If you’re like me and are looking for good wireless home security cameras, you’ll likely start with a search and end up at some big retailer website that has a solid review system. I’m thinking something like Amazon or Newegg.
Then, search and filter for the features that you’re looking for and try to use the user reviews to sort out the wheat from the chaff.
Here’s the catch:
Unfortunately, since the big sites are set up to be very generic, your ability to finely refine the cameras that you’re interested in is going to be pretty limited. For instance, sorting by brand will be easy, but what if you only want cameras with on-board memory for video storage? Or, what if you’re only interested in cameras that have night vision capabilities?
That’s why I started building a home security camera comparison tool to help you out.
Home surveillance cameras can be used to keep an eye on your house while you’re away and really bolster the security of your home. You can use them to:
- make sure your kids get home from school and work on their homework
- keep an eye on your teenager and her boyfriend when they’re watching a movie downstairs
- watch your pets and make sure they aren’t destroying your furniture
- monitor a baby sitter and your kids on your night out
- insure nobody has broken into your house!
And recently, the software that comes with the newer home surveillance cameras has gotten much more sophisticated. In the past, top of the line home security cameras would flag events in the video for further review, but that might include wind blowing trees around, birds and large insects, or drapes blowing when the air comes on. With some newer surveillance systems, the capabilities are getting downright impressive. For instance, cameras like the DropCam will let you set up areas or zones that you expect movement and other zones where you do not. So, you could ignore moving drapes and keep an eye on your front door and the hallway.
And when you do get that alert, a traditional security system may not offer a camera, and that makes it tough to determine if there is a legitimate emergency or not. But if you have a home security system with a camera, you can immediately identify a burglary and alert the police.
That gets you a quicker response too!
So, if a home security camera seems like a good fit for your security system or even a good supplement to the one you already have, take a look at the home surveillance cameras and features that we’ve compiled here to see which is best for you.
Compare Home Surveillance Cameras
|System||Monitoring||Wireless Data||Wireless Power||Local Storage||Pan and Tilt||Quality||Viewing Angle (degrees)||Outdoor use?||Night Vision (ft)||2 Way Audio||Cost||Min. Monitoring Cost (/mo)||Max. Monitoring Cost (/mo)||Reviews||Other Features|
|Belkin Netcam HD||DIY||Yes||No||No||No||1280x720||76||No||Yes||Yes||130||0||10||Netcam HD Reviews|
|Canary||DIY/Pro||Yes||No||No||No||1920x1080 sensor (stream is lower quality)||147||No||Yes||Yes||250||0||20||Canary Reviews||- Monitors temp., humidity, and air quality
- Store 12 hours history for free
|Canary Flex||DIY/Pro||Yes||No||No||No||1280x720||116||Yes||Yes||Yes||200||0||20||- Store 24 hours for free|
|Comcast Xfinity Home Secure||Pro||Both||No||No||No||640x480, 30 fps||Yes||Yes||No||130||30||30|
|Dahua IPC-HFW4300S 3MP||DVR/NVR reqd.||No||No||No||No||2048x1536, 20 fps||72.5||Yes||90||No||126||0||0|
|Dahua IPC-K200A 2 MP||DVR/NVR reqd.||No||No||Yes||No||1920x1080, 30 fps||86.5||No||30||Yes||160||0||0|
|D-Link Cloud Camera 5000||DIY||Both||No||Yes||Yes||1280x720||70||No||26||Add-on||170||0||0|
|FLIR FX - site||DIY||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||1920x1080, 30 fps||160||Yes||33||Yes||200||0||20||FLIR FX Reviews||- RapidRecap overlays all action in one clip
- Outdoor and waterproof mounts extra
|Foscam FI9826 - site||DIY||Both||No||Yes||Yes||1280x960, 30 fps||35-70||No||26||Yes||200||0||50|
|Foscam FI9805E - site||DIY||No||No||No||No||1280x960||70||Yes||90||Yes||155||0||50|
|Insteon WiFi||DIY||Both||No||No||Yes||1280x720, 30 fps||70||No||26||Yes||100||0||0|
|Insteon Outdoor||DIY||Both||No||No||Yes||1280x720, 30 fps||70||Yes||98||Yes||120||0||0|
|iSmartAlarm iCamera Keep||DIY||Yes||No||No||Yes||1280x720||No||Yes||No||150||0||0||iSmartAlarm Keep Review|
|iSmartAlarm Spot||DIY||Yes||No||Yes||No||1280x720||130||No||30||Yes||130||0||0||iSmartAlarm Spot Review||- Smoke and CO alarm detection
- Time lapse recording
|Lorex Ping||DVR/NVR reqd.||Yes||No||Yes||No||960x480||Yes||30||No||350||0||0|
|Nest Cam||DIY/Pro||Yes||No||No||No||1920x1080, 30 fps||130||No||Yes||Yes||200||10||30||Dropcam HD Reviews||- Saves pictures from last 3 hours
- Person detection
- Designate activity zones for alerts
|Nest Cam Outdoor||DIY/Pro||Yes||No||No||No||1920x1080, 30 fps||130||Yes||Yes||Yes||200||0||30||- Saves pictures from last 3 hours
- Person detection
- Designate activity zones for alerts
|Netatmo Welcome (site)||DIY||Yes||No||Yes||No||1920x1280||130||No||Yes||No||200||0||0||- Facial recognition
- Snapshots uploaded to cloud
|Netgear Arlo Q||DIY||Yes||No||No||No||1920x1080, 30 fps||130||No||25||Yes||220||0||15|
|Netgear Arlo||DIY||Yes||Yes||No||No||1280x720, 30 fps||120||Yes||No||No||350 (for 2)||0||5||Arlo Reviews|
|Netgear Vuezone||DIY||Yes||Yes||No||No||1600x1200, 1 fps||60||No||No||No||80||0||5||- Upload to Youtube and Flickr|
|Netgear Vuezone Night Vision||DIY||Yes||Yes||No||No||1600x1200, 1 fps||110||No||25||No||130||0||5||- Upload to Youtube and Flickr|
|Oplink Connected||DIY||No||No||Yes||No||640x480||66||No||Yes||No||250||10||20||Oplink Connected Reviews|
|Piper - site||DIY||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||1920x1280||180||No||No||Yes||200||0||0||Piper Reviews|
|Piper NV - site||DIY||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||2480x1395||180||No||Yes||Yes||270||0||0||Piper NV Reviews|
|Samsung SmartCam (SNH-P6410BN)||DIY||Both||No||Yes||No||1920x1080, 30 fps||128||Yes||15||Yes||185||0||0||Smartcam Reviews||- Upload to Youtube and Picasa|
|Samsung SmartCam (SNH-E6440BN)||DIY||Both||No||Yes||No||1920x1080, 30 fps||128||Yes||15||Yes||230||0||0||Smartcam Reviews||- Upload to Youtube and Picasa|
|Simplicam||DIY||Yes||No||No||No||1280x720||No||Yes||Yes||150||0||23||Simplicam Reviews||- Time-based scheduling
- Face detection (with subscription)
- Facial recognition (with subscription)
|Vera Vistacam PT - site||DIY||Both||No||No||Yes||640x480, 15 fps||60||No||20||Yes||80||0||0|
|Vera Vistacam 700 - site||DIY||Both||No||Yes||No||1280x720, 30 fps||72||No||15||No||120||0||0|
|Y-Cam HomeMonitor HD||DIY||Both||No||No||No||1280x720, 30 fps||87||No||40||No||200||0||10||Y-Cam HD Reviews|
|Y-Cam HomeMonitor HD Pro||DIY||Both||No||No||No||1280x720, 30 fps||87||No||40||No||280||0||10||Y-Cam HD Pro Reviews|
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