It’s natural to want to know what’s going on when you’re not home, especially if you have children or pets. Installing an indoor security camera is often the solution. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can control modern cameras from almost anywhere. Better yet, they allow you to communicate with anyone at home. There is no shortage of security cameras, but not all cameras are created equal. We’ve gone through several options, and here are our top picks.
Ring Indoor Cam Security Camera
Ring may still be known for its video doorbells, but its broader suite of security devices is also quickly rising to the top of the list. Ring Indoor Cam is our current pick for the best indoor security camera, with smart home compatibility, customizable motion settings and crisp 1080p HD video.
Compatible with Alexa, you can choose to have the camera’s motion alerts sent to your phone, tablet or smart speaker – ensuring you’re notified whether you’re at home or on the go. There’s also a privacy feature that allows you to set areas you don’t want to record and turn off audio.
When an alarm occurs, you can use 2-way audio to communicate with the person sending the alarm, or turn on Live View to see what’s happening remotely.
One potential downside is that the Ring Indoor Cam needs to be placed close to an outlet, but that means you don’t have to worry about charging the device at all times. It’s also priced well enough to pair several cameras in different areas of your home, giving you more coverage.
GE Cync Smart Indoor Camera
The GE Cync Smart Indoor comes with a mounting bracket and mounting hardware (three gypsum board anchors and screws) that allows you to mount the device almost anywhere, but I think it’s most valuable to place it on the main entry way to view your home.
While the camera has many standard features – 1080p resolution, real-time notifications, two-way audio and Google Home/Alexa compatibility – it doesn’t pan or tilt, but you can manually adjust the camera angle. As a result, the fixed view displayed by the indoor camera is probably best suited for monitoring doorways to know when the kids are coming home or for unwanted visitors (such as possible intruders).
That said, when I place the camera in the corner of my living room, the wide view does show most of the room and sends me an alert when someone or something (like a cat or my smart vacuum) passes by the view. You can adjust the alert sensitivity from low/medium/high to avoid getting notifications from things like pets and other random movements in your home.
Wyze Cam V3
Black and white night vision lenses are useful, but color night vision is better. The Wyze Cam V3 may look small and compact, but don’t let it fool you, because it’s packed with features.
Thanks to its color night vision capabilities, the Wyze Cam V3 offers more detail than other cameras with traditional black and white night vision. With the help of a little ambient light, the camera’s sensor is able to draw colors, providing the user with more details about the scene – which will come in handy when you try to add more descriptions about the event.
However, its use as an indoor security camera doesn’t stop there, as it also features local storage, 1080p video recording and continuous recording options.
Google Nest Cam Indoor (Wired)
If you want to know what’s going on in your home 24/7, Google Nest Cam is a feature-rich option that can store 1080p resolution clips of any motion it detects for up to three hours at no extra cost.
Without a subscription, it will tell you the difference between people or animals – and send real-time alerts to your phone about detections – but if you choose to pay for a Nest Aware subscription, it will save video events for 30 days and turn on “Familiar Faces” alerts, which use facial recognition to know the faces of people who are always at home. It notifies you when it sees someone it can’t recognize.
In our tests of the Nest Cam series, we found that it recorded clear Full HD video (color video during the day and black and white video at night) and that the motion detection feature was very accurate. We also like that you can assign a name to the person the camera detects. It comes with a tabletop stand that fits nicely on a sideboard or bookshelf, and you can use the built-in Google Assistant to have it display a synopsis on the Nest Hub smart display.
Eufy Security Solo IndoorCam 2K
If you’re looking for a high-resolution indoor security camera, then this is the one for you. The camera has 2K resolution, which is higher than the average Full HD security camera. However, if you use it with HomeKit, you’ll only get Full HD resolution. The higher the clarity, the better the viewing experience.
The Smart Recording feature prevents unwanted recordings because it only records important activities. The device is fully integrated with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. In addition, enhanced night vision makes objects clearly visible in the dark. The camera offers dual storage options.
As with most home security devices, finding the best indoor security camera for your home depends entirely on your needs, your budget, and what you want from a camera. If you’re more interested in using the camera as a pet monitor or just want to watch over your home while you’re at work, then finding a camera with clear images and two-way communication should be your top priority.
If you are looking for an option that will protect your home at night or while you are away, then choosing one with automation options, advanced alerts, and stellar night vision will be even more important. You really can’t go wrong with any of the cameras on this list, so narrow down what’s important to you and how much you want to spend and go from there.