Best Home Security Cameras 2019

When it comes to selecting your perfect security camera, you may not know where to start. Well, I’ve done my research, tested all the cameras, and written about what I believe are the best cameras out there.

But before I begin, I want to go over what you should look for in a security camera. Of course, everyone has their personal preferences, but there are some standards that I find particularly important.

Video quality: For a really clear picture, you’ll want a camera that has at least 1080p HD video display- extra points if the camera can zoom in. Additionally, the field of view should be no more narrow than 120 degrees.

Two-way audio: You’re going to want a camera that has both a microphone and a speaker so you can communicate with whoever you’re recording.

Cloud and local storage: In case you want to back up any footage, you should look for a camera with both cloud and local storage that allows you complete control.

Infrared Night Vision: Unlike a bright white light, infrared night vision from LED sensors is invisible to the naked eye, so the person you’re recording will be completely unaware. Of course, the clarity of infrared night vision doesn’t hurt either.

Convenience: No one wants to spend hours setting up a security camera. I look for cameras with installation that integrates with an app for step-by-step instructions, or has an easy, wireless setup.

Let’s get started!

Best Overall
Nest Cam Indoor
Nest Cam Indoor
Nest Cam Indoor

The Nest Cam Indoor has awesome video, night video, and audio. 

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Best for Home-Owners
Logitech Circle 2
Logitech Circle 2
Logitech Circle 2

This indoor/outdoor camera has an 180 degree field of view, integrations with Amazon Alexa, Fire TV, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant, and two-way audio. 

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Best for Renters
Tend Secure Lynx Indoor Camera
Tend Secure Lynx Indoor Camera
Tend Secure Lynx Indoor Camera

Tend's Lynx Secure camera costs under $60 and provides 1080p video, two-way audio, and free cloud storage. 

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Best for Urban Homes
Amazon Cloud Cam
Amazon Cloud Cam
Amazon Cloud Cam

The Amazon Cloud Cam has an affordable price and easy installation, ideal for an urban dweller. 

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Best For Pet Owners
Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera
Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera
Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera

With pet detection built-in and two-way audio, looking after your pet when you're away has never been easier. 

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Best Outdoor Camera
Canary Flex
Canary Flex
Canary Flex

An indoor/ outdoor camera with both person and package detection. 

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Best Indoor Camera
Canary All-In-One
Canary All-In-One
Canary All-In-One

With a viewing angle of 147 degrees, 12 infrared LED lights, and integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the Canary All-In-One truly has it all. 

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Best Wireless Camera
Arlo Pro 2
Arlo Pro 2
Arlo Pro 2

The Arlo Pro 2 has 1080p HD video, two-way audio, and integrations with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT and Stringify. 

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Most Affordable/ Budget Camera
Wyze Cam
Wyze Cam
Wyze Cam

At only $20, the Wyze Cam is one of our most affordable cameras, but it doesn't skimp out on quality, with 1080p HD video, integrations with Amazon Alexa, and infrared night vision. 

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Best Camera Overall

Nest Cam Indoor on Box

Nest Cam Indoor

I love the Nest Cam Indoor— obviously, or I wouldn’t have named it my best camera! Video-wise, the Nest Cam impresses with 1080p HD display, a wide 130 degree field of view and the ability to zoom in eight times. The night vision is similarly clear with eight infrared LED sensors, and the camera comes equipped with two-way audio. Not only does two-way audio let you speak to whoever you’re recording, which can be an easy way to talk to family members from afar, but it’s also a great way to scare away intruders as a last-ditch effort. You’d be scared too if a disembodied voice came screaming out at you to get out of their house!

Other perks of the Nest Cam Indoor? Its integrations with Google Home, Amazon Echo, and Phillips Hue lightbulbs, plus Chromecast. That means you’ll be able to command your camera to turn on and off or record, plus, you can view your livestream footage on your TV using either Fire TV or ChromeCast. Whether you’re in the Google or Amazon ecosystem, the Nest Cam Indoor is a perfect choice. 

With Nest Aware, you can get person detection along with dog barking alerts, person speaking alerts, familiar face alerts, activity zones, and five, 10, or 30 days of cloud storage. I will say that Nest’s storage prices are a bit on the expensive side, plus they don’t offer any local storage. 

Aside from that, I highly recommend the Nest Cam Indoor. For more information, read our full review of the Nest Cam Indoor. 

 

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Nest Cam Indoor
Nest Cam Indoor
Nest Cam Indoor

The Nest Cam Indoor is Nest's original indoor camera with 1080p HD video, two-way audio, infrared night vision, and other Necessary Features. 

Best for Home-Owners

Logitech Circle 2

Logitech Circle 2

Homeowners aren’t afraid of commitment (at least regarding their real estate). Plus, they’re probably more financially stable than renters, as they needed to cough up the down payment along with any home maintenance payments that come up along the way. For homeowners, I’m looking for cameras with both indoor and outdoor capabilities from trusted brands. I’ve settled on the Logitech Circle 2.

I love an indoor/ outdoor camera because of its versatility. With a home, you may have more grounds to look after, so you’re going to want something that has an extension cord and the wherewithal to handle more extreme weather conditions. For its video quality, the Logitech Circle 2 absolutely kills it. It has 1080p HD video, which we’ve grown accustomed to at this point, but what really gets me is the field of view of 180 degrees. This is fantastic, especially if you have a larger property that requires multiple cameras.

On a more negative note, the camera’s night vision wasn’t quite as clear as I’d like it to be. While the box said you’d be able to see for 15 feet, things got blurry for me at 10. However, I am quite pleased with the camera’s  two-way audio and smart platform integrations, which include Amazon Alexa, Fire TV, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant. It’s hard to find a camera that integrates with Apple HomeKit, as its one of the less popular smart home automations, so I like that the Circle 2 really gives you options here. Of course, you’ll be able to watch your livestream or cloud storage footage on your Fire TV in addition to vocally commanding the Logitech Circle 2. Truly, home security has never been more convenient! 

Now let’s talk membership.

While the Logitech Circle 2 includes 24 hours of free cloud storage plus unlimited streaming and downloads, I would recommend going with a membership, not only for the additional cloud storage but also for the person detection (only available with the premium package). As you can see, the plans are reasonably priced and give you discounts for up to 5 cameras. With the premium package, you’ll also be able to create motion zones, which tell the camera areas that are particularly important to look out for. If you have a house with multiple floors or a baby’s room, this feature is going to come in handy. Plus, you can take advantage of the yearly package because you know you’re not going anywhere. At only $2.98 per month per camera if you pay for the entire year at once, the Premium package makes the camera an even better value.

For more info, check out our review of the Logitech Circle 2.

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Logitech Circle 2
Logitech Circle 2
Logitech Circle 2

With an 180 degree viewing angle, 1080p HD video, and two-way audio, there's a lot of love about the Logitech Circle 2. 

Best Camera for Renters

Tend Secure Lynx Indoor Camera

Tend Secure Lynx Indoor Camera

Renters should be looking for cameras that are easy to set up, have flexible storage options, and do not require that you sign a long-term contract. Technically, it is your landlord’s job to keep you safe, but they’re only able to put cameras in the hallways and entrances, not your actual apartment.That’s why renters might want to invest in their own security cameras. I recommend the Tend Secure Lynx Indoor camera.

At only $59.99 (cheaper depending where you buy it), the Tend Secure Lynx Indoor Camera is definitely affordable, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on features. With 1080p HD video, a field of view of 120 degrees, and two-way audio, it certainly satisfies industry standards. Although it has no local storage, it does give you a week for cloud storage absolutely free. While I’m disappointed about the lack of local storage, this may be less important to a renter than to a home-owner. Ultimately, the landlord is responsible for any intrusion, so you can just pass on the cloud footage and let someone else work with the police. The camera comes with a week of free cloud storage, which is pretty generous as well.

The Tend Secure Lynx’s main negative, aside from its lack of local storage, is its complete lack of smart platform integrations. You won’t be able to control the camera using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or any other smart home automation system. Still, this camera is affordable, has good quality video and audio, and offers a week of free cloud storage, a great choice for renters.

Want even more info? Check out our review of the Tend Secure Lynx Indoor Camera.

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Tend Secure Lynx Indoor
Tend Secure Lynx Indoor
Tend Secure Lynx Indoor

With the Tend Secure Lynx Indoor Camera, you'll know when your friends and family are in your house immediately through facial recognition technology. 

Best Camera for Urban Homes

Amazon Cloud Cam

Amazon Cloud Cam

As city-living can be expensive, I looked for more affordable cameras that can be installed and moved at the drop of a hat. My top pick for urban dwellers is the Amazon Cloud Cam.

At less than $120, the Amazon Cloud Cam definitely won’t break the bank, but don’t be fooled by the affordable price- this camera can compete with the best of ’em. It has the industry standard of 1080p HD, plus eight times optical zoom and a field of view of 120. Plus, it has great night vision from eight infrared LED sensors, and two-way audio. So far, so good.

I must say, this was one of the easier cameras to set up- the whole process took me about 10 minutes. Sure, I’m already in the Amazon ecosystem with Alexa, but all you have to do to set up the Cloud Cam is plug it in, download the app, and pair the camera with your mobile device. From there, the app gives you step-by-step instructions that can only be described as idiot-proof.

Although the Amazon Cloud Cam is a great option for city dwellers, it does have some drawbacks. Amazon only gives you 24 hours of free cloud storage, and there is no local storage available.More cloud storage can be purchased through a monthly subscription, along with activity zones and person detection.

So what can you do in the Amazon ecosystem, exactly? Well, you’ll be able to command your Amazon Cloud Cam using Alexa, or livestream footage or video history on your Fire TV. Jeff Bezos, you’ve done it again! Unfortunately, the camera does not integrate with Google Assistant, so it might not be the best choice for those already in the Google ecosystem. 

All in all, this camera is super easy to use and definitely covers the basics like video, audio, and night vision. It’s a great option for any urbanite who’s on the go. To find out more information, read our full review on the Amazon Cloud Cam

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Amazon Cloud Cam
Amazon Cloud Cam
Amazon Cloud Cam

The Amazon Cloud Cam offers 1080p HD video, integration with Alexa, and infrared night vision, among other Necessary Features.

Best Camera for Pet-Owners

Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera

Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera

For pet-owners, it’s important that your security camera has pet detection, meaning it can tell the difference between people and pets. After all, as much as you love your furry little angel, you don’t need to be alerted of its every move.

The best camera for pet-owners is the Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera.

The Netatmo Welcome Indoor Camera comes with pet detection, so your little one won’t cause a push notification (or will, depending on your preference). In general, the Netatmo has some of the best artificial intelligence capabilities around- it can recognize up to 32 faces! 

The camera has fantastic video, with 1080p HD, a field of zoom of eight times, and a field of view of 130 degrees. It also comes with awesome infrared night vision, and- here’s the kicker- local and cloud storage, completely free! They even include a microSD card. Aw, Netatmo, you shouldn’t have. The camera’s other bragging points include its integrations with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Facebook messenger– yes, you read that right. You’ll be able to control your camera just by chatting on Facebook like you do all day anyway! It’s a convenient way to check on your pet. Let me give you an example. Say I’m at work but I want to check on my kids. I would just hop over to Facebook messenger and ask my Netatmo bot who is currently home. The bot will respond with not only a screenshot of my fictional four-year old son, but also the exact time that he was last seen. You can see how useful the A.I is now, right? If you have other connected devices like a thermostat or any other environmental monitoring, you can also ask the bot to check in, asking what’s the temperature in your house or outside. It’s a virtual assistant and a camera, all tucked into one! 

The camera does lose points, however, for its lack of two-way audio. While you’ll be able to livestream footage of your pet, you won’t be able to command it via the camera. Still, I think that the built-in pet detection makes the Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera a great choice for pet-owners.

To learn more, check out our review on the Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera.

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Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera
Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera
Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera

The Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera is known for its amazing artificial intelligence capabilities like facial recognition and pet detection. 

Best Outdoor Camera

Canary Flex

Canary Flex

Meet the All-In-One’s sister, the Canary Flex. This camera works for both the indoors and the outdoors (hence the term “flex”) and has some great features. I’m loving the two-way audio, infrared night vision, and integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. That means you’ll be able to change your camera’s settings hands-free, which could be particularly useful outdoors, where you might not have your phone. Sometimes it’s nice to unplug, but Canary makes sure you’ll still be able to easily control your camera with or without a phone. 

Plus, unlike the All-In-One, the Flex comes with person and package detection– you read that right. This camera can literally tell you when that special shoes you love come in the mail. A very cool feature, and one that I haven’t seen in any other cameras.

I’m a bit disappointed that the camera can’t zoom, and that its field of view is a bit narrow at 116 degrees. Plus, there’s no local storage, and only 24 hours of free cloud storage. Of course, with a membership, you can get 30 days of cloud storage (see above for prices).

Despite its shortcomings, this is a great outdoor camera option that can definitely get the job done. For more information, check out our Canary Flex review.

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Canary Flex
Canary Flex
Canary Flex

The Canary Flex is an indoor/outdoor camera with great HD video and night vision. 

Best Indoor Camera

Canary All-In-One

Canary All-In-One

You really can’t miss with the Canary All-In-One. Its stats include 1080p HD video, the ability to zoom in three times, and a super-wide field of view of 147 degrees! The night vision impresses with 12 infrared LED lights, plus integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, Canary makes it easy for you to command your camera solely using your voice. I love that the All-In-One integrates with both the Amazon and Google ecosystems, as this gives you some nice flexibility to create your perfect smart home. 

Now, I must say, if you are going to get the Canary All-In-One (or any of the Canary products for that matter), I recommend doing the paid monthly membership. With the membership you’ll unlock two-way audio, local storage, 30 days of cloud storage, person detection, activity zones, and access to a first-person responder. Considering the membership is only $9.99 a month or $99 a year, I think it’s a great value. Another cool feature of the All-In-One is its HomeHealth technology. Believe it or not, this camera also monitors your climate, measuring your air’s quality, humidity, and temperature. Did I mention the camera costs less than $120?

To learn more, read our review of the Canary All-In-One.

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Canary All-In-One
Canary All-In-One
Canary All-In-One

The Canary All-In-One is an indoor camera with a built-in siren and environmental monitoring for your air's quality, humidity, and temperature. 

Best Wireless Camera

Arlo Pro 2

Arlo Pro 2

Can you believe this little thing can handle both indoor and outdoor conditions? There’s not much this camera lacks. It has 1080p HD video, a field of zoom of eight times, and a field of view of 130 degrees. Plus, there’s two-way audio, cloud and local storage, and integrations with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, and Stringify. We’ve already talked a lot about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but what about IFTTT and Stringify? Well, IFTTT is a free service that allows apps and devices from different companies to work with each other. With IFTTT, you can create dozens of home automations, like having your camera record when one of your entry sensors goes off, for example Stringify is another automation service that could help connect all of your smart home devices. With all of these options at hand, Arlo makes it super easy to create a connected and convenient home. 

My main issues with the camera are its lack of artificial intelligence, but with a paid monthly subscription, you can access person detection, activity zones, and even a safety button from the Arlo app. Although this camera’s night vision isn’t the strongest, it has great audio, video, smart platform integrations, and artificial intelligence options.

To learn more, check out our review on the Arlo Pro 2.

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Arlo Pro 2 Camera
Arlo Pro 2 Camera
Arlo Pro 2 Camera

The Arlo Pro 2 is one of Security Baron's favorite cameras, meeting lots of the necessary features tests.

Most Affordable/ Best Budget Camera

Wyze Cam

Wyze Cam

For only $20, the Wyze Cam gives you a ton of great features in video, night vision, audio, storage, and smart platform integration. I love that it has 1080p HD and the ability to zoom in eight times, although its field of view is a tiny bit more narrow than I’d like at 110 degrees. Fortunately, the camera comes with two-way audio, great infrared night vision, and free local and cloud storage for 14 days. This is extremely generous, considering that Nest will charge you $10 a month for only 10 days of cloud storage.

Next, the Wyze Cam is integrated with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT, so you can really customize your home’s security. You can vocally command your camera to record hands-free, and connect it to other connected devices and apps through IFTTT. I’d recommend the Wyze Cam especially to someone already in the Amazon ecosystem, as this camera will fit in perfectly. 

The only area in which the Wyze Cam is lacking is artificial intelligence. While it does have smart sound recognition for smoke and C.O alarms, there is no person detection, so you might receive some unnecessary notifications. But with an easy setup and fantastic features overall, the Wyze Cam gives you the most bang for your buck. 

To learn more, read our full review of the Wyze Cam. 

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Wyze Cam
Wyze Cam
Wyze Cam

At only $20, the Wyze Cam is one of our most affordable cameras, but it doesn't skimp out on quality, with 1080p HD video, integrations with Amazon Alexa, and infrared night vision. 

Pricing Rundown

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Best Cameras of 2019 Prices

When it comes to pricing, you have a pretty big range and an average price of $142. At only $20, the Wyze Cam is by far our cheapest camera, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on quality! Then you have the most expensive cameras at $200 or more. Nest in general has high prices, and the highest storage prices that I’ve seen for a home security camera. The Netatmo costs more mainly due to its amazing artificial intelligence capabilities, while the Arlo Pro 2 pretty much crushes it in every category. So even those these cameras may seem a bit pricey, the value they give you surely makes up for it.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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12 thoughts on “Best Home Security Cameras 2019”

  1. Good day sir,

    Looking for a wire less cam system, I saw the Arlo Pro 2. Although a bit expensive, I’m still considering buying a set. But there is a question I need to have answered first: Will the cam be activated by motion when placed behind glass? I plan to place a cam in a cupboard with glass doors. I know from the Blink XT it will not be activated when placed behind glass.

    Could you be so kind to look into my question?
    In case the Arlo cam is not activated when placed behind glass, what is a good alternative?

    Many thanks in advance for your professional reply.

    Kind regards,

    Herman
    Netherlands

    • Hi Herman,

      You are correct, the Arlo does not work behind glass. I am not sure about what can be done behind glass yet? Is there a reason you cannot place it outside? I am sure there are solutions, I just want to understand your issue fully.

      Thank you kindly,

      Gabe

  2. What would be your choice of security camera for indoor use when data is limited, like in remote location ( only 20GO) per month on a 3G-LTE network… Nest camera consumes too much data… i would need a camera that would only start recording to cloud when an event is detected.. (sound or motion) and would be accessible for on demand streaming…. any suggestion? (Hive, Honeywell Lyric 2, ???)
    Thanks

  3. The instructions and ratings are clear and very helpful- I found you randomly on line and realized you are the best professional to listen to- very informative system to compare products. I found myself listening to almost all of the reviews for home, rentals, urban life.

    I am in the process of purchasing a camera for my 950 sq ft lake home with one entrance door located in Minnesota. It is a year round home. One person and one dog will be the occupants. The farest distance within the house, is from the inside wall to the entrance door at 32 feet. The width of the home is 38 ft

    WiFi will be accessed through a Verizon hot spot which is currently controlling my Honeywell Lyric 6 thermostat.

    I am seeking your professional judgement as to the best security camera for this situation.

    Do I stay with a Honeywell product? I would prefer a wireless system for portability, given I have a hotspot. I average three plus bars and have not purchased a WiFi booster.

    My iphone is the X r and as such HomeKit might be a positive option?

    I explored the Carnay View vs the All in One but to date have purchased from Best Buy the Carany Flex although I did consider the Ring Stick. It is yet to be opened.

    I would not purchase additional cloud storage at this time.

    Thank you in advance and I will surely share your site with my friends.

    • Thank you so much for your comment Lynn. Without knowing exactly what else you would like in terms of pricing, I would suggest going with the Canary All-in-One or Nest Indoor Camera. If you would like to give me some more parameters, I would be happy to help you further.

  4. Hi there,
    I am looking for a wireless security camera that does the following:-
    (1) Pan and Zoom with Optical Zoom
    (2) Wireless and wired connections
    (3) 2-way full duplex audio (more like a mobile phone with no echoing as opposed to a walkie talkie type). It has to be clear and reasonable loud speakers.
    (4) A loud siren that can be triggered by motion or manually via an App
    (5) Motion and noise detection if possible
    (6) Invisible Infrared LEDs or PIR with Starlight with a very clear night vision of at least 8m
    (7) Local via 64GB or 128GB Class 10 SD Card and free cloud storage for at least 7 days
    (8) Easy to set up App
    (9) Live view with audio with no delays
    (10) Push and email notifications
    (11) Built-in battery and running on mains
    (12) Wall mountable with the mount

    I would be very grateful if I could have your professional opinion on this and point me in the right direction.

    Regards Simon

  5. Hello Gabe
    I love your reviews of these cameras, just one question if you can, is there another camera like the Netatmo Welcome Security Camera that has the option for local storage as well as cloud storage like dropbox or google drive without monthly subscription?

  6. Gabe, I purchased the Ring Alarm system for my small home and would like your recommendation for a security camera. It will be inside, and I do have a 50 lb. Wheaten Terrier.

    Thanks,
    Rick Adkins

  7. I am looking for the best outdoor camera to protect my cars from theft I am currently living in a townhouse unfortunately with no garage I’ve been currently looking at vivints entire system with their added outdoor camera and Comcast also arlo….any suggestions?

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