Best Wireless Home Security Cameras 2019

Product Use case Rating
Arlo Q Best Overall 4.5
Arlo Ultra 4.5
Arlo Pro 2 4.5
Nest Cam Indoor 4.5
Ring Floodlight Camera 4.5
Arlo Pro 4.5
Kasa Cam Outdoor 4.5
Nest Cam IQ Outdoor 4
Wyze Cam Pan 4
EZViz Mini O 1080p 4
Canary All-In-One 4


Need to keep an eye on your house from anywhere? Small, stand-alone Wi-Fi or wireless security cameras (also called IP cameras) are easy to set up; can stream video to your phone, tablet or PC; and will send you alerts if they detect motion or loud noises. Most cameras also provide night vision and automatic motion-activated recording, and some can be connected to other smart-home products, such as security systems and smart lights.

After testing dozens of wired and wireless options, our favorite security camera is the Arlo Q ($149). We found that it had the best software, the most flexible options and the most affordable cloud-storage subscription plan of the home security cameras we tested. Our favorite fully wireless, battery-operated camera is the Arlo Pro 2; this 1080p camera's rechargeable battery can last for up to six months, and features two-way talk capabilities.

If you're looking for something under $100, our favorite budget security camera is the $40 Wyze Cam Pan, which can track a subject across a room, and gives you 14 days of rolling cloud storage for free.

Can't decide which Arlo camera you should get? We've put together this handy Arlo security camera buying guide.

Latest News & Updates (June 2019)

  • Samsung has launched its own budget wireless security camera. The 1080p Samsung SmartThings Cam ($90) connects via Wi-Fi, but is controlled via the Samsung SmartThings app, so you can link it easily to other devices connected to the SmartThings smart home hub. Stay tuned for our review.
  • Nest is rolling out an update to its security cameras that will prevent original camera owners from being able to access the feeds from cameras they've sold. As uncovered by Wirecutter, Nest cameras that had been connected to the Wink smart hub through Works With Nest were still accessible to the original owner, even after the camera had been reset to its factory settings. If you purchased a used Nest cam, you should make sure it's on the latest firmware version, which will fix this issue.
  • The Blink XT security camera is getting a successor. The new Blink XT2 ($99.99) is an indoor/outdoor wireless security camera with a resolution of 1080p, two-way talk, customizable motion detection zones, and free cloud storage (for up to 120 minutes of video). It runs on two AA batteries, which should last up to two years. If you have an Amazon Echo device and an Echo SpotEcho Show, or Fire TV, you can also ask Alexa to show a live feed from the XT2. 


1. Arlo Q

Best overall security camera

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Video resolution: 1080p/30fps | Field of view: 130 degrees | Night vision: 25 feet | Audio: half duplex | Local Storage: none | Battery Powered: no | Weather resistant: No | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT | Cloud Storage: seven days' footage free; longer periods start at $10/month

Pros: Simple, trouble-free setup; Intuitive, flexible scheduling; Unusual level of control over motion detection, scheduling; Excellent video quality; Generous free cloud plan; Easy social sharing of videos

Cons: Single-user mobile app; Difficult Custom Mode setup; Activity Zones not part of motion-detection controls; Timeline requires expensive subscription

With its top-notch video quality, excellent motion detection, flexible scheduling and intuitive user interface, the Arlo Q would be a contender as our best security camera even without its very generous basic cloud-subscription plan. That plan gives you the past week's recordings at no cost for the lifetime of the unit (although higher tiers aren't free), and more than justifies the unit's relatively high price. The Arlo Q is the Wi-Fi security camera to beat.

Read our full Arlo Q review.

2. Arlo Ultra

Best battery-powered security camera

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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 (1080p) for up to 10 cameras free for one year; $9.99/month afterwards. Upgrade to 4K recording for $1.99/month per camera.

Pros: Excellent 4K video; Optional color night-vision videos; Comprehensive, easy-to-use software; Good audio

Cons: Can log in from only one device at a time; Web portal requires Adobe Flash: Expensive


Not only do the Arlo Ultra’s 4K cameras deliver the best quality we’ve seen from a wireless security camera, 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. Plus, the Arlo Ultra’s base station will be compatible with the company’s smart home security kit, due out later this year. All of this will cost you, though: A single camera (with the hub) is $399, and extra cameras are $299 each. And if you want to save 4K videos, it’s an extra $1.99 per camera per month, on top of the $9.99 monthly plan, the latter of which is waived for the first year.

Read our full Arlo Ultra Review.

3. Arlo Pro 2

Best 1080p battery-powered security camera

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Video resolution: 1080p | Field of view: 130 degrees | Night vision: 25 feet | Audio: half-duplex | Local Storage: Yes (in base station) | Battery Powered: Optional | Weather Resistant: Yes | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT | Cloud Storage: seven days' footage free; longer periods start at $10/month

Pros: Simple installation; Clean, intelligent interface; Flexible and easy scheduling; Geofencing turns system on/off depending on the phone's location; Very good daylight video quality; Free seven-day rolling cloud storage

Cons: Can login from only one device at a time; No auto-rotate of live or playback videos on mobile devices; Motion detection tools separate from setup section

Like its older sibling the Arlo Pro, the Arlo Pro 2 has motion detection, night vision and an intercom function, but the Pro 2 has a higher resolution (1080p vs. 720p) with a wider 130-degree field of view. The Arlo Pro 2 can be plugged in or run off battery power, and can last for up to six months without needing a recharge. You'll also get Arlo's generous cloud-subscription plan, which offers seven days' worth of footage for free.

Read our full Arlo Pro 2 review.
  

4. Nest Cam Indoor

Best smart home integration

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Video resolution: 1080p | Field of view: 130 degrees | Night vision: 25 feet | Audio: half-duplex | Local Storage: No | Battery Powered: No | Weather Resistant: No | Smart Home Compatibility: Google Assistant, Philips Hue, Nest, Leviton, Lutron, August, Abode, IFTTT | Cloud Storage: Starts at $5/month for five days' footage

Pros: Excellent 1080p video quality; Easy setup; Impressive night vision; Programmable with Nest Protect and Nest Thermostat

Cons: Pricey; Requires monthly subscription for extra features; Microphone/speakers not very powerful

The Nest Cam Indoor is the third generation of the celebrated Dropcam, and bumps up its predecessors' video quality to 1080p. It's easy to set up and, thanks to its magnetic, swiveling base,it  can be installed almost anywhere indoors. The video looks sharp; night vision is clear; the camera can be used as an intercom; and it interacts with the Nest Thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke detector, as well as numerous third-party smart- home devices. But to really make use of the camera's features, you'll have to shell out $10 or more per month for the Nest Aware program, which gives you access to cloud storage, person detection and customizable activity zones.

Read our full Nest Cam Indoor review.
  

5. Ring Floodlight Camera

Best floodlight camera

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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

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

Cons: Saving videos requires a subscription

In addition to a sharp 1080p camera, the Ring Floodlight camera has two powerful LEDS that turn on when motion is detected. Plus, Ring's app has a neighborhood-watch feature, which lets you see what's happening in your hood from other Ring users, as well as police and fire departments. Unfortunately, to view recorded video, you'll need to subscribe to Ring's cloud storage plans, which start at $30/year.

Read our full Ring Floodlight Camera review.
  

6. Arlo Pro

A less expensive Arlo

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Video resolution: 720p | Field of view: 140 degrees | Night vision: Yes | Audio: half-duplex | Local Storage: Yes (in base station) | Battery Powered: Optional | Weather Resistant: Yes | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT | Cloud Storage: seven days' footage free; longer periods start at $10/month

Pros: Simple, quick installation; Clean, intelligent interface; rich set of features; Excellent video capture; Very good audio quality; Geofencing; generous cloud-subscription plans

Cons: Can access from only one device at a time per account; No continuous-recording option; Limited sharing

For those looking for a less expensive outdoor security system, the Arlo Pro costs just $189 for a single camera/base station setup; the newer Arlo Pro 2 is $299. The main tradeoff? The Arlo Pro records video at 720p versus 1080p for the Arlo Pro 2. Otherwise, you get a generous storage plan, a two-way audio, a weatherproof camera and an excellent app with a lot of features.

Read our full Arlo Pro review.
  

7. Kasa Cam Outdoor

Budget outdoor camera

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Video resolution: 1080p | Field of view: 130 degrees | Night vision: Yes | Audio: half-duplex | Local Storage: No | Battery Powered: No | Weather Resistant: Yes | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant | Cloud Storage: two days' footage free; longer periods start at $4/month ($40/year) for 14 days storage.

Pros: Excellent audio, daylight video; Reasonable cloud storage plans; Simple to use, flexible software

Cons: Blurry night video; Mobile app not optimized for tablets; Cord isn't fully weatherproof

Kasa's lower-cost outdoor security camera is a good deal if you don't mind a few tradeoffs. Daytime 1080p video from this camera was excellent, but nighttime video was less defined; it was hard to make out people's faces. The camera is weather-resistant, but the connection between its cable and power supply is not. We also liked that its app lets you set up custom motion zones. In addition, you get free rolling two-day cloud storage, and  a 14-day plan that's a very reasonable $40 per year.

Read our full Kasa Cam Outdoor review.
  

8. Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

Facial recognition for a price

Rating: 4/5 stars

Video resolution: 1080p | Field of view: 130 degrees | Night vision: Yes | Audio: full-duplex | Local Storage: No | Battery Powered: No | Weather Resistant: Yes | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT | Cloud Storage: Starts at $5/month for five days' footage

Pros: Generally acceptable to excellent video; Clean, easy-to-navigate web portal and mobile apps; Tamper-proof design; Deep feature set

Cons: Key features (including video history) available only to subscribers; No local storage; expensive

Nest’s outdoor camera isn't cheap, but the feature set may be worth it. This weatherproof camera has a tamper-resistant design, a triple microphone array and HDR support for better-quality videos than what other cameras produce. It can distinguish between people and animals, and can even recognize individual faces. However, a lot of the features are available only with a Nest Aware subscription, which starts at $10/month, or $100/year.

Read our full Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review.
  

9. Wyze Cam Pan

Best budget security camera

Rating: 4/5 stars

Video resolution: 1080p | Field of view: 120 degrees | Night vision: Yes | Audio: half-duplex | Local Storage: Yes | Battery Powered: No | Weather Resistant: No | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, IFTTT | Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for 14 days (rolling, in perpetuity)

Pros: Bargain price; Very good video quality (with motion tracking turned off); Loud, clear audio; Smoke, CO alarm alerts; Wide range of useful features

Cons: Significant motion blur when motion tracking turned on; No web portal; Some features lack depth

Unlike most security cameras, the Wyze Cam Pan can actually move a full 360 degrees as it tracks a subject walking across a room. Unfortunately, video captured while the camera is moving looks very blurry. When the camera is still, though, it produces quality video for its sub-$40 price. It also has a number of useful features, such as sending you an alert if it hears a smoke or CO2 alarm. Plus, you get 14 days of rolling cloud storage for free — a real bargain.

Read our full Wyze Cam Pan review.
  

10. EZViz Mini O 1080p

Budget security camera

Rating: 4/5 stars

Video resolution: 1080p | Field of view: 135 degrees | Night vision: 26 feet | Audio: half-duplex | Local Storage: microSD card | Battery Powered: no | Weather Resistant: No | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT | Cloud Storage: $5.99/month ($59.99/year) for seven days' footage

Pros: Bargain price; Good daylight video; Excellent audio; Flexible scheduling

Cons: Web portal works only in Internet Explorer or Safari; Options very limited if you don't subscribe to cloud plan; Timeline view difficult to navigate

This budget Wi-Fi camera offers 1080p video that's pretty good in day and night settings. EZViz' app also lets you set a schedule for when the camera turns on and off, and lets you set motion sensitivity as well as zones — a feature typically found only on more expensive cameras. The Mini O 1080p has a microSD card slot, so you can save videos locally. If you don't buy cloud storage (which starts at $5.99/month for seven days of storage), your options are limited to the live camera feed, push notifications with a snapshot and having your device settings saved to the cloud (rather than only locally). You can also control the camera using Alexa and Google Assistant.

Read our full EZViz Mini O review.
  

11. Canary Pro

Packed with environmental sensors

Rating: 4/5 stars

Video resolution: 1080p | Field of view: 147 degrees | Night vision: 16 feet | Audio: half-duplex | Local Storage: No | Battery Powered: No | Weather Resistant: No | Smart Home Compatibility: Alexa, Google Assistant | Cloud Storage: Free one-day video history; $9.99/month ($99/year) for 30 days footage, additional features

Pros: Crisp 1080p video quality; Very loud siren; Auto on/off features; Inexpensive video storage; Temperature, humidity and air-quality sensors

Cons: Web interface could use improvement

The sleek Canary Pro (the company recently changed its name from the Canary All-in-One) has environmental sensors that monitor heat, humidity and air quality. It also includes an intercom, a very loud siren that should scare off any intruder and a geofencing feature that automatically turns on motion detection when the user leaves the house. The Canary can interact with Alexa and Google Assistant. The 1080p video looks crisp and clear, the sound quality is excellent and the mobile app is intuitive.

Read our full Canary Pro review.

Credit: Tom's Guide

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  • Luke in Texas
    My wife and I went to Scotland, Ireland and England in 2015 and prior to our departure, I purchased 4 of the original Arlo cameras to install at a ranch we have in Texas. I also purchased a Canary to install at a second ranch in a nearby county. Both locations were served by the same internet company. While we were on our trip in the UK, the Canary was basically worthless and about 85% of the time, we were only able to see black images in our well illuminated house. The Arlo cameras impressed me. They were ALWAYS available when I used the Arlo app to view the cameras live.

    I purchased an Arlo Go earlier this month to replace the Canary (which I plan on crushing with my tractor and posting on YouTube) and the Arlo Go, while impressive, has a few problems... #1. Battery life is short, even using their optional solar panel in brilliant Texas sunlight. #2. The cord from the solar panel is very, very short which means the panel can not be concealed very easily. #3. If a tree limb blows, the Arlo Go triggers and then it eats up the data plan. #4. Mounting the Arlo Go on the supplied mount is a royal pain. It is difficult to tighten the camera onto the very small threaded attaching device that screws into the Arlo Go, and to make matters worse, large thumb tabs (for lack of a better word) at the terminal end of the attach rod (about 3 inches long) make it difficult to tighten that too, because they easily come into contact with the bulky camera. The "ghilley" suit is an excellent was to conceal the Arlo Go in a tree, but the fuzzy strings easily blow into the front of the lens and ruin the night vision capability of the camera.

    I like the Arlo products (especially my "old" original Arlo but the Arlo Go has some drawbacks, but it is vastly superior to the Canary. I can hardly wait to upload the Canary being crushed on YouTube.
  • billkexel
    I have to disagree. The best on the market at this time is the Arlo Pro 2 cameras. It is amazing the things you can do and the quality is outstanding.
  • randalp
    I own an Arlo Pro 4 camera system. I like the camera quality and the app is easy to use but battery life is terrible and I'm constantly recharging the cameras. They will drain completely in less than 2 weeks.
  • mountainlvr
    We live in a log home in a remote area and have encountered a problem that I am hoping you can help with. We have been told that the logs interfere with the signal between an outdoor camera on the garage and the router (about 80' away). Can you suggest a camera that has a stronger signal and can also be some distance from the router? You suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
  • marcslamphier
    I am perplexed by the storage options. The two main choices appear to be an SD card or cloud storage. My first choice would be to store the videos on my own network server, which has tons of storage available (and I can access remotely), but I don't see where this option is really available. I already have backup cloud storage (Carbonite) for most of my data files, so adding videos to this would no problem if I just wanted a safe, off-site storage option.