The best security cameras in 2023 are incredibly advanced, allowing you to easily install a system that will give you peace of mind when at home or away. The fact that most security cameras are wireless and pretty compact, makes them easy to install and don’t become an eyesore on your property.
And, you can get a good camera on a budget, that still offers many features that were once considered premium. The high-tech features allow you to stream footage directly to your phone, with excellent photo quality, and even allow you to communicate with anyone who approaches your door such as delivery people or door-to-door sales.
There’s a security camera to suit everyone’s budget in this list, and we’ve broken down all the features and benefits of each product to make it easy for you to choose the right option. However, if you only want to look at some of the best cheap security cameras, we have a guide for that too.
What’s even better in 2023, is that you can connect your security camera to your smart home hub, so you could link it with everything from the best video doorbells and the best smart speakers, to even things such as your lights and other electricals with the best smart bulbs and best smart plugs.
This means you can sync everything to keep your home protected in the way you want it to be, such as lights on a timer when you’re away.
Best security cameras 2023 ranking
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The Eufy S220 SoloCam is an excellent security camera with a bunch of features, a reasonable price, and no subscription fee – and if you get enough sunshine where you live, you won't even have to keep recharging the battery due to its impressive solar power.
Once our reviewer got the Eufy S220 SoloCam installed, it was hard to find fault with how it performed. The 2K resolution video is crisp, clear and the night vision is excellent. Although it has a small 135-degree viewing angle, the camera was able to tell the difference between an actual person and other movement so it gets top marks on detection.
Overall, it's one of the best smart security cameras we've tried. Read our eufy S220 SoloCam review for all the details.
The Arlo Pro 4 offers 2K HDR video, full weatherproofing (so you can stick it outside), an impressive 160-degree viewing angle, and even colour night vision. It connects directly to your home Wi-Fi so you won't need to buy a separate hub to get it working. With the help of the app guiding us through the process, setup was really easy and only took about 5 minutes.
In our tests, we found that its motion detection is top-notch, and the app is a pleasure to use as well. One neat feature is the integrated spotlight, which can be turned on manually, or activated automatically when motion is detected. Two-way audio is included as well so you can chat to delivery people or maybe just the birds in your garden. As always with Arlo, the full cloud video recording history (as well as the ability to distinguish whether motion is human, animal or vehicle) will cost you extra, but you do get a 3-month trial so you can see if you like it first.
Its biggest issue is that smart cameras are coming down in price a lot, and the Arlo system remains very premium. Read our full Arlo Pro 4 review to see if it's what you need.
The Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera is a cheaper model that's made to be standalone, connecting straight to your Wi-Fi network. It still has access to all the full range of Arlo smarts, including person, package and animal detection, two-way communication, an alarm, colour night vision, and a built-in spotlight.
The downside compared to the Arlo Pro 4 is that it's a lower resolution and doesn't offer the same great HDR recording to balance out views that have both light and dark. The Full HD resolution is easily good enough, but we thought it was noticeable that the Arlo Pro 4 offers more detail. Important things like battery life are still strong, and you still use it as part of an Arlo Pro system, so you could start with just this camera and then jump in with both feet later.
You see exactly what we thought of it in our Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera review, and we've got an Arlo Essential vs Arlo Pro 4 head-to-head. P.S. For cheap prices on Arlo security cameras, check out the best Arlo camera deals for more.
Not only does Ring make video doorbells, it makes security cameras too. For our third pick, we've gone for the Ring Stick Up Cam. It's a wireless, battery-powered model, but there is a wired version as well if you don't want to worry about ever having to recharge the batteries. Pretty much all the features you could ask for are included here, such as night vision, motion detection alerts, two-way audio, and 1080p HD video.
The 115-degree field of view isn't the best in the business but definitely good enough. This being Ring, the app is polished and professional too, and if you want to see what your camera is filming then you can get the footage up on an Echo Show or a Fire TV device with a simple Alexa voice command. While the Ring Stick Up Cam isn't the cheapest of our best security cameras, it definitely earns its higher price. If you want to keep recordings in the cloud rather than just get live alerts, it'll cost you £2.50 a month (you get a free trial of the service with the camera).
Eufy is a sub-brand of Anker, so it should be no surprise that the EufyCam 2C does all those oh-so Anker things. It offers higher specs for less money, it does a decent job of wielding that tech, and it comes in with a slightly different attitude than other brands, specifically towards subscriptions: there isn't one. You won't have to pay to access your footage, either live-streamed through the cloud or stored on the 16GB eMMC storage on the Homebase unit at the centre of the setup.
This is a wireless security camera system with a sharp 1080p sensor, a reasonably wide 135-degree diagonal view, solid infra-red night vision (with a strong spotlight if you need a brighter view), and a claimed six-month battery life. We'd wager your period-between-ladder-scaling is likely to be a little shorter if the built-in person detection is triggered often, though much of the processing is done on the base unit which should help. IP67 waterproofing caps the package off - even if you don't have nice dry eaves to place one of these cams in, it'll withstand the elements.
You don't get the highest quality video and audio with the Blink Outdoor, or the most attractive-looking hardware, or the most intuitive apps... so what's it doing here on our list of the best security cameras? Well, it's very simple to set up, and you can start off with one or two cameras and then add more as you need. With a single camera system starting at around £100 you can add an extra layer of home security without paying too much.
These cameras have plenty of features too, including night vision and motion detection alerts. Importantly, the newly upgraded Blink Outdoor devices are both waterproof and wireless, with an outstanding two-year battery life on a single set of AA batteries. You can stick them just about anywhere, and you won't need to maintain them often.
As of this latest iteration of Blink's hardware, you can store your footage locally, on a USB drive connected to the network-attached hub unit. Sadly the free storage options of the previous generation seem to have been killed off. Instead, you'll need to pay parent company Amazon (noticing a trend?) a reasonable £2.50 per month fee for two hours' rolling storage, or £8 per month if you go beyond a single cam.
Take a look at the best Blink camera deals for big discounts.
As long as you're cool with drilling the holes required to get this and its power line hooked up outside your house, you're in for some solid security with the Ezviz C3N. It's a budget Full HD waterproof camera that puts up a solid fight against cameras costing much more.
It's great for connectivity, with Wi-fi and Ethernet options, and its base functionality is brilliant: the camera sensor itself performs well in all kinds of light, there's a visible-spectrum spotlight built in, and the picture is very crisp. There's even person detection, something you'll rarely see at this kind of price.
Do be careful not to get too excited by the claims of colour night vision, because this is more spotlight night vision than Arlo's more accomplished system, though it's still likely to be enough to spook away any lurkers outside your house.
If you're looking for a brilliant outdoor security camera and light system, then you need the Eufy S100 All-in-One Wall Light Cam. This outdoor, weatherproof camera and light system is designed to put off intruders and help you keep an eye on your home, all while helping you see your way in the dark.
While the set-up is a little difficult and the app could be better, the Eufy S100 All-in-One Wall Light Cam includes almost every feature you could want in a security camera, including lighting, siren, two-way audio, 2K video resolution, night vision and motion detection. It's a handy piece of kit and its performance lives up to its promise.
A wired camera, but a simple one to hook up if you already have the relevant equipment available, Reolink's RLC-510A draws its juice from Power over Ethernet, meaning it is networked and powered by a single cable. If you're going down the traditional route and running a central network video recorder for your cameras, that could be very convenient; if you're not, it's going to mean a bit of a heavier setup procedure, because there's no wireless on board here.
There's no argument that this isn't a strong camera, however. Being an IP camera, its feed isn't restricted entirely to your phone, so you can set up a live feed in a web browser on your computer if that suits. Use the Reolink App (or the company's NVR) and it can not only detect people and vehicles but filter footage that features the entity you're looking for, potentially saving you hours scanning through recordings. There's also an SD card for local storage, just in case.
The RLC-510A is cheap, too, particularly considering that it's IP66 rated for weatherproofing, manages a very generous 2560x1920 resolution with strong night visions, and features a tough as nails metal casing rather than the plastic found commonly elsewhere. Definitely not a bad choice if you're thinking of treading the IP camera route.
Side by side with its competitors you'd be hard pressed to outwardly tell the difference, but fire up the Arlo app and it's clear that this is the single most advanced smart security camera package available.
It starts with connectivity. Setup of the Arlo hub and its paired camera was super fast, and where the others might have you wait a while before reaching a live view, the Arlo gives up the goods quickly (and when you're silencing a siren, or chatting to a caller, that immediacy is priceless).
While it hits the resolution, we suspect there's a little interpolation on its 4K footage given that the Arlo Ultra's recordings can tend to be a little smeary when zoomed right in, but this is still far and away the sharpest security camera we've seen in action, wireless or otherwise. You can configure it to capture anything from a sensible field of view right up to a full 180-degree fish-eye, and that HDR picture comes with tremendous colour depth as well. Testing at twilight on a clear evening, the Arlo managed twenty minutes longer than its competitors at low light before switching to its night vision mode, still pulling in a clear and colourful image.
At night, it lacks the full IR LED array of some competitors, but the Arlo captures enough light to see a good distance, and there's an adjustable spotlight available if you're placing it outdoors – which neatly brings us to the fantastic motion detection. Not only is the Arlo quick to pick out moving items, it's brainy enough to make a decent stab at working out exactly what it's looking at.
Your push notification might say 'motion', it might say 'person', or it could even say 'animal'; we certainly didn't notice it struggling to determine the difference between a human and a cat. There's even a package detection algorithm, where a doorstep-pointed Arlo can spot when your latest online purchase has landed and alert you as much. That's just cool.
If you have the Arlo plugged in via its magnetic cable, you can configure detection hot zones, outside of which it'll ignore motion – handy if you live near a busy road, for example, but the power requirement somewhat nullifies its otherwise wireless nature. The mount is super-strong, meaning you can point an Arlo Ultra wherever you need it and remove it quickly for charging.
The only real issue we have is with the cost. The package isn't at all cheap in the first place, but if you want to store 4K recordings in the cloud you'll need a higher-tier additional subscription. Nonetheless, it's hard to argue that the Arlo Ultra doesn't earn its price tag – it's just that it's very much a niche product because of that price tag, when the Arlo Pro 3 has the same smarts for less.
Outwardly there's no difference between the 1080p model of the Swann Smart Security Camera and its 720p predecessor: both use the same compact casing, both use the same mount – and that latter feature is a shame. In theory, the rubberised magnetic dish on the back, coupled with a rough-textured metal ball mounted on the wall, would be an excellent and infinitely adjustable mount, but in practice it's slippery and the magnetic connection isn't quite strong enough to hold the weight of the camera and its internal battery in a fixed position.
There's no dedicated hub involved here – each camera connects directly to your router via Wi-Fi, and streams to your phone (or to the outside world) from there. That's a neat solution, or at least one that saves a power socket and an Ethernet port, but we can't help but feel it's also the reason for the Swann's slightly sluggish response times.
That said, we have absolutely no other qualms about the Swann's motion detection credentials – it's hits the spot in terms of sensitivity, avoiding false positives in our tests and throwing in heat detection as an added bonus. It's quick to send an alert and convenient in terms of storage given that it supports both cloud uploading and an on-board microSD card for each camera.
Picture quality is also superb, with the sensor managing impressive clarity even in difficult lighting conditions, and missing little at night. Sure, Swann's app is a little rough around the edges, but it's easy enough to navigate, and its motion detection timeline works rather well.
If you're looking to gradually expand your security net as wide as possible, this is the best choice going – there's no reliance on a hub, so theoretically no limit on the number of cameras you can place around your home, and IP65 certification means each unit can take a battering from the elements. It's cheap too, at least in the context of wireless cameras with this level of image quality.
Ring is best known for its battery-powered outdoor cameras, but the newest Ring device on our best security cameras list is just for indoors: the Ring Indoor Cam brings with it 1080p HD video and a 140-degree field of view. You just plug it in and you're up and running.
Everything is operated through the usual Ring app, which we're fans of, and if you've already got several Ring cameras dotted around your property then it makes sense to use this one for any extra rooms you want to cover. At just £50 direct from Amazon, it's also one of the most affordable security cameras out there.
Alexa support is included, as you would expect from an Amazon-owned brand, and the camera competently handles all the usual functions when it comes to motion detection and two-way audio. Night vision is included too, for when the lights go out.
TP-Link is known for its solid, no-nonsense, no-frills home security kit, and the manufacturer is always worth a look if you want some reliable hardware at a reasonable price. That's certainly true of the Kasa Spot KC100, a home security camera designed for the indoors.
You don't have to faff around connecting a hub to your router – everything just works out of the box, and through the polished and intuitive app you can check in on a live feed and review recordings made when motion was detected. You can keep these recordings for two days, for free.
We like all the features the Kasa Spot offers that make it such excellent value and one of the best security cameras on the market: two-way audio, night vision, 1080p HD recording, custom activity zones and more. Here our full Kasa Spot KC100 review.
The Floodlight Security Camera from Swann perches on a corner of your home and does just about everything: from detecting the movement of intruders to scaring them away with a light and a siren. It's almost like an all-in-one security system, though it is course limited in terms of how much of your property its single camera (with a 125-degree field of view) can cover.
In terms of its feature list, it's an impressive package – there's a heat sensor as well as a camera, which cuts down the number of false positives you're going to get, plus two-way audio and night vision. The video goes up to 1080p in terms of resolution and the two lamps max out at 2,500 lumens of brightness, which is rather bright.
That spotlight puts it into direct competition with something like the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery, though there's no battery here – you need to wire this up to a power socket inside (or outside) your home somehow. The connectivity is wireless, so the Swann Floodlight Security Camera should have no problem hooking up to your Wi-Fi and pinging your phone every time it spots something suspicious.
You can record video archives for free to the built-in memory card slot for eight days, or to the cloud for two days – anything above that and you'll need to pay Swann a subscription. The Alexa and Google Assistant integration is worth mentioning too, letting you quickly get footage up on a Chromecast, Echo or Fire TV device inside the home.
The Swann Floodlight Security Camera is more expensive than a lot of the competition, but it can easily be used without an ongoing subscription, and with its size and feature set it shows would-be intruders that you mean business. It's a security camera to consider if you want to go all-in on the lights, the noise and the audio in order to put burglars off.
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