ADT Security Cameras Reviews: Outdoor, Indoor, Doorbell, Surveillance, Pulse, Cost, Installation, And More

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3 Blue by ADT Cameras (caption: Blue By ADT Security Cameras)Looking for a home security camera by a company with a well-known brand behind it but don’t want the associated high fees? ADT acquired LifeShield in 2019 and rebranded it Blue by ADT. They offer three different cameras to help secure your home, which you can use independently or with a Blue by ADT security system.

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Article Overview

Blue By ADT Cameras

Blue By ADT logo smallAll of the Blue by ADT cameras can work independently or with any Blue by ADT home security system. You can view video feeds and recorded footage in the Blue by ADT app (Android | iOS). All of the cameras have the following technical specifications:

  • Facial recognition
  • Two-way talk + noise cancellation
  • Custom motion detection zones
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT
  • 1080p HD resolution
  • Night vision
  • Two color options: pearl gray and graphite

More specs for each camera are listed below.

Can My Camera Trigger The Alarm?

You’re probably wondering, can a camera event set off your alarm? No. In fact, we don’t know of any home security company whose cameras trigger an alarm event. This does work in reverse, however — if one of your security sensors gets tripped, your cameras will activate, start recording and you can view the footage shortly after via the app or website.

Blue Doorbell CameraBlue Doorbell Camera

  • Price: $199.99
  • 180° field of view
  • Motion detection up to 9.8 feet
  • Operating temperature: -40° to 104°F
  • Dimensions: 4.9 x 1.7 x 1.4 inches

Installation

Blue Outdoor CameraBlue Wireless Outdoor Camera

  • Price: $199.99
  • 130° field of view
  • Motion detection up to 16.4 feet
  • Rechargeable battery
  • SD card slot for local storage
  • Operating temperature: 14° to 122°F
  • Dimensions: 3.7 x 2.8 x 2.7 inches

Where Should I Place My Outdoor Cameras?

Think about where thieves are most likely to enter your home. Most break-ins occur at the front door, but if there are easily accessible windows or rear doors, you may want to get additional cameras to cover these areas. If you have a carport instead of garage, you can point an outdoor camera at your vehicles.

Installation

Blue Indoor CameraBlue Indoor Camera

  • Price: $199.99
  • 130° field of view
  • Motion detection up to 16.4 feet
  • AC power with battery backup
  • Fire and carbon monoxide siren detector
  • SD card slot for local storage
  • Operating temperature: 32° to 104°F
  • Dimensions: 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.8 inches

Installation

Cloud Storage

  • 24 hours of cloud video storage free
  • Each camera: $2.99/month for 60-day storage
  • Unlimited cameras: $12.99/month for 60-day storage
  • Professional monitoring: $19.99/month for 30-day storage

Why Blue By ADT?

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Are you curious about what else Blue By ADT has to offer? You can compare them against other self-monitored home security solutions or read up on our experts picks for the best pro monitored systems. Our comparisons include pricing, user feedback, technology, equipment, company reputation and more.

Which camera is most appealing to you?

ADT Camera on table inside (text in image: ADT Camera Review)After you have your ADT security system installed, you may be interested in adding another camera or two to your system setup. Don’t worry, this doesn’t require a visit from a professional installer. We’ve got instructions on how to install the camera yourself as well as other detailed information regarding the specs of this device.

Click here to read about ADT outdoor cameras or doorbell cameras. If you don’t have ADT service yet, you can sign up here with one of our recommended providers.

ADT security systems are sold through authorized resellers*. This means the company you use to get your ADT system could be different than someone who lives in the neighboring county. Therefore, your costs and customer service will vary, even when the equipment, contracts and general installation tend to be similar.

*Our ADT links take you to SafeStreets, which is an authorized reseller for ADT.

ADT Indoor Camera Review

Pros

Cons

  • Infrared night vision
  • Sends notifications when motion is detected
  • Watch live and stored video
  • Capture clips of events
  • Motion detection and night vision up to 25 feet
  • 720p video quality (not 1080p)
  • Requires AC power

Price

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 2.56″H x 2.56″W x 1.34″D
  • Operating Temperature: 32°F to 104°F
  • Weight: 0.34 lbs
  • Video Quality: 720p
  • Field Of View: 128.6°
  • Lifetime equipment warranty through the Quality Service Plan

Installation

If you already have ADT, you can add this camera to your system without a professional. If you don’t, sign up with one of our recommended providers.

  1. Attach the camera stand to the camera.
  2. Connect the power adapter to the camera and power up.
    1. The Power LED will turn on briefly and then start blinking. It will continue to blink for about 1 minute, and then the Power LED will remain on.
  3. Connect the camera to the internet.
    1. Wired: Connect a USB to ethernet adapter (not included) to the USB port of the camera. Then use an ethernet cable (not included) to connect to the control panel.
    2. Wireless: Launch an internet browser and log in to the Pulse portal. Select the Systems tab and click Manage Devices. Click Cameras -> Add Using WPS button at the bottom of the screen. Enter the PIN (located on the camera) in the WPS PIN field. Make sure the camera is powered on and click Continue. A screen appears. Press and hold the WPS/RESET button on the camera for 5 seconds. (Be sure to complete the WPS connection within 2 minutes, or it will time out.) The Network/WPS LED flashes amber as it attempts to connect to the camera.
  4. Power LED should be on by now, and the Network/WPS LED should be solid green.
  5. Enroll the camera in ADT Pulse (page 9 here)
  6. Mount the camera near a power source.

Here’s a link to the quick installation guide for the ADT Pulse camera and here’s a short video showing everything we’ve laid out above.

Is ADT’s Home Security Service Reliable?

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If you aren’t an ADT customer yet and were wanting to learn more about its camera, we hope we helped you become more informed. You can learn more about ADT’s home security features in our comprehensive review to see if their services meet your needs. We discuss pricing details, equipment options, customer feedback and more.

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About The Author:

Kimberly is our home security expert and has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering everything from security systems and home automation to identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems, and more. She has personally tested hundreds of system components and interfaced with dozens of home security companies to find out what’s happening behind the scenes. Her work has appeared in many notable brands, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Reader's Digest, Forbes, People, Woman's World, and Huffington Post.

In 2018, she had her first child, which opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing, and personally testing products and services.

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