Best Nanny Cameras

We’ve reviewed some of the top covert and regular indoor cameras to find the best nanny cams to help you keep an eye on kids and caregivers.

Best Nanny Cameras

Product Recommended
Logitech Circle 2 Best overall
PHYLINK PLC-128PW Best mini cam
Littleadd Camera Detector Best covert cam
Canary All-in-One Best for multi-use
iSmartAlarm Spot Best for the money

OVERVIEW

Even if you have the best babysitter in the world, sometimes you want to see for yourself that your kids are okay. Nanny cams make it easy to check in and make sure your kids went to bed on time or haven’t staged a coup against the babysitter and taken control of the kitchen. Our review will help you find the best nanny cam for your home.

Best Nanny Cam Comparison

ModelResolutionField of viewNight visionMotion detectionTwo-way audioLearn more
Logitech Circle 21080p180°YesYesYesView price
PHYLINK Cam720p55° horizontal, 31° verticalNoYesNoView price
Littleadd cam1080p78°NoYesNoView price
Canary All-in-One1080p147°YesYesYesView price
iSmartAlarm Spot720p130°YesYesYesView price
Resolution Field of view Night vision Motion detection Two-way audio Learn more
1080p 180° Yes Yes Yes View price
720p 55° horizontal, 31° vertical No Yes No View price
1080p 78° No Yes No View price
1080p 147° Yes Yes Yes View price
720p 130° Yes Yes Yes View price

Whether you want to hide a nanny camera in plain sight or set up a regular indoor camera in every room, we’ve picked a few top models that can be there when you’re not.

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Tip

Tip

If you have older loved ones, nanny cams can also be useful to keep an eye on them and their caregivers. Just be careful of legal restrictions.

Logitech Circle 2

The Logitech Circle 2 works well as a nanny cam—as long as you want a visible camera.

Tech specs

  • 1080p resolution
  • 180° field of vision
  • 15-foot night vision range
  • 2.4 and 5 GHz compatibility
  • Indoor and outdoor compatibility
  • Wired and wire-free models
  • Two-way audio
  • Motion detection
  • Digital zoom
  • Person detection

What we like

The Circle 2’s versatility

The Logitech Circle 2 is one of our favorite indoor cameras for its versatility. You can put it indoors or outdoors and choose a wired or wire-free version. The Circle 2 has a really wide field of vision at 180° and decent night vision, so you can see entire rooms at once—even in low- or no-light settings.

Full features

Logitech has packed all our favorite indoor camera features into the Circle 2, including person detection and digital zoom. If you’re checking in on your kids through the live feed, you can zoom in to see what toy your son just threw against the wall.

The Circle 2 can also alert you when a person enters a room, so you don’t get notified every time your dog wanders around the living room (unless you want that).

Multiple mount options

We have yet to come across another camera with as many mount options as the Circle 2. You can get a mount that will let you stick the camera to a window, plug it into an electrical outlet, or set it on a bookshelf—among others.

This camera will never be exactly hidden (and we think that’s a good thing), but it gives you enough placement options that you can make it discreet. And if you want a nanny cam with audio, a regular indoor camera is your best bet.

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Heads up

Heads up

We recommend you tell your nanny about in-house cameras whenever possible. (In some states, it’s legally required if you want to record audio.)

What we don’t like

Some wire-free connection issues

There have been some connection issues with the wire-free Circle 2, so we’d recommend sticking with the wired option. Plus, with a wired camera, you never have to remember to charge the batteries.

The Circle 2 also lacks a true pan-and-tilt feature. You can adjust the camera to any viewing angle you like, but the camera can’t move itself to follow people or pets around a room. It has a wide enough viewing angle that this shouldn’t be a problem, but if you know you want a camera with pan and tilt, then this one might not work for you.

No local storage

We like the cloud storage option the Circle 2 comes with, but it’s nice to have a local storage option so you can record more live footage without paying a monthly subscription price.

Logitech gives you one day’s worth of free storage and unlimited video downloads. But if you want more than 24 hours of storage—or prime features like person detection—you’ll need to subscribe to a Circle Safe plan.

Circle Safe plans

PriceCloud storagePerson detectionMotion zonesCustom alerts
Circle Safe Basic$3.99/mo.14 daysYesYesNo
Cost Safe Prmium$9.99/mo. or $99.99/yr.31 daysYesYesYes
Circle Safe Basic
Cost Safe Prmium
Price Cloud storage Person detection Motion zones Custom alerts
$3.99/mo. 14 days Yes Yes No
$9.99/mo. or $99.99/yr. 31 days Yes Yes Yes

PHYLINK PLC-128PW

If you prefer a discreet camera you can hide in your house, the PHYLINK PLC-128PW offers relatively good quality in a small package.

Tech specs

  • 720p resolution
  • 55° horizontal, 31° vertical field of vision
  • 2.4 GHz compatibility
  • Local storage option (up to 128 GB)
  • 20-ft. cable
  • Motion detection
  • Adjustable sensitivity

What we like

The PHYLINK PLC128PW’s small size

The tiny PHYLINK PLC128PW can be used either wirelessly or connected to your internet router. It’s quite small, so if you want a covert nanny cam that won’t be obvious, then this PHYLINK model is a decent option.

PHYLINK PLC128PW dimensions: 5.79″ x 8.62″ x 3.27″

While we almost always recommend you tell your nanny they’re being recorded, the PHYLINK lets you hide an HD camera in a bookshelf, a stuffed animal, or even a potted plant if you want to.

Local storage option

The PHYLINK PLC128PW lets you record up to 128 GB of footage on a microSD card inserted into the camera. It doesn’t come with the card, but microSD cards like this one run around $40. This camera also works as an IP camera, so you can view a live feed from PHYLINK’s mobile or desktop app.

The nanny camera’s mobile app is not super intuitive and doesn’t have many features, but it will send you push notifications when it senses motion so you can get alerts about your kids no matter where you are.

PHYLINK’s desktop app is actually pretty good and particularly useful for viewing the camera’s life feed. Although that’s not super useful for date nights when you’re away from home.

The Arlo Pro 2 also comes with an internal outlet power cable, which requires a more invasive installation (like the Nest Cam Outdoor IQ) but also unlocks more features like advanced motion and sound detection. Keep in mind that because the batteries are rechargeable, you will actually have to recharge them at some point, which means there’s the potential for gaps in your video footage when a battery dies or you’re recharging it.

Local backup storage

Because the Arlo Pro 2 uses a central hub to connect cameras together, you have the option of connecting a USB drive to use as local backup storage. You don’t have to rely on the cloud to keep your footage, although it is available if you want it, and Arlo offers seven days of free motion- and sound-triggered recordings.

What we don’t like

Super basic features

What you get in discretion with the PHYLINK PLC128PW, you sacrifice in features. It’s still an HD camera and it does have motion detection, but that’s about it. This camera doesn’t have night vision, so you can’t look in on your kids after lights out, and the video stream starts to look grainy and pixelated in low-light situations.

This little camera also has a pretty narrow field of vision at 55° horizontal and 31° vertical. You can’t see as much in one view as you can with the Circle 2 or the Canary All-in-One.

No two-way audio

Many (if not most) indoor cameras let you hear your kids and talk to them through the camera if you want to. The PHYLINK does not come with a speaker or microphone, so two-way audio isn’t an option.

That’s actually a good thing for legal purposes if you don’t want to disclose the camera to your nanny or babysitter. But if you really want a camera that lets you talk to your kids without picking up the phone (or calling your nanny first), then this model won’t work for you.

High price

This is a pretty expensive camera for very few top features. For its price, we’d expect to see things like two-way audio and night vision. Instead, what you’re paying for is the camera’s size.

Littleadd Hidden Camera Detector

The Littleadd Hidden Camera Detector hides an HD cam in plain sight—but with no Wi-Fi option.

Tech specs

  • 1080p resolution
  • 78° field of vision
  • Local storage only (up to 32 GB)
  • MicroSD card included
  • Motion detection

What we like

Hidden in plain sight

The Littleadd Hidden Camera looks like a smoke detector, which means you can put it pretty much anywhere and no one will suspect a thing. If what you want is a completely covert camera that can keep an eye on your nanny and kids without their knowledge, then this is the one for you.

Continuous recording

This is a pretty basic little camera, but it will give you continuous video recording to a 32 GB microSD card. (That’s about eight hours of video.)

Its 78° field of vision is relatively narrow, but the design does give you way more placement options than a hidden camera like the PHYLINK. You can stick this camera right on the wall, and it still won’t look suspicious.

What we don’t like

No cloud recording

Littleadd doesn’t offer a mobile or desktop app, and this camera can’t connect to Wi-Fi, so there’s no livestream option. You can’t use your phone to check on your kids or see what the nanny’s up to. You’ll have to wait until you get home and physically download the footage from the camera.

This is bad news if you’re worried about your nanny and you want to protect your kids in the moment should anything bad happen.

On the upside, you don’t have to pay any cloud storage fees or subscribe to any monthly plans.

Canary All-in-One

The Canary All-in-One gives you a reliable indoor camera as well as key environmental alerts, such as temperature and air quality.

Tech specs

  • 1080p resolution
  • 147° field of vision
  • 25-foot night vision range
  • 2.4 GHz compatibility
  • 90-decibel siren
  • Climate monitor (temperature, humidity, air quality)
  • Two-way audio
  • Person detection*

*Reported to be coming soon

What we like

Multiple monitoring features

The Canary All-in-One gives you more than just a camera—it lets you check the temperature, air quality, and humidity of your house from your smartphone. The Canary will let you know if the nanny forgets to turn on the A/C or if it detects substances like carbon monoxide in the air.

Stylish exterior

If you’re into discreet cameras, the Canary All-in-One stays visible without calling too much attention to itself. You can set the Canary on a bookshelf, and you’ll probably hardly notice it—and neither will your nanny.

This isn’t exactly a hidden camera, but its non-camera appearance can make your nanny feel more comfortable around it and less like you’re always watching.

What we don’t like

No local storage

Just like with the Circle 2, the Canary All-in-One only records to the cloud. That means you have to subscribe to a monthly storage plan if you want more than 12 hours of stored footage.

Canary service plan

Plan namePriceCloud storage
Membership$9.99/mo. or $99/yr.30 days

Canary’s Membership price is about the same as Logitech’s Circle Safe Premium plan. But Logitech also lets you choose a cheaper plan with less storage if you want a lower monthly price.

No two-way audio without Membership

Every other indoor camera we’ve seen offers two-way audio as a free standard feature. If it can support two-way audio, you can use it without paying for a monthly plan.

Canary, on the other hand, requires you to subscribe to its Membership plan before you can use the All-in-One’s two-way audio feature. We think that’s pretty weird, and we’re not sure why Canary broke the mold on this one.

On the flip side, Canary says its person detection feature will be free to every user once it’s released. Most other providers charge extra for that one, so if person detection is more important to you than two-way audio, Canary might be the better option.

iSmartAlarm Spot

The iSmartAlarm Spot is a small, affordable indoor camera with impressive features for such a low price point.

Tech specs

  • 720p resolution
  • 130° 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
  • 4x zoom
  • Magnetic base

What we like

Low price with decent features

iSmartAlarm’s Spot camera gives you a nice little indoor camera for a really good price. This cam comes with top features we expect from pricier models, like night vision and zoom. The Spot even has “smart sound recognition” so the camera can tell when there’s an important sound, like a smoke alarm, and alert you about it.

The Spot also has a few extra useful features like adjustable legs and a magnetic base, which makes it easier to put the camera in a variety of places, like on your fridge.

Local storage option

You can view a livestream and record to the cloud with the Spot, but it also gives you a local storage option. The microSD card doesn’t come included, but a 32 GB card like this one usually costs around $15.

What we don’t like

Glitchy user experience

The Spot might give you a lot of high-end features for a low price, but you’ll pay for it in other ways. We’ve found this camera to be less reliable than the Circle 2 or other models. Sometimes the live feed will pull up right away, and sometimes it won’t.

The app and software used to communicate with the camera are not as smooth as more expensive models. So while the actual camera’s features work well, it’s harder to control them from your phone when the app decides to be buggy.

Best nanny cam recap

  • Nanny cams are useful for keeping an eye on kids, babysitters, and older loved ones and their caregivers.
  • The Circle 2 is an all-around solid indoor camera that will work well as a nanny cam—especially considering it has multiple mount options.
  • The PHYLINK PLC-128PW lets you hide an HD camera and still access a live feed on your smartphone. Just remember you’ll sacrifice some top features in the process.
  • The Littleadd Hidden Camera gives you the most discreet camera option—but you’ll have to wait to download the footage before you can see what happened while you were away.
  • The Canary All-in-One gives you both a camera and some environmental sensors—but you’ll pay extra for two-way audio.
  • The iSmartAlarm Spot is an affordable camera with several features we expect from more expensive models. But the app and overall user experience can be glitchy.

What you should know before you buy a nanny cam

Before you hide a camera in your living room and decide not to tell your nanny about it, there are some legal implications to consider. All 50 US states allow you to put a secret camera in public areas of your house (like the living room or the downstairs playroom), but you can usually record video only.

If you want to record audio, you must tell your nanny about the camera and get their consent to record. If you don’t, any evidence you collect will be no good to you in court, and you might get in trouble with the law yourself (depending on your state).

Also keep in mind that you cannot put cameras in private places without your nanny’s consent. That means you can’t put a secret camera in the bathroom. And if you have a live-in nanny, you can’t hide a camera in their bedroom—even if it’s technically in your house.

Research your state’s laws before you make any major decisions about hidden cameras.

We recommend you disclose nanny cams

Tell your nanny about the camera, whether you want to record audio or not. If you don’t tell them and your nanny discovers the camera on their own, you could lose a valuable caregiver because they think you don’t trust them, or because they just feel uncomfortable being watched.

If you tell your nanny up front, preferably when you hire them, you can find a nanny who’s fine with being surveilled. That way you avoid all the sticky legal situations you can find yourself in otherwise.

Telling your nanny about the camera can help prevent problems from happening in the first place.

Plus, telling your nanny about the camera can help prevent problems from happening in the first place. The nanny will presumably be less likely to shake your baby for crying if they know you might be watching.

What do you think about using a nanny cam in your house? If you’ve used one before or are thinking about getting one to keep an eye on the babysitter, let us know what you think in the comments!

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