(Pocket-lint) - Installing an indoor smart camera represents an excellent security step for your smart home, since it provides a perfect view of the inside of your house whenever you need it.
Almost all smart cameras - including top picks from Ring, Arlo and Nest - will let you use your smartphone to check in on things through the companion app, as well as provide alerts when movement is spotted in certain zones.
However, there are plenty of additional considerations for those who want an indoor camera to suits their needs.
Night vision capabilities, subscription fees, two-way audio and compatibility with Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri are all key things to keep in mind as you make your way through the list below.
You'll also have to decide what kind of indoor camera you want to pay for. Generally, more expensive picks will work both indoors and outside and offer better features, while the market is now full of budget-friendly, indoor-only devices that simply offer the basics.
With our help, you should be able to find the right indoor camera to fit your home and budget. And for those who need something that can withstand the conditions of the great outdoors, we have a separate guide for the best outdoor smart security cameras.
Ring Stick Up Cam Battery
Ring may be best known for its doorbells, but the Stick Up Cam Battery is no slouch - in fact, we'd rank it as one of the very best cameras your can place within your home.
The reason we recommend this over the standard Ring Indoor Cam is simple - versatility. You get the choice to place this inside or out, with features like night vision, two-way audio and compatibility with Alexa and Echo Show devices all working very smoothly.
In order to get the most out of it, though, you will need to sign up for the Ring Protect plan. This allows you to view video history, not just the live feed.
Nest Cam IQ Indoor
The Nest Cam IQ is the smarter of the two indoor cameras offered by Nest, with the other cheaper model being the more basic Nest Cam Indoor.
Featuring a very similar design to its outdoor sibling, thanks to that 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 it also offers some premium features. Users get a close-up tracking view, with the 4K HDR sensor able to distinguish between a person and a thing. It even has Google Assistant built-in.
Users will also be able to have a two-way conversation through the camera, while night vision has been improved over the Nest Cam Indoor.
Those who sign up to the Nest Aware subscription will also benefit from facial recognition features and customisable activity zones.
Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera
Netgear's Arlo offers a long list of smart home camera options, but the Essential Spotlight Camera is probably the best pick for those who want a single indoor camera with the option for outdoor use.
It's battery-powered and doesn't require a hub to connect, while also offering night vision, motion alerts and 1080p resolution from the 180-degree lens.
One thing to remember for those considering the Essential Spotlight is the subscription, with Arlo's single-camera Smart Premier plan providing 30-day cloud storage, rich notifications and more.
Logitech Circle View
The successor to the Circle 2 is another top security camera built specifically for Apple HomeKit users, offering 1080p video, a 180-degree field of view and two-way audio.
Like others on this list, it also has ample weatherproofing, meaning it can also be used outside, but its HomeKit support is what makes it stand out.
Within the HomeKit app, it'll appear as a camera and motion sensor, with the latter able to trigger routines.
Users can also record video that is uploaded to Apple's servers, part of HomeKit Secure Video, and, within the app, you can also set up routines with the View acting as a motion sensor.
Eufy Indoor Pan & Tilt
If you want an excellent, budget-friendly camera that's able to integrate with Alexa, HomeKit or Google Assistant, Eufy's Indoor Pan & Tilt is certainly one to consider.
There's excellent 2K video, great night vision performance, person/pet detection and full, 360-degree coverage, thanks to the design. With HomeKit Secure Video and local storage options, too, there are also no added fees attached.
Our one gripe is the fact it only works on the 2.4GHz Wi-Fi band, which can sometimes cause issues, but, aside from this, it's a top-notch indoor camera.
The Blink Mini is one of many indoor cameras redefining the expectations of entry-level options, providing users with all the basics in a neat package.
It's an ideal pick for those who just want something that can keep an eye on their home throughout the day, with solid night-vision footage and seamless integrations with fellow Amazon-owned products also present.
Just bear in mind that you will need a subscription in order to view recorded clips, though, as we've said already, that's fairly typical of any camera you choose nowadays.
TP-Link Kasa Spot KC105
Kasa's KC105 strips things right back to the basics, providing users with a 1080p video, night vision and integration with Google Assistant or Alexa.
Users can also set activity zones, as well as access the microSD card slot for local storage or the two days of free cloud storage.
However, this is really more of a consideration for those who just want an inexpensive option to place around their home, rather than some of the more versatile and feature-filled devices on this list.
Ring Indoor Cam
Although this isn't as versatile as the Ring Stick Up Cam range, it's absolutely fine if you just want an internal camera that can sit on a shelf and be mains powered.
It's well-priced, too, so you can quickly assemble an inexpensive system if you're already invested in Ring devices.
With 1080p Full HD video, live view and night vision too, it's got a decent 140 degree field of view and takes only a few minutes to install. Like other RIng products, you need to have a Ring Protect subscription to store video.
Swann Wire-Free Security Camera
Swann provides another alternative for those who want a versatile camera, since it boasts IP65 waterproofing and a magnetic mounting kit.
In terms of features, users get two-way audio, 1080p capture through the 180-degree field of view and support for Alexa and Google Assistant.
There is also free local (two days) and cloud storage (up to seven days), with the option to upgrade this by subscribing.
Yi Smart Security Camera
We've detailed plenty of budget picks throughout this list, but those who really want to take things to budget levels can consider Yi's indoor smart camera.
All the basics you would expect are here: 1080p shooting quality, motions alerts, two-way audio, night vision and compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Continuous recording is also available through the local storage/SD card option, though, naturally, you'll have to pay a subscription fee to view and keep clips in the cloud.
Wansview Home Security Camera
There are plenty of pan-and-tilt options on the market to explore, but Wansview gives potential buyers a slightly cheaper alternative.
In reality, too, you get plenty of the same features as rival devices - 1080p resolution, two-way audio, motion alerts and night vision. And the big benefit of this design, of course, is the improved field of view.
With the Wansview indoor camera, the 105-degree wide-angle lens combines with the 320-degree horizontal movement and 80-degree vertical rotation to cover the entirety of your space.