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Best home security camera 2022: the top outdoor and indoor cameras we've tested

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The Anker Eufy 2, the Blink Outdoor and the Ring Indoor Cam on a orange background
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Anything that gives you added peace of mind when leaving your home, whether that's just for a few hours or a two-week vacation, is worth the investment in our book. The best home security cameras are an excellent way of doing this, with indoor and outdoor options giving you more control over keeping your home safe and secure 24/7.

Home security cameras can resemble more elaborate CCTV systems, but they're much cheaper and easier to install and maintain. This makes them perfect for ordinary people who want to add a little security to their property but don't feel the need to call in professionals. They also make great additions to smart home devices already installed around the house.

Many of the best wireless security cameras can be used inside or outside, with rugged, waterproof materials to ensure they can't be brought down by rain or snow. Wired cameras are also available and are slightly more reliable as they don't need regular recharging. In this way, these cameras occupy the same space as the best video doorbells, sending an alert when motion is detected in a given zone but focusing more on security features.

When an event is detected, the camera will begin to record video and store it either in the cloud or on a MicroSD card. If you miss an alert, you can go back later and view the footage.

Integration with devices like the best smart locks is also possible, with home security cameras working in tandem to automatically secure the front door if an unwanted visitor is outside. Or, if you want a better view of what's happening, the best smart lights can illuminate a chosen area. And you don't need fancy gadgets, either - the best smart speakers and smart displays make it possible to receive alerts and easily view a live feed of the action.

The best home security cameras are available from most big brands, including Google, Ring, Arlo, and more, and choosing the right one for your home can get confusing. Hopefully, our ranking of the finest options will make it slightly easier. We tested the devices below based on video and audio quality, motion sensors, and their corresponding apps. Keep reading to see what we thought.

Best home security cameras 2022

The EufyCam 2 2-camera kit on a white background

(Image credit: Eufy)
The best home security camera you can buy

Specifications

Resolution: up to 1080p
Footage recording: As much fits onto a 16GB BaseStation
Audio: HD two-way

Reasons to buy

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Clear video record during the day and at night
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No monthly subscription needed
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365-day battery life is longest on the market

Reasons to avoid

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No color night video
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Resolution limited to Full HD

In the crowded world of home security cameras, the Anker Eufycam 2 is a solid mid-range option at an affordable price. While it doesn't offer the highest recording resolution (you'll need the EufyCam 2 Pro (opens in new tab) for 2k video), and there's no color footage at night, for most people, this home security camera hits the sweet spot between price and features. 

The claimed 365-day battery life is the longest of any home security camera we've tested. It's double the battery life of top-of-the-range cameras from Arlo and Ring, which is handy considering the battery isn't swappable, so the camera will be out of action when it needs recharging. It also stores all of its encoded clips directly to the included BaseStation in your living room, which means you don't have to worry about someone somewhere else in the world looking at footage from your property. It can identify if humans triggered a motion alert, although it can't identify animals, vehicles, or other sources like Arlo's home security cameras can. However, it does offer integration with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri. 

Bottom line? If you want a system that doesn't cost anything to maintain but still lets you keep a close eye on your home when you're not there, the Eufycam 2 is excellent. It gives you complete control with no overhead cost.

Read our full review: Anker Eufycam 2 (opens in new tab)

The Eufy SoloCam E40 on a white background

(Image credit: Eufy)
The best affordable home security camera

Specifications

Resolution: up to 2K (2560x1440)
Footage recording: Local storage
Audio: HD two-way

Reasons to buy

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Great value for money
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Detailed footage captured during the day and at night
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8GB of built-in local storage

Reasons to avoid

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No color night video
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Camera is out of action when battery needs recharging

Many of the best home security cameras on the market require an ongoing cost in the form of a subscription to a cloud storage service, where video clips can be stored and reviewed later. However, if you’re after a home security camera with local storage, the Eufy SoloCam E40 is the best on the market in our eyes right now. 

It has 8GB of memory built into the camera itself, where videos are stored - Eufy says this equates to about a month’s worth of footage, based on 30 detections a day, with each video lasting 10 seconds. The video it records is detailed, with a resolution of 2K. However, while this is in color during the day, it’s only in black and white at night, as the camera lacks any form of spotlight that can illuminate the video.

However, the battery life isn’t as long as with the EufyCam 2 (above), although, at around four months, it’s comparable to cameras from rival brands such as Arlo and Ring. However, the battery is built-in, so when it needs recharging, the camera will be out of action. Those compromises aside, it’s excellent value for money. 

Read our full review: Eufy SoloCam E40 (opens in new tab)

Arlo Ultra 2 two-camera kit on a white background

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The best home security camera that records in 4K

Specifications

Resolution: up to 4K (3840x2160)
Footage recording: 30 days with subscription, local storage available
Audio : HD two-way

Reasons to buy

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Extremely detailed color footage
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Integration with Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit
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Smart features reduce false alerts

Reasons to avoid

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Most expensive home security camera on the market
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Video stored locally can’t be seen in the app

Looking for a home security camera that ensures tiny details are visible in the footage it records, even if the camera's field of view is in a large area. The Arlo Ultra 2, which records in 4K, offers just this and is excellent for mounting high-up on your property, for example looking over your driveway, ensuring you can still read a car number plate on the drive. 

The footage the Arlo Ultra 2 records is extremely clear and detailed and in color during the day and night, thanks to a built-in LED. It builds on the Arlo Ultra (opens in new tab) with support for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-F bands and an increased range, which should end connectivity issues. It's also compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit, and has a range of smart features that help reduce the number of alerts the camera sends you.  

However, the Arlo Ultra 2 will set you back a fair amount (it comes in different camera configurations). If you want to store video to review at a later date, you'll need to subscribe to Arlo Secure at an extra cost per month if you're going to continue storing footage in 4K and making use of the various smart features. There is the ability to store footage locally on a micro SD card in the base station, but you can't view these videos through the Arlo app. 

If that's slightly out of your price range, consider the Arlo Pro 3 (opens in new tab), which also comes with a base station for local storage, or the Arlo Pro 4 (opens in new tab), which connects directly to your home Wi-Fi network. Both these Arlo cameras record in 2k, so they still offer detailed footage but are more affordable.  

Read our full review: Arlo Ultra 2 (opens in new tab) 

The Google Nest Cam Battery on a white background

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The best home security camera for facial recognition

Specifications

Resolution: up to 1080p
Footage recording: Three hours free, 30 days with subscription
Audio: HD two-way

Reasons to buy

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Clear footage during the day and at night
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Facial recognition
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Integration with Google Assistant

Reasons to avoid

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No color night vision
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Camera is out of action when it needs charging

The Google Nest Cam (battery) is a versatile home security camera that you can use outside or indoors thanks to its rechargeable battery. It also benefits from facial recognition. Using the Google Home app, you can assign names to people detected by the camera and get an alert the next time they appear in the camera's field of view.

On test, we found this home security camera was simple to use and recorded clear color footage during the day, although the lack of a built-in spotlight meant video recorded at night was in black and white. Unsurprisingly, it offers Google Assistant integration and even comes with three hours of free storage. However, if you want to review footage captured by the camera after that point, you will need to invest in a Nest Aware subscription. 

We were disappointed that the battery is built-in to the camera, so it'll be out of action when it needs charging, unlike some of the other cameras in this list that offer swappable batteries. That said, it's a versatile camera. 

Google also offers a mains-powered version, known as the Google Nest Cam (wired), although this isn't weather-proof. 

Read our full review: Google Nest Cam (battery)  (opens in new tab)

The Swann Wire-Free 1080p security camera on a white background

(Image credit: Swann)
The best home security camera for free facial recognition

Specifications

Resolution: 1080p HD streaming
Footage recording: Free seven day cloud storage, up to 60 days with subscription
Audio: two-way

Reasons to buy

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Clear footage during the day and at night
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Free facial recognition and cloud storage
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Integration with Alexa and Google Assistant

Reasons to avoid

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No color night vision
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Camera is out of action when it needs charging
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Mount isn't secure as we'd like

While Google's Nest Cam (above) might offer superior facial recognition, it requires a monthly subscription. If you're on a tight budget, this Swann home security camera is ideal because you get the function for free and seven days' cloud storage. 

On test, we found the Full HD footage captured by the camera was clear both during the day and at night, although with no built-in spotlights, it's only in black and white at night. Even better, the camera integrates with both Alexa and Google Assistant. 

Unfortunately, the battery is built-in to the camera, so you can't use it while it is charging, unlike the cameras that offer swappable batteries - unless you opt for the additional solar panel. We also found that the magnetic mount wasn't as secure as those provided by some rivals, especially if you plan to mount the camera outside within reach. That said, it's excellent value for money. 

Read the full review: Swann Wire-Free 1080p Security Camera  (opens in new tab)

Best indoor home security cameras

The Ring Indoor Cam on a white background

(Image credit: Ring)
The best indoor home security camera

Specifications

Resolution: Up to 1080p HD
Footage recording: 30 days with subscription
Audio: Two-way

Reasons to buy

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Clear footage
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Value for money
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Compact

Reasons to avoid

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Requires a subscription
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No Google Assistant or HomeKit support

The Ring Indoor Cam is the company's entry-level security camera and offers excellent value for money. It is simple to use and records clear Full HD footage when motion is detected during the day and at night. 

However, the only way to review footage once captured is if you subscribe to Ring Protect. It'll cost you per year but also provides access to handy features like person detection and activity zones, which ensure unwanted notifications do not plague you. 

Ring is an Amazon-backed company, so it's no surprise that the only voice integration offered is with Alexa. However, it's unsuitable if your smart home uses Google Assistant or HomeKit.

 Read our full review: Ring Indoor Cam (opens in new tab)

The Blink Mini indoor camera on a white background

(Image credit: Blink)
The best affordable indoor home security camera

Specifications

Resolution: Up to 1080p HD
Footage recording: Up to 30 days with recording
Audio: Two-way

Reasons to buy

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Most affordable model on the market
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Compact
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Crisp video quality

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks person detection
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Local storage requires additional module

One of the most affordable home security cameras on the market, the Blink Mini may be compact, but it certainly packs a punch. The full HD footage it records during the day and at night is clear, and we found the camera simple to set up and easy to control using the app. 

It offers both cloud and local storage, although you'll need to purchase an additional sync module if you want to use local storage, as unlike the Blink Indoor (opens in new tab) and the Blink Outdoor (below), this isn't included. There's a free cloud storage trial bundled with the camera, but you'll need to pay a fee if you want to continue with that option. 

The Blink Mini lacks person detection, something the only slightly more expensive Ring Indoor Cam (above) offers, but for those that want a device with a small footprint, you'll be hard pushed to do better than the Blink Mini.

Read our full review: Blink Mini (opens in new tab) 

The Arlo Essential Indoor Camera on a white background

(Image credit: Arlo)
The best indoor home security camera for privacy

Specifications

Resolution: Up to 1080p HD
Footage recording: Up to 30 days with subscription
Audio: Two-way

Reasons to buy

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Clear, detailed video
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Privacy shutter
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Integration with Alexa and Google Assistant

Reasons to avoid

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No HomeKit support
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Expensive compared to most affordable home security cameras

Privacy is a huge concern for many when choosing a home security camera. But, if the thought of the camera in your home watching your every move is too much to bear, the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera will be right up your street. 

The privacy shutter can automatically be activated when the camera is disarmed, ensuring that the lens and microphone are disabled so there’s no fear of being watched. 

On test, we found the camera recorded clear full HD footage during the day and at night, although you will need to subscribe to Arlo Secure, which costs a monthly fee if you want to review footage after it’s been recorded. On top of that, it works with Alexa and Google Assistant, although it lacks HomeKit support. 

However, while the Arlo Essentials range is billed as the brand’s affordable offering, it’s more expensive than most affordable home security cameras. 

Read our full review: Arlo Essential Indoor Camera (opens in new tab)

Best outdoor home security cameras

The Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro on a white background

(Image credit: Ring)
The best outdoor home security camera for gardens

Specifications

Resolution: Up to 1080p
Footage recording: 30 days with subscription
Audio: two-way

Reasons to buy

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Clear video quality
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Smart features reduce unwanted alerts
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2 x 1,000 lumen spotlights and siren

Reasons to avoid

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No free video storage
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Requires existing mains wiring

If you're seeking the best outdoor home security camera for your garden, the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro is the best on the market. The Full HD camera, which records clear video during the day and at night, is flanked by two 1,000 lumen spotlights that can be set to bathe your yard in light if motion is detected, deterring any would-be intruders. 

A built-in laser enables several handy smart features such as 3D Motion that will only alert you about motion when the source has passed a set threshold to ensure unwanted alerts do not plague you. As Ring is an Amazon-owned company, it ingrates with Alexa too. 

However, it's not perfect. It requires existing mains wiring for a sensor light, which may mean you need an electrician to install the camera for you, and, like all Ring cameras, there's no free video dotage. To review the footage later, you will need a Ring Protect subscription.

Read our full review: Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro (opens in new tab)

The Wyze Cam V3 on a white background

(Image credit: Wyze)
The best affordable outdoor home security camera

Specifications

Resolution: 1080p HD
Footage recording: Free cloud storage
Audio: Two-way

Reasons to buy

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Clear footage during the day and night
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Integrated stand
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Free cloud service and MicroSD slot for local 

Reasons to avoid

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Person detection locked behind paywall
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Unreliable sound detection

If you're looking for an outdoor home security camera on a budget, you'll be hard pushed to do better than the Wyze Cam v3. 

This full HD camera records clear footage during the day and at night and comes with free cloud storage for up to 14 days and a Micro SD card slot for local storage, making it a more than worthy competitor to other budget cameras.

It's one of the few outdoor home security cameras with an integrated stand, so it doesn't have to be mounted to a wall, although it can be if you'd prefer. That said, it requires a power outlet rather than a rechargeable battery, so this may limit outdoor use depending upon your setup.

However, if you're not willing to pay for a monthly subscription, you'll miss out on person detection, and on test, we found it unreliable when detecting unusual sounds and motion.

Read our full review: Wyze Cam v3 (opens in new tab)

The Blink Outdoor camera on a white background

(Image credit: Blink)
Best outdoor home security camera for battery life

Specifications

Resolution: Up to 1080p HD
Footage recording: Free local storage or subscription based cloud storageor cloud storage with sub
Audio: two-way

Reasons to buy

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Far longer than usual battery life
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Local video storage available
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Good value for money

Reasons to avoid

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No color night video
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Lacks person detection

This is one of the most affordable battery-powered outdoor home security cameras on the market right now, and it's also one of the most compact. 

The Blink Outdoor is simple to use and records clear Full HD video during the day and at night. Powered by two regular AA batteries, Blink promises these will last up to two years, which is staggeringly longer than other affordable security cameras, such as the Ring Stick Up Cam, which lasts between three to six months per charge in comparison.

The Full HD footage is clear, although while in color during the day, the lack of any form of light to illuminate the video means it's in black and white at night, and one other area where it's lacking is person detection. Unlike many affordable home security cameras on the market, it can't distinguish whether a person or another source created the motion that triggered an alert. However, for those on a budget, it represents good value for money. 

Read our full review: Blink Outdoor (opens in new tab)

How we test home security cameras

To ensure the home security cameras we’ve reviewed can be fairly compared, we’ve tested and analyzed several crucial features covering style, performance, and practicalities. 

We rated each camera on the quality of the footage it records during the day and in the dark, how clear the two-way talk features are, and the settings to arm and disarm the camera. In addition, for each model, we wanted to know how easy the setup and installation was, as well as how efficient the cameras were at delivering motion notifications and whether AI features were designed to identify if activity has been created by a person, animal, vehicle, or another source, were accurate. 

Where relevant, we compared the battery life of each model, and for cameras with lights and/or sirens, we also compared the brightness and loudness to see if they were sufficient. We also assessed each model for its durability and design,  looking to see if it comes with handy mounting plates and the ability to adjust the camera angle to suit your home.  

How to choose the best home security camera for you

What to consider when buying a home security camera

Start by determining whether you need a home security camera that is weatherproof and can be used outside or if you are looking for a smart security camera you can place inside your home. 

You'll also need to consider how the camera is powered. Some need to be connected to mains power, which may mean you need to employ a professional to install it, whereas others are battery-powered. Look for home security cameras with swappable batteries, so you can purchase additional batteries and ensure the camera isn't out of action for several hours when the battery needs recharging. 

The quality of the video the home security camera records is also essential. Many home security cameras record in Full HD, although some record in a higher resolution of 2k and 4k. While Full HD is sufficient for most homes, if you plan to mount the camera up high, its field of view covers a wide area. Higher resolution cameras will mean you can zoom into the footage and still pick out precise details such as car number plates. 

Most home security cameras record footage in color during the day, although it's in black and white at night. Some come with an LED that can be triggered when motion is detected to ensure footage recorded at night is in color and as a way to scare off any would-be intruders. In addition, some home security cameras have built-in alarms triggered manually from the app or automatically when motion is detected to help deter intruders. 

Finally, consider how video the camera captures is stored - does it require a subscription to save video in the cloud so it can go back and be reviewed after it has happened? Again, remember to factor in this cost. Some cameras offer local storage, so you don't have any ongoing costs associated with the camera, either in the form of memory built into the camera itself or the ability to add a micro SD card to the camera or base station. 

Do home security cameras need to be plugged in?

Not all models need to be plugged in when it comes to powering the best home security cameras. While there are plenty of mains-powered home security cameras on the market, suitable for indoors and outside, if you don't have access to a power socket where you want to install your home security camera, then fear not - there are many models that a rechargeable battery can power. 

How long the battery lasts between charges will depend on how often the camera detects and records motion and how often the app is used to view the camera's live feed, but you can expect anywhere between one month and one year. Some home security cameras have swappable batteries, while others need to be removed completely to be recharged. 

It's also worth noting that some home security cameras that offer a choice of power method may only provide certain features, such as activity zones, when used on mains power. 

What's the difference between home security cameras and surveillance cameras?

Regarding securing your home, there are two options on the market; home security cameras and surveillance cameras, also known as CCTV. So exactly how do they two differ? 

Surveillance cameras have been around for decades, and see cameras are installed, usually on the property's exterior, although they can also be positioned inside. The cameras are connected to a central recorder by cables, and if you want to review the video, you'll need to connect the main recorder to a TV or monitor. 

Surveillance cameras are more expensive than home security cameras. Usually, they require professional installation, but they ensure footage is captured without interference or the risk of a wireless connection failing or a camera battery running out. They also record everything and are only limited by the size of the central recorder, which is considerably larger than the capacity of a MicroSD card or the amount of secure online storage offered by home security cameras. 

However, home security cameras are more affordable than CCTV and far easier to install. Footage is either stored on a MicroSD card inserted into the camera, or base station - if the camera requires one -  or in a secure area online, and you can review it from your smartphone or tablet, which means you don't need to find room for the central recorder and screen. However, most home security cameras don't record continuously, and if the internet connection drops, some cameras won't be able to record. Find out more about CCTV vs smart home security cameras in our article.

Can wireless security cameras work without the internet?

Home security cameras are often called wireless security cameras. Does that mean they require an internet connection to work? In most cases, they do. Unlike CCTV, which requires cables to be laid around your home, wireless security cameras need internet access so they can send a notification to your smartphone when motion is detected, as well as let you view a live feed from the camera no matter where you are.  

While some home security cameras record footage to a MicroSD card inserted into the camera, others store it in a secure area online - something they can't do if they don't have a Wi-Fi or wired internet connection. However, some models, including the Google Nest Cam (battery), will store footage locally for a short period if the internet connection drops, transferring the videos to the cloud storage space when the Wi-Fi is reinstated. 

Do home security cameras invade privacy?

Home security cameras are designed to capture what's going on in and around your property. In some cases, the ideal mounting position means that as well as your property falling within the camera's field of view, you may also end up capturing the road, pavement, a neighbor's driveway, front door, windows, or even their back yard for example. 

The same privacy rules regarding CCTV apply to home security cameras. So, you should be taking adequate steps to protect the privacy of those around you, such as your neighbors.  

If you find sections of their property fall within the field of view of your home security camera,  re-position the camera, so this is no longer the case. If that's not possible, activate any features the camera offers to block out sensitive areas while monitoring your driveway or back garden. 

We'd recommend telling your neighbors about your security cameras while showing them precisely what is and isn't being monitored and recorded by the camera. Also, consider placing the signs and stickers which often come with security cameras in your window to make passers-by aware that they might be monitored or recorded. Finally, find out more in-depth on this subject by reading do home security cameras invade your privacy?

Carrie-Ann Skinner
Carrie-Ann Skinner

Carrie-Ann Skinner was formerly Homes Editor at TechRadar, and has more than two decades of experience in both online and print journalism, with 13 years of that spent covering all-things tech. Carrie specializes in smart home devices such as smart plugs and smart lights, as well as large and small appliances including vacuum cleaners, air fryers, stand mixers, and coffee machines. Carrie is now a copy editor at PWC.