Best Indoor Security Cameras

We looked at some of the most popular indoor security cameras to find the best features at the lowest cost.

Indoor security cameras are becoming more and more popular, which also means you have more options than ever before. Is that high-end camera really worth it, or can you get by with the budget model? Do you need facial recognition when you just want to keep an eye on your mischievous basset hound?

We looked through the most popular indoor security cameras on the market to find the best models with the coolest features, as well as a budget-friendly camera that will still get the job done.

Best indoor security cameras, feature comparison
ModelResolutionField of visionNight visionLearn more
Logitech Circle 21080p180°15 ft.View on Amazon
Nest Cam IQ1080p130°20 ft.View at Walmart.com
Arlo Q1080p130°25 ft.View on Amazon
Wyze Cam v21080p110°30 ft.View on Amazon
Canary Pro1080p147°29.6 ft.View on Amazon

Data effective 11/13/2019. Offers subject to change.

Logitech Circle 2: Most versatile

Logitech offers an incredibly versatile camera that you can put anywhere; and it’s packed with high-end features.

Logitech Circle 2 home security camera

Features

  • 1080p resolution
  • 180° field of vision
  • 15-foot night vision range
  • 2.4 and 5 GHz compatibility
  • Wired and wire-free models
  • HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant integrations
  • Two-way audio
  • Motion detection
  • Digital zoom
  • Person detection

What we like

Versatility and image quality

When it comes to the Logitech Circle 2, versatility is the name of the game. Logitech has packed a huge array of features into one small camera. We put it on our indoor cameras list because it’s one of the best indoor cameras we’ve seen, but if you wanted to use it outdoors, you could do that too.

Put the Circle 2 anywhere you want

Logitech offers several different mount options so you can put the Circle 2 basically anywhere you want. Want to stand it up on a bookshelf? Sure. Feel like sticking it on a wall? Done. How about mounting on a window? No problem.

You can choose a model that plugs into the wall or a wire-free model that runs off a battery. Keep in mind the wire-free model is a bit more expensive and you will have to take it down to charge—or buy an extra battery.

We do wish Logitech would just sell one wire-free camera with a power cord option. (Canary did it, so we know you can too, Logitech.)

See whole rooms with one camera

The Circle 2 has the widest field of vision of any camera on our list. With a 180° view, you can monitor an entire room with a single camera. Just remember, if you put this camera in a smaller space, the image will have a fisheye effect. So it may not be the best choice for small bedrooms or your kid’s tiny nursery.

What we don’t like

Monthly plan pricing

The Circle 2 is an impressive camera, but if you want all the premium features, you’ll have to subscribe to a monthly plan.

Many security camera providers require monthly plans for storage and certain features, and Logitech’s Circle Safe plans are not the most expensive we’ve seen. But we still don’t love paying extra every month for features like person detection and motion zones.

Logitech Circle Safe plans and pricing
Plan namePriceCloud storageCustom alertsDetails
Circle Safe BasicStarting at $3.99/mo.14 daysNoView on Amazon
Circle Safe PremiumStarting at $9.99/mo.31 daysYesView on Amazon

Data effective 11/13/2019. Offers subject to change.

If you don’t want to pay for a monthly service plan, you still get basic support with Logitech’s Circle Free plan. It comes with every camera, and you don’t have to pay anything extra each month.

What Circle Free includes:

  • 1 day of cloud storage
  • Unlimited livestreaming
  • Unlimited video downloads
  • Smart events
  • Smart alerts
  • Time lapse

The Circle 2 doesn’t offer a local storage option, but since the Circle Free plan allows unlimited downloads, you could just download your videos every day and store them on your computer or a separate device.

Unlimited downloads also means you can share clips with friends, family, or—if you ever need to—the police.

Nest Cam IQ Indoor: Best AI features

Nest makes a well-designed camera with impressive facial recognition. But you’ll pay extra for premium features.

nest cam iq indoor

Features

  • 1080p resolution
  • 130° field of vision
  • 20-foot night vision range
  • 2.4 and 5 GHz compatibility
  • Familiar face recognition
  • Automatic zoom (a.k.a. Supersight)
  • 12x zoom
  • Two-way audio

What we like

Innovative technology and design

The Nest Cam IQ Indoor is the most expensive camera on our list, and it looks it. This little camera feels pretty hefty, and it will look good basically anywhere you put it. All of Nest’s products focus on beautiful design, and the Nest Cam IQ is no different.

Access high-tech features

The Nest Cam IQ Indoor comes packed full of premium features—most notably, familiar face alerts. Not only can the Nest Cam IQ recognize when something is a person, but it can also get to know faces and recognize the ones that belong to friends and family members—as opposed to intruders coming to steal your TV.

When the Nest Cam IQ Indoor does recognize a person, it uses automatic zoom (which Nest calls Supersight) to zero in on the person’s face. So when you get the video clip, you can see exactly who’s in your living room.

We were also impressed by Nest’s overall function. The app was intuitive and easy to use, and there was almost no lag between the live feed and what was actually happening in the room where the camera was.

Add to your existing Nest system

If you already have a Nest learning thermostat or a Nest Secure alarm system, then the Nest Cam IQ is just one more piece of the Nest puzzle.

Nest has spent the last few years building an entire system of smart home products. Its learning thermostat is one of our favorite smart devices, and its alarm system is innovative and easy to use. Nest even has a video doorbell available—the Nest Hello.

If you like controlling everything from a single app and having everything in your homework together, Nest is a great option for many smart home pieces, including cameras like the Nest Cam IQ Indoor.

What we don’t like

The price

Most Nest things are expensive, and the IQ Indoor camera is no exception. At $299, it’s the most expensive camera on our list. And not only is the camera itself expensive, but you’ll also pay an extra fee per month if you want to access all of Nest’s best features.

Remember the cool familiar face recognition we talked about? Yeah, you need Nest’s service plan, Nest Aware, in order to use that. You also need a Nest Aware subscription if you want to set custom activity zones so the camera will send you special alerts.

Nest Aware plans
Plan namePriceCloud storagePerson detectionDetails
5-day$5/mo. OR $50/yr.5 daysYesView at Walmart.com
10-day$10/mo. OR $100/yr.10 daysYesView at Walmart.com
30-day$30/mo. OR $300/yr. 30 daysYesView at Walmart.com

Data effective 11/13/2019. Offers subject to change.

Nest Aware starts at only $5 per month, which isn’t a huge cost to get access to those sweet AI features. But if you don’t use other Nest products, like the thermostat or the smoke and CO detector, then it might seem like too much to support just one camera.

Arlo Q: Best alerts

Arlo offers an array of customization options for the Arlo Q, but the app does not make it easy to set up your preferences.

Features

  • 1080p resolution
  • 130° field of vision
  • 25-foot night vision range
  • 2.5 and 5 GHz compatibility
  • Geofencing
  • Custom modes
  • IFTTT capability
  • Two-way audio
  • Magnetic base

What we like

Custom modes and alerts

The Arlo Q is the security nerd’s friend. The camera lets you set custom modes and schedules so the camera behaves exactly how you want it to, when you want it to.

Four modes are available automatically as soon as you set up the camera:

  1. Armed
  2. Disarmed
  3. Schedule
  4. Geofencing

Armed is exactly what it sounds like: the camera is on and watching, ready to send you alerts if it detects motion or sound.

Disarmed is another obvious one: the camera is essentially off. It’s not recording and won’t send you any alerts.

Schedule lets you tell your Arlo Q to turn on or off at specific times each week. If you leave for work every morning at 7:30, you can have the camera arm itself every weekday at 7:35 a.m.

Geofencing lets you set the camera depending on the location of your smartphone. If your phone leaves the house (presumably with you), the camera will arm itself. When you come home, it will disarm.

If none of those modes have quite what you’re looking for, Arlo lets you make your own using rules. Rules let you determine what triggers the camera, what types of alerts it sends you, and what the camera does in response to a trigger. For example, you can set the Arlo Q to take a snapshot anytime it detects motion.

Overall, the Arlo Q’s rules option is pretty cool and definitely useful.

Get seven days of cloud storage for free

The Arlo Q doesn’t offer local storage, but it does offer seven days’ worth of cloud storage (or 1 GB worth of videos, whichever comes first) for free. Most of the cameras on our list require a monthly service plan for more storage than a day or two, so seven days is pretty good.

If you do want more storage than that, Arlo’s monthly service plans are roughly on par with its competitors’ plans, and quite generous with their cloud storage.

Arlo Smart plans and pricing
Plan namePrice# of camerasCloud storageDetails
Arlo Smart$2.99/mo.130 daysView on Amazon
Arlo Smart Premier$9.99/mo.Up to 1030 daysView on Amazon
Arlo Smart Elite$14.99/mo.Up to 2060 daysView on Amazon

Data effective 11/13/2019. Offers subject to change.

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The Arlo Q Plus does have a local storage option, you’ll just pay a bit more for it.

What we don’t like

Lightweight body and lag time

The Arlo Q has crisp HD video quality and excellent night vision. We could see an entire room clearly with the Arlo Q, while the Nest Cam IQ Indoor left that same room mostly dark beyond a few feet.

That said, it’s a lightweight camera, which can be both good and bad. Personally, we prefer a camera that doesn’t feel like it’ll blow over in a brisk breeze. The camera’s cord also got in the way a bit because when we snapped it into its holder on the back of the camera base, the base couldn’t sit flat.

You can still connect the cord without snapping it into the base. But it’s a bit of an oversight in the base’s design.

We also noticed some serious lag time between the live feed on the app and what was actually happening in the room the camera was in. It took about five seconds for the live feed to catch up with the action. In comparison, the Nest Cam IQ Indoor did just fine using the same Wi-Fi network in the same test room.

We still like the Arlo Q overall, but the design could use a little beefing up.

Wyze Cam v2: Best value

For a cheap camera, the Wyze Cam v2 comes with some top features, plus you can use local storage.

Wise cam v 2

Features

  • 1080p resolution
  • 110° field of vision
  • 30-foot night vision range
  • 2.4 GHz compatibility
  • Smart sound recognition
  • Local storage option (up to 32 GB)
  • Two-way audio
  • 8x digital zoom
  • Magnetic base

What we like

The price (especially for the tech)

First things first: the Wyze Cam v2 is cheap. Really cheap. At only $19.99, the Wyze Cam v2 still gives you some remarkably good features. With 1080p resolution, the Wyze Cam v2 gives you an HD feed, and you even get 8x digital zoom and two-way audio.

Get sound-specific alerts

The Wyze Cam v2 comes with a unique feature: smart sound recognition. The camera can differentiate between specific sounds such a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector. You don’t just get a generic “sound detected” push notification—you get a notification that tells you exactly what’s going on so you can take action.

This camera also includes thoughtful extras, like a magnetic base that makes mounting on any metal surface easy, and adjustable leg stands so you can put it wherever you want.

The Wyze Cam v2 might look like a Happy Meal toy, but it’s a pretty high-tech little cube.

Store footage locally

One of the Wyze Cam v2’s best features is it allows you to store footage locally. That means you don’t have to subscribe to a monthly cloud storage plan to be able to review your video footage later. You just pop a microSD card into the camera, and voilà, you’re good to go.

The Wyze Cam. v2 does not come with a microSD card included, which is not ideal. But a 32 GB card like this one on Amazon usually costs less than $15. (That’s about eight hours of video storage.)

That’s not to say you can’t store footage in the cloud. The Wyze Cam v2 includes 14 days’ worth of cloud storage for free.

What we don’t like

You get what you pay for

The Wyze Cam v2 is great for what it is, but what it is is still a very inexpensive camera. The camera’s plastic body feels a little cheap and fragile.

That said, if you just want an inexpensive little camera to keep an eye on your living room and let you talk to your dog once in a while, the Wyze Cam v2 will get the job done.

Canary Pro: Best combo model

Canary lets you combine some environmental security features with a decent indoor camera.

Features

  • 1080p resolution
  • 147° field of vision
  • Night vision
  • 2.4 GHz compatibility
  • 90-decibel siren
  • Climate monitor (temperature, humidity, air quality)
  • Two-way audio
  • Google assistant integration
  • Motion detection
  • Person detection

What we like

The multi-feature package

The Canary Pro touts itself as a home security system plus indoor camera all in one convenient little package. While we wouldn’t say it replaces a standard security system, we do think it’s a useful addition to your home—especially if you want some basic security features without arming all your doors and windows.

The Canary Pro comes with an indoor camera (obviously) paired with climate-monitoring sensors and a 90-decibel siren. This camera can not only keep an eye on your kitchen, but it can also tell you if there’s carbon monoxide or ethanol in your air and keep track of your home’s temperature.

Keep watch with the camera, take action with the alerts

The Canary Pro has a relatively wide field of vision at 145° (although the Logitech Circle 2 still wins the day on that feature). You also get a pretty good range for night vision, and the camera can tell people from animals and objects.

The best part about Canary’s person detection feature is it’s included with the camera for free. Both Nest and Logitech require a monthly service plan before you get person detection.

Canary also lets you set off a siren and call emergency services with one tap if you ever do see an intruder break into your house. At 90 decibels, the Canary’s siren isn’t the loudest we’ve seen, but if you live in an apartment, your neighbors will hear it—and it should be enough to scare off your average thief.

What we don’t like

You need a subscription plan

Canary requires you to subscribe to a monthly service plan before you can use two-way audio in the Canary Pro. That’s weird to us—most companies don’t require subscriptions for that feature. Canary doesn’t give you desktop streaming or the Safety button emergency feature without a plan either.

The Canary Pro also doesn’t offer local storage. You do get one day’s worth of free cloud storage, but that’s obviously not much.

Canary subscription plans and pricing
Plan namePrice# of devicesCloud storageDetails
1-year Premium Service$8.25/mo.Up to 530 daysView on Amazon
2-years Premium Service$7.42/mo.Up to 530 daysView on Amazon

Features you get only with Canary Membership:

  • Two-way audio
  • Safety button (emergency calls)
  • Unlimited video downloads
  • Desktop livestream
  • Custom modes

The Canary Premium Service plan also extends your device warranty from one year to two.

We think it’s a bit weird that Canary offers something like person detection (which most companies charge extra for) for free, while some basic features like two-way audio (that other companies don’t charge for) cost extra.

That said, it’s still a pretty cool multi-functional system with a high-quality camera. And if you’d like to easily add environmental detectors to your house, Canary gives you an easy way to do so.

Recap

Logitech Circle 2 home security camera
  • The Logitech Circle 2 easily wins our Most Versatile designation for its full array of high-tech features, reasonable price, and excellent user experience.
  • We love the Nest Cam IQ Indoor’s innovative technology and features, but the price is pretty high for what you get—and you need a monthly service plan to access all the best features.
  • The Arlo Q is a good little camera with nice custom settings to fit your schedule—but its design feels a little subpar.
  • The Wyze Cam v2 is an impressively high-tech camera for such a low price point. But keep in mind, you get what you pay for.
  • The Canary Pro gives you environmental security features alongside a decent HD camera. But which features cost extra and which ones come standard seems a bit random.

If you’re looking for more specific features, check out our best motion detection camera picks, nanny cams, and our outdoor cameras review.