With the advancements in technology over the last decade, home video security and surveillance systems went from something that only the rich could have in their home to a luxury that is accessible to nearly all consumers. With almost every household converted to wireless internet, smart home companies are producing affordable Wi-Fi security cameras that are sold via traditional retailers like Amazon, Newegg & Best Buy.
In the following article, I've rounded up seven of the best indoor Wi-Fi smart home security cameras currently on the market as of July 21st, 2017 and linked to each product page on Amazon since they offer the lowest prices on all of these models. Keep in mind, the pricing listed will fluctuate over time (usually decreasing) so I urge any prospective buyers click through to Amazon to see the most up to date pricing information before making their purchase.
Nest IQ – $299 (Amazon)
The newest and most advanced indoor smart camera from Nest, the IQ is smart enough to identify people over things or animals to help hinder false alerts. It also is the only smart camera on the market to utilize a 4K sensor and HDR imaging to give you the best 1080P image with smart scaling thanks to the 12x digital zoom. This model is Amazon Certified meaning it can be controlled with your voice via support Alexa devices like the Echo. The downside is that besides the 24/7 live access, you only can see a 3-hour snapshot history for free or purchase a Nest Aware subscription for extended cloud recording options.
Logitech Circle 2 (Wireless) – $199.99 (Amazon)
While the Circle 2 by Logitech hasn't been officially released yet, the first Circle was a success and the 2nd generation improved upon it. The Circle 2 can be used both indoor and outdoor with full HD video, smart alerts, night vision, and an 180-degree lens. Besides 24/7 live access, you can view 24-hours of video storage in the cloud for free or additional storage plans can be purchased separately. Keep in mind, this is the wireless version that is $20 more expensive than the wired variant yet it still boasts three months of battery life per charge.
Nest Cam Indoor – $169.99 (Amazon)
The original Nest Cam came out shortly after Google-owned Nest acquired Dropcam back in 2015. It offers much of the features of the Nest IQ, with a less sleek design and a standard 1080P sensor. Since it has been released, they have added Amazon Certified support to work with their Alexa line. The standard Nest Cam comes with a trial for Nest Aware yet once this period ends, you'll only be able to access it for live viewing unless you purchase a separate Nest Aware subscription.
D-Link DCS-2630L – $159.99 (Amazon)
Similar to the Logitech Circle 2 listed above, the D-Link DCS-2630L offers full 1080HD video with an 180-degree field of view and night vision support. Unlike most of the Wi-Fi smart home cameras included in this article, this D-Link model can still be viewed live 24/7 via the mobile app, but instead, relies on physical storage media through a MicroSD card (up to 128GB) instead of external cloud storage. This means longer storage capacities in exchange for a cheap one-time MicroSD card purchase without the need to dish out a monthly subscription.
Netgear Arlo Q – $153.99 (Amazon)
The Arlo is likely the closest competitor in all-around quality and feature-set to Nest's line of indoor cameras and has the excellent reputation of Netgear in the home networking space to stand behind it. Similar to the Nest IQ, it is Amazon Certified and works with Alexa. The field of view is the same as the Nest IQ at 130-degrees, but narrower than some of the competing models mentioned in this article. As you'd expect the HD video can be viewed live anytime including at night, but the big selling point is the 7-days of free cloud recording before you need dish out extra money.
Canary – $149 (Amazon)
Canary's all-in-one is another attractive option in the smart-home security game offering a source of live real-time 1080P HD video with a 147-degree lens and night vision. Beyond this, the Canary also provides home health technology including a monitor of air quality, temperature and humidity levels along with a 90+ dB siren in the event of intruders. One of the main selling points of the Canary is the lack of any complication installation and no contract/monthly fees as free secure cloud storage is included with every purchase for 24 hours of video history. Optional 30-days of cloud recording is offered via a Canary membership.
Oco 2 – $129 (Amazon)
We reviewed the original Oco a few years back, and it was one of the best budget-friendly security cameras on the market, but their 2nd generation Oco 2 ups the bar with both local (SD card) and cloud storage as well as crisp FHD 1080P video with a 140-degree field of view. Mobile viewing and access are available via the iVideon app which pairs quickly thanks to QR code scanning.
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.