Although there are plenty of wired in security cameras on the market, there’s nothing like the flexibility and convenience of wireless connectivity and power. That’s why we’re bringing you this list of the best indoor WiFi home security cameras. These are all independent units which cover basic home security, but in many cases have an extended feature set, such as two-way communication and motion detection.
As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Which means in the case of home security cameras, the more expensive units will generally bring you better video quality, more robust features and a more rounded feature set. These indoor WiFi home security cameras should be relatively low maintenance and can be used in any room. Here are our choice picks of the bunch, at a variety of price points.
1. Arlo Pro 3 (Overall winner)
Arlo seems to be popping up on our radar quite often with their quality home security cameras. The company does produce more expensive units, but the Arlo Pro 3 is a nice balance between quality and price point. This unit features 2K video resolution, 160 degree field of view, color night vision, integrated spotlight, and quick and easy setup.
The internal battery is rechargeable with the option to buy a smart little solar panel if you live in sunny climes. We were not so enamored with the magnetic connection points and it does require a hub, which means you have to buy the dual camera set up. However, the video quality is excellent and the features cover everything you would need from two-way communication to motion detection and night time viewing. It’s also quite pricey compared to the other solutions, but you also get the best quality for the money.
2. Canary Pro
The Canary Pro security camera is roughly the size of a regular smartphone with plenty of intelligent features. For just under $100, this camera solution has a heap of features including 1080p video, a siren, speakers and microphone, and environmental sensors. The unit also includes automatic night vision, plus one-touch emergency access quick communication with essential services from the included smartphone app.
Motion detection works extremely well, differentiating between humans and other objects. Although the environmental sensors are a handy feature, they can be seen as more of an added bonus. Night vision is also respectable but is limited to a 20-foot range. It does, however, still provide reasonable resolution. General video quality is very good and as an all-in-one solution, the Canary Pro can’t be faulted for its large feature set. Although this is a WiFi device, it will still need a power cord.
Amcrest has opted for a dome design with their 4MP UltraHD security camera, which allows for remote pan and tilting. More suited to be mounted on a flat surface rather than a wall, video quality comes in at 1520P/20fps, with a 120 degrees viewing angle, night vision and online video storage.
The ability to turn and tilt are cool options, with pretty good video quality considering the price. Two-way communication works very well, but live streaming of video can display lag at times. The night vision mode works up to 32 feet and the motion detection works in a very intelligent way. At less than $100, if you like the design, this one is a nice cost-effective option.
The quaint design of the YI dome camera is very appealing and its ultra-low price point almost hides the fact that this is one of the best cameras for audio quality. An anti-noise filter allows for clear listening and the two-way communication incorporates functionality, such as baby crying detection.
Resolution comes in at 1080p, with a 360 degree cruise mode, pan/tilt and zoom, night vision, and online storage. The camera can also seamlessly link up with Alexa to easily keep track of your interior when you’re away from home. Video quality is generally good, as is the night vision, but with a limited range. Setup is also a little more fiddly than other camera solutions, but once you get the thing going, it’s a great security camera device for the money.
5. Abode Iota
The Abode Iota is designed to be not just a standalone camera, but a home security kit. It comes with its own security key fob and mini door/window sensor. Optional sensors can be purchased to work with the system if and when you need to cover more areas of the home. There are lots of features packed into this unit, which include 1080p video, motion sensors, two-way communication, Alexa integration, and a basic online plan.
The basic design feels high-end and after a little setting up, the camera provides good coverage of a room with decent quality video. Facilities are comparable to the rest, but the main advantage of this camera is that it can connect up to 160 compatible sensors providing a full security system. As an individual device, it may not have the best functionality for the money. But as a hub for a full home security system, it’s a possible option.
6. Wyze Cam Pan (Best Budget Winner)
The Wyze Cam Pan camera is a stylish little box, with its main standout feature being the motion tracking. The camera can intelligently scan a room with 360 degree coverage, with additional tilt and zoom. Video resolution comes in at 1080p with live streaming and the motion detection will record a 12-second video clip which can be stored in the cloud for up to 14 days.
Night vision also works very well with the six infrared (IR) LEDs, which is a feature not always found in more expensive units. Voice activation is also included, which works with Alexa and Google Assistant, covering most of the basic features needed for home security.
General video quality is okay and the motion detection can throw up some negative results at times. However, considering its low price point, this camera packs in a lot of features.
All the cameras on this list cover basic home security needs, which means the deciding factor will come down to individual budget and extra features. As these are all indoor WiFi home security cameras, you will need a good WiFi router and if you want full home protection, its advisable to also invest in a camera for the exterior of the home.