SimpliSafe Cameras Review: Indoor, Outdoor, and Doorbell

These SimpliSafe cameras work great with a SimpliSafe security system and are easy to set up.
Indoor camera
Simplisafe Simplicam
3.8 out of 5 stars
  • pro
    Privacy shutter
  • pro
    Indoor camera
Indoor wireless camera
Doorbell camera
Outdoor camera

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SimpliSafe strives to simplify the home security experience, and its cameras deliver on that promise. They're easy to install and set up, and using them is as easy as opening the SimpliSafe app. 

Fortunately, simple doesn't mean poor quality. You'll enjoy crisp images, clear night vision, and good audio quality without being bogged down by too many settings.  We'll explain the differences between SimpliSafe's cameras and clue you in on our testing experience so you know what to expect.

pro Installs quickly
pro Works without a security system
con Only two wireless option
con Few smart home features

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Indoor camera1080p HD 120°Wired
Indoor camera1536p HD 125°Wireless
Doorbell camera1080p HD162°Wired
Outdoor camera1080p HD140°Wireless

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

SimpliSafe camera specs

All SimpliSafe cameras offer HD video and night vision. They also offer several ways to store your videos, which is great if you want to hang onto your videos a little longer.

We love that these home security cameras are DIY-friendly. If you’ve ever used an app and screwdriver, you’re more than qualified to install and use these home security cameras.

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Since SimpliSafe cameras have pretty basic features and limited smart home integration, they work best when added to an existing SimpliSafe system.

All of SimpliSafe’s cameras have these features:

  • HD video quality
  • Night vision
  • A mobile app that alerts you when the camera detects motion

In the SimpliSafe app, you can see what triggered the camera, access stored videos, and even talk to the person on the other side of your camera with the two-way talk feature.

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SimpliSafe cameras don’t record 24/7. The video footage is limited to short clips recorded when motion is detected. We like this because it means you don’t have to wade through hours of footage to find an event.

If you want your camera to make friends with other smart devices in your home, SimpliSafe cameras work with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT. You can use voice commands to arm your system and check its status once you connect SimpliSafe to Alexa or Google Home.

These security cameras are a great addition if you already have a SimpliSafe home security system. When the alarm on your system is triggered, the SimpliSafe reps at the monitoring center can use your camera to check if the security system was set off by an actual threat or by accident.


SimpliSafe cameras don’t have local storage, unlike competitors such as the Eufy Video Doorbell or the Wyze Cam v3. If you want to save a video, you’ll need to spring for a cloud storage subscription.

Storage is pretty inexpensive, so it won’t stretch your budget. Pricing starts at around $10 per month for up to five cameras. You can add up to 10 cameras for around $30 per month. Learn more about SimpliSafe monitoring in our SimpliSafe price guide.

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If you have a SimpliSafe home security system, we recommend getting the Fast Protect™ plan for $29.99 per month. You’ll get professional monitoring and unlimited recording storage for up to 30 days. Plus, the upgrade gives you a lifetime equipment warranty and 10% off future equipment purchases.

You don’t need storage for your home security camera, but it comes in handy. Say, for example, you use the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro and it captures someone stealing a package off of your porch. Saving that video will be vital for helping law enforcement track down the thief.

Power supply

While many home security cameras are battery- or solar-powered, SimpliSafe cameras are wired all except for the outdoor and Smart Alarm indoor cameras. SimpliCam has a power cord while the video doorbell is connected to your home’s electrical system.

Wired cameras have their pros and cons. You’ll never need to change or charge the camera’s batteries. But adding one more cord to hog precious outlets isn’t ideal.

Additionally, if you don’t already have doorbell wiring, you’ll need to bring in an electrician to connect the doorbell camera. That kind of nixes the whole DIY ease the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro offers.

SimpliSafe security camera reviews

Now that you know a little about SimpliSafe cameras overall, let's dive into the specifics of each camera to see how they can fit into your home.

1. SimpliCam: Simply basic

Indoor camera
3.8 out of 5 stars
pro Privacy shutter
pro Operating temperature of -4 to 114º F

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

SimpliCam is a stainless steel indoor camera with almost all the perks other SimpliSafe cameras offer. Its 120° field of view is the narrowest of the bunch, but it still captures impressive HD video during daytime and nighttime.

The SimpliCam also has a stand-out feature: its steel privacy shutter. You can use the SimpliSafe app to close the shutter when you don’t want the camera filming.

You can learn more in our SimpliCam review.

2. Smart Alarm Wireless Indoor Security Camera

Indoor camera
SimpliSafe Smart Alarm Indoor Camera
Smart Alarm
4.2 out of 5 stars
pro Privacy shutter
pro Advanced Motion Sensor

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

SimpliSafe’s newest addition to the family is the Smart Alarm Wireless Indoor Camera. This battery-powered camera comes with an adjustable mount, Vision AI motion sensing, a privacy shutter, and 10x digital zoom.

While recharging this camera’s battery can be a pain, the otherwise wireless nature of the Smart Alarm Camera makes it stand out among other SimpliSafe options.

The video quality is the most advanced as well, with 1536p HD capture. Mount in the living room, kitchen, or other easily accessible areas to monitor your home’s safety from afar.

Learn more in our review.

3. SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro: Affordable but ordinary

Doorbell camera
SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro
3.8 out of 5 stars
pro Wide field of view
pro Adjustable activity zones

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

The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro has adjustable activity zones. You can set it to detect motion on your porch if you like, or it can keep watch all the way to the sidewalk. The video doorbell’s AI can also tell the difference between a human and a pet, limiting the number of motion sensor notifications sent to your phone.

The video quality is right on par with what we’d expect from a decent video doorbell camera. With 1080p HD resolution and a 162º field of view, you’ll be able to see that package you ordered or a stranger at your door.

You can learn more in our SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro review.

4. SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera: Simple durability

Outdoor camera
SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera
SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera
3.8 out of 5 stars
pro Night vision
pro Wireless

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

The SimpliSafe Outdoor camera is another SimpliSafe battery-powered camera, and you could certainly use it indoors as well.

This camera notifies you when it detects motion and records what caused it. During testing, we found that, more often than not, we got notifications about bugs or leaves. It missed notifying us of actual humans several times.

On the positive side, at 140°, it does have a wider field of view than some of the best outdoor security cameras. It also has super clear video and great sound.

For more, read our complete SimpliSafe Outdoor Security Camera review.

SimpliSafe contracts and warranties

Not a fan of commitment? SimpliSafe doesn’t make you sign any contracts. Even better, you can return equipment for up to 60 days and get a full refund.

For Fast Protect™ plan customers, SimpliSafe offers a lifetime equipment warranty.

SimpliSafe customer service and support

The SimpliSafe customer support line is open from 8 a.m. to midnight (EST), seven days a week. Or, you can send customer support an email through this contact form. You can also find answers to your questions at SimpliSafe’s user-friendly Help Center.

If you still have questions or want to talk to other SimpliSafe customers, you’ll find the SimpliSafe forum super handy.

Here’s a more in-depth look at SimpliSafe’s customer support.

Final word

SimpliSafe may not have many bells and whistles, but its cameras are easy to use and install. If you already have a SimpliSafe home security system, adding on a SimpliCam, Smart Alarm Indoor Camera, SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera, or SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro will lend a huge security boost.

If you're still shopping around for a home security system and want cameras with more features than SimpliSafe's lineup, check out our picks for the best home security cameras. We'll help you find an awesome camera that fits your needs.

SimpliSafe FAQ

No. You’ll need to set it on a table or shelf.

Does SimpliSafe record 24/7?No, they record short clips of video when motion is detected.

Only SimpliSafe cameras work with SimpliSafe home security systems. You can learn more about SimpliSafe compatibility in our guide.

Yes. They send information through Wi-Fi, which makes them IP cameras.

Press and hold the reset button for 20 seconds. 

Check out our SimpliSafe troubleshooting guide for extra help.

On the SimpliCam, when the blue light flashes, that means the camera is recording. If the blue light isn't flashing, that means the camera is on standby. A blinking red light means the camera can't connect to Wi-Fi, and a yellow flashing light means that the camera can't connect to SimpliSafe servers.

Yes, but you'll need the outdoor security camera kit to make the SimpliCam weatherproof.

SimpliSafe stopped selling this kit in the US once it released the Outdoor Camera. If you use SimpliSafe in the UK, you can still get the weatherproof camera cover.

If your SimpliSafe camera blinking red , it isn’t online. It may be too far away from your Wi-Fi router. Try moving it closer.

Read answers to more SimpliSafe FAQs.

How we reviewed SimpliSafe cameras

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We have tested all of the SimpliSafe cameras, so we used what we learned about each camera when we compiled this page. We focused on how well the cameras worked in real-world situations and how the features stacked up when compared with other cameras on the market.

Learn more about how we review products by reading our testing methodology.

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With over eight years of experience as a content writer, Cathy has a knack for untangling complex information. Her natural curiosity and ability to empathize help Cathy offer insightful, friendly advice. She believes in empowering readers who may not feel confident about a purchase, project, or topic. Cathy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Indiana University Southeast and began her professional writing career immediately after graduation. She is a certified Safe Sleep Ambassador and has contributed to sites like,, Hunker, and Thumbtack. Cathy’s pride and joy is her Appaloosa “Chacos.” She also likes to crochet while watching stand-up comedy specials on Netflix.

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