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Frontpoint Cameras 2020 Guide

Written by | Updated August 25, 2020

Bottom line: See it all with Frontpoint’s security cameras

Frontpoint makes some of the most popular wireless security system cameras available today. These cameras are relatively affordable and easy to install, making them perfect in a DIY security system like Frontpoint. These cameras have several benefits, from helping deter would-be intruders to finding out when the kids come home from school.

The perks of Frontpoint security cameras are relatively average compared to other security cameras from security providers and tech companies alike. But they’re not too expensive for the video quality you get. Still, Frontpoint requires a pricey monitoring plan for these cameras to work, diminishing the benefits of lower equipment costs.

Keep reading to find out what each Frontpoint camera is best for and how they compare to the competition. To learn more about the security system, check out our Frontpoint security review.

Pros

  • Month-to-month contracts
  • Bluetooth speaker on Premium Indoor Camera
  • Two-way audio

Cons

  • Expensive required monitoring plan
  • Weak smart home integration

Compare Frontpoint cameras

List price
Lowest monitoring price
Video resolution
Field of view
Night vision range
Power source
Weather resistant
Frontpoint Indoor Camera Frontpoint Premium Indoor Camera Frontpoint Outdoor Camera Frontpoint Doorbell Camera
Frontpoint Indoor Security Camera Frontpoint Premium Indoor Security Camera Frontpoint Outdoor Security Camera Frontpoint Doorbell Camera
$99.99 $199.99 $169.99 $149.99
$49.99/mo. $49.99/mo. $49.99/mo. $49.99/mo.
1080p 1080p 1080p 720p
113º 180º 117º 180º
Up to 20 feet Up to 15 feet Up to 40 feet Up to 8 feet
Wired Wired Wired Wired
No
X
No
X
Yes
Yes
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Info current as of 08/21/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Our approach

We examined the tech specs of each Frontpoint camera to find out how they compare to each other. We also looked at customer reviews and Frontpoint’s support resources to learn about how these cameras work in their natural environment—real homes.

After gathering the basic facts, we delved into our research on cameras from other security system companies to see if Frontpoint can keep up. You can learn more about how we test and rank in our testing methodology.

Frontpoint App on Phone

Similarities

Aside from differences in design, Frontpoint cameras share most of their features. Each Frontpoint camera works in conjunction with the company’s mobile app. Using the app, you can access video footage from anywhere via your smartphone, computer, or tablet.

Video storage

The moment a Frontpoint camera detects motion, it starts recording video and sends an alert either by text or email. Whether you’re in a business meeting or on vacation, you can see if a package arrived at the door or monitor the comings and goings of household workers. You can watch the video on your mobile device or computer, then delete, share, or save the video.

Video storage capacity

Frontpoint stores up to 1,000 video clips from your security cameras (5,000 for five or more cameras). It won't upload more than that each month unless something triggers your alarm system, in which case it would upload a clip even after you hit the monthly limit. You can expect to average about two dozen clips a day without running out of space.

Two-way audio

Each Frontpoint camera has a built-in microphone and speaker, so you can use it like a speakerphone to talk with people nearby. This feature is great for checking in with the kids or discouraging would-be intruders.

DIY installation

Frontpoint cameras don’t require professional installation. This is a big win for you, as it not only saves you money on initial installation, but it also allows you to move the cameras anytime without racking up more expenses.

Here’s a quick rundown of the installation process:

  • Use the Frontpoint app to sync the camera with your wireless router.
  • Follow on-screen instructions to complete the setup process.
  • Choose where you want to mount the camera, like near the front or back door.

The cameras come with mounting accessories, so you only need a screwdriver (possibly a power drill) to attach the camera to a surface using the included screws.

Check out our Frontpoint installation guide to learn more.

Expensive monitoring

To use security cameras in a Frontpoint home security system, you need to pay for the company’s most expensive monitoring plan: the Ultimate Plan (please read this in a deep movie preview announcer’s voice).

The Ultimate Plan costs $49.99 a month, which is about $5 more expensive than Vivint’s single-camera plan. Unlike Vivint, Frontpoint’s professional monitoring fees don’t increase as you add more cameras, making it the more affordable option for multiple cameras.

Frontpoint’s security camera plan is also much more affordable than ADT’s camera plan, which starts at $58.99 per month.

Although Frontpoint competes well against professionally-installed systems like Vivint and ADT, it’s twice as expensive as SimpliSafe and five times as expensive as Ring Alarm—its biggest DIY competitors.

No-contract monitoring

Frontpoint no longer requires a monitoring contract. So you can cancel without paying a fee. Though if you opt for a financing plan to pay for equipment, you need to pay that off before you can cancel.

Smart home integration

Frontpoint created an Amazon Alexa skill that allows you to control your security system with Alexa voice commands. Unfortunately, this doesn’t offer much functionality for security cameras.

You can ask Alexa to record a clip or adjust the pan and tilt of a camera, but don’t expect to view a video stream on a smart display like the Echo Show 5.

As far as we can tell, Frontpoint’s compatibility with Google Assistant* (via the Alarm.com action) doesn’t extend to security cameras. This means that you shouldn’t plan on using your Frontpoint cameras in a Google smart home.

Differences

Frontpoint sells multiple versions of its security cameras for different purposes, resulting in minor changes between the products.

Video resolution

While most Frontpoint cameras record video in 1080p quality, the Frontpoint Video Doorbell has a maximum resolution of 720p. This means the Frontpoint doorbell has lower quality than the majority of video doorbell cameras, which almost universally record video at 1080p or higher.

Night vision

All of Frontpoint's security cameras have night vision for recording video in dark places. But the maximum range varies from camera to camera. The Outdoor Camera has the longest night vision range at 40 feet—while the Doorbell Camera has the shortest at only 8 feet.

Video analytics

Frontpoint includes an advanced Video Analytics feature on the Indoor Camera, Premium Indoor Camera, and Outdoor Camera. This allows the cameras to perform additional tasks:

  • Differentiate between people, vehicles, and animals in videos
  • Customizable smart alerts

Unfortunately, this feature isn’t available on the Doorbell Camera.

Who makes Frontpoint's security cameras?

Alarm.com, a home security equipment company, makes the cameras used in the Frontpoint alarm system.

Bluetooth speaker and callout options on Premium Indoor Camera

The Frontpoint Premium Indoor Camera has a better speaker than you typically find on a security camera, so it’s nice to play music on it using a Bluetooth connection.

The camera also has a nifty callout button that allows anyone to start a two-way conversation with the Frontpoint app. This feature helps young family members get in touch with you without needing their own cell phones.

Other than the Vivint Ping indoor camera, which has a similar function, you won’t find callout buttons on most security cameras.

Doorbell Camera installation

Like most wired video doorbells, the Frontpoint Doorbell Camera requires a hardwired connection to existing doorbell wiring. You can’t plug it into a standard power outlet like other Frontpoint cameras.

The installation is a little more complicated because of the wiring requirements, but is still a fairly easy DIY project for most folks, taking around 15–20 minutes to complete.

Frontpoint camera reviews

Frontpoint Indoor Camera

Frontpoint Indoor Security Camera

Frontpoint Indoor Camera

The Frontpoint Indoor Camera is the company’s most affordable security camera, costing around $100—cameras from SimpliSafe and Scout Alarm cost about the same.

Considering most competitors’ cameras start at $150 or more, this price is generally a good value, but not as low as the $60 indoor cameras from Ring and Blue by ADT.

As for the rest of the Indoor Camera’s features, there’s nothing particularly noteworthy beyond Frontpoint’s Video Analytics, which detect people, animals, and cars. But most other brands have similar software in their cameras now.

Thanks to its 113º field of view, 20-foot night vision range, and 1080p video quality, we think this camera is a good way to add extra cameras beyond the largest rooms in your home (which the Premium Indoor Camera works best for).

Frontpoint Premium Indoor Camera

Frontpoint Premium Indoor Security Camera

Frontpoint Premium Indoor Camera

The Frontpoint Premium Indoor Camera is a surprisingly attractive product that looks a lot like an Amazon Echo. While it costs twice as much as Frontpoint’s other indoor security camera, it has a wider field of view that allows it to record more action in larger rooms.

We also like the push-to-talk button on the camera, which your kids can use to call you through the Frontpoint app. The sound quality is easily the best among Frontpoint’s cameras thanks to a large speaker that connects via Bluetooth to play your favorite music.

The 15-foot night vision range is a bit shorter than that of the Indoor Camera. But it’s not a big enough difference to pass on this camera. We think this camera is perfect for large, high-traffic rooms, especially family rooms and kitchens.

Frontpoint Outdoor Camera

Frontpoint Outdoor Security Camera

Frontpoint Outdoor Camera

From its $170 price tag to its 117º field of view, the Frontpoint Outdoor Camera is average among security cameras. Average isn’t bad, but it isn’t likely to catch the attention of folks wanting the latest security camera tech.

It’s not as affordable as wireless outdoor cameras from the likes of Ring and Arlo, but it’s cheaper than similar cameras from Brinks, Google Nest, and Vivint.

We like its impressive 40-foot night vision range, which helps produce bright, clear videos in total darkness. The camera also works well in below-freezing temperatures as well as temperatures up to 113°.

Still, for people wanting an outdoor camera as part of a great security system, the Frontpoint Outdoor Camera hits enough right notes to be worth it.

Frontpoint Doorbell Camera

Frontpoint Doorbell Camera

Frontpoint Doorbell Camera

The Frontpoint Doorbell Camera is the weakest of Frontpoint’s security cameras because it’s not a typical security camera. Because this camera watches over your stoop, it doesn’t need more than basic night vision and two-way audio to talk to visitors.

Unfortunately, the 720p video doesn’t provide as much detail as 1080p doorbells from Ring and Vivint. Detail matters when you want to identify the facial features and vehicles of porch pirates who dare to swipe your $15 order of hand sanitizer and permanent markers.

The Doorbell Camera is also a little harder to install, making it one of the trickier DIY products in a Frontpoint system.

If you want a dedicated doorbell you can use in the Frontpoint app, there aren’t other options. But even if the Frontpoint Doorbell Camera doesn’t compare well to other video doorbells, it’s still good enough for most folks.

Free doorbell camera

Frontpoint currently offers a free doorbell camera with its starter packages. This makes it easier to ignore the camera's faults, since free is always a better value than $150.

Final word

Among security systems, Frontpoint doesn’t have the best cameras of the bunch, but its cameras are good enough for anyone that wants a Frontpoint security system.

The odds are that you’ll find value in Frontpoint’s cameras if you want the rest of the system badly enough to pay $49.99 a month for monitoring.

But you shouldn’t buy the system just for the cameras—there are more affordable stand-alone security camera options out there. Check out our review of the best home security systems to see why we chose Frontpoint as our top pick.

Frontpoint camera FAQ

What cameras will work with Frontpoint?

Aside from the cameras listed above, Frontpoint doesn’t support other security cameras.

Can Frontpoint see my cameras?

No. To ensure confidentiality, you control access to the video feed, and it does not transmit to the Frontpoint monitoring center.

Can I use a Frontpoint camera without service?

No. Frontpoint requires an active Ultimate Plan subscription to use security cameras.

Disclaimers

*Google Assistant, Google, and other related marks are trademarks of Google LLC.

Written by John Carlsen

John is a technology journalist with over seven years of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech. Before joining SafeWise in 2020, John was an editor for Top Ten Reviews specializing in home security and the smart home. Learn more

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