home can be stressful if you’re worried about what might happen when you’re not
there. Fortunately, a home security camera system can help address that issue
by allowing you to keep an eye on your property and pets.
What are the best security cameras? Do you need features like person detection, which can differentiate people from animals, and two-way talk, which allows you to talk to the person on camera? Where should security cameras be mounted? And what about reports of people hacking into them?
Of the many security cameras, the cheapest one might be my favorite one. On this page, you can read about the Best Home Security Cameras of 2021 to help narrow down your search. We’ll also explain how to decide if you need security cameras, how they work, and what features to look for .
To help protect your home, here are the Best Home Security Cameras of 2021
1. Wyze Cam v2 1080p HD Indoor WiFi Smart Home Camera with Night Vision
If this $20 indoor security camera by Seattle-based smart home company Wyze looks familiar, you’d be right. This cheap cam, called the Wyze Cam, is very similar to iSmartAlarm’s Spot.
Cute, compact and versatile
cube-shaped camera is light, but molded around four sides, so it feels quite
robust. Soft touch plastics and rounded corners ensure that no fingers will be
sliced in-use. Lift the device from its base and WyzeCam reveals an integrated,
posable stand that raises the camera’s height and supports angled views. Twist
the camera body, and you’ll find it rotates almost 360 degrees on a desktop.
Or, you can mount the camera on the wall with an included magnetic wall-plate.
There’s no battery support, but the included 1.8m mini-USB power cable helps
with high mounting – if you need longer, simply purchase a longer cable from
your favorite electronics retailer and you’re good to go.
Quick setup, friendly app with limited features
Setup was another area where we were looking for compromises. But again, we were thwarted. Other than a couple of minor language issues, we couldn’t find fault, as it was a quick and simple installation experience. Download the Wyze app, power on, enter Wi-Fi details, scan a QR code, and you’re done. There was even a succinct guided tour of the app, which is friendly and super simple to use – in part because there are few bells and whistles on offer.
Incredible value for
Image resolution drops
when motion tracking X
Pocket camera design is
cute and versatile V
notifications fail to trigger X
Clear and sharp 1080p
day/night imaging V
Patchy cloud recording
Local micro SD storage
2. Blink Mini – Compact indoor plug-in smart security camera
new Blink Mini is a compact indoor camera that combines solid baseline
features, easy operation, and a wallet-friendly $35 price tag. That naturally
pits it against a growing group of budget-priced compact cams, including the
EZVIZ Mini Plus, the Xiaomi Mi Home Security Camera, and the Wyze Cam V2.
Mini is the first Blink camera to break from the blueprint of previous models
since Amazon purchased the camera’s parent company in 2018. The palm-size
square form factor has been ditched for something more akin to, well, the Wyze
Cam. Like that camera, the Mini is a compact cube—it measures just 1.97 x 1.93
x 1.41 inches (WxHxD)—that can sit freely on any flat surface or on a stand.
like the Wyze Cam—and unlike previous Blink cameras—the Mini requires AC power
via a USB cable and adapter. Indeed, the two cameras are akin right down to
their 110-degree viewing angles.
Mini captures 1080p video and includes infrared night vision, two-way audio,
motion detection, and customizable motion-detection zones to help minimize
false alerts. Naturally, it works with Alexa; you can display the video stream
or play back video clips on an Echo Show smart display, as well as arm or
disarm the camera using voice commands with any Amazon smart speaker.
Setup and performance
I already had the Blink app from reviewing past Blink cameras, I had only to
add the Mini to my account, scan the QR code on the back of the camera, and
connect it to my Wi-Fi to set it up.
and captured video was sharp with vibrant color. But brightly lit areas, like
those around lamps and other fixtures, as well as reflective surfaces, like
some white cardboard boxes I had laying around, tended to look washed out.
detection worked well in my tests and delivered notifications of activity
promptly. The camera can’t distinguish between people and pets or a rustling
curtain, but there are ways to minimize the number of alerts you receive. You
can increase or decrease detection sensitivity on a scale of 1 to 9.
you can set motion zones by selecting only those parts of the camera’s view you want to monitor for movement.
3. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery HD security camera
with us as we unbox, install, set up, and run through our tests of our new
Stick Up Cam. Let’s see if this versatile device makes sense for you and your
the Amazon-owned1 security powerhouse largely credited with redefining home
a nutshell, the Stick Up Cam Battery uses a quick-release battery pack. The
Stick Up Cam Plug-In needs to be — you guessed it — plugged into a standard
power outlet. The Stick Up Cam Solar comes with a solar panel, so no battery or
wires are needed. And we like that Ring also offers an Elite version, which
comes with a Power over Ethernet2 (PoE) adapter that plugs right into your
also makes a Spotlight Cam and Floodlight Cam for outdoor use that use the same
technology and deliver the same reliable performance as the Stick Up Cam.
if you’re looking to add on more indoor cameras, we also recommend checking out
Ring’s Indoor Cam. This model is smaller than the Stick Up – just under 3
inches, not including the stand – but contains many of the same features,
including a wide field of view and night vision. But, unlike Stick Up Cam,
Indoor is only available in white, and it’s plug-in only, which means you’re
somewhat restricted in where you can position it.
Smart Home Integration
already knew Amazon owns Ring, so it only makes sense that Ring cameras are
compatible with Amazon Alexa devices for smart home automation.
you do have an Alexa device then you can make all of this smart home
technology5 work for you hands-free.
you can get voice notifications using Echo Dot. As far as home security products that work with Alexa, we think Ring is up there with the best of them.