The Wasserstein Bird Feeder Camera Case offers an affordable solution for bird enthusiasts who already own their home Wi-Fi security camera. Even if you don’t have an existing camera, compatibility with popular models such as the Blink Outdoor Camera and Ring Stick Up Cam makes it easy and affordable to get started, and thanks to the case having appropriately placed holes, you can even use a compatible solar panel to power the cameras. You won’t get the same advanced AI bird recognition as a dedicated bird feeder camera by using a generic security camera, but this Wasserstein Case is a cost-effective option that doubles as an everyday outdoor security camera holder.
Affordable, especially if you have an existing camera
All the advanced security features of the system you chose
Easy to install and use
No advanced birdwatching features such as AI recognition
No option to mount it on a bird feeder pole
Focusing can be an issue
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The first thing I need to make clear is that the Wasserstein Bird Feeder Camera Case is just a case; no camera is included. Instead, the idea is that you can install your own home Wi-Fi security camera in the case. It comes with the necessary fittings to install one of the best outdoor home security cameras like a Blink Outdoor Camera, Wyze Cam V3, Wyze Cam V3 Pro, Wyze Cam Outdoor and Ring Stick Up Cam. Even including the $99 / £89.99 / AU$179 cost of a Ring Stick-Up camera, or $99.99 / £85.99 for a Blink Outdoor camera kit (not available in Australia), the Wasserstein is still very cheaply priced when compared to a dedicated bird feeder camera like the Netvue Birdfy.
Everything is easy to put together, with no tools required. The only negative on the build is the lack of a hinge for the roof, which has to be removed to refill the feeder. It isn’t a deal breaker, but it would have been a nice touch.
Holes in the back of the Wasserstein case allow you to add a cable for an optional solar panel, which in use exponentially increases the run time of the camera before it needs a charge. Wasserstein also sells a range of solar panels at reasonable prices, directly compatible with various security cameras including the Ring and Blink Outdoor models already mentioned here. Prices start from around $30 / £35 / AU$55 (Amazon).
Installing first the Blink Outdoor camera and then the Ring Stick-Up Cam in the case was straightforward, and took less than a minute – you simply need to insert the camera into the rear of the feeder. Swapping the cameras over involved taking the feeder down, opening the back, removing the Ring camera and its front support, which slides out, then sliding the Blink camera in along with a back support which stops the camera from slipping. It’s seamless, and you could work it out without referring to the instructions if you were inclined.
I mounted the camera to a tree using the included strap, and it was, again, very straightforward – thread the strap through some loops, wrap it around the tree, and put the belt through a buckle to tighten, and you’re done. A wall mounting bracket is also included, and there’s also a 1/4-inch screw thread on the bottom, which offers the potential of using a standard camera tripod mount and some camera arms and clamps to mount the feeder in some less conventional (read as ‘inaccessible to squirrels’) locations.
Filling the feeder was straightforward, although you need to remove the roof first. It would be nice if the roof were hinged like on other feeders, making it more accessible, especially when standing on a ladder leaning against a tree. A little water and syrup reservoir can also be fitted to the front of the feeder to feed hummingbirds; I attached it to my feeder, although I wasn’t expecting much hummingbird action in South London, UK.
The Wasserstein Bird Feeder Camera Case has a list price of US$54.99 / £65.99 / AU$154.94.
US pricing is from the Wasserstein website, while UK and Australia pricing is from Amazon, although at the time of writing the case is marked as unavailable in Australia.
As for how good the camera is, it depends on which one you're using, and on its app. I've used Ring devices for a few years, so I was able to pop my Ring Stick Up Camera into the case and quickly set it up. As I have a Ring subscription, the footage is automatically saved. I set it up with the Blink Outdoor camera, and it was as straightforward as any similar product. The Blink camera comes with a Blink Sync Module, which needs to be plugged in and connected to Wi-Fi, but it also has a USB socket that can be used with a USB flash drive to save the footage locally. If you want your footage to be stored in the cloud you'll need to sign up to your brand's subscription plan if you haven't already.
Both cameras work as you would expect. You get an alert when the camera detects motion, and you'll need to fine-tune this setting to adjust the sensitivity so that you aren't inundated with notifications every time a branch within the camera's field of view is caught by the wind.
One thing that's worth noting is that these security cameras are set up to record people who are standing a little way back from the camera, and while they have a wide angle of view and can focus on subjects reasonably close to the lens, birds landing on the feeder case will very close to the camera. I found that when using the Ring Stick Up camera birds slightly out of focus; the Blink Outdoor camera was a little better, although birds still weren't perfectly sharp. This isn't a huge issue, as bird feeder cameras are designed for monitoring and casual sharing, not for capturing high-quality footage; however, if you want to maximize quality, I recommend the Blink Outdoor camera.
All cameras compatible with the Wasserstein Bird Feeder Camera case are designed to be used outdoors and are weatherproof, and the case offers additional protection.
Wasserstein Bird Feeder Camera Case videos samples with the Blink security camera
Compared to the dedicated bird feeders with built-in cameras, the big downside here is that you don’t get any AI bird recognition features. So, for example, you won’t receive notifications that a robin has just landed on your feeder; instead, you'll simply be told that motion has been detected, so it's worth making sure that you name your camera appropriately, to avoid unnecessary alarm being caused by motion alerts.
Paradoxically, one thing that stood out with the Wasserstein Bird Feeder Camera case was the discrete choice of transparent and brown plastics. It blends in with a natural background much more pleasantly than other bird feeders' bright whites, yellows and blues. It may not look as modern or fancy when mounted on the white wall of a house but strapped to a tree, it looks great.
Overall, the Wasserstein Bird Feeder Camera Case is a cost-effective option that doubles as an everyday outdoor security camera holder. It provides easy installation and a visually pleasing design. While it lacks advanced AI bird recognition, it serves its purpose well for monitoring and casual sharing of bird activity.
Should I buy the Wasserstein Bird Feeder Camera Case?
Buy it if...
You already have a compatible home security camera
If you have a camera why not put it to another use when you are at home and aren't worried about intruders in your garden.
You want an affordable option
If you have an existing camera it makes a very affordable option, but even if you have to buy one it is still significantly cheaper than buying a dedicated camera feeder. Not to mention you could buy a used Ring or Blink camera saving even more money.
You want something that will double up as an outdoor security camera
Of course this gives you the chance to permanently have an outdoor security camera that links with existing security systems, offering you the best of both worlds
Don't buy it if...
You want to know the name of the birds that come to visit
With no Artificial intelligence or bird recognition provided by camera apps you won't get a notification telling you what bird has visited or statistics as to how often they visit.
You want to mount it to a pole
There is no pole mount included, although you could use the strap to wrap it around a fence post. There is a 1 ⁄ 4 inch camera mount on the bottom that will allow you to use clamps and mounts to get it on a pole, but it would be nice if there was an option straight out of the box.
How I tested the Netvue Birdfy
- A few days, mounted to a tree
- Two different home security cameras
- Using the various features of the camera apps
Having tested other bird feeder cameras recently, I was lucky that the birds and squirrels in my garden already knew exactly where to head for food. Within minutes of installing the feeder, the birds and squirrels headed straight to the feeder, and I was recording them using the Ring Stick Up cam and the Blink Outdoor camera.
Over this time, I had the chance to test the battery life and see if the cameras were suitable for bird feeder cameras. A small step ladder accessed the feeder, so I could see how easy it was to access the feeder to refill it with bird seed. The duration of the test also allowed me to see how the camera fared in the rain.
Overall, it was a thorough test combining the physical properties of the feeder and how it worked in tandem with the various cameras and apps.
First reviewed July 2023
Richard Sibley is a photographer and writer passionate about travel and landscape photography. With over 15 years of experience writing and reviewing in the photo industry, he was formerly Deputy Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine and has had his words and images published in numerous other magazines and websites. Richard combines his love for photography with a deep interest in technology and gadgets. Beyond his professional pursuits, Richard embraces fatherhood and finds solace in gardening, cold plunges, long walks, and listening to podcasts. He is an aspiring minimalist, though the constant lure of new gadgets significantly challenges this ideal.