I tried Nest's new face-detecting security camera--here's what I thought (Photo: Reviewed.com If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Picture a security camera, and you'll probably think of bulky, ugly cameras that save video to a memory card. They don't look good in our homes, which means we often try to hide them away in a corner.
If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives. For years, they've been watching you and recording your every move at shops, movie theaters, and public parks. But home security cameras have come a long way in the past few years, including those designed to be installed outdoors. Like many other electronic devices, today's outdoor security cameras are smarter than their ancestors.
The Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight camera performed beautifully in all of our tests. Touting a 160-degree viewing angle and 2K video with high-def resolution, Arlo's Pro 4 offers a wider range of view and higher video quality than the Nest Cam Outdoor, our previous No. 1 pick, and is our new recommendation for the best outdoor smart security camera. Arlo's video quality is just as clear at night as it is during the day thanks to the camera's color night vision output. It also has a built-in spotlight that illuminates when motion is detected and a smart siren that can be triggered remotely or automatically. We found the installation process to be fairly uncomplicated, though a 2.4 GHz WiFi connection is required for setup. There are no wires to fiddle with, as this camera includes a mount that can easily be screwed in on the exterior of your home. Before you place it, we suggest giving it a good charge right out of the box using the included magnetic charging cable.
Wireless, weatherized, battery-powered cameras make appealing home security options. Outdoor electrical outlets are scarce or non-existent on many residential properties, and installing one is a non-starter for a lot of folks, particularly renters. Foscam's E1, then, should be a welcome addition to the security cam sphere. At a glance, comparisons to the Arlo Pro 2 are unavoidable. Like that camera, the Foscam E1 is battery powered, with a modular pod-like design that makes it easy to set up indoors or out.
The Nooie Cam 360 has a rotating, high-def camera that automatically tracks you as you move about the room. Here are the Nooie Cam 360's specs: The Nooie Cam 360 is a budget-friendly indoor home security camera that features motion tracking and, as the name implies, 360-degree rotation. The camera is equipped with a 1080p high-def lens and two 940nm infrared LEDs. It has other smart camera features like two-way audio functionality, night vision, and a status light indicator that can be toggled on or off. Nooie smart alerts are sent when the camera detects sound or motion.