7 Best Wireless Security Camera Systems of 2020

Our Pick For March

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SANNCE Wireless CCTV Camera System 8CH 1080P NVR and 4X 2.0MP Enhanced Signal Outdoor WiFi Security...
163 Reviews
SANNCE Wireless CCTV Camera System 8CH 1080P NVR and 4X 2.0MP Enhanced Signal Outdoor WiFi Security...
  • With advanced H.264+ video compression, SANNCE Wireless CCTV Camera system takes up less bandwidth,...
  • With itself 2.4g Wireless signal, Wi-Fi camera and Wireless NVR recorder has paired before shipped,...
  • Scanning QR code quick install our free app: SANNCE sight, then you can see what happened no matter...
  • Once camera triggered, you will receive real-time push alerts to mobile device or sending a snapshot...

Top 3 Wireless CCTVs

SaleBestseller No. 1
SANNCE Wireless CCTV Camera System 8CH 1080P NVR and 4X 2.0MP Enhanced Signal Outdoor WiFi Security...
163 Reviews
SANNCE Wireless CCTV Camera System 8CH 1080P NVR and 4X 2.0MP Enhanced Signal Outdoor WiFi Security...
  • With advanced H.264+ video compression, SANNCE Wireless CCTV Camera system takes up less bandwidth,...
  • With itself 2.4g Wireless signal, Wi-Fi camera and Wireless NVR recorder has paired before shipped,...
  • Scanning QR code quick install our free app: SANNCE sight, then you can see what happened no matter...
  • Once camera triggered, you will receive real-time push alerts to mobile device or sending a snapshot...
SaleBestseller No. 2
[2019 New]SANNCE Wireless CCTV Camera System 8CH 1080P NVR Recorder, 4x 2.0MP Outdoor Wifi Security...
94 Reviews
[2019 New]SANNCE Wireless CCTV Camera System 8CH 1080P NVR Recorder, 4x 2.0MP Outdoor Wifi Security...
  • Expansionable & Auto-Pair8 channel NVR recorder allows you add 4 more wifi cameras for your need ....
  • Enjoy Wireless Freedom Wireless security camera system for true plug-and-play installation ; stable...
  • Cover More Areas Set the strong signal cameras as repeaters or apply the included radio antenna to...
  • Customizable Motion Detection With Easy-to-use app,you can watch live video to your mobile devices...
Bestseller No. 3
Blink XT2 | Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera with Cloud Storage, 2-Way Audio, 2-Year Battery...
926 Reviews
Blink XT2 | Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera with Cloud Storage, 2-Way Audio, 2-Year Battery...
  • Extended battery life - 2-year battery life on two AA lithium batteries with a combination of...
  • 2-way audio - Talk to visitors through the Blink app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Customisable motion detection - Use activity zones to choose where motion is detected so you receive...
  • Cloud storage - Keep hundreds of clips stored up to a year with no additional monthly fees or...

There is much that needs to be considered before purchasing the best wireless security camera for your individual requirements.

We hope that the following information will help clarify matters and give you the opportunity to find the very best system in 2020 in the UK for your needs and to suit your budget.

1. Annke 8CH ProHD 1080N 960* 1080 CCTV DVR+ 4×1.30 Megapixels

At a Glance

  • 30-megapixel weatherproof CCTV camera
  • Onvif compatible Hybrid recorder
  • Superior 100 ft superior Night Vision
  • Email Alert & Motion detection
  • Smart recording mode & playback supported
  • Amazed Quick QR Code Scan & P2P
  • Easy & Quick Remote Access – anywhere in the world
  • 4 x HD 1.30 IP66 Professional CCTV cameras, capable of real-time Pro HD video
  • 6 mm lens & 60o viewing angle
  • View & record with remote viewing on standard web browsers
  • No batteries are required

Technical Details

Item Weight6 Kg
Product Dimensions37.5 x 19 x 36 cm
Item model numberPK-884AAT1T
Security kit includes1× 8CH 1080N DVR, 1TB HDD included

8× 1.3MP wired cameras
8× 60ft BNC video cables
2× 4-to-1 splitter cable
3× Power adapters
1× USB mouse
1× remote control
1× CD software
1× User’s manual

SpecificationsVideo compression: H.264 (High Profile) to save storage space
Encode capacity: 8*1080N@12FPS
Video input/ output: 8CH BNC/ 1CH VGA, 1CH HDMI
Audio input/ output: 4CH RCA/ 1CH RCA
Recording & Playback & Backup resolution: 720P
Playback: 4CH 720P/ 2CH 1080N
Network interface: RJ45 10M/100M
PTZ control: 1*RS485
USB: 2* USB 2.0
HDD: 1*SATA port (support up to 6TB)
Progressive 1/3″ colour 1.3MP image sensor
High resolution: 1280*960P
Built-in IR-cut filter, colour on day, auto switch to B&W at night
Equipped with high-quality LEDs up to 30M night vision
Weatherproof: IP66, indoor & outdoor

Description

With easy and quick remote access there is no longer any difficulty with DDNS and network configuration.  You can access your cameras anytime you wish from anywhere in the world.

The motion detection feature enables you to record only when motion is detected. In this way, you can save hard drive storage space and never miss any important event. There is a plug & play setup, access and control.  You can use scan QR code on DVR from Annke desired application to access live viewing and playback instantly.

You can backup on USB easily.  Display features of HDMI and VGA output.  There are multiple recording modes and playback.  All systems are CE & FCC certified with UL compliant power supplies.

There is a full year’s guarantee with warranty and lifetime support offered exclusively by Annke via email or phone.

Another feature is the all-in-one 8CH 108ON DVR w/1.3 megapixels HD CCTV camera.  The Professional Smart HD security camera system is easy to use, reliable and secure. You can record top-quality widescreen video through 8 1.3 MP hi-resolution cameras.  Installation and setup are easily done yourself.

Incredible 4 in one DVR supports Analog, AHD, TVI and IP camera connection.  There is full weatherproofing, advanced motion detection, night vision, QR-code scans for easy setup, remote web browser and Smartphone viewing and exceptional long-distance transmission.

Some wonder…

Some wonder whether the cameras record colour by day and black and white by night. That is indeed the case.

Also, note that a TP-link AV500 powerline Ethernet plug-in adapter can be used instead of an Ethernet cable from the DVR to the router.

If some of you plan to use this equipment close to the ocean and wish to protect it, it would be best for the cameras to be installed inside a sealed clear dome to prevent corrosion.  Glass is no good as it would hamper motion detection.

Other asked whether the equipment can be used without an internet connection. You can use the system without an internet connection, it will still record to the hard drive.  However, if you are connected to the internet you can use apps on your mobile and check cameras anywhere, at any time.

Pros
  • Comprehensive kit at a reasonable price
  • Rotating brackets for mounting easily anywhere
  • One into four power adapter to power all cameras
  • Optical mouse & remote control
  • Foolproof setup & easy to use
  • Internet connectivity for use with a Smartphone
  • Unit can take up to 8 cameras
Cons

Two in-line connectors are not weatherproofed but you can easily run the cables indoors or use Heatshrink to make them water-resistant.  Some people had trouble recording on motion detect but this problem is being looked into.

2. Arlo Smart Home – 3 HD Security Camera Kit, 100% Wire-Free, Indoor/Outdoor with Night Vision by NETGEAR

At a Glance

  • No trailing cables or wiring difficulties
  • Motion alerts – notifications & emails if motion detected
  • Night vision
  • Weatherproof
  • HD quality sharp 720p live video
  • Free Cloud storage

Technical Details

Item Weight113 g
Product Dimensions4.1 x 6.4 x 7.1 cm
Batteries:4 Lithium Metal batteries required and included
Item Model NumberVMS3330-100EUS
Form FactorBullet
RAM Size128 MB
Connectivity TypeYes
Wireless Type802.11n
Number of Ethernet Ports1
Power SourceBattery operated
Lithium Battery PackagingBatteries packed with equipment
Box Contains1 x (3) HD, 100% wire-free, indoor/outdoor cameras with night vision 1 Smart home base station with power adapter

1 Ethernet cable

4 Magnetic camera mounts

4 Mounting screws

12 Batteries

1 Quick start guide

1 Window Decal

Description

The Arlo camera is completely wireless, which makes it ideal for inside or outside use. It is weatherproof with motion detection and night vision for work in the dark. You can add other free apps to view live video at home or away safely. It sends you real-time alerts wherever you are and can capture clips. The HD gives higher detail.  Setup is easy, no computer is necessary.

You can add up to 8 cameras as and when required.

Since Arlo records only when motion is detected, no battery gets wasted. The best area for motion detection is 5 feet to 20 feet (1.5 – 6 M) from the placement of the camera. Optimal placement for cameras is 7 feet above the ground, aimed downwards slightly.

You can view anywhere with iOS and Android apps. Up to 1 GB, secure cloud storage included. They enable you to view four video streams simultaneously and create and schedule Smart home rules.

Some wondered…

Some have questioned whether the cameras can operate through a PC instead of a phone. The answer is yes; you can log into your account on Arlo and then get access to the cameras.

Other buyers have asked what could prevent these cameras from being stolen if mounted outside. The answer is nothing! Just be sure to install the cameras out of easy reach, or you could try to get a ‘cage’ built around them.  Remember to avoid glass, because it hinders motion detection.

Bear also in mind that the 1GB cloud storage standard free package is a rolling 7 day recording.

Pros
  • Battery powered cameras
  • Easy setup & mounting with magnet based mounts
  • Motion detection to save on battery use
  • Motion detection notifications to Smartphone or by email
  • Night vision is excellent with built in infra-red LED’s
  • Quality of footage (720p) excellent

Cons

There have been some complaints about constant streaming which needs to be restarted after 30 minutes.  Also there is no sound on this system.  Others have claimed that cameras have a long lag time from motion trigger and that their recording quality is poor.

3. Zmodo 4CH 720P PoE NVR HD Security Camera System with 4 Indoor/ Outdoor Night Vision

At a Glance

  • 720P Security Cameras and WD 1TB 3.5 Inch SATA Surveillance HDD
  • PoE Technology, e-Cloud
  • Smartphone Scan QR Code Quick Remote Access
  • Pittsburgh Police “Virtual Block Watch”.
  • Up To 70 Days Basic Recording & 300 Days Smart Recording
  • Delivers Power & Video in one cable.
  • 2 years warranty.

Technical Details

Item Weight4 Kg
Product dimensions8.7 x 1.6 x 8.3 cm – 4 Kg
Item Model No.ZPM-KEITO4-S-ITB
Connectivity TypePOE Wireless, over IP
Box contains1 NVR

4 Bullet Cameras

4 Cables

1 Mouse

1 Power Adapter

1 Manual

Description

This item has been chosen by Pittsburg Police in Virtual Block Watch Program to fight crime.  The all in one, 4 channel NVR kit connects with 4 exterior 720p cameras and setup is easily completed in minutes.  These cameras transmit power and video using the same network cable.  You only need to connect one cable to each camera.  Then plug in the NVR, connect the cameras to the NVR with provided cables and your system will automatically start recording video.

Some wondered…

If you wonder how thick are the cables that connect to the camera, know that the diameter is around 1.5 cm, the cable is slim but there is a cat5 connector of 1.5 cm diameter. There are 8 rolls of network cable, four rolls of 15M and the other four are of 25M.

Pros
  • Easy installation and set up, plug & play
  • Effective night vision
  • Weatherproof casings
  • PoE feature is excellent
  • Excellent iPhone/Android apps, can view cameras from Smartphone
  • Great viewing, 720p resolution

Cons

Some customers complained that the Ethernet cables were too short and that there is no HDMI connector, only VGA.  There is no built-in wireless capability and the email alert function faces some problems.

4. DBPOWER Wireless 4CH CCTV DVR Day Night Security Camera Surveillance System 4 digital Cameras with 7″ TFT LCD DVR

At a Glance

  • 4CH digital wireless camera & DVR system kit
  • Simple installation- no cables required
  • 7″ LCD monitor with integrated video recorder
  • Supports up to 32GB TF card (not included).
  • Supports 4 cameras/ 24hours/7days non-stop overwrite recording

Technical Details

Boxed-product weight1.8 Kg
Item Model No:BWYSFG
Receiving Frequency:2.400GHz-.480GHz universal digital
Receiver sensitivity-90dBm
LCD Size7 inch digital screen
Resolution800*3 (RGB) *480
Video outputPAL & NTSC
SNR46dB
Temperature display range0
Reception open distance300M (1000 feet)
Power AdapterDC5/1000MA
Camera Parameters Transmitting freq.2.400GHz-2.480HGz
Universal digital freq. trans. power17dBm
Imaging Device¼ CMOS image sensor
Effective pixelsPLA628(H)x582 (V) NTSC510(H)x492(V)
Horizontal resolution380TV Line
Transmission signalImage, sound
Minimum illumination0Lux (IR ON) /5LUX (IR OFF)
Open transmission distance300M (1000 feet)
Package includes1 Receiver

4 Cameras

5 Power

1 Manual

1 A/V cable

1 Suction cup holder

Description

This system is easy to install and has no wiring, the 4 channel digital wireless and DVR system is all-digital wireless with no loss of privacy or interference.  There is a 7 inch LCD with built-in video recorder.  It supports four cameras 24/7, coverage recording without interruption.  It has various display modes including manual, circular and four screens.  It also features a 15M range of night vision.  The product also supports large screen video output.  The 32GB TF card is not included in the package.

Some wondered…

Some wondered whether it is possible to watch one camera at a time, or always on four camera view.  The latter is true.

The best way to play back the recordings is via VLC Media Player.

Pros
  • Excellent value for the money & easy to install
  • Weatherproof even in harsh conditions
  • Recording/viewing unit has stand in the back for easy use
  • Night vision

Cons

Some customers complained about the quality of the night vision and others say the cables are too short.

5. ZOSI 8CH 960P HD WIFI NVR Security Wireless Network Camera System IP Surveillance Camera

At a Glance

  • Wireless 8CH 960p NVR without hard disk
  • 960p High-resolution IP camera
  • High-quality video recording
  • Remote viewing anywhere on your Smartphone, tablet or PC
  • Built-in security wireless WIFI module for up to 350M transmission
  • Two-year free warranty

Technical Details

Boxed-product weight7 Kg
Manufacturer ReferenceA81001-NVR-UK
NVR Specifications8channel 960p wireless network video recorder.  Built-in WIFI module with high-performance & high stability.
IP Camera Specifications: Image Sensor1.0 Megapixel ¼ inch Progressive scan sensor
ResolutionHDMI, 1280 x 960
IP Camera Specification: Image Sensor1.0 Megapixel ¼ inch
Progressive Scan Sensor ResolutionHDMI 1280 x 960
Lens3.6 mm
IR LEDs Amount3 x Array LEDs with IR-CUT function
Night vision100 feet (30M)
Day/Night SwitchDouble filter automatic
WeatherproofIP66
Package includes1 pcs *8CH 960p WIFI NVR IT HDD pre-installed

8 pcs*960 HD WIFI IP cameras

8 pcs*Power Adaptor for 8 pcs IP camera

1 Power Adaptor for WIFI NVR

1 USB Mouse

Description

This 960p HD wireless security NVR system is ideal for the home or small business.  It is easy to use and install as there are no wires to bother with.  The resolution: 1280 x 960 gives excellent video images.  Night vision is included. There is a built-in security dedicated wireless WIFI module with stable signal and strong anti-interference. The system supports up to 350M of transmission over an open area.

Bear in mind that, if you have the system working 24/7 you will need something more than a regular PC hard drive, perhaps the Western Digital CCTV drives.

Some wondered…

Some customers have been asking if the system works on the TV. The answer is yes.

Pros
  • Great value for money.
  • Excellent night vision
  • Easy to setup and install
  • Top quality cameras

Cons

There have been no complaints till now and, for this price, we haven’t found anything particular.

6. Annke 4CH 960P HD Wireless Security Camera System

At a Glance

  • Recorder WIFI kit support Smartphone remote view
  • Wireless 960p HD kit, easy to setup, plug-play, auto connection with IP
  • 960p HD Network IP camera
  • Wireless enhancement technique, anti-interference, long transmission distance
  • Strong penetrability through one to four walls in actual measurement

Technical Details

Part NumberAK-W1VA1-24VA
Item Weight4.2 Kg
Product Dimensions32.4 x 27.8 x 18 cm
Item Model NumberAK-W1VA1-24VA
Size1TB HDD
Item Package Quantity1
BatteriesNot required
Package includes1 4CH 960p WIFI NVR

1 TB HDD

4 x 960p HD WIFI IP cameras

5 x Power Supply

1 USB Mouse

1 1m Network cable

NVR specifications4CH 960P wireless Network video recorder
Support video preview/recording/playback/USB backup
Support the mixed use of wireless and wire, support difference scene
Support 1 SATA port, up to 4TB HDD, 2 USB2.0 port for operation of mouse control, backup, upgrade
IP CameraImage Sensor: 1.3 Megapixel 1/3″ Progressive Scan Sensor
Resolution: HD 1280*960P
Lens: 3.6mm
Night Vision: 3 Array LEDs with IR-CUT filter up to 100ft (30m)
Weatherproof: IP66

Description

This system makes motion detection easy. The Annke Smart wireless IP camera sends instant emails and alerts to wherever you are once cameras detect any motion.

There is a built in WIFI module, night vision and two WIFI antennas which have high stability and performance.  WIFI connection is strong in an open area for up to 1000 feet or 300M.  The system is true to plug and play, power on cameras and NVR to connect NVR to the monitor and viewing is ready from the cameras to the monitor.  The system can be setup in a matter of minutes.  Smart Link automatically sets up communication between the system and your Smartphone.

Some wondered…

It is not advisable to extend the length of the power cable to one of the cameras.  The adaptor should be 12V 1A in response to another enquiry.

Pros
  • Easy setup, high performance & stability
  • Clear image quality
  • Built in WIFI Module, 2 antennas
  • Extremely weatherproof
  • Perfect colour in daylight & black & white at night

Cons

Some customers had trouble connecting to the phone app. Others found that the instructions were not very clear.

7. A-ZONE 4CH 960P NVR 1.0MP Wireless CCTV Security Camera System – QR-Code Connection

At a Glance

  • Weatherproof, 4 High-Resolution 960H Heavy Duty Metal cameras
  • Excellent video quality & clarity
  • Transmission distance 36 IR LEDs monitoring at night, open space 100M, with walls 30M.
  • Detection range about 80 Ft.
  • Enhanced wireless module/motion detection, email alerts for immediate viewing by browser or Smartphone. View & record in widescreen with remote viewing on iPhone, iPad & Android devices.
  • Plug & Play, view real-time without loss or delay.
  • 2 Year warranty & lifetime support from A-Zone.
  • Ethernet ports for wired IP camera connection, USB backup
  • Weatherproof IP67 for indoor/outdoor use

Technical Details

Item Weight4.6 Kg
Product Dimensions42x31x19cm
Item Model NumberAZONE0004
ColourWithout hard drive
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries required?No
NVR Specifications– Video Compression: H.264
– Video System: PAL / NTSC
– Resolution: 4CH 960P (1080x 960)
– Playback: 4CH
– Internet port: 4 LAN ports
– Video Output: 1CH VGA, 1CH HDMI
– USB Port: 1 USB 2.0
– HDD: 1 SATA port (3.5, Max 4TB)
IP Camera Specifications– Signal system: PAL
– 1/4 1.0MP CMOS sensor
– 2.8mm HD lens
– 36pcs IR LED
– Metal Housing
– IR distance: 25-30m
– Plug type: 3 flat blades UK type plug
– Voltage: 220V
Package Includes1 x 4-Channel 130 Million NVR
4 x IP 720P Cameras
1 x USB mouse
1 x 1M network cable(for IP camera code match)
1 x DC 12V/2A power adaptor(for NVR)
4 x DC 12V/1A power adaptor(for IP camera)
1 x Screw bag(for HDD)
4 x Screw bag(for IP camera)
1 x CD User Manual + Quick Start Guide
1 x 2 Year Warranty When Purchased from A-ZONE
Note: Hard drive is NOT included in this list!

Description

The transmission distance of this system over open space is 100M, and through walls it is 30M.  The wireless module is enhanced for more stability in transmission. SSID technology guarantees complete safety.  Auto code-matching realises convenient real P2P application.  Motion detection sends immediate email alerts, which results in multiple simultaneous viewing either by Smartphone or web browser. There are reserved Ethernet ports for wired IP camera connection.  View events as they occur in real-time on highly reliable HD video with no loss or delay. The system is conveniently packaged with all the components required such as network cables and a quick start guide with user manual. For your peace of mind, there is also the USB backup feature.  Weatherproof IP66 for indoor or outdoor use.

Some wondered…

If you wonder whether the system can record or not, the answer is yes, it can. But since there is no hard drive included, the system cannot record unless you buy a hard drive. The best option for this type of setup is a SATA hard drive.

Pros
  • Installation & setup are fast and easy
  • Good quality for the money
  • Very sensitive motion detection
  • Cameras connect either by WIFI or reserved Ethernet port
  • Excellent picture quality
  • Can also be viewed on TV

Cons

There were some complaints that the system does not include a hard drive, which is a need. It is suggested that you buy a SATA hard drive for this setup.  It should be noted that you need to have all the cameras installed and powered up before turning on the main box otherwise it will not pick up camera signals.

A Buyer’s Guide for Wireless Security Camera Systems

Home security systems are today one of the most diverse and complicated sub-markets online. The days when security systems and cameras were chosen, installed and supervised exclusively by security firms are long gone. Nowadays, everyone can pick a home security system and install it himself, controlling and supervising it through a smartphone or a tablet.

Still, selecting a wireless security camera that will meet your needs and fit into your budget isn’t exactly easy, especially for people with zero experience or knowledge in surveillance systems and electronics.

Below, we provide a small yet concise guide that will help you simplify your research and make the whole process a lot easier for you.

A Little Background Might Help

The first step to modern-day home security systems was done with IP cameras (internet protocol cameras).

What’s an IP camera?

An IP camera is a digital video camera that is controlled and sends data through the internet. Contrary to analogue closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, they did not need a recording device – just a local area network, through which they can be accessed.

The first IP cameras weren’t exactly easy to operate since mobile apps controlling them emerged only recently. That forced the manufacturers to design cameras with ever simpler design and operation. And indeed, today, even an electronics newbie can easily install an operate a wireless security camera set.

What to Consider Before Buying a Wireless Security Camera System

Before finding and buying your new surveillance system, let us clear one thing: there is no such thing as the ultimate, best of all times surveillance system. What is “best” for you, may prove lacking to someone else. So, if you want to find what is best for you toy would better consider the following checklist:

  • What exactly do you need?

Do you want to monitor general comings and goings? Do you need an indoor and/or outdoor CCTV camera systems? Do you want to see faces? Do you need wireless or wired CCTV security systems? First, specify exactly what you need.

  • Check your budget

What is best is what can meet your needs and still be affordable.

  • Select the type of camera that suits you, for example:
    Wired
    Wireless
    IP / network etc.
  • Decide what type and quality of the Imaging Chip you wish in the camera.
  • Select black and white or colour.

What exactly you need to do here is check the light conditions of the spots you want to monitor. A black and white CCTV camera system is usually preferable in low light conditions, while Color is usually preferred for inside use with good lighting conditions.

  • Check the camera’s light level and the resolution: The higher the resolution number, the sharper the image will be.

So, what you have to do is answer carefully the questions above, and you will surely find the best surveillance camera – for you!

Webcams & Security cams – Is There a Difference?

Despite the fact that security cameras are now used as an umbrella term that could be easily used for webcams, webcams actually have some distinguishing characteristics.

For example, while both security cameras and webcams provide live video feed via the internet, webcams do not alert the user about a potential danger – which is a major advantage, unless you have the time and energy to watch your smartphone screen all day!

Naturally, the use of a webcam also means that you will get no professional monitoring service.

These limitations often make webcams better for homeowners that aren’t too worried about burglars and are most concerned about checking their pet or having a general idea of what happens in their property during their absence.

Features & Characteristics

  • Looks & Design

A decently designed security camera will not stand out; it should blend in and not attract attention. That’s why they usually come in black or white.

  • Connectivity

Obviously, most modern wireless security cameras use a Wi-Fi network, which means that they need to be installed within a certain range or close to a wireless access point and that their efficiency depends on the strength of your signal and internet speed.

  • Power Source

The majority of wireless cameras use a plug-in adapter, which means that you must make use an extension cord or place is close to a power outlet.

Still, several models use batteries or offer that option, while others either have replaceable batteries or use rechargeable ones. Their obvious advantage is that they can be installed anywhere, but you need to keep an eye on their energy levels and constantly make sure that they remain operational.

  • Installation

Most cameras come with bases and/or built-in stands, or solid cylindrical constructions. Some even use magnets and can be easily attached to metallic surfaces. If you want to configure the angle, the type of base is really important.

  • App

The vast majority of wireless security cameras are now controlled or accessed on Android and/or iOS devices, many of which with their own dedicated apps, enabling the user to check out the video feed and configure some of their features, including (usually):

  • setting motion and sound alerts;
  • activating night vision;
  • two-way verbal communication, in models with built-in speakers and microphones; this is a great feature that allows you to communicate a message to your pet or to a member of your household in case of an emergency, or even to startle an intruder and scare him off;
  • managing activity logs.

While apps are always good news, you need to keep an eye out for their user-friendliness and ease of navigation. Most apps require the creation of an account and log in, as well as certain Wi-Fi information.

  • Live Streaming or Video Recording?

Many wireless security cameras provide constant live feed access – usually referred to as “live streaming.” Others are designed to record video clips only when triggered by a sensor, indicating some sort of danger or movement within their radius.  Such cameras are surely not suitable for pet watching.

  • Video Quality

Video quality is paramount and depends largely on your needs and your budget. HD does not come cheap, and you need to make sure whether you actually need so much detail for your security footage or not.

Note that higher resolution also requires a larger bandwidth and in remote areas or places where internet speed or signal are not at their prime lag times and glitches will be frequent. Better video quality in untethered cameras also means a smaller battery life.

If you want an HD camera but you are not exactly sure of your internet’s performance, make sure to pick a model that allows you to adjust the resolution quality and thus minimise such issues should the need arise. Some wireless security cameras even do that automatically base on the quality of the internet connection.

  • Video Storage

This is very important because it greatly affects the practicality and ease of use of the whole system. Having to constantly remove the microSD cards and erase old footage to make room for new is a chore. Cloud storage has made things a lot easier. Wireless security systems with cloud storage store their footage there and allow you to save just what you want to dispose the rest easily, through your mobile device. Unfortunately, this feature sometimes requires a subscription and a small monthly fee.

Bear also in mind that some cameras offer both options (remote and local storage).

  • Field of view

Field of view is a term referring to the area covered by your camera. Needless to say, the bigger the field of view is, the better – but that always has a bearing on the price.

  • Activity Zones

Some wireless security cameras enable you to set activity zones. You will be able to pick a certain area within the camera’s field of view and tell camera either to ignore it or focus on it, for example, a gate, a doorway, or weak spot in your fence.

  • Facial Recognition

Facial recognition is not a standard feature, but it proves really handy for homeowners that wish to take their home security up a notch.  Facial recognition distinguishes people from objects and can often recognise a person and let you know about his or her presence, using a pre-stored database of friends and relatives.

  • Other Features

Some more sophisticated (and expensive) features come with built-in sirens, arm and disarm modes, voice commands, and compatibility with several protocol languages that allow you to integrate products from different brands. This last one is really handy when you wish to add a new security system to an existing one.