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Best security cameras with local storage 2022

eufyCam 2
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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 eufy Cam 2. It has all of the features I want, with none of the added expenses (subscriptions).

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Eufy Cam 2 Lifestyle

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eufyCam 2 Security Camera System

Best overall security camera with local storage

Reasons to buy

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No monthly subscriptions
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16GB of on-device EMMC storage built-in
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Works indoors and outdoors
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Year-long battery life
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Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Reasons to avoid

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Storage capacity could be better
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A bit on the pricey side
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Field of view isn't the best

Eufy makes a line of quality smart home products like this Indoor/Outdoor camera, but one of the things we like best about its products is the one-time fee model they espouse. You don't have to purchase an ongoing cloud storage subscription to access or store your videos, and this device even comes with 16GB EMMC digital storage, which is enough to store up to a year's worth of recordings. Eufy also promises that USB storage expansion will be coming soon to the product line. While all files are stored locally, you can use smart assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant to connect the camera to the rest of your smart home system. Unlike some other cameras on this list, you can view your recordings through the app safely and securely. 

This particular bundle comes with two cameras and a base station. The camera films in 1080p with night vision and has an IP67 weatherproof rating, protecting it from most weather events. The camera's 140-degree field of view isn't the best on this list, but it's still comprehensive. Best of all? A single charge will last up to a full year, so there is no fiddling about charging the batteries every few months.

Arlo Ultra 2 Spotlight Camera

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Arlo Ultra 2 Spotlight Camera

Largest overall capacity security camera with local storage

Reasons to buy

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Can store up to 2TB via the hub
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Color night vision
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Record in up to 4K HDR
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Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Reasons to avoid

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One of the more expensive systems
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Can't view local storage through the app

The Arlo Ultra 2 might be one of the more expensive security camera systems available, but it comes packed with many great features. For starters, the base-level configuration comes with two cameras and a base station that enables the Arlo cameras to communicate with each other wirelessly. You can back up your data locally on a microSD card via a USB drive connected to the base station.

The downside to all of that local storage is that you can't view recordings through the otherwise good Arlo app; instead, you'll have to connect it to your computer. If you want to view recordings in the app, you'll have to subscribe to Arlo's cloud storage plan.

Not only can you view and record in 4K 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 180-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. Most impressive of all the Arlo Ultra 2'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.

EZVIZ Outdoor Cam

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EZVIZ Outdoor Security Camera

Most futuristic security camera with local storage

Reasons to buy

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Highest storage we've seen for microSD card
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Dual-focus lenses
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Built-in strobe light
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360-degree viewing

Reasons to avoid

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No battery-powered option
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Installation can be challenging

I love this little camera not just for what it's capable of but also for how it stands out. To me, it looks like something straight out of WALL-E or Voltron, and those looks alone go a long way towards making it "futureproof." 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 full view of your front or backyard. It has a siren and strobe lights (which is a first as far as I've seen) to alert you to the presence of an intruder and scare them away. Like many recent smartphones, its camera also features two different focal lenses for a wide-angle view and a zoomed view! Best of all, you can put in a 256GB microSD card to keep your footage in-house. It also has IP66 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 EZVIZ app, including the ability to zoom in up to eight times.

There is a new, more premium option available with dual-lens color night vision if that's something you're interested in, though you'll pay a premium for it. Alternatively, you can opt for a lower-resolution, 720p version if you're looking to save a bit.

Perhaps the biggest downside to this camera is the way it's powered. It needs to be within three feet of an outlet, or you'll have to configure Power over Ethernet, which may require additional hardware and/or professional installation. So just be prepared to get a little help setting it up.

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.

Wyze V3 Cam

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Wyze v3 Cam

Best value indoor security camera with local storage

Reasons to buy

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Color and black & white night vision
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IP65 weather resistance
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Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
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Superb value
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HIgher storage than the top pick

Reasons to avoid

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Recent data leaks are concerning
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Expandable storage limited to 32GB
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Doesn't work on 5GHz networks

This little device from Wyze is a true utility camera. Not only can you record and live stream in full 1080p HD (including night vision), but you can use Alexa or Google Assistant to control the camera from wherever you are. Perhaps most impressive of all is the improved clarity of the video, even in dark environments, not to mention the inclusion of color night vision. Oh, this camera is also rated for IP65 weather and dust resistance should you want to take a peek outdoors as well.

All of your controls are available directly in the Wyze app, making you feel like a security guard at a high-end Las Vegas casino. That's right; you can keep tabs on your cat all directly from your phone!

Yes, Wyze has come under fire due to a security vulnerability, but patches have rolled out to all of the cameras eligible for the fix — including the V3. Unfortunately, this device is not compatible with 5GHz Wi-Fi networks, but it should still record and stream adequately for most needs.

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 eufy Cam 2 is the best security camera with local storage because the company offers an excellent product for a flat fee, with no hidden costs and no subscriptions required. Assembly is simple, the camera is durable, and the battery lasts forever. Win, win, and win!

If the eufy 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.