The 8 Best Security Cameras of 2019

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The Rundown

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Arlo Pro 2

Arlo Pro 2

Arlo 

Offering superb video quality, versatility, and compatibility with smart home devices, Netgear’s Arlo Pro 2 is the best security camera system you can buy for all of your outdoor and indoor needs. The wireless pair of weather-resistant cameras record footage at 1080p, with night vision activation when it gets dark.

When the motion sensors detect movement, the cameras begin recording three seconds prior to detection. Using the Arlo app on your smartphone, you can create custom detection zones that will send both sound and motion alerts. The only downside is that both the detection recording functionality and custom detection zones are only available when the cameras are plugged in. 

With the Smart Siren, you can sleep comfortably knowing the base station will alert you if the cameras detect activity. Built-in two-way speakers on the cameras let you communicate back and forth using your smartphone.

The Arlo Pro 2 comes with seven days of rolling cloud recording. You do have the option to backup your recordings to an external hard drive or purchase a 24/7 monitoring subscription. Though it normally only records when an activity is detected, you can set it to record live footage around the clock, which is useful when going out of town. Compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the Arlo Pro 2 fits in perfectly with smart home devices.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Blink XT2 Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera

An Amazon-owned company, Blink makes some of the best and easy-to-use cameras around. The Blink XT2 Outdoor/Indoor camera is compact, wireless, and doesn’t require a base station. Plus, the camera is weather-resistant and can be mounted either outdoors or indoors. Like the Arlo Pro 2, the Blink XT2 records in high definition at 1080p and turns on night vision when needed.

Powered by two AA batteries, the XT2 can operate for two years before requiring new batteries. The XT2 records five-second clips by default, but you can change the settings to capture a minute at a time when activity is detected. The XT2 has free cloud storage that resets after a year, and you can store a total of two hours of clips on the servers at one time.

The XT2 is best paired with Amazon Alexa, which allows you to view your camera feed from your device, as well as arm and disable it. A two-way microphone lets you communicate using the Blink Home Monitor app, which is available on iOS and Android.

Best Indoor: Wyze Cam Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera

If you’re looking for an indoor camera on a budget, this Wyze Cam is a great buy. While some setup is required, as it's wireless, this three-axis camera offers decent features and can record in 1080p. It also includes 14 days of rolling cloud storage that can be accessed using the Wyze smartphone app.

The Wyze Cam records 12-second clips when activity is detected, and you can customize it to send notifications to your phone. You can also turn on 24/7 recording by adding a microSD card (up to 32GB). Equipping the Wyze Cam with a microSD also lets you coordinate time-lapse videos and enable two-way communication. If you’re within 30 feet of the camera, you can view a live feed straight from the app. Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, the Wyze Cam is a great value if you’re in the market for an indoor security camera. It’s not weather-resistant, so it can't be used outside your home.

For more budget options like the Wyze Cam, see our selection of the best home security systems for under $100.

Best Outdoor: Netvue Vigil Cam

Thanks to its wide viewing angle, sturdy weather-resistant design, and high definition video quality, the Netvue’s Vigil Cam is a top choice for an outdoor camera. The 100-degree field-of-view and multi-axis hinge packs a punch as a single security camera. With the Netvue app, you can adjust motion sensitivity and tinker with zoom settings.

It records up to 24 seconds when the sensor is triggered. Using the AWS Cloud, the Vigil Cam offers 30 days of rolling cloud storage, and you can even expand storage by adding a microSD card up to 128GB. The camera supports Alexa devices, so you can watch activities and a live feed from your device. Equipped with two-way audio, you can also communicate with people outside your home without opening your door.

The major downside with the Vigil Cam is that it’s not wireless. Setting it up may be a hassle, but once it’s up and running, the camera offers great performance at an even better price.

Best Nanny Cam: Kamtron HD

To be in the know about what’s going on in your house while you’re away, the Kamtron HD is the way to go. Whether you want to check in on your kids or your pets, the Kamtron is designed to do just that. Featuring a 360-degree panoramic view that can be turned on remotely using your smartphone, you can mount the camera in the center of your living room.

The picture quality is only 720p, but you’ll still get a clear, if slightly less detailed, image. It has motion detection to record triggered activities, as well as night vision and a live feed. Two-way audio lets you communicate through your smartphone to the room that houses the camera. You’ll want to add a microSD card (up to 128GB) if you plan on recording and saving footage.

Compared to a security system, the Kamtron HD is more of a camera used to quickly check-in on activities. So, while it does offer motion detection, it’s main purpose is to monitor your home remotely with the MIPC app.

Best with Alexa: Amazon Cloud Cam

In addition to stellar Alexa integration, the Amazon Cloud Cam has stunning camera quality and a robust set of customizable features if you opt for a subscription plan. Without a subscription plan, however, you can still use the Amazon Cloud Cam to monitor your home 24/7 and record activities within the last 24 hours.

The sleek white camera records in 1080p HD in both daylight and at night with included night vision. The highlight, though, is the Cloud Cam app — well-designed with a great interface, you can easily watch recorded activities and a live feed from your smartphone or computer. Though you can only store clips for 24 hours with the free plan, you can download and save all recorded activities.

Up to three Amazon Cloud Cams can be used with one account on multiple devices with the free plan. More robust features are available with paid plans, such as specific audio detection for glass breaking and zone and people detection settings. Note that the Cloud Cam can only be used indoors and has a wired connection.

Best for Deterrence: Ring Floodlight Camera

To ward off potential intruders, look no further than the Ring Floodlight Camera. Equipped with two extremely bright (1,800 Lumens) floodlights, stellar motion detection, and a remote-activated siren, the Ring Floodlight camera is an excellent deterrent. Though it comes at a premium price, home invaders will instantly know that they are on camera and readily visible to the entire neighborhood. 

The Ring Floodlight Camera features a 1080p live feed with the Ring app, zooming and panning features, and recording options via Ring’s subscription programs. Protect Plus costs $10 per month and features 24/7 monitoring and Ring’s alarm system, while the Protect Basic plan lets you record and share footage for $3 per month.

Although you need to pay a monthly subscription to get some of the better features, the Ring Floodlight Camera is a premium deterrent. The camera is also compatible with Alexa devices.

Best for Surveillance: Smonet All in One Monitor Security Camera System

The Smonet All in One features 24/7 surveillance with the included monitor, a 1TB hard drive, and four weather-resistant cameras. For those who need 24/7 video recording and cameras all around their home or business, this Smonet surveillance system will do the trick.

For full 24/7 video recording, you need to plug each of the cameras into an outlet. If you just want motion detection clips, you can use batteries and mount the cameras without power cords. The cameras record in 960p and can be viewed live or played back on the included 12-inch monitor. You can also use Android, iOS, and PC apps to check on the live feed.

Not everyone needs an around-the-clock security system, but the Smonet All in One will get the job done, whether you use the cameras indoors or outdoors.

Interested in more security for your home? Check out our article on the best smart home security systems.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular security cameras on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 30 different security cameras overall, screened options from 20 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 60 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.