Wyze Video makes a bunch of doorbells, but few are as popular as the Wyze Video Doorbell V2 and Wyze Video Doorbell Pro. Both offer many of the same features – although their price tags and designs couldn’t be more different. But which one is best for your front door? The expensive Wyze Video Doorbell Pro, or the budget-friendly Wyze Video Doorbell v2? Here’s a look at both to help you decide.
Pricing and Subscriptions
The Wyze Video Doorbell v2 is priced at $40, while the Wyze Video Doorbell Pro is priced at $94. Both can be used without a monthly subscription, although you won’t have access to premium features like cloud video recording and smart detection. The Cam Plus subscription comes highly recommended, and since it only costs $3 per month, it’s not a huge investment.
Note that the Wyze Video Doorbell Pro also comes with a Wyze Chime Pro that also works as a Wi-Fi extender.
Both the products are well designed and offer premium looks. The more affordable Wyze Video Doorbell V2 is newer than the Wyze Video Doorbell Pro, offering a streamlined appearance with an all-black design. Its camera is located at the top of the device, with the doorbell button below. Its body is made of polycarbonate and the lens is made of resin.
The Wyze Video Doorbell Pro incorporates glass in its lens, although its body is made of the same polycarbonate as its cheaper brother. However, its design looks completely different, as it uses both black and white in its color palette – the top part with the camera is black, while the bottom part with the doorbell button is white.
Wyze says the Video Doorbell Pro can be installed in 30 seconds. Maybe that’s pushing it a bit, but there’s no denying that the installation process is becoming as streamlined as it gets. The unit is battery operated (so you don’t have to mess with any wires) and its mounting bracket includes a 3M adhesive strip (so you don’t have to mess with any power tools).
The Wyze Video Doorbell v2 requires wired installation, although it provides step-by-step instructions so most homeowners will have no problems getting it up and running. It also comes with a chime controller so your existing chime is likely to work with the doorbell without the need for an upgrade.
There’s no denying that the Wyze Video Doorbell Pro is easier to set up than the Wyze Video Doorbell V2, but if you have a little technical know-how, the cheaper product won’t give you much trouble.
Features and specifications
Despite the low price, the Wyze Video Doorbell v2 is packed with features. This includes 2K video capture, two-way audio and color night vision. Its biggest selling point is its local microSD storage, which lets you save clips directly to your device instead of uploading them to the cloud. The camera features a 166.8-degree field-of-view (135-degree horizontal, 103-degree vertical), which is a better viewing angle than many other video doorbells.
It’s a similar story for the premium Wyze Video Doorbell Pro. It offers FHD video capture (1440 x 1440), two-way audio, and a wide field of view (150 degrees for both horizontal and vertical). However, it is missing some key features, such as a microSD card slot and color night vision.
Despite its higher price tag, the Wyze Video Doorbell Pro doesn’t offer much more than the Wyze Video Doorbell v2. The main reason to choose it is if you want a hassle-free installation process. The ability to have it delivered to your door in seconds is a huge selling point, and the included Wyze Chime Pro is a great bonus.
However, the newer (and cheaper) Wyze Video Doorbell v2 is arguably a better video doorbell. Not only does it offer color night vision, but its local storage capabilities are a big win. MicroSD card slots are rarely seen on video doorbells – regardless of price.
At the end of the day, it’s hard to go wrong with any product. If you’re concerned about a cumbersome installation process, consider getting the Wyze Video Doorbell Pro, and if you’re on a budget or like its local storage skills, choose the Wyze Video Doorbell V2. Beyond that, there’s a lot shared between the two devices.