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Security cameras sure have come a long way. From those clunky artificial eyes we used to see in large commercial buildings, over the past decade they’ve become more commonplace in residential areas. More importantly, their features have improved tremendously.
There are security cameras nowadays that can tell people apart from other moving objects, detect packages delivered, and even recognize people. There are cameras that “talk” to ward off intruders. And Ring’s newest cameras even have radar technology that gives you a birds-eye-view of your home. Neat!
Needless to say, the rapid evolution of security camera technology spawned hundreds of different camera options for dozens of competitive security camera brands. Today, we’re going to look at those elite brands that make up the best security cameras in the market. We’re basing our recommendations on our first-hand experience with these brands, but also on thousands of hours of research.
Without further ado, we give to you the best security cameras you can buy today.
See all of 2022’s best cameras in action by viewing our Youtube video below, or to put cameras head-to-head, read our security camera comparison.
We expected nothing less from a camera with the word “simple” right in its name. The SimpliCam is part of the SimpliSafe set up, and if you read our SimpliSafe home security review, you’ll see that it’s one of the easiest security systems to set up. The SimpliCam is nothing different. It took us only a few minutes to set up the camera. Once set up, we used the SimpliSafe app to view live footage directly from our phones. There, we even had the option to arm and disarm the camera’s motion sensor. Granted, it’s not the most advanced security camera, but it got the job done without hassle.
If you’re interested in trying out the SimpliCam, all you need to do is purchase a SimpliSafe security system. A free SimpliCam is included in every package, and security systems are up to 60-percent off during SimpliSafe’s Black Friday 2022 sale.
What We Like
User-friendly mobile app
What We Don’t Like
Need to pay $9.99 or $27.99 a month to receive cloud storage, notifications and remote control of camera
No person detection
720p HD resolution on older models
No smart platform integrations
The SimpliCam is just one of SimpliSafe’s three cameras. There’s also an outdoor version and a video doorbell. All three cameras share the same simple set-up, and their live videos are all viewable from the app. For video storage, we had to purchase a subscription. Since we also tested the SimpliSafe system, we got the SimpliSafe Interactive plan for $27.99 per month. It included cloud storage for up to 10 cameras, 24/7 professional monitoring of the security system, and smart home automation. If you only want cloud recording, though, you can go with the $9.99 camera plan that stores videos from up to five cameras.
2. Lorex - Easiest to Use Security Camera
High-end Wi-Fi and IP cameras with 4K color and night vision
Lorex specializes in professional-quality security cameras for indoor and outdoor use. The company’s weatherproof outdoor cameras have 4K resolution and the ability to capture full video at night. Many Lorex camera models are vandal-proof as well. Ours had heavy-duty metal casings and protected power cords.
Lorex cameras also support two-way voice, geofencing, extra-long vision (depth of field), and pan/zoom function. Right now, as part of Lorex’s Black Friday sale, select security camera models including the top-shelf Nocturnal line are up to 50-percent off.
What We Like
Clear HD video quality up to 4k
Long-range night vision feature
Professional-grade design and build
Feature-rich cameras with smart tech
What We Don’t Like
Expensive high-end camera system
Easy to be overwhelmed by options
Cameras must plug-in to power outlets
Customer service is not the best
One bestselling home-use Lorex camera is the 1080p HD Outdoor Wireless Security Camera. It’s an affordable but dependable camera, retailing for as low as $149. We think this camera really represents Lorex well.
The hardware is impressive. It has a 118-degree wide-angle lens and a whopping 115-foot night vision range. It also comes with the ability to record both video and audio. It’s not a perfect camera; it doesn’t work in below zero temperatures, for instance. However, it’s a really solid and budget-friendly option, which is true for most Lorex cameras.
It’s also worth noting that Lorex is one of the largest security camera manufacturers today, with new products being released on an almost-monthly basis. Their latest creation is the 4K Wi-Fi Security Camera, which uses AI to improve alerts and comes equipped with Wi-Fi 6 technology to improve video transmission.
3. Ring - Best DIY Installation
Video doorbells and weatherproof cameras powered by batteries, mains electricity, or the Sun
Why Ring Has the Best Security Camera Selection Overall
Amazon-owned Ring initially gained popularity for its doorbell cameras, but it also sells indoor cameras, outdoor cameras, an over-the-peephole camera, and other home security equipment. We valued having the option to choose between so many cameras, including wireless and hardwired models, all at competitive prices.
One example is the Spotlight Cam Pro, released in September 2022. This high-tech camera uses radar to improve its motion detection, and it can even provide you with a simulated Bird’s Eye View of your property to give you a better vantage point. And in terms of cost, the Spotlight Cam Pro is competitive, with prices ranging from $229 to $249.
Other Ring camera models include motion detection, two-way voice, and Amazon Alexa and Echo integration like the doorbell cameras. Smart integrations let us control our home alarm system with voice commands and send our security video to various in-home displays of our choice. Ring cloud video storage costs $3 per month for one camera or $10 per month for an unlimited number of cameras installed in one address.
What We Like
Wide-selection of indoor/outdoor cameras
Easy DIY installation takes only minutes
Crisp and clear HD video image quality
Integrates with third-party smart platforms
What We Don’t Like
Some Ring cams are too large
High-end Ring cameras are expensive
Ring Pro cam requires hardwiring
Can be prone to trigger false alarms
Ring has an expansive product catalog, but let’s take a look at one example: For most climates, the Ring Spotlight Cam is one of the best weatherproof cameras for scaring off prowlers as it can withstand temperatures five degrees below zero. This $200 camera comes equipped with bright spotlights that you can program to turn on when it detects motion. It also has a 110-decibel siren, plenty loud even for an outdoor camera.
An even more advanced version of the Spotlight Cam was released recently at the 2022 Amazon hardware event, which also features 3D Motion Detection. This additional feature uses radar technology to track the movement of prowlers within your property, and in addition to the camera’s live feed, 3D Motion Detection enables a Bird’s Eye View of your lawn. That, in addition to the spotlight feature that comes with every Spotlight Cam makes the Spotlight Cam Pro a solid option to stand guard outside your home.
Another example is the Ring Indoor Cam, Ring’s most affordable security camera to date. The Ring Indoor Cam is a pretty simple camera; it plugs into a power outlet, keeps watch of your home 24/7, detects motion, and even records motion videos if you have a Ring Protect subscription. At just over $50, the Ring Indoor Cam is a good addition to any home.
It’s worth noting that both Ring and Amazon have upcoming Black Friday special offers this year, and both will feature Ring security cameras. Read our Ring Black Friday 2022 deals to stay updated.
4. ADT - Best Complete Security System with Cameras
Why ADT Cameras are Best if You’re Looking for a Complete Home Security System
ADT offers an indoor camera, an outdoor camera, and a video doorbell. All three feature two-way audio. In addition, the indoor and outdoor cameras both come with 1080p HD resolution and video analysis capabilities that help them distinguish between important and unimportant events. The very best aspect of these cameras, though, is that they come with the ADT home security system itself. ADT sits at the very top of our list of best home security systems on the market, so when you purchase a camera package you get much more than just cameras. You get ADT’s 145 year history of security excellence, its user-friendly Pulse app, and its responsive 24/7 professional monitoring.
What’s more, you can upgrade your ADT cameras to that of Google Nest, and still integrate your video monitoring solution with your security system. ADT and Google Nest started partnering up in 2021, and right now, you can get a Nest doorbell and outdoor camera installed for free if you become an ADT user. That, and more, is likely a part of ADT’s Black Friday 2022 offer.
What We Like
A video analytics system that can differentiate different events
1080p HD video resolution on indoor and outdoor cameras
Two-way audio on every camera
All cameras come as part of a complete ADT home security system
What We Don’t Like
Relatively high prices
Video doorbell only has 720p video
Requires professional installation
Minimum subscription is three years
We were impressed with the durability of ADT’s outdoor camera. It’s rated IP65. That means it’s resistant to dust and can withstand low-pressure water jets. The camera even comes with its own onboard heating unit, which means it will work in temperatures up to 40 degrees below zero, Fahrenheit. The field of view is a bit narrow, at 95 degrees, but the system is professionally installed and our techs were all experienced enough to know exactly where to place cameras for maximum coverage.
5. Wyze Cam - Most Affordable Security Cameras
Budget-priced indoor security cameras with free cloud storage for motion-triggered video
Special features include geofencing (motion detection zones), Alexa compatibility, and the ability to detect specific frequencies. For instance, the camera sends mobile alerts in response to a smoke alarm.
While Wyze doesn’t always join Black Friday festivities, check out our page on Wyze Black Friday deals to catch wind of deals in case there will be any this year.
What We Like
Lowest priced cameras (starting at $29.99)
Free 14-day cloud video storage
Works with Alexa for voice control
Innovative features like motion tagging
What We Don’t Like
No outdoor camera options available
No pro monitoring, only self-monitoring
Has long power cord/must be plugged in
Does not offer geofencing technology
The Wyze Cam Pan with two-way audio has a $33.99 MSRP. This smart camera covers 110 degrees per second, and it rotates and pans to capture video all around. We added voice controls with Alexa and got clear footage anytime with 1080p HD video resolution plus infrared night vision.
We could check the Wyze mobile app for streaming video, plus 14 days of motion-based cloud storage was free. We also kept local storage using a micro-SD card.
6. Nest - Best Google Home Cameras
Smart doorbells & indoor/outdoor security cams with facial recognition and continuous recording
While our Ring paired naturally with Amazon Alexa, Nest was best with Google Assistant and other Google Home products. Nest cams work intuitively with Google Home speakers. For example, we could say, “Hey Google, play the backyard camera on the kitchen Chromecast,” and it would perform the task.
The Nest Cam options include the plugged-in indoor model, the battery-powered weatherproof model, and the floodlight-equipped model. There are also wired and wireless video doorbell options. All these cameras share the same core features, including motion detection, person detection, and activity zones. Each can also be added to a Nest Aware subscription, which enables cloud recording plus up to 10 days of continuous recording at the highest tier. But even without Nest Aware, we still enjoyed mobile notifications from the cameras and three hours of event history with snapshots. That being said, we chose to keep our Nest Aware subscription because of facial recognition.
As a side note, if you find that Nest cameras are good for you, check Google Nest’s online store starting November 17, the start of Google’s Black Friday 2022 sale.
What We Like
Smart features like facial recognition
Access and stream live-video 24/7
Crisp 1080p HD video quality
Compatible with Z-Wave technology
What We Don’t Like
Expensive if purchasing multiple cams
No local video storage options
Camera must connect to internet
Customer service could be improved
The smartest feature of all Nest Cam models is facial recognition, or as Nest calls it, Familiar Face Alerts. It’s one of those features you can only get with a Nest Aware subscription, but if you shell out the monthly fee, Familiar Face Alerts can improve your home security tremendously.
The Nest Cam starts by cataloging all the faces it sees, and then, it relies on you to put a name to those faces using the accompanying app. Nest’s AI is powered by Google, so you know that recognizing faces is no hard task for the camera.
Now, once it has a database of Familiar Faces (don’t worry, your camera’s Familiar Faces stays on your account and won’t be used in facial recognition of other Nest users), you’ll be able to really configure your notifications. For instance, you can tell Nest to notify you if this particular person is seen, let’s say your kid, so you know they got home safe from school. It’s that kind of personalization that makes Nest an incredible partner in home security.
New Feature: You can now view live footage from the latest Nest Cams on Alexa-enabled smart displays and smart TVs. In addition, Alexa can now announce motion detection and doorbell ring alerts, as well as deliver two-way audio.
7. Arlo - Best Video Resolution
Cutting-edge indoor and outdoor cameras with up to 4K resolution
The standard for high-definition security video is 1080p resolution. Arlo pushed the envelope with 4K ultra-high-definition on the weatherproof Ultra security camera, which costs $299. During our evaluations, the Arlo doorbell cameras, indoor cameras, and outdoor cameras automatically lowered their resolution if they detected low bandwidth.
Arlo loaded each camera with special features such as two-way voice, a siren with remote control, and compatibility with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Multiple setup options made Arlo cameras famous, too; cameras plugged in or operated wire-free, and magnetic mounts made setup hassle-free.
The video was saved locally on a USB or to the cloud, free for seven days.
Arlo cameras work best when grouped together to create an integrated network of security cameras, and with Arlo’s Black Friday 2022 sale coming up, we have the perfect opportunity in our hands to build an entire Arlo ecosystem.
What We Like
High-quality home security cameras
Offers a wide-range of camera options
No long-term contracts required
100% wireless, can be installed anywhere
What We Don’t Like
Steep upfront equipment cost
Does not offer entryway sensors
Limited home automation options
Not sufficient for complete home security
While the Arlo Ultra impressed us with exceptional resolution, the Arlo Baby, priced at $199.99, helped keep our nursery safe and soothing. We had the option to outfit this unique security camera as a bunny or a puppy, and its high-quality infrared created clear views in our baby’s dim room. A cry sensor, general sound detector, motion detector, and air quality sensor in the camera also stood guard. Our baby seemed to also really enjoy the camera’s lullaby mode and nightlight with adjustable color.
Heads up: Arlo just launched the new Arlo Go 2, a wire-free camera capable of connecting to LTE, allowing it to function without Wi-Fi. With a $249 price tag, it’s now available from T-Mobile with qualifying data plans.
8. Blink Camera - Best Compact Cameras
Video doorbells and indoor/outdoor cameras with easy installation and long-lasting batteries
Blink sells easy-to-use wireless cameras for indoor and outdoor use. These are low-priced at $35 and up, yet excellent quality. Special features on Blink cameras include one-way or two-way audio, a motion sensor, customizable motion zones, a temperature sensor, and the option to use Amazon Alexa for arming and disarming by voice.
One of the great things about the Blink Indoor and Outdoor is the PIR motion sensor. Instead of relying on computer vision, which can drain batteries quickly, not to mention trigger lots of false alerts, both cameras use Infrared motion detection. This means the cameras are only triggered by movement of heat signatures. Even if an inanimate object, let’s say a curtain, moves, it won’t register as movement to the cameras. When a person moves, however, the camera will alert you if armed.
Blink provides affordable cloud storage with pricing similar to that of Ring ($3 per month for one camera and $10 for all cameras). You can also access local recording without monthly fees with a Sync Module 2 hub and a USB flash drive.
FYI: Amazon, the company that owns Blink and Ring, announced that it’s shutting down support for its Amazon Cloud Cam cameras by December 2022. Cloud Cam owners, however, will receive a free Blink Mini Indoor as replacement, plus a one-year free subscription to Blink’s cloud plan.
9. Swann SWDVK-445802V - Best Local Video Storage
Smart doorbells and indoor/outdoor cameras with long-range and local storage
Swann sells high-quality indoor/outdoor cameras and video doorbells for do-it-yourself monitoring only. Swann cameras feature impressive color night vision, heat sensing, two-way talk, floodlights, competitive pricing, long-range even at night, and compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Local storage and cloud storage is available for Swann security cams. With free local memory, owners can save each clip for seven days. Camera ownership also includes two days of free cloud storage per clip.
What We Like
Full lineup of versatile cameras
Wireless, wired, and wire-free connections
Free local video storage (microSD card)
Robust, weatherproof cameras
What We Don’t Like
Relatively expensive equipment
Cloud storage requires subscription
No professional monitoring available
Cancelling paid plans can be tricky
The Floodlight Security Camera, costing $179, shows off lots of Swann technology. The 1080p camera has a 125-degree lens, color night vision, a heat sensor, two-way talk, a siren, and a motion-triggered floodlight with dimmer. It clearly records nighttime action up to 100 feet away, and with its max floodlight brightness of 2500 lumens, criminals will have trouble finding cover!
10. eufy 2K Camera - Best Apple HomeKit Integration
A budget camera that doesn’t sacrifice quality with all of our necessary features for home security cameras.
Although we use Siri for everything on our iPhones, a security camera rarely works with Apple’s voice assistant…that is, until the eufy 2K indoor camera. It works with Siri, so we were able to view the live feed on our phones by asking our trusted voice assistant, in addition to Alexa and Google Assistant. Siri also provides end-to-end encryption for footage along with a whopping ten days of extra cloud storage through HomeKit Secure Video. As iPhone or iPad users, we loved using Siri with the eufy 2K camera.
What We Like
Affordable $40 price tag
2K video with 125-degree field of view
Integrations with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and Alexa
What We Don’t Like
Not compatible with 5G networks
No wireless option
Cloud storage makes for a lower video resolution
2K HD streaming uses a lot of data
The eufy 2K is a very affordable indoor camera, at only $40. Typically, we shell out over $100 for similar devices. We set it up in our living room, and because we had pet detection turned off, we didn’t get notified every time our kitten played with its ball of yarn. Instead, we only got notifications about people. All our footage was recorded directly to our 128 GB micro-SD card in 2K resolution.
With the Eufy Security app, we easily checked in at home from anywhere with Internet access, arming and disarming our camera remotely (or creating an automated schedule). We could count on getting notifications when any people came near our home, which thankfully didn’t include any intruders.
11. Zmodo - Best Security Camera Selection
A wide range of affordable smart doorbells, indoor cameras, and outdoor cameras
Zmodo sells a wide selection of smart doorbell cameras, indoor-only cameras, and weatherproof surveillance cameras for DIY monitoring. We chose these cameras to serve as crime deterrents, but we had friends who used the Zmodo video cams for keeping an eye on their dependents. Some Zmodo cameras are hardwired, and others are wire-free.
A four-pack of Zmodo Mini Cams costs just $99.99. These indoor cameras have night vision, two-way audio, Alexa compatibility, and optional continuous recording in 720p HD. With free service, we were able to review alert clips from the previous 36 hours. Longer-term cloud storage required a $9.99 per month payment.
Another cheap but effective option is the $39.99 Zmodo 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Security Camera. Along with HD color vision in daylight, it creates crisp low-light recordings with up to 65-feet depth of field. The option to set motion detection zones helps limit false alerts.
Why the ecobee SmartCamera is the Best for Person Detection
A lot of cameras have person detection, which differentiates between different types of movement from people, animals, cars, and inanimate objects. However, the ecobee SmartCamera takes things a step further. Not only does it detect people, but with a panning function, it’ll actually follow them around, keeping them in the center of the frame. This feature, Smart Focus, isn’t something we’ve seen from any other security camera, so with its 180-degree field of view, you’re sure not to miss anything that goes on at your home.
What We Like
180 degree field of view and panning
Integrations with Alexa and Siri
Infrared night vision
What We Don’t Like
Doesn’t work with Google Assistant
No free cloud storage
No local storage
Paid subscription required for geofencing, remote disarming, voice command arming and disarming, etc.
Nest Cam Floodlight
Arlo Pro 4
Nest Cam Indoor
Swann 4K Camera
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Ring Indoor Cam
Tend Indoor 2
When it came to pricing, the average cost of a security camera was $168. We also had cameras that reached as low as $30 and as high as $200 or more. For example, Nest had one of the highest prices we’d seen for a home security camera. Netatmo and Arlo Pro 4 were also priced relatively high. Still, we figured this was mostly due to Netatmo’s exceptional artificial intelligence capabilities and Arlo Pro 4’s excellence crushed in every category. Even though those cameras seemed a bit pricey, we agreed their value made up for it. To put two cameras head to head, read our comparison of the Nest Cam Indoor vs. the Arlo Pro 2.
Through rigorous research and testing, we identified the best security cameras out there. We used a few ways to make sure the security cameras we chose were up to par. First, we judged each product based on our Necessary Features Test, which evaluated cameras based on their video, audio, night vision, storage, artificial intelligence, smart platform integrations, convenience, and overall value. We didn’t expect cameras to earn full marks in every category for us to consider them worth buying. Our test simply laid out the ideal characteristics we looked for in security cameras.
One of our Necessary Features was video with a clear and detailed picture. We knew it would come in handy if we needed evidence for the police or wanted to save some footage of a special event, like a birthday party. If we wanted more clear video, we had to invest in a 2K or 4K, a significantly more expensive technology. We also needed to keep in mind that most smartphones couldn’t stream in 4K, so 4K cameras likely weren’t worth it, especially since the Arlo 4K was discontinued so soon after its release (but later put back on shelves).
Next, we wanted to find a camera that zoomed-in optically. We discovered many camera companies claimed their cameras zoomed in, but the truth was they only did so digitally. We could only zoom in on our phone, not in real life. Zoom was essential to us because it allowed our camera to capture details it otherwise couldn’t. We preferred cameras that could zoom in optically at least three times. We saw the best optical zoom capability from the Nest Cam IQ Indoor, which could zoom in a whopping 12 times.
Field of Zoom
Next, we wanted to be sure we got a camera that could zoom in optically— optically being the keyword. Zoom is important because it allows the camera to capture details that it otherwise couldn’t. We prefer cameras that can zoom in optically at least three times. The most we’ve seen is from the Nest Cam IQ Indoor, which can zoom in a whopping 12 times.
Again, many cameras that come with security systems, like Frontpoint’s indoor camera, cannot zoom, which is disappointing.
Field of View
Additionally, we determined the field of view should be no less than 120 degrees. The widest field of view is180 degrees. A great example of a camera with a 180-degree field of view is Logitech Circle 2. We did not even consider cameras with a field of view under 110 degrees because the more narrow the field of view, the more cameras we would have needed to buy to reach every corner of our home.
We wanted a camera that had both a microphone and a speaker. This was potentially very useful for a few reasons. First, it could help us communicate with people in our home, whether we were watching TV in the next room or on vacation in the Bahamas. Additionally, two-way audio has been known to help stop intruders in their tracks.
Since infrared night vision from LED sensors is invisible to the naked eye, it allowed us to record anyone in our cameras’ view at night without them realizing they were being filmed. In contrast, the bright white light with color night vision made it obvious when we were recording. Most cameras had infrared night vision, but we took points off for color night vision. Although it sounded better in theory, we wanted our security cameras and what they recorded kept secret.
It was important to us that the cameras we selected had both cloud and local storage. Storage was important for a couple of reasons. First, we figured we might be interested in the video our cameras recorded, like a party or event. Second, the photos and videos that the camera captured would have been helpful evidence if we had an intrusion.
A micro-SD card, like the Honeywell Lyric C2, allowed us to get local storage or download the files. While some companies made us pay for storage, some gave it to us for free. Some companies provided free 32 or 64-gig micro-SD cards, which was awesome. If we had to pick between cloud or local storage, we’d choose local, as we could download the footage then backed it up to a cloud service like Dropbox.
During our evaluations, A.I. was a large part of home security. A.I. most often referred to person detection, meaning the camera differentiated between people and other moving objects like cars, pets, or shadows. This led to more specific and necessary notifications. Of course, we didn’t want a home security camera, so it could notify us whenever our pet bird flapped its wings! We even tested out the best pet cameras.
Aside from person detection, more advanced cameras like the Netatmo Welcome Indoor Camera employed facial recognition. With this technology, we were notified when specific people were in our home or an unfamiliar face was detected. Other detections included pet detection, baby crying detection, smoke, and C.O alarm detection, and package detection. Of course, we only considered person detection to be a Necessary Feature, but those are some nice extras.
Smart Platform Integration
Smart home quickly became a norm for us, so we also considered having integrations with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant a Necessary Feature. If we were already in a Google or Amazon ecosystem, we’d want to make sure our camera could easily integrate within our smart home.
One of the primary things we enjoyed about cameras with smart integrations was commanding them with our voices. We could also link our camera up with other smart home devices to create home automation. For example, we could set our smart light bulbs to go off whenever our camera was armed and turn on when our camera was disarmed. Extra points went to integrations with multiple smart ecosystems.
We looked for cameras with an installation that integrated with an app for step-by-step instructions or had an easy setup. Some cameras came with hubs, which we didn’t prefer, as they took up more space. While wireless cameras may have meant easier setup and less clutter, we had to change their batteries periodically. That was why wired systems were more convenient, including power over Ethernet cameras.
When it came to home security, we didn’t want to skimp on quality. We also didn’t want to break the bank. Security cameras came in a huge range of prices. The least expensive camera we reviewed was the Wyze Cam, which was priced at only $20. The average range was usually somewhere between $100 to $200 while the most expensive camera we reviewed was the Arlo Ultra 4K for $400 (we compared the Arlo Ultra to the eufyCam E here). In our opinion, there was no reason to spend $300 on a security camera when high-quality cameras existed for much less. Here are some more security camera prices so you know what to expect.
There’s just no excuse these days not to have the right cameras monitoring your home. Whether you’re looking for affordability, cutting edge technology, or some combination of the two, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for somewhere on this list.
The type of security camera best for home security is one with good video and audio quality, a wide enough field of view, night vision, local and cloud recording, and smart features like person detection or even facial recognition.
We’ve seen a number of security cameras that meet those criteria during our tests. SimpliSafe’s indoor camera and outdoor camera combo, for example, is an excellent pair for indoor and outdoor home security. Lorex, Ring, ADT, and Nest also offer multiple security cameras that meet those standards. We suggest looking into those brands as well as the other brands in our top 12 list of the best security cameras.
The SimpliSafe Outdoor Cam is a simplistic outdoor camera paired with a reliable home security system. Also, Lorex sells a number of outdoor cameras with extremely high video resolution and night vision range. Ring offers outdoor cameras with built-in smart lights for improved security. Nest has outdoor cameras with potential to improve home security through smart features such as person detection. All those brands offer great outdoor security cameras. What’s left for you to do is choose the right one for you. In other words, the best camera for outdoor security depends on what you’re looking for in an outdoor camera.
Wired and wireless security cameras have pros and cons, but from our personal experience, wired cameras perform better. Because they are wired, you won’t have to worry about recharging their batteries or signal interference. That being said, wireless cameras are much easier to install, move around, and replace. Wireless cameras are also getting more reliable, with bigger batteries and better Wi-Fi chips. Choosing between wired and wireless is a matter of preference.
The best outdoor security cameras without a subscription are those from Lorex. Lorex makes security camera systems centered on DVRs or NVRs that work as local video storage for security camera footage. Because videos are stored locally, you don’t need a cloud subscription.