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Find the Best Smart Home Camera for You

Whether you want a weatherproof smart home camera or one to detect accidents, like someone falling in the house, these devices cover most residential home security needs.

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Outdoor Security Camera: Arlo Pro 2

If you live in a climate that’s subject to severe weather, you’ll love the Arlo Pro 2. This smart home camera features a weatherproof exterior that stands up to the elements, including rain, snow, heat and more. The camera, that works with the Arlo System with Base Station, is a completely wire-free security camera. When it’s time to recharge, the simple magnetic mount that comes with the camera makes the camera super easy to remove and charge. You’ll also get two-way audio, night vision, free Cloud recordings, local backup storage and the opportunity to use the camera with your Echo devices. If you think it’s time to take your home’s security more seriously, here are 11 common mistakes that you’ll want to avoid.

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Indoor Security Camera: Wyze Cam Pan

The Wyze Cam Pan features 110°/second rotation speed, 360° horizontal range, and 93° vertical range, so you can forget about losing sight of something in your home. In fact, the camera delivers 360° coverage in less than 3 seconds to keep you up to speed on what’s happening in your home. The camera also features HD live streaming, motion alerts, an easy-to-navigate app and 14 days of free motion-based cloud storage. Plus, it works with Alexa voice commands, so you can control this smart home camera with your voice by saying, “Alexa, show me the Living Room” to view a live stream from your camera.

“FANTASTIC!! little WiFi security cam. Loaded with features,” says a reviewer. “I have this perched on my mantle above fireplace. Crystal clear 1080p image. Two-way talking with my family on the way from work. Great to keep an eye on the dog. What a deal for around $30.00 and change.” Here are 10 things you can do every day to make your home safer.

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Smart Security Camera: Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor

This smart home camera is a technological power house. It has Google Assistant built in, features a 4K sensor, HDR imaging and a powerful speaker that features noise cancellation, echo suppression and can seriously scare off intruders. The facial recognition is another notable feature. The familiar face alerts require a Nest Aware subscription. The Nest Cam IQ is the ideal indoor camera for keeping an eye on people, whether that’s strangers, potential intruders or your kids.

Check out these 8 ways to make it look like you’re home, so you can fool burglars.

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Doorbell Security Camera: Ring Video Doorbell 2

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a game changer in home security. It replaces one-dimensional peepholes with a smart system that keeps your home safer. It has HD live streaming, motion alerts, and for just $3 a month, you can have access to saved video clips to review them at a later date. And, because it works with Alexa, you can be sitting in your office and pull up a live feed and even talk to whomever is at your door right from your Echo device.

One reviewer explains some of this doorbell/camera’s best features:

“This doorbell records for about 30 seconds and is activated in one of three ways: by pressing the ring button, having motion, or pressing ‘live view’ from your phone. It stores this video to a Ring Cloud using a good WiFi connection to the device. From the Ring app on my iPhone I can select any one of these videos to see.

“The motion sensor always activates before anyone can get close enough to push the doorbell. I can set the radius of sensing somewhere between 6 ft to 30 ft. About 15 ft has worked well so far.” If you’re concerned about home security, you should take a look at these 13 sneaky signs your house is being watched.

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Indoor/Outdoor Night Vision Camera: Reolink Argus 2

This compact camera is equipped with a 1080p full HD video display that captures smooth, crystal-clear videos both indoors and outdoors. The starlight image sensors ensure clearer night-vision footage for up to 33 feet. The built-in micro USB port allows the Argus 2 to be charged by a power adapter or via the Reolink Solar Panel.

“The Argus 2 is an incredible camera! I installed it inside our barn owl house that is located about 30 feet behind our house and about 20 feet high. It’s been in there for over 2 weeks now and last night we had our first notification of a visitor! See attached video!” says a reviewer. “Image quality is so good, especially impressed with the Starlight night vision. I have zero light inside the owl box and it still captures perfect footage WITH AUDIO!!!” Check out these secret hiding places you’ve never thought of.

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Motion Detection Camera: Zmodo 1080P Camera

This 1080p HD smart home security camera features a field of view of 120°, 350° rotation, night vision up to 30 feet, two-way voice audio, built-in Bluetooth speaker, facial recognition and four door/window sensors. If you are buying the camera to keep an eye on babies or seniors, this is an especially great choice. Zmodo detects falls with its motion detection technologies, sending out fall alerts and triggering other Zmodo smart sensors, like the siren, to alert people. It also detects high-pitch voices like that of a baby crying.

“I was very happily surprised with the clarity, night vision, and sensitivity of motion. Would absolutely recommend and purchase again,” says a reviewer. Most home break-ins aren’t the work of criminal masterminds; burglars just want to steal stuff with minimal time, effort and risk. These small security measures are a huge deterrent.

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Alexa Erickson
Alexa is an experienced lifestyle and news writer, currently working with Reader's Digest, Shape Magazine and various other publications. She loves writing about her travels, health, wellness, home decor, food and drink, fashion, beauty and scientific news. Follow her traveling adventures on Instagram: @living_by_lex, send her a message: [email protected] and check out her website: livingbylex.com