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 for Small Businesses
Lighthouse Indoor Security Camera
Lighthouse Indoor Security Camera

The Lighthouse has facial recognition and can even tell you about future events- just ask it to tell you when your kids get home. 

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Best for Home-Owners
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'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

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

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
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

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

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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Best Camera for Small Businesses

Please note: as of December 2018, Lighthouse has gone out of business. 

Lighthouse Indoor Security Camera

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Lighthouse Indoor Security Camera

With a small business, you have more people coming in and out of your space, be it employees, customers, or possibly, intruders. That’s why artificial intelligence is so important for business’ security cameras. Obviously, business owners are the busiest people in the world, so you want a camera that will give you smarter, more specific notifications.

The Lighthouse Indoor Security Camera is an indoor camera with incredible artificial intelligence capabilities. Not only does it have facial recognition, but it can also let you know about future events, like when your cashier comes in or when your employees closed up shop. Along with two-way audio, this camera is more than security- it can also allow you to keep track of (and order around) your employees. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop, as they say!

Unfortunately, the camera’s video quality is a bit disappointing. While the camera has 1080p HD, the industry standard, it cannot zoom at all, and its field of view is a bit narrow at 112 degrees. Similarly, its night vision is subpar and can definitely benefit from some more LED lights.

While the camera does not technically have any smart platform integrations, it does have built-in language processing, so you’ll be able to do voice commands. Although the camera has no local storage, it does offer 30 days of cloud storage completely free!

All in all, this camera would be very useful to a business owner, not only to make sure your space is safe, but also to keep your business affairs in order.

Best Camera for Home-Owners

Logitech Circle 2

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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.

Now let’s talk membership.

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Logitech Circle 2 Subscriptions

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.

Best Camera for Renters

Tend Secure Lynx Indoor Camera

Tend Secure Lynx Indoor Camera Close Up
Close-up of the 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.

Best Camera for Urban Homes

Amazon Cloud Cam

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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.

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Amazon Cloud Cam Subscriptions

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

Best Camera for Pet-Owners

Netatmo Welcome Indoor Security Camera

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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.

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.

Best Outdoor Camera

Canary Flex

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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. 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.

More of the Best Cameras

Best Indoor Camera

Canary All-In-One

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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.

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.

Best Wireless Camera

Arlo Pro 2 

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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.

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.

 

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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4 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. 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.

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