Welcome to our ongoing series on smart home technology, focusing here on smart home cameras.
When you think about smart technology that improves life at home, cameras might not be your first idea.
We’re here to open your mind to the convenience and safety possibilities inherent with smart home camera solutions.
So let’s get the big idea out right away: smart home technology has been shown to improve almost every functional aspect of your house. However, when it comes to security, smart technology is bringing it to many homes where it had never been considered before.
Traditionally, a full security system, with cameras and motion detectors, often seemed like overkill to most homeowners. Unless they were protecting a particularly ostentatious estate, there wasn’t any seeming need for much more beyond standard alarm systems on the doors and windows.
Smart home technology is changing all that, making what was once a huge endeavor into something manageable, affordable, and easily done without professional help. That last step is the biggest one; all of these devices can be set up and managed with ease.
With the proliferation of wireless technology, we no longer need wires running through our walls and ceilings. Instead, one of these smart cameras can be placed wherever suits the home best, and controlled entirely remotely.
When you’ve got every customization option and remote viewing possibility at the tip of your fingers, anywhere on earth, it seems risky not to check out what smart home cameras can do for you and your peace of mind.
Many of these devices are also quite attractive, a big change from the ominous looking security cameras of the past. When the design is handsome enough to sit on a bookshelf, or stealthily appear as another common household item, you won’t hesitate placing it in every important room.
We hope you enjoy our gallery and have your eyes opened to the wide possibilities of smart home camera solutions.
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1. Netatmo Welcome
This smart home camera utilizes facial recognition technology, providing a powerful remote security monitor and more. It can alert you when your children or other family members walk by, sending their names directly to your smartphone. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are home safe. It will also, of course, alert you when it sees a stranger. This device can be used to keep an eye on the home while you’re away on vacation, or to even check up on the babysitter using your smartphone or tablet. Even better, there’s no subscription or contract fees to maintain it.
This smart home camera is capable of connecting to various household devices, such as lighting, TV, media players, and many portable AC and heating units. You can get a live HD video feed right to your phone, plus push notifications courtesy of a motion sensor. You can be notified via siren alarm or emergency calls the moment something happens at home. With its built-in infrared night vision mode, you’ll be able to track what’s happening at home day or night.
3. Kuna Integrated Smart Home Security Lantern
This unusually stealthy product is a smart wifi-enabled security camera and video intercom, built into a simple and elegant outdoor light. An HD video camera and motion detectors will alert you to any movement outside of your home with push notifications on your smartphone. Even better, you can communicate with anyone at your door via two-way intercom. This is all about peace of mind, and preventing break-ins so that you don’t even need to identify a thief.
4. Samsung SmartCam HD Pro
This smart camera features a bevy of intricate high-tech features to make it a radical presence in your home. First of all, the lens offers 128 degree super-wide angle coverage, with true night-and-day dynamic lighting range, grabbing clear images no matter what time it is. You can link and stream from up to 10 of the cameras in tandem, covering every angle of your home, while recording directly to SDXC memory cards slotted inside each camera for local storage. Additionally, it’ll send you email or mobile phone notifications, and offers smart two-way talk features.
5. Presence App
Presence answers this question: how do you set up a smart home camera if you don’t already have the hardware? While it’s obviously recommended to go all-out with a new camera purchase, this app works perfectly in a pinch. It transforms your old smartphone or tablet into a remote camera, beaming video wirelessly to your current device. It’s the perfect way to instantly add some security, so long as you’ve got an old phone or tablet lying around.
6. Zmodo Smart Pan Tilt WiFi Camera
This smart camera is designed to offer an easy way to check in on home while you’re out and about. It supports microSD storage up to 64gb, allowing you to record up to a full week’s worth of video, activated via motion detector. Like other smart cameras, it can send alerts directly to your smartphone, in addition to offering on-demand remote viewing and two-way audio communication.
7. SmartGuard Motion Sensor Halogen Twin LED Lights
While motion sensor equipped lights have been around for a couple decades, this model evolves the concept to the next level with a built-in camera and SD card storage for saving and playback of video. Shine a bright, LED-sourced light on anyplace around your home for security, with an instantly recording camera along for the ride.
8. Arlo Smart Home Camera System
This is an indoor/outdoor wireless camera system designed to seamlessly integrate a security system into your home environment. The weatherproof and uniquely styled camera uses motion detection, night vision, and an accompanying app to give you total visual command of your home. It will capture and save video clips and alert you via smartphone or computer whether you’re home or away.
9. Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell
What could possibly improve the timeworn doorbell? A camera! This device lets you see and directly speak with visitors to your door using a smartphone or tablet, whether you’re at home or out and about. With a motion sensor, built-in camera, and two-way audio communication, it’s a smart security solution disguised as a normal part of your home. Powered by rechargeable batteries, you don’t even need to wire it in, so installation is a cinch.
Here’s a look at what it looks like when someone arrives at your door. Get a close look and even speak with whoever’s knocking, right from the nearest smart screen.
10. Withings Home Wi-Fi Security Camera with Air Quality Sensors
While we’ve seen several smart home cameras already, we haven’t quite seen something like this model. Featuring an attractive natural wood finish, it’s a welcome addition to any shelf or decorative space in the home. Even better, this camera goes beyond simple video recording, night vision, and streaming; it’s got an air quality sensor and can alert you if there are ever too many volatile elements in the atmosphere.
Here’s a closer look at the bespoke, handsome little camera. The soft edged look and natural wood texture make it far more of a gentle accessory to the home than a technological intrusion.
11. Myfox Security Camera with Privacy Shutter
This sleek and stylish home smart security camera features a motorized shutter that’s controllable with your smartphone, via an included app. With great HD image quality, night vision, zoom, and a wide viewing angle, it’s a very capable camera that just happens to provide security. Even better, it’s got 1-hour battery backup plus internal storage in case of an internet or power outage. They offer cloud video recording as well, allowing you to continuously upload your video feed to the internet for storage and viewing.
12. Drmus P2p Spy
This truly innovative home smart camera is a lot more than it appears at first glance. Despite appearing just like a smoke detector, mounted on the ceiling, this wifi capable device is actually a stealthy security camera. The wireless functionality means that you can remotely view, via your smartphone or table, the direct video feed, get alerts when it detects motion while you’re away from home, and check out any past recorded video. If you want to increase security without it showing, this is your best bet.
13. Canary All-in-One Home Security Device
Not only is this another great smart home security camera; it’s a full on alarm system. The full HD camera with a wide angle lens, night vision, and high quality audio recording allows the device to protect your home in tandem with a 90+ decibel siren, motion-activated recording, and even optional professional backup monitoring. Even better, it’s also got air quality, temperature, and humidity detectors to help monitor the quality of life in your home.
Here’s a look at the device in its natural habitat, unobtrusively monitoring the home in a sleek, attractive manner. Place it on a bookshelf, near your TV, or any countertop and let it help protect your house.
14. Cocoon Complete Home Security Device
Cocoon aims to be the simplest device designed to protect your whole home. It combines an HD camera with motion detection and listening technology to actively sense any activity throughout the home, across multiple rooms and floors. Its software quickly learns to avoid false alarms and regular occurrences, and it can be entirely controlled via your smartphone or tablet. You can control and take action on any alerts from anywhere in the world.
15. Docooler Mini Alarm Clock with Hidden Camera
Here’s another fantastic stealth device, a smart home camera disguised as a simple alarm clock. With a full HD camera, built-in digital recording memory, and motion detection, it’s able to monitor and secure your home without anyone knowing. The clock itself features “talking” function to tell you the time without having to look, and the camera functions are controlled via smartphone, wirelessly. These have been commonly used as Airbnb Hidden Camera in vacation rental properties.
Similar to the Presence app we mentioned above, this smartphone app is designed to turn your old or unused devices into de facto smart home cameras. Instead of Apple devices, this one is made for Android smartphones. Install the app on both the “camera” phone and your currently used smartphone, and you can wirelessly communicate, checking the video feed to monitor your home, a baby, or just check in while you’re out and about.
Perch is another Android smartphone app designed to simplify the way you monitor your home. Instead of purchasing a new smart home camera, it allows you to use your laptop, webcam, or spare phone or tablet as a home security device, recording what’s happening in your home. You can check in with a live video feed, review historical footage, or even set up motion alerts remotely. If you’ve already got a smart home ecosystem, it can blendin, activating switches or controlling any linked appliances.
18. Oco Wireless HD Video Smart Camera
The first feature that stands out, aside its sleek construction and stylish design, is the fact that the Oco comes with a full free year of cloud-based recording services. That means the video you capture will be kept online, accessible from anywhere in the world. You can view the video stream via an included smartphone app or directly on the web from literally anywhere you’ve got an internet connection. Beyond that, it’s got an ultra-simple setup, night vision, and motion sensor.
19. Kodak HD Wi-Fi Video Monitoring Security Camer
Similar to other sleek smart home cameras we’ve showcased, this model allows you to stay visually connected to your home from anywhere in the world. Perhaps the coolest feature is its freely included lifetime 1-day cloud storage, always saving motion-triggered video from the past 24 hours. This means that you can access and view your video from any internet connected device. The cloud storage is truly the star here, as they also offer 14 and even 30 day cloud storage plans, for a fee.
20. Belkin NetCam Wi-Fi Camera
This handsome little smart home camera seamlessly integrates with an existing WeMo smart home ecosystem, which connects all of your smart devices with a central hub to allow full command of every facet of your home. The camera itself includes night vision, a wide-angle lens, infrared cut-off filter, and more. With its motion detector, you’ll be alerted to any unexpected presence in your home while away.
21. Nest Dropcam Pro Wi-Fi Security Camera
With a new optic sensor and image processor, this device offers startling video quality; sharpness and clarity matters when it comes to home security. Its simple setup is aided by simple wifi or bluetooth connection to your computer or mobile device, allowing you to live stream remotely in less than a minute. It also boasts two-way talk, learning mobile alerts, and an included mobile app. Cloud storage will let you review footage and save clips from anywhere with an internet connection.
22. Nest Cam
Also from Nest, this smart home camera is a smaller but very similar design to our prior entry. With continuous live video streaming over the internet, you’ll always stay connected to your home. The two-way talk allows the device to be used as a baby monitor, or even just a way to get the attention of someone at home while you’re away. With the included free smartphone app, you’ll be connected and in control in minutes.
23. Manything Home Security Webcam
Like a couple of our prior entries, this is a downloadable app designed to convert your currently unused smartphone or tablet into a smart home security camera. With remote control, cloud storage, and wireless connectivity, you can command and survey your home, check on pets or kids, or leave it running for security without buying an entire new device.
24. SkyBell Wi-Fi Video Doorbell
Here’s another smart home doorbell with a discreet built-in video camera. You’ll be able to see who’s at your door whether you’re inside, at work, or out of town. With a live video feed streaming directly to your phone, you can see, hear, and even speak to whoever is standing at your door via any Apple or Android device. The camera activates by motion detector, so you won’t need to worry about wasted footage. Even better, the doorbell just works, so it’s a perfect replacement for the old “dumb” doorbell your home already sports.
25. Vimtag Wireless Home Video Monitoring Camera
This camera features the usual bevy of features, including wireless connectivity over your wifi network, motion detection, night vision, plug and play installation, and two-way audio communication. What’s unique here is that the camera can be physically controlled remotely, so you can pan, tilt, and zoom the camera from your smartphone, anywhere in the world, to get a better look at things.
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