Guardzilla Review: Reliable Low-Cost Cameras?

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Guardzilla cameras (caption: Guardzilla Review)Guardzilla’s lineup of stand-alone WiFi security cameras includes 3 indoor and 3 outdoor/indoor cameras, each offering a wide variety of features. There’s a lot to choose from to fit your home or business needs. But how do Guardzilla’s cameras stand up against other trustworthy security products?

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Article Overview

Guardzilla

3.55 / 5
Guardzilla
Field of View 5.0
Audio 5.0
Remote Viewing/Streaming 3.0
Value 2.8
Recording 3.0
Tech Support 2.5

Pros

  • Budget-friendly pricing
  • All cameras are wire-free (3 also have AC power adapters)
  • Motion and audio-detected recording with smartphone alerts
  • All cameras have night vision, 2-way audio and geofencing
  • Multiple users can view the same cameras via app
  • Can monitor up to 8 cameras on the app
  • Easy installation

Cons

  • Many user complaints that the cameras don't stay connected to WiFi or just stop working entirely after a couple of months
  • Users say customer service is poor and unresponsive
  • Tech support isn't available 24/7
  • Free cloud storage motion-detection clips are only 8 seconds long 
  • Operating temperatures for outdoor cameras aren't listed

Key Features

  • 1-year warranty
  • Real-time HD viewing
  • Can set to auto-arm when you leave and auto-disarm when you return
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Free cloud recording storage for 2 days for unlimited cameras
  • Share remote camera access with family and friends
  • Most cameras come with a magnetic mount and/or stand
  • Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, NestIFTTT and Samsung SmartThings
  • 30-day return for a full refund (only if purchased from Guardzilla website)
  • Live chat support hours are Mon-Fri 10am-6pm and Sat-Sun 11am-6pm CDT
  • 360° cameras won a 2018 CES Innovation Honoree Award

Comparison Table

All of Guardzilla’s cameras come with built-in 2-way audio and night vision.

 360 Indoor180 IndoorGZ502B Indoor360 Outdoor180 OutdoorOutdoor
Price $93.99 $59.99 Check Amazon for availability Check Amazon for availability $49.99 Check Amazon for availability
Video Resolution1080p HD1080p HD720p HD1080p HD1080p HD720p HD
Field Of View360°180°89°360°180°89°
Wire-Free Or A/C PowerWire-FreeWire-FreeWire-FreeWire-Free or A/C PowerWire-Free or A/C PowerWire-Free or A/C Power
Siren100db100db100db90db100db100db
Local StoragemicroSD CardmicroSD CardmicroSD Card
Water ResistantCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark

Indoor Camera Reviews

Guardzilla’s indoor cameras are wire-free and work with rechargeable lithium AA batteries.

360 Indoor

Guardzilla GZ360 360 Indoor Security CameraView on Amazon

This Guardzilla 360 model is for indoor use only and features impressive 360° motion detection and night vision capabilities. It also has three built-in call buttons so you can send push notifications to designated smartphone numbers. Unfortunately, your only mounting option for this model is on a flat surface. And if you’re looking for local video storage, you’ll have to go with their 180 models.

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180 Indoor

Guardzilla 180 Indoor Security CameraView on Amazon

While the Guardzilla 180 indoor model only gives you a 180° field of view (which is still fantastic compared to many other security cameras), you can mount it on a flat surface or hang it on a wall or ceiling with a magnetic mount. It also has a built-in microSD card slot, which can save up to 5 days of continuous recording. If you don’t want to rely solely on cloud storage, this could be the model for you.

Price: $59.99

GZ502B Indoor

Guardzilla GZ502B All-In-One Video Security SystemView on Amazon

This is Guardzilla’s older model and has worse resolution and field of view than many of their other cameras. You have flexible mounting options and also get local storage with this indoor-only camera, but we think you can do better with other models.

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Outdoor Camera Reviews

Guardzilla’s outdoor/indoor cameras give you the option of using them wire-free with rechargeable lithium AA batteries or with the included A/C adapter and 10-foot power cord. We recommend using the batteries for backup if the power goes out.

360 Outdoor

Guardzilla Outdoor 360 Panoramic HD WiFi Security CameraView on Amazon

This Guardzilla 360 model features award-winning 360° motion detection and night vision features. If you want 360° and flexible mounting options, this is a better choice than the 360 indoor-only model. You use the magnetic mount to hang it on a wall, ceiling or eave or place it on the camera stand on any flat surface.

Unfortunately, like the indoor 360 model, this one doesn’t have a built-in microSD card slot. And the siren on this model is slightly quieter (90db vs 100 db) than all the other Guardzilla cameras.

Price: Check Amazon for availability

180 Outdoor

Guardzilla 180 Outdoor CameraView on Amazon

The Guardzilla 180 outdoor camera has multiple mounting options. The only major difference between this model and the 180 indoor-only camera is the A/C power option. It also has a built-in microSD card slot.

Price: $49.99

Outdoor

Guardzilla Outdoor Security CameraView on Amazon

This budget-line model has flexible mounting options. It has the same lower resolution and a narrower field of view of its indoor-only counterpart; however, it doesn’t have a built-in microSD card slot like that model does.

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Cloud Storage Plans

  • Free
    • 8-second video clips
    • Saves for 2 days
  • 7-Day Plan
    • $4.99/month or $49.99/year
    • 30-second video clips
    • Saves for 7 days
  • 30-Day Plan
    • $8.99/month or $89.99/year
    • 30-second video clips
    • Saves for 30 days

24/7 Professional Monitoring

This add-on service allows you to alert Guardzilla’s nationwide professional monitoring service via your smartphone app if one of your cameras detects motion and you see that there’s an intruder in or around your home (or if you don’t dismiss the motion detection alert). Their professional operators will contact your designated emergency contacts. If they can’t reach your contacts, their operators will contact your local police department.

  • $9.99/month

Tip: Be wary of getting professional monitoring for motion-detection cameras because they can trigger smartphone alerts for many things, like moths or even debris, crossing the sensors. If you know you’ll always see motion-detection alerts on your phone to be able to dismiss your alerts, then all’s good. If not, the last thing you want is police showing up at your home or business based on inconsequential occurances.

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What Are Some Alternatives To Guardzilla Cameras?

Guardzilla’s WiFi cameras are among the most affordable you can find on the market. And their 360° cameras are truly innovative. While some customers have no complaints, others have run into a myriad of problems with all of Guardzilla’s models, from poor video quality and buggy apps to constant WiFi connection issues. We think you can do better if your budget allows.

Check out our best WiFi security camera article, where we review the most popular wireless security cameras on the market, including Arlo cameras. You should also check out some other top outdoor security camera options.

You also may want to consider a whole-home security system that syncs together security cameras, door and window sensors, smoke and CO alarms and much more.

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While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s graduate school for journalism and public relations, Sally began a long career researching and writing about hard-to-understand topics, such as insurance and finance.

Her additional experience in marketing, fundraising, public relations and financial planning at various foundations and nonprofit organizations over the years has given her the practical tools to inform consumers about making the smartest business and personal financial decisions. Her work has appeared in many notable media outlets, including The Washington Post, Entrepreneur, People, Forbes, Huffington Post, and more.

Speaking of smart living — growing up in the (at-the-time) per-capita murder capital of the U.S. (Richmond, VA) taught her a thing or two about the need for personal and home safety. Sally stays on top of all the latest gadgets and services to protect her and her teenage daughters from potential predators and thieves. And she brings this knowledge to every article she writes.

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