The home security market has come a long way in the past ten years. It’s now possible to take advantage of top-notch security systems that can keep digital eyes on every corner of your home without breaking the bank, and the technology seems to be growing more streamlined and powerful by the day.
Unlike past home security systems that cost an arm and a leg and only provided minimal coverage of a select portion of your home, users with minimal technical know-how can now easily monitor their belongings from afar, and initiate a series of emergency procedures if there’s a breach.
And it’s not just belongings that people are looking after. Home security cameras are just as useful for keeping an eye on your child while you’re in the other room or your pets while you’re at work, and more and more home security cameras now come with integrated microphones and speakers that can be used to communicate with anyone in the room.
The only problem with the home security camera revolution is that the buying options are seemingly limitless, and choosing which camera is right for your home or budget can be exhausting.
Still, a few home security cameras simply stand ahead of the pack when it comes to power, convenience, functionality and cost, and every one of them happens to be wireless.
To make your life easier, we’ve assembled the best and most affordable wireless home security cameras on the market—each of which comes with a range of convenient features that make them ideal for both home security and watching your dog do funny stuff while you’re at work.
Boasting a supremely sleek and discreet design, this minimalist surveillance cam packs a serious punch for a small price.
You get an HD lens that delivers a super-sharp picture and smooth video resolutions of up to 1080p at 30 fps, and you’ll be able to monitor and stream video in the dark at distances of up to thirty-two feet thanks to night vision technology and a strong IR LED.
This camera also allows you to stream content directly to your mobile device via WiFi (meaning you won’t have to wait until you get back to your laptop in order to preview footage), and you’ll be able to record 24/7 if you choose to invest in an adaptable SD card.
One of the most impressive features of this cam is its remote-controlled pan-tilt function, which allows you to wirelessly operate virtually every element of the camera’s position within a 340-degree horizontal and 70-degree vertical axis. You’ll also be able to use your smartphone to switch between several cameras in the same application, or switch between different users watching simultaneously.
Suitable for home or office use, this camera is just as helpful when it comes to keeping an eye on your loved ones or pets, and there’s a simple two-way audio feature that will allow you to easily communicate with anyone in the room while you’re away.
There’s a screen capture function that allows you to send images to third-parties, and you’ll be able to snap still images from anywhere in the world on your smartphone.
Last but not least, this security camera is incredibly easy to set up right out of the box—meaning you’ll be able to start keeping tabs on your home the second you install the intuitive app on your PC, smartphone, or both.
If you’re looking for a bit more style and functionality and willing to dish out just a bit more cash, we highly recommend this super-sleek MECO unit, which comes loaded with a rechargeable battery that can last up to six months on a single charge—a feature that can come in handy if you find yourself frequently away from home.
You get a crystal-clear 1080P full HD camera that can endure the outdoors thanks to next-generation weatherproofing, and you’ll even be able to capture your footage in the dark at ranges of up to 32 feet thanks to superior night vision technology.
This camera also offers an extremely wide viewing angle—roughly 120-degrees wider than most cams in this price range—and you’ll be able to filter out invalid alerts thanks to a built-in PIR motion sensor that only picks up specific movements (meaning you won’t have to take time out of your day to investigate a potential home intrusion every time the wind causes the leaves on your plant to sway).
You’ll also enjoy two-way talking and real-time calls that can utilize the video function for face-to-face interaction with anyone in the room, and a verified two-minute setup process means that you’ll be able to start enjoying everything that this cam has to offer straight out of the box as soon as you connect your computer or mobile device.
You also have the option to store all of your footage directly on the cloud or a local SD card (not included) the moment motion is detected as opposed to logging an endless stream of uneventful footage.
Although security cameras don’t need to be hidden, keeping them out of view of potential and current intruders certainly has its benefits. This hidden spy cam allows you to wirelessly monitor your home in a uniquely clandestine fashion, and it offers a remarkably tiny-yet-mighty 4K pixel lens to boot.
You’ll be able to record 1920x1080P HD footage at 30 frames per second, and enhanced night vision functionality means that you’ll be able to monitor your belongings via powerful LED lights at any time of the day.
This cam also allows you to enable loop recording so you won’t have to wade through countless hours of old footage in order to find what you need, and you’ll also be able to store your footage in the cloud or on a third-party SD card.
For added convenience, this cam works with motion detection technology that sends a push notification to your mobile phone the first time it detects verified activity, and you’ll be able to plug it into any outlet in order to initiate recording.
And since this cam resembles a traditional USB adapter, you can secretly record any room in the house without detection.
Although technically not a hidden cam like the spy device above, this sleek and discrete camera blends in easily with virtually any decor, and comes loaded with a super-powerful 3MP HD camera for extra clarity.
It delivers an immersive 350-degree pan along with a 100-degree tilt and 8X digital zoom (which retains its clarity even at its highest setting), and advanced sound detection technology means that you can receive alerts on your smartphone the moment a dog barks or a baby cries—making this ideal for parents who want something of a new-age baby monitor in the home.
This cam also boasts powerful movement-tracking abilities, and you’ll be able to take advantage of its smart camera in order to automatically capture footage once movement is detected in the vicinity.
And thanks to real-time conversation and IR night vision (which is fully compatible with the cam’s built-in microphone and speaker), you can interact with people in the room at the touch of a button—whether they’re your friends or a potential burglar.
Finally, this cam comes loaded with fully-encrypted cloud storage—allowing you to safely and securely store all of your footage without having to worry about nefarious eyes peering into your personal life and property.
Venturing back into the realm of hidden spy cams we find this incredibly tiny and surprisingly powerful mini cam, which comes with a 1080P lens along with a 150-degree viewing range that allows you to capture virtually every part of the room in question.
You’ll be able to monitor your belongings 24/7 via your smartphone or laptop, and thanks to a series of incredibly tiny LEDs this camera even does its job at night.
With an upgraded intelligent motion detection feature you’ll be able to initiate recording only when motion is picked up in the vicinity, and you have the option of receiving push notifications on your phone the moment recording has begun.
This tiny-yet-mighty cam also comes loaded with a built-in 300mAh rechargeable battery, and you’ll be able to easily charge it via the included 360-degree flexible semi-rigid USB Cable, which can act as a camera stand while you charge.
You also have the option of initiating loop recording in order to free-up space in the cloud or a third-party micro SD card, and thanks to the cam’s ultra-compact size you’ll be able to toss it in your bag and take it with you on the go.
Of course if you’re interested in a more traditional-looking security camera that still adheres to more modern standards, we highly recommend checking out this AVstart cam, which sacrifices a certain amount of discreteness for robust power.
You get 1080P HD resolution, full Alexa compatibility (allowing you to control a large number of the cam’s features using nothing more than your voice), and a wide-angle lens that allows you to capture a large portion of the area in question without having to rely on pivots.
There’s an instant alarm that can be initiated when motion is detected, and you’ll be able to choose exactly what types of motion lead to a push notification.
This cam is also fully encrypted even on public WiFi networks so you won’t have to worry about your feed being compromised, and you can keep an eye on your property throughout the night thanks to a night vision range of 50 feet.
You’ll also enjoy a playback video function along with a two-way audio feature that allows you to communicate with anyone in the camera’s line of vision, and you can share the cam’s feed with up to five family members simultaneously.
Rounding out our list is this egg-shaped cam that comes with a night vision range of up to 16 feet along with an HD 720P wide-angle lens.
Fully compatible with both Android and iPhone platforms, this wireless cam boasts a built-in speaker and microphone, an 80-degree viewing angle, and sensors that can detect a varying range of movement both indoors and outdoors.
You’ll be able to access every one of the cam’s functions via your smartphone, and you have the option of receiving notifications on virtually any of your devices in seconds.
This cam is also uniquely easy to install straight out of the box, and it comes with all the screws and tools you need in order to quickly and easily mount it on your wall.