Best security cameras: 7 home camera buys to protect your house

Find the best security cameras to boost your home and garden security in our expert guide

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The best security cameras can make a huge improvement to your home security, protecting your house from intruders. Unfortunately, if you live in a quiet area, working from home may not deter a determined burglar – unless, of course, they spot a high-tech security camera zooming in on their face. 

A security camera is one element of the best home security system for your home, and, although cameras in and of themselves are nothing new, they have certainly become a lot smarter over the past few years. New-generation security cameras super-smart, wireless with two-way audio and pretty impressive image definitions to boot. You can see our top security camera picks below, which we've tried and tested in our own homes, so you can buy with absolute confidence that they'll secure your home.

The best security cameras to buy today

best security camera: ring spotlight camera

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1. Ring Spotlight Security Camera

Best security camera: ticks all the right boxes for us

Specifications
Best for: Long driveways and gardens
Video definition: 1080p(Full HD)
Power: Wired or battery
Connectivity: Wi-Fi
App?: Yes
Dimension: H12.6x W6.91x D7.59cm
Suitability: Outdoors, only
Reasons to buy
+Superb HD video with night vision+Weather resistant+Totally customisable motion detection+Intuitive app enables total control
Reasons to avoid
-Wired version plugs in leaving potential weakness, but hard wiring is an option

The Ring Spotlight is a motion-detecting combination security camera and light, which is packed full of handy features so you can make it your own. It's for this reason, and a few extras, why it gets our vote for the best security camera.

Two-in-one
This security camera from Ring, put simply, has it all. With the Full HD video, and built-in microphone and speakers, you'll be able to see and speak with anyone (or anything) who is detected on your property. The 140 degree wide angle camera lens will cover a lot of ground too, so there will be no hiding around any corners.

The built-in motion-activated spotlight will broadcast crisp footage, even when it's lights out, which is a deterrent to crime in itself.

Setting up
Depending on whether you choose the wired or battery powered Ring Spotlight, the set up requirements may differ but will be just as easy. The most difficult thing you will have to do is to decide where you would like it setup, and then you may need a little patience screwing it to the wall.

The Ring app is intuitive and takes around five minutes to set up. It can sync to all your other Ring devices so you can access, and control, them all on one nifty dashboard.

Total control
A tremendous strength of the Ring app is the ability to customise how the security camera works. You can draw your own motion zone for the camera and, when motion is detected, you'll receive an alert on your mobile or tablet device.

What's more, you can launch on-demand video at the sound of your voice with the Ring Spotlights ability to connect with Echo Show, Echo Spot, Fire Tablets Gen. 7+ and Fire TV so you can even control your security camera hands-free!

Real Homes rating 5 out of 5 stars

Best security camera: amazon blink

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2. Amazon Blink XT2 Security Camera

Best security camera for creating a system: there's no subscriptions fees, either

Specifications
Best for: Large homes (indoors or outdoors)
Video definition: 1080p(Full HD)
Power: Battery
Connectivity: Wi-Fi
App?: Yes
Dimensions: H7.1 x W7.1 x D3.4cm
Suitability: Outdoors or indoors
Reasons to buy
+The simple four-step set-up process took less than five minutes+Weather resistant+Good value for money+Great battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Cameras inside can be easily knocked out of position if not fixed-External cameras must be within range of your home's Wi-Fi

This security camera from Amazon narrowly misses out on the top of our list because it needs to be within a Wi-Fi range to work outside, but that's it. There's a lot going for this camera so, especially if you want more than one security camera and no subscription fees, this one gets a thumbs up from us.

Inside and out
The Blink XT2 is built to withstand the elements, which makes it ideal for being mounted on a wall looking out on the driveway or placed on a shelf to keep an eye on who is walking through the front door. It is totally wire-free and is powered by two AA batteries, (which last up to two years!) so it's incredibly efficient too.

Setting up
The Blink system runs off a really simple app which, once set up, will enable you to control the HD camera (or cameras if you require) with easy finger-sliding actions. If a camera is 'armed' and detects movements, you'll receive instant notifications and a recording for immediate viewing.

Being wireless there's no hassle with hard-wiring the Blink XT2, but you will just need to position the camera so it's within a Wi-Fi range.

Total control
When your Blink XT2 is up and running you'll be able to control it wherever you are (at home, in the shops or even on holiday!) though the app. This way you can always check in on the house so you feel safe in the knowledge that your home is secure.

Real Homes rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

Best security camera: Ezviz security camera

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3. Ezviz C3A Security Camera

Best security camera for value and set up: a great budget option

Specifications
Best for: Large homes (indoors or outdoors)
Video definition: 1080p(Full HD)
Power: Battery
Connectivity: Wi-Fi
App?: Yes
Dimensions: H9.6 x W5.6x D7cm
Suitability: Outdoors or indoors
Reasons to buy
+Feature-packed, offering security, flexibility and remote access uses+Weather resistant+Great build quality+Easy to set up
Reasons to avoid
-Subscription

The Ezviz security camera is a compelling option to soup up your home security, so it gets our vote for the best security camera for value and ease of set up.

Inside and out
Similar to the Amazon Blink, this security camera is weather resistant so it can be used around the home or in the garden – as long as it’s within Wi-Fi range. This offers incredible flexibility, and is one which is likely to save you time and money in the long run because it's also battery operated.

Setting up
Roughly the size of a coffee mug, the Ezviz C3A will take just a few minutes to set up (depending on whether or not you can agree where to put it!) and connect it to the app. A quick and easy registration is all you'll need before you can start using your new security camera.

Total control
With the app on your phone or tablet device, you'll be in a position to watch over your home wherever you are in the world. Through the app, you can adjust the motion sensors so you can really hone in on the areas you're most concerned about. And if / when anyone triggers the motion sensors, you'll get an instant alert straight to your device.

Real Homes rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

best security camera - Ezviz C6CN

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4. Ezviz C6CN Internet PT Camera

Best security camera for tracking pets: a good option for indoors which will work around your life

Specifications
Best for: Living or dining rooms
Video definition: 1080p(Full HD)
Power: USB / Mains
Connectivity: Wi-Fi
App?: Yes
Dimensions: Not available
Suitability: Indoors, only
Reasons to buy
+Brilliant image quality (day and night)+Two-way talk+360 degree pan / tilt+Smart tracking+Privacy shutter
Reasons to avoid
-Subscription-Mains powered (may not suit all)-Relies on a strong Wi-Fi connection

The Ezviz C6CN is a fab little indoor camera which has all the features you need to feel secure, and it's half the price of the Nest Indoor Cam. 

Indoors, only
Yep, this security camera is for use indoors. It relies heavily on a strong Wi-Fi connection so it would be best set up in a room where you know you don't get any Wi-Fi drop outs. It will also stream and record footage to your mobile device day and night, undetected, which makes it brilliant for keeping a sneaky watchful eye on the children.

It's not wireless BUT it has a 3m (approx) mains power cable which should be able to reach to a socket or USB plug nearby.

Set up
We've briefly touched on the positioning of the camera and really, that's all there is to it. Just follow the very simple instructions on the fab Ezviz app and you'll be away.

Total control
Pretty much everything to do with controlling this camera is done through the app. You can pan / tilt, switch between image resolutions, takes photos / record, engage in two-way talk and switch on / off the privacy mode. It's so easy – so long as you and the camera are within that Wi-Fi zone!

Real Homes rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

Best security camera: Nest indoor cam

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5. Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera

Best security camera for smart features: this one has style and substance

Specifications
Best for: Main entrances (indoors)
Video definition: 1080p(Full HD)
Power: Mains
App?: Yes
Connectivity: Wi-Fi
Dimensions: H11.4 x W7.3 x D7.3cm
Suitability: Indoors, only
Reasons to buy
+Great video quality, in night and day+Fantastic feature set (with subscription)+Smart features i.e. facial recognition+Easy to set up and use
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Mains power only-Requires a subscription to get the best from it

The Next Cam IQ is the smartest indoor camera out there, which is why is makes our list for the best security cameras.

Indoors, only
As the name suggests, the Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor is for indoor use only. Just as the other security cameras in this guide, it has a Full HD picture quality so it's super clear what's going on in the home whether you're near or far. One difference is that you can't actually move or adjust the camera via the app so you'll need to adjust it manually if needs be.

You'll also need to consider where in the home there is a plug socket which is in the area you want to pay close attention to – just something to bear in mind when considering your options.

Setting up
So we've just touched on the small matter that it has a plug, but if that's not a problem for you then the rest of the set up is hassle free.

When you're all plugged in, simply download the Nest app and scan the QR code on the bottom of the camera to pair it with the app. Now you're good to go!

Total control
The app can sync to your other items in the Nest ecosystem (thermostat, doorbells and locks) so you can monitor what's going on in the home, from wherever you are, and have a say with what's going on. This means that you can access 24-7 live streaming, listen-in to what's being said at home, chip in to conversations (or tell your dog to get off the sofa!) and share clips with other members of the household.

Real Homes rating 4 out of 5 stars

Best security camera: Arlo Pro 2

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6. Netgear Arlo Pro 2 Security Camera

Best security camera system: comes with a hub and up to 4 cameras

Specifications
Best for: Large house (indoors and outdoors)
Video definition: 1080p(Full HD)
Power: Mains
App?: Yes
Connectivity: Wi-Fi(using hub)
Dimensions: H7.9 x W7.1 x D4.9cm (camera)
Suitability: Outdoors or indoors
Reasons to buy
+Superb video quality, night and day+Wireless+Weather resistant+Built-in siren+7 days cloud storage for free
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Not as accurate as some-Competitors offer more features

The Arlo Pro 2 from Netgear is at the more premium end of the scale, but is an all-singing all-dancing security system so could be worthwhile your investment.

Inside and out
The Arlo Pro 2 is a wireless security camera set up which comes with its own hub. This means that you can monitor more than one room in the house, even take it outside, without staying in your home Wi-Fi zone. The cameras are IP65 rated too so they should withstand the rain, cold, heat and sunshine.

Since they're wireless, the system is powered by built-in batteries which could last for up to a couple of months. This removes the hassle of having to change batteries every so often, and faffing with any cables during the set up process.

Setting up
The Arlo Pro 2 is a relatively compact system which can be set up using your laptop, or via the app. Just follow the step-by-step process, which will start with getting the hub online and then follow suit with the cameras.

Once set up, you'll be able to see the live feeds all through the app. 

Total control
Through the app you can record, take a picture or speak through the microphone. It also comes with free cloud storage, saving footage of any suspicious movement or sound for seven days.

Real Homes rating 4 out of 5 stars

best security camera - Ezviz C3N

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7. Ezviz C3N Outdoor Smart Wi-Fi Colour Night Vision Camera

Best security camera with colour night vision: the image quality is brilliant, day and night

Specifications
Best for: Large house (ioutdoors)
Video definition: 1080p(Full HD)
Power: Mains
App?: Yes
Connectivity: Wi-Fi
Dimensions: Not available
Suitability: Outdoors, only
Reasons to buy
+Incredibly clear colour nighttime footage+Two-way audio+Siren+Very reasonable price tag
Reasons to avoid
-Subscription-Wired-Requires a strong Wi-Fi connection

The Ezviz C3N is a really good choice if you want to keep a watchful eye on the outside of your property in colour, and you're on a tighter budget.

Outside
Designed for outdoor use, this security camera has a waterproof rating of IP66. This means that it is dust tight and protected against powerful jets of water, which is plenty enough to face up to our weather systems. 

A light is built into the camera which comes on as dusk falls which stays on all night, unless you opt for it to come on when motion is detected, so you can see in colour. We found in testing that this only really works if you're in a good Wi-Fi zone, however. And the camera requires hard wiring or some form of connecting to the mains power so is something to be considered.

Setting up
As with the other Ezviz cameras we've featured and reviewed, set up is mega easy using the Ezviz app. Just follow the on screen instructions, and stay within the Wi-Fi zone, and you'll be set up in no time. 

The most tricky thing to do is deciding on where you want the camera...

Total control
Using the Ezviz app, you can engage in two-way conversations, activate the siren, switch between Night Vision Modes, record, take photographs... it's brilliant!

Real Homes rating 4 out of 5 stars

What is the best security camera?

If you want the best security camera (in our opinion) we wouldn't hesitate to buy the Ring Spotlight Security Camera The camera will not only record in Full HD when triggered, but it also has the added benefit of a motion-detected security light – both are totally customisable – so you'll be able to see any movements from the window, or the app wherever you are in the world.

Closely following this top spot, and one which we feel we must mention at this stage, is a security camera from Amazon which offers incredible value-for-money, easy set up (indoors and outdoors) over Wi-Fi and the ability to add multiple cameras to the app. It's for these reasons, we can highly recommend buying the Amazon Blink XT2 Security Camera.

How much should I pay for a security camera?

While the price point of your security camera should mainly depend on your budget, there are a few things to consider when choosing one. Even the least expensive security cameras on our list offer superbly crisp and clear image quality, which is the most important feature of a security camera. Not all, however, are equal in terms of the area that they cover and their angle of rotation. If you just want something over your front door, that's not a problem. If you're concerned about multiple access points to your home, then you'll need something with a wider angle.

Finally, think about any smart features you want your camera to have: security cameras with smart connectivity, cloud image storage, two-way talk, and other extras do cost more. Whether you think you need these features is entirely your choice. 

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Are home security systems worth the investment?

Research has shown that home security systems – whether that's a video doorbell, a single camera, or a comprehensive security system – actively deter criminals . So, yes, we would say that they're worth the investment. Discover more tips and tricks in our guide to how to protect your home.