Picking the best home security camera for you home can be difficult with so many products available today. We reviewed the best home security cameras of 2017 and present our top picks below.
You’ve added smart LED lights, a voice assistant, a smart door locks, automatic window blinds and perhaps much more. Yet something seems missing. A smart home is incomplete without a camera. Be it for the sake securing your precious gadgets and appliances, or keeping an eye on your pets, or even checking on your kids, picking the best home security camera is absolutely important.
While the specifications and features vary greatly from device to device, the basic function of a security camera still remains to provide you with recorded and live video of the subject of surveillance. Some cameras store videos locally on flash storage, while some store it in the cloud. Some have night vision and others allow for motion based alerts. Some record audio in addition to video, and some offer two-way audio. So which camera fits your needs and more importantly, your budget? Check out our top 5 picks below to help you choose the best home security camera for your use case.
1. Arlo Pro Security System by Netgear
Best Battery Life, Free 7 Days’ Cloud Storage
If you desire an expandable, wireless home security camera system, then the Arlo Pro by Netgear might be a great choice. It is 100% wire-free, has a 6-month rechargeable battery allowing you to place the Arlo Pro cameras outdoors or indoors.
Boasting a fast-charging rechargeable battery which lasts for up to six months, it allows you to swap out the battery without your cameras going offline. It offers two-way audio using a built-in mic and speaker and has push-to-talk capability. It also includes night vision, local USB storage for backup and is IFTTT and Samsung’s SmartThings compatible for smart home integration. With 7 days of FREE cloud storage in addition to live streaming, it is already more feature-packed and delivers the best value for money than its competitors. The kit includes a 100 decibel siren built in to the hub which can be controlled remotely or with detected motion or sound. The one thing to note is that the hub required you connect it to your router during initial configuration. The system allows a total of 5 cameras to be added on to your account for free. Up to 15 cameras can be added with a paid subscription.
2. Logitech Circle
Easiest to Set up and Use
This compact, spherical home security camera, aptly named ‘Circle’ by Logitech, provides a wide-angle field of view and video recording at up to 1080p resolution. We found it to be one of the easiest cameras to set up and went from unboxing to operational in around 2 minutes. Includes a built-in rechargeable battery for up to 12-hours on a single charge. To charge, just place the camera on the charging ring which also doubles up as a magnetic mount for the camera.
Night vision was very clear and made it surprisingly easy to see our living room even when it was pitch-dark. Free 24 hour cloud storage (with AES 256 Bit encryption!) and motion based alerts are included at no extra charge. The company also offers premium storage options which include 14-day and 31-day storage in the cloud. The 31-day plan also includes person and zone detection and includes advanced alerts and filters. Available in Black and White colors. No smart-home integration available.
3. Canary Flex Weatherproof Camera
Best Outdoor Smart Cam
4. Nest Cam Indoor
Best Video Quality
The Nest Cam Indoor, unlike the majority of the cameras we reviewed is not weatherproof, but offers great 130 degree wide angle, high-resolution video (1080p). It offers a pivoting stand for easy adjustment and a magnetic base for quick mounting. However, the lack of an integrated battery require this home security camera to be wired to power at all times. Also lacking a free storage tier, this camera is geared more towards live streaming unless a premium plan is chosen. We have to stress, the video quality of this camera is simply impressive. If video recording is required, their premium plans start at $10 a month for 10 days of continuous recording.
5. Piper NV
Best Smart Home Features, Lots of Sensors, All-in-One Security Device
The Piper NV by iControl Networks is more than a home security camera. It is an all-in-one smart home solution which combines a 3.4 megapixel HD night vision camera, a Z-Wave smart hub, a Siren and 2-Way Audio. It is a solid DIY security system with tons of features and has no monthly fees. But that’s not it. It also has temperature, humidity, motion sound and light sensors.
If you need a single camera to cover a large, wide space, the Piper NV with its 180 degree wide angle lens is all you would need. It is simple to set up, the app offers tons of customizations and supports alerts via push messages, text, phone call and email. It can even sound a 105 decibel siren when motion is detected. The even more exciting feature is it is a fully functioning Z-Wave hub allowing you to integrate a long list of Z-Wave accessories with it.
The home security camera market is growing very fast. While each home security camera listed above can be a great pick depending upon your use-case, a more comprehensive selection of security & surveillance cameras can be found here.