The Best Outdoor Security Cameras of 2019

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There’s always a bunch of factors to consider when choosing a smart security camera of any kind, but with outdoor security cameras, the factors only increase. In this list, I picked out the top outdoor security cameras of 2019 using Security Baron’s Necessary Features Test. All of these cameras are weather-resistant and will work throughout the seasons for more climates. Whether you’re looking for a wireless outdoor security camera, a wired outdoor security camera, one with a security system or without, or one that won’t hurt your wallet too much, I have a fantastic option for you. Let’s get started!

Best Outdoor Security Cameras

The Best Smart Outdoor Camera
Swann 4K Camera
Swann 4K Camera
Swann 4K Camera

With detection for people, faces, perimeter intrusion, and more, the Swann 4K will notify you with incredibly specific and detailed information about your home's security. 

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The Best Outdoor Camera For Night Vision
Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro
Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro
Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro

With infrared night vision for a range of up to 55 feet, the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro will leave you safe, even in the pitch black. 

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The Best Budget Outdoor Security Camera
Blink XT2
Blink XT2
Blink XT2

For a low price, the Blink XT2 affords you an Amazon Alexa integration, activity zones, plus temperature monitoring. 

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The Best Wired Outdoor Security Camera
Canary Flex
Canary Flex
Canary Flex

The Canary Flex hits nearly everything we want in an outdoor security camera, from its Amazon and Google integrations to its person and package detection, available with the Canary membership. 

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The Best Dome Outdoor Security Camera
Swann Dome Camera
Swann Dome Camera
Swann Dome Camera

Not only is this camera super affordable, but it also has 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, plus a Google Assistant integration. Not bad! 

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The Best Wireless Outdoor Camera with System
Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
Ring Spotlight Cam Battery

For those in the Amazon ecosystem, the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery hits the mark when it comes to infrared night vision, two-way audio, and 1080p HD video. Did I mention its siren, LED lights or rechargeable battery pack? 

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Best Smart Outdoor Camera

Swann 4K Camera

When it comes to security cameras, artificial intelligence usually refers to two things: person detection and facial recognition. But for the Swann 4K Camera, that’s simply not enough. On top of person detection and facial recognition, it can also detect people crossing a perimeter, static objects, and more, making sure your notifications are as specific and detailed as possible. 

Aside from it’s smart capabilities, I’m also impressed with the Swann 4K Camera’s video. If you’re not familiar, 4K video display actually has twice as many pixels as 1080p HD, the current industry standard. The camera also boasts both color and infrared night vision, two-way audio, local storage on a two TB hard drive, and an integration with Google Assistant. With spotlights and a siren built-in, the Swann 4K camera is ideal for outdoor use. 

For more information, read our full review of the Swann security system

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Swann 4K Camera
Swann 4K Camera
Swann 4K Camera

With detection for people, faces, perimeter intrusion, and more, the Swann 4K will notify you with incredibly specific and detailed information about your home's security. 

The Best Outdoor Camera For Night Vision

Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro

Not shockingly, most robberies happen at night, so it makes sense to look for an outdoor camera with night vision, be it infrared or color. I prefer infrared as it’s less conspicuous than a bright white light, which is why I’m such a fan of the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro. 

Aside from it’s awesome night vision, the camera also has two-way audio, person detection, along with integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You’ll love livestreaming footage through the Vivint Smart Home app, which has a 4.6 rating from iPhone and Android users alike. 

One really unique feature of the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro is that if it detects that someone has been on your property for a while, it’ll emit a red LED light ring and will start to sound warning tones, along with sending a thumbnail of it’s recording to your phone. Believe me, robbers will run the other way from the camera’s built-in 85 decibel siren, about as loud as a snow blower! 

For more information, read our full review of the Vivint security system

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Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro
Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro
Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro

With infrared night vision for a range of up to 55 feet, the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro will leave you safe, even in the pitch black. 

The Best Budget Outdoor Security Camera

Blink XT2

In terms of price, the Blink XT2 is certainly on the lower end of outdoor security cameras, which can run well beyond $200. Its best features include its 1080p HD video, free cloud and local storage, two-way audio, infrared night vision, plus an integration with Amazon Alexa.

While I’m not thrilled at the lack of person detection, zoom, or the narrow, 110-degree field of view, I love that the camera is wireless, has activity zones, plus temperature monitoring! Plus, the Blink Home app has nice ratings, a 3.5 from the Apple store and a 3.7 from the Google Play store. Did I mention its battery has a life of two whole years?  

For more information, read my full review of the Blink XT2

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Blink XT2
Blink XT2
Blink XT2

You'll appreciate the Blink XT2 for its two-way audio, 1080p HD video display, and free cloud and local storage. 

The Best Wired Outdoor Security Camera

Canary Flex and Mount

Canary Flex

If you’re going to buy the Canary Flex, you should also invest in the Canary membership. Not only does it give you two-way audio, but it also throughs in person detection, package detection, 30 days of cloud storage, unlimited video downloads, activity zones, and even a safety button!

The camera itself meets industry standards with 1080p HD video display, infrared night vision, plus integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The only things I wish it had were local storage, zoom, plus a field of view wider than 116 degrees. But this is still a really solid option, especially if you want a camera that’s easy to plug in and go. 

For more details, read my review of the Canary Flex

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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. 

The Best Dome Outdoor Security Camera

Swann Dome Camera

If you want durability, the Swann Dome Camera is a great option. It works in temperatures from negative four to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s completely protected from dust, and you can even spray it with powerful water jets without doing any damage! Its other pros include 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, local storage with its DVR, and, if you buy the 4780 or 4980 DVR, an integration with Google Assistant. If having local storage, two-way audio, a field of view wider than 85 degrees, or a highly-rated app isn’t super important to you, then I’d take advantage of the Swann Dome Camera’s incredibly low price. 

Want to learn more? Read my full review of the Swann security system

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Swann Dome Camera
Swann Dome Camera
Swann Dome Camera

At an incredibly low price of $50, the Swann Dome Camera features 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, plus an integration with Google Assistant. 

The Best Wireless Outdoor Camera with System

Ring Spotlight Cam Battery

If you’re looking for an outdoor security camera without any wires, look no further than the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery. It’s powered by a rechargeable, quick-release battery pack, meaning you won’t have to deal with hardwires of any kind. For backup, you can even add a second battery pack, or to charge it continuously, why not throw in a solar panel? With easy installation and the convenience of never having to recharge a battery, the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery offers the best of both worlds. It’s also part of the Ring Alarm security system, which includes indoor cameras, sensors, and if you want, the Ring Video Doorbell 2

This camera stands out from the others, mainly due to its LED light strips and 110-decibel siren, about as loud as a rock band or jackhammer. That way, you can stop crimes even before they happen, blaring the lights and the siren, plus speaking through two-way audio. That would convince me to run away fast! 

With 1080p HD video display and an 140 degree field of view, you’ll be sure to collect great footage of your perp, whether it’s at night or during the day. You’ll be able to download your footage or view it on a cloud for up to 60 days so long as you buy a Ring Protect plan, which starts at only a few dollars a month. Plus, the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery works with Amazon Alexa, not surprising as Amazon owns Ring, plus Google Assistant

To learn more, read my full review of the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery

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Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
Ring Spotlight Cam Battery

If you're looking for a durable indoor/ outdoor camera, the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery is a great choice with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, 1080p HD video display, plus Lifetime Theft Protection. 

Note: We had a lot of people asking for a wireless outdoor security camera with DVR. We weren’t able to find one, but if anyone has a suggestion, please leave a comment below and we’ll consider it!

Pricing Rundown

Best Outdoor Cameras of 2019 Pricing
Best Outdoor Cameras of 2019 Pricing

As you can see, there’s a huge variation when it comes to the pricing of outdoor security cameras, with the most expensive at well over $200 and the least at just under $50. Of course, you get what you pay for, so I recommend buying a camera that’s quality for a bit more money, rather than a cheaper camera that might not have as many Necessary Features.

Regardless, be prepared to spend around $200 when you’re shopping for an outdoor security camera. It’s also important to keep in mind that some cameras require bridges or hubs, which could add to the cost as well, along with monthly or yearly cloud storage plans.

Outdoor Security Camera Methodology

The Best Outdoor Security Cameras of 2019
The Best Outdoor Security Cameras of 2019

So just how did I pick out the outdoor security cameras on this list? In this section, I go over my methodology in detail, enabling you to be more knowledgeable when shopping on your own.

Design

Aside from simple aesthetics (do you like how the camera looks?) you should also consider whether you want your camera to be wired or wireless. While having a camera wired to your home will definitely make installation harder, you’ll never have to worry about changing a battery. The reverse is true with wireless cameras. An important consideration with wired cameras is how far the camera is from an outdoor outlet. Aside from that, some cameras require hubs, bridges, or DVRs, so make sure you take that cost into account before purchasing.

The main thing to look out for design-wise when selecting an outdoor security camera is durability. That comes in the form of a temperature range and an IP rating, which measures how susceptible an object is to both solids and liquids.

IP Ratings

Make sure wherever you live and its weather conditions are compatible with your outdoor security camera before purchasing— you’ll thank me later.

Features

Of course, like any security camera, I apply Security Baron’s Necessary Features Test to all of my outdoor cameras. Let’s dive into each.

Video

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Arlo Pro 2 Video Display

Display-wise, you should look for a camera that has at least 1080p HD video display, the current industry standard. I also prefer cameras that can zoom in optically and that have fields of view 120 degrees or greater. That’ll give you the widest, clearest and most detailed view possible.

Audio

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Blink XT2 Speaker for Two-Way Audio

I look for cameras that have both speakers and microphones built-in, enabling two-way audio. This lets you speak to whoever the camera is on, which is very useful not only for telling your kids to come in for dinner, but also for scaring away intruders remotely. This is a security camera, after all!

Night Vision

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Canary Flex Night Vision

When choosing a camera, make sure that it has infrared night vision rather than color night vision via a bright white light. Infrared is much more inconspicuous, definitely a quality you should be looking for in a smart security camera. Make sure you test out your camera’s night vision before buying.

Storage

All this beautiful footage is of no use if you don’t store it! I like cameras that offer both cloud and local storage, whether it’s through a Dropbox, micro-SD card, hard drive, or what have you.

Smart Platform Integrations

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Blink XT2 and Amazon Echo

These are all smart security cameras, so they should fit right into your smart home, be it through Amazon, Google, or Apple. Make sure that your outdoor camera works with your voice assistant so that you can tell Alexa to show you your front yard!

Artificial Intelligence

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Person Detection

I prefer cameras with person detection, which lets them differentiate between people and other moving objects like animals, cars, etc. Extra points if the camera has facial recognition, which, after a period of time, learns specific familiar faces, and unfamiliar faces. A.I makes your notifications smarter and more specific, making it easier to monitor your home with minimal effort.

Convenience

Make sure your camera is easy to install, as most of them are DIY. You can always hire a professional if you aren’t confident, but the majority of these cameras should be able to be installed in less than 20 minutes tops.

Value

As you saw from the pricing rundown, the tags on these cameras can vary, but make sure the price coordinates with the number of Necessary Features met.

App

The Ring— Always Home App
The Ring— Always Home App

Your app is your mobile command center for your outdoor security camera where you’ll livestream footage, view storage, receive notifications, speak through two-way audio, and more. Make sure it has a good rating on either the Apple or the Google Play store, depending on your mobile device, of course. I prefer apps that are rated at least three-stars or higher, although it’s not necessarily a dealbreaker if it’s not as apps can always be updated.

Recap

That’s it for the best outdoor security cameras of 2019! To summarize:

  • Best budget outdoor security camera: Blink XT2
  • Best wired outdoor security camera: Canary Flex
  • Best dome outdoor security camera: Swann Dome Camera
  • Best wireless outdoor camera with system: Ring Spotlight Cam Battery
  • Best outdoor security camera with system: Nest Cam Outdoor
  • Best wireless outdoor security camera: Arlo Pro 2

If you have any other questions or would like a recommendation, feel free to leave a comment below. To view some more awesome security cameras, check out our overall best cameras 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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