The Best Home Security Camera Systems to Protect Your Place While You're Away
One of the last things you want to be worrying about while you’re away on vacation is what’s going on at home. Burglars, intruders, fires, gas leaks, nosy neighbors: each is a homeowner’s worst nightmare. But thanks to the many advances of technological innovation, home security camera systems exist in abundance — perhaps, too much abundance. That’s why we narrowed down a list of the very best ways to keep an eye on your place (and your pets, and your plants) while you’re out traveling the world.
Whether you’re often away for business or just want to keep tabs on your home during family vacation, there are a multitude of affordable home security camera systems with varying features to suit your needs. For example, many models offer smartphone connection, allowing you to check into a live feed of your home from anywhere in the world. Other popular and handy features include motion detection that’ll send alerts to your phone in case something fishy is going on in your living room and two-way audio that’ll let you communicate with the package delivery person, or let you say hi to your kids and remind them that Mom/Dad is always watching (it’s chill).
We’ve gathered up the very best home security camera systems on Amazon and sorted them based on popular features, such as smartphone connection, 360-degree coverage, and outdoor surveillance.
Amazon Cloud Cam Security Camera
A best-selling, Amazon's Choice product, this camera lets you check in from across the globe on your phone via the Cloud Cam app. It also has a night vision feature, so you can see what's going on at any time. Have a peek at the customer reviews for crazy stories of this camera catching burglars and intruders and even saving a beloved dog’s life.
To buy: amazon.com, $120
YI Four-piece Home Camera
This camera system is Amazon's No. 1 best-seller in the Remote Home Monitoring Systems category and has all the popular features such as motion detection, two-way audio, straight-to-cloud recording, and even baby crying detection, so it can double as a baby monitor.
To buy: amazon.com, $120
Amcrest Wireless Security Camera
With this camera, you can check in on your home and schedule recordings straight from your smartphone, whether you're 30 minutes away at the office or in a different time zone. Plus, the HD camera can tilt, allowing you more surveillance coverage than your average home security camera.
To buy: amazon.com, $60
Tenvis HD Wireless Surveillance Camera
This high-definition camera has a 120-degree vertical rotation and a 355-degree horizontal rotation for all-around coverage — a singular camera system that can do the work of multiple cameras. Plus, you can mount it to the wall or ceiling, or just have it standing upright — whatever works best for your space.
To buy: amazon.com, $32 (originally $40)
Wyze Cam Pan
At just $38, this WiFi home security camera is a steal. The Wyze Cam Pan can rotate a full 360-degrees in under three seconds, so you can quickly catch what's going on in your space.
To buy: amazon.com, $38
Arlo Pro Wireless Home Security Camera System
If you're looking for a system with multiple cameras, this is the one to shop. The Arlo Pro system has over 13,000 rave reviews and is even weatherproof, so you can use it for outdoor surveillance as well as indoor.
To buy: amazon.com, $333
Ring Video Doorbell
The Ring Video Doorbell is an incredibly popular option — it‘s amassed more than 20,600 five-star reviews — for those wanting front door surveillance. You can answer the door from anywhere and communicate with those who either ring your doorbell or trip the motion detector. If you'd like to be a little more hands-off, you can also opt in to 24/7 professional monitoring with Ring Protect Plus for just $10 per month.
To buy: amazon.com, $100
Zmodo Wireless Security Camera System
This outdoor surveillance camera comes with a smartphone app so you can always stay connected and features automatic night vision that's crystal clear. Plus, it's an Amazon Best-seller.
To buy: amazon.com, $115
Nest Security Camera
This outdoor security camera will send alerts to your smartphone and features motion and loud audio detection, two-way audio communication, and a sleek and stylish design.
To buy: amazon.com, $171 (originally $299)