Best Indoor Home Security Cameras

These cameras are meant for indoor use only, which contributes to their lower cost compared with outdoor cameras.

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Last Updated on Oct 9, 2020

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At Security.org, we believed the best indoor home security cameras performed double duty: While guarding us against strangers, they also helped us stay in touch with loved ones. For instance, our friends used a home security camera with motion detection and familiar face recognition to let them know when their toddler was up from a nap. With two-way audio, our cameras let people communicate across the house with “inside voices” instead of hollering. During our indoor security camera research, these features, plus night vision and more, were standard on models from the leading brands, and prices started as low as $19.99 per cam! Generally, though, we found the best indoor security cameras costed us about $99 and up.

We compiled a wide range of indoor home security camera options in the reviews below. Read on to learn about the best indoor security cameras for your priorities and budget. Each model below was easy to install, and we had most of these cameras running within ten minutes of unboxing. Types of indoor home security cameras tested included:

  • Battery-powered and plug-in cameras
  • DIY monitoring only or DIY and professional monitoring cameras
  • Cameras with various cloud storage plans, including free options
  • Cameras with card slots for local video storage

Based on our research, we concluded the best indoor home security cameras represent these brands:

Best Indoor Home Security Cameras

  • Ring – Best Indoor Home Security Camera Overall
  • Nest – Best Wired Indoor Security Camera
  • Arlo – Best Wireless Indoor Security Camera
  • Blink – Easiest to Use Indoor Camera
  • Wyze – Most Affordable Indoor Camera

Ring – Best Indoor Home Security Camera Overall

Ring Indoor Cam
Ring Indoor Camera

Ring was best known for smart video doorbells and other home security cameras that worked with smartphone apps. Acquired by Amazon in 2018, Ring also made complete smart home security systems for DIY or low-priced professional monitoring. We used a Ring indoor camera on its own or connected it to a multi-part Ring Alarm system. If motion was detected we receieved a push alert and viewed the action live via our smartphones or Amazon Echo Show. The Ring mobile app also let us check-in anytime via livestream, so if we were worried about our older children home alone after school, we could ease our fears.

We could also use the Ring Neighbors app to get alerts from our neighbors and or share footage with sections of the neighborhood as part of neighborhood watch efforts.

We focused on Ring’s cordless Stick Up Cam Battery with a $99 MSRP. It was our nominee for the best indoor home security camera overall. One reason it received this title was literally in its name: the Stick Up Cam Battery was battery-powered! This made it more flexible in terms of placement options compared with other top-rated security cameras that required AC or USB outlets.

We had a choice of black or white camera housing to help it fit with our home decor. For ultra-quick setup, we simply set the camera on a shelf or table. It stood up with a magnetically attached base. We also had the option to attach the base to a horizontal surface, wall, or ceiling using the one to three screws included in our product package.

Features of the Stick Up Cam Battery included:

  • 1080p resolution
  • 130-degree viewing field
  • Rechargeable battery
  • USB cord for an alternative power source
  • Two-way audio with noise cancellation
  • Night vision up to 30 feet
  • Motion detection
  • Privacy zones (Can exclude parts of the viewing field)
  • 110 db siren
  • Alexa and IFTTT compatible
  • No hub required

It was an impressive specs list for DIY video surveillance. In addition to DIY, we also subscribed to Ring’s professional security monitoring service for just $10 per month or $100 per year contract-free. Ring also made entry sensors, indoor motion sensors, and other components. Their hub’s Z-Wave compatibility gave us  infinite options for home automation to enhance home security and/or streamline everyday life with Alexa commands for remote-controlled locks, appliances, and much more. If an entry sensor or other part of the security system was tripped, Stick Up Cams started recording automatically and a Ring emergency dispatcher took action.

While we called it the best indoor camera, we liked that Stick Up Cams worked as outdoor cameras as well. After all, Stick Up Cams are weatherproof and work from -5° to 122° F.

We purchased this versatile home security camera for $99.99 with shipping included, and maintenance costs were minimal since

1) Our included battery was rechargeable.

2) We got motion-triggered alerts and livestreamed on our smartphone for free.

3) We stored motion-triggered clips to the cloud for only $3 per month or $30 per year if we paid annually. This allowed us to keep each video clip for up to 60 days.

Ring Stick Up Cams carried a 30-day money-back guarantee and were under warranty for one year from the date of purchase.

Google Nest – Best Wired Indoor Security Camera

Nest Cam Indoor
Nest Cam Indoor

While Amazon’s Ring features the best battery-powered camera, Google Nest offered the best wired or plug-in indoor security camera that worked over Wi-Fi. It’s called the Nest Cam IQ Indoor and had a MSRP of $299. Also available was the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor for the same price. Of course, this was also triple the price of a Ring Stick Up Cam. So, if it was so expensive, what was its big appeal? Keep reading to find out.

First, the “IQ” in Nest Cam IQ cameras referred to familiar face recognition. This made security alerts smarter than ever, and we could eliminate alerts about people we trusted. We also enjoyed using facial recognition to notify us when a familiar person arrived home.

Another big selling point with Google Nest IQ was its continuous recording. This contrasted with most other home security cameras that only record motion-triggered events. The Nest mobile app made it easy to filter all the data and find the clips we needed.

We also made familiar face recognition and continuous video recording possible through our subscription to Nest Aware, which started at $5 per month. Subscription-free service (with no monthly fee) excluded these perks but still let us

1) get motion-triggered alerts and

2) check our livestream anytime.

High-resolution video, 180° swivel, remote control with Google Assistant, and a host of other outstanding features made Nest IQ cameras all-around impressive.

Installing our Nest IQ Indoor camera was easy. After connecting it wirelessly to our home Wi-Fi, we simply set the camera on a bookshelf or other flat horizontal surface. It stood on a magnetic base. For wall or ceiling mounting we would have attached the base with screws.

Nest IQ features include:

  • Plug-in power with battery backup
  • 1080p resolution
  • 130-degree field of view
  • 180° swivel, 160° tilt
  • Activity zones
  • Familiar face recognition
  • Two-way audio with echo suppression, noise cancellation
  • Night vision approximately 20 feet
  • Google Assistant and IFTTT compatible

We stored our Nest IQ video for self-review or sharing with authorities for only $5 per month. The longer we wanted to store clips, the higher the price was. Fortunately, it was capped at $30. We also had our alert professionally monitored by Brinks, just to try it out. The Nest-Google partnership let us choose month-to-month or annual service.

When purchased directly from Google Nest, Nest IQ cameras were under warranty for two years.

Arlo – Best Wireless Indoor Security Camera

Our Arlo Pro 2 camera.

Arlo had the best wireless indoor security cameras made for DIY surveillance. The brand was popular for its high-quality equipment and free options for video storage. Around the time of our review, Arlo upgraded to an optional e911 service to accompany smartphone alerts.

Cameras by Arlo shared many features with the Ring and Nest cameras above: 1080p resolution, night vision, two-way audio, activity zones, voice assistant compatibility, and so forth. One special Arlo camera feature we liked that most competitors lacked was sound-triggered recording. This gave it an edge over only motion-triggered recording, as Arlo often started recording before anyone appeared on screen.

Free video storage with Arlo took two forms: some Arlo cameras had card slots for local video storage, and all cameras had free cloud storage for motion-triggered clips. Arlo’s free cloud storage let us keep each clip for up to seven days. Paid plans from $2.99 to $14.99 per month extended video storage options, activated continuous recording and added other camera features, like e911 service to our account.

Choosing a favorite Arlo indoor camera wasn’t easy; they were all impressive. Here, we focused on Arlo Q Plus, which had a $149 MSRP. It was also a great option for DIY video surveillance, and didn’t require us to have a smart home hub. It directly connected with our home Wi-Fi network and worked up to 220 feet away from the router. Ethernet was an option too; an adapter was built-in. The camera was powered via a USB cable, and we had the option to store video in the cloud or locally (data card not included).

Arlo Q Plus features included:

  • 1080p resolution
  • 130° field of view
  • Motion zones
  • Familiar face recognition
  • Night vision
  • Sound-triggered recordings
  • Two-way audio
  • Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Works with IFTTT
  • Local storage (data card not included)
  • Free cloud storage

Installing the camera took about 10 minutes. We connected to an app, attached the camera base to a flat surface, and snapped the camera into place.

Blink – Easiest to Use Indoor Camera

Blink Indoor Camera
Blink Indoor Camera

Blink home security cameras were cordless, low cost, and low maintenance. We nominated them as Easiest to Use partly for their convenient wireless setup and long-lasting batteries: Blink cameras often served for two years before the AA lithium batteries needed replacing. Alexa helped make camera operation easy, too. The cameras sold for under $100 and included free cloud storage for two hours, rolling or motion-triggered video clips. The cameras connected to home Wi-Fi with the Blink Sync Module, a gadget that handled up to ten cams. Amazon sold the module with one Blink camera for just $79.99.

Of all Blink cameras, the second generation Blink X2 Outdoor/Indoor Security Camera was the most advanced for indoor use. This $99.99 camera had an IP65 enclosure, which made it safe for outdoor use as well. Features included:

  • Long-lasting battery power
  • 1080p resolution
  • 110-degree field of view
  • Infrared night vision
  • Motion detection
  • Customizable motion zones
  • Two-way voice communication
  • Temperature sensor
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa
  • Weatherproof against dust and rain
  • Free cloud storage

We armed and disarmed the Blink X2 by voice with an Amazon Echo speaker, and Alexa sent video to Amazon Echo screens.

Amazon, which owned Blink, temporarily halted sales of the premium Blink XT2 camera shortly after it launched. The Blink XT2, now for sale, was an upgrade over the glitchy first-generation product. Now, the main drawback was that cloud storage was limited to two hours of clips. This made Blink most appropriate for those of us who could check security alerts pretty quickly. If we delayed a few hours, any incriminating video might already be replaced by new clips! With the free Blink Home Monitor mobile app, we checked our live view anytime we wanted.

Wyze – Most Affordable Indoor Camera

Wyze Indoor Camera
Wyze Indoor Camera

Wyze caught our eyes as the most affordable indoor camera brand for DIY home security. The company slogan “Making Great Technology Accessible” was best exemplified with the Wyze Cam V2, a mere $19.99 buy. This deal included 14 days of free cloud storage for motion and sound-triggered events. The camera technology was overall impressive with features such as 1080p HD resolution, two-way audio, and a night vision range up to 30 feet. Wyze Cam V2 even had smart sound detection to send special mobile alerts about triggered smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Installation was easy. The camera was powered through an AC outlet. It connected to a magnetic plate that we could leave freestanding or attach to a wall or ceiling.

Features of Wyze Cam V2 included:

  • Plugs in with 6-ft cord
  • 1080p resolution
  • 110° field of view
  • 8x zoom on livestream
  • Infrared night vision
  • Two-way audio
  • Motion detection zones
  • Motion and sound-triggered footage saved free to cloud for 14 days
  • Smart sound alerts send smoke/CO warnings to your phone
  • Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Works with IFTTT
  • MicroSD card slot for continuous recording to local storage

It was an impressive specs list for a camera under $20. The field of view was a bit more narrow than what others provide, but 110 degrees covered a lot of ground. Another popular option was the Wyze Pan Cam with $29.99 MSRP. It had similar features to Wyze Cam V2 but also rotated automatically to catch 360 degrees of activity.

Any compromises? Cloud storage with Wyze was inadequate for our needs, as the cameras were limited to recording one clip every five minutes. Also, the free clips are under 15 seconds long. Granted, this same technology worked for others we knew.  A better option with Wyze was to use a memory card for continuous video recording saved to local storage. Another drawback was that the infrared video wasn’t so crisp; the brands above had more impressive night vision.

Again though, Wyze was exceptionally affordable. We even integrated a Wyze camera with basic security sensors for a mini DIY home security set. The Wyze Sense kit provided two entry sensors, one indoor motion sensor, and a camera connection for just $20. If a sensor was triggered, the camera started to record.

We all agreed. The foundation of determining any smart security camera’s value was our necessary features test, which was primarily how we picked out the best indoor cameras of 2020 . After we researched and tested tens of indoor cameras, these five came out on top, with superior audio, video, night vision, and more.

Pricing Rundown of 2020’s Best Indoor Cameras

Price
Nest Cam IQ Indoor$299
Nest Cam Indoor$199
Tend Indoor 2$60
Ring Indoor Cam$60
Wyze Cam Pan$30

We were surprised by the large price range for the best indoor cameras of 2020. Reaching from only $30 to nearly $300, costs averaged around $130. But we didn’t pick out our favorite cameras based price alone, although it was undoubtedly a factor. To see more options, be sure to check out the best home security cameras of 2020 as well.

Methodology Behind Our List of the Best Indoor Cameras of 2020

Nest Cam IQ Indoor
Nest Cam IQ Indoor

Methodology Behind Our List of the Best Indoor Cameras of 2020

When it came to shopping for an indoor security camera, we deferred to our necessary features test. It set standards for video, audio, night vision, storage, smart platform integrations, artificial intelligence and more. Not every camera needed to have every solitary necessary feature to be worth buying. The following list is not exhaustive, but provides a comprehensive overview of what we looked for when selecting our choices for best indoor camera and a starting point for assessing other indoor cameras of interest. 

  • Video:  We searched for indoor cameras with 1080p HD display, optical zoom, and a wide field of view (120 degrees at minimum).
  • Audio: We preferred indoor cameras that came with built-in speakers and microphones, allowing for two-way talk with whoever we were recording.
  • Night Vision: While both color and infrared night vision were available in indoor cameras, we looked for cameras equipped with infrared night visions, as they provide the clearest image in the dark. 
  • Equipment Cost: We primarily selected cameras that costed us less than $200. If a camera we chose was priced higher, it usually included innovative features that made it stand out.
  • Storage: Indoor cameras that offered both local and cloud storage were a priority for us, as were cameras that offered free storage. We liked cameras that had card slots, which allowed for free local video storage, and searched for cameras made by companies that provided options like free seven day cloud storage. Of course, even several hours of free storage was preferable to none. As for paid cloud storage, we looked for plans that offered 30 to 60 days of storage for less than $10 per month, but favored plans like Ring’s, which charged us only $3 per month. We also saw a lot of value in options that allowed us to save money by paying annually.
  • Installation: We prefer indoor cameras with DIY installation, as it saved us in cost, and many companies created easy-to-install hardware with frequent customer installation in mind. However, we really liked cameras that offered both DIY installation and an option for professional installation at a fee of less than $15o.
  • Smart Integrations: We tried to find indoor cameras that integrated smart assistants such as Alexa or Google Voice. 
  • Artificial Intelligence: We liked indoor cameras that had person detection. With person detection, we were notified when someone was in our home. As a result of this artificial intelligence, our phones didn’t receive countless notifications while our cat were playing around. We only received alerts for people because cameras with this technology could discern between pets, people and other objects. Ideally, we were interested in indoor cameras with facial recognition, so we knew when someone familiar was in our home rather than a stranger. However, this was a newer quality in artificial intelligence, so it wasn’t as common as we’d have liked.
  • Durability: Fortunately, since we were looking at indoor cameras, we didn’t need to worry about durability and susceptibility to solids and liquids like with outdoor cameras, as they weren’t going to get rained on or face heavy winds that were filled with dust particles. 
  • Power Source:  For wired cameras, we wanted to make sure the cord was long enough to reach where we intended to place the camera. For wireless cameras, we cared most about battery life and preferred cameras with batteries that last more than six months without needing replacements.
  • Appearance: We also cared about our camera’s overall aesthetics. We weren’t worried about it appearing decorative, but we didn’t want it looking very bulky or unattractive either. We applied these standards to camera cords as well. 
  • Monitoring: Cameras associated with companies that allowed both self and professional monitoring were highly desirable. We wanted to know the cameras we selected offered good deals on both types of monitoring. Obviously, we wanted indoor cameras with motion detection, especially for when we were all away. We also looked for cameras that offered both with motion-triggered and continuous recording as well as the option to set up activity zones and sent us mobile notifications as a result of motion or sound and allowed us to livestream our footage whenever we wanted.
  • Mobile Application: Once we decided we liked what an indoor camera had to offer, we also did some research on its mobile app. We wanted to know that it was available in Apple and/or Google Play stores, depending on the types of phones we had. We also made sure the app had high ratings and wasn’t frequently the subject of serious complaints.  

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