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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.
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.
The following table illustrates the major technical differences between Blink Mini vs Wyze Cam vs Wyze Cam Pan.
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].
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
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.
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.
Wyze Cam is available to purchase today.
👉You can get it here at Amazon.
Wyze Cam Pan Overview
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.
Here’s another great video review of the Wyze Cam Pan from Security Dot Org.
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 camera
- 1 attached stand
- 2 mounting screws
- 1 USB cable
- 1 Power adapter
- Wyze Cam v2
- Quick Start Guide
- USB cable
- Power adapter
- Wall plate
- Mounting tape
Wyze Cam Pan
- Wyze Cam Pan x1
- Power adapter x1
- USB cable x1
- Quick Start Guide x1
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.
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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Tim 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.