A highly versatile security camera, the Blink XT is compact and works as efficiently outside your home as it does inside.
From a design perspective, the Blink XT features a weatherproof, cordless, all-in-black build quality.
And, it is so easy to install; all you need to do is put in the 2 included AA lithium batteries and you’re ready to go.
The sink module that comes with the camera allows you to expand your security system to a maximum of 10 cameras.
The Blink XT has an onboard motion detection sensor that starts recording the moment it recognizes any movement in its 110-degree field of view, capturing footage in 720p with 7.5 frames per second (fps) in low light, or 35 fps under well-illuminated conditions.
It then sends an HD video – which is of a pretty decent quality for a product in this price range – to your smartphone, keeping you updated about the activity in and around your house.
The night footage quality leaves a bit to be desired, though, with a little bit of graininess to it but still detailed enough from a security perspective.
What’s really good about the Blink XT is its compatibility with Amazon Echo, as well as its dedicated smartphone app that lets you watch live footage, customize configurations and so much more with it.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a quality surveillance camera with an affordable price point, the Blink XT qualifies as a really good option.
Next up in our selection of top five security cameras is Logitech’s Circle2 – a wired indoor/outdoor weather-resistant camera with an ultra-wide 180-degree lens that maximizes the coverage area throughout your home.
In appearance, the Circle2 looks somewhat like a mini-satellite that’s ready to capture even the slightest of movements in its ample field of view.
The camera’s white casing’s IPX 75 rating prevents it from dust and water damage, thereby ensuring a consistent footage quality.
However, Logitech warns that the device shouldn’t be exposed to direct sunlight as it may interfere with the lens and the overall performance; so, make sure that you identify the right location outside your home to mount your Blink XT.
An LED and a microphone above the lens, as well as a speaker on its side, allow you to talk and listen to the device at the same time.
The Circle2 is capable of recording full HD 1080p video and incorporates an advanced motion filtering feature that is remarkably accurate when it comes to detecting potential intruders.
Of course, like most devices, today, the Circle2 is not only Amazon Alexa-enabled but is also compatible with Google Assistant and Apple Home Kit, allowing you the convenience of operating the camera with voice commands – all of which substantially adds to the overall user experience.
The Circle2 smart app works as efficiently on the Android platform as it does on iOS, and offers many options that you can make the most of, one of which is snapshot notifications of any kind of activity your Circle2 detects.
Some of the other options include a free online backup which will allow you to see all the important moments that have been captured in the previous 24 hours.
Overall the Logitech Circle2 is not at all a bad buy, keeping, both, price and performance in mind.
Price: $180 (wired), $200 (wire-free)
The Nest Outdoor camera has all the potential to become a proud addition to any household that’s looking for a decent and affordable security system.
It combines a 1080p video recording capability, built-in speaker with microphone and digital time zones with great effect to give you a remarkably efficient security setup; all of that in a minimalistic and attractive black and white body with a rounded back and a flat front.
The magnetic mount and screws that come with the Nest make the installation process as easy as can be. The magnet keeps the camera steady on one side, while ample space is left on the other side to afford rotation and tilt to the camera so that it can be easily and strategically maneuvered to target the right areas.
Of course, the 130-degree wide-angle lens accounts for a great part of your backyard, or patio, or wherever else you’d like to have it, and with a 1080p recording capability, you can be assured of amazingly detailed footage quality, and that too in all weather conditions.
The motion detection sensors on the camera work in perfect conjunction with the dedicated app to give you an incredible user experience, in addition to the security it guarantees.
The moment the camera detects even a hint of a motion in its ample field of view, it pushes a notification to your smartphone with a picture and sound.
And, what’s more, is that the built-in speaker is loud enough for you to scare the pants off any suspicious person lurking around your property.
Be sure to install the Nest app on your mobile device, which is full of amazing features that enhance your security even more; for example, there’s a back up of snapshots, always updated for the last three hours, in case you miss something in that time frame.
With the help of the Nest app, you can keep real-time track of what’s going on inside and outside your house, enable or disable the night vision feature and choose from the four image-quality settings that range from 360p to 1080p.
In short, the Nest is strongly recommended for anyone looking for quality and reliability; a camera that can assure a higher level of security.
Ring Floodlight Cam
The Ring Floodlight Cam is a super IR night vision-enabled camera with a built-in floodlight and a 110-decibel alarm system that combine together to give you a near perfect security system.
The Ring Floodlight boasts a rectangular weather-resistant body that houses a lens with a whopping 270-degree field of view, a speaker with microphone, as well as a motion detector on the bottom, which we’ll talk about some more, in a bit.
Again, the installation process has been made extremely simple in the included manual; just follow the installation steps, there, and you’ll be good to go.
Thanks to the powerful onboard sensors, the camera can detect even the smallest of movements and alert you of any potential threat to the security of your house.
You can even set the LED lights to turn on the moment the camera detects any motion, which effectively means that a potential intruder will be lit up nice and good for future identification, while the camera is capturing his movements.
The infrared night vision feature allows the camera to record clear footage in low or bad light, just in case you forget to program the LED lights to turn on at the right time.
Another great feature is the two-way audio capability of the speaker which makes it possible for you to talk to anyone in the camera’s vision and if it’s someone you’d prefer not to have anywhere near your property, you can always use the amply loud alarm system to make any intruder run as if the devil was after him.
The Ring Floodlight Cam is definitely worth a consider as it can take your security to a whole new level.
Netgear Arlo Pro 2
The Netgear Arlo Pro 2 is a sleek, white camera with an embedded magnet on its back, making it easy to attach it to any metal surface.
It’s an incredibly versatile, wire-free and weather resistant camera that performs as efficiently outdoors as it does under the weather-protected indoor environment; so, regardless of where you place it, the camera will continue to serve you well.
You have the option of going for the two-camera offer, one of which can be set up inside your house, while the other can take care of the outside security requirements. However, you also have the option of choosing from one to six cameras.
The 2-camera kit is packaged with a base unit that is capable of handling up to 15 cameras, but only five can be streamed simultaneously.
The camera’s 1080p resolution and 130-degree field-of-view combine exceptionally well with the onboard motion technology to give you the level of security that would make you feel, well, secure – to say the least.
Here again, the built-in speaker and microphone ensure two-way communication, thereby allowing you to talk to whoever is in the vicinity of your ever-alert Arlo Pro2.
The 8x digital zoom feature of the camera only enhances the security, in that it makes it easier to identify intruders and, thanks to the 6 infrared LEDs on this thing, you can get clear pictures of as far as 25 feet at night.
Don’t forget to download the Arlo for an enhanced user experience.
If you do decide to go for the Netgear Arlo Pro 2, you won’t be disappointed because this product delivers on its promises.
Price: $480 (includes two cameras and base station)