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Eufycam 2 OutsideSource: Nick Sutrich / Android Central

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Wireless Home Security Cameras
Android Central
2020

The prevalence of Wi-Fi-connected security cameras has made it easy to keep an eye on your home when you're away. Many of these cameras include internal batteries so that you can mount them anywhere, even in places that a power cable can't reach. We've rounded up our favorites to help keep your security untethered to power outlets, although our favorite is the EufyCam 2C thanks to all of its features for the price.

Best Overall: EufyCam 2C

Eufycam 2c Stairs

Eufycam 2c StairsSource: Nick Sutrich / Android Central

If you're looking for a wireless security camera with brains, battery life, and a great price, look no further than the EufyCam 2C.

There's no need to pay for cloud service after purchasing your EufyCam 2C's.

All EufyCam 2 models connect to the Eufy HomeBase 2, which stores all recorded videos in one easy-to-access location. This local storage is accessible via the Eufy app anywhere you might be in the world, and you can even drop an extra SD card in it for additional storage. All this to say there's no need to pay for cloud service after purchasing your EufyCam 2C's.

On top of that, Eufy builds in onboard AI inside of each camera that can identify humans without storing their identity or sending that data to the cloud. Just like the video storage, this option is completely free and included with every EufyCam. The EufyCam 2C even has two-way audio and customizable motion alerts, as well as the ability to arm and disarm the system based on whether you're home or away.

The EufyCam 2C specializes in night vision thanks to a powerful infrared light that can illuminate the dark without casting light that's visible to the human eye. But what if you want someone to know they're being watched while they prowl around your property? Eufy has outfitted the EufyCam 2C with a spotlight that can be used to shine a little color on that nighttime video, too.

The universal mounts included make it easy to mount the EufyCam 2C indoors or outdoors, as well as on a variety of surfaces. It's simple to remove to for when you need to recharge the built-in battery, which only needs to be topped up twice a year. All in all, this camera setup isn't just affordable, it's also powerful and helps keep you safe while keeping your budget in check.

Pros:

  • Black & white and color night vision with a spotlight
  • IP67 weather-resistant
  • On-device AI-based human detection
  • 135-degree field of view
  • Free unlimited local recording

Cons:

  • Requires a base station
  • Doesn't tie into many smart home services well

Best Overall



EufyCam 2C

Free storage, AI, and a spotlight.

The EufyCam 2C does a lot, including night vision, a spotlight, local storage, and even on-board AI human detection.

Upgrade Pick: Arlo Pro 3

Arlo Pro 3 Cam

Arlo Pro 3 CamSource: Arlo

Sometimes you get what you pay for, and that's exactly what the Arlo Pro 3 is all about. While it's the most expensive setup on this list, it does absolutely everything you could ever want and it looks good doing it.

Arlo's upgraded flagship camera sports the best video quality you'll find from a wireless camera, with unbelievably crisp 2K (2560p) HDR video. That means you won't just see every minute detail, but the HDR video will keep the brightest and darkest parts of the video balanced and easy to see. It can even identify humans, animals, vehicles, and even packages when you pair it with an Arlo Smart subscription.

Arlo has some of the best security you'll find from any provider on this list, including 2-factor authentication on Arlo accounts. Arlo also ties in marvelously with popular smart home systems like Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and even IFTTT. It's got two-way audio support and even a built-in floodlight for color night vision.

There are two real downsides to the Arlo Pro 3, but they can be wrapped up in the same package: cost. The Arlo Pro 3 will not only cost more out of the box, but you'll need an Arlo Smart subscription in order to activate all the features. On the bright side, an Arlo Smart subscription is only $3 per month and enables 30-day cloud storage, as well as AI-based object detection and customizable motion zones.

Pros:

  • Operates wired or wireless
  • IP65 weather-resistant
  • Stunning 2K HDR video
  • 160-degree field of view
  • Local and cloud recording options

Cons:

  • Requires a base station
  • Expensive and requires a subscription for some features
  • Local storage can sometimes be buggy

Upgrade Pick



Arlo Pro 3

A versatile camera that stores a week of footage for free.

The Arlo Pro 3 is the most capable wireless outdoor camera in its class, with super high-resolution video and more.

Best Value: Blink Outdoor

Blink Outdoor

Blink OutdoorSource: Blink

It's hard to find a more affordable security camera with as many features as Blink Outdoor. It offers the same two-way audio, customizable motion alert zones, and night vision as the other cameras on this list for a fraction of the cost. One of its key features is its promise to last up to two years off of two AA batteries. Amazon will even begin selling a battery pack that will last a whopping four years on a single charge.

Of course, the Blink Outdoor is also weather-resistant, making it ideal for placing outdoors, and it even has a built-in temperature sensor. Blink offers free cloud storage, rather than requiring a subscription plan. The new Blink Sync Module 2 supports USB drives and can locally store footage from up to 10 Blink cameras. If you'd prefer to run the Blink Outdoor from a wall outlet or even a battery pack, it also has a Micro-USB port. Of course, USB-C would've been ideal, but you can't win them all.

Pros:

  • Very affordable
  • Free cloud storage
  • Lasts up to two years on two AA batteries
  • Supports Amazon Alexa
  • Local storage for up to 10 cameras

Cons:

  • Clunky software
  • Micro-USB rather than USB-C

Best Value



Blink Outdoor

The cheapest security camera around is better than you'd think

Blink Outdoor packs in two-year battery life, night vision, 2-way audio, HD video, and even free cloud storage.

Works with Alexa: Ring Stick Up Camera

Ring Stick Up Cam hero

Ring Stick Up Cam heroSource: Android Central

Ring is best known for its Video Doorbells, but the Stick Up Cam packs most of the same features and can be easily installed just about anywhere. Of course, since Ring belongs to Amazon, the Stick Up Cam also integrates nicely with Alexa. You can easily pull up your video feed on smart displays like the Echo Show.

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The Stick Up Camera comes in separate battery-powered and wired configurations, rather than a single model that handles both. But the battery has a built-in Micro-USB port for easy recharging and lasts for months at a time. It also features two-way audio, motion-activated notifications, and night vision — though you'll have to pay for a Ring Protect plan to view recorded footage.

Pros:

  • Easy to set up
  • Box includes almost all tools needed for installation
  • 1080p video with night vision
  • Integrates well with Amazon Alexa
  • Two-way audio

Cons:

  • Requires a Ring subscription for video storage
  • Doesn't work well with Google Assistant

Works with Alexa



Ring Stick Up Camera

"Alexa, show me my Stick Up Cam"

The Stick Up Cam is a simple camera that's quick and easy to install, integrates with Amazon Alexa, and lasts for months on each charge.

All the Angles: Canary Flex

Source: Canary

The Canary Flex has a unique design that makes use of powerful magnets to connect the camera to its swivel base. This feature makes it easy to adjust its angle quickly. It works over either wired or battery power and has a built-in speaker and microphone for two-way audio.

The Flex can differentiate between people and other moving objects like animals for smarter motion alerts. This way, your pets don't continuously set off the camera while you're out. The 116-degree field of view isn't quite as wide as the other security cameras in this list, and you'll have to pay for services like two-way audio and 30-day video storage. Still, the Flex is an excellent offering with water resistance and night vision.

Pros:

  • IP65 weather resistance
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Works wirelessly or wired
  • Easily adjustable angle
  • Two-way audio and night vision

Cons:

  • Only 720p video
  • Narrow 116-degree field of view

All the Angles



Canary Flex

Works with magnets for easy attachment and alignment.

The Canary Flex's unique design allows you to attach the camera and adjust its angle quickly.

Best Security Camera with Light: Ring Spotlight Cam

Ring Spotlight Cam Mounted

Ring Spotlight Cam MountedSource: Android Central

If you've already heavily invested in the Amazon Alexa or Ring ecosystems, it probably makes the most sense to stick with Ring's excellent line of cameras. The Ring Spotlight Cam brings the best of Ring's outdoor cameras in a wireless, unassuming form factor. It's large enough to feature prominent LED lights and a sizable battery, but small enough to not stand out too much.

As the price implies, the Ring Spotlight Cam is more capable than the Ring Stick Up Cam since it has a larger field-of-view (so it can see more of your yard), and even has a siren that can be used to ward off intruders. That built-in spotlight can illuminate large sections of your yard at night and works best out of all the cameras here that have lights attached.

Pros:

  • Built-in LED lights
  • Loud siren for warding off intruders
  • Ring's theft protection guarantee
  • Crisp 1080p video with night vision
  • Water-resistant
  • Lots of optional accessories, like a solar panel

Cons:

  • Requires a Ring subscription for video storage
  • Doesn't work well with Google Assistant

Best Security Camera with Light



Ring Spotlight Cam

Light up the yard

The Ring Spotlight Cam brings all the features you love about Ring's outdoor cameras and adds a super bright light to the mix.

Bottom line

Home security is easier than ever to set up, use, and afford. All of the cameras here are fantastic choices and have their own sets of advantages, but the EufyCam 2C really blew us away this year when it debuted at an excellent price without skimping on the features. It's not only got free local storage and onboard AI-based human detection, but it sports a floodlight with color night vision and six-month battery life, to boot.

Eufy's design means you won't ever have to pay for yet another monthly subscription cost, which is a big deal in a world full of monthly subscriptions. That's the kind of pro-consumer behavior we've come to expect and love in modern smart home tech, and it makes using and recommending these kinds of fantastic gadgets easy. Looking for a great way to secure your home this year? These are definitely the best ways to do it.

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