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Last updated: 08 November 2018

Whether using them for security monitoring from afar or just for keeping an eye on your pets, wireless 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 cameras that work locally and over the internet, giving you access via your computer, tablet or smartphone. This test includes cameras that plug into mains power and also includes "wire-free" models that are battery powered and don't require a power cable. 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 the specs you might need, such as pan/tilt and zoom functions, remote control, microphones and speakers, motion detection, battery powered operation, and local and cloud storage.

See how we test security cameras. Our security camera buying guide explains the features to look for. 

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If the camera is completely wire-free (powered by batteries).

Removable battery

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Where applicable, whether the battery can be removed from the camera for charging.

Kit or camera only

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Whether the camera comes as part of a kit or as a stand-alone camera only. Note that some cameras can be bought stand-alone or in a kit, whilst others only come as part of a kit.

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Ease of use score includes installation (30%) plus recording and motion (70%) features. Recording and motion takes into account image and video capture ability, cloud storage and remote access, as well as alerts and notifications.

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Image quality score

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

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Local storage

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

High speed internet required

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Very few cameras require a high speed Internet connection, usually when they don't have a way to reduce the image quality so need a good upload speed.



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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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  • Motion detection actions triggered
  • Motion area selection
  • Home and away setting
  • Noise detection
  • Ongoing costs (Cloud storage, remote access)
  • Google Home integration
  • Good points
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  • Brand
  • Model
  • Description
  • Availability
  • Price
  • Kit or camera only
  • Kit required
  • Kit inclusions
  • Camera type
  • Wire-free
  • Power supply (B = batteries; M = mains)
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Number of batteries
  • Removable battery
  • Claimed battery life (months)
  • Solar panel accessory available
  • Weatherproof rating
  • Maximum resolution
  • Megapixels
  • Field of view (H/V or diagonal, degrees)
  • Frame rate (fps)
  • Video format
  • High speed internet required
  • Image settings in app
  • Night vision
  • Night vision range (metres)
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi band (GHz)
  • Ethernet
  • Pan
  • Tilt
  • Zoom
  • Stand or wall mount
  • Email alert with picture
  • Motion detection
  • Motion detection scheduler
  • Microphone
  • Speaker
  • Siren
  • Local storage
  • FTP storage
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  • Remote access via Android and iOS apps
  • Remote access via web browser
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