Best Under $100 Outdoor Security Camera System

Wansview W2 Outdoor 1080p Camera Review


In this review we are going to take a look at the incredible Wansview IP camera known as Wansview W2 Outdoor 1080p Camera. This is the model 2 of the W series and it is actually a quite smaller outdoor camera than what I’m used to seeing. It is also very inexpensive compared to the standard pricing of advanced home security camera systems. The W2 is a model which is aimed towards people who don’t want to invest too much and only need the more basic features.

It does come with certain limitations, which I’ll address later, but so far nothing very critical. Don’t let the price fool you, the camera is a good size. You will find the  V line cable entry in the back, along with a resetWansview W2 Outdoor IP Camera button. Included in the box is the power adapter and the LAN cable. If at all possible, I recommend you use an upgraded cable because these are always low quality. Of course, also included is the Wi-Fi antenna, which usually comes plugged in.

For a camera in this price range, especially for the do-it-yourself installer, you will likely want the camera to work with Wi-Fi. The reception is pretty good even through a wall. Personally I like to use these cameras in a wired mode by using a LAN cable. I usually don’t use the one that’s included. The manufacturer supplied cable is okay for setting up the camera, but it’s result it’s relatively short and better quality cables are available inexpensively.


The inside of the camera does not have a micro SD card, so don’t take it apart looking for it. If you take the camera housing off it will void your warranty. Sometimes these manufacturers buy certain parts from other companies. They’re already pre-made to install into the cameras and I have actually found such cameras coming with a micro SD card slot, although they state in the specs there isn’t one. Unfortunately it’s not the case here, but it is something that is could happen if you buy other camera models. For the Wansview W2 Outdoor 1080p Camera it’s not something I would worry about.


1080P Pro HD Video
Clarity up to 1980*1080 Video at 30fps. The 6mm lens gives you a 65 degree viewing angle. The live stream is very fluent and has superior clarity of the camera image. This give you a sensation of visual enjoyment. The Wansview W2 allows you to seamlessly stream your camera’s video to almost any mobile device or to your computer. This is a valuable feature so you can have access to your surveillance areas 24/7, anywhere in the world.

Wansview W2 Outdoor 1080p Camera Key FeaturesSuper Simple Set up
Set up begins when you download the free Wansview app from the App store or Google Play. Then power the camera on with the included power supply (the camera is NOT battery powered). Next, connect the camera to your 2.4Ghz WiFi network (5G is not supported) or directly to your router with either the included RJ45 cable or your own if you upgrade. Add the camera to mobile App and now you view the camera with the Wansview App on your phone (IOS and Android) and computer.

I really like this feature. It is great to have in such an inexpensive camera. The W2 is waterproof degree up to IP66 standard. This camera is manufactured of aluminum. It is very durable and is not going to rust. Even in the worst of rain, snow, sleet, any awful weather, it can keep functioning for you for a long time and operate reliably.




Upgraded Night Vision
The Wansview W2 is equipped with 36 Infrared LEDs. This has upgraded the night vision to a long 67 feet. This upgrade allows you to see longer, with more clarity, at night. It also facilitates a higher quality of day time surveillance.

Multi Camera Viewing
Up to four camera live streams can be viewed at a time on one app with the downloaded software. If you really need to beef up your home security camera system, Wansview has both Windows and Mac software to allow viewing of up to 64 cameras at the same time!

Customer Service
Wansview has very responsive and helpful customer service. They offer downloadable user manuals on their website, quick installation guides, and email support.


Although the Wansview W2 Outdoor 1080p Camera is a reliable, easy to install, and an excellent value, there are some features it doesn’t have when compared to much more expensive outdoor IP cameras.

No Internal Battery
The camera must be connected to an external power source. It comes with an 8ft power cord and it can be connected to extension cords for longer distance.

No Audio
Some of the more expensive outdoor security cameras come with a 2 way audio feature (Ring Spotlight for instance).

SD and Cloud Recording
The Wansview W2 does not support SD or Cloud recording. They have a PC software app that will record video to your computer disk.






Hardware Features


One 10/100Mbps RJ45

WI-FI optional

Power Interface

Reset Button

36 red infrared, 25m distance



Image Sensor

1/2.7″CMOS Sensor

Display Resolution



f=6mm,F=1.2 View angle:65 degree, With IRCUT



Power Input

12V DC, <10W

Wireless Features

Wireless Speed

IEEE802.11b/g/n 150Mpbs

Operating Frequency







WPS push wireless connection

Software Features

Protocols & Standards



Image Compression


Image Settings

Saturation, brightness, contrast adjustable through client software or web browser

Maximal Frame Rate


Code rate

32kbps ~ 4Mbps

Account permissions

Three Levels

Motion Detection

Support Four motion detection,send alarm pictures or video to email/FTP.

Manage Software

P2P View client software (support Android, iPhone)

IP / DDNS View client software (support Android,iPhone)

PC centralized control and management platform



PC Requirements

CPU 2.0GHz or above (suggested 3.0GHz)

Memory Size 256MB or above (suggested 1.0GHz)

Display Card 64M or above

Windows 7,Vista,XP,Mac OS

Browser:IE6/IE7/IE8/IE9,Firefox,Safari,Goolge Chrome,other standard browsers

SmartPhone requirements

Android version 2.2 and above

iOS version 4.3 and above

Windows Phone uses browser to view or the third party APPs

Other parameters

Package Contents

One IP Camera

One Power adapter

One Warranty card

Wifi Antenna

One RJ45 Cable

One Quick Guide

One user manual


Operate Temper:-10℃ ~ 50℃

Storage Temper:-40℃ ~ 70℃


Operating Humidity:10% ~ 90%

Storage Humidity:3% ~ 90%







● 2.0 Mega pixel HD Outdoor waterproof Wireless IP Camera
● Dual Stream, H.264/MJPEG video Compression
● 2.0 Mega Pixel lens,f=6mm, F=1.2, 1/2.7’’ HD sensor
● Day/Night Surveillance, 36 red infrared On/Off Auto Switch
● Supports DDNS connection and the third party DDNS server
● Motion Detection alarm via E-Mail, FTP
● Upload Video Records to FTP
● Compatible with free PC Central Management Software
● Compatible with free iOS and Android APP
● WPS Supported- One Button Push Secure Wireless Connection
● IEEE 802.11n Wireless Connection
● Supports WEP, WPA and WPA2 Encryption
● Support ONVIF and RTSP protocol
● Plug and Play Support



The camera has a 4.1 star rating on Amazon making it an “Amazon Choice” item.


This camera is an excellent choice if you are looking for an inexpensive, yet high quality, home security camera. It is best when you are monitoring via live stream. It is simple to operate and connect to your mobile device. Many people reviewing the camera on Amazon state they are purchasing more cameras for their system.

The camera has a motion sensor and will alert you to motion, however it doesn’t automatically record the image.

Excellent image quality, ease of use, reliability and simple set up all make the Wansview W2 a superb value.


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