Installing indoor security cameras is a great way to keep your personal belongings safe, acting both as a deterrent for perpetrators and creating an added level of safety for homeowners. Not only that, but security cameras, specifically indoor cameras, offer an easy and cost-effective way to keep an eye on children and elderly relatives when you’re away from home.
The arrest rate for burglaries is low and while the average loss of physical goods in home break-ins is usually significant, it’s difficult to place a dollar figure on the newfound feelings of fear and lack of safety following a home burglary. Having a visible alarm system may cause a thief to think twice before targeting your home, but hidden security cameras also offer benefits since they are less likely to be covered up by intruders. As an added defense, we recommend placing a sign on your lawn or in the front window of your home to advertise that your home has a security system, installing smart outdoor lights and using tamper-resistant door locks.
Neighbors who are home during the day are often less diligent about keeping an eye on strangers, while someone lurking around a home in the middle of the night is more likely to raise concern. For that reason, we’ve included security systems on our list that alert homeowners to movement around their home, which will give you peace of mind when you’re away from your home during the day or night. We also like that most indoor cameras typically have companion apps, which make it easy to quickly check out different rooms when you’re home or away to ensure that your recent alert was simply Fido visiting his dish and not an intruder.
Home security systems are now more affordable, user-friendly and reliable than ever. Check out some of our top picks for the best indoor cameras below.
1. Blink Indoor Wireless HD Security Camera
Need to place a camera somewhere far from any electrical outlets and don’t want to worry about a dead battery ruining your security coverage? Then we recommend the Blink Indoor Wireless HD Security Camera. The Blink arrives with two AA lithium batteries that have an impressive two-year lifespan. The wireless, battery-operated indoor camera can be set up in minutes and users can see their home in real-time and speak to those in the home using the two-way audio function on the Blink app. Customers can set custom motion detection alerts, which is good news if you don’t want your phone pinging you every time your dog walks by the camera. Thanks to infrared night vision, the Blink allows users to have a clear view of their home day or night. Blink offers a subscription plan for their own cloud service and the company also sells their camera in bundles to make it simple for customers to keep an eye on multiple rooms in the home at once.
2. Eufy Security 2K Indoor Cam
The Eufy has quickly become a favorite among customers thanks to its crystal clear 2K-resolution and affordable price point. The Eufy comes packed with plenty of features that make it a great option both at the basic level and with upgrades. Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, the Eufy allows for microSD cards or can be used with Cloud storage for a subscription fee. The Eufy is able to differentiate between pets and humans, which helps to limit the number of motion detection notifications users receive. A two-way microphone allows users to speak to people in their home and advanced night vision always provides a clear view of the home.
3. Google Nest Cam Indoor
Google has created several smart products in the Nest line that are designed to simplify your home life and that includes the Google Nest Cam Indoor. The Nest is a WiFi camera that features 1080p with a 130-degree wide-angle view, a 1920 x 1080 HD resolution, and an 8x zoom that allows users to see exactly what is happening in their home whether they are on the other side of the world or in the next room. Mobile alerts will let users know when activity has been detected. The Nest app provides a 24/7 live stream that can be shared with other users and keeps a three-hour snapshot history for convenient viewing. The smart camera uses facial recognition to help decrease the number of alerts, so you won’t be pinged every time your child walks by the camera. Users can also upgrade to Nest Aware, which keeps a 10-day history. And since Google makes the Nest, it’s of course compatible with Alexa, which can also provide users with an emergency function that connects them to 911 using voice activation.
4. Wyze Cam
FREE CLOUD STORAGE
Most cameras on our list come with Cloud storage, but they require a subscription fee beyond the free trial. With the Wyze Cam, users can access free Cloud storage, which will house 12-second clips for up to 14 days. Users will receive push notifications when motion is detected, allowing them to quickly view their home and pan, tilt or zoom using the Wyze app. We also like that users can install a MicroSD card if they want to continuously record activity in their home. Users can check in on the camera’s live stream through the Wyze app, communicate through the two-way audio function and see up to 30 feet away even in the dark thanks to the infrared camera. Wyze is compatible with Alexa and the stream can be shared with multiple users by simply downloading the app.
5. Arlo Q
EXCELLENT RANGE OF SIGHT
If you’re looking for a security camera that can work in conjunction with an outdoor camera from the same brand, we like the Arlo Q. The company makes both indoor and outdoor cameras that can be accessed through the company’s app, making it easy for users to switch between interior and exterior views. Customers can stream a live feed from their home anytime and watch recorded videos in clear 1080p HD. Like the Wyze, the Arlo offers a free storage option that allows users to view, share and download video for up to seven days. The Arlo Q has an impressive 300-foot range of sight and 130-degree view. It will instantly alert users through the app whenever motion is detected. A built-in mic allows for two-way communication and the camera and app are Alexa compatible. We also like that Arlo has the option to upgrade to their Arlo Smart app, which allows for custom alerts and enables users to call emergency services.
6. YI Security Home Camera
EASY TO CUSTOMIZE
Want to turn off motion detection notifications when you’re home? How about adjusting the sensitivity so that a spinning fan won’t cause constant pings on your phone? The YI Security Home Camera and its companion app make these features and more easily accessible to users. The company has recently partnered with Noon Light’s Certified Emergency Dispatchers, giving users access to first responders 24/7 and helping to coordinate fire, police and EMS with users during an emergency. The Alexa-compatible camera provides free Cloud storage of six-second videos for one day and allows users to share their video feed with up to five users. We also like that the YI supports up to nine cameras on a single account, making it a great option for users who want full coverage of their homes.
7. Amcrest ProHD 1080P WiFi Camera
WORKS WITH MULTIPLE CAMERAS
With HD1080 filming and live streaming capabilities, a wide 90-degree viewing angle, 32 feet of night vision range and up to four hours of free Cloud storage, the Amcrest ProHD 1080P WiFi Camera enables you to keep a watchful eye on your home from anywhere. Thanks to the extra-wide viewing angle of 90 degrees and the ability to control pan, tilt and zoom from the Amcrest app on your phone, the Amcrest enables you to view every corner of a room. The Amcrest sends alerts to your phone when motion is detected and begins recording and uploading the footage to the Alexa Cloud, or onto your Windows PC or Mac. The 2.4ghz wireless camera is WiFi-enabled and has two-way audio and voice so you can listen and respond. Multiple Amcrest cameras can be purchased and set up on the same app.
8. Zmodo EZCam
CLEAR TWO-WAY MIC
For a highly sensitive camera that will send alerts to your app immediately after motion is detected, we like the Zmodo EZCam. The Zmodo instantly sends an alert and a short video when motion is detected and features two-way audio, allowing users to hear what is happening in their home and respond using the anti-noise filter microphone if necessary. A great option for homes with small children or elderly relatives, the Zmodo makes it easy to keep an eye on things at home thanks to its 130-degree wide-angle lens and four-time digital zoom. The HD camera is also Alexa compatible and users get one month of free Cloud storage with 24/7 continuous recording.
9. YI Dome Indoor Security Surveillance System
CUSTOMIZED SCHEDULE AVAILABLE
With a complete 360-degree camera coverage, the impressive YI Dome Indoor Security Surveillance System is an easy-to-use home security camera. The YI Dome has two-way audio that allows users to respond verbally through their camera. The camera has a number of smart features built into it, including activity alerts, auto-cruise, bookmarks, camera sharing, customized schedules and more that can be shared on one family account. Working with both Android and iOS systems, the YI Dome will alert users of motion and store footage on the included SD card. It can also be formatted to use with the Cloud, although YI only includes one free month and users must pay for storage after the trial.