Lorex is one of the oldest security camera brands around (founded in 1991), so its cameras are fairly stable and reliable. This also means its cameras are a bridge between newer app-centric Wi-Fi security cameras and older wired multi-camera DVR/NVR systems. On average, you can expect to pay more for Lorex cameras than for Reolink, Ring Stick Up Cam, and Wyze cameras, but about as much as you would for an Arlo or Nest security camera.
Here are some core similarities and differences between various Lorex security camera models to help you choose yours.
Local storage: Lorex is noteworthy for not offering cloud video storage subscriptions and including storage media (microSD cards or hard drives) with every camera it sells. The lack of cloud storage means your video footage never traverses the internet without you choosing to view videos in the Lorex app. This adds a nice layer of privacy that cloud-centric brands like Nest and Ring can't match.
Large storage capacity: Lorex isn't unique for relying on local storage, but it stands out for allowing massive 256 GB microSD cards in its Wi-Fi camera models. For comparison, brands like Eufy and Reolink top out at 128 GB while Wyze and YI max out at 32 GB of microSD storage. To further build upon Lorex's storage dominance, most of its multi-camera DVRs include at least 1 TB of storage, with many models offering up to 8 TB.
Night vision: Most Lorex cameras come with powerful night vision. While the range depends on the model, we didn't find anything lower than 33 feet while wired multi-camera models regularly exceed 100 feet of night vision range. It's certainly better than the 33-foot maximum on some cheap security cameras like YI and Wyze, which is good for indoor recording and smaller yards, but not for large properties.
Mobile app: Most Lorex cameras use a Wi-Fi network or Ethernet cable to connect to the internet, where you can control them with various Lorex apps. The apps aren't too different from the competition like Reolink, YI, and Night Owl, but we found the Lorex Home app easy to use in our testing. The app also allows you to link your Lorex cameras to smart home platforms like Google Assistant† and Amazon Alexa. (It's not compatible with Apple HomeKit.)
Smart motion detection: All of the Lorex cameras in our review support person detection so they can send notifications when spotting a person. Some outdoor models, like the Lorex Smart Indoor/Outdoor, also support vehicle detection. Plus, the cameras support adjustable motion zones and motion sensitivity to help reduce push notification clutter on your phone.
Resolution: Lorex cameras have four resolution options: 1080p, 1440p (2K with a 16:9 aspect ratio), 1920p (2K with a 4:3 aspect ratio), and 2160p (4K). As the resolution and amount of detail in videos increases, the price does as well. You'll really feel the price hike with 4K multi-camera setups like the Lorex Fusion 4K NVR System.
Field of view: Most Lorex cameras have a field of view around 120º on average—a little narrower than competitors like Wyze and Arlo (but about the same as Reolink). But Lorex's video doorbells catch more action thanks to views of 160º or more. Lorex has a good field of view since none of the cameras come in lower than 100º—placing them in a corner allows you to see everything in a room.
Number of cameras: While some Lorex cameras come in a standalone package with a single camera, it's more common to see packs of two or more. If you opt for a wired system, you can expect at least four cameras to come with your Lorex DVR.
Home Center compatibility: The Lorex Home Center touchscreen display is a nifty smart display that ditches the traditional DVR and computer monitor combo. It's much more compact and easier to use. But it doesn't work with some of Lorex's Wi-Fi cameras (like the Lorex 2K Video Doorbell and Lorex Home Hub) and systems that already use a DVR. It has a lot of promise as Lorex adds more compatible models, but we'll have to wait and see.
Power source: Most Lorex cameras on our list require a wired power source like a USB cable, Ethernet cable, analog video cable, doorbell wiring, or hardwiring into your home's electrical grid. While some of these methods have easy setup, cables will likely stretch all over your home. Lorex does offer battery-powered models with the Lorex Home Hub and the Lorex Wire-Free Security Systems. Still, its battery-powered selection is a far cry from wire-free competitors like Arlo, Ring, and Reolink.