Information and reviews on the most recommended brands of security cameras.
Best Home Security Cameras for 2022
We’ve picked the best security cameras based on image quality, price, smart features, and more.
One of the biggest benefits of a smart home is being able to know what's going on when you're not there. Whether you want to check in on your kids, pets, or just the well being of your investments, a home security camera is a very effective tool for monitoring everything while you are away.Capabilities vary between devices and no two cameras are identical, While all indoor security cameras allow you to monitor the interior of your home through live or recorded video, Some of the extra features that differentiate them are alarms, the ability to send notifications when they detect activity, and two-way audio or even double as full-on home automation hubs.
So make sure you check out our in-depth reviews of each one to find out what features differentiate these camera systems . Also, keep in mind that the cameras here are designed to help you keep tabs on the inside of your house. For a look at what's going on outside, check out our picks for the best outdoor home security cameras, the best floodlight cameras, and the best video doorbells.
Do It Yourself Cameras
Wyze may be one of favorites and the most affordable cameras on the market, but don't let that make you miss out on this quality camera system . With 1080p HD video, two-way audio, and awesome infrared night vision, the Wyze Cam, Wyze Cam Pan, and Wyze Cam Outdoor have the same features we expect from other smart security cameras, for a fraction of the cost.
What we like:
High-quality cameras for as little as $36
14 days worth of cloud storage for free
Smart sound that can recognize fire alarms
What we DON'T like
No support for Apple Homekit integration
Person detection costs extra
No professional monitoring option
From the Arlo Pro 2 to the Arlo Pro 3 to the Arlo Ultra 4K camera, Arlo is best known for its high-quality video and artificial intelligence features. We got notified whenever our Arlo cameras detected people or pets, while alerting us very specific and helpful notifications.
What We Like
Integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant
Video resolution of up to 4K
Infrared night vision on all cameras and color night vision on some
What We Don't Like
Not the lowest prices for smart security cameras
Person detection only available with Arlo’s paid subscriptions
Not all cameras have free cloud storage
Blink, an Amazon company, is focusing on the affordable end of the home security camera market. Everything is designed to simply work without a hassle. There are no wires, no required contracts, and even the batteries last for two years. And keep hundreds of clips stored up to a year with no monthly fees or service contract required.
What We Like
Two-way audio: With the Blink Outdoor, we could communicate in real-time with delivery personnel or repair workers directly through the camera’s speakers and microphone.
Two-year battery life: That’s right, the Blink Outdoor should last for up to an entire two years from two little AA batteries.
Solid video performance: We appreciated the Blink Outdoor’s clear, 1080p HD video.
What We Don't Like
Continue button: The Blink Outdoor camera can only live stream for five minutes at a time before starting a new stream, not to mention that we had to tap a “continue” button every 30 seconds even within that short, five minute timeframe.
Disappointing night vision: The Blink Outdoor only had a single infrared sensor, so rather than seeing the familiar faces of our visiting friends and family, we only saw white glowing blobs.
Narrow field of view: Blink Outdoor’s 110 degree field of view isn’t great; normally we like our cameras to have fields of view of at least 120 degrees.
Ring (owned by Amazon) first gained popularity for its doorbell cams, but since has grown to include indoor cameras, outdoor cameras, an over-the-peephole cameras, and other home security equipment. Ring camera models include motion detection, two-way voice, and Amazon Alexa and Echo integration like the doorbell cameras. Smart integrations let you control your home alarm system with voice commands and send our security video to various in-home displays of our choice. Ring cloud video storage costs about $3 per month for one camera or $10 per month for an unlimited number of cameras installed in one address.
What We Like
A great selection of indoor/outdoor cameras
Easy DIY installation which takes only minutes
Crisp / 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 can be expensive
Ring Pro cam requires hard wiring
Can be prone to trigger false alarms
With a 150 degree field of view both vertically and horizontally, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 offers a unique viewer experience that’s just as wide as it is tall. Combined with infrared LEDs, the footage was crystal clear during the day and night.
3D Motion Detection
3D motion detection let us map someone’s movement on our property. In other words, we could see a person’s path before they came into our camera’s field of vision. The feature, powered by radar technology, gave us more control to record only when and where someone stepped onto our property. Plus, it made us feel like FBI agents.Bird’s Eye View Feature
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 touts a birds-eye view feature to augment existing live streams of video recordings. The additional aerial perspective gave us much more context to what had been recorded. When our package arrived, we could see our delivery man’s journey up the driveway reflected as a dotted line on a map. These details can really come in handy if there is an intrusion because they will paint a clearer picture of what happened before the culprit gets all the way to our front door.Two-Way Audio
State-of-the-art features like 3D motion detection certainly catch our eye, but we also have an appreciation for the basics. The Pro 2 had crystal clear audio features so we could easily hear what was going on, giving us a more complete picture of any events that transpired. We could also speak to those on the other side of the bell through our mobile app.
What We Liked
Wide field of view
Birds-eye view feature
3D motion detection
What we Didn't Like
Subscription required to save recorded video
Not compatible with Google Assistant
Ring’s ongoing privacy concerns
The newest Google Nest doorbell is a breeze to set up, whether you've got doorbell wiring or not. Easy setup, plus free, out-of-the-box smarts, including package, person, vehicle and animal alerts and three hours of event storage. The Nest Doorbell (battery) also works well with Google Assistant-powered devices like the Nest Hub.
What We Liked
Innovative facial recognition feature
Sleek, stylish design
Worked seamlessly with Google Assistant and other Nest products
Users set custom home and away rules
What We Didn’t Like
Subscription required to store video
Relatively expensive device
Required chime box to function
Commercial Camera Systems
Pano360 Pro Super HD 360° Fisheye PoE Security Camera
Pano360 Pro – A Pro Camera to Provide True 360° Panoramic View
One of the unrivalled features of the IP camera is the true 360° all-angle coverage. The advanced 1.27 mm lens and F1.2 super aperture enable Pano360 Pro to capture every corner, leaving no blind spots. Install the camera to the banks, shopping malls, retailing stores, elevators, schools, etc. for endless all-around protection with just a single camera.Premium 6MP Super HD at 30 fps
Packed with the powerful 1/1.8'' CMOS image sensor and 5 image enhancement algorithms (WDR, 3D DNR, BLC, HLC & defogging), the camera shoots the clearest & smoothest 6MP images (3072 X 2048 pixels) at 30 fps in all lighting conditions, regardless overexposed or underexposed, foggy or complete dark environments, much better than other 5MP, 6MP or even 4K cameras with less frame rate and without the advanced algorithms.A Groundbreaking Panoramic Camera with 6 Behavior Analysis
Pano360 Pro outsmarts other fisheye surveillance cameras with its unique & unprecedented 6 smart behavior detection ways, ensuring nothing can slip through without users' attention.Equipped with the state-of-the-art detection ways, including line crossing, intrusion, region entrance/exit, unattended baggage & object removal detection, the camera will notify customers instantly when an object enters the preset virtual line/area, or when an object is left/removed in the area, perfect for monitoring and protecting all vital positions.
True 360° Fisheye Panoramic View
True 6MP Super HD at 30 fps
5 Image Enhancement Algorithms
6 Smart Motion Detection Ways
Record Audio to Enhance Security
MicroSD Card, NVR & NAS Storage
ONVIF & RTSP Compatibility
Motion Alerts & Remote Access
DC 12 V or PoE Power Options
Multi-Level Encryptions & Protocols
Annke CZ400 - 4MP 4X Optical Zoom Outdoor Camera, IK10 Vandal-Resistant, Intelligent Behavior Analysis, Color Night Vision & Anti-Fog
With a PTZ camera, you only need one PTZ camera to be able to monitor the entire monitoring area of your property 360 degrees, no need for multiple cameras facing one particular point of view. With PTZ Camera you can control your camera remotely to view all directions by adjusting panning, tilting and zooming.2K @24 fps
Annke cz400 is designed with 4MP (aka 2k) resolution @24 fps (frame per second) with very low minimum illumination and small aperture to keep recording in color night vision when ambient light is appropriate around your surveillance area. Unless the camera records in black and white with IR LEDs up to 65 ft range. When 65ft is not enough you may consider Amcrest ip4m-1053 with longer IR range up to 328ft (100m). See also Annke cz400 vs Reolink.Ideal for outdoor
The Cz400 is designed with very sturdy body construction that can withstand extreme weather and is even protected with lightning protection, surge protection, and voltage transient protection so it is ideal for placement in industrial areas.
4MP Super HD & 4X Optical Motorized Zoom- Boast the clearest 4MP Super HD images (2560 X 1440 pixels) with the advanced OmniVision Ultra HD image sensor. The 2.8-12 mm 4X optical zoom with auto focus enables you to zoom in or out for finest details or wide angle without losing image quality.
Color Night Vision with True WDR & 3D DNR- The PoE PTZ IP camera delivers clear color night vision images without image noise in 0.005 lux, via the low-light visibility tech, 120 dB true WDR, 3D DNR, BLC and HLC image enhancement algorithm, much clearer than starlight night vision security cameras.
High-Speed 330° Pan & 90° Tilt- The high-speed dome PTZ IP camera rotates up to 330° horizontally & 90° vertically at up to 100°/s and supports 300 preset positions. Cover every angle with just a single camera. Connect the PoE camera to an NVR with just a single network cable without messy wiring.
7 Smartest Motion Detection Ways- The PoE security camera provides the most accurate & all-around smart motion alerts: line crossing, intrusion, region entrance & exit, unattended baggage, object removal, audio exception and face recognition ways. Receive instant app pushes & email alerts if there are motion events.
IP66 Waterproof & IK10 Vandal-Proof- The outdoor PoE security camera braves every severe condition with its IP66 waterproof and 4000 V lightning protection. Brave outside impacts with the solid IK10 vandal-proof housing. See through the fog with the anti-fog function for ultra-clear videos.
Animal Watching Cameras
Netvue Birdfy Feeder
Smart bird feeder is a must for bird lovers! Netvue smart bird feeder with camera detects, captures, and recognizes every moment of birds automatically. Upgrade your birdwatching experience with Birdfy just NOW!
100% Wire-free & Rechargeable Battery: work constantly for up to 6 months with 200s recording per day
High sensitivity Microphone & Two-way Audio: say "go away" to squirrels
1080P FHD & Full Color Night Vision: view every coming bird clearly and colorfully no matter days or nights
Easy to Install & Safe Cloud or SD Card Storage
Waterproof & Compatible with Your Existing 2.4GHZ Wi-Fi Connection
Unique Product Design for Birds and Bird Lovers
1 Year Warranty & Lifetime Service
DVR Camera Systems
Below is a list of our favorite DVR camera systems.
Swann - Enforcer 8-Channel, 4-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 1080p 1TB DVR Security Camera System
Swann - Enforcer 8-Channel, 4-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K UHD 2TB DVR Security Camera Surveillance System
Swann - Enforcer 1080p, 8-Channel, 8-Camera, Indoor/Outdoor Wired 1080p 1TB DVR Home Security Camera System - White
Swann - Enforcer 1080p, 8-Channel, 4-Dome Camera, Indoor/Outdoor Wired 1080p 1TB DVR Security Camera System
NightChromaTM NCK400 - 4MP 8 Channel 4 Camera PoE Security System, Acme Color Night Vision, f/1.0 Super Aperture, Active Alignment
NightChromaTM NCK400 - 4MP 8 Channel 8 Camera PoE Security System, Acme Color Night Vision, f/1.0 Super Aperture, Active Alignment