The Best Indoor Cameras of 2019 Review

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The foundation of any smart home security system is a great indoor security camera. If you’ve read any of my other camera reviews, then know you that I’m pretty much obsessed with Security Baron’s Necessary Features Test, which is how we picked out the best indoor cameras of 2019 (more on this later). After researching and testing tens of indoor cameras, these five came out on top, with superior audio, video, night vision, and more. As of writing, 2019 is already more than halfway over, so let’s get started quick, fast, and in a hurry!

Ring Indoor Cam
Ring Indoor Cam
Ring Indoor Cam
Ring Indoor Cam

Ring's latest iteration of the indoor camera is at it's lowest price ever of only $60, meeting industry standards in video, audio and night vision, with Alexa and Google Assistant integrations available as well. 

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Nest Cam IQ Indoor
Nest Cam IQ Indoor
Nest Cam IQ Indoor
Nest Cam IQ Indoor

With powerful two-way audio, 1080p HD video and integrations with Google Assistant, Alexa and Philips Hue lightbulbs, the Nest Cam IQ Indoor impresses at nearly every turn. 

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Tend Indoor 2
Tend Indoor 2
Tend Indoor 2
Tend Indoor 2

For only $60, this camera offers 1080p HD video, excellent infrared night vision, two-way audio, an Alexa integration and even facial recognition for no additional fees! 

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Nest Cam Indoor
Nest Cam Indoor
Nest Cam Indoor
Nest Cam Indoor

Nest's original indoor camera works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing you to livestream footage or view cloud storage via Chromecast or Fire TV. 

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Wyze Cam Pan
Wyze Cam Pan
Wyze Cam Pan
Wyze Cam Pan

For a shockingly low price of $30, the Wyze Cam Pan provides person detection, integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, plus clear, 1080p HD video display. 

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Ring Indoor Cam

Ring Indoor Cam on Mount

Ring Indoor Cam

Introduced at Amazon’s 2019 keynote, the Ring Indoor Cam is Ring’s most affordable indoor camera, with the exact same features as more expensive iterations. Naturally, it has the industry standard of 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, two-way audio, and integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant. 60 days of cloud and local storage are available with a Ring Protect plan, which start at just $3 a month or $30 a year. If you want even more security, you can pay $10 a month or $100 for 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup. 

While the camera lacks person detection, it does allow for activity zones, which let you divide your space into areas for the camera to pay special attention to or ignore completely. That’ll make for more specific notifications that matter more, like that there’s movement from the window rather than your dog running around the middle of the room. But while the Ring— Always Home app has a decent rating on the Apple store, Android users might not be as pleased, as the app only has a 2.9 on the Google Play store. 

For more information, read my full review of the Ring Indoor Cam

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Ring Indoor Cam
Ring Indoor Cam
Ring Indoor Cam

Ring's latest iteration of the indoor camera is at it's lowest price ever of only $60, meeting industry standards in video, audio and night vision, with Alexa and Google Assistant integrations available as well. 

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

Now, I’m not saying that the Nest Cam IQ Indoor is the cheapest option around, but if you’re looking for quality, it’s the camera for you. Of course, it has 1080p HD video, a wide field of view of 130 degrees, plus the ability to zoom in optically 12 times. But it also has 16 LED sensors, leading to some top-notch infrared night vision, plus a speaker seven times more powerful than that of the Nest Cam Indoor. It’ll work with either Alexa or Google Assistant, plus, person detection is included. If you want facial recognition, that’s available with Nest Aware. 

Familiar face alerts aren’t the only thing you can get with Nest Aware. You’ll also get five, 10 or 30 days of cloud storage, person speaking alerts, dog barking alerts, activity zones, and more. The camera can either be wireless or plugged in, and the Nest app is available on both iPhones and Androids. Although the camera itself and it’s storage options aren’t super affordable, this is one of my favorite cameras in terms of quality. 

To learn more, read my full review of the Nest Cam IQ Indoor

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Nest Cam IQ Indoor
Nest Cam IQ Indoor
Nest Cam IQ Indoor

With powerful two-way audio, 1080p HD video and integrations with Google Assistant, Alexa and Philips Hue lightbulbs, the Nest Cam IQ Indoor impresses at nearly every turn. 

Tend Indoor 2

Tend Indoor 2

Tend Indoor 2

It’s rare you find a camera that gives you facial recognition on the house, but it’s even more rare that the camera costs only $60. However, the Tend Indoor 2 is anything but ordinary. Not only does it have excellent video, audio, and night vision, plus an Alexa integration, but it can also learn the faces of your friends and family, making for incredibly specific notifications. You won’t be bombarded with texts every time your camera detects movement. Rather, you’ll only be alerted if it detects a person, and your camera will tell you who it is (or, conversely, if it’s an unfamiliar face). 

You’ll control everything through the TendApp, which has a 4.7 rating on Apple and a 4.6 on the Google Play store. While Tend gives you a week of free cloud storage, unfortunately, there’s no local storage to speak of. The camera is also plug-in, so it’s not for you if you wanted something wireless. Just some things to keep in mind! 

Want to learn more? Read our full review of the Tend Indoor 2.

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Tend Indoor 2
Tend Indoor 2
Tend Indoor 2

For only $60, this camera offers 1080p HD video, excellent infrared night vision, two-way audio, an Alexa integration and even facial recognition for no additional fees! 

Nest Cam Indoor

Nest Cam Indoor

Nest Cam Indoor

Nest is one of the best smart security companies around, and the Nest Cam Indoor is one of their best products. Naturally, it has the industry standard of 1080p HD video, plus the ability to zoom in eight times on a nice, 130 degree field of view. Of course, it has incredible infrared night vision stemming from eight LED sensors, plus two-way audio so you can speak to whoever you’re recording. Not surprisingly as Google owns Nest, the Nest Cam Indoor works with Google Assistant and Chromecast, but it also works with Amazon Alexa, Fire TV, and even Philips Hue light bulbs for some trigger actions. For example, you can have the camera record whenever your lights are off. If you buy Nest Aware, you’ll get person detection and facial recognition, plus up to 30 days of cloud storage. I will say that Nest Aware is pretty expensive, $30 for a month of cloud storage. Plus, there’s no local storage. However, I still think the Nest Cam Indoor is a great choice, especially if you’re an Android user, where the Nest app is higher-rated. 

To find out more, read my full review of the Nest Cam Indoor

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Nest Cam Indoor
Nest Cam Indoor
Nest Cam Indoor

Nest's original indoor camera works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, allowing you to livestream footage or view cloud storage via Chromecast or Fire TV. 

Wyze Cam Pan

Wyze Cam Pan Closeup

Wyze Cam Pan

It’s very infrequent in life that you come across an indoor camera that has all of Security Baron’s Necessary Features, but the Wyze Cam Pan makes the cut. From its 1080p HD video, 120 degree field of view and ability to zoom in eight times as well as pan 360 degrees around to its excellent infrared night vision and two-way audio, the Wyze Cam Pan makes it easy to see and speak to your visitors. They also offer free local storage and 14 days of cloud storage, plus integrations with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT, allowing for voice commands and home automation. But the real kicker came from a recent update. Previously, the Wyze Cam Pan only had smart sound recognition for your existing smoke and CO alarms. Now, the camera comes equipped with person detection so you only get notifications that matter. Overall, the Wyze Cam Pan provides amazing value for way under market rates. 

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

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Wyze Cam Pan
Wyze Cam Pan
Wyze Cam Pan

For a shockingly low price of $30, the Wyze Cam Pan provides person detection, integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, plus clear, 1080p HD video display. 

The Best Indoor Cameras of 2019 Pricing Rundown

Best Indoor Cameras Pricing
Best Indoor Cameras Pricing

As you can see, there is a pretty large range in terms of pricing of the best indoor cameras of 2019, from only $30 to nearly $200, with the average just around $113. Truthfully, you should pick out a camera based out on more than its price alone, although that is undoubtedly a factor. To see more options, be sure to check out the best home security cameras of 2019 as well.

The Best Indoor Cameras of 2019 Methodology

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Nest Cam IQ Indoor

When it comes to shopping for an indoor security camera, I like to defer to Security Baron’s Necessary Features Test. It sets standards for video, audio, night vision, storage, smart platform integrations, artificial intelligence, value, and convenience.

In terms of video, I’m looking for 1080p HD display, the ability to zoom in optically, plus a field of view of at least 120 degrees. I also prefer two-way audio, infrared night vision, free cloud and local storage, integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and person detection. Of course, the camera should be easy to set up and install, and it shouldn’t be more than $200 at the higher-end.

Not every camera needs to have every solitary Necessary Feature to be worth buying; ultimately this decision will come down to your personal preference. The fortunate thing in looking at indoor cameras is that you don’t need to worry about durability and susceptibility to solids and liquids like with outdoor cameras. However, you’ll still need to worry about the camera’s power source, be it wired or wireless, as well as its overall aesthetics. Although it may not be decor, that doesn’t mean it needs to be unattractive, either.

Recap of the The Best Indoor Cameras of 2019

That’s it for the best indoor cameras of 2019! If you have anymore questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. I check comments often and am willing to give you a personalized recommendation. Shopping for indoor home security cameras can be a stressful experience, so hopefully, this review shed some light. To explore some more great options, check out my review of the best indoor cameras for artificial intelligence, or, if you’d like to expand to a security system, the best security systems of 2019.

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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