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A Wi-Fi security camera will allow you to keep an eye on your home, pets, and loved ones from anywhere in the world. Today's finest offerings are all capable of streaming and recording daytime and nighttime Full HD video, sending mobile alerts if they detect motion, and using two-way audio communication. At this point in time, we don't recommend ordering a home security camera that's not capable of capturing Full HD footage.
Note: Some of today's best Wi-Fi security cameras require a monthly subscription to store the videos they capture in the cloud for more than a day or two. If you need to use multiple cameras, you might need to pay extra, too.
The Logi Circle 2 camera by Logitech is our favorite pick for a Wi-Fi security camera. It's compact and versatile, weatherproof, and capable of streaming Full HD video to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit.
The camera's video quality is excellent, and we like that its lens has a 180-degree field of view that's better than most of its competitors. The camera will send you alerts when it detects motion. It supports two-way communication and night vision, too. Logitech gives you access to 24 hours of free cloud storage — you can get more via a subscription plan.
Logitech's mobile app for the Circle 2 has an intuitive interface, as well as the ability to generate a time-lapse of the past day of surveillance. The camera comes with a plethora of mounts, so you can always install it right where you want it.
Best Budget Buy
The TP-Link Kasa Cam is the best budget-friendly home security camera available today. It delivers all the essentials you would expect from a top-notch pick (Full HD video, night vision, two-way audio, activity alerts, Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility) at an attractive price point. Unlike many of its competitors, the Kasa Cam also comes with two days of free cloud storage, which should be enough for most consumers.
TP-Link allows you to choose custom activity monitoring zones for the Kasa Cam to reduce false alarms. The camera's mobile app is one of the best out there, thanks to a sleek design and intuitive controls.
The Arlo Pro 2 is a splurge-worthy pick that's a full-fledged home security system. It consists of two wireless camera modules and a base station with a powerful 100-decibel siren. You can connect multiple cameras to your Arlo Pro as your needs change.
Once set up, the Arlo Pro 2 can send you notifications or even activate the siren if it detects motion or unusual sound. The weatherproof Arlo Pro 2 camera modules can capture Full HD video, including in nighttime and low light conditions. Their battery packs can last for months between charges.
The Arlo Pro 2 comes with a week's worth of free cloud storage for videos (you can also store your footage locally in the base station via a USB stick), as well as support for up to five cameras. More storage options are also available via a subscription. A sleek mobile app helps you install and control the security system.
Best for Amazing Video Quality and Google Assistant Built-In
The Nest Cam IQ is a beautifully designed and incredibly clever home security camera that can recognize faces. This enables the device to alert you if there's a stranger in your home. The camera also has the Google Assistant built-in, so you can use it as a smart home hub.
The video quality of the device is exceptional both in daytime and nighttime conditions. The Nest Cam IQ is the first security camera with a 4K HDR-capable sensor — it enables the camera to capture Full HD footage and zoom toward an object with excellent results. The camera also supports two-way communication via built-in microphones and a powerful speaker.
In order to make the most of the Nest Cam IQ's superb hardware capabilities, you need to sign up for a plan, which starts at $5 per month. Nest also offers an outdoor-friendly version of the camera with a weatherproof body and a more rugged design.
Best for Monitoring Larger Homes
The indoor-only Amazon Cloud Cam is a great option for keeping an eye on larger homes — its price tag drops from $120 to below $100 if you opt to purchase multiple units. The camera has an understated design and easy installation. Of course, being an Amazon product, it's also compatible with Alexa — you can get a live feed from the Cloud Cam on your compatible Echo and Fire device with a simple voice command.
The key features of the camera include a Full HD sensor with 120-degree lens, night vision, two-way audio capability, and the ability to send you mobile alerts when it detects motion. Amazon gives you 24 hours of free cloud storage for clips captured by up to three cameras. Subscription plans with more storage and support for more devices are available starting at $7 per month.
Best for Outdoor Use
The Nest Cam Outdoor is currently our favorite pick for keeping tabs outside of your home. The sleek wired camera has a high-quality Full HD sensor, a built-in two way audio, and the ability to send you alerts on your mobile device the moment it detects motion.
Like all Nest cameras, the Cam Outdoor requires a monthly subscription to deliver the best results. The plans start at $5 per month. If you can stretch your budget, consider the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor instead — it has a superior image sensor with the ability to zoom in on people it tracks.