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The 10 Best Wireless Security Cameras of 2020

Learn which wireless security cameras deliver the most features, have the best Wi-Fi connectivity, and offer perks like free cloud storage. Find out which ones we picked as the best wireless security cameras.
Written by | Updated June 29, 2020
Wire-free pick
Arlo Pro 3Arlo Pro 3
  • 100% wire-free connection
  • 2K video resolution
  • 100% wire-free connection
  • 2K video resolution
Wire-free budget pick
Ring Stick Up Cam BatteryRing Stick Up Cam
  • No power cables
  • Outdoor capabilities
  • No power cables
  • Outdoor capabilities
Indoor budget pick
Wyze Cam PanWyze Cam Pan
  • Under $40
  • 360° coverage
  • Under $40
  • 360° coverage
Smart home pick
canary proCanary Pro
  • Camera, siren, climate monitor
  • Learning technology
  • Camera, siren, climate monitor
  • Learning technology

Bottom line: Go completely wireless with Arlo Pro 3

We love the convenience and flexibility of wireless home security cameras. One of our favorites, the Arlo Pro 3, is 100% wire-free. Its Wi-Fi connection and battery make it easy to install practically anywhere a ladder can reach.

While you have to pay for cloud video storage on the Arlo Pro 3, it’s one of the more affordable subscriptions out there at $2.99 a month. This is an expensive security camera, but we think it’s worth the investment.

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 below.

Compare the best wireless security cameras

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Type
Wire-free
Video resolution
Night vision
Wire-free pick
Wire-free budget pick
Indoor budget pick
Smart home pick
Indoor-outdoor pick
Free storage pick
Best high-tech camera
Audio quality pick
Home security pick
Budget Alexa pick
Arlo Pro 3 Ring Stick Up Cam Wyze Cam Pan Canary Pro Reolink Argus 2 Amcrest 4MP UltraHD Indoor Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor YI Dome Camera Abode Iota Blink Mini
Arlo Pro 3 Ring Stick Up Cam Battery Wyze Cam Pan canary pro reolink argus 2 camera Amcrest 4MP UltraHD Indoor Nest Cam IQ Indoor Yi Dome Camera Abode Iota security camera Blink Mini camera
$499.99 (2-pack) $99.99 $37.98 $106.15 $89.99 $76.99 $299.99 $33.99 $299.00 $34.99
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wire-free
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Color/infrared Infrared Infrared Infrared Infrared Infrared Infrared Infrared Infrared Infrared
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*Amazon.com list price as of 06/29/2020 at 11:35 a.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

Our approach

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

Battery-powered cameras that fall into that wire-free category, like the Arlo Pro 3 and the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery, got extra credit when it came to ranking the top wireless security cameras this year.

But we couldn’t dismiss high-quality cameras like the Amcrest 4MP UltraHD, Wyze Cam Pan, and Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor just because of a compulsory power cord.

We tested several cameras in our homes, read expert reviews, researched industry standards and camera specs, and consulted thousands of customer reviews. Find out more about how we rank and review products in our full methodology

  • 60+ hours of research and testing
  • 11 in-home tests
  • 28 products considered
  • 1,100+ customer reviews read
  • 10 coffees consumed

Best wireless security camera reviews

1. Arlo Pro 3: Best wire-free camera

Wire-free pick
Arlo Pro 3

The Arlo Pro 3 is our pick for the best wireless security camera because it doesn’t need a power cord and still manages to outperform the competition. We think the Arlo Pro 3 is an excellent choice for a battery-power camera, especially if you want a quick setup, multiple cameras, and outstanding video quality.

Its 2K video captures more detail than 1080p cameras and records clear video any time of day thanks to infrared night vision and a built-in spotlight. A helpful tutorial in the Arlo app makes it incredibly easy to set up. And the magnetic wall mount makes it easy to install anywhere.

The biggest drawback of Arlo Pro 3 is that it requires a base station that you get only when buying two or more cameras. This makes it an expensive choice, but it balances out if you need more than one camera. Read our full Arlo Pro review.

Pros

  • 2K video resolution
  • 100% wire-free design
  • Indoor/outdoor versatility
  • Smart home integration

Cons

  • High price
  • 2 cameras required to get base station

2. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery: Wire-free budget pick

Wire-free budget pick
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

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. As a result, we think the Stick Up Cam Battery is best for people that need a wireless outdoor camera on a budget.

There are 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. You can get a solar panel accessory so you don’t need to remove the battery as often, but it’ll cost you extra. Read our Ring Alarm review to see how Ring products all work together.

Pros

  • No power cables to wrangle
  • Indoor/outdoor capability
  • Motion-activated sensors
  • Smart home compatibility

Cons

  • Tedious process to recharge battery
  • Short battery life

Avoiding breaches

Some Ring users have reported security breaches in their devices that allow bad actors to use the two-way communication and view the video feed. In a statement to SafeWise, Ring noted that these breaches can be avoided by using strong, unique passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, changing passwords regularly, and adding authorized users instead of sharing credentials.

We still like Ring products, but we also recommend users follow security best practices for all internet-connected devices.

3. Wyze Cam Pan: Best budget indoor camera

Indoor budget pick
Wyze Cam Pan

This little Wi-Fi camera can scan an entire room in just three seconds. You can adjust settings with the Pan Scan feature to automatically scan an area to your specifications.

The Wyze Cam’s motion tracking is also cool—if a kid or dog runs through the room, the camera will follow all the action. (No more arguments about who broke the lamp.) Plus, you can pick up the Wyze Cam for under $40.

One of the only things we don’t like is that you need a power cord, which limits placement options. Read our full Wyze Cam Pan review.

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • 360° coverage with Pan Scan
  • Smart motion tracking
  • Free rolling 14-day cloud storage

Cons

  • Wired power cord
  • Hit-and-miss motion alerts

Wyze Cam donations

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Wyze announced that it would donate free security cameras to small business owners in Washington state. Wyze operates out of Seattle, Washington and we applaud the company’s commitment to help its local community. If you have a small business in Washington state, you can fill out an application for a free camera on Wyze's website.

4. Canary Pro: Best smart home camera

Smart home pick
canary pro

Canary Pro combines home security features like a siren and environmental sensors with a smart home security camera. And don’t let the small, unobtrusive design fool you.

Canary has packed enough security features into this Wi-Fi camera to make it qualify for home insurance discounts from many major insurers.

The Canary Pro can sense if the fireplace isn’t fully out or let you know if someone left the tub running. We wish it had a little more power when it comes to night vision, though—it only sees about 20 feet in the dark. Read our full Canary review.

Pros

  • Camera, siren, and climate monitor
  • Learning tech to adjust to your habits
  • Alexa and Google integration
  • Direct connection to emergency services

Cons

  • Only 20-foot range for night vision
  • Subscription required for some features
  • Buggy mobile app

5. Reolink Argus 2: Indoor-outdoor pick

Inside-outside pick
reolink argus 2

We like the Reolink Argus 2 because it works just as well indoors as it does outside. Its starlight night vision gives you clear images up to thirty-six feet without any extra ambient light.

This camera uses a rechargeable battery or solar power, so you have a lot of flexibility about where to place it. In our experience, the battery drains fairly quickly if you don’t use the solar panel accessory.

Setup is easy using the mobile app, but the camera doesn’t have a very stable Wi-Fi connection at times, which leads to choppy video playback. Read our Reolink Argus 2 review.

Pros

  • Email and push notifications
  • Built-in microSD card slot
  • Free video playback via Reolink app
  • No base station

Cons

  • Wi-Fi connectivity issues
  • No web viewing capability
  • Motion detection delays

6. Amcrest 4MP UltraHD Indoor: Free storage pick

Free Storage Pick
Amcrest 4MP UltraHD Indoor

At SafeWise, we’re Amcrest fans, and this wireless indoor 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 under $100.

While this camera records video without issues, there’s a noticeable lag when you stream live video. Unfortunately, the user manual is hard to follow, and mounting the Amcrest 4MP UltraHD on the wall limits the camera’s rotation options.

But we still like the free cloud storage and the addition of two-way talk.

Pros

  • Remote pan and tilt
  • Multiple storage options
  • Two-way communication
  • Smart digital zoom

Cons

  • Limited rotation when mounted
  • Confusing user manual
  • Laggy live streaming

7. Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor: Best high-tech camera

High-tech pick
Nest Cam IQ Indoor

The Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor is awesome when it comes to image, video, and sound quality. Plus it has person alerts and built-in Google Assistant so you can use it as a virtual assistant to control your smart home.

For some, that may be worth the $300 price tag. But while we like the smart functions and home automation compatibility of the Nest Cam IQ, many of the cameras we looked at offer the same perks at a more reasonable price.

The fact that you can’t use many of the best features (including video recording) unless you sign up for a monthly subscription is a big downer.

Read more in our review of the Nest cameras suite and our Nest Cam IQ review.

Pros

  • Great video quality
  • Compatibility with Google Assistant, Alexa, and other Nest products
  • Crystal clear two-way audio
  • Quality design and aesthetic

Cons

  • High price point
  • Required Nest Aware subscription for coolest features

8. YI Dome Camera: Audio quality pick

Audio pick
yi dome camera

This wireless security camera makes us think of R2-D2. It’s cute and looks like the type of tech you can count on to stay in touch with kids and pets when you can’t be at home.

The antinoise filter makes it easy to listen for baby’s cries or chat with kids about homework after school. You can even tell Rover to get off the sofa. Another great feature of the YI Dome Camera is unlimited free cloud storage.

But watch out if you’re an Android user—there are several reported issues with the Android app.

Pros

  • Cute design
  • Motion tracking
  • Antinoise filter for clear audio
  • No cloud storage limit

Cons

  • Limited night vision range
  • Android issues
  • Difficult setup

New model: YI Dome Camera X

The YI Dome Camera X (about $56) is a more-advanced version of the YI Dome Camera with artificial intelligence that helps it spot threats more easily. It records time lapse video to condense hours of footage into a few seconds for easy review. It can also detect people and abnormal sounds for additional security compared to the previous YI Dome Camera.

9. Abode Iota: Home security pick

Home security pick
Abode Iota security camera

The Abode Iota is a high-end home security camera and security system in one. This compact device delivers two-way talk, high video quality, and sensitive motion detection.

It also comes with the option to add 24/7 professional monitoring. That gives you a direct link to help through a monitoring center without buying any additional security equipment.

Best of all, Abode’s professional monitoring starts at just $8 per month, and there’s no contract required. Read our full Abode Home Security review.

Pros

  • 24/7 monitoring available
  • Built-in siren
  • Entry sensors
  • Key fob control

Cons

  • Small size that limits security range
  • Poor sound quality

10. Blink Mini: Budget Alexa pick

Budget Alexa pick
Blink Mini camera

Blink is an Amazon-owned security camera company that focuses on budget cameras. Its latest product is the Blink Mini, which we’ll admit is an attractive little camera. You can buy this camera for about $35, which competes quite well with Wyze and YI, but its main strength is Alexa integration.

Like all Amazon smart devices, this camera is less susceptible to incompatibility issues than third-party brands. Connecting to Alexa and Fire TV devices is a smooth experience and you can even see a live view on Alexa smart displays like the Echo Show.

The Blink Mini requires a paid subscription (about $3 a month) to save videos, making it the first of Blink’s cameras without a free cloud storage option. Even with the subscription, Blink stores the same amount of video (about two hours), which is tiny compared to most brands.

Still, the Blink Mini is a good option if you want an affordable security camera to use with Alexa.

Check out our Blink cameras review for more information.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Compatibility with Alexa, Fire TV
  • Live video on Alexa smart displays

Cons

  • Required subscription for video storage
  • Limited cloud storage, even with subscription

Final word

There’s so many wireless security cameras to choose from and we barely scratched the surface of what kinds of cameras are out there. Still, we think that the Arlo Pro 3 is a standout product with its 100% wire-free operation. Its impressive video quality makes it hard for the competition to keep up. While it’s more expensive than most other cameras, the overall quality of the Arlo Pro 3 helps make up the difference in price.

For more information about wireless security cameras, check out our list of frequently asked questions below. If you’re looking for a wireless camera that works with a security system, you can start with recommendations from our best home security systems.

Wireless security camera FAQ

Can my security camera be hacked?

The unfortunate truth is that, yes, security cameras can be vulnerable to hacking—but the good news is that you can do things to keep hackers out.

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 recognizable 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.

Will a security camera work as a baby/kid/pet monitor?

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 and nanny cams 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.

Can an indoor camera do double duty looking out a window?

Wireless cameras can’t have it all—watch things inside by day, and keep an eye on what’s going on outside after dark. 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 minimize the glare and reflection of a window, but be sure to read a lot of customer reviews to verify that those claims are accurate.

Is an indoor wireless camera enough security?

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: John Carlsen

Disclaimers

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Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more

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  • Krystal R.

    Thanks for your comment Richard. We update this review pretty regularly and have updated our top picks.

  • https://www.asecurelife.com/author/john-carlsen John Carlsen

    Thank you for your feedback, Don. We’ve found that battery life never matches the manufacturer’s stats since this comes from tests in a controlled environment without continuous video recording, which is the biggest culprit for short battery life by far. We agree with you about Blink’s superior battery life over on our outdoor security camera review, but its recording capacity is a bit limited to recommend as a top pick.

    I’m not sure if any consumer-grade outdoor camera performs all that well when it’s foggy or raining, especially at night when weather conditions really mess with the night vision. Still, you’re right about the Arlo Pro not doing anything to keep rain from hitting the lens cover.

    We haven’t tested Eufy’s security cameras yet so we’ll take your suggestion into consideration. We really like the Eufy video doorbell, so I imagine we’ll test the security cameras soon.

  • Devi Bauer

    Remove Wyze! The features you mention, specifically ai motion sensor and on-board mike No Longer Function. Making you have to sit and review your ENTIRE recording.

    Their cameras randomly “loose” the memory stick inside of them, resulting in your entire footage being deleted.

    Their co. has gone way downhill with no fixes in site. They should not be recommended. Their cameras are not able to be used correctly anymore. They are just junk.

    • https://www.asecurelife.com/author/john-carlsen John Carlsen

      Thanks for sharing your experience. We’re regularly retesting equipment, and we’ll make a note to investigate these things next time we test the Wyze cams:
      -Motion sensor issues
      -Microphone issues
      -Storage issues

  • Curtis

    Arlo cloud storage is no longer Free going forward

  • Dave

    Agree with Tony. Arlo is rubbish. I’ve just received another A3 from Zumimall.
    I’ve had their doorbell for a year – never an issue. And their cameras are better priced than any others.
    App has been upgraded too. So looking forward to hearing what you guys think of the new outdoor one from zumimall too.

  • Thomas Miescke

    Pigs is pigs when it comes to money and selling….what a waste of time this site is!