Nooie Cam vs Wyze Cam 2: Which Low-Cost Camera Should You Bring Home?By - 01/24/2019
Wyze Cam has proven that even a $20 security camera has the potential to make a home more secure. Thanks to their efforts, we’ve opened our eyes to the possibility that inexpensive cameras can rival expensive cameras. We’ve even compared a few of them here. Today, we’ll test another low-cost camera, Nooie Cam. Better still, we’ll compare it to Wyze Cam 2.
|Nooie Cam||Wyze Cam 2|
|Usage||Indoor Camera||Indoor Camera|
|Night Vision Range||32 feet||29 feet|
|Sensitivity Adjustment||Low, Medium, High||0 to 100|
|Others||Smoke Alarm & CO Detector Sound Recognition|
|Free Cloud Storage||7-Day Cloud Storage (30-day Free Trial)||14-Day Cloud Storage (Free For Life)|
|Clip Length||Unknown||12 seconds|
|Paid Cloud Storage||$5 per Month per Camera|
|Continuous Video Recording||Via MicroSD Card||Via MicroSD Card|
|Local Alert Recording||Access Event Videos Using CVR Playback||Can Record Alerts Only|
|Other Recording Options||MaxDrive NAS|
Which Looks Better?
Beauty is subjective, so I’ll let you decide which camera looks the best. However, I’d be happy to point out one design-related distinction between the two cameras: installation flexibility.
Both Wyze Cam and Nooie Cam can be wall-mounted, but each has a pro and con. Wyze Cam’s pro is that it’s flexible. If you mount it on a wall, you can rotate the camera so that it faces sideward. With Nooie Cam, you can only mount the camera on a wall directly facing the area you want to monitor. This is because the camera doesn’t rotate; it only tilts up and down up to 90°. That’s Nooie Cam’s downside.
Wyze Cam’s downside is that when wall-mounted, it’s magnetic base attaches to a metal plate and not to the wall itself. As I’ve noted in my previous Wyze Cam articles, a simple tug on the power cord could send the camera tumbling down. As for Nooie Cam, it sticks directly to the wall using the double-sided adhesive tape that ships with the camera.
Tie. Wyze Cam and Nooie Cam both look good, so the decision is up to you. If you’re wall-mounting, however, you should factor in the information I shared above.
Which Is Easier To Set Up?
I’ve set up Wyze Cam on multiple occasions. It never takes me more than 5 minutes. That’s not surprising, considering that most recently manufactured cloud-based cameras are designed to be easily set up.
Setting up Wyze Cam and Nooie Cam follows a similar process. The only difference is the app. Wyze Cam uses the Wyze app, while Nooie Cam uses the Nooie Cam app.
- Log into the app.
- Tap the “+” button to start the setup process. As Wyze Cam has two camera versions (Wyze Cam & Wyze Cam Pan), you’ll need to identify which device you’re trying to add.
- Provide your Wi-Fi SSID and password. Both cameras are compatible with 2.4GHz Wi-Fi frequencies.
- Scan the QR code generated by the app using the camera. Simply set your mobile device’s brightness to full and place it around 5 inches in front of the camera.
- Wait for the camera to finish pairing with your Wi-Fi router. Once done, name the camera.
Tie. Wyze Cam and Nooie Cam did a great job of simplifying the setup process. Both cameras were up and running in less than 5 minutes, so again, they’re both winners.
Which Has a Better Image Quality?
If you compare Nooie Cam and Wyze Cam on paper, Wyze Cam has a slight edge. If you look at their actual performance, Wyze Cam’s advantage becomes even more apparent.
The first point of comparison is the resolution. Nooie Cam is a 720p camera, while Wyze Cam is 1080p. The difference is apparent in the two images below.
Another difference is color clarity. Wyze Cam was able to capture the exact color of my home office. On the other hand, the color captured by Nooie Cam was washed out. The details are still clear, but Wyze Cam’s image is more vibrant.
Third, the viewing angle. Wyze Cam’s 110° viewing angle is superior when compared to Nooie Cam’s 96° FOV. Using the image above as an example, it’s clear that Wyze Cam’s area of coverage is wider than Nooie Cam’s.
Finally, let’s take into account the night vision quality. Nooie Cam claims to have a night vision range of up to 32 feet, which is slightly better than Wyze Cam’s claim of 30 feet. I haven’t tested their actual illumination range, but looking at the quality of the images captured at night, I’d say they are the same.
Wyze Cam is the winner. It beat Nooie Cam in almost every aspect, except for night vision where they tied.
Which Has Better Security Features?
Simply having a security camera set up in your home enhances your home security. It allows you to watch over your house whenever and wherever you are. However, having additional security features is a huge plus.
For Nooie Cam, that “additional security feature” is motion detection. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer anything special. It uses computer vision, which means any noticeable change in the pixel level triggers a motion alert. It lacks a way to know whether the movement was caused by a person, pet, or object. It also lacks zone detection, so you can’t exclude areas that have a greater potential of triggering false alerts, such as a window or TV screen. The only thing you can do is adjust the sensitivity of motion detection. You can choose between low, medium, and high sensitivity.
Wyze Cam offers more security features. For starters, it provides motion detection. Wyze Cam also uses computer vision, but it’s executed better than Nooie Cam. First, you can adjust the sensitivity level using a slider numbered from 0 to 100. The slider allows you to finetune the motion detector’s sensitivity level. Second, Wyze Cam offers motion tracking. While live viewing, it marks any movement it picks up. This feature is useful when adjusting the camera’s sensitivity level. For example, if it’s picking up movements when it shouldn’t be, the sensitivity level is too high. Third, zone detection. You can draw a rectangle around the particular area you want the camera to monitor. If motion occurs outside the marked area, Wyze Cam will ignore it.
Sound detection is another security feature offered by Wyze Cam. As with motion detection, you can adjust the sensitivity of the sound detection sensor using a slider. If it picks up sound that is loud enough, it will send you an alert and trigger a recording.
Finally, Wyze Cam offers alarm sound recognition. In particular, it recognizes the sound of smoke alarms and CO detectors. I’ve never been a huge fan of this feature, but in theory, if your smoke alarm or CO detector sounds an alarm, Wyze Cam will pick this up and notify you of a possible fire or gas leak.
Wyze Cam is the winner. Besides the fact that it offers more security features, Wyze Cam is less prone to false alarms thank to zone detection. In testing performance, Wyze Cam also performed more consistently. To be fair, Nooie Cam also performed well.
Which Offers Better Recording Options?
Both cameras can record and store videos locally and to the cloud. If you want to learn more about Wyze Cam’s local and cloud recording options, you may want to check out this article. Take note that at CES 2019, they also announced a hybrid recording option via a NAS drive called MaxDrive. For more details, check out this Q&A.
Cloud Storage Compared
Wyze Cam hosts their own cloud storage service (via AWS). Cloud storage is free for all Wyze Cam owners. The service allows users to store event videos to the cloud for 14 days. The catch? Each clip is only 12 seconds long, and there’s a 5-minute cooldown between recordings. Twelve seconds is not long enough to capture an entire event. There’s also another catch: Wyze Cam doesn’t offer a premium cloud storage option.
Nooie Cam also offers free cloud storage, but not for life. Upon activation, you have 30 days to try the service. After that, you’ll have to pay $5 per month for each camera for continued access. The subscription covers seven days of cloud storage for event videos. Take note that Nooie Cam doesn’t host its own cloud service. Instead, they outsource it to Danale backed by AWS. The subscription fee is paid to Danale, not Nooie Cam.
I choose Wyze Cam as the winner in this category. Although their cloud service is limited, it’s free for life and covers an unlimited number of cameras.
Local Storage Compared
Both Nooie Cam and Wyze Cam support microSD cards up to 128GB for local storage.
With Nooie Cam, continuous recording automatically activates as soon as it reads a microSD card. It’s programmed to loop videos, which means if the SD card runs out of storage space, Nooie Cam will overwrite the oldest videos. To playback recorded videos, simply go to the Nooie Cam app, open up the camera’s live feed, select the date the video was recorded, and use the timeline to find the recording. The times with a corresponding recording are highlighted in the timeline. Recordings with motion are also marked.
If you want to find event recordings quickly, you can also do that. From the app’s dashboard, tap the hamburger button, select Inbox, and then select the camera you want to view. There, you’ll see a list of motion events detected by the camera. Simply select a motion event and tap the “Go To Video” button to be directed to the recording. However, take note that if the motion event occurred less than 5 minutes ago, it might not appear on the timeline yet and you’ll be directed to the live video stream instead.
With Wyze Cam, you have two recording options: alert recording and continuous recording. Alert recording only records when there’s a motion or sound event. It’s different from cloud recording because alert videos recorded locally go on as long as there’s motion. If you choose continuous recording, Wyze Cam will record 24/7, the same as Nooie Cam’s local recording. You can playback recorded videos via the Playback menu. You can also use the timeline to navigate through the recording. To make finding videos of interest easier, you can visit the Events tab.
Wyze Cam is once again the winner. I find Wyze Cam’s playback interface easier to use as you can zoom in on the timeline. It’s also nice that Wyze Cam offers the option to record alerts only. This ensures that you are saving storage space.
If it isn’t obvious yet, Wyze Cam is the overall winner. It has a better image quality, more security features, free cloud storage space, and customizable cloud storage. Plus, Wyze Labs keeps on expanding their lineup with Wyze Cam Pan, MaxDrive, and the rumored outdoor version of their camera. Wyze Cam is also smart home-enabled, thanks to its integration with Alexa and IFTTT.
As for Nooie Cam, I don’t dislike it. I think it’s a solid security camera. It might even be able to compete with more expensive security cameras. It’s just unfortunate that Wyze Cam beat them to the punch in terms of delivering an inexpensive camera that performs.
If you’re interested in Wyze Cam, you can purchase it on Amazon.com or Wyze Labs’ website. It sells for $19.99 (plus shipping) on Wyze’s website or $25.98 on Amazon. You can also choose the camera kit that includes a 32GB microSD card for $38.96.
If you’re interested in Nooie Cam, you can get it on Amazon for $24.99.