Let’s admit it! We ’ve all experienced that pit in the stomach when we used to drive back home after a long vacation or a business trip hoping that nobody has broken into the house and none of our prized possessions is stolen.
Back then, we didn’t have as many choices as the only two options we had were investing in an expensive home security system or roll the dice and hope for the best!
Luckily, today things have changed thanks to the internet and smartphone technology. Finally, we can find some peace of mind through the installation of standalone Wi-Fi security cameras or IP cameras as they are also called!
These devices can stream videos to your phone, tablet or PC and send you immediate notifications in case a motion or loud noises were detected!
The Netgear Arlo Q
This wireless camera is considered one of the best security home cameras. It is highly regarded for its top-notch video quality, excellent motion detection, and also its flexible scheduling and intuitive user interface.
The good thing about this camera is that it has a generous basic cloud-subscription plan that can provide you with the past week’s recording at no cost for the lifetime of the unit.
EZVIZ Mini O 1080P
This is a very affordable wireless home camera to purchase. It offers a good video quality that’s pretty good in the day and night settings.
In addition, the EZVIZ’S app can provide you with very smart features including setting a schedule that can allow you to turn the camera on or off and motion sensitivity, which is a special feature only unique to expensive cameras. What’s even more interesting is that the Mini O 1080P can allow you to save videos locally thanks to its microSD card slot.
However, if you choose not to buy cloud storage, which can cost you around $5.99 a month for a period of 7 days of storage, your options are limited to the live camera feed. This way, you can push notifications with Snapchat, save your camera settings to the cloud, and control the device using Alexa and Google Assistant.
Nest Cam Indoor
The Nest Cam Indoor is the third generation of the celebrated Dropcam. It has an excellent video quality that is characterized by its sharpness and clearness even during the night. It is also easy to set up and can be installed almost everywhere indoors and that’s due to its magnetic, swiveling base.
The camera also provides very interesting features and in order to benefit from them, you are required to pay a monthly amount of money, say $10 a month for the Nest Aware program, which in return will give you access to cloud storage and much more!
NetGear Arlo Pro
This new Wi-Fi camera can be effectively used indoors as well as outdoors and come powered by a battery or a power cord. Netgear Arlo Pro is not so much different from its siblings as it is also characterized by motion detection, night vision, and intercom function.
That’s not everything, this camera is weatherproof and has 720p video resolution with a 130-degree field of view.
Ring Floodlight Cam
The Ring Floodlight Cam bumps up with an excellent video quality and two powerful floodlights that turn on when motion is detected! This camera also provides you with an interesting neighborhood feature that not only it allows you to see what’s happening out of your door but also what’s happening in your hood.
Let’s not forget to mention that the Ring’s Cloud Storage plan can be obtained for $30 per year!
This is definitely an excellent camera to purchase! It will provide you with a crisp and clear video, excellent sound quality, and an intuitive mobile app. And that’s in addition to its ability to monitor heat, humidity, and air quality thanks to its environmental sensors.
The sleek-looking Canary also includes an intercom and a geofencing. The former is a very loud siren that is capable of freaking the hell out of an intruder while the latter is a feature that automatically turns on motion detection when the user leaves his or her property!
This one is really amazing as it’s the only camera on this list that can provide users with a very unique and a killer feature, known as facial recognition. Netatmo Welcome can easily memorize the faces and names of all the people in the house and creates a personalized user profiles.
This way, you’ll find it easier to keep a track of who’s coming in and out of your house. Still, you should keep in mind that both the Welcome’s mobile app and desktop interface do require refinement, but the actual camera is a solid effort!