5 Best Outdoor Security Cameras
Choosing the best outdoor security camera for your home can be a bit of a minefield. We review five that we have used for houses that need a bit more outdoor security.
First of all, there are so many options that it can be confusing; and the quality can range dramatically.
We narrow it down to our five preferred ones according to the price bracket. For each bracket, we’ll give present what your best options are.
However, before we do that, let’s summarise our winner, runner up and the one that you should probably avoid! Check out the table below.
Our preferred camera is the ieGeek Outdoor Camera, due to the price point, ease of install and reliability.
As a bonus, it is wireless and has night vision of up to 25m. In practice, we found that it’s only reliable up to about 10m, which is still pretty decent.
Despite it being our winner, it’s not the only one that’s worthy of being selected.
Below, you can check out five units in total, depending on your price point. We’re going to do it by giving our views of the best ones in each price bracket, starting from lowest to highest price bracket.
Blink Home Security
The motion detector in this system is excellent, night and day. When the motion detector comes on, the device sends an alert to your phone to let you know and starts recording a clip.
On the downside, it is a battery-powered system, but not everyone might see as this as a downside as it means it’s more portable.
It is supposed to last two years, and it does come supplied with 2 x AA batteries.
Very much like the one above, it can be installed quickly and can be connected to Alexa.
A bonus is that Blink will give you cloud storage at no additional cost – nice!
ieGeek Security WiFi Outdoor Camera
One of the major draws to this item is the ability to install it quickly and with ease.
As you’ll have read in our best lockbox guide, we love it when things are easy to install. As long as you have a handy pair of ladders, you don’t need to employ a contractor to set it up.
Just don’t forget to switch on the WiFi or it won’t connect. As mentioned earlier, the night vision is excellent, but it doesn’t hit the 25m range stated. It’s best around the 10m mark but can reach up to 15m on a bright evening.
The camera also comes with an extended 3-metre power cable which should be long enough for most users. It’s also IP66 rated, meaning it is waterproof.
Finally, you can view it anywhere as long as you’re logged in, i.e. through smartphone or PC. It also supports MicroSD up to 128 GB if you wanted to record it at the source.
Arlo Pro 3
You’ll need deep pockets if you want the Arlo Pro 3, but it might be what you’re looking for on the premium end of the market.
It does beat it’s predecessor and is probably the best outdoor security camera if you’re not on a budget.
In contrast to the others on this page, it comes with a 2K resolution capability and has a much wider 160 degree viewing angle. Most others on this page max out at 1080p and offer a 130 degree viewing angle.
As you’d expect, the cameras are weatherproof and designed to last against torrential rain. Night vision is as standard and the bonus is that it’s full colour.
It comes with a built in siren to ward off any lurkers.
As you’d expect, it’s fully compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. Since it’s wireless, portability and positioning capability is excellent.
You will need a monthly subscription to Arlo Smart, but it does come with a 3 month free trial.
EufyCam 2 by Anker
The 2nd generation Eufy2, made by Anker has improved massively since the original.
Yes, it looks expensive but for what you get, it could be priced way higher.
The pack comes with an outdoor camera that is designed to withstand rough weather. It has excellent 1080p resolution and has IP67 rating. Night vision comes as standard and the quality is superb.
It is compatible with Alexa and comes with a high decibel siren to scare off wannabe burglars.
It has an amazing 365-day battery life and due to its local storage, there’s no subscription or monthly retainer to pay.
Yes, it is a bit pricier, but it has incredible value. You won’t regret it!
This budget-priced product is compatible with Alexa, which is fantastic.
The images are recorded in relatively high-quality 1080p resolution, and the viewing angle is 130 degrees, which is a wide-angle perspective.
As you’ll probably know, at Alarms4Life, we like to test, test, test! From our findings, despite the manufacturer claiming this camera sees things up to 60 feet in the dark, but realistically it is 30 feet which is still very good.
Much like the ones above, it is IP66 rated, meaning it is suitable for inclement weather and will keep recording in any weather.
Like the Blink camera, you can set up real-time alerts to be sent to your phone.
It will only work with WiFi or ethernet cable. In most cases, you’d probably be using WiFi, so please remember that it will only work with 2.4 GHz.
On the downside, the cloud offering is a paid service but does have flexible terms.