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Best wireless home security cameras 2022

Eufycam 2c Stairs
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The prevalence of Wi-Fi-connected outdoor security cameras has made it easy to keep an eye on your home when you're away. But many cams require constant power from a junction box or outlet to function, limiting where you can place them and how many you can install. For the most flexibility, you'll want cameras with internal batteries so you can mount them anywhere and have them last for months at a time. We've rounded up the best wireless home security cameras for an untethered, reliable system, with the EufyCam 2C topping the list.

Eufycam 2c Basement

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Best wireless security cameras for your home

Eufy Cam 2C

Best overall

Reasons to buy

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Black & white and color night vision with a spotlight
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IP67 weather-resistant
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On-device AI-based human detection
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135-degree field of view
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Free unlimited local recording

Reasons to avoid

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Requires a base station
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Doesn't tie into many smart home services well

If you're looking for a wireless security camera with brains, battery life, and a great price, look no further than the EufyCam 2C.

All EufyCam 2 models connect to the Eufy HomeBase 2, which stores all recorded videos in one easy-to-access location. This local storage is accessible via the Eufy app anywhere you might be in the world, and you can even drop an extra SD card in it for additional storage. All this to say, there's no need to pay for cloud service after purchasing your EufyCam 2C's.

There's no need to pay for cloud service after purchasing your EufyCam 2C's.

On top of that, Eufy builds onboard AI inside each camera that can identify humans without storing their identity or sending that data to the cloud. Just like the video storage, this option is completely free and included with every EufyCam. The EufyCam 2C even has two-way audio and customizable motion alerts, as well as the ability to arm and disarm the system based on whether you're home or away.

The EufyCam 2C specializes in night vision, thanks to a powerful infrared light that can illuminate the dark without casting light visible to the human eye. But what if you want someone to know you're watching them as they creep around your property? Eufy has outfitted the EufyCam 2C with a spotlight that can be used to shine a little color on that nighttime video, too.

The universal mounts included make it easy to mount the EufyCam 2C indoors, and thanks to its IP67 weather resistance, this is an excellent outdoor camera too. In addition, it's simple to remove when you need to recharge the built-in battery, which only needs to be topped up twice a year. All in all, this camera setup isn't just affordable. It's also powerful and helps keep you safe while keeping your budget in check.

Arlo Pro 4

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Arlo Pro 4 - Wireless Security

Best premium wireless camera

Reasons to buy

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Six-month battery life
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IP65 weather-resistant
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Stunning 2K HDR video
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160-degree field of view
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Local and cloud recording options
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Doesn't require a base station to operate

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Requires a subscription for many features
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No local storage without an expensive hub

Arlo's latest flagship cameras, like the Arlo Pro 4, ditch the base and connect directly to your Wi-Fi instead, cutting out the single point of failure that existed before. Why is that important? While having an Arlo base station will still improve your Arlo Pro 4's battery life and enable extended wireless range, it also means if the base station loses power, all your cameras connected to it will lose connection. Since Arlo Pro 4 can connect directly to your Wi-Fi, this potential issue no longer exists.

The Arlo Pro 4, like its predecessor, features the best video quality you'll find on any battery-powered wireless camera. The unbelievably crisp 2K (2560p) HDR video means you won't just see every minute detail, but HDR will also keep the brightest and darkest parts of the footage balanced and easy to see. When you pair it with an Arlo Smart subscription, it can even identify humans, animals, vehicles, and packages. It's also got two-way audio support and a built-in floodlight for color night vision.

Arlo has some of the best security you'll find from any provider on this list, including two-factor authentication on Arlo accounts. Arlo also ties in marvelously with popular smart home systems like Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. Apple HomeKit support isn't available just yet but is being worked on, as some of Arlo's other cameras integrate nicely with HomeKit.

The biggest downside to the Arlo Pro 4 is the cost. A single Arlo Pro 4 costs as much as the two-camera EufyCam 2C package. On top of that, you'll need an Arlo Smart subscription to get all the best features like AI-based object detection, customizable motion zones, and cloud storage. If you want to avoid the cost of cloud storage and are OK with basic motion detection, you can get an Arlo base and have videos stored locally on a USB stick.

Arlo Smart has a low monthly cost for a single camera, but it starts to get pricey as you add more cameras to your system. You can pay for a bundle subscription for five cameras, with an additional per-camera cost for any beyond that. For a complete security system with lots of ground to cover, it'll quickly reach Netflix subscription levels of priceyness if you're not careful.

Arlo Essential Camera Outdoors

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Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera - Wireless Security

Best affordable option

Reasons to buy

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Reasonable price for wireless cam
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Color night vision with spotlight
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Fully weather-resistant
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Supports all three smart homes + IFTTT
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AI detection is reliable with Arlo Smart

Reasons to avoid

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Requires Arlo Smart sub for AI detection
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No free cloud storage
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No swappable battery pack

Most of the best wireless home security cameras cost between one or two hundred bucks, with the budget options omitting useful features to hit lower price points. But the Arlo Essential blurs the line between savings and quality. It gives you many of the Arlo Pro 4's perks at about half the price — useful if you want to stock up on several for total house coverage.

You downgrade to a standard 1080p resolution and still-respectable 130º field-of-view, but still get rare perks like 30 FPS footage, color night vision, 12X zoom, a 6-month battery estimate, noise cancellation over 2-way audio, and support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. And like the Arlo Pro 4, you can connect your Arlo Essential directly to your network without a hub — unless you want local storage.

The Arlo Essential battery life lasts six months "based on usage of 4000 seconds per month, 30 seconds per stream, and day/night event splits of 2:1," according to Arlo. However, depending on where you point it and how often it is activated, you may need to invest in a solar panel to avoid frequent recharges since — unlike the Arlo Pro 4 or Ring wireless cams — you can't swap in a fresh battery pack when the Essential runs low on power. Instead, you'll have to unmount it and charge it inside.

Blink Outdoor Camera Hero

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Best battery life

Reasons to buy

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Very affordable
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Free local storage with USB stick
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Lasts up to two years on two AA batteries
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Supports Amazon Alexa
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Local storage for up to 10 cameras
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Built-in thermometer

Reasons to avoid

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Clunky software
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Micro-USB rather than USB-C
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Limited recording length
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No person detection/ alerts

Most wireless cams give battery life estimates of about 3 to 6 months, but these estimates depend on you lowering the motion detection sensitivity or pointing the camera towards a spot where motion will rarely be detected. Many of our top picks will require frequent recharges. Keeping that in mind, the Blink Outdoor may be the best forward-thinking pick on our list, thanks to its potential to last up to two years off of two AA batteries. Amazon will even begin selling a battery pack that will last a whopping four years on a single charge.

Battery life aside, it offers the same two-way audio, customizable motion alert zones, and night vision as the other cameras on this list for an affordable price. It's also weather-resistant, making it ideal for placing outdoors, and has a handy built-in thermometer for monitoring nearby conditions.

If you'd prefer to run the Blink Outdoor from a wall outlet or even a battery pack, it also has a Micro-USB port. Of course, USB-C would've been ideal, but you can't win them all. The biggest downside to Blink's wireless cameras is that they are all designed to maximize battery life. Practically speaking, that means recording clips are limited to 30 seconds, and connecting to the camera can sometimes take several seconds.

Blink used to provide free cloud storage, but now requires a subscription like other rival brands. But at least you can use the Blink Sync Module 2 to save local storage. We'll also note that most other modern security cameras differentiate between people, pets, and objects — at least with a subscription. But Blink's subscription-only covers storage; Blink cameras don't have smart alerts, which can increase false positives.

Ring Stick Up Cam Outdoor Fall

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Ring Stick Up Camera

Most versatile mounting options

Reasons to buy

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Easy to set up
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Box includes almost all tools needed for installation
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1080p video with night vision
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Integrates well with Amazon Alexa
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Two-way audio

Reasons to avoid

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Requires a Ring subscription for video storage
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No spotlight for clearer night vision
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Doesn't work well with Google Assistant

Ring is best known for making some of the best video doorbells, but the Stick Up Cam packs most of the same features and is also easy to install just about anywhere. You can screw it into a wall or buy the ceiling mount and adjust the viewing angle to perfectly capture your yard or living room without being in reach of thieves.

The Stick Up Camera comes in two separate configurations: one is only battery-powered, while is other is hardwired-only. But the battery has a built-in Micro-USB port for easy recharging and lasts for months at a time. Plus, you can use a Ring accessory like a solar panel to keep your Stick Up Cam battery constantly topped off.

Of course, since Ring belongs to Amazon, the Stick Up Cam also integrates nicely with Alexa. So you can easily pull up your video feed on smart displays like the Echo Show. The camera also features two-way audio, motion-activated notifications, and IR night vision — though you'll have to pay for a Ring Protect plan to view recorded footage, as it doesn't have local storage.

If you consider in advance that you'll have to pay a monthly subscription, Ring Protect has a pretty reasonable price. You get up to ten cameras covered with a single subscription, along with smarter People Only notifications and professional monitoring if your camera detects a security threat. Or, if you'd rather Ring not access your feeds at all, you can turn on end-to-end encryption, so only you can see what your Stick Up Cam records.

Ring Spotlight Cam Mounted

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Ring Spotlight Cam Battery

Best security camera with spotlight

Reasons to buy

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Built-in LED lights
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Loud siren for warding off intruders
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Ring's theft protection guarantee
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Crisp 1080p video with night vision
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Water-resistant
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Lots of optional accessories, like a solar panel

Reasons to avoid

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Requires a Ring subscription for video storage
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Doesn't work well with Google Assistant

If you've already heavily invested in the Amazon Alexa or Ring ecosystems, it probably makes the most sense to stick with Ring's excellent line of cameras. The Ring Spotlight Cam brings the best of Ring's outdoor cameras in a wireless, unassuming form factor. It's large enough to feature prominent LED lights and a sizable battery, but small enough not to stand out too much.

As the price implies, the Ring Spotlight Cam is more capable than the Ring Stick Up Cam since it has a larger field-of-view (so it can see more of your yard) and even has a siren that can be used to ward off intruders. That built-in spotlight can illuminate large sections of your yard at night and works best out of all the cameras here that have lights attached.

Wyze Cam Outdoor 1

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Wyze Cam Outdoor - Wireless Security

Best budget wireless camera

Reasons to buy

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Lowest cost for dependable wireless quality
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IP65 weather-resistance
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Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT support
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Up to 32GB local storage
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3-6 months of battery life
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Easy to mount

Reasons to avoid

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Only 110º FOV
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You'll need subscription for AI detection
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No spotlight

If you're looking for a wire-free security camera that's truly affordable but doesn't compromise performance too much, we liked the Wyze Cam Outdoor in our tests. Wyze offers 14 days of free cloud storage for 12-second clips, at least enough to get an idea of who showed up. Unlike many of our other picks, the Wyze Cam Outdoor has a microSD card slot on-device for local storage. And it works with both Alexa and Google Assistant. Arguably, the Wyze Cam Outdoor vs. Blink Outdoor battle ends with Wyze on top, despite its lower price.

The Wyze Cam Outdoor isn't a fast or powerful device. It requires a base station to work and still charges over microUSB, for instance. Plus, we found that pulling up video in the Wyze app could be laggy, which could make you miss seeing whoever's there on live view. But you can get four Wyze Cam Outdoor plus the base station for the price of two EufyCam 2Cs or one Arlo Pro 4. So for some frugal buyers who need quantity over quality, Wyze is your best bet.

Recently, Wyze has come under fire due to a security vulnerability. However, Wyze has released patches to all of the cameras eligible for the fix — including the Outdoor Cam. 

Bottom line

Home security is easier than ever to set up, use, and afford. All of the cameras here are fantastic choices and have their own sets of advantages, but the EufyCam 2C blew us away this year when it debuted at an excellent price without skimping on the features. It's not only got free local storage and onboard AI-based human detection, but it sports a floodlight with color night vision and six-month battery life, to boot.

As one of the best security cameras with local storage, the EufyCam 2C means you won't ever have to pay for yet another monthly subscription cost, which is a big deal in a world full of monthly subscriptions. That's the kind of pro-consumer behavior we've come to expect and love in modern smart home tech, and it makes using and recommending these kinds of fantastic gadgets easy. So if you're looking for a great way to secure your home this year, these are the best ways to do it.

Michael spent years freelancing on every tech topic under the sun before settling down on the real exciting stuff: virtual reality, fitness wearables, gaming, and how tech intersects with our world. He's a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves running, D&D, and Star Wars. Find him on Twitter at @Michael_L_Hicks.