Best home security cameras in Australia
We looked into dozens of home security cameras to find the best options to protect your home and give you peace of mind.
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The best home security cameras in Australia
- Best overall security camera: Arlo Pro 3
- Best cheap security camera: TP-Link Tapo C200
- Best outdoor security camera: D-Link DCS-8630LH
- Best indoor security camera: Ring Indoor Cam
- Best indoor security camera for keeping an eye on pets: D-Link DCS-8526LH
- Best wireless security camera: Anker eufyCam Wire-Free HD Security Camera
- Best Wi-Fi security camera: Google Nest Cam Indoor
- Best security camera with a floodlight: Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight
How did we pick this list?
Finder's team evaluated more than 60 home security camera systems currently on the market and made these picks based on reviews left by real customers. For each category, we checked the core features of each camera and determined which of the dozens of models would be the best fit.
Best overall security camera: Arlo Pro 3
Why we chose it
Arlo has long been a leader in the smart home space, and that reputation extends to its home security cameras. Arlo's latest camera, the Pro 3, takes almost everything you could need from a home security camera and rolls it into one package. With a 4.2 out of 5 star rating from over 100 reviews on Amazon Australia, the Arlo Pro 3 is the best overall security camera currently on shelves.
The Pro 3 sports 2K HDR video, so you can watch your hallway or backyard in crisp quality with vibrant colours. While it's not 4K, the 2K resolution is more than enough for most people. A bonus: Your internet bandwidth will be spared the pain of constantly uploading the astronomical file sizes that come with 4K video.
The Pro 3 has a built-in speaker and microphone, allowing you to communicate with anyone or even a pet on the other side. The camera can also deter would-be intruders with its siren, which can be remotely activated or set to go off during an event.
Arlo has put a great deal of effort into integrating its software with other smart ecosystems. The Pro 3 works with Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you've got plenty of control options right at your fingertips.
At $849 for the cheapest starter kit, the Arlo Pro 3 isn't exactly a small investment. Still, it's far and away the better pick for the masses than Arlo's top-of-the-line Ultra camera. While the Ultra boasts 4K recording, the Pro 3 is a whopping $200 cheaper in the same two-pack and SmartHub configuration. The cameras won't work without the SmartHub base station, so unfortunately you can't just grab a single camera.
Numerous customers complained that the camera's geofencing capabilities either didn't work at all or performed poorly, but otherwise most reported a good experience with the Arlo Pro 3. Many mentioned that the product was easy to set up.
Best cheap security camera: TP-Link Tapo C200
Why we chose it
Good home security doesn't have to break the bank. TP-Link has packed a range of useful features into its Tapo C200 camera while keeping the retail price below $70, making it the best cheap security camera available for Aussie consumers.
The Tapo C200 is a wired 1080p security camera with motion detection and night vision capabilities, but what's most impressive is its ability to look all around the room it's in with 360º rotation. There's also a 114º tilt function, so you can monitor almost every inch of whatever area you place the camera in.
The C200 can record multiple days worth of 1080p video right to a microSD card in the device. TP-Link doesn't include a microSD card like some other manufacturers do, but you can slot in a microSD card of your choosing (up to a capacity of 128GB). The feature-filled and free Tapo Camera app lets you see your camera's live video and past footage. You can also adjust the camera's position in the app, or talk to whoever's near the camera through the two-way audio system.
If you want to check on a camera but you've got your hands full, the Tapo C200 works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Just ask the assistant to show your camera on a TV and you're good to go.
The Tapo C200 is revered by customers, receiving an impressive 4.7 out of 5 rating from more than 500 reviews on Google. Broadly, consumers praised the camera as a great value for money pickup and mentioned that it was easy to set up. Some purchasers said the motion-sensing was super sensitive, which might mean you get a bunch of false-positive notifications.
Best outdoor security camera: D-Link DCS-8630LH
Why we chose it
Built to withstand the warmest Australian summers and the coldest winters, D-Link's DCS-8630LH is the best outdoor security camera money can buy.
The DCS-8630LH records video in a middle-of-the-road 1080p resolution that won't blow anyone away, but won't disappoint you either. Some users did mention that the camera produced grainy footage and that it performed worse in low-light environments, though. On the plus side, video is recorded at 30 frames per second, so replaying footage won't feel slow or choppy.
Like many cameras on this list, the DCS-8630LH has two-way audio, so you can hear whatever is on the other side of your screen and even talk back to them if you feel so inclined. There's also an included siren and it even has the less common feature of glass-break detection.
Rated for IP65 weather resistance, D-Link says its camera can take on freezing-cold temperatures as low as -25°C, and asphalt-melting highs of 45°C. While most Aussies are much more likely to make use of the high-temperature endurance, it's reassuring to know your security camera won't be a victim of a cold snap or a heatwave.
While you'll have to plug the camera into the wall for power, you don't have to worry about paying for cloud video storage. While you can subscribe to one of D-Link's paid cloud recording plans, the DCS-8630LH also has a microSD card slot capable of storing 256GB worth of video. The best part? Older footage automatically gets written over, so you don't have to worry about deleting files as the card fills up.
Best indoor security camera: Ring Indoor Cam
Why we chose it
A simple and compact device, the wired Ring Indoor Cam is the best security camera you can buy to monitor any room in your house. With a low price and 4.2 out of 5 star rating from dozens of reviews on Amazon, you can't go wrong with the more budget-focused offering.
The Indoor Cam sports most of the features you'd find on almost any smart security camera, such as two-way talk functionality, smart assistant support with Amazon Alexa integration and motion-activated push notifications. Since the Indoor Cam is powered straight from the wall, you'll never have to think about battery life. But you will be a little limited as to where you can place your cameras, as you'll need to be within 2 metres of a power point.
From the Ring app, users can view their cameras in real time but can't view any other footage without a paid subscription. Plans start at $4 per month, which gives you extended features such as 60 days worth of video history, video saving and sharing. If you're looking to avoid subscriptions, the Ring Indoor Cam is probably not for you.
If you're already in the Amazon ecosystem, the Ring Indoor Cam could be a sensible addition. Some Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Echo Show, can display a live feed of your cameras right on the screen for easy hands-free monitoring.
Customers said that the affordable camera was good value for money, but some complained about the absence of a microSD card slot. Given there's no local storage, some were dissatisfied with the cost of the Ring Protect plans.
Best indoor security camera for keeping an eye on pets: D-Link DCS-8526LH
Why we chose it
D-Link's indoor-only DCS-8526LH packs a range of features to help you watch and talk to your furry friends into a compact form factor. At a retail price of below $180, the smart security camera is the best pick for anyone wanting to keep an eye on their pets.
While the DCS-8526LH sports a relatively average video resolution of 1080p, it'll be more than enough to keep a watchful eye over your home and your pets whenever you're out and about. The camera has full 360° panning functionality, allowing you to look around the whole room. D-Link's dome-shaped cam automatically tracks and moves with targets, such as people or animals, so you can always see your pets even as they move around.
You can also talk to your pets (or anyone else for that matter) through the camera's included microphone and speaker. So if your dog is on the couch when it shouldn't be, you can ask it to hop down wherever you are.
Unlike pet-specific cameras, the DCS-8526LH doesn't have any feeding or treat-dispensing functionality. If you're buying a camera with the specific purpose of monitoring your cats, dogs or anything in between, a pet camera might be a better option.
Camera footage can be saved to a microSD card (up to 256GB) or to the cloud. For extended cloud video storage, you'll have to pay a monthly subscription fee.
At less than a year old, there aren't many reviews online for the DCS-8526LH. Still, some early adopters have praised the picture quality of the device. Professional reviewers have, for the most part, been impressed with the camera, too.
Best wireless security camera: Anker eufyCam Wire-Free HD Security Camera
Why we chose it
Anker's eufyCam is almost everything you could want from a wireless security camera, with a long-lasting battery and no cables cluttering the way. With a 4.1 out of 5 star rating from more than two dozen reviews on JB Hi-Fi's online storefront, the eufyCam is the best wireless security camera on the market.
The eufyCam's biggest selling point is a truly no-wires experience which allows the cameras to be mounted anywhere you see fit. You'll have to plug in the Homebase system wherever you've got a free plug, but that's it. Everything else? Wire-free. And with what Anker claims is a 365-day battery, you'll only have to take them down once every year to charge.
Suitable for outdoor use, the eufyCam has IP67 water resistance just like many phones do. Anker says the cams work in icy temperatures as low as -20°C as well as blistering-hot temperatures up to 50°C. You can be confident that your cameras will be able to withstand even harsh Australian summers.
Unfortunately, you can't grab just one of these cams. You'll have to spring for two cameras and the eufy Homebase at a minimum, which starts at a steep retail price of $799. If you need a few cameras for indoor use, you should look elsewhere to save some money. That price tag isn't any easier to swallow when you find out the eufyCam only records in 1080p.
One massive bonus of the eufyCam is that all of your footage is saved locally via microSD. Anker even goes as far as to chuck in a microSD card for free, so slot it into the Homebase or use your own card (up to 128GB) and you're good to go. If you're into cloud storage and don't mind a subscription, those are available too.
Customers lauded the camera's regular updates and confirmed the smart device's super impressive battery life. Some weren't as pleased, though, calling it cheap-feeling.
Best Wi-Fi security camera: Google Nest Cam Indoor
Why we chose it
Google's Nest Cam Indoor is one of just a few security cameras offered by the Internet giant, but its focus on great connectivity and live video make it the top pick for those looking for a Wi-Fi-enabled security camera.
You get constant live video footage straight from the 1080p camera and can view snapshots of the last three hours in the Nest app without paying a cent. Beyond that, though, you'll need to foot a minimum $9 per month bill.
While it has fewer features than you might expect from a camera at this price point, such as no microSD card storage, you do get exactly what you need from the Nest Cam Indoor. The camera can sense loud noises like shattering glass and notify you immediately, and you'll even get emails for alerts, too. Like most other modern smart security cameras, there's a built-in microphone and speaker on the cam, allowing you to have a conversation with whoever's on the other side.
While setting up the camera is seamless, you'll have to find a place to put it, first. You'll have to keep the Nest Cam Indoor plugged in at all times, as there's no battery or backup power. You're limited to placing the system close enough to a power socket. Handily, the Nest Cam Indoor has a range of mounting options, so you can chuck it on a wall, stand it up tall or use the built-in magnet to stick it anywhere. Once you've picked a spot, setup is as easy as turning on the power and installing the Nest app.
The Nest Cam Indoor has been given high praise by customers, sporting a 4.6 out of 5 rating from more than 7,000 reviews on Google. Many were pleased with the camera's more high-quality feel, but others were disappointed by the Nest Aware subscription locking features behind a paywall.
Best security camera with a floodlight: Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight
Why we chose it
There are several security cameras with built-in floodlights on the market currently, but none perhaps as versatile as the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight. The floodlight camera is the best in its class, with a surprisingly powerful 3,000 lumen light and the same high-quality recording resolution as Arlo's other Pro 3 series cameras.
With the same camera tech as the standard Arlo Pro 3, the floodlight-equipped model can record the same impressive 2K HDR video. The Pro 3 Floodlight has one massive leg up over its competitors and siblings in the Arlo family: low-light footage won't be quite as grainy because of that extra light.
While the Pro 3 Floodlight can emit up to 3,000 lumens from the light surrounding the camera, you won't be able to make use of all that brightness unless it's plugged into power via Arlo's outdoor magnetic charging cable (sold separately). Still, without it, the camera can output 2,000 lumens, which is pretty impressive from a battery-powered camera. Arlo claims that the battery can last up to 6 months, but some users reported that figure to be closer to 3 months in their reviews online. If battery life worries you, you can hook up a cable to the camera, or even add a solar panel to keep that battery recharged the renewable way.
Unlike the other Arlo Pro 3 cameras, the floodlight model doesn't require the SmartHub to function. Arlo's decision to remove the base station requirement is fantastic news for anyone looking to grab a single, high-quality security camera.
Customers seemed to like their Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight cameras, with the model receiving a 4.4 out of 5 rating on Amazon. Some customers were happy with how much of their property was illuminated by the floodlight when it was on, but others suggested it might be over-sensitive and turn on too often.
Best products chosen
- We've compared products from 17 brands to find the top security camera systems in a range of categories.
- We made these picks based on each product's key selling points, and by reading reviews left by real customers (as of January 2021).
- The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.
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