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12 Best-Reviewed Home Security Cameras

All of these cameras received four or more stars on Amazon, so check them out and decide which one is best for you.

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Blink XT home security camera system

This affordable, battery-powered security camera is wire-free, weatherproof, and features batteries that last for two years. You can start off with a small system and expand to up to ten cameras on one Blink Sync Module. “The camera amazes and delights again and again. Fast trigger time, reliable clip notification and excellent pictures day and night. Catches every motion,” one Amazon reviewer says.

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Zmodo wireless security camera system

Install this weatherproof camera either indoors or outdoors. The system’s playback motion videos can be played on your mobile phone after it receives intelligent motion alerts when motion is detected. This camera is also equipped with infrared lights and infrared cut, so the camera can automatically switch to black and white night vision view when it’s dark. “I have had these cameras for almost a year now. They are still going great,” one review begins. “In the past year, I have caught on video a hit-and-run accident which occurred outside my house on the street. I was also able to assist police in getting video footage of a possible suspect in a burglary which occurred at my neighbor’s house. The motion alerts are still going as expected and I am pleased with them.” Here are 10 things you can do every day to make your home safer.

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Wyze Cam 1080p HD indoor wireless smart home camera

The Wyze Cam v2 promises fast, clear live-stream footage to your smartphone day or night. Get alerted as soon as motion and sound are detected, with up to 14 days of saved alert videos for free. If you’re looking for a system with easy setup, one reviewer claims this is the one. “You just install the app on your phone, plug the camera in, push a button on the bottom, and then point the camera at a QR code that displays on your phone. Then you are prompted to enter the password for your WiFi, and that’s it. It literally takes one minute to set up, with no messing around with firewalls, routers, ports, etc. There are voice prompts, played from the speaker on the camera, that guide you through the process. It’s an absolute breeze.”

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Ring floodlight camera motion-activated HD security cam

Ring is one of the top names in home security, so it’s no surprise it ranks highly among Amazon reviewers. The floodlight cam features a motion-activated HD camera with two-way talk, lights, and a siren, so you can see, hear, and speak to people on your property. “This is my second floodlight cam and I absolutely love it,” a reviewer says. “I also have the Ring doorbell cam. The setup was extremely easy and it literally took me less than 15 minutes for each camera. I had an existing floodlight in each location which made the installation easier. The installation kit had everything I needed including tools so I didn’t have to use my toolbox, hardware kit or run back and forth to the hardware store. The setup was also extremely easy. I got [it] connected and up and running in less than 5 minutes after installation.” I’m a burglar—here’s how to outsmart me.

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Amcrest ProHD 1080p WiFi camera

This security camera is equipped with multiple features such as PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom), night vision, and motion alerts. You can also use the app to receive text and email notifications whenever motion is detected by your camera. In addition, you can expect a one-year warranty and lifetime support from Amcrest. “We’ve been using this for a month now, and so far everything has worked as advertised,” says one of the top reviews. “Setup was easy with the QR code. I opted for the seven-day storage option, and so far that’s been plenty. We’ve already caught one of the kids sneaking a boyfriend into the house while we were at work. Actually saw a little more than I wanted to when reviewing the clips. Our camera is hidden in a fake plant and if you don’t know it’s there you’ll never notice it.”

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Lambow wireless home surveillance security camera system

This isn’t your traditional, complex home security camera system. It’s compact in size and doesn’t require you to be an advanced techie. You’ll get a mini IP camera, a power adapter, a quick installation guide, and a set of mounting screws. “The product is small in size and easy to install. Great tool for a good price. I bought two of these cameras to monitor my family when I’m away from home. The camera quality is excellent, the audio is loud enough for me, and it was easy to install to my cellphone,” says an Amazon reviewer. Here are 21 secrets your locksmith won’t tell you.

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TBI PanOptic wireless security camera

TBI Pro PanOptic WiFi Security Camera is the perfect WiFi camera for you if you’re looking for a camera that’s easy to use. The wireless surveillance and security camera can be controlled by your mobile phone, offering numerous surveillance and recording features. “I love this camera,” says a reviewer. “It has so many features yet it’s still easy to use. The in-camera help menu makes figuring things out quick and convenient. The focusing features work very well and I love the panorama shot and the background blur features.”

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Funlux wireless two-way audio home security camera

Keep an eye on your home from your smartphone, tablet, or computer with this Funlux camera. It offers brilliant high definition, and you can stay connected by receiving clip alerts on your mobile devices once motion is detected and even talk directly to family members with the simultaneous two-way audio. “They install very easily. The quality is second to none and the view is amazing. I can see my entire back yard, front yard and side of my house with little effort. They are very user-friendly. No special hardware, tools or specialist needed to install them. I was able to see clearly up to about 50 feet. The alerts make my family feel secure and safe. I no longer feel like a prisoner in my home. I would highly recommend buying these cameras,” says an Amazon reviewer. Here are 11 things you must do before leaving for vacation to avoid mishaps and theft.

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Canary view indoor 1080p HD security camera

See and hear what’s happening in your home day or night in high definition with the Canary security camera. The 1080p HD video camera offers a 147-degree wide-angle lens, automatic night vision, and motion detection. To use it, you’ll need a broadband Internet connection via WiFi, iPhone, or Android device and a minimum 1Mbps upload speed per device. “The best product I have ever invested in,” says a reviewer. “Ironically, I set up the camera and the next day, I was burglarized. Camera was on night mode, lights were off and it had PERFECT footage. I was able to get [a] clear image of the people and I am hoping detectives capture them. The camera sits like a speaker and does not look like a camera at all. I was afraid to order something that may not work well but it has excellent image.”

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YI 4pc home camera

The YI Home Camera 1080p features four cameras delivering high-definition videos of your home, allowing you to view every moment with crystal clear quality. This system also features baby crying detection technology that doubles as a state-of-the-art baby monitor, providing you alerts to your phone at the first cry of your baby. “So far so good. Just set these up in my parents’ house as we have a lot of people coming through to care for my father,” says a reviewer. “The set up was crazy-easy! The images are awesome. They record 24/7 and you don’t have to get the cloud storage if you don’t want it. The cams record to [a] microSD card (sold separate) and when you go back to review footage it shows the entire timeline along with markings where activity was present, making it super simple to find times where there [were] people in [the] frame.” These are the 13 sneaky things FBI agents do to protect their homes.

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Amazon Cloud Cam security camera

The Amazon Cloud Cam sends you a notification on your preferred mobile device whenever it detects any activity, so you can keep tabs on your home from anywhere. Thanks to the always-ready motion detection, it’s able to capture activities right from the start. “I got the Amazon Cloud Cam to see what my cats do during the day. Today, I had left the house and was out running errands. I got an alert that motion was detected in my kitchen. I looked at the live view and saw a person had broken into my home. I used the microphone feature and yelled at him to get out of my house and told him the police were on the way. He immediately left. Thank you Amazon. Without my cloud cams, this could have had a very different ending,” says a reviewer.

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Dericam 1080p home security camera

The Dericam 1080p Wireless WiFi Security Camera can provide you day and night surveillance. You can access and view via smartphone, PC, or tablet, and it’s compatible with different Web browsers, such as IE, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, and third-party software applications such as Live Cams Pro, tinyCam, and Blue Iris. “I replaced 4 Foscams with 4 of these and I couldn’t be happier with the video I’m seeing…the color is great and the image is sharp and clear,” a reviewer says. “I bought just one to try them out and shortly bought the other 3. With the app you can talk to the other end and they can talk back to you if you choose. I also use Blue Iris for recording any movement which I have set up. It also emails and could send a notification in a text if you choose. For the price, at least try one like I did.” Next, don’t miss the 35 things you’re doing that make your house a target for burglars.

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Alexa Erickson
Alexa is an experienced lifestyle and news writer currently working with Reader's Digest, Shape Magazine, and various other publications. She loves writing about her travels, health, wellness, home decor, food and drink, fashion, beauty, and scientific news. Follow her travel adventures on Instagram: @living_by_lex, send her a message: alex[email protected], and check out her website: livingbylex.com