A smart home consists of all sorts of exciting gadgets from app-controlled lighting and heating to robotic vacuum cleaners. Smart home cameras will not only keep an eye on your house while you aren't home, but you can use your smartphone to check in on things, as well as get notifications when something isn't quite how it should be.
Whether you are after a nice and simple model to watch the cats while you are at work, or you want something a little more substantial, such as one with a siren or one that can sing a lullaby, here are the best indoor smart cameras available. We also have a separate feature for the best outdoor smart home cameras.
Nest Cam IQ
- Measurements: 124 x 74mm, 357g
- Features: Night vision, 12x digital zoom and enhance, close up tracking, two-way talk, person alerts, familiar faces recognition with subscription, compatible with Google Assistant
- Camera: 4K 8MP sensor, 1080p video recording, HDR, 130-degree wide angle
- Power: Plugged in
- Recording access: 3 hours (without subscription)
- Subscription cost: £4/month or £40/year for five days history, £8/month or £80/year for 10 days history or £24/month or £240/year for 30 days history
The Nest Cam IQ is the smarter of the two indoor cameras offered by Nest, with the other cheaper model being the Nest Cam Indoor. Featuring a similar design to the Nest Cam Outdoor with a white polycarbonate body, the Nest Cam IQ has a main body on a hinge that connects it to a stem hiding the cables and a base with a USB Type-C connector.
It is one of the more expensive cameras on this list but thanks to its 4K HDR sensor, it will offer a close up tracking view of a person or persons and it is able to distinguish between a person and a thing.
Users will also be able to have a two-way conversation through the camera, night vision has been improved over the Nest Cam Indoor and those who sign up to the Nest Aware subscription will also benefit from facial recognition features. For a cheaper option, Nest still offers its Nest Cam Indoor for around £160.
- Measurements: 145mm x 88mm, 543g
- Features: Night vision, two-way talk, compatibility with other Hive products, zoom, person detection
- Camera: 1080p video recording, 130-degree wide angle
- Power: Plugged in
- Recording access: 24-hours rolling camera history, live stream and access to recordings with no subscription
- Subscription cost: 30-day camera history for £4.99 a month
British Gas-owned Hive offers two smart home camera options, including the latest model - the Hive View. It offers 24-hours rolling camera history on the cloud, and it comes in two colour options comprising a black and brushed copper model and a champagne gold and white model.
Although it doesn't offer as many of the fancy features of some of the others on this list, such as facial recognition, it does have two-way audio, as well as zooming and it offers person detection too, along with sound and motion.
One of the best things about the Hive camera is that it joins the company's other smart home products, which includes lighting, motion detectors and smart plugs, making creating a smart home far simpler.
- Measurements: 155 x 45mm, 399g
- Features: Night vision, person alerts, facial recognition for up to 16 faces, customisable privacy settings
- Camera: 4MP sensor, 1080p video recording, 130-degree wide angle
- Power: Plugged in
- Recording access: MicroSD storage up to 32GB (8GB card included for up to 100 videos), no cloud recording
- Subscription cost: No subscription
The Netatmo Welcome camera features facial recognition technology and it is one of the only smart home cameras to do so, aside from the Nest Cam IQ, though that requires a subscription for the privilege. Welcome will capture images of people and allow you to create profiles, after which the camera will send the names of the people it recognises, whilst also notifying you when it detects an unknown face.
It's possible to customise profiles so if you don't want it to record your partner at any time for example, you can set it to make sure it doesn't and you can stop notifications coming through when you are at home too.
Unlike some smart home cameras, Welcome doesn't offer a speaker for two-way talk, or a siren, night-light or music capabilities, but there are no subscription charges so the price you pay for the camera is all you pay to access your videos. The included 8GB SD card will store up to 100 videos and once storage runs out, the oldest videos will be replaced.
- Measurements: 72 x 44 x 66mm, 123g (camera), 55 x 215 x 165 mm, 320g (base station)
- Features: Night vision, IFTTT and Alexa compatibility, custom modes, smart scheduling, weatherproof
- Camera: 720p video recording, 110-degree wide angle
- Power: Wire-free, battery-powered
- Recording access: Seven days viewing for up to five cameras (without subscription)
- Subscription cost: Premier £6.49/month or £64/year for 30 days of cloud recordings for up to 10 cameras or Elite £9.99/month or £99/year for up to 60 days cloud recordings and up to 15 cameras
Netgear offers numerous smart home camera options, including its standard Arlo, which it claims is the first 100 per cent wire-free camera that is also weatherproof. There is also the Arlo Pro, Arlo Pro 2 and Arlo Go in the wireless range.
The Arlo offers night vision and motion alerts like the rest of the cameras on this list, but its camera resolution is a little lower than others with 720p video recording instead of 1080p. It also has a slightly narrower field of vision than others.
One of the great things about the Arlo though is it provides seven days of viewing, downloading and sharing without a subscription. Most other smart home cameras, aside from the Netatmo Welcome require a monthly subscription to access video recordings over 24-hours old, whereas with Arlo it's only a requirement for videos over seven days old.
Logitech Circle 2
- Measurements: 86 x 71 x 67mm, 207g (wired), 97 x 82 x 95mm, 340g (wire-free)
- Features: Auto night vision up to 5-metres, two-way talk, 8x digital zoom, adjustable pan and tilt, weatherproofing, person detection with subscription, Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit compatibility
- Camera: 1080p video recording, 180-degree wide angle
- Power: Choice of plugged in or battery operated models
- Recording access: 24 hours unlimited streaming and downloads (without subscription)
- Subscription cost: Basic £2.99/month for 14 days and one camera, or Premium £7.99/month or £79.99/year for 31 days and one camera. Basic is £5.99/month for up to five cameras and Premium is £13.99/month for up to five cameras.
The Logitech Circle 2 replaces the Circle smart home camera, bringing the choice of wired or wire-free, weatherproofing and a wider field of view over its predecessor.
It is compatible with Amazon's Alexa and there are a range of mounts and accessories available for it, allowing you to mount it where you want. The Circle 2 has a 180-degree field of view, it records video in 1080p and it offers night vision up to five-metres.
Additionally, the Circle 2 has a two-way talk and listen function and for those that opt for the Circle Safe Premium subscription, you'll have access to person detection, motion zones and advanced event and alert filter options.
- Measurements: 152.4 x 76.2mm, 396g
- Features: Night vision, air quality monitoring, 90-decibel siren, person detection, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatible
- Camera: 1080p video recording, 147-degree wide angle
- Power: Plugged in
- Recording access: 24 hours with unlimited downloads and social sharing (without subscription)
- Subscription cost: £7.99/month or £79/year for 30 days history
The Canary all-in-one security camera can be set up in a matter of minutes and it will learn over time to deliver you smarter notifications. It is capable of Full HD video recording, HD audio recording and you will get instant alerts when activity is detected, along with the ability to view the recorded video. It also offers person detection without subscription, and two-way talk and desktop streaming with a subscription.
There is a 90-decibel siren on board to scare off any unwanted visitors, which can be controlled remotely, and Canary also monitors air quality, temperature and humidity to give you a better idea of your home.
For those after a weatherproof option, Canary also offers the Canary Flex, which can be installed wire-free or plugged in, inside or outside of your home. It's a smaller device than the standard Canary and it doesn't have a siren, but it does have a built-in speaker. Bear in mind that the 24 hours of free recording access is shared between all the Canary devices you have.
- Measurements: 110 x 90 x 90mm, 260g
- Features: Night vision, two-way talk, motorised privacy shutter, siren and alarm system, compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT and Works with Nest
- Camera: 1080p 30fps video capture, 130-degree wide angle, 8x digital zoom
- Power: Plugged in
- Recording access: Live stream (without subscription)
- Subscription cost: £3.99 a month for 24-hour playback
The Somfy One offers some impressive features including a capable camera that works well in all lighting conditions, a physical privacy shutter and motion-based siren alarm system.
Its free plan isn't quite as good as others - it will only notify and capture footage when the alarm is set, but the subscription costs are cheaper than some others too. There is also a Somfy One+ that comes with a badge key fob and a door or window sensor, as well as a built in battery pack.
Withings Nokia Home
- Measurements: 87 x 75mm, 226g
- Features: Night vision, 12x zoom, two-way talk, LED light and music, air quality monitoring
- Camera: 5MP sensor, 1080p video recording, 135-degree wide angle
- Power: Plugged in
- Recording access: 48-hours timelapse (subscription-free)
- Subscription cost: €7.95/month for 7 days history or €19.95/month for 30 days
Withings, which was sold to Nokia and then bought back, offers the Home camera. The camera records what is happening in your house, monitors air quality and it will also play a lullaby when the night light is turned on.
The bottom of the stylish-looking camera doubles up as the night light, while the top features environmental sensors to measure temperature, humidity and levels of volatile organic compound (VOC). There is a 5-megapixel CMOS sensor, two digital microphones, a HQ speaker, 135-degree wide angle zoom and night vision on the Home camera.
Any note-worthy thing that happens will be recorded to a cloud-stored video and sent to your smartphone in notification form, while any of the images and videos will then be put into an interactive timeline that turns into a home diary. You get 48-hours free access to your timeline, while anything beyond that requires a subscription.
- Measurements: 80 x 60 x 40mm, 150g
- Features: Night vision up to 10-metres, two-way talk, IFTTT compatibility, IP64 rated, smart detection technology
- Camera: 2.43MP sensor, 1080p video recording (Wi-Fi), 720p video recording (3G or 4G) 138-degree wide angle
- Power: Plugged in
- Recording access: SD card support up to 128GB (not included), live stream with no subscription
- Subscription cost: Basic €5.99/month for 30 days cloud history or Premium €12.99/month for 30-days cloud history plus Vodafone SIM and mobile data included
Panasonic's Nubo is capable of using 4G connectivity as well as Wi-Fi to allow you to find out what is happening in your home when you aren't there. Using 4G means it can be taken with you on a boat or a caravan for example, so it isn't restricted to your home.
On-board resolution is 1080p when on Wi-Fi, while 720p is used for transmittal via 4G or 3G. If connectivity lulls to 2G then no video data is transferred, only relevant alerts.
Nubo can detect movement and audio during the day or night and it has detection algorithms on board that can identify distinct shapes so it should be able to tell the difference between a human and a cat for example.