SimpliSafe and Blue are more evenly matched now that SimpliSafe added an outdoor camera to its lineup. But we're happier with Blue's camera quality.
SimpliSafe has three cameras: the SimpliCam indoor camera, SimpliSafe outdoor camera, and the Doorbell Pro. You can also get a cover that works as a raincoat for SimpliCam to make it an outdoor camera.
Blue by ADT also has three security camera options, including an outdoor camera, an indoor camera, and a doorbell camera. Each offers 1080p video quality, which is the industry standard.
We've found SimpliSafe's cameras to be fairly basic. They'll get the job done, but Blue’s cameras inch above in our rankings with features like two-way talk and a slightly wider field of view.
Okay, so we’ve really talked up the Blue cameras, but they have one big problem. The price. Both the Blue Outdoor Wireless Camera and the Blue Indoor Camera cost $199.99, while SimpliSafe's outdoor cam costs $30 less. And the indoor SimpliCam comes in at just $99 versus the twice-as-expensive Blue indoor camera.
So how do the doorbell cameras stack up? They’re a little closer in price. The SimpliSafe Doorbell Pro is $169 and the Blue Doorbell Camera is $199.99. The features are similar too. Both have 1080p video, a wide field of view, two-way talk, and motion detection.