Fitting your home with a security camera or 24/7 alarm monitoring system can help prevent property crime. And with over 2.5 million burglaries each year – to say it’s for the best would be an understatement.
A study carried out in 2018 revealed that only 17% of houses in the US have home security. Further studies tell us that homes without a security system are 300% more likely to be targeted.
There are tonnes of great home security cameras on the market today, which can make choosing the best ones tricky.
But fear not – as my expertise in this subject has taught me all there is to know about the best home security cameras on the market in 2019. And after analyzing dozens of security cameras and 24/7 alarm monitoring systems, here’s a list of the very best ones.
1. Nest Cam IQ
The most powerful outdoor camera with facial recognition – $329.00.
The Nest Cam IQ is one of the most credited outdoor security cameras. Its equipped with a 4K image sensor that records in 1080p HD, and a 130° wide-angle view with person tracking technology. It’s facial recognition also alerts you when it detects an unknown face.
Furthermore, this smart outdoor camera is compatible with Amazon Alexa and has a built-in speaker and microphone. It holds up well in the bad weather too, as it comes with IP65 weatherproofing which means that it can operate in temperatures from – 40°C to 45°C.
- Excellent image quality
- Motion tracking and facial recognition
- Great App
- Needs a decent internet connection
- Subscription fees to backup data
Excellent monitoring features for indoor use – $169.00
If you’re looking for a small and robust high-definition indoor security camera, the Logi Circle 2 is a great choice. Its app has a number of monitoring features that allow you to view the day’s activity without having to sit through hours of footage. As well as being able to speed up footage, you can zoom and adjust the field of vision too.
However, it’s worth noting that you only get 24 hours of cloud storage for free. Long-term cloud access starts at $2.99 /month. For full-functionality including person detection and dedicated motion zones, you’ll need to upgrade to the $7.99 Circle Safe Premium subscription.
- Records 1080p HD video
- Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Logitech Pop Button
- Responsive to commands
- Two-way communication
- Full-functionality requires a subscription
- Not the best for outdoor use
A versatile, 360-degree outdoor camera for under $100.00
The Ezviz Mini is compact and simple to use – thanks to its official app. But one of the most impressive features is that the Ezviz can pan, tilt, and rotate 360-degrees. Added to that, you get motion detection, night vision, smartphone alerts, basic zooming and two-way audio.
All for under $100!
What’s more, you can install a micro SD card too, so the subscription isn’t overly important unless you want extra cloud storage for video recordings. And the Ezviz is compatible with Amazon Alexa too.
- 360-degree security
- It’s under $100
- Integrated privacy shield
- Night vision
- No facial recognition
- The app can feel outdated
- No cloud storage without subscription
A high-tech combination of security camera and light – $230.00
The problem with security lights is that they often pick up the slightest movement – but not the Netamo Presence.
Since launch, the Netamo Presence has faced numerous upgrades to its technology. So much so, that it can now distinguish between cars, people and animals. This latest technology allows you to set the camera to record when there are people around – and not your neighbor’s cat.
The camera records in 1080p and works at night time too. And all your recordings are saved to a MicroSD card, so there’s no added expense for any cloud bills. Monitoring is simple too, as it uses Apple HomeKit.
The only major downside is that the installation requires a professional, as it has to be wired into the mains.
- No subscription fees
- High-tech security light and camera
- 1080p and night vision
- The app is straightforward to use
- Fiddly installation
- No facial recognition
5. Nest Hello
Both a doorbell and a security camera – $229.00
Don’t be fooled by the word ‘doorbell’, as the Nest Hello also has some of the best outdoor security features. One of those features allows you to set activity zones, which will reduce false detection.
Added to that, it has facial recognition and excellent video quality. And of course, because it acts as a doorbell too, you can answer your front door from anywhere in the world (presuming you have a good internet connection).
The Nest Hello doesn’t have the most advanced technology out of all the cameras in this list, but if you want to boost security around your front door, it’s a great option.
- No installation process
- Facial recognition
- No added subscription fees
- Not compatible with Amazon Alexa
- The app is very basic
And Now, It’s Over to You
There you have it, the very best indoor and outdoor security cameras available in 2019.
When choosing your home security camera, you should think about your budget, home’s layout, and your security concerns. While there isn’t one specific camera which is suitable for everybody, taking into account these things should help to narrow down your options. And hopefully, with the range of products listed in my blog post, you’ll have no problems finding one that works for you.