If you are like me then being able to check in on your home from your smartphone anywhere in the world can be a real relief... right? 

    Well, in this article we are going to tell you all you need to know about home security cameras, as well as review what we believe, are the best cameras available in 2017. We will tell you what types of cameras are out there and their features, where you should place your cameras for most coverage, as well as a sneaky tip for those on a tight budget. 

    Top Home Security Cameras 2017

    Home security cameras are one of the best features you can add to a home security system in order to keep criminals at bay. Criminals hate security cameras because it offers law enforcement a lot of information about them which makes the likelihood of their being caught much greater. In fact criminals hate security cameras so much that in many cases if they see cameras installed at your home they will decide that it's not worth the risk. Security cameras have come a long way and today modern security cameras record digitally instead of on a tape. 

    Now their recording can be streamed online, and stored online, that means that a criminal can no longer just find the recording system in your home and take the tape out to erase the evidence of your crime. In other words, if a criminal sees a security camera on your property they know that any illegal activities they perform will be caught on film. This is also why many school systems have implemented security cameras as a security measure as well. Now that you see the value of home security cameras you should also learn about what types of features are available so you can make the right choice for your home.

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    Different Camera Types for Different Purposes

    The first thing you need to know about home security cameras is that there are basically two main types. There are indoor security cameras, and there are outdoor security cameras. While you can use an outdoor camera inside of your house, you cannot use an indoor camera outside. That's because outdoor cameras are built to withstand greater temperature extremes and exposure to the elements. While you can use an outdoor camera in your home that's also not advisable because outdoor cameras are usually more expensive due to their sturdier construction.

    What Types of Features Should You Look for in Home Security Cameras?

    After you decide to get home security cameras you may feel a bit overwhelmed at just how many different options there are out there. It's important that you take the time to look at those different options and then make the right choice for your needs. You don't want to go out and simply buy the first security camera system you find. Doing so could leave you with cameras that lack the features you need, or you could end up paying for more than you really need. The following is a list of features that you may want to look for when picking out home security cameras.

    Home Security Camera Types and Features 


    1. WiFi Capability
    When you use cameras that are hardwired into your home and rely on this to relay their video feed, you are leaving them very vulnerable to being disabled. Most criminals will see a wired camera and cut the wire, which basically makes your camera worthless. On the other hand if you have a camera that uses WiFi it is not only more secure, it can also transmit video to your smart phone. That lets you see what's going on in and around your home even when you aren't there.

    2. Motion Sensors
    Cameras with motion sensors will alert you when motion is detected sending an alarm to your phone. This is important because it means you don't have to sit there and watch your home security cameras all the time. When you get an alert that there is motion in your home, and there shouldn't be, then you know you need to call the police.

    3. Night Vision
    Night vision is a very important feature in security cameras. If you aren't familiar with what night vision is you can learn more here. Having night vision enabled cameras allows you to see what is happening in the dark of night, or when the light are turned off. The last thing you want to have happen is to capture someone breaking into your home on video and then realize that the footage is too dark to identify anyone. Most home security cameras have night vision now, and it really is a feature that you need to have.

    4. A Wider Field Of View Is Better
    Want to avoid having to put up a lot of cameras? Then look for cameras that have a wide field of view. Ideally you want to set them up so that the field of view overlaps so that you don't have any blind spots that criminals can exploit. Experienced burglars know to look for blind spots and exploit them, so if you can eliminate this vulnerability you are definitely better off.

    5. Cameras Capable Of Moving
    If you plan to actively monitor your home security cameras then having them set up so that you can remotely move them around is a great feature to have. Cameras that can be remotely moved allow you to turn and look as if you were standing there yourself. On top of that if a criminal sees a camera moving to look at them there's a pretty good chance that they are going to hit the road because they realize that someone is on to them.

    6. Higher Resolution Cameras Offer Better Video Quality
    While a higher resolution camera can cost more money, the difference in quality of the video that they record is well worth it. You are putting up home security cameras for two reasons. First of all you want to deter criminals, second of all you want to record evidence of their crime so that the police will be able to identify them. The bottom line is that a higher resolution camera will provide you with better protection for your home.

    7. Cost
    While more expensive cameras have more features that doesn't necessarily make them a better choice for you. Maybe you are on a budget and still want to protect your home. In that case it's better to buy lower quality cameras than to have no cameras at all. So don't be afraid to go with a less expensive option because you can always turn around and upgrade later should you decide to do so.

    8. Sound Recording
    While video of people committing a crime is great evidence for the police better evidence is video with sound. Some criminals are foolish enough to use their real names while talking and committing a crime, and that kind of information is priceless to law enforcement. On top of that you can usually find cameras with sound the double as an intercom system.

     

    Where should the Home Security Cameras Go? 

     

    Indoor & Outdoor Security Cameras

     

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    Arlo Pro Security System with Siren – 1 Rechargeable Wire-Free HD Camera with Audio, Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision (VMS4130)

    These little guys are really cool. They are COMPLETELY wireless! No power cable, video cable ... nothing. You can also buy them in sets so you can get your entire home set up. Not only are these little guys completely wireless but they are also weather proof. You can place one in your kid's bedroom as a nanny cam, you could have one in your family room to see if your dog is getting up on the couch and then you could put another outside. Because of their completely wireless nature they can be placed anywhere. You don't have to try and find a place that works that is close to a power outlet. They also come with rechargeable batteries that support fast charging, and you can swap out batteries in seconds so your cameras won't even go offline. The Arlo pro also comes with two way audio so where ever they are placed they you can listen to what's going on and speak if necessary. If all of these features weren't already getting you excited then it also comes with 7 days of free cloud recording! That's right ... Completely Wireless, 7 Days Cloud Recording, And Weatherproof!  

     Pros

    • Smart device enabled
    •  COMPLETELY WIRELESS
    •  Night Vision
    •  Two way audio 
    • 7 days free cloud recording  

    Cons

    •  720 p Video Quality 

     

     

    Indoor Security Cameras

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    Nest Indoor Security Camera

    The nest indoor security camera is one of our top picks because of the design and functionality. In its previous life it was known as drop cam until Nest (a google company) purchased the company. Since then they have updated the design as well as updated functionality. Now the camera includes features like, smart phone monitoring, activity alerts, DVR service, as well as snapshots that give you a quick view of what has been going on in the room you are monitoring. One really cool features is that you can actually highlight areas of a room that you would like to monitor for activity. So say you had the camera in your family room and just wanted to get activity notifications if your back door was opened. Well with nest cam that isn't a problem. The setup is super simple and just requires you to plug it into a computer, a few configuration steps, and then you are ready to plug it in to the wall wherever you want to monitor. The only drawback of this camera is that it isn't wireless, so wherever you are going to place it you are going to need to have a power outlet handy. I think a batter powered version would make this model the perfect option for an indoor home security camera. 

     Pros

    • Smart Device
    •  1080 p video
    •  Activity Notifications
    • State of the Art Technology
    • Sleek Design
    •  Two Way Audio 

    Cons

    •  Not completely wireless
    •  Recording is costly

     

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    PowerLead Csaf PL-S368 Wireless WiFi Cloud Surveillance IP Camera 720P HD Two Way Audio Pan Tilt Motion Detect Night Vision Remote 

    This camera is a great option for those who aren't interested or don't feel they need the highest of video quality. With 720p as the highest resolution, it is definitely behind other high end models but the great thing is that if you don't need that high video quality then you also get a significant break in price. This model comes with two way audio which is extremely useful whether you are using this as a nanny cam or you want to use it as a poor man's home intercom system. This model also comes with Pan functionality which gives it 350 degrees of coverage over the area you are monitoring. Not many home security cameras can boast that. Like most of the other cameras here, this model has night vision so that whether it the middle of the day or pitch black you will be able to see what is going on in the area that you are monitoring

     Pros

    •  Smart device enabled
    •  Pan for 350 degree coverage
    •  Night Vision
    •  Two way audio 

    Cons

    •  Video quality less than others
    •  No recording option

     

     

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    Vimtag VT-361 Super HD WiFi Video Monitoring Surveillance Security Camera, Plug/Play, Pan/Tilt with Two-Way Audio & Night Vision

     This Vimtag VT-361 offers both Pan and Tilt which can be of great use if you need to place this on a high shelf. With this pan and tilt technology it can cover nearly every corner of your home with over 320 x 120 degrees of coverage. The video quality of this model is similar to that of the PowerLead in that it is only 720p, but this is a great option if you are looking for a camera to replace your nanny cam, pet cam, senior monitoring, etc. One of our favorite features of this camera is that it comes with an internal SD slot, where you can put in an sd card (preferably 32gb) and record all of the video you take. If you want to be able to keep track of what is going on in your home without having to pay $20+ for cloud recording for each camera you have then this is a great option for your home. 

    Pros

    •  Smart device enabled
    •  320x120 degree Coverage
    •  Night Vision
    •  Two way audio 
    •  Internal Recording Option 

    Cons

    •  Video quality less than others

     

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    YI Dome Camera 1080p HD Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wireless IP Security Surveillance System Night Vision White(US Edition)

    This is the perfect device if you have a large room to monitor. With 345 degree horizontal and 115 degree vertical motion range this camera gives you a true 360 degree coverage since it has a 112 degree wide angle lens. It too includes two way communication making it a perfect fit for things like nanny cams, pet cams or senior monitoring. Not only does it have great pan tilt options, but it also has activity alerts with 10 second motion tracking recording. So when you are out, if something moves around in the coverage area, it will record it. Not only that, but it will center itself on the object that is moving. This camera not only includes an internal sd slot for recording but it also has the ability to do cloud based recording if you want to ensure that you don't lose any footage if something were to malfunction with the device. 

    Pros

    •  Smart device enabled
    •  360 degree Coverage
    •  Night Vision
    •  Two way audio 
    •  Internal and cloud Recording Option 

    Cons

    • N/A

     

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    YI Dome Camera Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wireless IP Security Surveillance System 720p HD Night Vision (US Edition)

     This is the little brother of the YI Dome listed above. Really the only loss in features is the diminished video quality. Going from 1080p to 720p will save you around $20. So based on what you are using this for and how much you envision needing to zoom in to view small objects in the coverage area is really what will make the difference between going with this model or the other. For $20 it would seem that it is an obvious choice to go with the 1080p model, but if you are planning on placing these in multiple rooms then that $20 can quickly add up. Most people won't really be able to tell the difference between the video quality though. 

    Pros

    •  Smart device enabled
    •  360 degree Coverage
    •  Night Vision
    •  Two way audio 
    •  Internal and cloud Recording Option 

    Cons

    •  Video Quality 

     

     

     

     

    Outdoor Security Cameras 

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    Nest Outdoor Security Camera

    With all the same functionality of the Nest indoor security camera this outdoor model is a great add to your NEST home automation suite. You can use the same app on your phone and you'll have the same user experience you do with your NEST indoor camera. NEST customers have been waiting for a while for an outdoor model and it is finally here. 

     

    Pros

    • Smart Device
    •  1080 p video
    •  Activity Notifications
    • State of the Art Technology
    • Sleek Design
    •  Two Way Audio 

    Cons

    •  Not completely wireless
    •  Recording is costly

     

     

     

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    Phylink PLC-335PW Bullet HD1080, 1080P Full HD Waterproof Outdoor Home Wireless IP Security Camera, 6mm Lens

    This Phylink PLC-335PW is one of the more traditional looking outdoor security cameras. It has night vision for both day and night monitoring, and has 1080p video quality. It comes with a MicroSD slot, can be hooked up to FTP, Dropbox, NAS, NVR storage. You can set your camera up to do continuous recording or only record upon motion. Because of the multiple options for where to put your recordings there is no cloud recording cost which can be great for those not wanting to add another bill to their budget. 

     Pros

    • Smart Device
    •  1080 p video
    •  Activity Recording Options

    Cons

    •  Not  wireless

     

    Dummy Cameras 

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    WALI Bullet Dummy Fake Surveillance Security CCTV Dome Camera Indoor Outdoor with one LED Light + Warning Security Alert Sticker

    We included these because we know that some people really care about the security of their home, but just don't have the budget to spend on either purchasing cameras, or for the monthly costs that are involved with some of these cameras. Costing under $10 these are a great option for adding the perception of security monitoring to your home. With 60% of burglars saying they actively avoid homes with security systems this can give you the appearance of advanced security without the bill. One option is well is to mix in some of these dummy surveillance cameras with some real cameras. This will help you save money overall, but still have some of the benefits of security cameras. 

     

    As you can see there are many options when it comes to adding home security cameras to your home. We tried to cover the things that would help you make the best decision for you family, both from a safety perspective as well as a budgetary one. We know that you want to protect what you care about so we hope this article helps you in accomplishing that. 

     

    Last Updated 7/13/2017