We all want to feel safe and secure at home. Fortunately, are a variety of indoor security cameras to help you keep an eye on the home front. Like so many home technology gadgets on the market, indoor home security cameras feature many smart features to help you do much more than just monitor your home for burglars. Today’s home security cameras let you see when your kids come home from school, make sure your dog is not chewing up your couch while you are at work and check to be sure the baby is sleeping soundly. The exact indoor home security camera that is right for you will depend on your needs. To make it easier, here are the best home security cameras that you can buy right now.
1. Nest Cam – Best Overall Indoor Security Cameras (Editors Choice)
Nest, the maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat, offers a complete range of smart home products including indoor security cameras. Nest products are designed to work together or alone.
Nest has two indoor security cameras available — the Nest Cam IQ Indoor and the Nest Cam Indoor. The Nest Cam Indoor is easy to set-up and install. It features plug-in-and-go security. You simply plug in the unit and you are ready to go. You don’t have to worry about dead batteries. The Nest Cam Indoor features 24/7 continuous recording, which ensures that you won’t miss a thing. You can save footage in the cloud for up to 30 days with a Nest Aware subscription.
The Nest Cam IQ Indoor is the newest indoor camera in the Nest lineup. This camera features artificial intelligence face recognition. So, it can distinguish between a familiar person and a stranger. The Nest Cam IQ also has a built-in Google Assistant. The Nest Cam IQ also has HDR Intelligent imaging and a 4K sensor. Nest also allows you to designate activity areas to keep an eye on certain areas.
- Super clear 1080p HD
- Noise and echo suppression
- Infrared LED
- Free 3-hour snapshot history
- 24/7 Live streaming
- Magnetic stand included
- Plug in and go security
- Built-in speaker and mic
- No backup battery
- Works with A/C power only
- A Nest Aware subscription is needed for extended cloud storage
- The upfront cost of equipment
The Nest Cam and Nest Cam IQ Indoor cameras are great options if you are looking for state-of-the-art smart technology. The latest in the lineup, the Nest Cam IQ features some of the most technologically advanced features at this price point with things like facial recognition and a 6-core processor. The Nest Cam IQ is more expensive compared to some of its competitors. However, you’ll find a few smart cameras as technologically advanced. So, if you are fine paying a little more, it is worth the cost.
2. Arlo – Best App Control
Like Nest, Arlo makes a complete line of smart home products that are made to work together. Arlo has two A/C powered HD security cameras — the Arlo Q and the Arlo Q Plus. Both cameras offer 24/7 recording, enhanced night vision, and 2-way audio. They also both feature Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant connectivity. The Arlo Q Plus adds Power over Ethernet connectivity. So, you can power the camera and connect to your network with a single cable.
Arlo also offers an indoor camera that was designed specifically for baby monitoring — the Arlo Baby. This smart baby monitoring camera features a night light, air sensors, lullaby player, 1080p video and rechargeable battery.
Aside from the dedicated indoor-only security cameras, Arlo also makes a variety of indoor/outdoor cameras. These feature advanced motion detection, wire-free-design, 2-way audio, night vision and more.
- Basic 7-day cloud recording included
- Works with other smart home devices
- 2-Way audio
- Wide angle 130° lens
- Optional 24/7 recording
- Advanced infrared night vision
- Local backup storage
- Free Arlo app for Android, iOS, web browser and Apple TV.
- No long-term contract required
- Requires a cloud storage plan for continuous video recording.
Arlo indoor security cameras come with a variety of smart home features. You can buy the cameras in packages and mix-and-match the various cameras. This customization makes Arlo a great choice for most homeowners or renters.
However, to get the most out of Arlo indoor security cameras, you’ll need an Arlo service plan, which adds things like rich notifications, person detection, and extended cloud storage. The service plan also includes e911Emergency Call Service, which automatically connects you with emergency responders closest to your home rather than ones near your phone.
3. Blink – Easiest Installation
Blink is focused on mainly ultra-affordable home security options. The Blink Indoor HD Camera is a cheap indoor security camera. It features simply DIY installation and a 2-year battery life.
The Blink XT2 is designed for either indoor or outdoor use. It is a wire free security camera that can be placed anywhere. Like the Blink Indoor Camera, the Blink XT2 has a 2-year battery life.
Both cameras feature motion-triggered HD live and recorded video. As soon as motion is detected, the video is sent right to your phone or smart device. You can use the Blink app to check the live video. An instant alert will notify you of any events.
- Can be placed anywhere
- 2-years of battery life
- Built-in microphone
- Low light illumination
- Motion and temperature sensors
- Camera mount included
- Not compatible with other smart home devices
- No voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant
- Must have iOS 10 or higher or Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher to use the app
Blink is a good choice if you don’t need all of the bells and whistles of some of the other more advanced indoor security cameras. Although they lack smart home integration, they are both affordable and versatile.
4. Guardzilla – Best Indoor Coverage
Guardzilla’s indoor home security cameras are easy-to-use, affordable and customizable. Guardzilla offers three cameras to meet a variety of needs. The 360 Indoor All-In-One HD Camera is the most expensive in the lineup. However, it offers a plethora of features for under $200. This camera uses Wi-Fi to deliver live 360-degree streaming right to your smart device. Other features include a loud 100dB siren, motion detection, night vision, two-way talk and more.
The 180 Indoor All-In-One HD Camera offers many of the same features of the more expensive 360-degree model. The main difference is that this camera has a 180-degree view rather than 360.
Guardzilla also offers a lower-cost indoor security camera, the Indoor HD Camera. For under $100, this camera offers quite a few features like motion detection, a wide-angle lens, geofencing and night vision.
- Auto arm
- Two-way talk
- Up to 360-degree views (depending on model)
- Built-in speaker and microphone
- Live HD video
- Motion detection
- Versatile placement options
- Cloud storage
- Seamless setup and operation
- Works with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings and Nest
- 360-degree views only available when the camera is set-up in certain positions
- Inconsistent video quality
- The 100dB siren is very loud for smaller spaces
Guardzilla is a great affordable choice for larger homes. For under $200, you can get the All-In-One HD 360 degree model. However, this feature is not the most practical for everyone. If you place it near a wall, for instance, you won’t get a 360-degree view.
Also, the 100dB siren is perfect for larger homes. However, in small spaces or apartments, it might be too loud. Therefore, if you live in an apartment especially, you might want to choose one of the other options on this list.
5. Zmodo – Most Affordable Indoor Cameras
Zmodo is another company focused on complete smart home control. As a result, the indoor security cameras by Zmodo all feature advanced smart features and integrate with other smart home products offered by Zmodo and other companies.
Zmodo offers a total of eight indoor cameras. They range from the very inexpensive Zmodo EZ Cam, which retails for under $35 to the Snap Pro Security Camera, which was recently featured on Kickstarter. This camera is currently available for pre-order.
The Zmodo EZ Cam features a surprisingly large amount of features for the cost. It comes with 720 HD wireless recording, two-way audio, night vision, and a wide 115-degree viewing angle.
One of Zmodo’s mid-range models, the Zmodo 1080p HD Pan and Tilt Camera, is perfect for monitoring in a wide variety of situations. You can use it to monitor the baby. Or, use it to talk with the kids when they come home from school. It comes with a 2-pack of door and window sensors. Plus, there is 2-way audio cloud recording.
Many of Zmodo’s cameras also allow you to establish pre-determined monitoring areas. So, you can set the cameras up to receive alerts for just certain areas that you are interested in viewing. Plus, you can set-up alerts for home, away or sleep.
- Optional cloud recording
- Two-way audio
- Remote viewing day or night
- Pan and tilt functions on some models
- Motion detection alerts
- You must purchase a cloud storage plan to share videos
- Extended cloud storage requires a paid plan
Zmodo has eight indoor security cameras, so there is a solution for just about any budget. You can design an indoor security camera system to meet your individual needs with Zmodo. Zmodo offers quite a bit of customization also when it comes to monitoring. This makes Zmodo indoor cameras a great choice for anyone who wants to define areas and events to monitor. All of the cameras are very easy to install and operate.
Features of Indoor Security Cameras
Not all indoor security cameras are the same. There is quite a bit of variance among features of indoor security cameras. The exact features that you need will depend on what you use the camera for, how big your indoor space is and how many people are in your household. Here are some of the most important features of indoor security cameras.
Some indoor security cameras feature motion detection. These cameras may start recording when motion is detected. Many can also send instant alerts to your phone when the motion sensor goes off. Smart indoor security cameras can distinguish between motion from pets and people.
Some indoor cameras feature a built-in speaker and microphone so you can hear through the camera and speak, as well. If there is a burglar in your home, you can issue commands or let them know that you are recording their every move. A 2-way voice feature is also helpful for communicating with the kids when you are not home.
LED night vision allows you indoor security cameras to see in the darkness. Some cameras have high-power infrared, which can fully illuminate even the darkest spaces. For enhanced security, look for cameras that offer color night vision.
Most of the indoor security cameras on this list feature app control. App control is very important as it lets you remotely view footage in your home. Some apps let you talk through the two-way voice feature, arm the camera and perform other functions.
High-resolution images are important as they provide critical details about burglars during a robbery. These cameras can produce crisp, sharp images to give to police or share on the neighborhood site.
Video recording is another important feature of indoor security cameras. With video recording, you don’t have to watch the camera live to see what is going on in your home. Some indoor security cameras offer “snapshots” of recordings so you can pick and choose what to watch based on a snapshot image.
Cloud storage is important as it keeps all of your video footage safely and securely stored in the cloud. Most cloud storage plans cost extra. However, some cameras include limited cloud storage.
If your indoor security camera has live view, you can log into the app anytime and view live videos. Some smart cameras can send live video alerts or notifications to your phone when someone triggers the motion sensor.
Smart Home Integration
If your home is already a “smart home” or if you plan to add smart home devices like thermostats, doorbells, and locks, then you’ll want to make sure that the indoor home security camera that you choose has this feature.