Today we’re going to give you the Best Security Camera that works with Alexa 2018 and a buyers guide to help you in making your selection. If you’re looking for a home security camera that can work with Alexa we will help you with that and we will also give you the best choices based on what you need.
It depends on if you are looking for an indoor home security camera or outdoor, whether you just want to cover your front door area and if you need to consider a security system that you can buy on a budget.
All our choices are wi-fi cameras, controlled via an app and all have the capability of working with Alexa.
So let’s jump in with the buyers guide and then check out our Best Security Cameras that work with Alexa 2018
There are questions you need to ask yourself to help guide you to buying the best security camera for the use you want it for. Check out this section to give you the different areas you might need to give consideration to and in the next section we will cover 5 different uses to help you with the products we think are the best for that.
If you have been thinking about home security systems you might want to think about what you need a security camera for. The answer might seem a bit obvious but you might be more interested in checking in on your family or your pets more so than being worried about who is at your door.
You might be looking more for a spy camera like a nanny cam to keep an eye on an elderly relative or your children’s carer. If you want this to be a hidden camera then you might want something very small that can be located in a place that can’t easily be seen or you might prefer a camera disguised in a clock or an ornament.
Where you want your camera
If you’re looking for security cameras to protect your home from intruders then you will be looking for the best camera for indoors if you want protection of the contents of your home or the best camera for outdoors if you want to be aware of any intruders that step onto your property.
Your best home security system might be a camera that can work indoors or outdoors so you have the flexibility to choose where you want to place it.
How easy the cameras are to install and connect might be important if you want a system that you can fit quickly yourself. So in that case you will want your security camera wireless and battery controlled. You can get wireless security cameras that have rechargeable batteries with a long life that might be perfect for you or if you want cameras with a standard type battery those are available too.
How do the cameras connect.
The cameras we are looking at are essentially smart cameras that will work with Alexa. So it will be a wifi security camera linked via a smart phone app or a hub that attaches to your router. These types of home security camera systems are much more user friendly than the more commercial types of surveillance camera alarm systems that need a dedicated video recording computer system to run it.
It’s worth deciding what quality of video you want with your home camera. If you want it to catch intruders then you are going to want the video quality of a HD security camera. Some cameras have a choice of the quality you get which is useful if you have a few cameras as you can change the quality depending on where they are pointing.
Whether you are setting up cameras inside or out the security camera view and how far around the lens can pick up can be an important consideration. With a wide enough field of view you might only need one camera to pick up the area you want to cover.
Without a doubt the price of home security cameras is an important factor, if you need more than one camera then being able to get cheap security cameras mean you are more likely to be able to fit a home security system inside and out all around your home. Like in all areas it’s worth shopping around but you will find a good range on Amazon.com.
Most if not all of the security cameras that we are looking at whether it is a wired or wireless camera for indoors or out are controlled via an app on your phone or computer and the video footage collected is usually stored on the cloud storage system of the supplier. Some of these suppliers offer some free storage, most offer a variety of subscription services depending on the number of cameras you buy and set up. Some you can have local storage on a hard drive so the storage is something you need to decide about when you are looking for a security camera system for home.
When you are deciding on what you want for you home you also have to look into how the video footage is activated. Some cameras just run all of the time and can be viewed live continuously if you want to. The video might only be activated with a movement in the camera view range and that clip will be saved for reference. Some cameras will only go into a view mode if you request a live view or if they are activated by movement. There can be issues in the cameras missing bits of the action when it only activates with motion and on the other hand depending on how sensitive the sensors are and if you can adjust them you might get many video clips activated by moving trees or birds filling up your storage.
The quality of the night vision might be important to you, especially if you have cameras to protect your property from intruders. Wherever you want security you will probably want your camera to be a daytime and night vision camera. The number of infrared lenses can determine how well lit the image is at night and the quality of the video will determine how much facial feature can be picked up. It’s worth checking customer reviews to see what the quality of night vision is on the cameras you’re interested in.
There are definitely some advantages when you buy security cameras with audio. If you are setting up internal security cameras you can usually have a 2 way conversation when you have audio. This is usually done via the app and is very useful if you want a video doorbell to speak to visitors or if you are just checking on pets or your family who you can speak to. The benefit on an outdoor security camera is that if you see a stranger you can ask them what they want and that might be enough to chase them off the property and you can do that from your phone whether you are at home or not.
Not all home security systems have a security alarm included. As most of these systems are movement activated the alarm could be setting of at all hours of the day or night. Some cameras though do have an alarm included which can be set to come on with the movement detector or manually. This means if you get an alert of an intruder you have the option to speak to them first and if that doesn’t scare them off you can set off the alarm while alerting the police.
Security camera app
When you buy a wifi security camera it is usually controlled via an app, directly or using a hub. The app lets you view live so you can check if the camera is sited correctly and so you can check the area when you want to. Using the app you can usually set up the notifications for when the camera triggers movement footage and you will have access to view any videos that have recorded. You can usually set up the video quality if you have an option to change it and the length of the video footage you want to capture. You may even have the ability to adjust the sensitivity of the movement sensors and in some cameras the zones that you want the camera to capture which can give more specific footage and reduce the amount of notifications received. If you have 2 way speaking on the camera, lights or an alarm you can usually control them manually through the app or set up how you want them to work. Most of them are quite easy to use and let you view all of your cameras on one screen. You can also name your cameras by area so it’s easy to know which camera you are viewing.
Works with Alexa
Most wifi security cameras will allow you to connect to Alexa for voice control. You may be wondering whether this is worth having but if you have an Amazon echo device like the Echo spot or Echo view which has a viewing screen or even Fire TV you can ask Alexa to show you the “Front door camera” or whatever you have named them and it will show you the live view instantly. Quicker than opening your phone or computer. This can give you quick peace of mind if you’re worried about anything happening outside.
Best Security Camera that works with Alexa 2018
Most people looking for a home security camera just want to feel more secure in their home without having to come face to face with any intruders. The Arlo Pro by NETGEAR Security System with Siren – 5 Rechargeable Wire-Free HD Cameras with Audio can do that.
The important features for an outdoor camera is that it is weatherproof, it has a wide-angled view so you can see a lot with your camera and you want night vision as that is when you feel most vulnerable.
The great thing about the Arlo Pro cameras is that they are suitable for outdoors being weatherproof but they can also be used indoors. The wide-angled view is 130 degrees and with the night vision infrared sensors it can light up to 25 feet in the dark.
The best part about these cameras is they are wire free with re-chargeable batteries making them super easy to install. The mount is a magnetic ball which holds the camera but in the kit you get an outdoor mount which the camera screws into for added security for the camera. You can buy extra external mounts if you want more than one camera outside or place the magnetised mounts high enough to need steps to reach so that it can’t be moved.
The cameras are all linked by a base station which plugs into the router and controlled via the app on your smartphone. You can install and view a thumbnail of all of your cameras on one screen on your phone so you can easily choose a camera to live view or adjust the settings. You can also live view using voice control with an Alexa device or Fire TV.
The cameras have 2 way speaking so if you have one covering your front area you will get an alert when someone comes to the door and you will be able to speak to them with a press of a button from the live view screen. This can be useful to speak to delivery drivers or strangers and you can do it from the app whether you’re at home or not.
In the base station you also have a siren alarm and if you feel the need you can set this off again with the press of a button from the live screen or adjust the settings so that it goes off with movement. This isn’t as loud as if it was outside but can still be a deterrent.
The clips are stored on the cloud for up to 7 days for free for up to 5 cameras and not only that but you can download anything you want to keep on a hard disk or memory stick which plugs into the base station.
With the Arlo Pro by NETGEAR offering so many features that you might want in a security camera we had to make it our Best Security Camera that works with Alexa 2018. Read on if you want to see our choices for other usage situations.
We thought you’d like our choice of the best security cameras that you can buy on a budget and we believe that is the Blink XT Outdoor/Indoor Home Security Camera System – 3 Camera Kit
Click on the link to head straight over to get full details from Amazon.com or read our review here.
This Blink system gives you 3 cameras which are suitable for indoors or outdoors and you can cover most of your home with these or buy extra add on cameras if you need them or there is a 5 camera system available too.
Buying the system gives you sync module that connects to your wifi router and all of the cameras that you use will link to that unit using an app on your phone. The sync module needs to be plugged into the electricity but all of the cameras are battery operated so they are easily fitted with no wiring required.
It’s very easy to place the cameras wherever you wish using the mounts included and they can be fitted with only 1 screw. Once you have your cameras set up you can use your phone to watch them in live view or set them up to link with Alexa so you can view on an echo device.
The Blink XT cameras are weatherproof with night vision included and small enough to be secured out of sight.
Using the app you can enable the movement detection and set up the clip length and re-trigger time and the camera will send an alert to your phone when the sensors detect movement.
All of the clips are held on cloud storage and you get up to 2 hours of storage free which can hold a few clips depending on the length of them.
If your main interest in security cameras is to buy the Best Security Camera for Indoors so you can use it to check on the pets or your family this Amazon Cloud Cam Security Camera, Works with Alexa would be a perfect one for you to go for.
This isn’t a wire free camera but it just plugs into an outlet and you can stand the camera on a shelf or another level surface and your ready to go.
The Amazon Cloud Cam has high quality HD 1080p video footage and the camera has a 2 way speaker system so you can talk to someone at home when you aren’t there via the app.
The video feed runs 24/7 so no limit to the amount of live feed you can watch and you can set up notifications for any movement the camera picks up. You can link your camera to Alexa and view live feed on the fire TV or an Echo show. This is great if you want a camera in your kids bedroom or play room so you can keep a check on them .
In terms of video storage the Cloud cam clips are stored for 24 hours for free for up to 3 cameras on the cloud but if you would prefer to keep the footage for longer there are subscription options available.
Although you can place outdoor cameras to check on your front door I don’t think you can do better than the Ring video doorbell 2 for having a great view of your front door area with the ability for 2 way speaking and great quality video with night time vision.
The Ring video doorbell 2 works from a battery so is very easy to fit although you can fit to the wiring of an existing doorbell if you have one. If you need your doorbell on an angle to get the best view you get angle adjusters that fit behind the plate. Check them out on this video.
Once you have your doorbell situated you can pair with the app and you can use that to see live feed if you just want to check the area or see who is at the door. You can set up alerts to let you know if anyone is wandering around near your door and you can speak to them too. The joy of this is you can answer the door from your armchair or even if you’re not at home using the app.
Any movement will trigger a video which is stored on the Ring cloud server where you can view. This is a subscription service but you do get 30 days free.
If you have a dark area around your home and you would like floodlights as well as a camera and an alarm then check out our choice for the best security camera with alarm the Ring Floodlight Camera Motion-Activated HD Security Cam Two-Way Talk and Siren Alarm.
This security camera needs to be wired to the electric so you will need to get it installed unless you already have floodlights which you would like to replace and it can use the same wiring.
The camera works with wi-fi and is controlled with the Ring app. You can use the app to set the field of vision so that the camera isn’t set off by the smallest movement. The lights are linked to the motion detection sensors although they can be used outwith if you want to light up the garden at night for a party or just set them to come on in the evenings.
With a wide field of view any movement in the area will activate video footage which is stored on the Ring cloud storage and can be accessed there. The video quality is 1080p HD and has infrared night vision for clear night time video. Any movements will send a notifications to your phone and you can easily check the video or the live view from you phone or you can link to Alexa and view it on a device with a screen like the echo spot.
The Ring Floodlight camera has 2 way audio so you have the option of speaking to anyone who shouldn’t be there and ask them what they want. If that doesn’t send them on their way you also have a siren alarm that can be set off by a press of the button on the live view screen.
The video storage is a subscription service at $3 per month or $30 per year for the basic service but you will get 30 days free trial when you buy.
There are many choices of security cameras that you can buy and fit yourself. Most home now have wifi and a smart phone and that is all you need to control these cameras. You can find out more about our choice of the best security camera that works with Alexa 2018 by reading the review or clicking here to go to Amazon.com