Best Motion Sensor Security Cameras

Our research and testing led us to the Arlo Pro 4, but don’t miss our other camera picks’ specialties.
Best overall
Reolink Argus 3
Reolink Argus 3 Pro
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
  • pro
    1440p (2k) resolution
  • pro
    Solar power option
Best doorbell camera
Nest Doorbell Battery
Nest Doorbell (battery)
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
  • pro
    960 x 1280p resolution
  • pro
    Intelligent motion detection
Best for budgets
Reolink Lumus
Reolink Lumus
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
  • pro
    1080p resolution
  • pro
    Built-in siren
Best pan camera
Eufy Solo IndoorCam P24
Eufy Indoor Cam 2K
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
  • pro
    1440p (2k) resolution
  • pro
    10m night vision

Most security cameras have motion detection, but not all of them do it well. We found that the Reolink Argus 3 Pro is motion-sensor camera royalty. It wins the crown with super-sensitive motion detection that can distinguish between people and cars, cutting down on false alarms.

During our research, we also found the best camera for those on a budget, the best doorbell camera, and the best pan-tilt camera.



Compare the best motion sensor cameras

Camera
Best for
Price
Human detection
Field of view
Power source
Local storage
Learn more
Read review
Best overall
Icon Yes  LightYes
122°Battery, solar
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Best doorbell camera
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145° Battery
Icon No  LightNo
Best for budgets
Icon Yes  LightYes
100° Wired
Icon Yes  LightYes
Best pan camera
Icon No  LightYes
125° (with 360° horizontal and 96° vertical pan)Wired
Icon Yes  LightYes

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1. Reolink Argus 3 Pro: Best motion sensor camera overall

Best overall
Reolink Argus 3
Reolink Argus 3 Pro
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Starts at
$199

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The Reolink Argus 3 Pro is one of our favourite security cameras because it offers solid features that, unlike many other (often more expensive) security cameras, aren't locked behind a monthly subscription fee.

  • 1440p (2k) resolution
  • 122° diagonal field of view
  • Local storage option
  • 7 days free cloud storage
  • Siren
  • Light
  • 16x digital zoom
  • Two-way audio
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

We also love that there's a solar-powered version that only costs $30 more and does away with the need for charging.

pro
Pros
pro Colour night vision
pro Local storage and included cloud storage
pro Compatible with Alexa and Google
pro Light and siren
con
Cons
con Comparatively narrow field of view

The only real downside to the Argus 3 Pro is its relatively limited field of view. At 122 degrees, it's considerably narrower than comparable cameras.

However, we think the fact that no ongoing subscription is necessary for access to key features or cloud storage more than makes up for this minor shortcoming, as you could feasibly double the field of view with an extra camera and still end up paying less overall than some other models that require a subscription.

2. Nest Doorbell: Best motion sensor doorbell camera

Best doorbell camera
Nest Doorbell Battery

Price is accurate as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

The Nest Doorbell (Battery) is on the pricier side, but when it comes to motion and AI features, it’s top dog. The camera can tell the difference between a car, package, human, or pet, so you get fewer false alerts. Even better, it recognises familiar faces. Yup, that’s right. This doorbell camera can learn the difference between your mum’s face and your best friend's. And it can even tell you when they’re at the door thanks to a feature called Familiar Faces.

Other than that, it has some decent specs:

  • 960 x 1280p resolution
  • 145° field of view
  • Two-way audio with noise cancellation
  • Works with Google Assistant and Alexa
  • Night vision up to 3 metres
pro
Pros
pro Facial recognition
pro Pre-set responses
pro 3 hours free camera storage
con
Cons
con No colour night vision
con Expensive

You can set up what types of alerts you want. Get alerts when a package is delivered, when the doorbell sees a person, or when anything triggers the motion sensor. You can also use the app to answer the door automatically with pre-set responses.

Unlike with other doorbell cameras like Ring, you can see up to three hours of camera history for free. That means you don’t need to sign up for a subscription.

On the downside, it is quite an expensive bit of kit, and you'll only be able to see in black and white at night.

3. Reolink Lumus: Best budget motion sensor camera

Best for budgets
Reolink Lumus
Reolink Lumus
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
$79.99

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If our top pick is beyond your budget, never fear—we found a more affordable version that’s almost as good: Reolink Lumus. At less than $100, the Lumus is reasonably priced, especially if you want to put up more than one camera. Best of all, its features aren’t kept behind a paywall.

Features include:

  • SD card storage options
  • 7 days free cloud storage
  • Siren
  • Light
  • 1080p resolution
  • 100° field of view
  • Two-way audio
  • Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Night vision up to 10 metres
pro
Pros
pro Floodlight and siren
pro Privacy masks
pro Advanced recording ability
pro Advanced motion zone creation
con
Cons
con Narrow field of view
con Wired power only

Lumus also features smart motion recognition and customisable motion zones to halt annoying, unwanted notifications. Most camera apps make you set up a motion zone by adjusting a square or rectangle around the area you want to monitor. With Lumus, you can block out areas you don’t want to monitor by drawing shapes on the screen with your finger or a stylus, granting you a lot more control.

The only thing we're not fans of is the narrow 100-degree field of view, but again, this camera is so cheap, you could simply buy another to double the coverage.

4. Eufy Indoor Cam 2K: Best pan camera

Best pan camera
Eufy Solo IndoorCam P24

Price is accurate as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

The Eufy Indoor Cam 2K can rotate a whopping 360° horizontally and 96° vertically, covering more area than any other camera on this list. It's ideal for keeping track of roaming pets, or even as a baby monitor.

Some of its features include:

  • 1440p (2K) resolution
  • 120° field of view with 360° horizontal and 96° vertical pan
  • 8x zoom
  • Human and pet detection
  • 256-bit encryption
  • Activity zones
  • Two-way audio
  • 10m night vision
  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant and HomeKit
pro
Pros
pro Wide viewing range
pro Local storage option
pro 10m night vision
pro 256-bit encryption for added security
con
Cons
con Wired power only

We appreciate that this Eufy cam supports SD card storage of up to 128GB, which means you don't need to fork out extra for monthly cloud storage fees (unless you want to). You're also not missing out on any features by opting out of Eufy's subscription plan, which is a breath of fresh air.

Final word

The Arlo Pro 4 is the perfect mix of useful features and quality motion detection. We love its wide field of view, package detection, and that it works so darn good you have to throttle it back.

If you’re on a budget, don’t overlook the Reolink Lumus. It may be cheap, but it’s far from trash. It provides quality video and a bevy of features that rival more expensive cameras.

Still on the fence? Take a look at our home security camera top picks.

How we reviewed motion sensor security cameras

It took hours of research and comparison coupled with dozens of years of safety and security expertise to choose the top motion sensor security cameras for this list. We focused on cameras that don’t just detect motion but do it well. Only cameras that provided advanced motion detection combined with quality features made the list.

We also hand-tested many of these cameras. For real-life comparisons, we even had our pets give the motion sensors a run for their money.

Learn more about how we review products and services by visiting our methodology page.

FAQ

A PIR motion sensor (passive infrared sensor) is used on many security cameras to detect movement. PIR sensors detect movement by measuring the heat that is emitted from objects around them.

PIR security camera technology is pretty basic because the motion sensor can’t tell what it’s looking at; it just knows that a thing is moving. To beef up detection, AI technology is often combined with PIR sensors to detect whether an object is a person or your latest delivery from Amazon.

There are many different types of motion sensors. They all have one thing in common: they measure changes in the space around them to determine if there is movement.

Some measure the light or radiation emitted from objects. Others sense vibrations. Once the data is collected, it sends a signal to your security system or an app on your phone.

Some do, and some don’t. Typically, motion sensor cameras only record when they detect movement to save memory space and battery life. Plus, limited recordings save you from wading through hours of footage to find an event. Typically, brands will require you to sign up for their subscription plan to get 24/7 recording.

They range anywhere from around $50 to $300.


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