Best wireless security camera: our choice of camera options for the home

The best wireless security cameras for added peace of mind and better safety at home, from brands including Ring, Ezviz, Blink and more

Ring Spotlight Cam Wire-free
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When you care about your home, you care about keeping it safe. While most of us may never have gone so far as to install a security system to this end, the best wireless security cameras are becoming more and more accessible, easy to use, and with more features than ever before. In other words, there’s never been a better time to invest in security.

Gone are the days of blurry footage and long delays between something happening and you accessing the video. Now you can witness the action from anywhere via your smartphone or even through a smart display from Alexa or Google.

And if you’re interested in adding alarms, locks, and more, then take a look at our roundup of the best home security systems, many of which also include cameras. 

Scroll down to see how we rated some of the best and most popular wireless security cameras on offer right now and for buying advice that will help you choose.

 The best wireless security cameras in 2021

Ring Spotlight Cam Wire-freeLivingetc badge – tried, loved

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1. Ring Spotlight Cam Wire-free

Best wireless security camera overall

Specifications
Video: 1080p HD
Field of View: 140-degrees
Weather resistant: Yes
Motion detection: Yes
Night Vision: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Great video quality and night vision+Good field of vision+Works with other Ring security products+Includes LED light and siren
Reasons to avoid
-Nothing!

Able to seamlessly integrate with other home security products from Ring, such as its range of doorbells, standalone motion sensors, and more, the Ring Spotlight Cam is also a brilliant one-stop-shop for your security camera needs with its in-built LED lights and siren. The motion detection settings are similar to the Ring Doorbell, too, with customizable zones and alerts.

The camera is available as a wired (plug-in) device, but the wireless version offers slightly more convenience for those who don't want a permanent set-up (e.g., renters). The battery pack is easy to remove for charging, and all other features are exactly the same.

We loved the Ring Spotlight Cam for how comprehensive it is, acting as a security light and camera in one.

Livingetc rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Arlo Pro 3 Outdoor Floodlight Wireless Home Security Camera

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2. Arlo Pro 3 Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free 2K HDR Floodlight Camera

Best wireless security camera with floodlight

Specifications
Video: 2K
Field of view: 160-degrees
Weather resistant: Yes
Motion detection: Yes
Night vision: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Clear 2K image quality+Wireless with optional solar charging panel+Floodlight built-in
Reasons to avoid
-Design will stand out on older or more traditional properties-Pro features require additional subscription

An Arlo camera with floodlight included, this camera illuminates the area when motion is detected, allowing you to see more and capture evidence at night that other cameras may miss. The 2K video resolution and HDR also contribute to this, allowing you to see every detail and zoom in on footage for a better look.

With an Arlo Smart subscription (which costs extra), you'll get the opportunity to set your camera to notify a friend or emergency services when something happens, and the camera's two-way audio means you can communicate directly with someone outside without needed to answer the door. 

Livingetc rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Ezviz C3A Indoor/Outdoor Battery Security Camera

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3. Ezviz C3A Full HD Wi-Fi Camera

Best budget wireless security camera

Specifications
Video: 1080p HD
Field of View: 110-degrees
Weather resistant: Yes
Motion detection: Yes
Night Vision: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Easy set-up+Set schedules+Works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa+2-way audio
Reasons to avoid
-Subscription required for cloud storage-Short battery life if using all features

Completely wireless with a magnetic mount (meaning you don’t have to unscrew anything when it’s time to recharge), the Ezviz is super easy to set up and use. It has two-way audio so you can speak with anyone you spot, and the IP65 dust and water protection rating means it will withstand all weathers should you want to place it outside.

Perhaps the best choice for nature lovers (or particularly nosy neighbors), the Ezviz C3A offers continuous filming that can be used for everything from watching for intruders, keeping an eye on pets, or even filming inside bird boxes. Because it’s completely wireless, it’s easy to put it anywhere you like.

Livingetc rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Swann Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free Smart Security Camera

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Best budget wireless security camera (runner up)

Specifications
Video: 1080p
Field of View: 180-degrees
Weather resistant: Yes
Night vision: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Completely wireless+IP65 weatherproof+Good viewing angles
Reasons to avoid
-App performance isn't the best-Short battery life when compared to rivals

Another affordable option for those starting their home security journey is the Swann wire-free camera for indoor or outdoor use. It is a versatile little device that's simple to install but is sadly let down a little by its unreliable app.

However, the camera itself is great with TrueDetect for heat (people and cars) and motion alerts, a 180-degree field of view, 1080p video, and a 32GB microSD card for storing footage. It also offers 2-way communication so you can speak with guests or unwanted visitors without having to leave the couch.

Another useful little feature is the ability to program in 10 faces for the camera to recognize, reducing false alarms and annoying alerts about friends and family.

Livingetc rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars | read our full review of the Swann Wire-Free Battery Camera

Blink Outdoor Security Camera

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Best wireless security camera system

Specifications
Video: 1080p HD
Field of View: 110-degrees
Power: Battery
Weather resistant: Yes
Motion detection: Yes
Night Vision: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Claims to run for 2-years without recharging+2-way audio +Privacy zones 
Reasons to avoid
-Subscription required to store and back up video clips 

Another security camera that you can use in conjunction with Amazon Alexa, the Blink Outdoor, is the newest model of the popular product. More expensive than the Mini or Blink Indoor, it does work anywhere from your entryway to your porch, giving it much more versatility. In addition, it’s weather-resistant and offers night vision, too.

Like the Ring Doorbell, the Blink camera includes 2-way audio that allows you to speak with anyone in its vicinity from wherever you are. However, unlike a doorbell, the Blink can theoretically be placed anywhere around your home (instead of just your front door), so you can monitor and interact with the yard from your smartphone.

How to choose the best wireless security camera for your home

Ring Spotlight Cam Wired app view

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Do security cameras need Wi-Fi?

The best modern security cameras require Wi-Fi to make the best of many of their most useful features, such as a live view or 2-way audio. While it’s always recommended to have a stable internet connection at home, it’s also possible with many products to access these via 4G while you’re out and about.

That said, if you don’t want it eating up your data - or if you want to integrate your camera with one of the best smart speakers or displays - then, for the most part, you should be making use of your at-home connection. 

Do security cameras record all of the time?

This depends on both your choice of camera and the way you wish to use it. For example, most people use a security camera with the motion sensor switched on, which indicates to your device that it should record a snippet of video whenever someone approaches your home. Those with a live view feature allow you to view your space continuously, but if you have a battery-operated camera, this will run down its juice pretty fast.

Where to place security cameras

Indoor security cameras are best placed in your entryway or by the back door so that you can immediately capture footage of anyone coming in or out of the home. Or maybe you want to keep an eye on your kids and/or pets while you’re not in the room? In this case, you need to make sure that the field of vision covers the area you need it.

On the other hand, outdoor security cameras should be placed on the wall outside your home in a location that will capture enough space to notice any potential intruders. Still, passers-by won’t set that off throughout the day. Of course, if this distinction isn’t quite possible, many cameras allow you to set specific zones.

Caroline Preece
Caroline Preece

Caroline has been a part of the Livingetc team since 2021, offering expert advice on the best smart tech for your home. Passionate about interiors and how technology can be integrated into daily living without sacrificing aesthetics, in her spare time she can be found shopping for the latest accent pieces for her own space.