Swann Security Cameras

We researched customer reviews and more to find the gems in Swann’s massive catalog of security cameras.
Best all-around
Swann 8 Channel 4 Camera Security System
8-Channel
5 out of 5 stars
5
$749.99
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    Loaded with features
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    2 TB hard drive
Best nanny cam
Swann Pan and Tilt
Pan & Tilt
5 out of 5 stars
5
$59.89
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    Remotely adjustable
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    64 GB storage
Best field of view
Tracker
4 out of 5 stars
4
$69.29
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    Wide view
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    32 GB storage
Best to scare intruders
Enforcer
4 out of 5 stars
4
$60.99
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    Flashing lights
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    Cloud storage
Most versatile
Swann Indoor Outdoor Camera
Indoor/Outdoor
4 out of 5 stars
4
$50.99
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    Spotlight
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    Cloud storage

*Amazon.com price as of 04/06/2021 at 12:00 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

Swann is one of the pioneers of DIY home security cameras. It has almost an overwhelming selection of cameras, from indoor to outdoor, in a variety of sizes, with just about any feature you can think of.

What really impressed us about Swann security cameras is its more advanced features, like 2 TB of video storage, heat-sensor motion detection, and even flashing lights that mimic a police car.

The big drawback of Swann security cameras is its more complex installation. Swann also lacks professional monitoring.

Compare Swann security cameras

Best all-around Best nanny cam Best field of view Best to scare intruders Most versatile
Swann 8 Channel 4 Camera Security System8-Channel
Swann Pan and TiltPan and Tilt
Tracker
Enforcer
Swann Indoor Outdoor CameraIndoor/Outdoor
Price
Image resolution4K Ultra HD1080p1080p1080p1080p
Field of view93°Yes180°90°90°
Two-way talk
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Power sourceWiredCordCordWiredWired
Storage2 TB 64 GB 32 GBCloud or purchase hard drive separatelyCloud or purchase hard drive separately
Night visionColorBlack and whiteBlack and whiteColorBlack and white
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*Amazon.com price as of 04/06/2021 at 12:00 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

Installation

Swann cameras tend to take a little longer to install because most of them need to be wired to your electrical system and connected to a NVR (network video recorder) or a DVR (digital video recorder) system. While the process is more involved than installing a Wyze or Ring security camera, it isn’t overly complicated. The wired cameras will need professional installation as well.

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NVR vs. DVR

The difference comes down to connection. NVR uses Wi-Fi or Ethernet cables to connect to the cameras. DVR uses coaxial cables.

Storage

NVR and DVR systems store footage locally, so you don’t need to pay video storage fees, and you don’t need to worry about anyone hacking your footage. To view footage, you can either use the app or you can connect the NVR box directly to your TV or laptop with an Ethernet cable or VGA cable. You can’t do this with many popular security cameras like Ring or Wyze.

If you would rather have cloud storage, the Swann cloud subscription plans give you up to 60-day rolling storage for a competitive monthly fee. Many Swann cameras also let you upload your footage to your Dropbox account.

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Beware when shopping

Some cameras come with NVR or DVR storage units, and some need to be purchased separately, or you’ll need to set up a cloud storage subscription.

Storage plans

Extra Security Plan
Complete Security Plan
Price$4.99/month, $49.90/year$14.99/month, $149.90/year
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True Detect thermal-sensing motion detection

Our favorite feature found on most of the cameras is the True Detect thermal-sensing motion detection. Yep, this camera goes full-on spy mode by detecting body heat and motion to trigger recordings and push notifications to your phone. We love it because it reduces false alarms. No more tumbling leaves or bugs setting off your security camera.

Swann security camera reviews

No matter what you’re looking for in a home security camera, Swann has some impressive options with features that are hard to find elsewhere.

Swann Ultra HD 8-Channel, 4-Camera System: Best All-around

Best all-around
Swann 8 Channel 4 Camera Security System

*Amazon.com price as of 04/06/2021 at 12:00 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

This camera has just about everything you could want from a security camera. The Swann Ultra HD 8-Channel System is chock full of features, including these:

  • 4 cameras
  • 4K video resolution
  • Person detection
  • Two-way audio
  • True Detect thermal-sensing motion detection
  • Weatherproofing for outdoor use
  • Color night vision
  • 2 TB local storage
  • Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility

It also comes loaded with some fancy features that most other cameras on the market miss out on.

Other than the super clear 4K video resolution, our favorite standout feature is the line-crossing detection. Using the app, you can draw a line on the monitoring map somewhere in your yard and then get a notification when something crosses the line.

Say the neighbor kids keep sneaking into your yard to pick your roses. You can draw a line on the monitoring map around your rose bushes. When the would-be rose napper crosses the line, you’ll be alerted.

Plus, this system comes with four cameras, which is ideal for monitoring multiple areas around your home.

We liked the Swan Full HD so much it made our list of best multi-camera security systems.

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Pros
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Pro Bullet Color night vision
Pro Bullet Advanced detection features
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Swann Indoor/Outdoor Camera: Most versatile

Most versatile
Swann Indoor Outdoor Camera
Swann Indoor/Outdoor
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
$50.99

*Amazon.com price as of 04/06/2021 at 12:00 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

The Swann Indoor/Outdoor Camera is the security company’s most versatile camera. It can be used indoors or outdoors, and it has a spotlight to scare away intruders or to shed light on a pathway or porch. Plus, it’s small, so it can be put just about anywhere.

The Indoor/Outdoor Camera also has these features:

  • 1080p video resolution
  • Night vision
  • True Detect thermal-sensing motion detection

Like the Enforcer, this camera doesn’t have two-way talk. If you want a spotlight camera with two-way talk and similar features, we would recommend the Arlo Pro 4.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Spotlight function
Pro Bullet Versatile indoor/outdoor capabilities
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Cons
Con Bullet No two-way talk

Swann Pan and Tilt: Best nanny cam

Best nanny cam
Swann Pan and Tilt
Swann Pan and Tilt
Our Rating
5 out of 5 stars
5
$59.89

*Amazon.com price as of 04/06/2021 at 12:00 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

The Swann Pan and Tilt is on our list of best nanny cams because it’s small but still has a lot of great features:

  • 1080p video resolution
  • Two-way audio
  • Night vision

What makes it stand out when compared to other indoor cameras on the market? You can control where the camera looks. Using the app, you can make the camera pan right, left, up, or down. There’s no way someone will be able to sneak around in your house without getting caught.

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Pros
Pro Bullet 64 GB
Pro Bullet Pan-and-tilt feature
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Cons
Con Bullet Corded

Swann Tracker Camera: Best field of view

Best field of view
Swann Tracker
$69.29

*Amazon.com price as of 04/06/2021 at 12:00 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

You may have noticed that many Swann cameras have a very narrow field of view, but the Swann Tracker Camera covers a whopping 180°. That’s one of the largest we’ve seen. What this means for you is the Tracker can cover more area without additional cameras.

We also like that this indoor security camera zooms in and tracks whatever sets off its motion sensor.

Other features include these:

  • 1080p video resolution
  • Two-way audio
  • Night vision
  • Siren
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Pros
Pro Bullet Wide field of view
Pro Bullet Siren
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Cons
Con Bullet Corded

Swann Enforcer Camera: Best to scare intruders

Best to scare intruders
Swann Enforcer
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
$60.99

*Amazon.com price as of 04/06/2021 at 12:00 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

The Swann Enforcer Camera’s standout feature is its red and blue flashing warning lights that mimic police car lights. Very intimidating, even if you’re not committing a crime. If these lights don’t scare away intruders, we don’t know what will.

Along with the flashing lights, this camera also has a powerful spotlight. We love cameras with spotlights because they are an easy way to add safety lighting to a walkway or driveway.

The Enforcer doesn’t have two-way talk. For some, that may be a good thing. For example, if you’re concerned about your security camera getting hacked and a stranger potentially listening to your conversations, then the Enforcer can be a good choice. While this type of hacking is super rare, no-audio options are always nice.

It also features these capabilities:

  • 1080p video resolution
  • Color night vision
  • True Detect thermal-sensing motion detection
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Pros
Pro Bullet Flashing lights
Pro Bullet Spotlight
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Cons
Con Bullet No two-way talk

Swann customer service

Swann’s customer service offers several options to help you through problems. The tech support line is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (PST). You can also send an email to customer support using their contact form on the support page or use the live chat feature on their website.

If you’d like to try to troubleshoot a problem yourself, Swann also offers a knowledge base and community page where you can find answers.

Swann camera warranties

All Swann products come with a 12-month warranty. The warranty covers any defective and faulty equipment.

Final word

Swann cameras offer features that are hard to find anywhere else. The heat-sensing motion detection is great for lowering the amount of false alarms sent to your phone. We also like the Enforcer’s flashing red and blue lights to intimidate intruders. And we thought of so many uses for the line-crossing detection.

We also like that you have full control over how you save and store your security videos. You can save them locally, in the cloud, or both.

Out of Swann's massive selection of cameras, we recommend these picks:

How we reviewed Swann security cameras

When choosing the Swann cameras to feature in this article, we researched reviews online (Amazon user reviews, Swann website customer reviews, and expert reviews), and used our own experiences with these cameras. We considered several factors:

  • What does this camera have that you don’t see from other cameras on the market?
  • What makes this camera stand out from Swann’s large selection of cameras?
  • How well does this camera function?
  • What do users have to say about this camera?
  • How will this camera make our reader’s lives better?

You can learn more about how we research and review products on our methodology page.

Swann camera FAQ

Yes, cameras can be added to a cloud subscription.

The wireless cameras do need Wi-Fi. The other cameras use an Ethernet cable or coaxial.

No, they aren’t. Make sure to contact Swann customer service to find out which cameras are compatible before making a purchase.

Individual Swann cameras are typically between $50 to $200. Remember, though, that you may need to purchase a local storage device to go with it.

Yes, Swann offers an assortment of IP cameras.

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Disclaimers

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Alina Bradford
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Alina Bradford
Alina has been reviewing the latest tech for more than a decade and has contributed her insights to CNET, CBS, Digital Trends, MTV, Top Ten Reviews, and many others. She specializes in smart home and security technology, working to make gadgets less mystifying one article at a time. In the early 2000s, Alina worked as a volunteer firefighter, earning her first responder certification. Her activities aren’t nearly as dangerous today. Her hobbies include fixing up her 100-year-old house, doing artsy stuff, and going to the lake with her family.

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