The 4 Best Outdoor Security Cameras 2021

The 4 Best Outdoor Security Cameras 2021

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Our pick

Google Nest Cam Outdoor

Google Nest Cam Outdoor

The Google Nest Cam Outdoor delivers 1080p video, can distinguish between a person and other moving objects, and is completely weatherproof.

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings

The Google Nest Cam Outdoor Wi-Fi camera includes everything a DIY surveillance camera should: crisp 1080p video, a wide field of view, and two-way audio. The optional Nest Aware subscription (starting at $6 a month) allows you to choose between event-based recording or capturing everything 24/7 to the cloud, as well as customizable Activity Zones and person detection (both of which help cut down on nuisance alerts). The Nest Cam Outdoor has a weatherproof cord and plug, as well as a convenient mounting system that allows you to aim the device in any direction. But the power cord limits placement options to areas within reach of an outlet, and if you have an internet data cap, you may have issues with nonstop recording.

Our pick

Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera

Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera

This battery-operated outdoor Wi-Fi camera provides clear 2K images. And it can distinguish between people, animals, vehicles, packages, and general motion (for a fee).

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit (with a compatible base station), Google Assistant, IFTTT, SmartThings

The Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera delivers the best image and most specialized alerts of any cordless camera we tested. Like the Nest Cam, the Arlo Pro 4 requires a subscription—Arlo Secure—to record clips and distinguish between people, pets, packages, and vehicles. This cordless camera delivers clear images day and night, thanks to a 2K resolution and color night vision. It can record up to five minutes of continuous motion, but this drains the battery (which you should plan on charging once a month, depending on activity level and outdoor conditions). There is also a paid 24/7 recording option, but you’ll lose Arlo Secure features and need an extra $200 in equipment.

Also great

EufyCam 2 Pro Wireless

EufyCam 2 Pro Wireless

Eufy’s newest cordless outdoor camera can’t identify action as well as our other two picks. But it does deliver strong battery life, a great image, HomeKit support, and three options for storing footage.

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant

Although it’s not quite as smart as the Arlo, the EufyCam 2 Pro Wireless has the best rechargeable battery we’ve seen on a cordless outdoor security camera. (The company claims the battery can go one year, but we estimate you’ll get about four to six months per charge with normal use.) Free perks include the ability to record 2K video to the included base station, as well as the ability to tell the difference between humans and other moving things. You can also opt for a paid subscription, which sends your video to the cloud—either the Eufy Cloud Service or Apple HomeKit Secure Video (both of which start at $3 per month; notably, cloud-based video is reduced to 1080p resolution).

Budget pick

Wyze Cam v3

Wyze Cam v3

The Wyze Cam v3 doesn’t have the same smarts as some of our other picks, but it does deliver impressive 1080p video and bright color night vision. And it offers several video storage options.

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT

The Wyze Cam v3 is cheaper than any camera on our list. It’s also compact, easy to mount, and has free local storage that can record just the motion events or everything 24/7. Add in a Cam Plus subscription for $2 per month per camera (or $15 per year), and you’ll get cloud storage and alerts that can distinguish between motion, people, vehicles, and packages. However, those alerts aren’t always accurate, since we regularly saw people and animals getting tagged as general motion. The v3 also doesn’t have the Nest’s solid construction and power cable.

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