The Best Nanny Cams – May 2019
The home security revolution is finally upon us. Whether you’re trying to safeguard that vintage Star Wars collectable item or want to keep an eye on your babysitter’s interactions with your child while you’re away, there are now a series of affordable camera systems (many of which are wireless) that allow you to keep tabs on every room in the house whether you’re there or not.
This didn’t used to be the case, of course. Up until relatively recently, home security systems were crafted by simple sensor units that could only detect movement—meaning homeowners only really had the ability to know whether or not an intruder had broken into their abode.
This limited technology meant that a thief could theoretically break into your home, grab as much as he or she could hold, and flee before any kind of significant action was taken by either the homeowner or the police.
And while the latest home security systems don’t offer a silver bullet when it comes to deterring and catching these nefarious intruders, they make it much easier to identify them in the future.
These systems also work surprisingly well when it comes to less dire types of monitoring—for instance if you want to keep an eye on your pet while you’re at work, or you enjoy communicating with your family members via an embedded microphone in the camera’s base.
To celebrate these new technologies, we’ve compiled a list of the best and most innovative “nanny cams” money can buy. It should be noted, however, that these cameras differ from their closely related but far more clandestine “hidden camera” brethren, in that they can often be seen by anyone who happens to be in the same room.
Stay tuned for a separate list of the best hidden cameras, which are almost exclusively used to catch people doing bad things in your home.
Some of you may remember the exorbitant amount of cash you had to drop on the latest and greatest home security systems that occupied the market several decades ago. And if that’s the case, you should be happy to know that each and every camera on this list surpasses those antiquated systems in terms of both quality and functionality.
This sleek camera system is in many ways the cream of the crop, in that it offers superb visuals along with a series of features that make it easy to control and monitor from afar.
It’s completely weatherproof so you’ll be able to use it outdoors without worry, and its wireless functionality means that you can place it in virtually any position around the home without having to deal with a sea of cumbersome and tangled wires weeding their way to your control unit or monitoring device.
You get HD built-in motion sensor alarms that send alerts via WiFi to your smartphone when they detect movement, and they even record short clips of the event to the cloud for future review (an extremely handy feature if you have to deal with law enforcement after a break-in).
It’s completely battery powered (with a battery that lasts for no less than two years), and the installation couldn’t be simpler—thanks to limited parts and the fact that all monitoring is done through a free app that’s available for both iOS and Android.
There’s even a discretely-placed one-directional microphone that can be used to record sound throughout the room, along with a specialized night vision system that allows the camera to brilliantly record movements even in complete darkness.
Blink is also known for their streamlined approach to home security systems, and you have the option of expanding to up to ten cameras on a single Blink module.
One of the best things about the home security revolution is that you really will never have to break the bank in order to land a truly great piece of gear. In fact, you’ll rarely have to invest more than $100 in order to get a fully-functional home security camera, and this runner-up gadget is a testament to just how much bang you can get for your buck.
First things first: Unlike our number-one pick, this camera isn’t waterproof, so you won’t be able to use it outdoors on a regular basis.
But if you’re only interested in in-house security and want to save a few bucks, this futuristic-looking camera may just be for you.
It delivers ultra-fast, clear, live-streaming footage from any room in the house directly to your smartphone (via an app that’s available for both iOS and Android), and you’ll be able to receive alerts whenever the camera detects either sound or motion.
As soon as the alert is sent, the camera starts recording, and you’ll be able to view the footage for up to fourteen days for no additional fee (unlike with some other cameras that charge monthly subscription fees in order to view recordings).
You also have the option of adding 8GB, 16GB or 32GB microSD cards in order to enable continuous recording or schedule time-lapse videos, and there’s a two-way audio to talk feature on this camera that allows you to fully communicate with anyone in the room.
The free app for this camera is also quite impressive, thanks to a string of features that allow you to manage and view multiple cameras at once, share your cameras with other users, view alert videos, and record and share photos and videos directly from the app.
This camera also features a magnetic base along with a flexible 3-axis design, so you’ll be able to set it virtually anywhere in the home or office.
Next up we have the much-talked-about Veroyi IP cam, which appears to at least slightly resemble some type of Star Wars droid (for better or for worse). Coming in at roughly the same price point as the Wyze at our number-two spot, this cam offers stunningly-good picture quality alongside a lot of features that make it easy to operate.
It offers a 355-degree (horizontal pan) and 80-degree (vertical tilt) viewing angle, along with an impressive zoom feature that manages to retain an HD picture quality even at a distant range.
There’s a two-way audio talk feature that allows you to communicate to anyone in the room via an integrated microphone, and the sound quality on both ends is quite good (which can’t be said of many competing cams that host this feature).
No less than nine infrared lights provide true night vision that can be used to capture images in the dark at a range of up to 33 feet, and you’ll be able to activate a specific motion-detection feature that begins recording whenever the cam senses movement in the room. Once recording has started, you’ll receive a push notification on your phone via a streamlined app.
This robotic-looking cam is also incredibly easy to set up, and you’ll be able to monitor in-house movements on both iOS and Android devices.
We would never recommend purchasing a piece of tech gear based on looks alone, but we have to admit that this little camera looks pretty awesome. And while a camera’s quality and functionality is far more important than its aesthetics, looks can play a consequential role in your purchasing decision given the fact that this gadget will be placed around the house for extended periods of time.
Featuring an F/2.0 aperture, a 112 wide-angle lens, and 1080p video quality, this camera offers all of the advantages of a home security cam in a uniquely elegant package.
You’ll be able to receive and transmit audio from any location via a WiFi connection, use the camera’s night-vision technology in order to see clearly in the dark, and follow movements based on activity alerts sent directly to your smartphone.
One unique feature of this cam is that it comes loaded with a specialized baby-crying-detection feature that’s specifically meant to inform you when your child is in any type of distress.
You’ll also be able to store any footage directly to the cloud—meaning you won’t have to worry about losing data to a faulty SD card.
This Amcrest cam, although perhaps not as aesthetically appealing as some of the other more refined cams on our list, is a solid midrange security gadget that features HD quality video and an especially wide 90-degree viewing angle that doesn’t require much adjustment on behalf on the user.
You’ll be able to receive motion alert notifications and review footage on your smartphone, engage in two-way dialogue with anyone who happens to be in the room via an integrated microphone and speaker, and securely backup all of your video directly to the cloud.
We were also impressed with the abnormally good and reliable night vision feature of this camera, which produces stunningly accurate images of anything that moves in the room regardless of how dark the environment is—even at a range of roughly 32 feet.