The six best smart security cameras on the market right now including Nest, Hive and Ring


SMART security cameras can monitor, track and record anything that moves outside your property – deterring criminals and giving you 24/7 peace of mind.

Connect to your smartphone, laptop or PC and you’ll be able to view from anywhere in the world.

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Smart security cameras can record and live stream video around the clock, with some including a night vision mode where they’ll begin to record if they detect an intruder.

Pay a little more and you’ll get the ability to record and stream at Full HD resolution, which is useful if you need to zoom into footage.

Buying the camera is just the start. You’ll need to link it to a mechanism to record the footage. Expect to pay cloud storage and subscription costs.

And, unless you’re handy with a screwdriver, you could have to pay extra to have you cameras professionally installed.

Using a combination of expert opinion and customer reviews to help us, we’ve selected the best smart security cameras on the market.

Arlo Pro 2 Wireless Home Security Camera System

  • Arlo Pro 2, £427.40 (2 cameras) from Amazon – buy here

It’s expensive, but the Arlo Pro 2 is the total package. Entirely wireless and recording at 1080p HD, video quality is crisp and clear – day or night.

It can interact with Alexa and offers free cloud recording for up to 7 days. A wide sensor field means you’ll be able to capture action from all angles.

The Arlo Pro 2 is the choice of critics and customers. Professional installation costs £120.


  • SWANN SWPRO Mini Dome, £79.99 from Currys – buy here

Cheap and cheerful, but boasting an impressive range of features, the SWANN SWPRO is discreet and powerful.

With a tiny 7cm diameter, it’s waterproof and weatherproof, and records in full HD, switching to black and white at night.

Hive View Outdoor

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  • Hive View Outdoor, £179 from Hive – buy here

The best-looking camera we’ve seen doesn’t compromise on performance.

Enjoy HD livestreaming with motion, sound and person detection from its 130 degree wide-angle lens.

You get 24 hours of video playback for free, but to get the most out of the Hive View Outdoor, you’ll want to buy a little extra storage.

Currently, you can buy 30 days of video playback for £3.99 for one camera.

Nest Cam IQ

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  • Nest Cam IQ, £329.00 from John Lewis – buy here

It’s expensive, but the extra money is well spent, with the Nest Cam IQ’s impressive automatic 12x digital zoom giving crystal clear HD video day or night.

You can tune in to what’s going on with the Nest 3-way microphone giving great quality sound.

Spot an intruder and you can talk back through the Android or iOS app. Again, you’ll need a subscription to get the most out of the unit.

ieGeek CCTV WiFi Outdoor IP Camera

  • ieGeek WIFI Outdoor Camera, £39.99 from John Lewis – buy here

Built on a budget for technophone, the ieGeek CCTV WiFi Outdoor IP Camera is simple to set up and use

The cheapest of our selection, the camera features an RTL8188EUS chip, which ensures the camera works in areas where wifi signal isn’t strong.

Smart motion technology accurately detects movement, capturing video in an acceptable 1080p resolution.

Ring Floodlight Cam

  • Ring Floodlight Cam, £249.00 from Argos – buy here

When triggered, the Ring Floodlight Cam’s powerful spotlight and ear-splitting alarm can be used to deter intruders.

Its ultra-wide motion detection camera can spot intruders at wide angles, capturing them for posterity – or prosecution.

Installation is required from a qualified electrician which will add to the price.

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