Whether you’re preoccupied with burglary or just want to check in on a mischievous pet, home security cameras can provide warnings and peace of mind. The good news: There are plenty of great options to choose from, including features like two-way communication, night vision, cloud storage and premium video quality HD video. But to find a good match can feel overwhelming to sift through everything out there.
Fortunately, I have checked hundreds of cameras and condensed into the list below everything I’ve learned. These are the best home security cameras in any major sub-category, from smart doorbells to models that fit well with the voice commands of Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri— and beyond. Let’s go jump in.
Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
The Nest outdoor surveillance camera is fitted with a live 1080p HD video and 130-degree wide-angle lens for a clear view of your visitor and the surrounding environment. Using the Nest app and a smartphone through automatic mobile alerts, you will be able to stay up to date with this security camera on your home’s outdoor activity 24/7. Nest Cam also sends a’ Person Alert’ to warning you immediately when someone is outside of your house, using your Nest app.
Wyze Cam Pan
In just three seconds this little Wi-Fi camera can search an entire room. With the Pan Scan feature you can change settings to automatically scan an area according to your requirements.
The motion tracking of the Wyze Cam is cool too— if a kid or dog runs through the house, the camera will follow all the action. (No more debates about who broke the lamp.) Plus, the Wyze Cam can be picked up for under $40.
Arlo Video Doorbell
There’s a lot going for the $150 Arlo Video Doorbell. Although 150 bucks isn’t cheap, it’s cheaper than most of the other smart buzzers I’ve been using. The Arlo Video Doorbell has arm / disarm functions, two-way audio, motion zones and an integrated siren, similar to the Arlo Pro 3 Outdoor Security camera.
It also has a competitive subscription to cloud storage plan, starting at $3 a month. You get access to advanced features such as custom person, animal, vehicle and package detection if you pay for cloud storage.
Blue by ADT Outdoor Camera
The Blue is battery-operated, wire-free and easy to mount by ADT Outdoor Camera. Use the free mobile app to see crystal clear 1080p live video footage, and provide instant feedback when motion is detected with preview videos. You can store the camera operation for up to 24 hours to replay later. Blue by ADT offers consumers a free 30-day storage day trial before committing to a monthly storage plan to try convenient, reliable camera storage. It also uses the technology of facial recognition to identify familiar visitors, and two-way conversations.
Canary Pro integrates home security technology with a smart home security camera, like a siren and environmental sensors. And don’t let the unobtrusive little design trick you.
Canary’s packed enough security features into this Wi-Fi camera to qualify several major insurers for home insurance discounts.
The Canary Pro can feel if the fireplace is not fully out, or let you know if someone has left the tub running. When it comes to night vision, we wish it had a little more strength though — it only sees about 20 feet in the dark.
Nest Cam IQ Indoor
The $299 Nest Cam IQ Indoor camera has many the same features and smarts as the Nest Hello speaker. It offers live HD streaming, movement warnings, person warnings and access to Nest Aware’s choice service. A Nest Aware subscription begins at $5 a month and provides advanced features such as facial recognition. Creating a friends and family database and getting messages telling you there is “Molly” or “Andrew” at the door.
But that model also features a built-in speaker from Google Assistant. Just like the Google Home and other smart speakers and displays allowed by Google-Assistant, the Nest Cam IQ Indoor responds to the wake-up word, “OK / Hey Google.”
The Simplicam indoor security camera is a Wi-Fi activated camera which protects end-to-end encryption of your video footage. Also the Simplicam camera has a shutter to monitor when your camera is on. It’s fitted with two-way audio, viewing area of 120 degrees, night vision and motion detection. Using the Simplisafe mobile app, you can receive an immediate warning to see live footage when motion is detected. Simplicam can be extended to other cameras and links easily to other Simplisafe home security tools.
Ring Stick Up Cam
The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is totally wire-free so you have a lot of versatility to bring it in. And it costs just $100, making it one of the most accessible indoor and outdoor security cameras you can use. As a result, we think the Stick Up Cam Battery is best for people on a budget who want a wireless outdoor camera.
Ring products are claimed to have a short battery life (some say it lasts around a month), and recharging the Stick Up Cam is a tedious process since you need to remove the battery every time. You can get an adapter for the solar panel so you don’t have to remove the battery as often as possible, but it will cost you extra.
Indoor-outdoor Logitech Circle 2
The $180 indoor-outdoor Logitech Circle 2 is one of the few home security cameras compatible with Apple’s smart home app, HomeKit, including listening to a HomePod smart speaker’s Siri commands. It also works with Alexa and Google Assistant, giving you access to all of the key features of voice assistants.
Lorex Security Camera
Lorex’s heavy metal home security camera is designed to be four times better than 1080p HD video for simple, crisp image quality with 112-degree wide field view, 4 K image sensor and 4 K video recording. You will be able to see crystal clear color camera footage within 200 feet at night with this Outdoor Security camera. This Lorex security camera also connects to your Network Video Recorder (NVR) to build up to four moving sensitivity zones for each.
(source: cnet.com, safewise.com, and safety.com)