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Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam vs. Wyze Cam Pan v3: Which is the better pan-tilt camera?

The Pan-Tilt mounted on a wall.
Ring

An indoor camera capable of panning and tilting is one of the best ways to improve the security of your home. These devices make it easy to capture all corners of a room with a single device, making them a cost-effective way to keep tabs on a property. The Wyze Cam Pan v3 is one of the cheapest options on the market, but Ring has recently launched its own Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam that’s quickly become popular with shoppers.

But is the expensive Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam better than the Wyze Cam Pan v3? Or should you save yourself a few bucks and opt for the cheaper security camera? Here’s a look at both to help you decide.

Pricing and monthly fees

The Wyze Cam Pan v3 with ice on its frame.
Wyze

The Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam costs $80. To get the most out of it, you’ll want to subscribe to Ring Protect Basic. This plan costs $5 per month for a single camera, but it unlocks useful features like 180-day video history, person alerts, alarm notifications, and event history.

The Wyze Cam Pan v3 is much more affordable at $40. What’s most enticing is that it comes with local storage, meaning you don’t necessarily need to spring for an additional monthly subscription. However, adding the Wyze Cam Plus plan for $3 per month gets you cloud history, smart alerts, and more.

Winner: Wyze Cam Pan v3

Design and installation

The Wyze Cam Pan v3 in Privacy Mode.
Wyze

Both of these indoor security cameras look a bit strange. The Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam features a circular base connected to an elongated cylinder housing the actual camera. This makes it look quite bulky, but it allows it to rotate for a full 360 degrees of coverage and pivot vertically for even more viewing angles. There’s also a privacy screen that can be manually moved in front of the camera.

The Wyze Cam Pan v3 is essentially two cubes stacked on top of each other. But while it looks awkward, it allows for the same 360-degree room coverage as the Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam. You won’t find a privacy screen on this camera, as it instead enters “Privacy Mode” to angle its camera at the ground and disable both video and audio.

Neither product looks too impressive, but neither looks bad, either. In the end, it’ll come down to personal preference.

Installation is largely the same for both devices, as they’re only available as plug-in cameras. Once you’ve found a good spot for the camera and plugged it into an outlet, you’ll need to sync it with your smartphone. The companion mobile app will walk you through the process for both Ring and Wyze, making it easy to get them up and running in minutes.

Winner: Tie

Resolution and night vision

The Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam next to a smartphone.
Ring

Ring’s Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam films in 1080p and supports color night vision. The Wyze Cam Pan v3 also films in 1080p and supports color night vision. That’s pretty impressive for a camera in this price range, with many products only supporting black-and-white images.

Winner: Tie

Features and spec list

The Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam on a wooden shelf.
Ring

Along with the ability to pan and tilt to capture more of your home, the Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam features two-way audio, a manual privacy cover, customizable motion zones, a built-in siren, and a wall-mounting plate (though it can also be placed on a counter or other flat surface).

The Wyze Cam Pan v3 offers two-way audio, a Privacy Mode to disable video and audio, a microSD card slot for local storage, and the option to use it outdoors when bundled with the Wyze Outdoor Power Adapter v2. You can also set up motion zones with the mobile app. The big selling points of the Wyze camera are the built-in microSD card slot and Privacy Mode. The former lets you use the device without a subscription, while the latter lets you toggle Privacy Mode remotely — for Ring, you need to manually move its privacy screen.

Winner: Wyze Cam Pan v3

Which is the better security camera?

The Wyze Cam Pan v3 is the better security camera for most households. Not only is it cheaper but it still films in the same 1080p as the Ring camera, while also supporting color night vision. Most shoppers will also like its Privacy Mode, which can be activated remotely. Coupled with the robust Wyze app, it’s a great option for frugal shoppers.

However, Wyze doesn’t have a spotless reputation when it comes to user privacy. An issue in February 2024 allowed strangers to look into others’ homes, which is a huge issue for a security company. The issue seems to be fixed, but if you’re worried about this track record, the Ring Pan-Tilt Indoor Cam is a great alternative. It’s more expensive, but Ring has a better reputation regarding reliability and user privacy.

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