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Blink Mini Vs Wyze Cam v3 Vs Wyze Cam Pan [2021 Update]

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In this article, I’ll compare the new Blink Mini vs Wyze Cam v3 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 what is the same and different between these cameras?  Here are the main things:

They are all wired, record in 1080p HD resolution, have two-way audio, and subscription options for full functionality. Wyze Cam v3 has a 130° field of view vs 120° on Wyze Cam Pan and 110° on Blink Mini. Blink records at 30fps vs 20fps on both Wyze cams. The Wyze Cam is IP65-rated for outdoor use; the other two are designed for indoors only.

While Wyze is compatible with Android 5.0+ and iOS 9.0+, Blink requires Android 5.0+, iOS 12.5+, or Fire OS 5.1+.

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


A ‘Wyze’ Decision?

In a move that has left a few critics a bit puzzled, Amazon announced an inexpensive new security camera last year. 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.

wyze vs blinkI don’t find it confusing at all. Because of the price point and great quality, I have bought several Wyze Cams over the past couple of years 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 is no fool.

But what are the differences between the three 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 v3 vs Wyze Cam Pan.

Blink Mini Wyze Cam v3 Wyze Cam Pan
Designed for Indoor Use Indoor and Outdoor Use (IP65 rating) *But no battery power, see Wyze Cam Outdoor for a wireless option. Indoor Use
Video Quality 1080p 1080p 1080p
Night Vision Yes. infrared Full Color HD 6 IR LEDs for improved night vision
Two-Way Audio Through App
Motion Detection with Mobile Push Notifications
Custom motion detection zones
Field of View 110° 130° 120°
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, VIA 8 GB, 16GB, or 32GB FAT32 MicroSD card sold separately Yes, VIS 8 GB, 16GB, or 32GB FAT32 MicroSD card sold separately
Wi-Fi 2. 4GHz WiFi network 2. 4GHz WiFi network 2. 4GHz WiFi network
Voice Assistants Amazon Alexa Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa
Mobile Device Support Android 5.0+, iOS 12.5+, Fire OS 5.1+ Android 5.0+, iOS 9.0+, Android 5.0+, iOS 9.0+,
Manufacturer Blink Home Security (Amazon owns Blink) 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
Weight 48 grams (g) 100g 249g
Pan/Tilt/Zoom

Blink Mini Explained

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 Blink Mini vs Wyze Cam is that this camera will work indoors only while the Wyze v3 will work outdoors too.

What it will do is integrate nicely with your Amazon smart home, including the Echo Show and your Fire TV devices. I have this set up with my Echo Show’s and I love it: “Alexa, show me my fish tank cam.” (You can see some additional cameras that work with Echo Show, I’ll include a link to another article I wrote at the end of this post.)

In fact, I just bought a second one of these to monitor outside my kitchen window as I have had a coyote come to visit me lately.

blink mine

My 2ND Blink Mini “Coyote Cam”

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 typically offered by Amazon on a trial basis, then you either need to purchase a Blink Subscription Plan or you can leverage local storage through Amazon’s Blink Sync Module 2 and a USB Flash Drive.

I’ll add a little Amazon product box here to the Synch Module if you are interested:

Pros

  • Faster 30 frame-per-second record rate makes quality slightly better.
  • Works flawlessly with Alexa Amazon smart home ecosystem. 
  • Compatible with Amazon Fire OS to display footage on Fire TV devices (e.g., your flat screen TV).

Cons

  • Designed for indoor use only.
  • 110° field of view vs 130° on the Wyze Cam v3.
  • Requires subscription or add-ons for if you want more than a live feed.

Availability

The Blink Mini Cam is available for now. Amazon typically offers steep discounts on this camera on Prime Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday.

You can get Blink Mini here at Amazon.


Wyze Cam v3 Explained

The Wyze Cam v3 is the little engine that 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 given as gifts].

The addition of color night vision and the outdoor rating are perhaps the biggest updates to the new V3 model.

The set-up process is literally a breeze and takes about 10 minutes. The camera is small and light enough that you can stick it virtually anywhere.  There are some benefits that make Wyze Cam Pan a worthy upgrade though. I talk about those below.

Pros

    • Color HD night vision.
    • IP65 rating for outdoor use as well as indoor.
    • People detection and package detection available with upgrades.
    • Two-way audio worked flawlessly in my testing.

    Cons

    • Need a subscription or a SIM card for full functionality.

    Video Review

    Reed from Smart Home Solver has an awesome video review of Wyze Cam V3 out on YouTube. I’ll embed it below. Nice work, Reed.

    Availability

    Wyze Cam v3 is priced to sell and available to purchase today.

    You can get it here at Amazon.


    Wyze Cam Pan Explained

    Blink Mini Vs Wyze Cam 

    The newer V3 Wyze cam is a better camera so unless you want the panning, tilting and zooming capabilities this camera provides, I would suggest going with V3.

    If you are thinking about purchasing the old V2 Wyze Cam to save a few bucks. This camera does have some benefits over that one.

    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 than the old V2 model. The one complaint I used to see out in the forums about the Wyze Cam Gen 2 is that the night vision is just so so. The company solved this with the v3 upgrade. However, the color night vision is now lacking on the Pan model. Still,  Wyze Cam Pan does have six LED sensors as opposed to four with the older Wyze Cam.

    Third, you get a slightly larger field of view out of the box at 120 degrees as opposed to 110 with the older Wyze Cam. The v3 has the 130 degree field of view though.

    Pros

    • Biggest draw here is ability to pan around a room 360°.
    • Super affordable.
    • High quality 1080p for stream and recorded footage.

    Cons

    • Not designed for outdoor use.
    • Doesn’t have the upgrades of the Wyze V3 Cam like color night vision (older generation technology).

    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 v3

    • Wyze Cam v3
    • Quick Start Guide
    • USB cable
    • Power adapter
    • Wallplate
    • 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 with color night vision…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 V3 is clearly the best of the bunch here IF you don’t want the panning capability.


    Blink Mini Vs Wyze Cam v3 vs Wyze Cam Pan:  Your Take

    So what do you think about the differences [and similarities] between the Blink Mini vs Wyze Cam v3 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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