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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 October 15, 2020
Wire-free pick
Arlo Pro 3Arlo Pro 3
  • 100% wire-free connection
  • 2K video resolution
  • 100% wire-free connection
  • 2K video resolution
Outdoor 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
  • Camera, siren, climate monitor
  • Learning technology
  • Camera, siren, climate monitor
  • Learning technology
High-tech pick
Nest IQ cameraGoogle Nest Cam IQ Indoor
  • Great video quality
  • Quality design and aesthetic
  • Great video quality
  • Quality design and aesthetic

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. 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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Free storage pick
Audio quality pick
Home security pick
Indoor wire-free pick
Arlo Pro 3 Ring Stick Up Cam Wyze Cam Pan Canary Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor Reolink Argus 2 Amcrest 4MP UltraHD Indoor YI Dome Camera Abode Iota Blink Indoor
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*Amazon.com list price as of 10/15/2020 at 9:30 a.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

Best wireless security camera reviews

1. Arlo Pro 3: Best wire-free camera

Wire-free pick
Arlo Pro 3

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. Arlo has some of the best smart home compatibility too—it works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and Samsung SmartThings.

We think the Arlo Pro 3 is an excellent choice for a 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.

Pros

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

Cons

  • High price
  • 2 cameras required to get base station

A helpful tutorial in the Arlo app makes it a breeze to set up. And the magnetic wall mount makes it easy to install anywhere. 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.

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 camera review.

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 many Arlo cameras, and it sports a bright spotlight for color video at night like the Arlo Pro 3.

2. Ring Stick Up Cam Battery: Best outdoor camera

Outdoor pick
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

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.

We think the Stick Up Cam Battery is best for people that need a wireless outdoor camera on a budget. Ring also has one of the most competitive cloud storage plans on the market, costing just $3 a month for 60 days of storage. 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.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Tedious process to recharge battery
  • 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. Read our Ring Alarm review to see how Ring products all work together.

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.

3. Wyze Cam Pan: Best indoor budget camera

Indoor budget pick
Wyze Cam Pan

Wyze Cam Pan

The Wyze Cam Pan 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.)

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

Plus, you can pick up the Wyze Cam Pan for under $40, making it one of the best values in security cameras. We’re especially big 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 better 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.

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 review.

4. Canary: Best smart home camera

Smart home pick
canary pro

Canary

The 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. It’s essentially a small security system, right down to a loud siren and quick access to emergency response services.

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

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 out or let you know if someone left the tub running.

If you subscribe to the Canary Premium Service plan (about $10 a month), the camera gains access to 30 days of cloud video storage instead of the single day included with the free plan. You can also download videos and unlock two-way audio, though these are often a free features with other brands. Overall, the premium plan is good but a bit too pricey for the added benefits.

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

5. Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor: High-tech pick

High-tech pick
Nest Cam IQ Indoor

Google 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 a built-in Google Assistant so you can use it as a virtual assistant to control your smart home. The built-in Google Assistant is especially helpful—you don’t need to buy as many smart speakers for your home when your security camera can pull double-duty.

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.

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

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. But at least the monthly subscription is a lot cheaper and gives more storage than in the past. 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 and our Nest Cam IQ review.

More brands we recommend

6. Reolink Argus 2: Indoor-outdoor pick

Indoor-outdoor pick
reolink argus 2

Reolink Argus 2

We like the Reolink Argus 2 because it works just as well indoors as it does outdoors. Its starlight night vision gives you clear images up to 36 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.

7. Amcrest 4MP UltraHD Indoor: Free storage pick

Free Storage Pick
Amcrest 4MP UltraHD Indoor

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.

8. YI Dome Camera: Audio quality pick

Audio quality pick
yi dome camera

YI Dome Camera

The YI Dome 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 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 about YI in our YI Home Camera 3 review.

New model: YI Dome Camera U

YI recently announced the YI Dome Camera U (releasing October 20, 2020 for around $40). Its biggest improvement over the base 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.

Its other added features mirror those of the relatively new YI Dome Camera X (about $56), like artificial intelligence that helps it detect people and abnormal sounds. Unlike the Dome Camera X, the U doesn't record time lapse video to condense hours of footage into a few seconds for easy review.

9. Abode Iota: Home security pick

Home security pick
Abode Iota security camera

Abode Iota

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.

10. Blink Indoor: Indoor wire-free pick

Indoor wire-free pick
Blink Indoor product image

Blink Indoor

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.

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 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.

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

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, 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

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Can my security camera be hacked?

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.

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. 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 minimize the glare and reflection of a window, but be sure to read a lot of customer reviews to back the claim up.

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

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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!

  • Kayla Barber

    Arlo Pro3 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.

  • 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”
    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

  • 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.

  • 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.