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The Best Home Security Cameras for 2019

The Best IP Cameras

One of the biggest benefits of a smart home is being able to know what's going on when you're not actually there. Whether you're checking in on your kids, pets, or an exotic jewel collection, a home security camera is a great tool for keeping an eye on things from afar.

Although capabilities vary from device to device, security cameras allow you to monitor what's going on in your home through live or recorded video. But not all cameras are created equally. Some have alarms or can send you notifications when they detect activity, some offer two-way audio, some are meant to monitor your baby, and some even double as full-on home automation hubs.

We've tested lots of home surveillance cameras over the last few years, so we know what's important to look for. For instance, you want a camera that's simple to set up and use. Additionally, one of the very first qualities we notice is an attractive—though discreet—design. It's important that the camera looks like something you actually want in your home, but depending on your needs, you may not want it to stand out too much.

Device support is critical as well. Our favorite cameras allow you to check in from anywhere, whether it's an app on your phone or a web browser. Additional features vary from camera to camera, and each of our top picks offer just enough variety to set them apart from the rest of the competition.

Here are some other important factors to consider when buying a home security cam:

Which Security Camera Has the Best Picture?

Even though 1080p is generally the standard resolution for cameras we've tested, there are benefits to cameras with higher resolution sensors. Few home security cameras have optical zoom lenses, but almost all have digital zoom, which crop and enlarge whatever the camera is recording. The more megapixels a camera sensor has, the more you can digitally zoom in and still be able to see things clearly.

 

Best Home Security Cameras Featured in This Roundup:

HIJUNMI Full HD 1080P Wi-Fi Security Camera HEC30 Review

 

Pros: Inexpensive. Small, flexible form factor. Full HD 1080p video. Motion- and sound-triggered recordings. Local storage. Time-lapse recording and motion tracking.

Cons: Doesn't integrate directly with other smart home devices or support IFTTT.

Bottom Line: The HIJUNMI HEC30 is an inexpensive 1080p home security camera that is small in stature but big on features.