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Last updated: 18 May 2021


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We test and review indoor and outdoor wireless security cameras including models from Arlo, D-Link, Reolink, Swann, TP-Link, Uniden and more.

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, whether you're using them for security monitoring from afar or just for keeping an eye on your pets

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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 security camera buying guide explains the features to look for.

Find out how we test security cameras. 

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. 

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    Price in January 2021 for currently available models.

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    Where the camera is intended to be positioned, whether indoors or outdoors or either.


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      Wire-free cameras are powered by batteries.

        Removable battery

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        Whether the battery can be removed from the camera for charging.

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          • Ease of use score
          • Ongoing costs (Cloud storage, remote access)
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          • Brand
          • Model
          • Description
          • Availability
          • Price
          • Kit or camera only
          • Kit required
          • Kit inclusions
          • Placement
          • Wire-free
          • Power supply
          • 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
          • Image settings in app
          • Night vision
          • 802.11n Wi-Fi band (GHz)
          • Ethernet
          • Pan
          • Tilt
          • Zoom
          • Stand or wall mount
          • Email alert
          • Motion detection
          • Motion detection actions triggered
          • Motion detection scheduler
          • Motion area selection
          • Home and away setting
          • Microphone
          • Speaker
          • Siren
          • Noise detection
          • Local storage
          • FTP storage
          • Cloud storage
          • Remote access
          • Remote access via Android and iOS apps
          • Remote access via web browser
          • Google Home integration
          • Warranty (years)
          • Website


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