We recently got our hands on an inexpensive (and innovative) home security camera called the WyzeCam. If you’re looking for an inexpensive home security with some high-end features, it’s a good candidate.
Edit: Since publishing this article, WyzeCam has introduced their WyzeCam V2. The mounts discussed within this article apply equally to both models as the exterior dimensions and features are basically the same.
The WyzeCam is a very small camera that can be used as is in many circumstances. The mounting stand that comes with the camera is very versatile. It folds up. The camera can 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. A photo of a WyzeCam utilizing the included stand accompanies this article.
The included stand is nicely weighted and the adjustment capability combined with a 110 degree wide-angle lens will allow you to cover a lot of territory. The bottom of the stand is weighted with a magnet. Even better. Now you can pop the WyzeCam on a metal vertical surface like a filing cabinet or maybe a refrigerator. That’s pretty darn nice.
A metal plate with adhesive backing is included. This metal plate allows you to put the camera in locations where there isn’t any metal surface. For example, you might want to hand the WyzeCam from a ceiling. Sure, it’s upside down, but you can turn the video 180 degrees within the app. The adhesive that’s included with the metal disk is permanent so be aware of that before pasting up there.
But there might be other places you want to place the camera where there’s no metal surface and the somewhat permanent nature of the adhesive isn’t wanted. A lot of home security cameras have a 1/4″ – 20 threaded mounting hole which is common to tripods. This makes finding alternative mounts a lot easier. Unfortunately the WyzeCam doesn’t have one of those so alternative mounts require some creativity.
Let’s look at a few scenarios and recommendations.
You might want to place the WyzeCam pointing out a window, adhered to a mirror, attached to a kitchen cabinet, perhaps on a shelf where no shelf exists. Consider the ElHook Stick-On Nest Cam Security Video Wall Mount. Don’t worry that this is a stand intended for a Nest Cam. It will work with this camera real well. In fact, the company should consider marketing these for a WyzeCam because it’s a great fit. No permanent adhesive is used to stick the ElHook shelf to the flat surface. Consider using the metal disk on top of the shelf instead of their included strips so you can quickly remove the WyzeCam.
There’s a cleverly designed mount called the Myriann Weather Resistance Housing Cover Case For WyzeCam that makes your camera look like a small bird house. The Wyze Cam slides into the bird house casing. The bird house part is on a swivel attachment so you can move it around to get the best angle. These are meant to be used outdoors however, we recommend doing it under an overhang or patio because the Wyze Cam is not waterproof.
The WyzeCam is incredibly light weighing less than 4 ounces. It doesn’t take a lot to hold it up so you can go old school and simply use some 3M VHB Double Sided Tape Squares. VHB is an acronym for Very High Bond. This type of adhesive is used to hold objects heavier than the WyzeCam. Simply attach it to the top or side of the camera and attach the other side to a clean flat surface. Try not to cover the MAC address on the bottom of the camera stand. Never know when you will need that.
The purpose of these mounting ideas is to help make this camera even more useful than it already is. The minimal size and weight open a lot of possibilities that aren’t present with larger home security camera options on the market. Adding some of these mounting accessories and ideas to the WyzeCam allows the camera to placed where other larger ones cannot go.