The best security cameras make keeping tabs on your home from an app on your phone a breeze. But not all monitoring cameras offer the same level or quality of surveillance, and choosing the one that’s right for your house or flat can be a tricky business.
Our round-up of the best smart home security cameras is here to help. When you’re considering which smart security camera to buy, it shouldn’t be just down to pixel-count, or whether a camera looks nice on your bookshelf. There’s a lot more to take into account, while also ensuring you’re only investing in features you need.
Best security cameras – What to look out for
Some of the most popular features to consider when buying a security camera include night vision, face detection, location-based alerts and weatherproofing. You might also want to consider if it has an affordable cloud-based storage option for holding on to its footage.
Whether or not a camera has IFTTT integration is important for some buyers too, particularly if they’ve already dipped their toes in the smart home waters and are adding to their brood. 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 separate 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. The Netatmo Presence claims to distinguish humans from animals (but lightens your wallet significantly in the process). 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.
We’ve tested dedicated security cams here, but another option is the Manything app, which can save your old phone from retirement by turning it into a monitoring camera. Manything can record to the cloud in 720p HD resolution, and now offers the ability to zoom into live or recorded footage.
But for purpose-built monitoring, look no further than the models below…