Best Outdoor Security Camera: Reviews, Buying Guide, and FAQs 2021

by Robert Fox

Whether you're concerned about the security of your home or you simply want to know what is going on around your home when you are away, home security cameras can provide alerts and peace of mind.

Installing outdoor security cameras is a great way to see what is happening on the other side of your front door so you can deal with problems before they are inside of your house.

There are many options on the market that offer a variety of features for you to choose from.

Some of the best home security cameras can be linked to other home security products, such as smart locks and smart lights. So, for example, if your camera detects motion, it can automatically turn on your lights, to ward off intruders or welcome guests.

We've reviewed some of the best outdoor security cameras, from affordable models to highly secure ones. Here are our top picks to consider:

Top Outdoor Security Cameras for 2021 by Editors' Picks
Top Outdoor Security Cameras for 2021 by Editors' Picks

Reolink Poe Camera Rlc-422

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Top 5 Best Outdoor Security Cameras

The Reoling RLC-422 is a horizontal dome camera with an impressive set of features. It comes with an auto-focus lens, a motorized 4x optical zoom, and 24 infra-red LEDs.

The motorized 4x optical zoom lets you zoom in to see more details of distant objects without getting closer, or to zoom out to get a wider and larger view.

24pcs IR LEDs make Reolink RLC-422 an excellent night vision security camera, letting you see any event clearly even in the dark.

This camera has crystal clear imaging that you can view from anywhere with your smart phone or tablet. You can see what's happening outside of your house whether you are lying in bed, sitting at work, or halfway around the world.

Although the camera has a traditional dome type design, the motorized lens makes it slightly larger than a standard fixed lens dome camera. The build-quality and the finish are very good which makes the camera look more expensive that it really is.

Installation is made easy with this security camera. It uses the plug and play installation technique which means your camera needs no configuration. It comes with a template that makes it easy to mount. You can be up and running in less than an hour.


  • Very affordable
  • Motorized optical zoom
  • ONVIF & RTSP support
  • SD card for on-board storage
  • Built-in NVR feature


  • Auto-focus could be more sophisticated
  • Limited motion detection capability
  • No built-in microphone
  • No audio or alarm connections

The Reolink RLK4-210WB4 WiFi security camera system offers excellent protection for your home or business.

The bullet cameras record in 2MP resolution and deliver excellent image quality day and night. In the dark, the built-in infra-red LEDs ensure razor-sharp images up to 30 meters.

The system is equipped with 1TB of storage space which is enough for storing of up to 4 weeks of continuous recording.

Reolink App
Reolink App

Thanks to the accompanying Reolink app for your smartphone or tablet you can remotely monitor your property whenever you want. The system can be set to send notifications and alerts to your phone or tablet when cameras detect suspicious movements.

Another great thing about this security system is it is designed in such a way that you do not have to be a technician to install and use it. Thanks to Plug & Play technology, the system can be set-up and running in a matter of minutes.


  • Wireless Plug and Play Installation
  • Full HD resolution: 1920 x 1080px
  • 24/7 Continuous Recording
  • 1 Tb of storage
  • Night Vision that can reach up to 100 feet
  • IP66 weatherproofed


  • The cameras have to be supplied with power using the included power adapters
  • The antenna range is limited

Zosi Camera
Zosi Camera

ZOSI Wireless Outdoor IP Camera System

The ZOSI Megapixel 720P wireless outdoor IP camera system packs a lot of outstanding features which make it one of the most popular security systems in the world.

The cameras feature an HDMI resolution of 1280 x 720 together with a 1.0 Megapixel 1/4″ Progressive Scan Sensor which further improves the image quality.

The system also packs its very own built-in Wi-Fi high stability and high performance module. The system can connect and switch automatically between IPC and NVR.

The ZOSI wireless security camera system comes with an excellent night vision magnification which works perfectly up to 100 feet.

The built-in 1TB hard drive provides enough storage space for storing several weeks of continuous recording.

In terms of affordability, this security camera system comes at a very reasonable price. As a matter of fact, this system packs some amazing features which you can't find in much more expensive models.


  • Wide field of view
  • Fantastic resolution during night time
  • Easy to install
  • Excellent value
  • IR LEDs
  • Weatherproof


  • Build quality could be better
  • The customer service needs to improve
  • Mobile app is outdated


Arlo Pro 3

The Arlo Pro 3 is a wireless indoor/outdoor camera system that delivers amazing 2K video and is packed with features such as an integrated spotlight and siren, smart motion detection, color night vision, and an ultra-wide field of view.

This is a wireless camera that's IP65 weather resistant, so it can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Its 2K (1440p) resolution is significantly higher than the Pro 2's (1080p). It also has HDR, a super helpful feature for outdoor light

The Pro 3 can capture color night videos when the spotlight feature is enabled. The camera is pre-set to turn on this feature in low light when it senses motion. The good thing is that you can set this feature to be constant, flash or pulsate.

Night Vision
Night Vision

This brilliant camera also has two-way audio so you can speak to whoever you're recording. This feature allows you to speak to anyone standing in front of the camera through the Arlo app on your phone. You can use this feature to tell the delivery guy where to leave your package or to tell your kids to stop playing and come inside for dinner.

The camera comes with a built-in rechargeable battery can last up to six months. Of course, you still can power the camera with the included charging cable.


  • Amazing 2K HDR video
  • Fully Wireless
  • Integrated spotlight
  • Color night vision
  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT
  • Two-way communication


  • Pretty expensive
  • Requires a hub

Nest Cam Outdoor
Nest Cam Outdoor

Google Nest Cam Outdoor

As far as outdoor security cameras go, the Google Nest Cam Outdoor is one of the best we have seen.

The Google Nest Cam Outdoor has everything you could possibly want or need in an outdoor security camera, including HD video quality, two-way audio communication, night vision, familiar face detection, and 24/7 recording.

Picture quality is brilliant, especially in 1080p mode which records at an above-average 30 frames per second.


The camera is equipped with 10 infra-red sensors which ensure you get decent video quality in complete darkness.

A microphone and speaker are built-in for two-way audio communication. The microphone is very good and it can easily pick up subtle sounds. The speaker delivers a clear voice when you talk via your phone.

It is also worth mentioning that the camera has a magnetic base which makes installation really simple. If you have a convenient magnetic surface outside your home, you can install the camera in a matter of seconds, without even using your tool kit.


  • Amazing picture quality (day and night)
  • Rugged and waterproof build
  • 24/7 continuous recording
  • Familiar face detection
  • Installation and setup are simple and quick
  • Two-way audio is clear


  • Power cord may limit location options
  • Functionality is limited without buying Nest Aware
  • Nest Aware subscription service is too expensive
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About Robert Fox

Rob Fox is a former hydro worker, who used to teach self defence in Miami for 10 years. His hobbies include cribbage, golf, locksmithing, and cooking.

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