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Last updated: 09 March 2017

Whether monitoring for security or for viewing your pets, wireless security cameras give you the peace of mind that comes with being able to monitor your home – inside and out – when you're not there.

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Our test covers indoor and outdoor wireless security cameras that work locally and over the internet, giving you access via your computer, tablet or smartphone. Our expert testers give every wireless security camera a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are the best performers
  • are easiest to install and use
  • have the best features.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find which wireless security cameras have all the specs you need, such as pan/tilt and zoom, remote control, microphone and speaker, motion detection, night vision, plus local and cloud storage. 

See how we test security cameras and what we found during testing. Our security camera buying guide explains the features to look for. 

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Price paid as of May 2016. NB: The Cammy models are available via subscription-based purchase that includes both for $29 per month.

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Can you get access to the camera via the Android Operating System on your phone?

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Can you get access to the camera via the iOS on your Apple device?

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Ease of use score includes installation (30%) plus recording and motion (70%) features.

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Image quality score takes into account normal light (50%) and low light (50%) conditions.

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Specifications

Local storage

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Whether the camera can take memory cards that hold video and image recordings. 

802.11n Wi-Fi band (GHz)

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All the cameras in this test use 802.11n in the 2.4GHz band (single band only), except for the Panasonic cameras, which use DECT to communicate with their hub.

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Ethernet

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Whether the camera has an ethernet port for wired networking.

Motion detection scheduler

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Lets the camera make recordings at predetermined periods.

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