​Best smart home security cameras

Protect your home and family with these connected digital watchers
​Best smart home security cameras

The smart home brings with it more than just smart lights and thermostats. Consumer-level security is part of the trend, as well.

Whether you invest in a full-featured, multi-camera system, or a simple mounted camera at your front door, there are many ways you can keep an eye on your home while you are away from it.

It's still a jumbled market, with a variety of competing products and standards, so to help you cut through the noise we've picked out 10 of the best smart home security camera systems for you to take a look at.

From the basic to the comprehensive, you should find something to match your budget and needs.

Nest Cam Outdoor

Best smart home security cameras

Looking a lot like a beefed up, white, version of the popular indoor Nest Cam (more on that later), the Outdoor Cam offers a 130-degree field of view and is, of course, weatherproof as it's designed for outdoor mounting.

In fact, it's not just the camera that's weatherproof. The main part boasts an IP65 rating but the cables and adapters carry an IP67 rating so they can survive being immersed in water for half an hour.

Offering Full HD 1080p recording, night vision and talk and listen functions, like its indoor brethren, it boasts the new Person Alerts, which distinguishes between regular motion and a person coming into view.

$199, nest.com | Amazon


Best smart home security cameras

Blink has a lot going for it. Firstly, it's cheap and secondly, it's totally wireless - and we're not talking Wi-Fi (which the system does have, obviously).

No, the big deal here is that the cameras run on a couple of AA batteries - with a life of span of 2-years (we're told, we've only had ours running a couple of weeks).

Recording is 720p HD and the idea is that you hook up as many Blink cameras as you can to the hub. There are no subscription fees and there are instant alerts when motion is detected to a smartphone running the Blink app.

$99 for the first camera and hub, $89.99 for each camera after that, blinkforhome.com | Amazon

Netatmo Welcome

Netatmo Welcome cam recognises faces

If you don't want to fork out a monthly subscription but you're looking for a futuristic smart security system, try the Netatmo Welcome.

It's the same price as the Nest Cam in the US, slightly more expensive in Sterling but the Welcome offers you access to your Full HD videos for no extra monthly payment. It also uses proprietary face recognition software so it can recognise your family and friends (once tagged) and instantly alert you with a still when a possible intruder is spotted in the house.

The new Netatmo Welcome Tags also compliment the setup with motion sensing door and window features on offer.

$199, netatmo.com | Amazon


Canary packs a whole security system into a sleek box that looks a little bit like a router. The box includes a camera (with night vision and motion detection), accelerometer sensors (to detect tampering) and a speaker and siren.

Any time it spots something out of the ordinary, you get a notification on your phone — the idea is that over time it learns and becomes better at working out what's ordinary and what isn't.

If you get an alert, you can tune into the video feed straight away from your smartphone, enabling you to check if it really is a night-time prowler or just your dog who's set the motion detector off. Temperature and humidity can also be monitored.

$199, store.canary.is | Amazon


"With Piper, you're always home" is the tagline, and that's pretty much the idea with this smart home security camera. You can check the live video feed while you're away, get notifications to your smartphone, and so on.

If you have compatible Z-Wave bits of kit then Piper can control lights and appliances around the home as well (switching lights on and off when you're on holiday for example). The 180-degree lens means you can see pretty much a whole room at once.

It can also monitor sound, temperature and brightness for extra peace of mind. Originally funded on Indiegogo, Piper is now available via the normal retail channels.

$279.99, getpiper.com | Amazon

Nest Cam

Nest Cam is here

The successor to the Dropcam Pro (see below), Nest Cam is the first security camera from trendy smart home company Nest. The small and perfectly formed security shoots 1080p footage, has an 8x digital zoom and night vision thanks to eight IR LEDs.

There's also motion detection and, as with Dropcam, has nifty accessories like a magnet for sticking on fridges and a tripod. The only rub with Nest is that signing up to access video history, people detection and special activity zones requires an extra monthly sub to its Nest Aware service on top of the price of the device.

Still, Nest's product line works together in some clever ways - if your Nest Protect smoke alarm detects a problem, you can jump straight into a live feed from a Nest Cam in the same room to check out what's going on. The Nest app is also easily the most simple-to-use smart home platform.

$199, nest.com | Amazon

SwannOne SoundView Indoor Camera

Swan's connected home security system stands out from the crowd because of its specially designed audio detection algorithms (originally developed for crowd control in US prisons).

The camera, which features 720p high definition video and night vision, recognizes the sound of glass breaking, babies crying, and smoke alarms going off.

For a subscription fee, you can store security feeds in the cloud, but you can connect a hard drive for local storage, too.

$149.99, swannone.com | Amazon

Samsung SmartCam HD

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Samsung's newest security camera features 1080p Full HD video playback. It has advanced motion and audio detection, which the company claims will understand the difference between a person walking across a room and a plant rustling in the wind.

You can set up audio and motion alerts and view what is happening from the SmartCam app. It has a microSD card slot so you can locally store video feeds. It also has enhanced two-way talk, which lets you communicate with whomever is in the room. So, you can yell at the dog to get off the couch or tell the kids to stop watching TV and do their homework.

The camera is part of the SmartThings platform and, as such, teams up with Sammy's range of connected sensors for a more complete security package.

$159, samsung.com | Amazon

Kodak CFH-V20

Not to be left behind in the consumer security camera market, Kodak recently added the CFH-V20 to the mix. This USB powered camera has 180-degree viewing space with Wide Dynamic Range, which helps with backlighting issues.

It has two way audio that is accessible via the companion app. It also features geo-fencing, which automatically turns the camera on when you leave the house, and off when you return.

Video feeds are stored in the cloud, which you can access the past 24-hours for free. Additional backlogs are available for a subscription fee.

$149, kodak.com | Amazon

Netatmo Presence

Best smart home security cameras

Going head-to-head with the Nest Cam Outdoor, the Presence is a fully weatherproof camera that you can swap out for your existing outdoor light. In its place, you'll get a Full HD camera with 100 degree field of view and a 20 metre detection range.

It can detect whether someone or some thing is loitering around your premises, whether to be a person, car or an animal, and An Alert Zone mode lets users set up specific zones for detection and will send out notifications based around those zones.

Video supports pinch-to-zoom and there's time lapse mode where the camera will collate 1 minute of photos compiled from the last 24 hours filmed by the camera. There's also integrated floodlights and an infrared vision mode.

$299, netatmo.com | Amazon


  • fb_10152982588 says:

    Why wasn't SimpliSafe considered?

  • rekt016 says:

    I'd strongly recommend Scout Alarm. It was really easy to set up, looks sleek, and can use 3G data in case your wifi goes down. I think its the only one that also allows for professional monitoring (with a monthly fee though). I can't wait to see how they integrate with my nest products

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  • Extraneus says:

    Not very wearable, are they...? ;-)

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