Best security cameras with local storage 2023

As our connected lifestyles and smart homes continue to merge, we find new ways to secure our houses and belongings, like choosing from among the best security cameras with local storage. In light of recent data breaches and privacy scandals, many are looking for options that feature on-device storage solutions (a.k.a. don't use the cloud), so we've put together a list of some of the best options for your reference. My favorite out of the bunch is the Arlo Pro 4. It offers local storage with a hub, superb imagery, and great integration with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, even if you'll need to subscribe to get advanced AI object recognition.

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Arlo Pro 4

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Arlo Pro 4

Best overall camera with local storage

Reasons to buy

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160-degree viewing angle
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Can store up to 2TB via the hub
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Color night vision
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Integrated spotlight
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2K HDR video
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Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Reasons to avoid

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Needs a hub for local storage
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Needs a subscription for advanced motion alerts

The Arlo Pro 4 might be one of the more expensive security camera systems available, but it comes packed with many great features.

Arlo's most recent upgrades to its hubs mean you can finally view locally-stored footage via the app with Direct Storage (opens in new tab). You'll need to make sure you have an Arlo SmartHub (model VMB5000 (opens in new tab) or VMB4540) to enable the feature. The downside here is that, since they're not on the cloud, you won't have thumbnails for each video so looking through your library isn't as ideal as cloud-stored videos.

As far as quality is concerned, not only can you view and record in 2K HDR, but you can even view and record in color during the day or night. The cameras also feature an integrated spotlight and sport a 160-degree field of view.

Setup also could not be easier. There are no wires to mess with, and the cameras attach magnetically to their mounts. You also recharge the battery with a magnetic cable (similar to some smartwatches), and each charge lasts up to six months. The most impressive of all the Arlo Pro 4's features is that you can store up to a whopping 2TB of footage through the external hub. That's a lot of squirrel footage to go through!

TP Link Kasa Outdoor Security Camera

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Kasa Outdoor Security Camera

Biggest microSD capacity security camera with local storage

Reasons to buy

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2K image and color night vision
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256GB capacity for local storage
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Two-way audio
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IP 65 weatherproofing
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Great value

Reasons to avoid

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Power cable is only about 10ft long
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No battery-powered option

Kasa makes some of the best smart home devices at both excellent prices and quality. This affordable security camera comes packed with a ton of great features, including IP65 weatherproofing, crisp 2K image resolution, color night vision, two-way audio, and up to 256GB microSD card capacity for a ton of on-device, local storage.

The Kasa Outdoor Security Camera camera offers a pretty robust experience, with the ability to set up alerts and view live and on-demand video. The camera also has an integrated LED spotlight that you can trigger manually or set to turn on when a person or motion is detected. This has proven a wonderful feature and is why I love using it on my patio.

While you can put up to a 256GB microSD card in the device, you can check out their cloud service with a 30-day trial of Kasa Care, should you wish to try out that option before committing to a subscription plan.

The loud motion detection alarm can scare away any intruder, but you can also carry on a conversation with visitors thanks to its two-way audio capability. But to avoid too many notifications, you can set custom activity zones so you won't be bothered by false notifications from trees swaying in the breeze.

GE Cync Smart Indoor Security Camera

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GE Cync Smart Indoor Security Camera

Camera with the easiest setup

Reasons to buy

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Simple setup
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Privacy slider covers the camera and disables the microphone
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Two-way audio
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Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Reasons to avoid

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Only supports up to 32GB microSD card
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Doesn't support 5GHz spectrum

Some cameras are built with loads of AI features and require fine-tuning just to get started. Then there's the GE Cync Smart Indoor Security Camera, which offers a fast and easy setup with only the essential features. 

Don't mistake simplicity for bad. I've been using this camera on my indoor porch to keep an eye on it, and this GE Cync camera has been great. Sure, I wish I could put a larger microSD card than 32GB in it, but it hasn't been an issue yet. It is nice that if you want cloud storage, GE's Cam Cync offers a 30-day trial to see if you like it.

The 1080p camera produces fine images and has built-in two-way audio so that you can communicate with whoever may be on the other side of that lens through the Cync app. I don't use the built-in privacy slider in my particular use case. But the slider can cover the camera lens and disable the microphone for those who may want to use it in a nursery or a room where you don't want constant surveillance. Note that this camera only works on the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi spectrum.

Reolink Argus PT 2K with solar panel

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Best pan and tilt security camera with local storage

Reasons to buy

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Supports up to 128GB microSD card
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Pan and tilt for 360-degree viewing
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Solar panel to keep it charged
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Smart detection features

Reasons to avoid

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Detection distance could be better
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Installation can be challenging

This device sits somewhat in the middle of the others in terms of price but has a few features that are not common with the other cameras on this list.

For starters, the camera is on a 360-degree swivel base, so you really can get a complete view of your front or backyard, and it can tilt up or down. It has a siren to alert you to the presence of an intruder and scare them away. Best of all, you can put in a 128GB microSD card to keep your footage in-house on top of the free seven days of cloud storage. It also has IP65 weatherproofing and works with Alexa and Google Assistant. If you don't have an Amazon Echo Show or Nest Hub, fret not. All of the camera's excellent features can be accessed via the Reolink app, including zooming in to get a closer look.

The 2K resolution camera means you'll get crystal clear images, so there will be no squinting to figure out what is on the video. Even in the dark, you'll be able to see up to 33 feet away. Add in smart features like person and vehicle detection, and your camera will keep an eye on your property from all angles.

The battery-powered camera has long battery life, but adding the included solar panel and you can stretch the time between charges even further. I found that during testing, one of the downsides is the installation. Finding the right height to capture the area you want covered can be tricky, as the tilt feature only goes 140° vertically. But once you have that sorted out, this is a great security camera.

Blink Indoor Home Security System Lifestyle

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Best Alexa-enabled indoor security camera with local storage

Reasons to buy

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Ships with Blink Sync Module 2 for local storage
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Can set privacy zones
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Battery pack makes mounting easy
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Battery can last up to two years
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Works seamlessly with Amazon Alexa

Reasons to avoid

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Even though it's not Ring, it's still an Amazon brand
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More expensive than other indoor cameras with Alexa integration
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Doesn't work with Google Assistant

If you're someone heavily invested in the Amazon smart home ecosystem and its Alexa smart voice assistant and you're looking for the best Ring camera alternatives, the good news is you still have quality choices. Another Amazon security camera brand also works great with Alexa and is not Ring — and that brand is Blink.

Blink was mainly known for its popular Blink XT2 camera, but that device was primarily used for outdoor purposes. Now, Blink introduced a couple of purpose-built indoor cameras, like the Blink Indoor. There's nothing particularly exciting about this camera, but it gets all the basics right. You get a battery-powered wireless device that works for up to two years without having to replace its two AA lithium batteries (which come included). What's more, you can carry on two-way conversations and monitor the feed through your Blink or Alexa apps or on your connected Fire TV or Echo Show devices.

A cloud subscription plan is available, but the real bonus here is that you can store your videos locally thanks to the included Blink Sync Module. Plus, it is super easy and convenient to place or mount just about anywhere inside your home.

Blink Outdoor Camera Hero

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Best Alexa-enabled outdoor security camera with local storage

Reasons to buy

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Ships with Blink Sync Module 2 for local storage
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Can set privacy zones
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Battery pack makes mounting easy
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Battery can last up to two years
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Works seamlessly with Amazon Alexa
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Weatherproof to withstand the outdoor elements

Reasons to avoid

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Still an Amazon brand
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More expensive than Blink Indoor camera
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Doesn't work with Google Assistant

Everything you need to know about the Blink Outdoor camera can be learned from reading about its indoor sibling in the section above. Well, everything except for two crucial details. First, you get all of the advanced camera features, app support, and Alexa integration, as well as the extended battery life and easy installation here that you do with the Indoor Camera.

What sets this device apart is that it's custom-built for outdoor use, where the temperature variations are more extreme and where it has to face the elements, whether it's sunshine, heat, cold, or precipitation. Because this device can withstand the outdoor elements, it is only natural to be priced slightly higher than the Indoor Camera.

You can't go wrong with these cameras

While the list of the best wireless security cameras continues to expand, the list of devices that can store video locally seems to be dwindling. The Arlo Pro 4 is the best security camera with local storage because the company offers an excellent product upfront, even if more advanced motion detection still requires a subscription. Assembly is simple, the camera is durable, and the battery lasts forever. Win, win, and win!

If Arlo is a little too pricey for you or doesn't quite meet your needs, then there are several less expensive alternatives with varied feature sets and the ability to add an excellent microSD card to store your footage locally. Whatever device you go with, you'll have peace of mind knowing that your data is safe in your hands.

As a note, we've removed Wyze cameras because of significant security issues (opens in new tab). While these flaws have been fixed, the company's deceptive practices over a period of three years have caused us to lose trust in its products. Additionally, we've stopped recommending Eufy's cameras (opens in new tab) as of December 1, 2022 because of security issues.

Jeramy Johnson
Editor-in-chief

Jeramy is the Editor-in-Chief of Android Central. He is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.

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