Smart Indoor Cameras

For more than just surveillance inside your home

Intruders expect outdoor surveillance cameras but will not expect your wireless indoor security camera to be watching their every move. You can talk over the speaker to scare them off and use the high-resolution footage to report to the authorities.

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Standard components of smart indoor cameras:

  • High-resolution picture quality with a wide viewing field
  • Motion sensor
  • Live video-feed
  • Two-way audio
  • DIY installation- Wired, wireless (battery-operated cameras that work with a base station), or wire-free (battery-operated and no base station)
  • Connectivity to WiFi
  • Cloud or local storage

Also, look out for extra features that add more value to your investment:

  • Infrared night vision
  • Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, and Apple HomeKit compatibility
  • Facial recognition
  • Image stabilization

Some security cameras, especially the wireless security cameras, are built for both indoor and outdoor use. However, a security camera specifically designed for indoors cannot be used for outdoor surveillance.

How do I choose the right security camera for inside my home?

When you have an idea of how an indoor camera can be useful in your home, you have to decide on which security camera is the right choice. Assessing the importance of image quality, reliability, customizability, and smart features are crucial at this stage. So, here are a few questions you can ask yourself.

What are some of the benefits of an indoor smart security camera?

For pets - a camera with motion sensors and two-way audio is ideal to monitor your dog when you’re at work. You’ll receive alerts when your pets are in the kitchen. Talk to them using the integrated intercom.

For valuables - a camera with high-resolution video and a motion sensor is ideal. In case of burglary, you have a clear image of the suspect for further investigation.

For family surveillance - a wireless security camera with two-way audio is ideal to monitor the elderly or kids. Their wire-free or wireless feature means you can move them around the house. Having the two-way audio helps to understand if your family needs assistance so you can call the neighbors for help.

For more than security - smart indoor security cameras can connect to other smart devices in your house. For instance, the integrated motion sensor in the camera can set off the smart lights in the living room. Or if the window motion sensor is triggered by an intruder, it can set the indoor camera to start recording.

Do you want a permanent or a temporary set up?

Are you a homeowner or a renter? Do you want a fast and easy installation process? Do you want a wired or battery-powered system? Wired indoor security cameras are slightly more complicated to set up but will guarantee seamless video streaming. Wireless security cameras for indoor use are easy to set up and move around the house. However, depending on your WiFi strength, their video streaming may be slightly slower.

Do you want to monitor one spot or a large space?

A security camera that is wired with high video resolution is ideal for monitoring entry points for intruders. It promises the fastest notification process if it senses motion. On the other hand, if you’re looking to monitor a large living room, a more preferable option may be a wireless security camera. These have a wide viewing field and can be mounted anywhere, saving you the stress of having to locate the closest power source.

Does your security budget cover the monthly subscription fee?

Do you want cloud or local storage? For some companies, the subscription gives you access to large cloud storage while others provide additional features such as facial recognition and notifying the authorities. Of course, this means the subscription fees vary from company to company. On the other hand, if your purpose is to keep an eye on your elderly relatives, kids, or pets, a smart security camera with local storage is ideal and allows you to stay within a tighter budget.

Placement of your security camera is important for optimal protection

Place them high up

Fix them on the top rack of a bookshelf or screw them into the ceiling for the best visual of the space. Most people think placing them discreetly to catch a thief in action is the best idea. In reality, an obvious and visible camera will make a thief think twice about breaking in.

Common break-in areas

Almost a quarter of burglars enter through the windows furthest away from street view. Setting up a WiFi security camera across from this window increases your protection. Other places to consider include the second-floor window, garage, and basement.

Maintaining your smart indoor cameras

  • Once a year - check for corrosion, low battery, and wiring damages.
  • Twice a year - clean the camera lenses and motion sensors
  • For bullet cameras - check for secure positioning.

Respect the privacy of others

In the States, it’s legal to record footage from hidden video cameras in your home, without a person’s consent. However, in most states, it is illegal to record with a hidden surveillance camera in spaces where a person expects a reasonable level of privacy (sleeping rooms or bathrooms). This is most relevant to homeowners looking to rent their place on Airbnb. In such cases, you are required to disclose all cameras installed in your home.

As a general rule, it’s best to fix cameras in a visible location to scare off intruders. An unobscured smart indoor security camera is also better for the optimal use of motion sensors and speakers.