Best home security cameras in 2024: Top wireless, indoor and outdoor models

The best home security cameras help you provide peace of mind by monitoring your home day and night, inside and out, and sending you an alert when they detect an intruder. These smart security cameras automatically send video to your smartphone, so you can see what's happening in real time, wherever you are. Home security cameras have night vision and automatic motion-activated recording, and some even have built-in speakers, so you can talk with whoever you see, or sound an alarm. 

We've tested dozens of the best cameras in our own homes, both indoors and out, to see how they worked in real-world environments. We tried them on ourselves and our pets to see which work the best, capture the sharpest video, and bring the most value for your money.  

The quick list

The best home security cameras you can buy today 

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Best indoor security camera

Close up of Nest Cam (indoor, wired)

Nest Cam (Image credit: Tom's Guide)
Best home security camera for Google Home

Specifications

Video resolution: 1080p
Field of view: 135 degrees
Night vision: Up to 15 ft, two 850 nm infrared LEDs
Audio: full-duplex
Local Storage: No
Battery Powered: No
Weather Resistant: No
Smart Home Compatibility: Google Assistant
Cloud Storage: Starts at $6/month for 60 days' footage

Reasons to buy

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3-hour video event history
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5 GHz Wi-Fi radio
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Advanced motion processing without a subscription
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On-device facial recognition
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Intuitive app 

Reasons to avoid

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No battery backup
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No extra privacy features
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Only compatible with Google Home

The redesigned Nest Cam (Indoor, wired) is the latest generation of the celebrated Dropcam—one of the first, and one of the best home security cameras—and brings a number of improvements, including a lot of intelligence, such as on-device facial recognition and three hours of video storage.

Video quality from its 1080p sensor was excellent in both day and night settings. We were also impressed with audio; its microphone picked up sounds very well. It was really easy to set up, too; its magnetic base made it super simple to adjust the camera to capture exactly what we wanted.

To really make use of the camera's features, you'll have to shell out for the Nest Aware subscription, which starts at $6 per month. Even without a subscription, you'll get three hours of video storage, person detection and customizable activity zones, which is more than you can say about cameras from Ring and Arlo.

Read our full Nest Cam (indoor, wired) review.

Best indoor camera value

best home security cameras: Wyze Cam v3best value

Wyze Cam v3 (Image credit: Future)
Best home security camera for those on a budget

Specifications

Video resolution: 1080p
Field of view: 110 degrees
Night vision: Yes
Audio: full-duplex
Local Storage: Yes
Battery Powered: No
Weather Resistant: Yes
Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant
Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for 14 days (rolling, in perpetuity)

Reasons to buy

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Inexpensive
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Free 14-day, rolling cloud storage
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Local storage

Reasons to avoid

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Limited field of view
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Free cloud storage clips limited to 12 seconds

Don't let the low price fool you; the Wyze Cam v3 is the best home security camera for those on a budget. As its name suggests, it can record video at a resolution of 1080p, and while the quality isn't up to the same par as the 4K Arlo Ultra 2, it's still sharp enough to see who's there. Its color night vision is especially impressive.

Without a subscription, the Wyze Cam v3 will save 14 days of video history, but clips are limited to 12 seconds, and there's a "cool down" period between each recording, so you might not capture what you want. However, the camera also has a microSD card slot which you can use to enable continuous recording and create time-lapse videos. You can get unlimited-length videos and no cool-down periods if you subscribe to Wyze Cam Plus ($1.99/month per camera) — that's by far the least expensive security camera subscription, even if Wyze doesn't offer as long as video history as its competitors.

Read our full Wyze Cam v3 review

If you don't mind spending a bit more, the Wyze Cam v3 Pro ($49, Wyze.com) has a 2K camera for even sharper resolution, and has a small, 70-lumen spotlight that adds a tiny bit more light. It's just as small as the Wyze Cam v3 and has all the same benefits, including local storage and a dirt-cheap subscription plan. However, like the original, it has to be plugged in to get power. We liked it just as much as the original, so spending the extra $15 could be worth it. 

Read our full Wyze Cam v3 Pro review.

Best indoor Ring camera

best home security cameras: Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

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Great security camera if you own other Ring products

Specifications

Video resolution: 1080p
Field of view: 130° Diagonal, 110° Horizontal, 57° Vertical
Night vision: Yes
Audio: 2-way audio
Local Storage: No
Battery Powered: Yes
Weather Resistant: Yes, IPX5
Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa
Cloud Storage: $4/month for 180 days of video

Reasons to buy

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Slick app
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Ring ecosystem and Alexa integration
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Good battery life
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Weather resistant

Reasons to avoid

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No local storage
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Useless without subscription
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No Google Home or Apple HomeKit integration

Ring's Stick Up Cam Battery functions as an outdoor or indoor security camera. It features a minimalist design which can be mounted via its base or back, giving you versatility. Although, if you want to mount it from your ceiling, you will need to buy a separate $20 ceiling mount kit. As this camera is battery powered, there's no wires and one charge will last for months according to Ring. 

It has good coverage on the whole, with the view being wider than it is tall, and features a speaker which allows you to chat to any visitors, or raise the alarm if necessary. It's waterproof to an IPX5 rating and can withstand temperatures of -5°F to 113°F (-20° to 45° Celsius), so it can handle the elements. 

Our only qualms are that you need a subscription to store videos, as there's no local storage. It's also only compatible with Alexa in terms of smart home integration, so if you have Google Home, we recommend the Nest Cam ($99, Amazon); if you use Apple HomeKit, the Logitech Circle View ($159, Amazon) is your best choice. 

Ring offers several different variations this model; you can get either the Stick Up Cam Battery or Stick Up Cam Plug-in for $99, or opt for the Stick Up Cam Pro (battery or plug-in) for $179; the Pro version has a wider field of view, dual-band Wi-Fi, HDR video, and 3D Motion Detection.   

Read our full Ring Stick Up Cam Battery review.

Best outdoor security camera

Below is a selection of some excellent outdoor security cameras; however, we have a more comprehensive list at our best outdoor security cameras page.

Best home security cameras: Nest Cam (battery)Editor's Choice

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The best security camera overall

Specifications

Video resolution: 1080p
Field of view: 130 degrees
Night vision: Yes
Audio: full-duplex
Local Storage: Yes
Battery Powered: Yes
Weather Resistant: Yes
Smart Home Compatibility: Google Assistant
Cloud Storage: Starting at $6/month

Reasons to buy

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Great design
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Very sharp video quality
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Free person, animal, vehicle detection
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3 hours of video storage free

Reasons to avoid

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Few accessories

The well-designed Nest Cam (battery) has a simple shape and is one of the easiest home security cameras to install, thanks to its magnetic base. Its 1080p camera captures sharp images day and night, and its microphone and speaker made conversations a breeze.

The Nest Cam (battery) also offers three hours of rolling video storage for free, as well as person, vehicle, and animal detection. If you sign up for a Nest Aware subscription (starting at $6/month), you also get familiar face detection as well as the ability to store up to a month's worth of video.

Read our full Nest Cam (battery) review.

Best no-subscription camera

Eufy Edge Security System Review

(Image credit: Eufy)
AI smarts meet solar power

Specifications

Video resolution: 4K
Field of view: 135 degrees
Night vision: 24 feet
Audio: full-duplex
Local Storage: Yes (in base station)
Battery Powered: Yes
Weather Resistant: Yes
Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant
Cloud Storage: 30-day rolling-cloud service $4.99/month per camera.

Reasons to buy

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Integrated solar panels
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AI-powered facial recognition
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HomeBase 3 supports up to 16TB HDD or SSD

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Takes some time for AI to recognize familiar faces

While the EufyCam 3 has a high upfront cost — $549 for two cameras and the base station — you can make it up on the back end, as you don't need to sign up for a subscription to store video. But that's not all that impressed us; the EufyCam 3's 4K resolution was sharp and clear both day and night, and the massive battery and built-in solar panels meant we never had to recharge or replace the batteries, even after months of use. 

The AI built into the cameras can be trained to recognize familiar faces, as well as vehicle and pet detection. It also works with Alexa and Google Assistant. Video is saved locally on the HomeBase 3, which has 16GB of storage built-in; however, you can increase its storage capacity all the way up to 16 TB using a 2.5-inch HDD or SSD. 

A wireless 4K security camera that never needs to be recharged and doesn't require a monthly subscription? That's a winner in our book.

Read our full EufyCam 3 review.

Best with 4K video

Best home security cameras: Arlo Ultra

Arlo Ultra 
Best home security camera with 4K video

Specifications

Video resolution: 4K
Field of view: 180 degrees
Night vision: 25 feet
Audio: full-duplex
Local Storage: Yes (in base station)
Battery Powered: Optional
Weather Resistant: Yes
Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT
Cloud Storage: 30-day rolling-cloud service $4.99/month per camera.

Reasons to buy

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Excellent 4K video
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Comprehensive, easy-to-use software
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Good audio

Reasons to avoid

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Can log in from only one device at a time
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Expensive cloud storage

Not only do the Arlo Ultra’s cameras deliver the best home security camera video, but it also uses that extra resolution to enable digital track and zoom, which makes it easier to follow and ID a person as they move across the frame. A built-in spotlight also enables color recording at night, and it has dual microphones for better audio, as well as a built-in alarm loud enough to startle anyone nearby. 

Arlo's cameras are completely wireless, with batteries that can last up to six months on a charge; the company also sells solar panels, which helps extend the endurance of the cameras even further. 

All of this will cost you, though: A two camera kit (with the hub) is $599, and extra cameras are $299 each. The Arlo Ultra 2 doesn't come with a free tier of cloud storage, so you have to spend at least $4.99 per month for a single camera ($12.99/month for unlimited cameras) if you want to save any videos. That's the priciest of all the security camera storage plans on the market. But if you want the absolute best when it comes to video quality, the Arlo Ultra 2 has it.

Best budget outdoor cam

Blink Outdoor 4Editor's Choice

Blink Outdoor (Image credit: Future)
Best outdoor home security camera for those on a budget

Specifications

Video resolution: 1080p
Field of view: 130 degrees
Night vision: 25 feet
Audio: half-duplex
Local Storage: Yes
Battery Powered: two AA
Weather Resistant: Yes
Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa
Cloud Storage: starts at $30/year

Reasons to buy

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Inexpensive
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Weatherproof
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Good quality video
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Person detection

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't work natively with Google Home

The Blink Outdoor 4 is the best home security camera for those looking for a truly wireless option for around $100. The camera runs off two AA batteries (which should last up to two years), and communicates wirelessly with a small base station that's connected to your Wi-Fi network. 

The Blink Outdoor 4's case is weatherproof, so you can stick it either indoors or outside, and comes with a convenient mounting bracket. While not tops, the 1080p video is records is good for the price. While it lacks free cloud storage, you can save videos locally to a USB drive. Cloud storage starts at $3/month or $30/year, and also gets you person detection, faster access to your videos, and extended live views.

Blink's app is fairly robust, and while it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Arlo's cameras, this camera has plenty of features for the price. As an outdoor budget camera, we give Blink an edge over Wyze, for the simple fact that you can mount it anywhere, and not have to worry about plugging it in.

If you want to see even better in the dark, Blink also sells an Outdoor Floodlight Mount that adds two motion-triggered 700-lumen floodlights to the Blink Outdoor 4. You can purchase the mount for $39.99, or as a bundle with the Outdoor 4 for $159.99.  

Read our full Blink Outdoor 4 review.

Best floodlight cam

Best home security cameras: Ring Floodlight Cam

Ring Floodlight Cam
Best wired home security camera with floodlight

Specifications

Video resolution: 1080p
Field of view: 140 degrees
Night vision: Yes
Audio: half-duplex
Local Storage: No
Battery Powered: No
Weather Resistant: Yes
Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT
Cloud Storage: $3/month ($30/year) for 60 days of video

Reasons to buy

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Wide field of view
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Lets you set motion zones
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Affordable subscription plan

Reasons to avoid

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Saving videos requires a subscription

The Ring Floodlight Cam combines two essential devices in one: A home security camera and a motion-activated floodlight. When the Floodlight camera detects movement, it turns on its two powerful LED beams as well as its sharp 1080p camera, and starts recording. The Floodlight Cam also has a loud speaker, so you can talk to whoever's in front of the camera, and hear their responses. 

Ring's app offers a variety of settings, such as custom motion zones, scheduling and more. Add to that Ring's neighborhood-watch feature, which lets you see what's happening in your area from other Ring users, as well as from your local police and fire departments. (You can also post your own videos to the Neighbors app). Unfortunately, to record and share video, you'll need to subscribe to Ring's cloud storage plans, which start at $3 per month.

Ring offers two versions of its floodlight camera: The Ring Floodlight Plus ($199) and the Ring Floodlight Cam Pro ($249), the latter of which has dual-band Wi-Fi and 3D Motion detection. Both are available as either a hardwired or plug-in camera.

Read our full Ring Floodlight Camera review

Security cameras compared

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Outdoor security cameras
Row 0 - Cell 0 Nest Cam (Battery)EufyCam 3Arlo Ultra 2Blink OutdoorRing Floodlight Cam
Price$172$439$479 (2-camera)$99$249
Resolution1080p/30 fps4K4K1080p1080p
Field of view135º135º180º110º140º
Local storage3 hoursYes (base station)Yes (base station)Yes (microSD)No
Subscription cost$6/month$4.99/month$4.99/month$4/month$3.99/month
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Indoor security cameras
Row 0 - Cell 0 Nest CamWyze CamRing Stick-up Cam
Price$98$35$99
Resolution1080p/30 fps1080p/20 fps1080p/30 fps
Field of view135º110º130º
Local storage3 hoursYes (microSD)No
Subscription cost$6/month$1.99/month$4/month

How to choose the best home security camera

Privacy and law enforcement

Generally, security camera companies will not share video with law enforcement unless compelled to do so by court order. However, some companies — most notably Ring and Nest — have policies where they will share video without an owner's consent and without their knowledge, if the company deems the incident to be time-sensitive. 

If you do not want your video shared without your consent, you have several options. Arlo and Wyze do not provide user data without a warrant or court order. Cameras that use Apple's iCloud to store video and Eufy's cameras store user footage through end-to-end encryption, so they cannot even provide user footage to law enforcement even if they wanted to. Additionally, you can set up end-to-end encryption on some Ring devices, though by enabling this feature, you will disable a number of other Ring camera features.

Indoor or outdoor?

When shopping for a home security camera, the first thing you'll need to consider is if you're planning to mount the camera indoors our outside. Only those cameras that are designed to withstand the elements should be placed on the outside of your house. 

Wired or battery-powered?

With both indoor and outdoor cameras, you also have to decide if you want a battery-operated model or one that has to be plugged in. The former are easier to install, but you'll have to recharge or change their batteries every few months. (Some companies also make solar panels, which can extend the life even further.) The latter might require you to install an outlet or drill holes through your wall, but then you won't have to worry about it afterwards.

Video resolution

Don't buy a security camera that has a resolution less than 1080p. Some cameras can now even record in 4K, which not only means much sharper quality, but also means you can zoom in and still see features clearly.  

Local vs. cloud video storage

You also want to think about what each home security camera offers in terms of video storage. Most will let you store videos in the cloud, but many require you to pay a subscription to do so. A few cameras have memory card slots, so you can save video locally; however, if someone steals the camera, you lose your recordings with it. Be sure to check out our comparison of which home security camera has the best storage plan.

Person, animal, and vehicle detection

A camera that can distinguish between people, animals, and vehicles means that you can get smarter notifications about what's happening; this way, you don't have to open your camera's app every time it senses something. 

Spot- or floodlight options

Some outdoor security cameras have spotlights or floodlights built in; not only does this make it easier for the camera to see things, but it's also handy for you to see in the dark outside your home.

Smart home compatibility

The majority of security cameras will work to some degree with Alexa or Google Assistant. (Fewer work with HomeKit). This means you can connect them with other smart home devices, so that the camera will turn off automatically when you're home, or start recording if a motion detector senses something.

Some cameras will even connect to a smart display, such as an Echo Show 8, so you can view a live feed from the camera. While not a critical feature, it's one that's nice to have, as it'll keep you from having to use your phone to see what's on the camera. 

How we test home security cameras

To find out which is the best home security camera, we set up each of the models inside or outside a home, noting the difficulty or ease of installation. We then use the camera over a period of several days. The first thing we look at is the quality of the video it records, both day and night. As a person walks through the frame, were their faces clear and well-defined, or was it a blurry mess?

We also look at the features that are available through the camera's app. Does it have such things as customizable motion zones? If you live on a busy street, you don't want the camera recording video and alerting you every time a car drives by. A good home security camera should also have a scheduling feature, so that you can turn it off while you're home, and on when you leave. 

Last, we also consider how much it costs to view, save and share recorded video. While some cameras still let you view a few days of recorded video, the trend has been to only let you watch live video from your camera unless you sign up for a subscription. That means you can't look back a few hours or days to see who was walking through your yard. And, most subscription plans also include extra features, such as custom motion zones.

For more general information on how we review and rate products, be sure to check out the Tom's Guide how we test page.

Frequently asked questions

Is it better to have a wired or wireless security camera?

It all depends on your needs. For the purposes of this guide, all of the security cameras we test are wireless in the sense that they transmit data via Wi-Fi. 

However, some of the cameras need to be plugged in to an outlet to work (i.e. wired), while others are battery powered (wireless). If you're planning to install a security camera indoors, then a wired camera is probably the better option, as there should usually be an outlet near where you want to place it. 

If you're looking to place a camera outdoors, then the wired vs. wireless debate is a little different. The advantage of a wireless camera is that you can place it virtually anywhere; however, it also means you'll have to recharge its battery occasionally. By contrast, you're more limited as to where you can place a wired camera, but you never have to worry about its battery running out of power.

Is there a security camera without a monthly fee?

Yes. Eufy's security cameras do not come with a monthly fee. Most other security camera companies — Ring, Nest, Arlo, etc. — charge a subscription in order to use all of the camera's features, such as saving video and getting customized alerts. To find a detailed breakdown of what each company offers, check out our guide on security camera storage plans.

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