When it comes to the safety of your children, you can never be too cautious. Putting babyproofing measures in place in your phone, always keeping a watchful eye on your little one while they’re playing, staying up to date in life-saving skills like CPR, and researching the best child safety items like car seats can all help to give parents some peace of mind. One thing that some parents have begun using in their homes to ensure the safety of their child is the nanny cam.
Video surveillance in homes rose to prominence in the 1990s. Following the attacks of 9/11, there was a surge in home video surveillance and the rise in popularity brought about smaller hidden cameras. Often called Nanny Cams, these hidden cameras can be placed out in the open or in small objects, like teddy bears or alarm clocks, as a way to hide their presence.
Initially thought of as a way for parents to keep an eye on caregivers who were left alone in the home with their children, nanny cams are still often used for these purposes. It’s important to note that every state has differing laws on what type of recording is considered legal and users must be aware of these laws and ensure that their cameras are never placed in a room that could lead to an invasion of privacy, like a live-in caregivers bedroom or bathroom. It’s also recommended that parents reveal their use of nanny cams with their caregiver.
Nanny cams aren’t just a way for parents to keep an eye on their child’s caregiver, but they also provide a home security system and in some cases, can act as a baby monitor. The nanny cams we’ve included on our list provide two-way audio, which can be beneficial for users with pets who may want to offer some soothing words to a distressed dog that is home alone.
With livestream capabilities and motion detection sensors that alert users as soon as movement occurs, nanny cams also give users the ability to keep an eye on their home and their belongings when away for an extended period.
For more on our top three nanny cams, check out our comparison below.
1. KAMTRON HD Home Wireless Baby and Pet Camera
The KAMTRON HD Home Wireless Baby and Pet Camera provides a 360-degree panoramic view with super IR LED night vision.
Pros: The Kamtron provides 24/7 connection and a 360 HD degree viewing angle that covers every corner of a room. Thanks to is Super IR LED night vision, the camera will catch all movement regardless of the time of day. When motion is detected, the Kamtron alerts users through the app with a snapshot image and immediately begins recording on your mobile device and provides a livestream. Multiple users can access the livestream anytime from their mobile device, with two-way audio allowing for users to communicate with people in the room or use their voice to calm pets. The camera has enough room for a 128 GB SD card and comes with free cloud storage. The Kamtron can be synced by using multiple cameras throughout the house and run through the same app and it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa.
Cons: Customers note there can be a lag time when livestreaming video and when using the two-way talk audio function.
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2. Wyze Cam Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera
The Wyze Cam Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera provides a 1080HD livestream directly to your smartphone.
Pros: Like the Kamtron, the Wyze offers a 1080 HD quality livestream and works with a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network, providing a clear night vision up to 30 feet away (the Kamtron’s night vision is limited to 20 feet). The Wyze has motion tagging technology that alerts users when motion is detected and outlines the activity both in livestream and playback mode, with free, rolling 14-day cloud storage. The Wyze also works with Amazon Alexa and can handle multiple cameras on the same app at once, while users can also share their camera feed with other users.
Cons: Like the Kamtron, the Wyze can use a micro SD card but only up to 32 GB. Customers note that clips are automatically downloaded to users phones without the ability to choose only the clips you want to download. Customers also complain that the clips are short, lasting a maximum of 12 seconds.
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3. YI Home Security Camera
With enhanced night vision, baby crying detection and motion detection features, the YI Home Security Camera doubles as a nanny cam and baby monitor.
Pros: The YI boasts many of the same features as the Kamtron and Wyze, including full 1080p HD live feeds for up to four cameras. The YI has a 112-degree angle lens and allows users to zoom up to four times magnification. The YI comes with loop-recording Cloud storage and space for a memory card up to 32 GB. The YI sends notifications to your smartphone when motion is detected and with advanced night vision and sound detection and two-way audio, the YI is a great option for a baby monitor.
Cons: The YI offers a one-month free trial of Cloud storage, but users have to pay for storage after the trial ends. Customers also note that added features, like video time stamps and color balance, should be added.
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