Check what’s happening at home wherever you are.
Locally or in the cloud.
Deter or catch criminals in the act
Keep an eye on frail or elderly relatives, have they fallen? Been burgled? Be notified and respond
There are hundreds of cameras available today but there are two main considerations:
These are the most difficult to install as networking wires need to be installed from each camera all the way back to a network hub or router. If your property does not already have a wired Ethernet network then this will mean lots of cable needs to be hidden so decoration is often required. However, these cameras are the most reliable and offer the best picture quality overall.
These offer a wireless connection to your router but still have a power cable that needs to be plugged in so some decoration may be required. These cameras are the most popular as they usually offer cloud storage which is a simple way to backup your footage as it is automatically uploaded to the internet meaning you can view past data from anywhere using an App.
These are completely wireless as they are powered by rechargeable batteries. These are simple to install so no decorating is required. However, they have to be charged every three months and offer the lowest picture quality.
Below: A selection of popular but contrasting camera options.
|Arlo Pro||Yale Smart||Nest||iSmartAlarm Keep Pro|
|Connection||Battery (3months/charge)||Wired||Wifi with USB power||Wifi with USB power|
|Local Storage||Yes with hub |
& or external hard drive
|DVR, 2TB||None||SD in camera|
|Cloud Storage||7 days free|
Up to 5 cameras
£8/m 1st camera
£4/m extra cameras
|Yes free. 30x 10 second clips|
|Record type||Motion||Motion & 24/7||Motion & 24/7||Motion & 24/7 via SD only|
|Audio||2 Way||1 Way||2 Way||2 Way|
|App||iOS, Android||iOS, Android||iOS, Android||iOS, Android|
|Image Masking||Yes||Yes||Yes but only with subscription||Yes|
|Maximum number of cameras||5||8||10||9|
|Weatherproof||Yes||Yes||Yes||No. Internal only.|
For people who want to avoid any decorating and who are not concerned about low quality footage and re-charging each camera every three months.
For people who already have or are happy to install a wired network in return for reliability and picture quality.
For people who have a fast, reliable, internet connection who are happy to pay subscription costs in return for 10 day backup and advanced features.
† Costs can be raised significantly and features downgraded at the whim of the provider
For people who are looking for a diverse range of internal cameras at a fair cost with no ongoing subscription costs.