Smartphone video surveillance

Although this is lower than other cameras in our buying guide, many of us don't really need best-in-class 4K recording on a security camera - especially if you're trying to transmit that kind of data via 4G.

It also has a bunch of solid recording features, including motion sensing, timing options and geo-fencing, which turns the camera off when you're on your way home. The main downside is that it won't get perfect 4G coverage everywhere, especially in the countryside where good 3G is sometimes hard to come by.

And if it doesn't have it, it just stops working as there's no option to use a mobile hotspot or to connect to Wi-Fi as a backup. Read our full review: Netgear Arlo Go.

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Really intelligent. The main drawback with the Nest Cam IQ is its price. But if you want the best quality, and are prepared to shell out for it, the Nest Cam IQ is probably the camera for you. Read our full review: Nest Cam IQ. The design is more traditional, with a white plastic casing, and a black surround for the camera lens.

Setting Up Haven on Your Old Phone

Read our full review: Hive Camera. Resolution: p HD streaming Footage recording: one day free, 14 days with subscription Audio: two-way. It has some intelligent features that allow you to set zones in your home — so, for example, if you want to know every time your dog jumps up on the couch, you can designate the couch as a zone, and any movement in that zone gets included in your digitally edited highlights reel of the day.

Like the Hive View it has an onboard battery, and so can be removed from its dock and used wirelessly for a short time.

Read our full review: Logi Circle. Although we think it's the best affordable option for keeping an eye on your home when you're away, the design might feel flimsy. It also doesn't offer premium features, such as 4K streaming or cloud-based video storage, and it's only available right now in the UK.

However, it does handle the basics very well, and also doubles up as a baby monitor thanks to two-way audio and the ability to play lullabies remotely. The Netatmo Presence is a definite statement of a security camera. Its hefty black body feels significant to hold, and is difficult to miss.

Home Security Cameras

Adding to the deterrence factor is the powerful dimmable LED floodlight, which you can adjust to your specified brightness. One frustration is that the camera works over Wi-Fi, and that means it needs to be within communicating range of your router to work.

On-the-go surveillance

Read our review: Netatmo Presence. The Nest Cam Outdoor is, unsurprisingly, the outdoor camera from Nest. The one fault we have to pick with the Nest Cam Outdoor is that it connects to its base with a magnet, meaning a thief could feasibly pluck it from the base, and, er… steal it.

A claim we'll be sure to put to the test when it comes out. Read our full review: Nest Cam Outdoor. Future University. Image Credit: Ring. See more Digital home news. More Products. No products in the cart. Updated on November 29, by Olivia. Learn More.

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