The Best Indoor Security Camera

Posted on 13 June 2022

After 14 hours of research and in-depth analysis of 27 models, we concluded that the Arlo Essential Spotlight is the most relevant solution on the market, thanks to its excellent price-quality ratio. 

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Our choice, Best mid-range

Arlo Essential Spotlight

As its name suggests, this camera has the essentials of what you would expect from a model at this price, with high recording quality and extensive functionality.

£ 129.99 on Amazon

The Essential Spotlight is Arlo’s basic model. It focuses on full HD recording at a 130° angle. Its recording quality (both audio and video), coupled with its well thought-out application and intuitive handling have quickly placed it at the top of the mid-range models. However, it has one major drawback: the obligation to subscribe to the Cloud (for a fee) to take advantage of the backup of clips and additional features (smart notifications, differentiated detection, creation of activity zones, emergency call). We can also criticise its alarm that lacks power (71.7 dB).

 

 

Best budget

Eufy IndoorCam 2K (C24)

This camera is a good starter if you want to protect your home without ruining yourself. Its excellent price-quality ratio places it ahead of its many competitors.

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The Eufy IndoorCam C24 is a small entry-level camera. It is an interesting solution for anyone wishing to equip themselves at lower cost. It still comes with assets, however: a video quality neat for its price, both during day and night, and a complete and intuitive application. As a bonus, it can operate without a cloud subscription thanks to an SD port or the possibility of connecting it to a NAS server. However, we can criticise its power supply which reduces the possibilities during the installation. A version with a motorised rotation is also available.

 

Best high-end

Arlo Pro 4

In addition to adapting to the exterior and benefiting from a 160° angle of view, it further stands out thanks to its color image and, above all, thanks to the flash that perfects night vision a little more.

£ 219.99 on Amazon

Designed for an indoor space, this camera is also suitable for an outdoor environment, which is why it is currently ranked as the “best of the best” in our dedicated article. With its 2K and 160° range, it can capture a quality image, during the day or the night. Whether you opt for cloud storage or via USB, you still get an ultra-connected device that is resistant to the elements and features HDR mode and flash. It is also Wi-Fi enabled, so you do not have to buy a dedicated HUB.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best mid-rangeBest budgetBest high-end
Arlo Essential SpotlightEufy Indoor Cam 2KArlo Pro 4
Arlo Essential SpotlightEufy IndoorCam 2K (C24)Arlo Pro 4
As its name suggests, this camera has the essentials of what you would expect from a model at this price, with high recording quality and extensive functionality.This camera is a good starter if you want to protect your home without ruining yourself. Its excellent price-quality ratio places it ahead of its many competitors.In addition to adapting to the exterior and benefiting from a 160° angle of view, it further stands out thanks to its color image and, above all, thanks to the flash that perfects night vision a little more.
£ 129.99 on Amazon
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£ 219.99 on Amazon

 

Honorable mentions

Ring Indoor Cam (£49.99 upon publication): a relevant and effective in-between range. Easy to install and simple to use, this model offers a 1080p resolution that is also useful when the night mode is activated. Beyond its compactness, which allows it to fit into the smallest corners, it offers a color mode, an effective motion detection and compatibility with Alexa and IFTTT. We just preferred the Wyze Cam 1080 which, for a lower cost, offers more features.

Ring Stick Up Cam Battery (£89.99 upon publication): an interesting mid-range alternative. This model is suitable for an everyday use. Capable of rendering a Full HD image, it also features a bi-directional system and a viewing angle of approximately 130°. Therefore, you will have no trouble identifying your visitors clearly, during the day or the night. It depends on the cloud for recording clips, but this drawback coexists with other advantages, such as Alexa compatibility and, above all, a removable battery.

 

 

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How to choose your indoor security camera?

The indoor surveillance camera is an asset to limit the risk of burglary or even to monitor a child playing in another room. But their presence in number on the market and their different features complicate the task of finding the one that suits your needs.

Caméra de surveillance intérieure
There are various kinds of cameras, sometimes more discreet, sometimes more practical. | Source: Selectos

We have therefore determined the important criteria to consider, in order to help you choose your future indoor security camera:

  • Use: if it is to monitor a child playing inside or to assess the damage of a burglary, you do not need the same features. On some models, you can give them commands with the built-in microphone and speaker.
  • Image quality: to determine it, we must look at the resolution of the video stream captured by the camera (HD, Full HD, 4K), the presence of a night vision and the quality of the latter. If the camera will be used to monitor the house in your absence, it must be able to identify a possible intruder clearly and without distortion of the image.
Ezviz C6N
Day or night, the quality must be the best possible to identify troublemakers. | Source: Selectos
  • Range of the camera: depending on the perimeter to cover, check the angle of view offered by the surveillance camera. It must be able to capture on a distance of several meters (the range is always greater when the room is lit) and avoid blind spots.
Ezviz C6N
A camera with automatic rotation enables to avoid blind spots. | A really quiet rotation. | Source: Selectos
  • Image storage: it is generally proposed to store images locally on a microSD card or to store them online in the cloud. Beware, however: some systems require a paid subscription for this second feature.
  • Installation: the security camera must also be simple to set up and use. Thus, those operating “wireless” are most convenient, while the wired models require more effort on your part.
Blink Mini
Initial setup and installation should be as simple as possible. | Source: Selectos
  • App: almost all current cameras offer an application to configure or use certain parameters directly on your smartphone. It must therefore be intuitive and easy to use.
  • Design: a security camera for the interior must be compact and discreet. It is also necessary to look if it has a support to fix it according to the place where you wish to place it.
Xiaomi Mi 360° 2K
Discretion and compactness ensure that your camera will not be detected by an intruder. | Source: Selectos

 

Translated by Aylin Akturk 

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