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The best smart outdoor security cameras of 2020

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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.

Arlo's new wire-free Pro 4 Spotlight Camera is its best yet

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The Arlo Pro 4 is a small but mighty outdoor home security camera. The Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight camera has higher video quality and better field of view than almost any camera we've tested--including the popular Nest Cam Outdoor. Other Arlo Pro 4 features include color night vision output, two-way talk capabilities, timely smart alerts, and easy integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The Pro 4 is entirely wire-free and runs on a rechargeable battery that can last up to six months per charge. It also has a built-in spotlight that illuminates when motion is detected, and a smart siren that can be triggered automatically or remotely via the Arlo app.

Best security cameras for businesses and home use


Security, in both the physical and digital sense, is imperative for companies to deter trespassers and would-be thieves, as well as to protect valuable equipment crucial for businesses to operate successfully. A robust security setup can take the pressure off existing security staff and give business owners peace of mind out-of-hours. Luckily for organizations, the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, improved mobile connectivity, apps, and cloud technologies has radically changed the security landscape and made it easier than ever to set up multi-room or premise systems with easy installation and constant monitoring. The possibilities are endless: cloud or local feed storage, customizable or automatic alerts and alarms, smartphones and tablet connectivity, wired or wireless, battery-powered or mains options, video capture, audio feeds of varying quality, and the ability to watch in real-time are all on offer and can be tailored depending on the requirements of your business. To make navigating the variety of hardware and vendor ecosystems available to today's company owners less of a challenge, we have assembled our top ten picks for businesses, large or small, including outdoor, indoor, and hybrid security offerings.

Nooie's new smart cam offers 360 degrees of security for a steal

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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.

Ezviz Mini Trooper review: Weatherproof and wireless security


Ezviz, maker of one of the smallest and most affordable home security cameras available, introduced its first outdoor camera, the Ezviz Husky, earlier this year. We liked it, but it had the same drawback as most outdoor cameras: It required access to an electrical outlet, which for most folks means drilling a hole through a wall of your home to access an outlet inside, a nonstarter for many users, particularly renters. The company's latest effort, the Ezviz Mini Trooper, is a welcome alternative: a completely wireless, weatherproof camera that can be used in- or outdoors. The Mini Trooper has two components: an unobtrusive egg-shaped camera that's less than three-inches in height and length, and a scarab-like base station. The camera is rated IP65 for outdoor use--meaning it's protected against dust and water jets--and can withstand temperatures of 14 degrees to 131 degrees F and up to 95 percent humidity, making it suitable for year-round use in all but the most extreme climates.