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. Wyze Cam Pan Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Home Camera
Wyze has been making a name for itself with new home technology products at surprisingly affordable prices. They have been compared to IKEA as they offer solutions at very affordable prices.
The Wyze Cam Pan lets you pan, tilt, and zoom in on anything you may want to see in your home. The Wyze Cam Pan can be accessed remotely using the Wyze app, so wherever you are you can see the predefined areas in your home. It has a range that ca pan 360° of the room using left and right rotation while capturing 93° up and down.
Wyze Cam Pan can record short video clips when motion or sound is detected, the images are then saved to the cloud for up to 14-days at no charge. So, if you see something that concerns you in your home you will have a record of it for your own use or first responders.
You can also set the Wyze Cam Pan to send you notifications if something concerning is detected. This means you can stay on top of your home security without having to constantly monitor activity from your phone. The night vision feature lets you see up to 30’ in the dark thanks to the six infrared LEDs.
The Wyze Cam Pan is voice-activated using Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can check key areas of your home at any time. The Wyze Pan Cam videos can be shared with others and just as easily sharing can be deleted when desired.
At a very affordable price point, you can easily set up these cameras in a couple in key areas of your home such as kids’ and babies’ rooms and at the front door.
2. Arlo Pro 3
We earlier told you about the Arlo Smart Home Camera System. The company has upped their game a bit and has now introduced the Arlo Pro 3 with a 160° viewing angle and many extras.
This is a wireless system that is purchased in a two-camera pack, but additional cameras can be added for extra security coverage. You can add enough cameras to make a complete 2K security system. It offers super clear images and has the ability to zoom in on objects for more detailed images. It has a 2K video storage capacity which stores videos for up to 30-days. You can watch your video from just about anywhere including your Apple watch or Google Home Hub.
The Arlo Pro 3 is weather-resistant and has an integrated spotlight that can be activated manually as well as automatically when it observes motion. It offers both black and white and color night vision. It is a great option for keeping your home and grounds safe day and night.
The Arlo Pro 3 is easy to set up with the included mounts. For easy battery charging, it comes complete with a magnetic charging cable, so you do not have to remove batteries or remove the unit to recharge.
Because of the ease of use of the Arlo Pro 3, you can put them in just about any area of your home as long as you can recharge the battery as needed. So, you may want to think twice if you’re considering placing a security camera in hard to get to places, as you will need to charge it on occasion.
3. Ring Stick Up Cam (3rd Generation)
This is a no-nonsense camera from Ring, the maker of video/audio doorbells. Ring has been around for a while and got a lot of publicity for catching porch pirates, shady delivery people, and keeping you safe in the house and away from those you do not want to see. Ring made it possible to never answer the door again!
With the Ring Stick Up Cam, all you have to do is put up the Ring Cam, insert the battery pack an and connect to the Ring app on your smartphone. Additional cameras are available to add for added indoor/outdoor coverage. You can purchase a package of four from Ring.
The Ring Cam can be put o a flat surface or you can be affixed to an interior or exterior wall with the mounting bracket. You can purchase a ceiling bracket separately for added security.
You will need to subscribe to the Ring Protect Plan, and with the plan, you will be able to view activity for up to 60-days.
It can be paired with Alexa for remote use.
Because the Ring Stick Up Cam comes with four cameras, you can cover just about every area in your home that you feel security may be a problem. If four cameras aren’t enough, you can easily purchase more for added security.
4. Reolink Argus 2
There is a lot to like about the Reolink Argus 2 as it uses either a rechargeable battery or solar power, so you don’t have to worry about batteries dying or hard wiring the unit. The unit has a 130 ° viewing area so you have a wider angle to see activity via your cell phone or computer any time of the day or night. When traveling or away from home and family, the Reolink Argus 2 will give you peace-of-mind knowing that your family is safe and secure.
The Reolink Argus 2 works great both indoors and outside. It is IP65 certified weatherproof, so it will continue to function in even the most severe weather. The starlight night vision enables the user to see clear images without extra light for up to 33 feet.
The Reolink Argus 2 has a PIR Motion Sensor that detects activity or noise and will send you instant alerts. It offers instant playback, so if you see something concerning, you can instantly replay the recorded video through the Reolink app, which comes with the unit. It has a handy battery sensor that will let you know when you when the battery is down to 10% so you can change the battery or rely on solar power. The unit also features a siren should a dangerous situation occur.
Set up is extremely easy, all you need are you is the camera unit and your smartphone. It also accepts voice commands from Alexa, Google Assistant, Echo Spot, and Echo Show.
Because the Reolink Argus 2 can run on solar power and its weatherproof casing, it is a great option for outside use. It could be easily installed t activity around your doors, yard, and on property lines.
5. Yi Dome Camera
This is a different type of look for a home camera system, imagine a small globe with a camera in the center. It may be small but can easily be placed in out of the way areas, such as on top of cabinet and shelves and look right at home there.
The YI Dome Camera has a lot to offer. It features 1080p high-definition indoor pan, tilt, and zoom options and has a wide-angle lens that provides 360° coverage. It has an advanced microphone complete with a noise filter for clear audio communication.
The Yi Dome Camera will alert you in real-time all activity alerts. It will track the object and center the camera on it for better viewing. You can also “bookmark” up to eight key areas that you most want to focus on, this may be a baby or child’s room.
The Yi Dome Camera It uses Yi Cloud which protects videos from being lost and has no unlimited free cloud storage. It also works with the YI Home family unit and can easily be set up and customized using the app available in iOS and Android. You can use Alexa’s voice commands with the Yi Dome Camera.
The Yi Dome Camera would best be used inside instead of outside. It is best on a shelf or stable surface with good visual access to the room.
6. Adobe iota Camera and Security System
This is a compact, all-in-one model but will do the trick! The Adobe iota comes with a Gateway hub that connects all the components. It features a built-in motion sensor, camera, a two-way speaker, and even a siren, should there be imminent danger in your home or on your property.
One of the best things about the Adobe iota is that you can add up to 160 security and smart home devices to the iota, to tackle just about any threat you could think. Also, there are no extra fees for added security contracts; you monitor your town system. Though you can sign up for professional monitoring.
The starter kit (before you start adding on additional security components) included the iota gateway, a mini window or door sensor, and a remote key fob.
This is not one of the most complex devices but would be great for apartment dwellers, or those that are just concerned with key areas of the home. It could be considered a “starter” camera/security device for those that aren’t ready to invest the time or money for a more comprehensive device.
The starting pack comes with one unit for doors or windows, but other units can be added for a complete security package. With additional cameras, you can add them to other rooms, entryways, and outside areas that may need additional security such as porches and yards.
7. Amcrest Ultra HD Indoor Camera
This unit looks a little like the Yi Dome Camera, both have an R2-D2 profile. The Amcrest Ultra HD Indoor camera offers wireless security. It is easy to set up, offers free cloud storage (or the company’s Amcrest Cloud storage subscription program), and two-way audio communication.
The camera records video clearly and has a wide 120° viewing angle and offers remote pan and tilt and video zoom options. It uses video compression to reduce file sizes and decrease bandwidth. If offers an optional Amcrest Cloud storage program that stores your videos in secure third-party locations, making it secure from potential computer issues that would delete your files.
The Smarter Security feature will provide you with notification so you can immediately review footage.
The Amcrest Ultra HD Indoor Camera worth with Alexa through the company’s Amcrest Cloud program.
Amcrest also offers a wide range of cameras and other security devices for outdoor use.
Like the Yi Dome, this unit is best used inside in areas where you want additional peace-of-mind such as living room areas where families gather or for added security around kids and teens rooms.
8. Kasa Cam by TP-Link
The Kasa Cam network surveillance camera can be used both inside and outside as its fully weatherproof and offers great quality video even in dark environments. It comes with a convenient, easy to adjust the stand. It should always be placed on a flat surface for the best video results.
The Kasa Cam offers clear, sharp, wide-angle video, manual zoom and will detect activity from objects 25 feet away, even with night vision activated.
Set up is easy with the Kasa Smart app Wi-Fi connection. (Note: you will need a secure 2.4 or 5 Gigahertz Wi-Fi connection.) You will just pick up to four custom zones either inside or outside.
The Kasa Cam will work voice commands via Alexa and Google. You can also watch live video free on the Kasa Smart app or any Alexa or Google supported device like Fire TV.
Common places include doors, garage, living room, and kids’ rooms.
9. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
26. 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.
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. 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.
31. 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.
32. 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.
33. 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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