The 10 Best Wireless Security Cameras of 2018

Learn which wireless security cameras deliver the most features, have the best Wi-Fi connectivity, and offer perks like free cloud storage. SafeWise researched and tested wireless security cameras so you don’t have to. Find out which ones we picked as the ten best wireless security cameras of 2018.
Top Pick
Arlo Pro Security Camera product image

Arlo Pro

  • 100% wire-free
  • 7 days free cloud storage
Budget Pick
Wyze Cam Pan

Wyze Cam Pan

  • Under $40
  • 360° coverage
Smart Home Pick
canary all-in-one

Canary All-in-One

  • Camera, siren, climate monitor
  • Learning technology

We love the convenience and flexibility of wireless home security cameras. Our favorites are 100% wire-free, which means they use a Wi-Fi connection and a wireless power source, like a battery. Cameras that fall into that wire-free category, like the Arlo Pro, Ring Spotlight, and Canary All-in-One, were given precedence when it came to ranking the top wireless security cameras this year.

But we couldn’t dismiss high-quality cameras like the Amcrest ProHD, Wyze Cam Pan, and Nest Cam Indoor just because they’re tethered to a power cord. 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

Arlo Pro Security Camera product image canary all-in-one ring spotlight cam reolink argus 2  Wyze Cam Pan  armcrest pro hd flir fx nest cam indoor yi dome camera
   Arlo Pro Canary All-in-One  Ring Spotlight  Reolink
Argus 2 
 Wyze Cam Pan  Amcrest ProHD Indoor FLIR FX Wi-Fi HD  Amazon Cloud Cam Nest Cam Indoor YI Dome Camera
 Warranty  

1-year hardware
90 days tech support

 

 1-year limited  1-year limited  2-year limited 1-year limited  1-year plus lifetime tech support 1-year limited 1-year limited plus service 2 years 30-day money-back guarantee
1-year limited
Type Indoor/Outdoor
Wire-free
Indoor
Wire-free
Outdoor
Wire-free
Indoor/Outdoor
Wire-free
Indoor Wired Indoor Wired Indoor
Wired/Wire-free
Indoor Wired Indoor Wired
Indoor Wired
Resolution 720p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 1080p 720p
Night Vision Up to 25 feet  Up to 20 feet  Up to 30 feet  Up to 36 feet  Up to 30 fee  Up to 32 fee  Up to 65 feet Yes Up to 20 feet Up to 10 feet
 Smart Features Works with Alexa, Google Assistant
IFTTT
Arlo app
Two-way talk
Free cloud recording
Motion-activated operation
Works with Alexa
Canary app
Environmental sensors
Two-way talk
Motion-activated operation
Free cloud storage
Person alerts
Two-way talk
Works with Alexa
Ring mobile app
Motion detection
Two-way audio
PIR motion sensor
Reolink app
Two-way audio
Motion tracking
Sound detection
Free cloud storage
Pan Scan
Wyze mobile app
Remote pan and tilt
Free cloud storage
Two-way audio
Amcrest View app
Rapid Recap
Smart alerts
Environmental sensors
FLIR Cloud
Works with Alexa
Free cloud storage
Two-way talk
Person detection
Motion-activated operation
Works with Alexa, Google Home
Nest app
Cloud storage
Motion detection
Person alerts
Two-way audio
Motion tracking
Two-way audio
YI Cloud storage
YI Home app
Auto-cruise mode
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Best Wireless Security Camera Reviews

1. Arlo Pro

Arlo Pro tops our list of the best wireless security cameras because it is truly wireless (no power cords) and one of the most versatile cameras we’ve encountered. It works indoors or outside and delivers a clear picture on sunny days, under artificial light, and in the dark. Add the super-simple installation process, and it’s hard to resist the Arlo Pro’s charms. Our primary concerns are the number of alerts and the hypersensitivity of the motion sensor. Plus, you have to buy a base station, which adds to the already high price tag.

Pros

  • 100% wire-free design
  • Indoor/outdoor versatility
  • Easy setup
  • Smart home integration

Cons

  • High price
  • Required base station
  • Oversensitive motion detection

2. Canary All-in-One Indoor Security Camera

Smart Home Pick
canary all-in-one

Canary 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 All-in-One 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 has sight for about 20 feet in the dark.

Pros

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

Cons

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

3. Ring Spotlight Cam Battery

Wireless Outdoor Security Camera Pick
ring spotlight cam

Ring Spotlight Cam keeps an eye on the exterior of your home, and it can be installed anywhere. You’re not limited to locations near a power supply, and you don’t have to drag and secure cables. This wireless camera runs on a rechargeable battery—or you can opt for the solar version. We like the addition of a spotlight as an extra intruder deterrent. Plus you can talk to visitors even when you’re not at home, thanks to two-way communication. Downsides include the price (around $200) and reports of short battery life.

Pros

  • No power cables to wrangle
  • Built-in spotlight
  • Motion-activated sensors
  • Smart home compatibility

Cons

  • Higher price
  • Shorter battery life
  • Wi-Fi connection problems

4. Reolink Argus 2 Wireless Security Camera

Indoor/Outdoor 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. Setup is easy, but one glitch is that you have to set up cameras in the mobile app, which is only available on mobile devices. This can be tedious if you plan to set up multiple cameras around your property.

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

5. Wyze Cam Pan

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’re tied down to a power cord, which limits placement options.

Pros

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

Cons

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

6. Amcrest ProHD Indoor

Pan, Tilt, and Zoom Pick

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. Unfortunately, the user manual is hard to follow, and the camera lens rotation is limited if you mount the Amcrest ProHD on the wall. 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. FLIR FX Wi-Fi HD Security Camera

Night Vision Pick
flir fx

This IP security camera has the biggest night vision range of any camera on our list—sixty-five feet. We also like the Rapid Recap feature that compiles hours of footage into a short video summary, which makes it easy to review the day’s activities. The FLIR FX Wi-Fi Camera includes environmental sensors to help you monitor the things you can’t see. But the camera is prone to false alarms and often needs a Wi-Fi extender to get a solid connection to your Wi-Fi network.

Pros

  • Rapid Recap feature
  • Smart alerts
  • Temperature, humidity, sound, and motion sensors
  • Ability to be used outside with additional housing

Cons

  • False alarms
  • Weak Wi-Fi connection
  • Battery issues

8. Amazon Cloud Cam

Voice Control Pick

It’s no surprise that Amazon’s wireless security camera would be besties with Amazon’s Alexa.  But we’re bummed that you can’t use some of the camera’s coolest features without a Cloud Cam subscription. You do get twenty-four hours of video clips stored for free, but you need the subscription to support multiple cameras, use person detection, or set motion zones to limit false alarms. Even without the extra perks, it’s still a good camera to keep an eye on kids and pets when you’re away.

Pros

  • 24 hours of free video clips
  • Compatibility with Alexa, Fire TV
  • Viewing options on mobile device or PC
  • Intelligent alerts that work with wearables

Cons

  • Required Cloud Cam subscription for full function
  • Mediocre night vision
  • Limited scheduling options

9. Nest Cam Indoor

Video Quality Pick
nest cam indoor

Nest Cam is awesome when it comes to image, video, and sound quality. It’s too bad, though, that you have to pay so much to get that high quality. We like the smart functions and home automation compatibility of the Nest Cam Indoor, but 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.

Pros

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

Cons

  • High price point
  • Required Nest Aware subscription for coolest features
  • Poor Wi-Fi connectivity

10. YI Dome Camera

Cutest 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 anti-noise 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
  • Anti-noise filter for clear audio
  • No cloud storage limit

Cons

  • Limited night vision range
  • Android issues
  • Difficult setup

Things to Consider Before You Buy

Will it 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: Do you want to listen in and talk to the pets or people you are monitoring?
  • 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 are designed with a wide-angle lens, while baby monitors and nanny cams often use a more narrow range of vision to focus on 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?

This is another thing people want their wireless camera to do—watch things inside during the day, and keep an eye on what’s going on outside after dark. But this 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 both outdoor and indoor security are 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 are designed to deter criminals and provide an early warning before someone enters your home. While indoor security cameras have helped 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, like Frontpoint’s outdoor security camera, that come with an option to add professional monitoring.

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

  • 12 hours researched
  • 28 products considered
  • 1,100+ customer reviews read
  • 10 coffees consumed

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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