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Last updated: 25 May 2018

Whether using them for security monitoring 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 also includes "wire-free" models that not only communicate over a wireless network and the internet, but 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
  • are totally wire-free

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).

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

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

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

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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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