Home se­cu­rity cam­eras

No need for wires or a TV mon­i­tor – th­ese stand­alone sen­tinels con­nect to your Wi-fi and you op­er­ate them from your smart­phone. But which to pick?

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A smart se­cu­rity cam­era of­fers in­stant home sur­veil­lance, con­nect­ing to your Wi-fi net­work so you can see what it’s see­ing, from any­where, in a phone app. Rather than record­ing con­stantly like CCTV, it kicks into ac­tion when it de­tects move­ment, then sends you a no­ti­fi­ca­tion. Th­ese cam­eras sit in one place, and don’t pan or tilt, al­though the Nest Cam IQ can zoom in on a per­son within the frame and fol­low them around.

Video is usu­ally saved to on­line stor­age (this needs broad­band, and may use a lot of data if record­ing is trig­gered of­ten), which may be free of charge for a few days but re­quires a sub­scrip­tion if you want it kept longer. Some cam­eras also record in­ter­nally. Ge­ofenc­ing, if sup­ported, tracks the GPS in your phone and turns the sys­tem on when ev­ery­one’s away from the house. A few cam­eras are bat­tery-pow­ered, but most re­quire a mains lead.

The cam­eras tested here are mostly for in­door use, but oth­ers work out­doors (see ‘Al­ter­na­tives’ box be­low). It ar­guably makes more sense to catch in­trud­ers on the way in, but it’s un­likely a sin­gle cam­era will cover all points of en­try, and you must take care not to film be­yond your prop­erty: see www.snipca. com/27665 for of­fi­cial guide­lines. An in­door cam­era can cover a wide area through which in­trud­ers are likely to pass.

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