Top Home Security Cameras – 2016

Security cameras come many types and have seemingly endless feature options. With so many different kinds of home security cameras available, deciding which one makes sense for your home can be a daunting task. The information in this guide will give you the knowledge you need to find the security camera or cameras that will help you keep your home and your family safer.

Security Camera Types

The simplest way to think about the types of security cameras is to break them down into two groups: indoor cameras, and outdoor cameras. While each of these groups have different styles of cameras within them, those difference will become apparent when you compare features, so separating them further isn’t necessary. For instance, none of the cameras we talk about in this guide are dome cameras, not because dome cameras are of any lesser quality, but because they simply aren’t necessary for most home security systems.

Both types of cameras are available as standalone units with monitoring apps or as part of a subscription-based home security monitoring system. In this guide we compare the top indoor and outdoor cameras as well as the combinations of cameras available through the top subscription monitoring services.

Important Security Features

Below are some of the important features to keep in mind when comparing home security cameras.

Field of View

Field of View refers to the width of area a camera can record. This is important because it will affect how many cameras you’ll need and where you should place them.

Motion Detection

Cameras with motion detection can send you notifications when the camera observes motion within its field of view. These notifications can alert you to suspicious activity, so you can monitor the situation.


Resolution defines how clear the image from your camera will be. A clearly visible image is very helpful when trying to identify faces or items in the images your camera records.


The sound feature can refer to your camera receiving sound via a microphone, emitting sound via a speaker, or both. Cameras with both can double as an intercom.

Night Vision

The distance to which your camera can record images in low to no light situations can have a great impact on its effectiveness because often criminal activity can happen at night.

WiFi Capability

A camera with WiFi can communicate with your home network wirelessly which can be very handy for installation, but is also less susceptible to being disabled, because it doesn’t have wires which could be cut.


Obviously, if a camera costs so much that you can no longer afford the valuables you’re trying to protect with it, then it doesn’t serve a purpose. Cost is a factor for every purchasing decision.


A camera that can pan and/or tilt may be able to record a larger area than a static camera and therefor reduce the total number of cameras needed to observe a particular area.


Indoor Home Security Cameras

Indoor cameras are the cornerstone of a good home security system. We researched dozens of indoor home security cameras and found these to be a consumers best bet. The cameras in this chart have WiFi capability and can be monitored online and on your smartphone via each camera’s corresponding app.

Top Indoor Home Security Cameras

*SafeWise has conducted impartial research to recommend products. This is not a guarantee. Each individual’s unique needs should be considered when deciding on chosen products.

Vimtag 361 HD

The Vimtag 361 HD home security camera is a great investment for any homeowner. Along with the great range of motion and two-way talkback highlighted in the chart, the 361 has a x3 digital zoom function. This kind of control is rare among the standalone cameras. The 3361 has 720p resolution, and while that’s not the highest available, it’s still considered

high definition, so you should have no problems with image clarity. The best part about this camera is the price-coming it at just under $100. It also gets strong customer reviews on with an average rating of four stars on over 3,400 ratings.


While the KBVISION is one of the more expensive standalone home security cameras, it makes our spotlight for its high resolution and its seamless integration with the rest of the KB Home Automation Suite. It has two-way talkback capability and an incredible x8 digital zoom. The KBVISION doesn’t have any pan or tilt capabilities, but with its

capabilities, but with its enormous 130º field of view, the motion isn’t as necessary. Although the KBVISION costs nearly $200, you can find discounts for ordering multiple units at once.

Outdoor Home Security Cameras

Below are the best standalone outdoor cameras we researched. The cameras in this chart are wall mounted cameras and can be monitored through online applications. Not all information is available for all cameras.

Top Outdoor Home Security Cameras



If a clear image is import to you, then the KX-2001S4 is the camera you want. With 2Mp resolution, it tops the list for any camera we reviewed in this guide. It also has a decent field of view, 70°. It lacks the sound capabilities of other cameras. It’s also a stationary could make installation more difficult, but as for pure

visual quality, you can’t beat this camera. And, at just under $120, you’re getting a great value.




The ZOSI 960H makes our spotlight for one reason-price. At just over $20 it is by far the most affordable camera we reviewed. It also has a large field of view, 72°, and a night vision range of nearly twice what you’ll get with almost any other camera. The ZOSI 960H doesn’t have any movement capabilities and

its image resolution is very poor compared to other cameras in this guide. If you’re just looking for the lowest priced home surveillance possible, this is the camera we recommend. With over 500 ratings on, the ZOSI 960H averages 4.5 stars.

Monitored Home Security Systems

One advantage of ordering a monitored system is that you don’t need to worry about the details of each specific camera because you can talk with the home security company’s representative to get help picking the system with the appropriate cameras to accommodate your needs. Each company’s cameras will have the functionality to work best with its system, eliminating guesswork. Below you will find the home security monitoring services with the best camera and functionality combinations.

Top Monitored Home Security Camera Systems

Frontpoint Ultimate

Lower monitoring fee

Frontpoint makes our spotlight for the great reputation its home security systems have among customers. The system has both indoor and outdoor camera options and also has pan and tilt capabilities on its indoor cameras. Frontpoint systems are all self-install systems. But, for anyone who needs a little help, it offers installation tutorials for all its for all its

components. Although the startup costs for Frontpoint are high, the monthly monitoring fee is lower than most, so you can make up the difference over time. If you want a comprehensive home security system and good customer service, Frontpoint is the perfect choice.

Vivint Smart Control

Under $65/mo

Vivint offers the perfect balance of providing all the features you want from a home security monitoring system, while keeping the price reasonable. With multiple camera options and professional installation, Vivint gives you peace of mind in knowing that you have the equipment you need to properly monitor your home and that it has been installed correctly. This is the primary advantage of a monitored system

in the first place. The one drawback to Vivint is the 5-year contract, but as long as you’re happy with the service, that shouldn’t be an issue. The monthly monitoring charge is just under $55 and includes one camera. If you want a professionally-installed system with lots of options, Vivint is the system you want.

ADT Pulse Video Service

Lifetime warranty

We spotlight ADT for its low setup fee and lifetime warranty. With this stem to stern approach to ensuring the value of its service, ADT gives customers plenty of reason to sign up and a continuing reason to stick with the service. It also offers unlimited cloud storage. This could come in handy if your valuables go missing, but you don’t notice it until months or even a year later. With

unlimited cloud storage, you may be able to find stored video of the theft. ADT Pulse has both indoor and outdoor cameras, however the outdoor cameras will cost a little extra. If you’re a homeowner with no plans to move, ADT is a great choice because of the unlimited storage and the lifetime warranty.

Security Camera Resource Center

What is a home security camera?

Although they come in a wide variety of sizes, image quality, fields of view, and ranges of motion, home security camera all perform one basic function-they provide a video image of what is occurring within their field of view. Cameras show live action in real time or record everything for viewing later. Some camera systems even let customers monitor and even control their security cameras online.















How do security cameras work?

Not only can home security cameras help catch burglars, they actually help to stop the criminals before they become intruders. Cameras work as a deterrent when would-be burglars see them decide breaking into your house isn’t worth the risk. With that in mind, keeping surveillance cameras clearly visible on your property is a good idea. You also want some hidden cameras because a determined burglar may try to block or disable cameras he or she can see. For more help assessing your property and determining the best combination of cameras for your needs, consult a home security expert from one of the monitoring companies spotlighted above.








Security Camera vs Surveillance Camera

While the terms are regularly used interchangeably, there is a slight difference between security cameras and surveillance cameras. The difference is whether a camera is passive or active. Surveillance cameras are passive. They observe and/or record whatever is happening in their field of view. Security cameras are active. They alert people to unexpected events within their field of view. This distinction can be very subtle or very large depending on the circumstances of a particular situation. For instance, if a surveillance camera sends a constant feed to a monitor that is continually viewed by a security guard, it is essentially functioning as a security camera because simply by viewing the feed from the camera the guard would be alerted to anything unexpected happening within its field of view. However, most modern security cameras have the ability to detect motion and send alerts to owners or authorities via text or emails.


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