 4GHz WiFi network
Two-Way Audio Through App
Motion Detection with Mobile Push Notifications
Custom motion detection zones
Night Vision Yes. infrared Basic infrared with 4 infrared (IR) LEDs 6 IR LEDs for improved night vision
Free Cloud Storage Free Trial, then small monthly fee 12 sec video clip of motion detection stored for 14 days 12 sec video clip of motion detection stored for 14 days
Ability to Record Locally Yes, through Blink Synch Module coming later this year Yes, 8 GB, 16GB, or 32GB FAT32 MicroSD card sold separately Yes, 8 GB, 16GB, or 32GB FAT32 MicroSD card sold separately
Pan/Tilt/Zoom
Voice Assistants Amazon Alexa Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa
Mobile Device Support iOS 10.3, Android 5.0, or Fire OS 5.1 Apple (iOS) and Android Apple (iOS) and Android
Manufacturer Blink Home Security Wyze Labs Wyze Labs
Dimensions 50 mm x 49 mm x 36 mm 2.2" x 1.97" x 1.97" 5.02" x 2.36" x 2.36
Wi-Fi Enabled 48 grams 100g 249g

Blink Mini Overview

Blink Mini Vs Wyze Cam 

The Blink Mini Cam is Amazon’s answer to the Wyze Cam. It features a 110-degree diagonal field of view and will let you record in 1080p HD video at up to 30 frames per second [FPS]. It is more compact in size than the previous Blink cams measuring at 50 mm x 49 mm x 36 mm and weighing 30 grams. One main difference when comparing with Wyze is that both Wyze cams are wireless and this is a wired option.

Blink Mini comes equipped with a 2-meter micro USB cable and power adapter that requires an electric rating of 00-240V 50/60 HZ 0.15A [standard power]. Free Cloud Storage is currently being offered by Amazon on a trial basis through the end of the year, then you either need to purchase a storage plan or you can leverage local storage through Amazon’s Blink Sync model [available later this year].

Availability

The Blink Mini Cam is being released on April 15, 2020, but is available for pre-order now. As of this writing, you can purchase a two-camera pack at a discount.

👉You can check the price at Amazon here.


Wyze Cam V2 Overview

Blink Mini Vs Wyze Cam 

The Wyze Cam is the little engine who could, and it is a fan favorite among smart home enthusiasts.  It remains one of the most affordable quality cameras you can buy. Tens of thousands of units have sold.  I have bought, set up and tested several of these cameras myself [for review purposes and to give as gifts].  The set-up process is literally a breeze and takes literally 10 minutes. The camera is small and light enough where you can stick in virtually anywhere.  There are some limitations and benefits that make Wyze Cam Pan a worthy upgrade though. I talk about those below.

Video Review

Reed from Smart Home Solver has an awesome video review of Wyze Cam V2 out on YouTube. I’ll embed it below. Nice work, Reed.

Availability

Wyze Cam is available to purchase today.

👉You can get it here at Amazon.


Wyze Cam Pan Overview

Blink Mini Vs Wyze Cam 

Wyze Cam Pan provides three major improvements over the smaller Wyze Cam. I’ll bet you can guess what the first one is. Yup! The ability for the camera to pan 360 degrees. But it can also tilt and zoom. This is a great benefit as it literally lets you see around the whole room giving you a broader field of view. The second improvement is better night vision.

The one complaint I’ve seen about the Wyze Cam is that the night vision is just so so.  Wyze Cam Pan improves on this with six LED sensors as opposed to four with Wyze Cam. Third, you get a slightly larger field of view out of the box at 120 degrees as opposed to 110 with Wyze Cam.

Video Review

Here’s another great video review of the Wyze Cam Pan from Security Dot Org.

Availability

Wyze Cam Pan has been out for a while and is available to order now.

👉 You can check the latest price here at Amazon.


What’s In the Box

Blink Mini

Blink Mini Vs Wyze Cam 

  • Blink Mini camera
  • 1 attached stand
  • 2 mounting screws
  • 1 USB cable
  • 1 Power adapter

Wyze Cam

Blink Mini Vs Wyze Cam 

  • Wyze Cam v2
  • Quick Start Guide
  • USB cable
  • Power adapter
  • Wall plate
  • Mounting tape

Wyze Cam Pan

Blink Mini Vs Wyze Cam 

  • Wyze Cam Pan x1
  • Power adapter x1
  • USB cable x1
  • Quick Start Guide x1


The Verdict

At the end of the day, all three of these cameras are great buys.  If you told me a few years ago, I would be able to buy a sub-$40 video camera that lets you monitor a baby, keep dibs on your dog, or spy on your Nannie….I would have said you were smoking the devil’s lettuce.

Well, you know what I mean.

I think Amazon’s addition of this budget option is brilliant and will appeal to Amazon ecosystem subscribers. I am looking forward to testing the differences in Alexa integration too.

The Wyze Cam Pan is a significant upgrade to the Wyze Cam for just a little more money. However, if you want a cheap security camera that does the job, the Wyze Cam is still hard to beat.


Blink Mini Vs Wyze: What Do You Think?

So what do you think about the differences [and similarities] between the Blink Mini vs Wyze Cam vs Wyze Cam Pan?

Do you already own a Wyze Cam? Plan to purchase a Blink Mini?

Please leave me a comment below and let me know – and also your thoughts of choosing one over the other. I look forward to hearing from you!


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About the Author

Tim BrennanTim Brennan, Technical Writer & Blogger

Tim Brennan [a.k.a. "Tec Timmy"] is a senior technical writer with over 20 years of experience writing for companies and organizations in and around Greater Boston, including GE and MIT. In addition to actively writing for this smart home blog, Tim is also a regular contributor over at UniversalRemoteReviews.com. Tim holds a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University. Brennan is a father to two sons, an active blogger, a Star Wars nut, and loves a good taco🌮. There is a strong chance he is developing a crush on Amazon Alexa. You can learn more about Tim here.

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