In this age of the smart home, we can use our phones and even our voice to turn on a TV, listen to music, or turn on our lights. However, perhaps the biggest and most important aspect of the smart home is to add better security to where we live. That’s where smart security cameras come in.
There’s a variety of different smart security cameras to choose from. All of them have some degree of control via voice or smartphone apps. Many allow you to store videos taken from those cameras on a cloud server. Let’s take a look at the best smart security cameras you can currently buy.
The best smart security cameras:
Editor’s Note: We will update this post as more smart security cameras are released.
1. Arlo Pro 4
The Arlo Pro 4 is quite possibly the best out of all smart security cameras available. There aren’t too many competitors that can hold a candle to it. In fact, the only real downside to the Arlo Pro 4 is that it’s pretty expensive. However, you get a lot for your money.
There are no wires to worry about for any of the cameras and you can use any of them as either indoor or outdoor models. This model supports 2K resolution with HDR support, color night vision, and an integrated spotlight to shine on any intruders. Battery life is estimated to last up to six months.
Because they’re weatherproof, this means you can use the Arlo Pro 4 cameras indoors or outdoors. You can easily switch locations too, thanks to their convenient magnetic mounting system.
By now you’re probably asking yourself why you should get the Arlo Pro 4 over the Arlo Pro 3 cameras. On paper they offer nearly the same, but there is one pretty significant advantage to getting the newer generation model. The Arlo Pro 4 cameras support a direct connection to your Wi-Fi network. The Arlo Pro 3 required a hub. Sadly, this also means local recording is not included out of the box, but you can stick USB storage into cameras to keep record of your clips.
2. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Ring smart security cameras are very popular, and for good reason. They offer good design, functionality, and super user-friendly operations. Not to mention they come with some of the best bang per buck in the industry.
Some of its features include 1080p video quality, real-time notifications, motion detection, night vision, and 2-way talk. The great thing about the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is that it is weather resistant and requires no cables. This means you can place it anywhere you want as long as it’s within reach of your Wi-Fi network.
Battery life is pretty great too, as it can survive for up to six months on a single charge. Keep in mind this depends largely on how active it is, though. If you want to stop worrying about charging these every few months, Ring offers solar panels separately.
If you don’t mind keeping the device plugged in and limiting its use to indoor monitoring, you can save yourself some cash by going with the Ring Indoor Cam. We believe the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is a worthy upgrade and doesn’t cost much more, though.
3. Wyze Cam Pan
The Wyze Cam Pan is hands-down one of the coolest devices in this list of the best smart security cameras. Not to mention it’s one of the most affordable ones too!
What makes this camera special is that it can pan, tilt, and zoom. This means you can control your viewpoint remotely and look at different areas within your home from a single camera. The whole unit has a rotating base, while the camera can point up and down to catch different perspectives. In addition, users can set predetermined areas so that the camera can continuously move and monitor them constantly.
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What’s best is you don’t have to sacrifice much in terms of quality either. The device features 1080p video quality, night vision, motion alerts, sound recording, free 14-day cloud storage, digital assistant support, and more. You can also choose to record at all times locally, with the use of a microSD card.
The only downsides are that it’s meant for indoor use and it needs to be plugged in. But hey, you’re already getting more than enough for what you paid!
4. Wyze Cam Outdoor
If you really need to go full wireless and need outdoor functionality, Wyze has another value option for you. The Wyze Cam Outdoor is IP65 certified and has a battery life of 3-6 months. The only downside is you need a base station, but it can connect with up to four cameras and looks pretty nice. Not to mention it’s small and won’t be hard to hide.
Like all other worthy smart security cameras, the Wyze Cam Outdoor records at 1080p and supports night vision. Other features include motion detection, alerts, two-way audio, and even offline video recording.
5. Ring Floodlight Camera
If money is no object, then the Ring Floodlight camera is definitely one of the best smart security cameras for outdoor use. What makes it special is the couple LED floodlights pointing in both directions. These are motion activated and will give you a much better view through the lens. Of course, it also helps to have some light as you walk around, and it will also let intruders know they are being watched.
Lighting aside, you get all the great features you can expect from a higher-end Ring camera. This includes 1080p video recording, motion alerts, two-way audio, siren sounds, Alexa support, night vision, and more. Because it uses strong lights, the unit needs to be wired, but that’s to be expected.
6. Eufy Video Doorbell 2K
A smart video doorbell doubles as a security camera! You might as well get one to keep your doorway protected. There are two types of video doorbells: wired and wireless. While wired video doorbells are superior in multiple ways, they don’t work for everyone. For example, if your house doesn’t have a doorbell already or you live in an apartment building, a wired video doorbell is of no use to you.
That’s why we recommend going wireless, and the Eufy Video Doorbell 2K system is a great option. The battery-powered doorbell unit attaches to your door molding and the base station plugs in somewhere inside your home. You connect the base station to your network and boom, you’ve got a wireless doorbell system ready to go.
The Eufy Wireless system is compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant and features 16GB of onboard video storage. It’s also a pretty outstanding video doorbell camera. As its name entails, it records at 2K resolution. Its battery is expected to last up to six months. Then you get other fun features like two-way communications, human detection, activity zones, and more.
This isn’t cheap, but it’s certainly a superior smart doorbell. Those looking to save a bit more can also look at the Ring Video Doorbell. It’s still wireless, and it might be a better option if you’re already invested in the Ring ecosystem (which we know many of you are).