When it comes to protecting your home, cameras positioned outdoors offer homeowners and apartment dwellers peace of mind when they’re not there. They’re even more useful when they’re strategically positioned around the home for better vantage points. There are even outdoor cameras that are ideal for backyard outings during the summer. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve reviewed dozens of outdoor cameras, from affordable models to highly secure ones, and even nighttime and weatherproof cameras. Here’s our list of the top models.
Arlo Pro 3
The Arlo Pro 2 was our pick for the best outdoor security camera for some time, but after testing the Arlo Pro 3, we feel it edges out its predecessor. It boasts 2K video resolution, and a wider (160-degree) viewing angle. Each weatherproof camera also has color night vision, with a built-in LED spotlight you can manually activate or trigger in response to motion. There’s also a built-in siren that can alert you to danger, and you can set the siren to trigger remotely.
The Arlo Pro 3’s audio quality is excellent, and conversation flows naturally through the two-way audio system. The Arlo Pro 3 camera system comes with two cameras, but you can add on additional cameras. The system is compatible with smart home systems like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Plus, it’s wire-free so you won’t have to deal with any pesky wires. The Pro 3 includes a three-month free trial of Arlo Smart, which gives you access to advanced features like 30 days of recording history, activity zones, enhanced 911 calling, and advanced detection features.
Swann Wire-Free Security Camera
Swann is no stranger when it comes to outdoor cameras, since they offer some comprehensive systems that consists of multiple cameras for monitoring. Luckily, they’re also mindful that people crave value, which is why the Swann Wire-Free Security Camera makes our list as the best budget outdoor camera.
For its $150 cost, you’re getting a camera packed with features — like 1080p footage, wide angle 180-degree field of view, two-way audio, and a weatherproof design. With its magnetic mounting base, it can be easily articulated to cover any vantage point. It’s a wire-free option that’s battery powered, which means than it can be installed in just about any part of the home.
Nest Cam IQ Outdoor
One of the most popular outdoor security cameras on the market for good reason, the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor lets you keep an eye on your property at all times. It plugs directly into power, so you’ll never have to worry about replacing any dead batteries. The camera also sends live alerts directly to your smartphone if it hears any loud sounds, like a window smashing. The model comes equipped with excellent two-way communication, letting you ask the FedEx person to leave the package on the porch, or help you scare away any would-be thieves.
Anker’s smart home brand, Eufy, has made great strides in the last couple of years. The eufyCam 2 is particularly noteworthy because of its value, a combination between stellar features at a value price for a 2-piece camera kit.
At $350, you get an outdoor camera built to withstand the weather with its IP67 rating, 1080p video resolution, night vision, Alexa compatibility, 365-day battery life, and no monthly fee thanks to its secure local storage option. The entire package is made better knowing that it performs solidly as a security camera, offering excellent video footage and clear night vision. Add to that, it can scare off unwanted intruders with its built-in 100 dB siren.