The Wyze Cam v3 was introduced in late 2020 as the third iteration of the very successful line of cameras. It seems like Wyze addressed most of the shortcomings of their previous versions including the ability to utilize alternative mounts.
We previously checked out the older Wyze cameras and noted the limited availability of alternative mounts. These were a few, but sparse offerings.
Wyze Cam v3 Mounting Options in the Box
The Wyze Cam v3 comes with a similar integrated stand as previous generations. The camera in the photo that accompanies this article has the stand folded inwards which is fine for standing atop a shelf or table. It’s a good stand as it allows the camera to swivel and pivot. If you want to use this as a traditional home security camera, meaning as a camera that sits on a shelf, table or countertop, then in our opinion you’re good to go.
The included stand is nicely weighted and the adjustment capability combined with a 130 degree wide-angle lens will allow you to cover a lot of territory. The bottom of the stand is weighted with a magnet. So you can also stick this camera to a metal file cabinet or shelf.
Uncovering the Secret Screw Hole
So here’s some great news for owners of the Wyze Cam v3. There’s a hidden standard mounting hole. The mounting hole is a 1/4″ – 20 threaded hole which is commonly used for tripods and third party camera mounts.
You can uncover the mounting hole by flipping the Wyze Cam v3 upside down and removing the existing stand. You will note a metal screw. Simply use a Phillips Head screwdriver to remove the stand and uncover the secret screw hole.
Alternative Mounts for the Wyze Cam v3
Let’s look at a few scenarios and recommendations.
A huge feature of the Wyze Cam v3 is the ability to place it outdoors. The camera is rated IP65 meaning it’s a weatherproof device.
Attaching the Wyze Cam Pan to a ceiling or wall outdoors requires a heavy duty weatherproof mount. The Arkon Camera Wall Mount for CCTV POV Camcorders Cameras will attach to the bottom of the Wyze Cam Pan using that tripod screw we mentioned. This is a wall mount. Attach this metal mount to a wall and use the three adjustment points to get the proper angle. This mount includes a two-year warranty.
If attaching the Wyze Cam v3 to a ceiling, you will be mounting the camera upside down. Video can be flipped 180 degrees from within the Wyze app.
It always baffled me why security camera manufacturers do not provide a suction cup mount. This type of mount is excellent for attaching to a window. This is a light camera so you don’t need an expensive mount. Consider the Arkon Suction Cup Mount for Cameras. It’s a well made mount that adjusts at the base and tip to get the right angle for the best video when mounted on a window. These mounts are usually marketed for vehicle use but can double as one for the living room window.
Lastly, for those with a very unusual placement requirement that doesn’t have a flat surface for a suction cup or screws, consider a flexible tripod mount. Consider the Joby GorillaPod 325. It’s a mini tripod with three flexible legs. Wrap these legs around a post, chair arm, or curtain rod. You get the idea.
So while the Wyze Cam v3 includes an extremely versatile mounting option, adding an alternative mount isn’t a bad idea. It allows placement of the camera in locations that aren’t easily achieved with the options out of the box.