Home security has come a long way. You no longer have to pay expensive installation fees to have security cameras installed. And, you don’t have to pay costly monthly fees to a third party security company to monitor them. Thanks to modern technology, you can install and control your security cameras on your own.
Why you want a smart security camera
Security cameras are helpful, but in the day of smart homes, you want to take your cameras up a notch. A smart security camera allows you to monitor your home from anywhere that you have internet access. You can see what is happening inside of your house at any time. And, some cameras even include two-way audio allowing you to communicate with those inside of your house. Here are a few features that you want to look for when buying a smart security camera:
- Clear images – A camera is not going to benefit you if the images are grainy and you cannot identify what you are looking at.
- Audio – Being able to hear and talk to people within your house is a nice added benefit.
- Night vision – You want to see what is happening inside of your house during day and night.
- Pan & tilt – This feature allows you to move the direction that you are looking at through your camera. Think of this as similar to turning your head up and down or side to side so you can see what is happening around you.
- Easy install – When you have a DIY system you want to be able to install it easy and have it ready to use quickly.
There are a lot of choices on the market, but here we review the best smart indoor security cameras on the market.
LaView 1080P Camera
The LaView 1080P Cameras are designed as the simple white bullet cameras. They are simple to install. Due to the simple plug and play installation. There is only one cord that you need to attach to the NVR. This is a favorite feature of those that are purchasing the product.
With the 1080P HD resolution, this camera provides clear and detailed images of everything it records. Facial features can be easily identified on the camera. This is a nice benefit if you are needing the cameras to identify a person in the videos. The camera also uses infrared LED technology to produce great images even in the dark. At night the camera will provide clear images at distances up to 100 feet.
The LaView 1080P cameras also provide you with 24/7 access. You can use the LaView mobile app to view the live feed on your camera from anywhere that you have internet access. The camera allows you to keep eyes on your home or business at all times. You can even receive emailed alters anytime there is movement on one of your cameras while you are away. And, if you do need to sort through hours of video to find a certain event you can use the smart search option. The feed will skip ahead to show you only times where there was movement in the area you are wondering about.
It is even IP66 weatherproofed, which makes it has the added benefit of being able to use it indoors and outdoors in nearly any climate.
Microseven M7B57-WPS Wireless IP Security Camera
One of the many benefits of a smart security camera is its ability to alert you when there is any motion that you need to know about. The Microsven M7B57-WPS Wireless IP Security Camera has excellent motion detection. The camera will email you to alert you when it detects motion. There are different sensitivity settings that you can choose from. When the camera is set on the highest level, many consumers found that it detected even the slightest of movements such as insects. While you probably don’t want it that sensitive you can simply choose another level to keep the camera set at.
The Microseven M7B57-WPS Camera is easy to install and can be set up in roughly 15 minutes, even if you aren’t normally a very handy person. The camera will record on SD card for local storage, which you need to buy separately but is very easy to install. And, it is ONVIF compliant meaning it will record on storage devices such as NAS or NVR drives There are also different levels you can choose from for recording. You can have it continuously recording, only recording during scheduled times, or waiting to kick on until there is something to record.
Live streaming is available on your smartphone, which makes it easy to keep an eye on your house or your children no matter where you are. And, you can view up to 16 cameras on one screen. This allows you to know exactly what is going on around your house, inside and out at once.
The image quality is clear during both day and night. During the day the picture is crystal clear with bright colors, making it easy to see the details of what is happening around. And, the quality at night is just as clear, making this a great camera that you can trust to capture exactly what you need when keeping your home safe.
Do you want an indoor smart security camera, but can’t stand the look of most security cameras? The Foscam F18919W has a design unlike others on the market. It is more similar to a dome look, but it has more of a light fixture feel to it. If you want a camera for inside your home or business that isn’t going to be the first thing that someone sees when they walk into the room then this is the way to go.
The Foscam F18919W camera has a pan & tilt feature that people love. This isn’t standard on all cameras and it makes it easy to keep an eye on what is happening around your house.
The camera has a 640 x 480 pixel resolution that provides images that are not grainy. You can see what is happening where your camera is during day or night. There is an IR filter that helps provide night vision. And, you have the option to be notified via email when there is motion detected on the camera. While, some people think that this feature is over-sensitive, it’s worth testing it out to see if it matches what you are looking for.
Sricam SP012 720P Indoor Pan & Tilt IP Camera
The Sricam SP012 Camera is fast to setup, easy to use, and reliable. That’s exactly what you want when you are looking for a security camera to protect your home or business.
Installation is as simple as can be with this wireless camera. You can have your camera running and ready to go in just a few minutes. The camera has zoom and pan & tilt abilities that let you see everything in the room. It can rotate 90 degrees vertically and 355 degrees horizontally.
This camera also features two-way audio. You can actually see and hear what is going on around your house at any time. And, since you can view the feed of your camera remotely, this allows you to communicate with your children, babysitter, or even your pets when you aren’t home.
The picture quality is clear day or night. We do recommend that you don’t set the camera near lights sources that will be on at night because they can interfere with the night vision capabilities.
The camera also comes with clear user guide, which is a common problem with many other security cameras.
Vimtag Fujikam 361 HD Security Camera
The Vimtag Fujikam 361 HD Security Camera is another one that is more aesthetically pleasing than others on the market. The camera is black and silver and is on a flat base. The base allows the camera to be set on a flat surface which opens up the options of where you can place it to monitor your room. However, it also comes with a mounting plate so you can install it on the wall or ceiling if you desire.
The camera can be viewed remotely from your smartphone. So, you are able to access what is happening within your house at any time. The camera does include the pan & tilt feature allowing you to swing left and right by 320 degrees and up or down 120 degrees.
The Vimtag Fujikam has the added benefit of an alarm option. That means similar to a home security alarm, you can turn this camera off when you are home and easily turn it back on when you are getting ready to leave your house. If you are easily able to remember to turn it on and off this will be a feature that you will like.
The smart security camera
We do not want to scare you. But, we do believe that it is important for people to be proactive in protecting their homes and businesses. Break-ins are not uncommon in many areas around the world, and in most places you actually need the police to catch the burglar or robber in the act in order for them to be arrested. Images from a camera can be helpful, but it is much better to be alerted when something is actually in progress. If you act quickly you can have the police there before the person leaves your house.
Even if you aren’t worried about your house being broken into you can benefit from one of these. The best smart indoor security cameras provide protection for your children when you are away from home. If your children are old enough to be home alone you can easily keep your eye on them if you are suspicious of what they are doing while you are away. And, if you have young children that you have left with a babysitter you have an instant nanny cam to check in where you go.
These are some of the best smart indoor security cameras for 2017, see which one is the best fit for you.