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13 best home security cameras to give you peace of mind

Whether you’re away from home or have an area of your house you’d like to keep a closer eye on, home security cameras have got you covered. These cameras link wirelessly to an app on your phone and let you know if and when trouble is afoot.

But what do you actually need from a home CCTV setup? First up, decide where you’re placing the camera. Some cameras are suitable for indoor use only while some are better placed outdoors. These outdoor cameras are not only weatherproof, some work with night vision or have a spotlight. You should also consider whether you want a camera that is battery-operated or needs wiring in.

Above all, go for a camera you’re happy to have in or around your home. Some can be quite obvious which is great for deterring pesky crimes, but it’s not so great for curb appeal. Essentially, what we’re saying is that you’ll need to find a balance that’s right for you.

All of those included in our round-up play footage via an app on your phone and most let you store the footage for a decent chunk of time, if not perpetually. This will more than likely raise the question of privacy, though, so take a moment to think about whether or not you are happy for footage of your living room to be stored on the cloud, or whether you’d prefer for that to be kept on a memory card instead.

As with most decent tech, the wonder of it is you can adjust and tweak it to suit your requirements. While, if you want total privacy, you can always switch it off – some even have timers and schedules built in and will turn off automatically.

How we tested

A selection of the best home security cameras we tested

(The Independent)

Well, our home became very, very safe for a month (and still is, if any local crooks are on the prowl). We tested both indoor and outdoor cameras to see which ones were not only the least obtrusive but also caught relevant action without pinging our phones all day long day.

We also investigated the relevant apps to see how easy they were to use, how quick they were to alert us when they detected motion and how adept they were at storing our data. The highest points were awarded to those cameras that didn’t look horrendous, provided a clear image promptly when asked to do so, and just fitted neatly into our lives.

The best home security cameras for 2024 are:

  • Best home security camera overall – Ezviz C6 smart home pan and tilt camera: £69.99, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best budget home security camera – Amazon blink mini indoor security camera: £29.99, Amazon.co.uk
  • Best discreet outdoor home security camera – Ezviz elife BC1C 2K+ smart home battery camera: £124, Currys.co.uk
  • Best indoor/outdoor home security camera – Ring stick-up camera: £89.99, Amazon.co.uk