The 10 Best Wireless Security Cameras of 2021

We tested 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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    Wire-free
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    2K video resolution
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    Affordable solar panel
Best budget
Wyze Cam v3
Wyze Cam v3
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
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    Wired
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    1080p video resolution
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    Under $40
Best for smart home
Arlo Pro 4
Arlo Pro 4
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
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    Wire-free
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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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    Wire-free
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    1080p video resolution
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    Design and aesthetic
Best for Alexa
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Ring Stick Up Cam
4 out of 5 stars
4

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.

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Compare the best wireless security cameras

Camera
Rating
Price*
Type
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Best overall
Reolink Argus 3 ProReolink Argus 3 Pro
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
Indoor/outdoor wire-free 1440p (2K) Color/infrared
Best budget
Wyze Cam v3Wyze Cam v3
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Indoor/outdoor wired1080p Infrared
Best for smart home
Arlo Pro 4Arlo Pro 4
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Indoor/outdoor wire-free1440p (2K) Color/infrared
Best tech
Nest Cam (Battery)Google Nest Cam
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Indoor/outdoor wire-free1080p Infrared
Best for Alexa
Ring Stick Up Cam BatteryRing Stick Up Cam
4 out of 5 stars
4
Indoor/outdoor wire-free 1080p Infrared
Best pan-tilt
Amcrest UltraHD 2K
4 out of 5 stars
4
Indoor wired 1296p Infrared
Best all-in-one camera
Abode Iota security cameraAbode Iota
4 out of 5 stars
4
Indoor wired 1080p Infrared
Best climate sensors
canary proCanary Pro
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
Indoor wired 1080p Infrared
Best battery life
Blink Indoor product imageBlink Indoor
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
Indoor wire-free 1080p Infrared
Best for privacy
YI Dome Camera
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Indoor wired 1296p Infrared

*Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

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
$134.99

Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

We love the Reolink Argus 3 Pro because it performs on nearly the same level as Arlo Pro 4 for 70% 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.

It doesn't hurt that it's also an affordable solar security camera. You can pick up a Reolink solar panel for around $30, which is almost half the price of solar panels for Arlo and Ring cameras.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Affordable (especially the solar panels)
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 folks. It even boasts compatibility with smart home platforms like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Its starlight night vision gives you clear images up to 33 feet without any extra ambient light. Overall we found setup easy and the camera outperformed our expectations, so we're enormous fans of Reolink. Read our in-depth reviews of the Reolink Argus 3 Pro and other Reolink cameras to learn more.

2. Wyze Cam v3: Best budget camera

Best budget
Wyze Cam v3
Wyze Cam v3
Our Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
$35.98

Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

The Wyze Cam v3 builds on the foundation of Wyze's original sleeper hit by introducing outdoor capabilities, a built-in siren, improved night vision, and a higher frame rate for smoother video. While the v3 saw a small price bump shortly after release, $36 is still a steal for a wireless camera this good.

See footage from the Wyze Cam v3 in our full review. 

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Pros
Pro Bullet Affordable price
Pro Bullet Powerful color night vision
Pro Bullet Indoor and outdoor capabilities
Pro Bullet Built-in siren
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Cons
Con Bullet Wired power cord
Con Bullet Special power source for outdoor operation

Wyze Cam v3's night vision is noteworthy because it uses a starlight sensor with two types of infrared LEDs to produce color video at night. This is also one of the first Wyze cameras to record videos at 20 frames per second (fps) during the day, which gives it smoother video playback and live viewing than Wyze's older cameras.

We're fans of Wyze's free cloud storage that saves small 12-second clips for up to 14 days. The Wyze Cam Plus paid cloud storage plan allows for full-length video clips and is great for folks wanting better video recording without buying a microSD card. It's also one of the cheapest plans from any security camera company—costing just $2 a month or $15 for an annual plan.

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Wyze Cam Outdoor

You can buy the Wyze Outdoor Cam Starter Bundle for about $35 more than the Wyze Cam v3. The rechargeable battery is great for folks that want a wire-free option that's more affordable than most other outdoor security cameras.

A window mount and spotlight kit are two compelling accessories for the v3. The window mount improves recording video through a window—typically a no-no with indoor cameras. The LED spotlight kit brings Wyze Cam v3 closer to Arlo Pro 4 in nighttime functionality.

One of the only things we don’t like is that you need a power cord, which limits placement options. To make matters worse, outdoor operation requires a special cord. Head over to our Wyze cameras review to learn more about the best bargains in security cameras.

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Wyze Cam Pan

The Wyze Cam Pan v2 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. This little Wi-Fi camera’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.) Read our full Wyze Cam Pan review.

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
$199.99

Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

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. Although it dropped in ranking this update, it's still one of our all-time favorites.

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.

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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

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.

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 at $2.99 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 in our latest update—something Arlo held for many years.

Read our full Arlo Pro 4 and Arlo camera reviews to learn more.

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Arlo on a budget

Arlo recently released a more affordable wire-free camera: Arlo Essential Spotlight (about $130). 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
$179.99

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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.

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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

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 folks 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.

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.

Read more in our review of the Nest cameras suite.

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New Nest cameras

Google just released its first-ever battery-powered models: Google Nest Cam and Google Nest Doorbell. There's also a new Google Nest Cam Indoor and Google Nest Cam With Floodlight.

Aside from the floodlight camera, all of Google's new products are cheaper than $200, which was historically the lowest price for Nest cameras.

5. 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
$99.99

Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

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.

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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

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 $3 a month for 60 days of storage.

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. Read our full Ring Stick Up Cam review to learn more about this great little camera—or check out our Ring Alarm review to see how Ring products all work together.

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Ring Spotlight Cam Battery

The Ring Spotlight Cam Battery (about $200) 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. Learn more in our Ring Spotlight Cam review.

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More brands we recommend

6. Amcrest UltraHD 2K: Best pan-tilt

Best pan-tilt
Amcrest UltraHD 2K
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
$57.99

Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

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 view live video. Unfortunately, the user manual is hard to follow, and mounting the Amcrest UltraHD 2K on the wall limits the camera’s rotation options. But we still like the free cloud storage and the addition of two-way talk. Learn more in our full Amcrest cameras review.

7. Abode Iota: Best all-in-one camera

Best all-in-one camera
Abode Iota security camera
Abode Iota
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
$329.00

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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 $20 per month, and there’s no contract required. Learn more in our full Abode cameras review.

8. Canary Pro: Best climate sensors

Best climate sensors
canary pro
Canary Pro
Our Rating
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
$169.00

Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

The 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 packed enough security features into this Wi-Fi camera to make it qualify for home insurance discounts from many major insurers. It's essentially a small security system, right down to a loud siren and quick access to emergency response services.

We love the Climate Monitor sensors since they allow Canary to track the humidity, temperature, and air quality in your home. This means that the camera can sense if the fireplace isn’t fully off or when someone leaves the tub running.

Subscribing to the Canary Premium Service plan (about $10 a month) nets you 30 days of cloud video storage instead of the single day on the free plan. You also unlock two-way audio, which is often free with other brands. Overall, the plan is good but too pricey for the added benefits.

We wish it had a little more night-vision power—it only sees about 20 feet in the dark. But its other superpowers make this little camera a strong contender. Read our full Canary review.

9. Blink Indoor: Best battery life

Best battery life
Blink Indoor product image
Blink Indoor
Our Rating
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
$79.99

Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

Blink is an Amazon-owned security camera company that focuses on budget cameras. Its latest product is the Blink Indoor, an attractive little camera. You can buy this camera for about $80, making it cheaper than other wire-free cameras thanks to an indoor-only design.

It has a long battery life of up to two years—much longer than the competition. It achieves this by recording short clips and turning off Wi-Fi when the camera is inactive. 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 easy, and you can even see a live view on Alexa smart displays like the Echo Show.

The Blink Indoor requires a paid subscription (about $3 a month) to save videos, but it stores only about two hours of footage, which is tiny compared to most brands. Still, the Blink Indoor is a good option if you want an affordable wire-free indoor security camera to use with Alexa.

Check out our Blink cameras review for more information.

10. YI Dome Camera: Best for privacy

Best for privacy
YI Dome Camera U
Our Rating
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
$49.99

Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

The YI Dome Camera makes us think a little 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.

Its biggest improvement over the original YI Dome Camera is a physical privacy shutter you can close to prevent the camera from recording when you want more privacy in a space.

Another great feature of this wireless security camera is unlimited free cloud storage. But watch out if you’re an Android user—there are several reported issues with the Android app. Learn more in our YI Dome Camera U review.

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. 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

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 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.

Get more tips from our video on how to protect your cameras from hackers

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.​

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 (like Wyze Cam v3's window mount) 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 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 Wyze Cam v3 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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John Carlsen
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John Carlsen
John is a technology journalist specializing in smart home devices, security cameras, and home security systems. He has over eight years of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech—he was the Smart Home Editor for Top Ten Reviews and wrote for ASecureLife before joining SafeWise as a Staff Writer in 2020. John holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism emphasis from Utah Valley University. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, and starting countless DIY projects he has yet to complete.

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  • ben

    Well I just bought a 2 pack of Arlo 4 cameras. One worked, one did not. It took several phone calls and yelling at a supervisor to get a new replacement. The replacement came and it doesn’t work either. I was told it was because I had 6MB upload speed and I needed faster upload speed for a second camera to even get configured. So I uninstalled Cam 1 and tried to install Cam 3, still couldn’t. So I do in fact have 2 out of 3 defective new cameras. Terrible QA. Their tech support and customer service are very poor also indeed. And as of today, tech support is only via chat, no more calls. I am considering keeping the one working camera for my back yard as it works well snd I only need 1. I pray I never need support. I’ll probably buy 2 of something else for the front of the home since I can’t get a second working Arlo.

  • Izone Digital

    Thanks your shared! I hope you will continue to have similar posts to share with everyone! I believe a lot of people will be surprised to read this article!

  • puggsly

    Why no love for homekit?
    Eufy has a number of inexpensive options and if you have even a lower tier amount of storage you can take advantage person/pet and even facial recognition.
    Logitech has a nice doorbell and indoor/outdoor camera and even Netatmo has finally gotten onboard with Homekit secure video.
    For many of us the concern for security and the integration with the homekit ecosystem makes these cameras far more interesting than most of your recommendations.

  • SteveJ

    I’d suggest performing some research of forums and support cases and including the results in your evaluation. Arlo IOS customers have been experiencing issues increasing in severity for more thank six months, rendering the cameras essentially useless for security for some. Arlo’s lack of acknowledgment of the issues and the long and increasing nature of the issues destroys any confidence that a fix is on the way. I found this when researching issues I’m experiencing after attempting to resolve the issues through Arlo support. My support experience was about as bad as it could be without them being openly confrontational or denigrating. They denied there was a problem with anything related to Arlo and proceeded require actions on my part that were clearly designed to convince me to go away. My subsequent research informed me that I’m far from alone. This information should at least be included in the cons, and should impact the rating. Not only would I not recommend Arlo to IOS users, but I’ll be replacing mine as soon as possible.

  • K. McLeod

    Nice reviews.
    Here are my top 5 deal breakers or makers in selecting a modern home use security camera system –
    1. Wireless cameras can easily be stolen, it should have a replacement plan from manufacturer, or at least a recovery plan.
    2. When on a large property with Wi-Fi dead spots outside of main building, the cameras should operate as WiFi signal extender in relay.
    3. Sensitivity – I have a lot of small flying bugs here and especially at night even in the dark these bugs are attracted to the infrared light on the camera when in night vision setting off the motion detection, spiders act and result in the same. Props to the guys who can control that issue and still pick up a rogue cat that is crashing the party.
    4. Camera needs a localised memory back up that it can use when Wi-Fi is down due to power outages. Or the base stations need to be able to keep running and have direct Wi-Fi with cameras.
    5. Insects love a warm spot and outdoors that would be the camera usually. Spiders like to nest in on on them. The camera should be completely sealed against intrusion not only by the elements but insects too.

  • Derek Blezard

    Ring Stick Up Cam – They are not really fit for purpose.
    I have just bought three of theses and the Doorbell Cam
    The door cam is slow to react and the video is so poor you cannot pick out a number plate at 8-10 yards, even in clear daylight.

    The Cameras are also very slow to pick up anything unless it is almost on top of them. As for 30 ft operating distance absolutely not true under normal operating.
    In hot weather, because it is Infra red technology it has a real problem determining a human being until about
    4 – 5 yards away. The only way to improve it is turn the sensitivity to max and then even a bumble bee sets if off.
    The Ring Tech Support Team freely admit it does not work well in hot weather, I quote “Not the cameras fault, its the IR technology”
    Which Magazine have marked these as a “Best Buy” which frankly makes a mockery out of their test standards.
    The live video is OK but you cannot leave it on otherwise the batteries would be flat very quickly but sorry, this is not as fantastic as some reviews are claiming. The company is owned by Amazon and I suspect their influence reaches wide. Its not expensive, but as they say, but cheap and get cheap. Be warned

  • Kayla Barber

    Arlo Pro 3 requires a subscription after 3 months. After three months, you have to pay $10 a month or you will not have ANY video storage or special features. So it will not record anything, making the system absolutely worthless. They started doing this on 1/1/2020.

    • Duane Mallory

      I have not had to pay for their service, even though it is worthless – I still have the 7 day free recording feature that I had when I got the system two + years ago. Granted the quality of the service has gone down to the point there is no security, the 7 day free plan is still in effect for, at least, some people. Of course, they will read this negative response and take my service away! 😉

  • 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.

  • Curtis

    Arlo cloud storage is no longer Free going forward

  • Morena 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

  • Don Hurley

    Your credibility completely sunk for selecting Arlo Pro. Battery life is HORRIBLE and the cameras, while weatherproof, give poor images in rainy or foggy conditions. Unless you’re standing ten feet or closer, they’re worthless! How about Eufy or Blink? I think you missed a few in your reviews. Most are indoor cameras and lightweights. For a review dated two months ago, you completely missed the mark.

    • 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.

  • Kevlaur

    I went with Eufy. Wider aperture, better battery life, on board storage, 1080p.

  • https://www.bluefoxgroup.com/ Braden Martin

    Wow, these cameras are great. Thanks for compiling this list up here. Just like wireless cameras, wireless wifi connections are great too. I remember when it first came out in the market and was a major hit among the major players in the market but now it’s a basic necessity.

  • Richard Boyd

    Your article loses quite a bit of credibility with me since your number one rated camera system is 2 generations old.

    • Krystal R.

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

  • Tony

    Arlo Pro is complete garbage. I’ve had it for 3 years and it’s been more inconvenient than not having security cameras. I can’t go a month without having some sort of issue, whether server-side, on the app or hardware not detecting.

    I’m currently dealing with why the the base station is saying it’s fully connected, yet it says it’s offline. The troubleshooting you have to do with this is ridiculous, I can’t imagine and feel for the people who aren’t tech savvy. One of the fixes is to factory reset, which is a pain being that these cameras aren’t in the easiest of places. Netgear’s software is terrible. What’s even worse is using geofencing, half the time it doesn’t recognize our phones to trigger whether we’re home or away properly.

    Please stop recommending this. It’s an easy setup initially, but there’s a trade-off for how many times you have to factory reset the base station and each individual camera. I spent over $400 on this and it’s hardly provided any sort of piece of mind. This is a waste of money. I’d much rather invest in something wired that has less bugs in the front-end app and server-side. You want reliability and security in a camera system, this does neither. That’s not good.

    • Bud Shoe

      Agreed

    • Richard Boyd

      I have the Arlo Pro 2 series with 4 cameras. The set up was very easy and I’ve had zero issues with it since. They have recently split with Netgear. I can’t speak to the geofencing as I don’t use that feature. I do use scheduling and that was a bit tricky to figure out how to set it up the way I wanted at first. But once I figured it out, it has worked perfectly since. I bought this set up because my brother and a friend of mine both have it and they both say it works great. I do see a lot of people complaining about the Arlo cameras, but I have not had any issues.

      • Duane Mallory

        Tony is 100% correct. When I first installed my Pro2 setup a couple of years back – they were still Netgear then – the system was somewhat reliable. Now I might as well not even have a security system. The cameras constantly send alerts from the cameras but videos don’t come in to support the alert, the videos have long since quit playing through completely on the app, And for whatever reason, the system records NOTHING after around 8pm until around 6 am the next day – and before you tell me to check the “armed” schedule I already have; there is no schedule set up. Then when you send in a support ticket it’s the same response – remove all your cameras from devices – remove your hub from devices, bring the cameras in so they are 1-3 feet from the hub, add everything back to your profile, and when nothing changes they ask you to do it all again. The system is complete gopi. It has made me completely distrust all wireless systems where you have to depend on someone’s “cloud” for you security. I can easily see why people use the good old wired systems with their own vcr.