Consider the following factors before deciding on the right wireless security camera for you:
1. Doorbell Camera or Traditional Camera?
The first step in choosing a wireless security camera is to decide if you’d also like a wireless doorbell as part of a smart home system. Because capable wireless doorbells on the market include cameras often as good as a traditional camera, you may not need to consider a traditional camera at all if you’d like a smart doorbell.
Smart doorbells streamline the process of detecting and keeping an eye on visitors at the door, whether expected or not, but they tend to lack the most advanced camera features available with other smart home security options.
2. Compatibility and Subscriptions
Check for compatibility with an existing smart home system, if you have one. If avoiding a monthly subscription fee is important to you, consider which camera options offer the most important comprehensive storage or other functions without requiring you to pay extra. (Some brands limit function significantly without a paid subscription to incentivize subscribing, while others aim to entice consumers that are sick of paying subscription fees for everything.)
3. Software and Hardware
Buying a camera that seems to be able to do it all may be enticing, but taking advantage of the most complex systems will usually cost you—and lead to more complicated operations. Consider the camera’s capabilities (image quality, field of view, etc.) along with characteristics like detection software and how recording and video storage are triggered.
Users in less populated areas, for example, will have different needs than those living in a dense, urban environment with frequent passersby, and different cameras excel in different scenarios.