Home security cameras and camera systems serve as an extra layer of protection when it comes to home security. If your home security alarm is a blanket then your home security camera is your comforter. It’s that additional preventative measure that keeps you feeling cozy and safe.
But choosing the best security camera for your personal needs can be tough given all of the never-ending technical specs and features offered by security solutions. It can be difficult to discern which features are necessary and which are merely a luxury.
With this in mind, I’ve done my due diligence and carefully studied the top security solutions on the market. I’ve tested them out and evaluated each based on value, features, company reputation and ease of use.
But before we get to my comprehensive list of the very best home security cameras in Australia, let’s take a closer look at the factors that one should consider before purchasing a home security camera.
Things to Consider Before Buying a Home Security Camera
One should always think about why they need a home security camera. Are you getting one to deter burglars? Or are you purchasing one because you want to keep an eye on your kids? Before you start exploring features and specs, take the time to determine why you need a security camera.
This will help you make a sensible decision when you start shopping around.
If you’re worried about break-ins, an outdoor security camera with motion detectors may be the best choice for you. If you’re looking to check in on your ankle biters while you’re out and about, an indoor camera is the way to go.
Remember that indoor cameras don’t have to be as tough or rugged as an outdoor camera because they won’t be exposed to a harsh environment. But they should be inconspicuous.
Some folks are able to find an indoor camera that matches the décor of their house. This is not a bad idea as the more camouflaged it is, the less likely it is to be spotted by the keen eye.
No matter what kind of camera you settle on, be sure to find out how it is powered and take into consideration the proximity of a power source. Some cameras run on batteries, in which case this won’t be a concern, but you want to think about all contingencies before selecting a security solution.
Remember, the last thing you want is a dead security camera. Not a lotta good that’ll do ya in the event of a break-in.
Think about how much ground you need to cover. If your property is large, you’ll probably want to install cameras in multiple locations around the home.
There’s no reason you should simply see what’s going on. You should also be able to hear what’s going on. Many home security cameras have sound alerts as well as motion alerts.
Most of them do not provide two-way audio, so you won’t be able to communicate with anyone via your camera, but you will be able to hear what’s going on. This is a good way of telling if multiple parties are conspiring outside your home.
As we all know, an overwhelming number of home invasions occur in the dead of night. As such, you want a security camera that can give you clear images in all sorts of light conditions. Make sure you find one that features motion-activated floodlights and/or night vision.
Image resolution is another key factor to consider. Image quality will largely depend upon resolution. Look for a home security camera that yields high-resolution imagery.
In the age of the “Internet of Things,” your smartphone doesn’t have to be the only smart thing around. Some home security cameras can convert your house into a smart home. Some of the best security cameras are compatible with smart home hubs like Amazon Echo.
This gives you the edge of burglars because you can control everything remotely, whether it’s locking your doors, turning on lights or setting off a siren to scare them away. Home automation is the future of home security and it’s right at your fingertips.
Another major consideration should be bandwidth. Modern cameras that send alerts to your phone and stream video can use a lot of data on your network. Make sure you have enough data to accommodate a smart home security camera before installing one.
What You Should Want Out of a Home Security Camera
Of course, every security camera is different, but they share some key features in common. These are the features you need to look for when picking one out.
Field of View
This refers to how wide an angle the camera can achieve without moving. Ordinarily, you’ll be able to determine a camera’s field of view by perusing its technical specs. There, you’ll see the numerical degree of the “FOV (Field of view).” The wider the view, the better off you’ll be.
Motion detectors are important because they tell the camera to record activity whenever motion is detected. It also sends you a notification when something occurs within view of your camera. This is advantageous for indoor cameras since you’ll be able to tell if your children enter an area where they’re not supposed to be.
Naturally, a home security camera doesn’t have to have the ability to capture sound, but it’s a valuable tool if you want to hear what’s going on around your home. In the case of a “nanny cam,” a two-way voice feature can be a helpful resource. Among the best security cameras for two-way audio, Netgear Arlo Pro 2 is one of the finest out there. It’s rechargeable, wire-free, boasts 1080 p HD and works with Amazon Alexa. It even enables you to take pictures.
You want a camera that can connect to your home network because it prevents an intruder from being able to cut your video feed by snipping the exterior wire. By connecting to Wi-Fi, you can view your feed remotely.
The 10 Best Home Security Cameras in Australia
I’ve reviewed a multitude of security cameras and have settled on these particular packages as my top ten. I based my decision on a thorough evaluation of their functionality, features, price point and more.
- Netgear Arlo Pro 2—Pick #1
- Yi Home Camera 2—Pick #2
- iSmartAlarm iCamera Keep Pro—Pick #3
- Nest Cam Outdoor—Pick #4
- Amcrest ProHD Outdoor—Pick #5
- Ring Floodlight Camera—Pick #6
- Logitech Logi Circle Indoor Camera—Pick #7
- Canary All-in-One Home Security System—Pick #8
- WyzeCam—Pick #9
- Tend Secure Lynx Indoor—Pick #10
Netgear Arlo Pro 2—Pick #1
This one is number one with a bullet because it’s a phenomenal combo of software, video quality and free cloud storage. This second-gen model features improved motion detection, more flexible installation options, multiple storage options for event-triggered video and superior resolution.
You get voice commands with Amazon Alexa, a Look Back feature (when plugged in) that enables you to see what happened several seconds before an event triggered the camera and a CVR (Continuous Video Recording) option.
The kit comes with two cameras—which can be mounted wherever you so desire—along with a base station, rechargeable battery packs, a base power adapter and cable, four metallic wall mounts, mounting screws and an Ethernet cable.
It’s easy to install and manage, and its glossy white housing protects it against water damage. It magnetically attaches to the metal mounts and can even be placed on a flat surface.
The cameras only record video when motion or sound is detected, but 24/7 recording coverage can be purchased by subscribing to a CVR plan.
- 100% Wire-Free
- Activity zones
- FREE Cloud storage
- Night vision
- 2-Way audio
- Local storage
- 1080p HD video
- 3-second Look Back
- Optional 24/7 CVR
- Supports IFTTT
- Rechargeable batteries
- Alexa voice commands
- Excellent quality
- Requires hub (included)
- Several features are only available if plugged in
- Buggy mobile application
Yi Home Camera 2—The 2nd Best Choice
This second-generation Wi-Fi camera with some innovative features, such as crying baby alerts and gesture recognition video recording. With a compact hockey puck design, this home camera is easy to conceal and houses a motion sensor along with a speaker and a microphone.
The camera can be tilted by 180 degrees thanks to a hinge built into the stand. And the back panel contains a microSD card slot and a Reset button.
When it comes to user-friendliness, this is one of the greatest cameras available. You get a host of buttons for muting, recording, initializing two-way audio, taking photos and viewing video in full-screen landscape mode.
There are numerous detection settings including human detection and outdoor activity like wind-blown curtains or passing cards. Unfortunately, Home Camera 2 does not support email alerts which makes it inferior to Netgear Arlo 2.
- Clear HD video
- Easy setup and installation
- Sleek, modern design
- Motion detection
- Automatic recording and notifications
- 130-degree wide angle view
- No service fees
- Inconsistent alerts
- Limited to AC power source
- No cloud storage
iSmartAlarm iCamera KEEP Pro—A Solid Runner Up
This one has been billed as the first motion tracking DIY smart home camera. It has features that users will definitely be impressed by, including sound recognition of smoke and carbon monoxide sirens that notify the homeowner if they’re away from the house.
Other features include night vision and digital zoom. With IFTTT and Amazon Alexa integration, the KEEP Pro is in the same class as the cameras listed above, and setup is easy with their ergonomic app.
Unfortunately, the KEEP Pro is meant exclusively for indoor use, so this isn’t the ideal choice for someone who’s in the market for a doorbell camera. But if you need a nanny cam, this one will do the trick.
- 100% wireless
- Event-triggered recording
- Mechanical pan-and-tilt feature
- Free cloud storage
- Motion tracking
- Time-lapse recording
- 1080p image sensor
- IFTTT support
- SD card slot for local storage
- Excellent image quality
- Solid customer support
- Equipment warranty
- No monthly fees
- No contracts
- A bit expensive
- Cumbersome plug-in process
- No central monitoring station
- Siren is on the quiet side
- Delayed notifications
- System won’t alert police for you
- Pan-and-tilt feature is sluggish at best
Best Home Security Cameras on a Budget
I was amazed when I was able to get my hands on Wyzecam for just $32.86 AUD. I thought I was seeing things, but sure enough, that was the price!
The Yi Home Camera 2 is the second most affordable camera on this list as you can usually find one for around $58.17 AUD. The third cheapest security camera on this list is the Armcrest Pro HD Outdoor which you can find online for approximately $88.52 AUD.
When it comes to affordability, here’s how these security cameras rank overall.
- Wyzecam—Most Affordable
- Yi Home Camera 2–2nd Best Budget Camera
- Armcrest Pro HD Outdoor—3rd Best Price
- Tend Secure Lynx Indoor
- Logitech Logi Circle Indoor
- Canary All-in-One System
- iSmartAlarm iCamera KEEP Pro
- Ring Floodlight Cam
- Nest Cam Outdoor
- Netgear Arlo Pro 2
Nest Cam Outdoor—Pick #4
Nest Cam Outdoor is a three-megapixel 1080p camera with a solid 130-degree field of view, eight infrared LEDS for night vision and an 8x digital zoom.
Utilizing dual motion and audio sensors to trigger recordings and send notifications, the Nest Cam Outdoor is compact (at 3” deep and 2.8” in diameter). The Nest Cam attaches to a magnetic base which enables you to position the camera in whatever way you please.
A gray dot indicates a motion or sound event occurred outside your custom motion zone whereas a colored dot indicates a motion event occurred inside the zone.
Many consumers choose this one because of the 24-hour on demand video, but Sightline is another attractive feature as it gives users the ability to swiftly fast forward or rewind through their security footage.
- Alerts and snapshots
- Weatherproof design
- Wide angle lens
- Long extension cord
- Talk and listen
- Rain or shine
- 1080p HD video
- Free cloud storage
- Two-way audio
- Flexible mobile app
- Live stream
- Motion detection
- 24/7 video on demand
- Home/Away assist
- Quality settings
- Time lapse video
- Activity zones
- Costly Nest Aware subscription
- Requires outdoor power
- Unable to use microphone or speaker in tandem
- Sporadic alerts
Armcrest ProHD Outdoor—Pick #5
The two things I dig most about this particular model is the mobile app and the sharpness of the night vision. The app is loaded with wall-to-wall features. You get a ton of camera and network settings, such as white balance, saturation, gamma and exposure levels.
With this bullet camera, you can play back anything you record, whether it’s surveillance footage of your front yard or video of you and your family at the beach.
Featuring intelligent digital zoom, this outdoor camera can capture even the most elusive critter who’s tearing up your garden. It provides crystal clarity and optimal night vision.
The only real drawbacks are the cost of Cloud storage and the difficulty where storing images is concerned. The NVR is not provided, so unless you’re spy software savvy, you may find yourself pulling your hair out when trying to store video or pics.
- Affordable option
- Feature-packed app
- Pan and tilt functionality
- Free Cloud storage
- Minimal lag time
- FHD video
- 72-degree viewing angle
- Difficult installation
- Complicated configuration procedure
- Doesn’t record sound
- False alarms
Ring Floodlight Camera—Pick #6
This is one of the brightest, sharpest units I’ve tested and I can’t say enough good things about it. For starters, I really like how user-friendly it is. By that, I mean that you really feel like you’re in full control of all functions from adjusting the built-in 110-decibel siren (you read that decibel number right!) to setting your activity zones.
Providing live streaming, motion alerts, night vision and an intimidating three-prong design, Ring Floodlight Camera is a bold piece of security gear.
The only downside with this one is the lack of integration. At this time, it does not support any smart home technologies.
- Exceptional motion alerts
- Activity zones
- Easy installation
- Random lights during the day
- Cloud storage’ll cost ya
- Camera doesn’t work with any smart home platforms
Logitech Logi Circle Indoor Camera—Pick #7
The cordless design and streamlined setup process are but two of the advantages that this one has to offer the home security beginner. Logi has pushed a rebranding that positions them as the solution for people who are all thumbs when it comes to technology.
This security camera is no exception, you get a minimalist app that doesn’t intimidate with vague or overly-complicated options or icons. The design is inconspicuous, resembling nothing so much as your teenager’s webcam, and the camera has a formidable six-month battery life.
The scrolling wheel of recordings makes it a piece of cake to find any file you’re looking to access. All videos are time stamped for quick location. While it doesn’t have all the options of other smart home security cameras, it does provide an instant, real-time video feed with voice chat.
- Fast and easy setup
- Easy-to-navigate app
- Two-way audio
- Short rechargeable battery life
- Inability to configure alerts or recordings
- People detection is unreliable
- Not compatible with any other Logitech products
- Not compatible with smart home platforms
Canary All-in-One Home Security System—Pick #8
With ambient sensors for everything from humidity and temperature to air quality, and a 90 dB panic siren, this all-in-one system gives users all of the fundamentals of home security in one package. The Wi-Fi radio enables you to send anything and everything to and iOS or Android device.
The color-changing LED ring on the bottom of the unit lets you see what mode it’s in at a glance. And you can watch the last 12 hours of recorded video for free.
The Canary can detect carbon monoxide, hydrogen, Ethanol, cigarette smoke or cooking odors. Notifications are expedient and dependable, and Canary has more than adequate audio capabilities.
- Simple, easy setup
- 24/7 Live streaming
- 1080p HD video
- 147-degree field of view
- Flexible mobile app
- Homehealth sensors
- Monitors air quality
- Intelligent alerts
- Privacy mode
- See and Hear
- Night vision
- Overly sensitive motion sensor
- No text alerts when power is cut off
- Expensive Cloud storage plans
- No two-way communication
- No local storage
Unlike most Wi-Fi security cameras, WyzeCam does not require an expensive Cloud storage subscription. The design is minimal compared to some of the other monstrosities on the market. This is not one of those home security cameras that looks like something out of Transformers.
You get all of the features on expects from regular or mid-size security cameras—1080p video, night vision, motion and sound detection, two-way audio—in a small cube.
In addition to the generous amount of free Cloud storage, you also get 32GB of local storage, so you’ll never lose anything pertinent within a reasonable time frame.
WyzeCam’s adjustable stand and built-in magnets make it a breeze to place the unit wherever best suits your security/surveillance needs.
- Super affordable
- Simple set-up
- Fast access speed
- Quality mounting hardware
- Free Cloud storage for 14 days
- Motion and audio alerts
- Quality video and app
- Clever design
- No microSD
- No zones for motion alerts
- Video is captured at 10fps
- No smart home technology integration
Tend Secure Lynx Indoor—Pick #10
The design on this one is more than a little wonky, but if you can get past that, you’ll find that it has all of the desirable features of other home security cameras for a fraction of the price.
Each Lynx indoor camera has a 125-degree field of view and contains 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi circuitry. A motion sensor is included as is an IR LED for up to 20 feet of night vision.
Push notifications arrive quickly and night vision is very strong at fifteen feet or less. Lynx cameras can be glitchy on occasions, but on the whole, it’s a great home security solution with ultra-sensitive, high-resolution imaging.
- Easy to set-up
- Crystal clear 1080p video
- Face recognition
- HD Live streaming
- Free 7-day event-based Cloud storage
- Motion detectors
- Two-way audio
- No integration with other smart home devices
- Audio playback can be garbled
- Need to be close to camera for facial recognition to work
Wired vs. Wireless Security Cameras
The vast majority of contemporary security cameras utilize wireless technology. This is ideal for customers who don’t want to run wires from their unit to a central station in their home just to access video. With wireless home security cameras, you can typically view your security footage on a PC or smartphone using the security camera’s app.
Wireless tech eliminates the arbitrary costs of professional installation and the unnecessary drilling of holes in your house walls. Although many large corporations use wired systems like some of the CCTV camera out there, most homeowners can successfully secure their homes with wireless cameras that connect to your Wi-Fi network.
There are pros and cons to each. For instance, a wired system does not permit signal interference from wireless devices nearby whereas a wireless system does. This means that you are more vulnerable to hackers when using wireless technology.
Here is a thorough list of the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Wired Security Camera Pros
- Difficult to jam
- Can’t be hacked remotely
- Relies on a battery backup in a power outage
- Better choice for larger homes
Wired Security Camera Cons
- More difficult to install
- Requires drilling holes
- Calls for professional installation
- Fixed in place once installed
- Harder to conceal
Wireless Security Camera Pros
- Quick and easy installation
- Requires no drilling or wires
- Easy to move and rearrange
- Offers remote access
Wireless Security Camera Cons
- Reduced resolution
- Potential for signal interference and hacking
- More expensive equipment
- Requires battery backup in case of power outage
- Must be installed within range of home’s Wi-Fi network
As mentioned above, many security cameras rely on Wi-Fi, but not all of them depend on it exclusively. Some use Bluetooth for local control and simpler setup via your smartphone. Others incorporate independent home automation networking standards to communicate with other devices, such as Z-Wave.
Most likely, you’ll be able to access your video feed through your iPhone, Android or tablet. Most modern security cameras offer mobile apps. Some are specifically made for mobile devices.
There is a new wave of smart home security cameras like Nest Cam IQ and Tend Secure Lynx Indoor that offer facial recognition so you’ll know exactly who’s there. These cameras are able to zoom in on people that enter its field of view and send the homeowner alerts if it recognizes the person’s face.
Why is this important? Because it also alerts you when it is unable to recognize a face, thus ensuring that you’ll be aware if a stranger is lurking outside your home.
Which Security Camera is Right for You?
No matter where you land on the subject—whether you decide to go with a wireless camera or a wired system—my goal is to give you as much helpful info as possible. I trust that this guide will assist you in making a careful, well-reasoned decision when selecting the security camera that suits your needs.
All of the home security cameras on this list are viable options for protecting your home. Each of them gives you a host of valuable features.
My top three picks are the Netgear Arlo Pro 2, the Yi Home Camera 2 and iSmartAlarm iCamera KEEP Pro because they’re the ones that I have found to be most satisfying. Netgear Arlo Pro 2 is what I currently use and I’ve never had a problem with it.
I like the Arlo Pro 2 because it’s versatile; you can set it up as an indoor camera or an outdoor camera. I purchased four and keep one in the front of my house and one in the back plus one in my foyer and one in my second floor hallway.
The improved PIR (Passive Infrared) motion detection compared to Netgear’s older model is very noticeable as is the higher resolution. The picture I get is as crisp as can be.
For those on a budget, the starter kit comes with two cameras and a base station which is pretty awesome considering that some companies only offer one camera for the same price (about $603 AUD).
They even have an “Elite” plan that gives you 60 days of storage for up to 15 cameras. This is the perfect package for those living in a manor house who have plenty of ground to cover.
Yi Home Camera 2 has a bunch of high-end features for a low-end cost, including two-way audio, smart detection and remote viewing. It’s one of the most popular cameras on the market because it’s compact and, yet, somehow manages to pair HD video with built-in Ambarella S2LM IP camera SoC tech.
IsmartAlarm’s KEEP Pro is my third choice because it gives you groundbreaking motion tracking technology at a fraction of the cost of their competitors.
Now that we’ve looked at the best of the best, it’s time for you to decide. Good luck and stay safe.