Best Smart Home Security Cameras - October 2017

When it comes to getting started with making your home a bit smarter, many people look first to home security - which means security cameras. There are many options available right now, and they appear to get better and better with more and more competition coming into the market. In the past month, about 5 new security cameras have been announced from TP-Link, NETGEAR and Nest. There are basically two different types of security cameras. Those that are wired and those that are not. Both of which are included in this list.

In the list below, you will find smart security cameras from Logitech, NETGEAR, TP-Link, Nest, Yi and a few others, and the majority of them work with Alexa. There's even a smart doorbell included here, since it can double as a security camera for your front yard. Some of the cameras listed are able to double as an outdoor and indoor camera, and some are made specifically for either indoors or outdoors, as you'd expect. All of these are great choices, and the majority of them are over $100 with some pretty good video quality, which is important. Because let's face it, if you can't see who is trying to break in, what's the point of the camera.

Logitech Circle 2

The Logitech Circle 2 is an indoor/outdoor camera that you can use to keep your home safe. It can even stick onto a window and be used inside to keep an eye on outdoors. It does also work with Amazon Alexa, allowing you to see what's happening from your <a href="http://geni.us/VNBuB">Echo Show</a>, <a href="http://geni.us/ldUosVg">Echo Spot</a> or your TV if you have a <a href="http://geni.us/p6m0t2">Fire TV</a>.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is actually much more than just a camera. It's a doorbell with a camera built-in, and the reason that it made this list, is the fact that you can still keep an eye on what's going on in front of your home with this doorbell. The doorbell does allow you to also answer the door when you aren't home and get notifications when there is movement in front of your home.

YI Home Camera Wireless IP Security Surveillance System

This isn't so much a "smart" security camera, but it does its job. Which is to keep an eye on everything. It does stream in 720p, which is about what you'd expect from most cameras. It is also the cheapest camera on this list, so it's great for using inside your home.

Arlo Q Plus by NETGEAR

Arlo is a big name in the world of smart security cameras, and the Arlo Q Plus is one of the many options available from NETGEAR. This is a standing camera that will sit on a table or mounted inside your home. It does stream in 1080p and also works with Alexa, allowing you to stream on devices like the <a href="http://geni.us/VNBuB">Echo Show</a>, <a href="http://geni.us/ldUosVg">Echo Spot</a> or a <a href="http://geni.us/p6m0t2">Fire TV</a>.

Nest Cam IQ

The Nest Cam IQ is the company's newest smart security camera and it is able to stream in 4K. Which may sound like overkill for a security camera, but what this means is that you'll be able to zoom in and the quality won't be degraded, allowing you to see exactly what's happening. This particular one also has the Google Assistant inside, which could replace your Google Home.

Logitech Circle

This is the original camera from Logitech, and it's a good choice if you are looking to save a bit of cash. This one is actually a two-pack, so it is more expensive. This one does not work outside however. This does stream in 1080p and allows you to record 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It can go wireless, but not for very long, so you'll want to go ahead and keep it on its base most of the time.

Ring Floodlight Camera

Going back outside, we have the Ring Floodlight Camera, which is going to go great with the Doorbell Pro that we already listed. This is a good one to add to the side or the back of your home. It is motion activated, so once it detects motion, it'll pop up the lights, and it is recording the entire time. So you'll be able to see what's happening.

Arlo Pro by NETGEAR Security System with Siren

While NETGEAR did announce the Arlo Pro 2 today, it's not yet available and the Arlo Pro is even cheaper right now. It does stream at 720p instead of 1080p in the Arlo Pro 2. But by picking up this system, you can then pick up a single Arlo Pro 2 in a few weeks when they become available. Because you'll have the base already.

Nest Cam Outdoor

This is Nest's first outdoor camera, which means it is indeed weather-proof, which is a big deal. It can be mounted outside on your home, or even on a fence around your home. It does need to be plugged in, and that's where something like the Arlo Pro comes in ahead of the Nest Cam Outdoor, since it doesn't need to be plugged in.

TP-Link Kasa Cam (KC120)

This camera from TP-Link is a bit of a sleeper, largely since most people don't know TP-Link is in this industry. But the KC120 was just announced a few weeks ago and it also works with Alexa. Which allows you to stream it on your <a href="http://geni.us/VNBuB">Echo Show</a>, <a href="http://geni.us/ldUosVg">Echo Spot</a> or <a href="http://geni.us/p6m0t2">Fire TV</a>. Additionally, it streams in 1080p and has a 130-degree field of view, allowing it to easily get the entire room in its view.

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