The Best Camera for House Security?

Our Approach

To find the best wireless security cameras, we looked at price, image quality, reliability, ease of setup, smart features, night vision, and customer satisfaction. We tested several cameras in our homes, read expert reviews, researched industry standards and camera specs, and consulted thousands of customer reviews. Find out more about how we rank and review products in our full methodology. 

How to choose the best home security camera?

1. Arlo Pro 3: Best Wire-Free Camera

WIRE-FREE PICK

Arlo Pro 3

The Arlo Pro 3 is our pick for the best wireless security camera because it doesn’t need a power cord and still manages to outperform the competition. We think the Arlo Pro 3 is an excellent choice for most people, especially if you want a quick setup, multiple cameras, and outstanding video quality.

Its 2K video captures more detail than 1080p cameras and records clear video any time of day thanks to infrared night vision and a built-in spotlight. A helpful tutorial in the Arlo app makes it incredibly easy to set up. And the magnetic wall mount makes it easy to install anywhere.

The biggest drawback of Arlo Pro 3 is that it requires a base station that you get only when buying two or more cameras. This makes it an expensive choice, but it balances out if you need more than one camera.

Pros

  • 2K video resolution
  • 100% wire-free design
  • Indoor/outdoor versatility
  • Smart home integration

Cons

  • High price
  • 2 cameras required to get base station

2. Wyze Cam Pan: Best Budget Indoor Camera

Wyze Cam Pan

This little Wi-Fi camera can scan an entire room in just three seconds. You can adjust settings with the Pan Scan feature to automatically scan an area to your specifications.

The Wyze Cam’s motion tracking is also cool—if a kid or dog runs through the room, the camera will follow all the action. (No more arguments about who broke the lamp.) Plus, you can pick up the Wyze Cam for under $40.

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • 360° coverage with Pan Scan
  • Smart motion tracking
  • Free rolling 14-day cloud storage

Cons

  • Wired power cord
  • Hit-and-miss motion alerts

3. Canary Pro: Best Smart Home Camera

canary view

Canary Pro combines home security features like a siren and environmental sensors with a smart home security camera. And don’t let the small, unobtrusive design fool you.

Canary has packed enough security features into this Wi-Fi camera to make it qualify for home insurance discounts from many major insurers.

The Canary Pro can sense if the fireplace isn’t fully out or let you know if someone left the tub running. We wish it had a little more power when it comes to night vision

Pros

  • Camera, siren, and climate monitor
  • Learning tech to adjust to your habits
  • Alexa and Google integration
  • Direct connection to emergency services

Cons

  • Only 20-foot range for night vision
  • Subscription required for some features
  • Buggy mobile app

4. Ring Stick Up Cam: Outdoor Budget Pick

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is completely wire-free so you have a ton of flexibility in where you put it. And it costs around $100, making it one of the most affordable security cameras you can use both indoors and outdoors. As a result, we think the Stick Up Cam Battery is best for people that need a wireless outdoor camera on a budget.

There are reports of short battery life on Ring products (some say it lasts about a month), and recharging the Stick Up Cam is a tedious process since you need to remove the battery each time. You can get a solar panel accessory so you don’t need to remove the battery as often, but it’ll cost you extra.

Pros

  • No power cables to wrangle
  • Indoor/outdoor capability
  • Motion-activated sensors
  • Smart home compatibility

Cons

  • Tedious process to recharge battery
  • Short battery life

5. Reolink Argus 2: Indoor-Outdoor Pick

reolink argus 2

We like the Reolink Argus 2 because it works just as well indoors as it does outside. Its starlight night vision gives you clear images up to thirty-six feet without any extra ambient light.

This camera uses a rechargeable battery or solar power, so you have a lot of flexibility about where to place it. In our experience, the battery drains fairly quickly if you don’t use the solar panel accessory.

Setup is easy using the mobile app, but the camera doesn’t have a very stable Wi-Fi connection at times, which leads to choppy video playback. 

Pros

  • Email and push notifications
  • Built-in microSD card slot
  • Free video playback via Reolink app
  • No base station

Cons

  • Wi-Fi connectivity issues
  • No web viewing capability
  • Motion detection delays

6. Amcrest 4MP UltraHD Indoor: Free Storage Pick

Amcrest 4MP UltraHD Indoor

At SafeWise, we’re Amcrest fans, and this wireless indoor security camera doesn’t disappoint. Its remote pan and tilt function, easy setup, and variety of video storage options make this one of the best cameras available for under $100.

While this camera records video without issues, there’s a noticeable lag when you stream live video. Unfortunately, the user manual is hard to follow, and mounting the Amcrest 4MP UltraHD on the wall limits the camera’s rotation options.

But we still like the free cloud storage and the addition of two-way talk.

Pros

  • Remote pan and tilt
  • Multiple storage options
  • Two-way communication
  • Smart digital zoom

Cons

  • Limited rotation when mounted
  • Confusing user manual
  • Laggy live streaming

7. Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor: Best High-Tech Camera

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

The Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor is awesome when it comes to image, video, and sound quality. Plus it has person alerts and built-in Google Assistant so you can use it as a virtual assistant to control your smart home.

For some, that may be worth the $300 price tag. But while we like the smart functions and home automation compatibility of the Nest Cam IQ, many of the cameras we looked at offer the same perks at a more reasonable price.

The fact that you can’t use many of the best features (including video recording) unless you sign up for a monthly subscription is a big downer.

Pros

  • Great video quality
  • Compatibility with Google Assistant, Alexa, and other Nest products
  • Crystal clear two-way audio
  • Quality design and aesthetic

Cons

  • High price point
  • Required Nest Aware subscription for coolest features

8. YI Dome Camera: Audio Quality Pick

yi dome camera

This wireless security camera makes us think of R2-D2. It’s cute and looks like the type of tech you can count on to stay in touch with kids and pets when you can’t be at home.

The antinoise filter makes it easy to listen for baby’s cries or chat with kids about homework after school. You can even tell Rover to get off the sofa. Another great feature of the YI Dome Camera is unlimited free cloud storage.

But watch out if you’re an Android user—there are several reported issues with the Android app.

Pros

  • Cute design
  • Motion tracking
  • Antinoise filter for clear audio
  • No cloud storage limit

Cons

  • Limited night vision range
  • Android issues
  • Difficult setup

9. Abode Iota: Home Security Pick

Abode Iota security camera

The Abode Iota is a high-end home security camera and security system in one. This compact device delivers two-way talk, high video quality, and sensitive motion detection.

It also comes with the option to add 24/7 professional monitoring. That gives you a direct link to help through a monitoring center without buying any additional security equipment.

Best of all, Abode’s professional monitoring starts at just $8 per month, and there’s no contract required.

Pros

  • 24/7 monitoring available
  • Built-in siren
  • Entry sensors
  • Key fob control

Cons

  • Small size that limits security range
  • Poor sound quality

10. Amazon Cloud Cam: Delivery Protection Pick

Amazon stopped selling the Cloud Cam as a standalone device, but you can still get it as part of an Amazon Key kit. This lets Prime members pair the camera with a smart lock or garage door opener to get unattended deliveries inside your home.

It’s no surprise that Amazon’s wireless security camera would be besties with Amazon’s Alexa. But we’re bummed that you can’t use some of the camera’s coolest features (video storage, motion zones, person detection, and audio detection) without a Cloud Cam subscription.

You get 24 hours of video clips stored for free, but you need the subscription to support multiple cameras, use person detection, or set motion zones to limit false alarms.

Even without the extra perks, it’s still a good camera to keep an eye on kids and pets when you’re away.

Pros

  • 24 hours of free video clips
  • Compatibility with Alexa, Fire TV
  • Viewing options on mobile device or PC
  • Unattended deliveries for Prime members

Cons

  • Required kit to buy the camera
  • Required Cloud Cam subscription for full function
  • Required Amazon Prime subscription to use Amazon Key

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