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The 10 Best Home Security Cameras of 2021
July 12, 2021
We tested 25 wireless security cameras to find the best features, video quality, and cloud storage.
We love the convenience and flexibility of wireless home security cameras. One of our favorites, the Arlo Pro 4, is 100% wire-free. Its Wi-Fi connection and battery make it easy to install practically anywhere a ladder can reach. At $200, this is an expensive security camera (still much cheaper than its predecessor, Arlo Pro 3), but we think it’s worth the investment.
Find out which cameras on our list are truly wireless, which ones you can use indoors and outdoors, and what smart features each one offers in our comparison table and security camera reviews.
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1. Arlo Pro 4: Best overall
The Arlo Pro 4 is our pick for the best wireless security camera because it doesn’t need a power cord and still manages to outperform the competition. Arlo has some of the best smart home compatibility too—it works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and Samsung SmartThings.
2K video resolution
100% wire-free design
Smart home integration
Paid cloud storage
2. Wyze Cam v3: Best budget camera
The Wyze Cam v3 builds on the foundation of Wyze’s original sleeper hit by introducing outdoor capabilities, a built-in siren, improved night vision, and a higher frame rate for smoother video. While the v3 saw a small price bump shortly after release, $33 is still a steal for a wireless camera this good.
Powerful color night vision
Indoor and outdoor capabilities
Wired power cord
Special power source for outdoor operation
3. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery: Best outdoor camera
The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is completely wire-free, so you have a ton of flexibility in where you put it. And it costs around $100, making it one of the most affordable security cameras you can use both indoors and outdoors.
No power cables to wrangle
Tedious process to recharge battery
Short battery life
4. Reolink Argus 3 Pro: Best solar camera
We like the Reolink Argus 3 Pro because it works just as well indoors as it does outdoors. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also an affordable solar security camera.
You can pick up a Reolink solar panel for around $25, which is half the price of solar panels for Arlo and Ring cameras. Combined with the low price of the Argus 3, which performs on nearly the same level as Arlo Pro 4, it’s an easy solar camera choice for most folks.
Affordable (especially the solar panels)
Excellent video quality
MicroSD video storage
No removable battery
No motion zones
5. Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor: Best high-tech camera
The Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor† is awesome when it comes to image, video, and sound quality. Plus, it has person alerts and a built-in Google Assistant so you can use it as a virtual assistant to control your smart home. The built-in Google Assistant is especially helpful—you don’t need to buy as many smart speakers for your home when your security camera can pull double-duty.
Great video quality
Compatibility with Google Assistant, Alexa, and other Nest products
Crystal clear two-way audio
Quality design and aesthetic
High price point
Required Nest Aware subscription for coolest features
6. Canary: Smart home pick
TheCanary Pro combines home security features like a siren and environmental sensors with a smart home security camera. And don’t let the small, unobtrusive design fool you. Canary has packed enough security features into this Wi-Fi camera to make it qualify for home insurance discounts from many major insurers. It’s essentially a small security system, right down to a loud siren and quick access to emergency response services.
We love the Climate Monitor sensors since they allow Canary to track the humidity, temperature, and air quality in your home. This means that the camera can sense if the fireplace isn’t fully out or let you know if someone left the tub running.
7. Amcrest 4MP UltraHD Indoor: Free storage pick
At SafeWise, we’re Amcrest fans, and this wireless indoor security camera doesn’t disappoint. Its remote pan-and-tilt function, easy setup, and variety of video storage options make this one of the best cameras available for under $100.
While this camera records video without issues, there’s a noticeable lag when you stream live video. Unfortunately, the user manual is hard to follow, and mounting the Amcrest 4MP UltraHD on the wall limits the camera’s rotation options. But we still like the free cloud storage and the addition of two-way talk.
8. YI Dome Camera U: Privacy pick
The YI Dome Camera U makes us think a little of R2-D2. It’s cute and looks like the type of tech you can count on to stay in touch with kids and pets when you can’t be at home. The anti-noise filter makes it easy to listen for baby’s cries or chat with kids about homework after school. You can even tell Rover to get off the sofa.
Its biggest improvement over the original YI Dome Camera is a physical privacy shutter you can close to prevent the camera from recording when you want more privacy in a space.
Another great feature of this wireless security camera is unlimited free cloud storage. But watch out if you’re an Android user—there are several reported issues with the Android app. Learn more in our YI Dome Camera U review.
9. Abode Iota: Home security pick
The Abode Iota is a high-end home security camera and security system in one. This compact device delivers two-way talk, high video quality, and sensitive motion detection. It also comes with the option to add 24/7 professional monitoring. That gives you a direct link to help through a monitoring center without buying any additional security equipment.
Best of all, Abode’s professional monitoring starts at just $20 per month, and there’s no contract required. Read our full Abode Home Security review.
10. Blink Indoor: Indoor wire-free pick
Blink is an Amazon-owned security camera company that focuses on budget cameras. Its latest product is the Blink Indoor, an attractive little camera. You can buy this camera for about $80, making it cheaper than other wire-free cameras thanks to an indoor-only design.
Like all Amazon smart devices, this camera is less susceptible to incompatibility issues than third-party brands. Connecting to Alexa and Fire TV devices is a smooth experience, and you can even see a live view on Alexa smart displays like the Echo Show.
The Blink Indoor requires a paid subscription (about $3 a month) to save videos, but it stores only about two hours of footage, which is tiny compared to most brands. Still, the Blink Indoor is a good option if you want an affordable wire-free indoor security camera to use with Alexa.
There are so many wireless security cameras to choose from—we barely scratched the surface of what kinds of cameras are out there. Still, we think that the Arlo Pro 4 is a standout product with its 100% wire-free operation.
Its impressive video quality makes it hard for the competition to keep up. While it’s more expensive than most cameras on our list, the overall quality of the Arlo Pro 4 helps make up the difference in price.
For more information about wireless security cameras, check out our list of frequently asked questions below. If you’re looking for a wireless camera that works with a security system, you can start with recommendations from our best home security systems.
How we reviewed
To find the best wireless security cameras, we looked at price, image quality, reliability, ease of setup, smart features, night vision, and customer satisfaction.
Battery-powered cameras that completely fall into that wire-free category, like the Arlo Pro 4, Ring Stick Up Cam Battery, and Reolink Argus 3 Pro, got extra credit when it came to ranking the top wireless security cameras this year.
But we couldn’t dismiss high-quality Wi-Fi cameras like the Wyze Cam v3 and Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor just because of a compulsory power cord.
We tested several cameras in our homes, read expert reviews, researched industry standards and camera specs, and consulted thousands of customer reviews. Find out more about how we rank and review products in our full methodology.
150+ hours of research and testing
25 in-home tests
40 products considered
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Can my security camera be hacked?
Unfortunately, yes, security cameras can be vulnerable to hacking—but we have a handful of protective tips for you.
Nearly every security camera we looked at supports encryption. This protects the camera’s data stream (like videos of your kids after school) from prying eyes.
No matter what security features come with your camera, these tips can help you maximize the privacy of your security cameras:
Buy a camera with a recognizable name and purchase it from a trustworthy seller.
Make sure your home Wi-Fi network is secure.
Create unique, strong passwordsfor your camera and any apps you use to access it.
Keep firmware up to date on your camera and your Wi-Fi router.
Turn off remote viewing when you don’t need it.
Block the lens of your camera when you’re not using it—a post-it or a piece of painters tape will work.
Will a security camera work as a baby/kid/pet monitor?
We’ve learned that many people want a wireless security camera to keep an eye on the people and pets they love. If this is your goal, here are some things to consider:
Two-way communication:This lets you listen in and talk to the pets or people at home.
Night vision:Clear images in low light are especially important if you want to use the camera as a baby monitor.
Field of view:Most security cameras use a wide-angle lens, while baby monitors and nanny cams often use a more narrow range of vision to focus on the baby.
Pan and tilt:If you’re viewing pets or older kids remotely from the office or on a beach, you may want to be able to move the camera angle.
Can an indoor camera do double duty looking out a window?
Wireless cameras can’t have it all. It would be great if they could watch things inside by day, and keep an eye on what’s going on outside after dark, right? But it rarely works.
Most indoor security cameras will pick up glares and reflections when aimed out a window. This obscures the outside view, making it useless.
If security both outdoors and indoors is a priority for you, we recommend getting the right type of camera for each area. You may be able to find an indoor camera that claims to be specifically designed to minimize the glare and reflection of a window, but be sure to read a lot of customer reviews to back the claim up.
Is an indoor wireless camera enough security?
If your goal is to protect against intruders, we recommend an outdoor camera first and foremost.
Outdoor security cameras can deter criminals and provide an early warning before someone enters your home. While indoor security cameras often help people catch a burglar after the fact, you have a better chance of sending a thief running with an outdoor camera.
And if you want to be connected to the police, you should look into security cameras that come with an option to add professional monitoring.