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Best indoor security camera 2022

Keep your home safe when you're away and capture footage that can help catch criminals with one of our best indoor security cameras

An indoor security camera is one of the best ways to protect your home when you’re away. If anything happens, then you can easily see what’s going on immediately, giving you a chance to call the police. There are lots of options out there, but out guide to the best security cameras will help you find the right one.

We’ve tested hundreds of security cameras before but here is our list of the best ones only. Each entry has a full description of the camera, but you can also click the links to jump to the full review.

Before you start looking for your cameras, it’s worth saying that you should buy multiple cameras from the same manufacturer to keep the cost of cloud storage down.

How We Test

Learn more about how we test indoor security cameras

All of our indoor security cameras are installed inside our test lab, monitoring real people. We run them for at least a week, so that we can tweak motion detection and find out how reliable or annoying each model is. We download sample footage from each camera, too, so that we can compare image quality between devices.

Arlo Pro 4

The best battery-powered cameras that can go inside or out
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Pros

  • Excellent quality
  • Works with Wi-Fi or base station
  • Smart features through cloud subscription

Cons

  • Requires cloud subscription for biggest features

The Arlo range of cameras is one of the best, with the wireless cameras able to go indoors or out. The Arlo Pro 4 is the best camera of the range, as this model can connect to either your Wi-Fi or an Arlo bridge. The former is a cheaper way into the Arlo system, the latter gives you better range and, potentially, a stronger connection.

Other than that, the Pro 4 is the same as the Pro 3, with a 2K resolution delivering more detail than a regular Full HD camera. Plus, there’s a spotlight, which helps this camera take full-colour night shots, although it also has IR LEDs as backup, too.

One of the best things about the Arlo range is its powerful modes. These let you set exactly how and when your cameras can record. With an excellent app and cloud storage, too, the Pro 4 makes sure that you can capture and retrieve any important events. Overall, this is the best security camera available today.

Reviewer: David Ludlow

Full review: Arlo Pro 4 review

Hive View

A flexible and fun security camera
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Pros

  • Removable, battery-powered mode
  • People detection
  • Flexible stand
  • Free cloud storage

Cons

  • No Alexa or Google Assistant support

The Hive View is a neat and fun security camera that looks great. The camera is powered through the flexible stand, but can be battery-powered too, so you can temporarily monitor another area for around an hour or so. This is handy for those times you may have the front door open, for example, or are unloading your car and want that extra bit of protection.

Hive’s app has had a fair bit of work since the camera launched, fixing most of our initial issues. For starters, you can now download footage to your phone, enabling you to save any evidence you might need. It’s nice to see free cloud storage, with clips stored for 24 hours; if you want more storage, you can simply pay for more with a reasonable monthly fee.

Video quality is pretty good, capturing detail in faces both during the day and at night. More recently, Hive has added activity zones to monitor certain areas only.

Reviewer: David Ludlow

Read our full Hive View review

Neos SmartCam

Stunning value from this camera that costs less than £20
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Pros

  • Exceptional price
  • Free cloud storage
  • SD card recording

Cons

  • Cloud storage very limited
  • Weak stand
  • Can’t view SD card footage through app

A Full HD camera for less than £20 with free cloud storage – there has to be a catch, right? Well, yes, but for many people, the slight limitations of the Neos SmartCam are easy to forgive at this price. The main downside is that the free cloud storage is for 12-second clips and there’s a five-minute delay between clip creation.

We found that the camera mostly captured faces and movement properly, but there’s a chance in busy areas that the camera may not record the crucial evidence that you need. A backup is that you can record to microSD card, with the camera recording permanently, although you can’t view the footage through the app, only by taking the card out and inserting it in into a computer.

The app is nicely designed, although basic, with the ability to control motion detection sensitivity. False positives were kept down and the camera only triggered when something was physically moving in front of it. You can further restrict recordings by arming and disarming the camera either manually or using geofencing.

Image quality is good, although a touch off the pace of the best cameras that we’ve reviewed. Still, for less than £20, it’s hard to complain. If you want a camera for occasional use in less busy areas, this is a great choice.

Reviewer: David Ludlow

Read our full Neos SmartCam review

Ring Indoor Cam

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Pros

  • Excellent price
  • Integrates brilliantly with other Ring devices
  • Modes are powerful

Cons

  • Annoyingly placed setup button
  • Timeline is finicky

Ring has focussed most of its products on outside of your home but the Ring Indoor Cam is designed to protect the inside. It’s exceptionally cheap for an indoor camera, particularly for one with a Full HD resolution.

This camera is simple to set up with a stand that’s able to sit on a desk or shelf, or you can mount it to a ceiling or a wall. It’s powered by USB and there’s no battery backup for this model.

Inside the app you can set motion detection zones and choose to be alerted about people only, cutting down the number of alerts that you get. All footage is saved to the cloud via a Ring Protect subscription.

This is a camera that works best if you have other Ring devices, such as the Ring Alarm. Based on how your alarm is set, you can have the camera arm and disarm automatically. For example, when you go out, the Ring Indoor Cam can turn on and then turn off when you get home and disable the camera.

It’s slightly fiddly to find recorded videos and Ring needs to update its app to have a simple thumbnail view of recorded events. That aside, there’s little to complain about: video quality is good enough, and the price is excellent.

Reviewer: David Ludlow

Full review: Ring Indoor Cam review

Nest Cam (indoor, wired)

A cheap(ish) security camera with some smart onboard features
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Pros

  • Built-in recording
  • Integrated object detection
  • Good video quality

Cons

  • New app worse than old one
  • Works with Google Assistant only

While the majority of the revamped Nest range of cameras was quite expensive, the Nest Cam (indoor, wired) is a more wallet-friendly option. Despite the lower price, this camera has a lot of features that make it stablemates so good.

Top of the list is built-in recording, which lets this camera capture up to three hours of video without requiring a cloud subscription. If you do take out a Nest Aware subscription, which is good value and covers all cameras in your home, the camera’s onboard storage can be used in the event of an internet outage. When the internet comes back, the saved footage is uploaded to the cloud, so you should never miss a beat.

On-board, this camera has object detection, letting it tell the difference between people, animals and vehicles; you can then choose what you want to be told about, reducing the number of alerts that you get.

Control is via the Google Home app, rather than the superior Nest app. It’s a little clunky to use but you should still easily be able to find the footage that you want. The only thing really missing is more control over how and when the camera records.

Reviewer: David Ludlow

Full review: Nest Cam (indoor, wired) review

Eve Cam

A great indoor security camera for Apple users
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Pros

  • Works with HomeKit
  • Flexible installation options
  • Decent daylight image quality

Cons

  • No Android, Alexa or Google assistant support
  • Comparatively expensive

If you’re an iPhone user and have been hunting for a camera that integrates well with HomeKit, the Eve Cam could be ideal. It’s a little expensive for a basic 1080p camera, but for those that live in an Apple world, it could be a great addition to your home’s security.

With its round head mounted to a flexible stand, this camera looks basic but functional. It’s surprisingly flexible, and can be desk-mounted, rotating 360 degrees with 180 degrees of angle adjustment, or wall-mounted.

You install the camera using either the Eve app or the Home app, both of which add the camera to HomeKit. You can view the camera’s live feed through both apps, but the Home app is better. There’s no cloud connection involved, and you connect directly to the camera. However, you do need to have a Home Hub on your network, such as a HomePod Mini for remote connections.

You can stream what’s currently happening and turn on two-way talk to have a conversation with anyone that you can see. For more advanced options you need to have an iCloud+ plan to enable HomeKit Secure Video. As this is a HomeKit only camera, there’s no Alexa or Google Assistant support, nor IFTTT support.

As well as recording any motion, you can instead select to only record when people, animals, vehicles or packages are detected. You can also set up activity zones, so only motion in those areas of interest are recorded.

The Eve Cam has a 1080p sensor and a 150-degree field of view, which is pretty good for an indoor camera: that’s enough to capture most of a room, particularly if you can place the camera in a corner.

Video quality depends on the lighting available. During the day, when there’s a good amount of light, the video quality is pretty good. At night, the camera switches to its IR view, using its built-in LEDs to shoot in black and white. This removes quite a bit of detail from the picture, including from people.

Reviewer: David Ludlow

Full review: Eve Cam review

FAQs

Should I buy a battery-powered camera or a mains-powered one? 

Inside, there are fewer problems getting to a power socket, so mains-powered cameras make a lot of sense and you don’t have to worry about changing batteries.

That said, if you want to put cameras in some areas that are usually poorly covered by power sockets, such as hallways, then a battery powered model makes sense. Just be careful where you place a model like this, as pets walking around can drain the battery.

What resolution do I need? 

There’s little point in buying anything other than a 1080p model at the moment, as you’ll get sharp-enough footage to capture everything you need. Go for 2K or 4K footage if you want even more detailed footage.

Should I turn cameras on or off?

You should turn indoor cameras off when you’re at home and off when you’re out or its night time, as this means that you won’t record yourself by accident when you’re walking around.

The best cameras have tools to make this easier, such as Ring cameras, which let you activate or deactivate cameras based on the Ring Alarm setting.

Do I need cloud storage?

The advantage of cloud storage is that any footage is safe from theft; you can always download it and hand it over to the police. However, there’s a monthly cost associated with this. If you only want the odd bit of footage and don’t want to be tied to monthly plans, look for a camera that has local storage instead.

Should I get a camera with a pan and tilt motor?

Cameras that you can remote control to pan and tilt around used to be very popular, giving you a way to look around to see what’s going on.

They’ve fallen out of favour for two reasons.

First, they’re expensive.

Secondly, if you move the camera’s field of view, you may not be covering the most important parts of your property.

And, motion zones don’t work with these cameras, as you can’t mark an area to watch if you may move the camera. Instead, we recommend buying a fixed camera and focussing in on the area that you want to monitor. If you need more coverage add an additional camera.

What else should I look for?

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support is handy if you want to stream footage to your TV or screen-enabled smart speaker.

IFTTT can be useful, too, letting you control other devices when motion is detected, such as turning on a light automatically.

Nest cameras have Works With Nest automatic rules, so they can be turned on automatically when a smoke alarm goes off, for instance, or they can turn on your Hue lights automatically if suspicious activity is detected.

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