When you think of the smart home you probably think about lighting or a personal assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Home, however, there is much more to a smart home than just that, you can also create a smarter home with a brand new security system, that makes keeping an eye on your home easy, and more importantly, it makes it automatic.
There is a range of cameras on the market that will allow you to keep an eye on your smart home from afar, with a range of outdoor and indoor features that come with a range of different features, designs, and options.
To start off with, we are going to take you through want we consider to be some of the best indoor smart home security cameras.
Netgear Arlo Wire Free/ Pro
We are huge fans of the Netgear Arlo Pro system here at TechNutty (I have one of my own systems set up outside), and that’s mostly because it is so damn easy and useful.
Because Netgear’s Arlo Wire Free is 100% wireless, it can be used pretty much anywhere you want it, be that up in the eves of your house or just sat on a desk. If you are getting the full Pro system, the camera becomes a full home security solution that combines the Wire Free camera with the Pro base station that makes the connection more secure and stable and adds on an extremely loud siren to your camera setup.
The whole system is also very compact and lightweight, the camera measures in at just 72 x 44 x 66mm and weighs 123g, while the base station measures 55 x 215 x 165 mm and weighs 320g.
The camera is also completely weatherproof, which means that you can also use it outside of your home and with that wireless design, the placement outside is completely customisable.
And of course, there are a lot of features on top of that with 720p video recording, a 110-degree wide angle lens, night vision capabilities, IFTTT, smart schedules, geofencing and much more. On top of that, it uses one of the cheapest cloud services out there with free viewing downloading and sharing of recordings within the last seven days.
You can expand that with their Premier package £6.49/month or £64/year for 30 days of cloud recordings or with their Elite package for £9.99/month or £99/year for up to 60 days cloud recordings.
Netgear Arlo Q
Netgear’s Arlo Q smart home security camera is Netgear’s second smart home camera that has been designed specifically for indoor use. It’s not wire-free or weatherproof like the Arlo Pro, however, it can record at a full 1080p resolution.
Because of that resolution, you do need to wire it in. Thankfully, Netgear has tried to make that easier with the addition of a variant that works with Power over Ethernet (PoE), which allows for one cable to power and connect the camera to the internet.
It also comes with two-way audio, smart alerts for motion and sound, night vision, and the same 7-day free recording as Arlo Pro.
Nest Cam IQ
Nest Cam IQ is Nest’s latest indoor camera.
This camera is particularly interesting because it does something no other camera does on this list and that is that it has a 4K 8MP sensor.
Unfortunately, the camera doesn’t actually record in 4K (it would be much better if that was an option, even locally), it records at up to 1080p.
It does feature HDR compatibility, a 130-degree wide-angle lens, night vision capabilities, 12x digital zoom with enhance (can you enhance that), close up tracking, person alerts, familiar face recognition, and two-way talk.
That said, it is extremely expensive.
You only just 3 hours of recording access without a subscription, and a subscription costs you £8/month or £80/year for 10 days history or £24/month or £240/year for 30 days history, that might be a huge deal breaker for a lot of people (especially since after 1-3 years you could have purchased a completely separate camera, just for a subscription to watch the content you have already paid to record).
Well, that’s if the initial cost doesn’t break you.
The Hive Camera is part of British Gas’ Hive Home service.
It is a pretty cool indoor camera that can record video at a 1080p resolution with a 120-degree wide angle. It also features night vision, two-way talk, compatibility with other Hive products, zoom, with in built noises for scaring off intruders.
On top of all of that, it’s a lot cheaper than the Hive Cam IQ (thankfully). That’s because it has SD card support for 128GB and it even includes a 16GB card out of the box, allowing you to access recordings and stream live video, all without a subscription.
Oh, and the base unit is nicely priced too.
Logitech Circle 2
The Logitech Circle 2 isn’t always the first camera that people consider, however, it still has all of the features that you would expect from a great smart home camera.
There are two versions, a wired and a wire-free version that are both pretty awsome.
They both have night vision capabilities, two-way audio, 8x digital zoom, pan and tilt adjusting, person detection, 1080p video recording, and a 180-degree wide angle lens.
Sadly, the subscription is slightly lacking (although it’s more than the Nest Cam), with access to only 24 hours of streaming and downloads without a subscription.
After that, it costs £2.99 a month to access 14 days of recordings or £7.99 a month/ £79.99 a year to access 31 days.