The six best smart security cameras on the market right now including Nest, Hive and Ring

SMART security cameras can monitor, track and record anything that moves outside your property – deterring criminals and giving you 24/7 peace of mind.

Connect to your smartphone, laptop or PC and you’ll be able to make sure your home is secure from anywhere in the world.

Smart security cameras are a great way to protect your home
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Smart security cameras are a great way to protect your home[/caption]

What are the best security cameras for your home?

Smart security cameras can record video and live stream footage around the clock, with some including a night vision mode where they’ll begin to record if they detect an intruder.

Pay a little more and you’ll get the ability to record and stream at full HD resolution, which is useful if you need to zoom into the footage.

Buying the camera is just the start. You’ll need to link it to a mechanism to record the footage. Expect to pay cloud storage and subscription costs.

And, unless you’re handy with a screwdriver, you could have to pay extra to have cameras professionally installed.

Using a combination of expert opinion and customer reviews to help us, we’ve selected the best smart security cameras on the market.

1. Arlo Pro 2 Wireless Home Security Camera System

 Entirely wireless Arlo Pro 2

Entirely wireless Arlo Pro 2[/caption]

  • Arlo Pro 2, £504 (2 cameras) from Amazon – buy here

It’s expensive, but the Arlo Pro 2 is the total package.

Entirely wireless and recording at 1080p HD, video quality is crisp and clear – day or night.

It can interact with Alexa and offers free cloud recording for up to 7 days.

A wide sensor field means you’ll be able to capture action from all angles.

The Arlo Pro 2 is the choice of critics and customers. Professional installation costs £120.

2. SWANN Full HD CCTV Camera


Cheap and cheerful SWANN mini camera is still a great buy[/caption]

  • SWANN SWPRO Mini Dome, £99.99 from Swann – buy here

Cheap and cheerful, but boasting an impressive range of features, the SWANN SWPRO is discreet and powerful.

With a tiny 7cm diameter, it’s waterproof and weatherproof, and records in full HD, switching to black and white at night.

3. Hive View Outdoor

Hive View Outdoor
Hive Home

You can see what’s happening day and night with Hive View Outdoor[/caption]

  • Hive View Outdoor, £159 from Amazon – buy here

The best-looking camera we’ve seen doesn’t compromise on performance.

Enjoy HD live streaming with motion, sound and person detection from its 130-degree wide-angle lens.

You get 24 hours of video playback for free, but to get the most out of the Hive View Outdoor, you’ll want to buy a little extra storage.

Currently, you can buy 30 days of video playback for £3.99 for one camera.

4. Nest Cam IQ

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera
John Lewis

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera comes with a two year guarantee[/caption]

  • Nest Cam IQ, £329.00 from John Lewis – buy here

It’s expensive, but the extra money is well spent, with the Nest Cam IQ’s impressive automatic 12x digital zoom giving crystal clear HD video day or night.

You can tune in to what’s going on with the Nest 3-way microphone giving great quality sound.

Spot an intruder and you can talk back through the Android or iOS mobile app.

Again, you’ll need a subscription to get the most out of the unit but it does come with a two year guarantee.

5. ieGeek CCTV WiFi Outdoor IP Camera

ieGeek WIFI Outdoor Camera

This ieGeek WIFI Outdoor Camera is simple to set up[/caption]

  • ieGeek WIFI Outdoor Camera, £39.99 from Amazon – buy here

Built on a budget for technophobes, the ieGeek CCTV WiFi Outdoor IP Camera is simple to set up and use

The cheapest of our selection, the camera features an RTL8188EUS chip, which ensures the camera works in areas where the wifi signal isn’t strong.

Smart motion technology accurately detects movement, capturing video in an acceptable 1080p resolution.

6. Ring Floodlight Cam

ieGeek WIFI Outdoor Camera

This camera has an ear-splitting alarm[/caption]

  • Ring Floodlight Cam, £199.00 from Argos – buy here

When triggered, the Ring Floodlight Cam’s powerful spotlight and ear-splitting alarm can be used to deter intruders.

Its ultra-wide motion detection camera can spot intruders at wide angles, capturing them for posterity – or prosecution.

Installation is required from a qualified electrician which will add to the price.

What brand of security cameras is best?

There’s plenty of brands to choose from when you’re picking a smart security camera, and the good news is that many of them are highly rated.

Models from Hive and Nest seem to be universally acclaimed, and selected models from Logitech, Foscam and Motorola feature near the top of Which? Magazine’s rankings.

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