A good home security camera lets you keep an eye on your house from anywhere in the world, streaming high-quality video directly to your smartphone. These devices’ popularity has boomed in recent years, with dozens of tech firms jumping on the security system trend. Luckily for consumers, this competition has not only driven innovation in the home security system market, it has also brought prices down significantly.
We’ve put together a list of the best smart home security cameras available in 2019 at a wide range of prices. So whether you want to keep a watchful eye on your kids and pets, or guard your fortress against break-ins with an array of outdoor eyes, we’re here to help find the perfect security camera for you.
Wyze Cam Pan
A powerful camera that offers the best value of our top picks.
Excellent video quality. 2-Way audio. Full tilt/pan functionality makes for a very capable security camera.
Short power cable and no internal battery limits positioning options.
While the Wyze Cam 1080p HD indoor camera, at $25.98, is the firm’s cheapest offering, we’ve chosen to highlight the more popular Wyze Cam Pan. At just $37.98, it’s still the cheapest camera on our list, and yet one of few in the market to offer full pan and tilt functionality. Controlled manually on your phone or automatically via trick motion detection tech, the 360 degree panning mount lets you monitor a much larger space, or even multiple rooms, if placed centrally.
A short power cable limits where you can position the Wyze Cam Pan, but with fire alarm detection, intruder alerts, night vision, free cloud storage, and surprisingly clear video, this little camera offers the best bang for your buck.
Ring Spotlight Cam
- The Verdict: The best outdoor camera, especially when combined with a Ring Video Doorbell.
- Pros: Bright built-in spotlights. Solar option eliminates need for a power outlet or manual charging.
- Cons: Over-sensitive motion detection and inaccurate zone control.
- Retail Price: $199
As its name suggests, the Ring Spotlight Cam is notable for its super bright, built-in LEDs that instantly illuminate your front drive or dark backyard whenever they detect motion. It also have a 30-foot night vision range, so you can see beyond the illuminated portion of your yard.
With a regular price of $199, both hard wired and battery powered options are available. The latter is compatible with solar panels (sold separately), which opens your mounting options to anywhere with reasonable sunlight exposure. And as you might expect from Ring — who’s known for video doorbell and home security system tech — the app is excellent. It offers clip playback, Alexa compatibility, 1080p HD video, local neighborhood message boards and feed sharing.
Nest Cam IQ
- The Verdict: A premium indoor security camera at a premium price.
The Nest Cam IQ offers excellent video quality and a whole suite of high-end smart features. And at $299, it’s firmly on the premium end of our selection.
Arlo Pro 2
The Arlo Pro 2 camera kit offers a completely wire-free solution to home surveillance at the For use either indoors or outside, the Arlo cameras feature built-in rechargeable batteries that can last for several weeks (depending on the frequency of motion alerts) without needing to be recharged on the included base.
Kasa Cam Outdoor by TP-Link
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