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Best Home Security Cameras to Buy in 2018

Feel safe with these cameras keeping an eye on your home when you are not there

Home security cameras are an important aspect of keeping your home a bit more secure. You can keep tabs on your place when its empty from far away. It is possible that you can use these to protect yourself and show footage to the authorities in case of a burglary. 

With that said the market for these is flooded with many options, from indoor cameras to outdoors, it can be tough to establish which one is right for you. Hopefully, this guide can help you with that so you can rest easy and keep yourself and your loved ones safer.

Security Cameras Basics 

Listed below are some of the distinguishing features to help you decide when comparing home security cameras.

Video Quality

The most important factor to consider is video quality. Higher resolution and clear video are obviously preferred. Most of the high-end cameras would record in 1080p at 30fps. Other features like night vision and field of view are also important.

Motion Detection

Motion detection means a great deal. It can sense movement in the room and enables the camera to automatically save videos in storage (cloud or local) when the motion sensors are triggered.

Cost

Cost is also a determining factor. Keep in mind that if you want to utilize cloud storage there will usually be some sort of subscription plan involved.

Wi-Fi Capabilities

Most smart home cameras can be controlled through your phone as they are connected to your wifi. You can view live footage in real time.

Sound

This feature refers to the use of microphones and speakers in the camera in order to listen to or speak through the camera via the smartphone app.

Movement

A camera that has a pin or tilt feature can cover more area of the room. This would enable the camera to pan or tilt to the area where the motion is detected

Security cameras are the core of a great home security system. After going through dozens of these cameras, this list was compiled which includes the best of the best.

#PreviewNameVideo ResolutionNight VisionMotion DetectionWirelessStoragePurchase
1Nest Cam Indoor1080p at 30fps3 hours of footage each day (stored in cloud)
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2Amazon Cloud Cam1080 at 30fps24 hours worth of video (stored in cloud)
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3Netgear Arlo Pro 21080p at 30fpsThe base station included adds Wi-Fi supportSeven days of free storage (cloud based)
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4Logitech Circle 21080p at 30fpsComes in both wired and wireless variants24 hours worth of video (stored in cloud)
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5Canary Flex1080p at 30fpsFully wireless with great battery24 hours worth of video (stored in cloud)
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Best Home Security Cameras
#1
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NameNest Cam Indoor
Video Resolution1080p at 30fps
Night Vision
Motion Detection
Wireless
Storage3 hours of footage each day (stored in cloud)
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#2
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NameAmazon Cloud Cam
Video Resolution1080 at 30fps
Night Vision
Motion Detection
Wireless
Storage24 hours worth of video (stored in cloud)
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#3
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NameNetgear Arlo Pro 2
Video Resolution1080p at 30fps
Night Vision
Motion Detection
WirelessThe base station included adds Wi-Fi support
StorageSeven days of free storage (cloud based)
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#4
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NameLogitech Circle 2
Video Resolution1080p at 30fps
Night Vision
Motion Detection
WirelessComes in both wired and wireless variants
Storage24 hours worth of video (stored in cloud)
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#5
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NameCanary Flex
Video Resolution1080p at 30fps
Night Vision
Motion Detection
WirelessFully wireless with great battery
Storage24 hours worth of video (stored in cloud)
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Overall, this is the best indoor security camera that you can get. Coming from a well-known brand of smart home products, this well-designed security camera is easy to set up, easy to use and works well with the smart home nest app. The motion sensor in this is also phenomenal. Unfortunately, you do need that nest aware subscription which costs $10/month so you can store up to 10 days of video history.


Crisp 1080p footage Expensive
Impressive Night vision Two-way audio is not impressive
Easy to setup and manage Nest aware subscription is a must
6,941 Reviews


Nest Cam Indoor

Crisp 1080p footage
Impressive Night vision
Easy to setup and manage
Expensive
Two-way audio is not impressive
Nest aware subscription is a must
6,941 Reviews



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Nest aware also allows you to set up activity zones so it will ignore movement in the designated area. Sure when that all adds up it can get very expensive. But overall this truly is the best there is and there is a reason this company is so well received by consumers.

The Amazon Cloud Cam is priced very competitively and delivers amazing video quality at that price point. The motion detection seems to be the best in class. This camera also features Alexa support, no surprise there as it is an Amazon product. The app also works well but it sends useless alerts at times when the motion sensor is triggered. It has a tough choice between this or the Nest Indoor Cam.


Clear and sharp footage Need to subscribe to Amazon's plan to fully unlock its features and to save videos
Impressive Motion Detection Alerts are a bit finicky
Handy two-way audio Night vision not the best
3,946 Reviews


Amazon Cloud Cam Security Camera

Clear and sharp footage
Impressive Motion Detection
Handy two-way audio
Need to subscribe to Amazon's plan to fully unlock its features and to save videos
Alerts are a bit finicky
Night vision not the best
3,946 Reviews



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If you are on a budget this would do you nicely and you will save some amount. But if you want the fully loaded features then you need the subscription plan. In that case, Nest gives you more value for money with their subscriptions. This is still a viable option.

The Netgear Arlo Pro 2 is a very versatile smart home security camera system. The camera itself can work wirelessly and has pretty good battery life and is loaded to the brim with features. You get motion and sound alerts and it highlights areas where motion is detected in real time. You also get a lot of free storage. You can set up 5 cameras and get up to a week of storage.


Easy setup Requires the Arlo base station to work
Wireless Very Expensive
great battery life No voice assistant support
Great video quality Night vision not as good as others
motion detection with adequate night vision
2,593 Reviews


Netgear Arlo Pro 2

Easy setup
Wireless
great battery life
Great video quality
motion detection with adequate night vision
Requires the Arlo base station to work
Very Expensive
No voice assistant support
Night vision not as good as others
2,593 Reviews



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The clips can also be saved offline which will certainly please people concerned with privacy issues. Top it all of with clear crisp 1080p footage and this is a great package. The only thing holding it back is the price, which is pretty steep with the base station. If you take your security seriously it might be worth it but that’s up to you. This is very versatile as well, it can be used outdoors as well.

The biggest plus point this camera has is the super wide angle lens (180 degrees), which is very convenient for keeping tabs on a larger area. It also has a wireless version which costs just a bit more. It is probably the most versatile camera out of the bunch as it is weatherproof and easily usable indoors and outdoors.


Very versatile (outdoors and indoors) Troublesome mounts
Apple homekit Notifications and alerts not the best
Alexa and google assistant support A bit pricey
Super wide angle (180 degrees)
Weatherproof
284 Reviews


Logitech Circle 2

Very versatile (outdoors and indoors)
Apple homekit
Alexa and google assistant support
Super wide angle (180 degrees)
Weatherproof
Troublesome mounts
Notifications and alerts not the best
A bit pricey
284 Reviews



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It is packed full of features such as time-lapse mode and it can create a whole timeline for a day of recorded footage where it highlights important events. You can get a day’s worth of video memory for free and the subscription plan raises that to 14 days. It is an amazing option for the money, the only thing holding it back is the fact that notifications are a bit finicky and not as easy to set up.

The canary flex is a very versatile camera. It has different mounts that are sold separately, using those you can mount this camera anywhere you want, indoors or outdoors. It has great battery life which makes it really portable. It is also weatherproof. The only thing holding it back is that you do not get access to all of the features like downloadable videos and two-way audio without the subscription.


Stealthy design Resolution limited to 720p
Wireless and great battery life Notifications are delayed
Portable Video downloads and Two-way audio is not enabled without subscription
Great app integration No Alexa or homekit support as of yet
4,717 Reviews


Canary Flex

Stealthy design
Wireless and great battery life
Portable
Great app integration
Resolution limited to 720p
Notifications are delayed
Video downloads and Two-way audio is not enabled without subscription
No Alexa or homekit support as of yet
4,717 Reviews



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You do get a day’s worth of storage which is decent. Overall this is a decent package but not one that can be recommended because of the subscription which kind of holds back some of the features of this device. Also worth mentioning that notifications don’t work at times.

Conclusion

Hopefully, you are now more informed with the plethora of smart home cameras out there. This list is pretty versatile and hopefully, this list guided you in making a purchase decision. Make sure that you are aware of the cloud storage and subscriptions which can affect the total amount that you might end up paying.

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