A good smart home security camera makes monitoring your home from an app on your phone a breeze. But not all cameras offer the same level or quality of home surveillance, and choosing the one that’s right for your nest can be a tricky business. Our round-up of the best smart home security cameras should make the decision easy for you.
When you’re considering which smart security camera to buy, it shouldn’t just be pixel-count, or whether a camera looks nice perched on your bookshelf – although some of the cameras in this round-up are beautifully designed. There’s a lot more to take into account, such as whether a camera offers an affordable cloud storage option, night vision, face detection, location-based alerts and weatherproofing.
Whether or not a camera has IFTTT integration is important for some buyers, particularly if they’re already dipping their toes in the smart home waters and want to add a security camera to an existing family of devices. A modular security system can work better for some people too, with separate motion sensors and sirens placed around the home to work in conjunction with a camera.
That’s why we’ve handpicked each smart security camera in our round-up for its outstanding range of features for every kind of budget and household. A security camera like the Y-Cam Evo, for instance, offers a crystal-clear picture and generous cloud storage, but lacks face detection. Then there’s the Netatmo Presence, which claims to distinguish humans from animals, while significantly lightening your wallet. A mid-price camera such as the Canary All-In-One even offers home air quality monitoring, going above and beyond the duties of your average security system.