Over the past few years, security cameras have come a long way from their direct-to-VHS origins. Today’s security cameras are smarter, using motion detection to tell when something unusual is happening and WiFi connections to send you phone alerts. Many also back up clips to the cloud, so even if a thief steals your camera, you still have the evidence you need. There are other benefits to these smarter cameras: two-way communication, built-in sirens, and even integration with third-party security services can be found in some models.
But not all smart security cameras have the features you need, and some do a better job of implementing them than others. Then there are costs to consider—both the up-front purchase price and the ongoing cost of a subscription service. That’s where we come in.
Over the course of several weeks, we tested nine of the most popular smart indoor security cameras on the market. Through everyday use and controlled tests, we checked for image quality, reliability, customizability, and features, then analyzed how much they’ll cost you over the long term. When all our testing and analysis was complete, it was clear that Logitech’s Logi Circle is the best indoor cam to get.
If you’re looking for outdoor security cameras or cameras that act as video baby monitors, check out those respective roundups. And if you’d like to see our other top picks for indoor cams, keep reading below.