Best Wireless Security Cameras of 2022

We tested over 30 wireless security cameras to find the best features, video quality, and cloud storage.
Best overall
Reolink Argus 3 Pro
Reolink Argus 3 Pro
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
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    2K video resolution
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    Affordable solar panel
Best budget
TP-Link Tapo (Static)
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
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    1080p video resolution
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    Under $50
Best for smart home
Arlo Pro 4
Arlo Pro 4
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
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    2K video resolution
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    Top-tier smart home integration
Best tech
Nest Cam (Battery)
Google Nest Cam
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
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    1080p video resolution
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    Design and aesthetic
Best pan-tilt
TP-Link Tapo (Pan-Tilt)
4 out of 5 stars
4
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    1080p video resolution
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    Under $60

We love the convenience and flexibility of wireless home security cameras and this year, there's a new sheriff in town: Reolink Argus 3 Pro. Reolink sports 2K video quality, a bright spotlight, and a wire-free design—features it shares with Arlo Pro 4, our previous winner. But Reolink offers a smaller price tag.

Although Arlo offers more advanced features like motion zones and better smart home compatibility, Reolink offers local storage, a longer warranty, and a very affordable solar panel add-on. These small improvements make a huge difference when the best wireless security cameras are so similar.

Find out which cameras on our list are truly wireless, which ones you can use indoors and outdoors, and what smart features each one offers in our comparison table and security camera reviews.



Compare the best wireless security cameras

Camera
Best for
Rating
Price
Type
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Best overall
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Indoor/outdoor, battery or solar-powered 1440p (2K) Colour/infrared
Best budget
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Indoor, wired1080p Infrared
Best for smart home
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Indoor/outdoor, battery-powered1440p (2K) Colour/infrared
Best tech
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Indoor/outdoor, battery-powered1080p Infrared
Best pan-tilt
4 out of 5 stars
4
Indoor, wired 1080p Infrared
Best for Alexa
4 out of 5 stars
4
Indoor/outdoor, battery-powered 1080p Infrared

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Best wireless security camera reviews

1. Reolink Argus 3 Pro: Best overall

Best overall
Reolink Argus 3 Pro
Reolink Argus 3 Pro
Our Rating
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
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$199.99

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We love the Reolink Argus 3 Pro because it performs on nearly the same level as Arlo Pro 4 for around 75% of the price, making it an easy choice to top our rankings as the best wireless camera. While Reolink's cloud storage isn't as good as the options from Arlo and Ring, its microSD card slot gives it a local storage advantage. You don't need a paid subscription to save videos from your Reolink camera.

You can pick up a solar-powered version for around $30 extra, which makes it one of the more affordable solar cameras on the market.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Affordable (even the solar version)
Pro Bullet Excellent video quality
Pro Bullet Bright spotlight
Pro Bullet MicroSD video storage
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Cons
Con Bullet No removable battery
Con Bullet No motion zones

We highly recommend the Reolink Argus 3 Pro over the normal Reolink Argus 3. Its 2K video resolution, larger battery, and support for 5 GHz Wi-Fi give the Arlo Pro 4 a run for its money. This camera uses a rechargeable battery or solar power, so you have a lot of flexibility for camera placement. Still, the camera doesn't have a removable battery like Arlo Pro 4 and Ring Stick Up Cam—you can't swap a spare in when needed.

It outlasted Arlo Pro 4 in long-term battery tests, which is another notch in Reolink's belt. The local storage helps reduce the camera's Wi-Fi usage (which chews through batteries) for better performance overall. This contrasts with our experience of batteries draining fairly quickly if you record or view video often without a solar panel accessory. Our test wasn't exactly taxing on the cameras, so you can expect to drain the battery in a month or two under normal conditions.

During our tests, we noticed that this camera lacks motion zones and has a narrower field of view (122º) than average, but it's still one of the best choices for most people. It even boasts compatibility with smart home platforms like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Its starlight night vision gives you clear images up to 10 metres without any extra ambient light. Overall we found setup easy and the camera outperformed our expectations, so we're enormous fans of Reolink.

2. TP-Link Tapo (Static): Best budget camera

Best budget
TP-Link Tapo (Static)
Our Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
$41.28

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The TP-Link Tapo static camera is a true powerhouse packed into a budget-friendly package. It includes two-way audio, a built-in alarm, up to 9 metres of night vision, and a 105-degree viewing range. Plus, just over $40 is still a steal for a wireless camera this good.

TP-Link does offer 30 days of cloud storage history for an extra fee from $4.99 per month (discounted to $48.99 annually), or you can simply save photos and footage to your smartphone, tablet, or microSD card for free.

One of the only things we don’t like is that you need a power cord, which limits placement options compared to battery-powered cameras.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Affordable price
Pro Bullet Two-way audio
Pro Bullet Motion detection
Pro Bullet Built-in alarm
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Cons
Con Bullet Wired power cord
Con Bullet Playback can be laggy
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TP-Link Tapo (Pan-Tilt)

If you want more coverage from your wireless security cam, the pan-tilt model of the TP-Link Tapo Wi-Fi camera offers 360 degrees of horizontal viewing and 114 degrees of vertical viewing. Check out our full review below.

3. Arlo Pro 4: Best for smart home

Best for smart home
Arlo Pro 4
Arlo Pro 4
Our Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
$259

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The Arlo Pro 4 offers compatibility with more smart home platforms than any other entry on our list. It works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and Samsung SmartThings.

We love that it's 100% wire-free— it doesn't need a power cord and still manages to outperform the competition. Its Wi-Fi connection and battery make it easy to install practically anywhere a ladder can reach.

The Arlo Pro 4 is an excellent battery-powered camera, especially if you want a quick setup, multiple cameras, and outstanding video quality. Its 2K video captures more detail than 1080p outdoor cameras and records clear video any time of day thanks to infrared night vision and a built-in spotlight.

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Pros
Pro Bullet 2K video resolution
Pro Bullet 100% wire-free design
Pro Bullet Indoor/outdoor versatility
Pro Bullet Smart home integration
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Cons
Con Bullet High price
Con Bullet Paid cloud storage

It's a breeze to set up, thanks to a helpful tutorial in the Arlo app. And the magnetic wall mount makes it easy to install anywhere. While you have to pay for cloud video storage on the Arlo Pro 4, it's one of the more affordable subscriptions out there from $4.49 a month.

Arlo 4 fixes the biggest drawback of Arlo Pro 3 in that it no longer requires a base station, which was available only when buying two or more cameras. This makes it a more affordable choice, though it's still more expensive than the average wireless camera (including some Arlo cameras). The price played a major role in the Reolink Argus 3 Pro claiming the top spot on our list.

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Arlo on a budget

Arlo recently released a more affordable wire-free camera: Arlo Essential Spotlight (about $164). We love that it doesn't require a base station like older Arlo cameras, and it sports a bright spotlight for color video at night like the Arlo Pro 4.

4. Google Nest Cam (Battery): Best tech

Best tech
Nest Cam (Battery)
Google Nest Cam (Battery)
Our Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
$319

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The Google Nest Cam (Battery) is awesome when it comes to image, video, and sound quality. Plus, it fixes one of our biggest complaints about the Nest Cam IQ by opening up most of its smart alerts to users without a Nest Aware subscription.

This is Google's first battery-powered security camera, and we're pleased to say its battery holds up well in tests. There's even built-in video storage that keeps the camera recording up to a week's worth of clips when the internet drops.

There's even free cloud storage now, making Nest a lot more viable for those on a budget. It stores only three hours of video clips, but that's better than Arlo and Ring's complete lack of free storage.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Great video quality
Pro Bullet Battery-powered
Pro Bullet Local backup storage
Pro Bullet Quality design and aesthetic
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Cons
Con Bullet High price
Con Bullet Facial recognition requires subscription

Among the smart alerts you can use for free are person, animal, and vehicle detection, along with motion zones. The fact that you can use so many features without a monthly subscription is a big improvement.

You still need to pay to use the facial recognition, but we're not as excited about that. We especially like that you don't need to pay a separate fee for each camera in your home.

5. TP-Link Tapo (Pan-Tilt): Best pan-tilt

Best pan-tilt
TP-Link Tapo (Pan-Tilt)
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
$48.94

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At SafeWise, we’re pretty big TP-Link fans, and this Tapo pan-tilt security camera doesn’t disappoint. Its remote pan-and-tilt function, easy setup, and variety of video storage options make this one of the best cameras available for well under $100.

Like its static version above, the pan-tilt model includes features like two-way audio, motion detection, and a built-in alarm. However, if you can swing the extra 15 or so bucks, we think it's well worth it for the added functionality that comes with being able to pan 360 degrees horizontally and 114 degrees vertically.

Aside from the fact that it's not battery-powered, the only downside to the TP-Link Tapo pan-tilt camera is that, unless you're connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the camera, you'll have to refresh the stream every five minutes to continue viewing.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Affordable price
Pro Bullet Two-way audio
Pro Bullet Wide viewing range
Pro Bullet Motion detection
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Cons
Con Bullet Motion tracking requires subscription
Con Bullet Playback outside of Wi-Fi network limited to 5 minutes

6. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery: Best for Alexa

Best for Alexa
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
$179

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The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is completely wire-free, so you have a ton of flexibility in where you put it. And it costs around $100, making it one of the most affordable security cameras you can use both indoors and outdoors. It's an ideal wireless camera for an Alexa smart home, though we'd like it better if it supported Google Assistant and HomeKit like Arlo does.

If you need a wireless outdoor camera on a budget, the Stick Up Cam Battery is a great bet. Ring also has one of the most competitive cloud storage plans on the market, costing just $4 a month for 60 days of storage.

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Pros
Pro Bullet No power cables to wrangle
Pro Bullet Indoor/outdoor capability
Pro Bullet Motion-activated sensors
Pro Bullet Alexa compatibility
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Cons
Con Bullet Tedious process to recharge battery
Con Bullet Short battery life

We've seen reports of short battery life on Ring products (some say it lasts about a month), and recharging the Stick Up Cam is a tedious process since you need to remove the battery each time. While there's a wired option for this camera—Stick Up Cam Plug-In—you lose the flexibility of installing it anywhere.

You can get a solar panel accessory so you don’t need to remove the battery as often, but it’ll cost you extra.

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Ring Spotlight Cam

The Ring Spotlight Cam (about $279) costs twice as much as the Stick Up Cam but has a couple of added benefits. The built-in siren and bright spotlight can help deter unwelcome visitors by sounding an alarm that's hard to ignore. We also like that the spotlight can double as a path light for getting to and from your car at night.

Final word

There are so many wireless security cameras to choose from—we barely scratched the surface of what kinds of cameras are out there. Still, the Reolink Argus 3 Pro is a standout option with 100% wire-free operation, local storage, cheap solar panel, and impressive video quality.

It's not a perfect camera, especially since it lacks the motion zones you can find on most competitors, but it's a refreshing change from cloud-centric brands like Arlo and Ring.

For more information about wireless security cameras, see our list of frequently asked questions below.

Wireless security camera FAQ

Unfortunately, yes, security cameras can be vulnerable to hacking—but we have a handful of protective tips for you.

Nearly every security camera we looked at supports encryption. This protects the camera’s data stream (like videos of your kids after school) from prying eyes.

No matter what security features come with your camera, these tips can help you maximize the privacy of your security cameras:

  • Buy a camera with a recognisable name and purchase it from a trustworthy seller.
  • Make sure your home Wi-Fi network is secure.
  • Create unique, strong passwords for your camera and any apps you use to access it.
  • Keep firmware up to date on your camera and your Wi-Fi router.
  • Turn off remote viewing when you don’t need it.
  • Block the lens of your camera when you’re not using it—a post-it or a piece of painters tape will work.

We’ve learned that many people want a wireless security camera to keep an eye on the people and pets they love. If this is your goal, here are some things to consider:

  • Two-way communication: This lets you listen in and talk to the pets or people at home.
  • Night vision: Clear images in low light are especially important if you want to use the camera as a baby monitor.
  • Field of view: Most security cameras use a wide-angle lens, while baby monitors often use a more narrow range of vision to focus on the baby.
  • Pan and tilt: If you’re viewing pets or older kids remotely from the office or on a beach, you may want to be able to move the camera angle.​

Wireless cameras can’t have it all. It would be great if they could watch things inside by day, and keep an eye on what’s going on outside after dark, right? But it rarely works.

Most indoor security cameras will pick up glares and reflections when aimed out a window. This obscures the outside view, making it useless.

If security both outdoors and indoors is a priority for you, we recommend getting the right type of camera for each area. You may be able to find an indoor camera that claims to be specifically designed to minimise the glare and reflection of a window, but be sure to read a lot of customer reviews to back the claim up.

If your goal is to protect against intruders, we recommend an outdoor camera first and foremost.

Outdoor security cameras can deter criminals and provide an early warning before someone enters your home. While indoor security cameras often help people catch a burglar after the fact, you have a better chance of sending a thief running with an outdoor camera.

And if you want to be connected to the police, you should look into security cameras that come with an option to add professional monitoring.

Contributing writer: Rebecca Edwards

How we reviewed wireless cameras

To find the best wireless security cameras, we looked at price, image quality, reliability, ease of setup, smart features, night vision, and customer satisfaction.

We tested several cameras in our homes, read expert reviews, researched industry standards and camera specs, and consulted thousands of customer reviews.

  • 200+ hours of research and testing
  • 33 in-home tests
  • 48 products considered

Battery-powered cameras that completely fall into the wire-free category, like the Reolink Argus 3 Pro, Arlo Pro 4, Google Nest Cam, and Ring Stick Up Cam, got extra credit when it came to ranking the top wireless security cameras this year. But we couldn’t dismiss high-quality Wi-Fi cameras like the TP-Link Tapo range just because of a compulsory power cord.

Find out more about how we rank and review products in our full methodology.


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Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time of publish and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the retailer’s website at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. SafeWise Australia utilises paid affiliate links.
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