Best home security camera: Our favorite tools for keeping an eye on the home front
Rent or own, we all want to know our homes are secure while we’re gone. That used to mean signing on with a professional—and pricey—security service like ADT. But the boom in wireless security cameras is putting home surveillance into our own hands.
These close cousins of webcams require minimal installation and offer flexible setups and a range of security features. Indeed, the offers vary widely by camera, and navigating them all gets more daunting as this category grows ever more crowded. To help you find the best security camera for your needs, we’ve outlined the key features to consider and tested six of the newest, most high-profile models.
Whether you’re looking for an easy way to check on your kids and pets, or a full-service sentinel to monitor for intruders, we’ll help find the right product for your needs.
- Best indoor home security cam: Samsung SmartCam PT
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- Best outdoor home security camera
- Runner-up outdoor home security camera
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Our favorite home security camera at this time is Samsung’s SmartCam PT. It’s a pan/tilt model with a 96-degree field of view—and that’s before you take into account the camera’s ability to pan its lens 350 degrees and tilt it on a 155-degree arc. This camera can also lock onto a moving body and track it across its field of view.
Samsung includes all the features you’d expect to find in a top-shelf security camera, including two-way audio, motion and sound alerts, and night vision. There’s also onboard storage in the form of a microSD card slot, so there are no subscription fees to deal with.