Wireless home surveillance cameras provide us with a lot of comfort and versatility. The Arlo Pro 4, one of our favorites, is completely wire-free. Because of its Wi-Fi link and battery, it can be installed almost anywhere a ladder can reach. This is a pricey surveillance camera at $200 (though it’s still less costly than its predecessor, the Arlo Pro 3), but we think it’s worth it.
A list of 10 best cameras to enjoy a peaceful life
In our comparison table and Security camera reviews below, learn the cameras on our list are completely wireless, which ones can be used indoors and outdoors, and what smart features each one offers.
1. Arlo Pro 4
Since it doesn’t need a power cord and yet outperforms the competition, the Arlo Pro 4 is our choice for the best wireless security camera. Arlo is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and Samsung SmartThings.
The Arlo Pro 4 is a great battery-powered camera, particularly if you want a fast setup, multiple cameras, and great video quality. Its 2K video captures more detail than 1080p outdoor cameras, and thanks to infrared night vision and a built-in flashlight, it can record clear video at any time of day.
Setting it up is a breeze, thanks to the Arlo app’s helpful tutorial. It’s also simple to install, thanks to the magnetic wall mount. Although the Arlo Pro 4 requires a monthly fee for cloud video storage, it is one of the more affordable options available at $2.99.
2. Ring stick up
Since the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is wire-free, you have a lot of options on where you can position it. It’s also one of the most inexpensive surveillance cameras you can use both indoors and outdoors, costing about $100.
The Stick Up Cam Battery, in our opinion, is the best option for people looking for a low-cost wireless outdoor camera. Ring also offers one of the most affordable cloud-storage plans on the market, with 60 days of storage for only $3 a month. It’s a great wireless camera for an Alexa-enabled smart home, but we wish it supported Google Assistant and HomeKit like Arlo.
We’ve heard Ring products have short battery life (some say about a month), and recharging the Stick Up Cam is a pain because you have to remove the battery each time. Although there is a wired alternative for this camera (Stick Up Cam Plug-In), you lose the ability to position it anywhere you want.
3. Wyze Cam
In just three seconds, the Wyze Cam Pan can search an entire space. With the Pan Scan feature, you can change settings to automatically scan an area to your specifications. The motion tracking on this small Wi-Fi camera is also cool—if a child or dog runs through the room, the camera will follow them. (There will be no more squabbles about who broke the lamp.)
Plus, the Wyze Cam Pan is one of the best security cameras for the money, costing less than $40. Wyze’s free cloud storage, which stores tiny 12-second clips for up to 14 days, is one of our favorites.
The Wyze Cam Plus paid cloud storage plan allows for full-length video clips, which is better for people who don’t want to purchase a microSD card but want better video recording. It’s also one of the most affordable security cameras plans available, at just $2 a month or $15 a year.
4. Reolink Argus
The Reolink Argus 3 is one of our favorites because it works equally well indoors and outdoors. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s the cheapest solar surveillance camera on the market. A Reolink solar panel costs about $25, which is less than half the price of Arlo and Ring solar panels. When you consider the low price of the Argus 3, which performs almost as well as the Arlo Pro 4, it’s a no-brainer for most people.
5. Canary pro
The Canary Pro is a Smart home surveillance camera that includes features including a siren and environmental sensors. Don’t be fooled by the thin, unobtrusive style. This Wi-Fi camera from Canary has ample security features to qualify for home insurance discounts from several major insurers. It’s basically a small security device, complete with a loud siren and immediate access to emergency services.
The Climate Monitor sensors are one of our favorites because they enable Canary to monitor the humidity, temperature, and air quality in your home. This means the camera can detect whether the fireplace isn’t completely extinguished or if the tub has been left running.
We’re big fans of Amcrest here at SafeWise, and this wireless indoor surveillance camera doesn’t disappoint. This camera is one of the best under $100 because of its remote pan-and-tilt feature, ease of setup, and variety of video storage options.
Although this camera records video without a hitch, streaming live video has a significant lag. Unfortunately, the Amcrest 4MP UltraHD’s user manual is difficult to understand, and mounting the camera on the wall restricts the camera’s rotation choices. However, we appreciate the free cloud storage and the addition of two-way communication.
7. YI dome
We’re reminded of R2-D2 by the YI Dome Camera U. It’s cute, and it appears to be the kind of technology you can rely on to keep in contact with your kids and pets when you’re not at home. The anti-noise filter makes it easy to listen for baby cries or talk with kids after school about homework. You can also order Rover to leave the couch.
The physical privacy shutter you can close to prevent the camera from recording when you want more privacy in a room is its greatest improvement over the original YI Dome Camera.
This wireless surveillance camera also comes with unlimited free cloud storage. However, if you’re an Android user, be aware that there have been some confirmed problems with the Android app.
8. Abode Iota
The Abode Iota is a high-end Home surveillance camera that also functions as a security device. This small system features two-way communication, excellent video quality, and sensitive motion detection. It also has the option of adding skilled supervision 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This provides you with a direct line to assistance from a monitoring center without the need to purchase additional security equipment. The best part is that Abode’s professional monitoring begins at just $8 a month with no contract.
9. Swann Xtreme
We’re not sure what distinguishes the Swann Xtreem security camera from the others. Its fundamental characteristics are present on nearly every high-quality security camera. The True Detect heat-sensing capabilities, which we’ve grown to like in Swann cameras, are one feature that stands out. True Detect detects heat from humans, dogs, or cars to help reduce false alarms caused by pests or falling leaves.
10. Canary basic flex
Canary Flex is a home security camera with a lot of power in a small compact. It operates with either a power source or its built-in battery, and it’s the only Canary camera that can be used both indoors and out. It also includes a built-in Noonlight safety panic button and human detection alerts, as well as other home security features.
There are so many different types of wireless surveillance cameras to choose from that we’ve just scratched the surface of what’s available. Despite this, we believe the Arlo Pro 4 is a standout product due to its 100% wire-free operation.
Its superior video quality makes it difficult for competitors to compete. Although the Arlo Pro 4 is more expensive than the majority of the cameras on our list, the Arlo Pro 4’s overall quality helps to compensate for the price difference.