If you’re looking for a way to add an extra layer of security to your home without broadcasting your intentions, we have the security cameras for you. Small, discrete, and boasting impressive video capabilities, these hidden spy cameras can provide live streaming capabilities, motion detector alerts, and more, all helping to keep your home and your valuables safe and secure.
The rate of occurrence for home burglary increases in homes that don’t include a security system. While professionally monitored home security systems can provide a reduction on your home insurance, they come with a hefty price tag. Thankfully, there are affordable home security options that still offer an added level of protection against home invasion.
The three cameras we’ve included on our list offer a variety of features, but one thing they have in common is their size. Easily hidden either inside the home or outside near the front or back door (the Ring Doorbell security camera is a doorbell and security system in one), these security systems enable homeowners to keep a watchful eye on their property either from another room or when away from home.
Home security systems aren’t just an affordable and easy way to monitor your home and belongings, but they also have security benefits. Hidden security cameras with live streaming capabilities can alert parents to let them know that their children or elderly parents have arrived home safely. They can also let pet owners know if their animal is in a room or near an item that could pose a danger to the pet, with two-way audio on some of the cameras enable the owner to speak to the animal.
Check out our top picks before for the best hidden camera home security systems.
1. Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System
The Blink Indoor Home Security Camera System is a battery controlled, wire-free system that features livestream capabilities and motion detection software.
Pros: Whether you want to livestream the inside of your home or receive alerts to your mobile device when motion is detected, the Blink can do both. The white, compact security camera is only 71mm x 71 mm and can easily be hidden around the home thanks to the camera’s multiple mounting options. Using batteries that last up to two years, the Blink is wireless, which means you don’t have to place it near an outlet. Compatible with Alexa, the Blink sends smartphone notifications when motion is detected and stores video on the free Cloud storage app.
Cons: The Blink does not offer two-way audio, only one way. It also doesn’t have infrared night vision like the Blink XT2 and customers note they wish the LED light on the front of the camera was less visible. The Blink is not appropriate for outdoor use and cannot detect motion through a glass window.
2. Ring Video Doorbell with HD Video
Hide the Ring Video Doorbell with HD Video in plain sight next to your front door and see everyone who approaches your home.
Pros: The Ring Video Doorbell is a video security system and doorbell in one, with the one-piece unit featuring a visible doorbell and discrete camera. The Ring has a motion detector that alerts users on their smartphone when someone approaches the door. Users can view their front door with 720HD video, which includes infrared night vision. The two-way talk function allows users to speak to whoever is at the door. The sensitivity of the motion detector can easily be adjusted, and the Ring works with Amazon Alexa.
Cons: The Ring comes with a free 30-day trial of Cloud storage and professional security monitoring, but these feature costs $10 per month once the trial ends.
3. Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera
If you’re tired of getting stuck with a bill thanks to your video subscription, reach for this option by Wyze. The indoor camera is small and mighty, boasting two-way audio, 1080p recording and Alexa compatibility. All of that, and it comes at a fraction of the price of the other options on our list. If price is a concern (or you’re looking to buy in bulk), this camera from Wyze makes a great option.
Pros: Two-way audio, 1080p recordings and it’s compatible with both Alexa and Google voice assistants.
Cons: The video recordings only last a maximum of 12s which is not very long and cannot be adjusted.