The Best Outdoor Wireless Security Cameras of 2020

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A common issue that people encounter with outdoor security cameras is where to plug them in. Especially if you don’t have an outdoor outlet anywhere on or near your home, your power options for plug-in cameras can be pretty limited. That’s why many people opt to get a wireless outdoor security camera instead, which makes installation and usage a whole lot easier.

This outdoor wireless security cameras review covers the best wireless outdoor security cameras of the year, from old favorites like the Arlo Pro 2 to newer models like the Canary Flex. Let’s take a closer look.

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

With a powerful spotlight and built-in siren, the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery is the easiest way to keep your outdoors safe. 

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Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

This $100 camera offers noise cancellation and privacy zones so you only focus on areas that matter. 

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eufyCam E
eufyCam E
eufyCam E
eufyCam E

With a one year battery life and an 100-decibel siren built in, the eufyCam E is a fantastic option with a large temperature range. 

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Blink XT2
Blink XT2
Blink XT2
Blink XT2

At only $99.99 for a single camera, this outdoor, wireless camera includes temperature monitoring as well as weather-resistance. 

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Arlo Pro 3
Arlo Pro 3
Arlo Pro 3
Arlo Pro 3

This camera includes a motion-activated spotlight that is perfect for shining a light on crime, before it even happens! 

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Ring Spotlight Cam Battery

Ring Spotlight Cam Battery With Light On

Ring Spotlight Cam Battery

The Ring Spotlight Cam Battery is a pretty unique option. Of course, it has infrared night vision, but it also has color night vision if it’s spotlight is on! Add in a siren and intruders will be stopped in their tracks. Now, this is a wireless camera, of course, but you can add a second battery pack for backup or use a solar panel for continuous charge! 

Aside from that, the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery is pretty similar to the Stick Up Cam. It has 1080p HD video, an 140 degree field of view, two-way audio, plus an integration with Amazon Alexa. Unfortunately, there’s no person detection, so you may receive some unnecessary notifications from any type of movement. 

For more information, 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

With a powerful spotlight and built-in siren, the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery is the easiest way to keep your outdoors safe. 

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

There’s a lot to love about Ring’s latest outdoor camera, the all new Ring Stick Up Cam Battery. First, let’s talk about the battery. Not only is it rechargeable with a life of six to 12 months, but you can even have it powered via solar energy, if you buy the solar panel. That means you won’t have to take those five to 10 hours to recharge the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery— just let the sun do it for you! 

Aside from our essential features like 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, two-way audio and integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant, the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery also boasts noise cancellation plus privacy zones. This means you can tell your camera not to focus on certain areas, i.e your neighbor’s yard. Given Ring’s recent privacy issues, this camera lets you disable motion recording, audio and alerts completely, making it a good choice for the privacy-concerned. This camera is intended for indoor or outdoor use, working in temperatures from negative five to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Want more details? Read my full review of the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery.

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Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

This $100 camera offers noise cancellation and privacy zones so you only focus on areas that matter. 

eufyCam E

eufyCam E Closeup

eufyCam E

Live in a hot climate? Then you’ll be grateful for the eufyCam E, which works in temperatures from negative four to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Plus, it has an IP rating of 65, meaning it’s completely protected against solids and even water jets up to 6.3 mm. In English? As long as you don’t blast the eufyCam E with powerful water jets or immerse it in water, it’ll keep on keeping on, even through the toughest weather conditions. 

Now, aside from it’s awesome durability, the eufyCam E has a lot of sought after features, like 1080p HD video, a wide, 140 degree field of view, fantastic infrared night vision, a micro-SD slot for local storage, plus an integration with Alexa. They even include the 16 GB micro-SD card, which can hold a year’s worth of recordings! And for either $2.99 per month per camera or $29.99 per month per camera, you’ll get 30 days of cloud storage. I recommend doing the yearly program, which saves you about six dollars. There are also discounts if you have many cameras. 

For more information, read my full review of the eufyCam E

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eufyCam E
eufyCam E
eufyCam E

With a one year battery life and an 100-decibel siren built in, the eufyCam E is a fantastic option with a large temperature range. 

Blink XT2

Gabe and the Blink XT2

Alexa, show me my front yard! With an Alexa integration, the Blink XT2 makes it super easy to monitor your outdoors. The camera itself is very durable with an IP rating of 65 and a temperature range of negative four to 113 degrees Fahrenheit, covering the majority of weather conditions within the continental United States. The camera also has a two-year battery life, which is pretty unheard of. And as an extra, it’ll even monitor the temperature, so you’ll know exactly how to dress in the morning. 

The Blink XT2’s other pros include it’s 1080p HD video, excellent infrared night vision, and two-way audio. Although there’s no local storage, you’ll get two hours of cloud storage on the house. Unfortunately, the Blink XT2 lacks any more cloud storage options or person detection, and it’s field of view is a bit narrow at 110 degrees. However, for $99.99, or $149.99 with the Blink sync module, this is a reasonably priced choice for a wireless, outdoor security camera. 

Want to learn more? Read our full review of the Blink XT2

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Blink XT2
Blink XT2
Blink XT2

At only $99.99 for a single camera, this outdoor, wireless camera includes temperature monitoring as well as weather-resistance. 

Arlo Pro 3

Arlo Pro 3 Charge Cable

Arlo Pro 3

I’m typically a huge fan of Arlo’s products, and their latest outdoor, wireless camera is no exception. It’s video is even higher than the industry standard at 2560p HD with 2K HDR, making it ideal for capturing tricky outdoor light. With a motion-activated siren, the Arlo Pro 3 provides both color and infrared night vision, plus two-way audio, integrations with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Watch, plus person detection available with Arlo Smart Home. There’s also a siren built in, which I can see coming in handy if you answer a notification fast enough.

The Arlo Pro 3 is powered by a rechargeable battery which lasts three to six months, only taking a few hours to charge each time. Arlo Smart Home, in addition to person detection, will also get you package, vehicle, and animal detection plus activity zones, 30 or 60 days of cloud storage, plus local storage through the camera’s base station. Prices are low, starting at only $2.99 per camera per month. 

To learn more, read our full review of the Arlo Pro 3.

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Arlo Pro 3
Arlo Pro 3
Arlo Pro 3

This camera includes a motion-activated spotlight that is perfect for shining a light on crime, before it even happens! 

Outdoor Wireless Security Camera Methodology

Canary Flex Video
Canary Flex Video

Whether you’re reading camera reviews or shopping for yourself, here are some things to look out for when buying a wireless, outdoor security camera:

  • Battery life: Make sure your camera’s battery can last at least a few months so that you don’t have to change it super often. I’ve seen batteries with lives up to two years, so there’s a lot of variance in this space.
  • Battery type: When it comes to the battery type, there are two options— it’s either rechargeable, meaning you won’t have to buy a new one when it dies, or replaceable, meaning you will. I prefer rechargeable batteries, but while it’s recharging, make sure the camera has a backup battery so that it’s always on.
  • Backup power options: This is pretty rare, but some outdoor security cameras, like the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery, offer backup power options through things like the Ring solar panel. Or, you might pay a monthly or yearly fee for cellular or landline backup, ensuring that your camera stays on if the battery runs out.
  • Hub required: Some cameras, like the Arlo Pro 2 and the eufyCam E, require a hub that must be placed within a certain range of the camera in order for it to connect to your mobile app. The hub usually costs extra and may affect your camera’s placement options, so make sure you take that into account if a hub is required.
  • IP rating: An essential feature to look out for is an outdoor camera’s IP rating, a two digit number that tells you how the camera will fare with solids and liquids.
IP Ratings
IP Ratings

Look for cameras with IP ratings of 65 or higher, which should cover most weather conditions.

  • Temperature range: This will depend on where you live, but make sure that your camera can withstand the minimum and maximum temperatures of your climate. This shouldn’t be an issue unless you live in a place that gets below negative four or above 122 degrees Fahrenheit, as this is a common temperature range for outdoor, wireless cameras.
  • Video: Look for a camera with video display of at least 1080p HD, the industry standard, a field of view of 120 degrees or wider, and ideally the ability to zoom in optically if not digitally.
  • Audio: Your camera should have a speaker and microphone enabling two-way audio.
  • Night Vision: It should also have LED sensors for infrared night vision, with color night vision from a bright white light as an added bonus.
  • Storage: Your camera should have both local and cloud storage options, ideally on the house although a monthly or yearly fee may be required.
  • Smart platform integrations: If you are already in a smart home ecosystem, then choose a camera that works with your voice assistant, be it Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri or Microsoft Cortana.
  • Artificial intelligence: I prefer cameras with person detection so you only get notified when your camera sees a human, as opposed to movement from animals, cars, trees, and the like. Extra points if the camera has facial recognition, which over time, learns familiar and unfamiliar faces, making your notifications even more specific and useful.
  • Installation: Most outdoor cameras have DIY installation, and with wireless cameras, all you’ll have to worry about is mounting.
  • Price: Outdoor cameras are typically around $200, a bit more expensive than their indoor counterparts. Keep in mind that the price will rise if you don’t already have the camera’s required hub.

Recap of the Best Outdoor Wireless Security Cameras of 2020

That’s all I have for the best outdoor, wireless security cameras of 2020. Want even more options? Check out our list of the best outdoor cameras of 2020. Or, leave a comment below and I’m happy to make a personalized recommendation.

FAQs

What is the best wireless outdoor security camera?

The best wireless outdoor security camera is the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery. As soon as the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery detects motion, it’ll notify you via the Ring— Always Home app. From there, you’ll also be able to livestream footage, speak to whoever the camera’s on through two-way audio, and even receive neighborhood crime and safety alerts.

For $100, you’ll get 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, two-way audio, and, if you invest in a Ring Protect plan, local storage and 60 days of cloud storage. Of course, the camera works with Alexa, enabling you to livestream footage on Fire TV and do voice commands. It also works with Google Assistant, although your abilities will be more limited. And if you want professional monitoring or cellular backup, it’s available for just $10 a month or $100 a year, incredibly affordable prices compared to competitors’.

What is the best wireless security system?

Ring Alarm is the best wireless security system.

Is there a security camera that works without Wi-Fi?

The Wyze Cam works without Wi-Fi.

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.