Best Outdoor Security Camera: We Review 8 Contenders

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Whether you’re buying your first outdoor surveillance system or looking to upgrade an existing system, you can increase the surveillance on your property without going broke. Forget the complicated, multi-thousand dollar security systems. These security cameras are easy to install and an affordable way to protect you and your home.

What Outdoor Security Camera Features Are Critical?

When shopping for a system, there are several things to consider. Some features will be important in your situation, while others you might choose to forego. We put together a list of all the factors to keep in mind in our security camera 101 article.

What Is A DVR? (And Do I Need It?)

Some of the cameras we review have DVR (Digital Video Recorder), which means they can record the security footage, so you can view it later. Think of it as the equivalent of TiVo for your television that records TV shows so you can watch them later. It’s helpful to have DVR when you need to look back and reference activity that took place previously (identifying a burglar’s identity during a break in or what happened to your missing package).

Depending on the type of DVR and the number of cameras you have will determine how much footage it can hold. But, just because it has DVR does not mean continually records video. Due to limited storage space, cameras often only capture when it detects motion. So if you need access to footage 24/7 or have a high traffic area to monitor (a busy street) you might want to get a CCTV system (Closed-Circuit Television) which gives you uninterrupted video.

With that in mind, here are our top picks. However, make sure you read them all as some might be a better fit for you than others.

Amcrest Review

Amcrest Pro HD#1

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The Amcrest ProHD is a four channel security camera system acts like a plug-and-play system. The installation process is surprisingly easy even though there are multiple cameras and a DVR to set up.

The cameras have an IP67 weatherproofing rating and 18 infrared LEDs for night vision, which allows up to a 98-foot viewing range at night. The cameras can operate in temperatures ranging from -4° to 140°F. Other features include motion detection and two-way talk.

You can view the footage through your DVR or the iOS or Android app. The hard drive holds 1TB of footage but is expandable up to 8TB. At 1TB, you can record up to 12 days of continuous footage at high resolution or up to 60+ days of recording if you opt for lower resolution setting or motion detection recording.

Getting four cameras and a DVR for $189.99 is rather reasonable and the camera has great tech specs. We definitely recommend checking out this camera if you’re looking to monitor multiple areas at home or for a business.

Pros

Cons

  • Lifetime support
  • Customers rave about the customer service
  • Easy installation
  • Includes a DVR
  • 600-foot transmission range
  • Sends email alerts
  • Motion detection
  • Amcrest Link app
  • Some users have had to buy newer/better cables

Price

Foscam Review

Foscam FI9900P#2

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The Foscam FI9900P has excellent picture quality for both day and night. It has IP66 weatherproofing and night vision up to 65 feet. You can digitally zoom up to eight times, and the camera has sound detection.

This Foscam camera has a one-year warranty and works in temperatures from -4 to 140℉, so it would be best if you live in a state that doesn’t have a severe winter.

Foscam has great customer service, so if you come across any hiccups, you can always call for help. Record video to the hard drive for free, or you can purchase remote storage on Foscam Cloud.

Pros

Cons

  • Great customer service
  • Store footage locally on the hard drive or use Foscam Cloud
  • Sends email alerts
  • Motion detection
  • Foscam Viewer app
  • No DVR included
  • No two-way audio

Price

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Ring Floodlight Cam Review

Ring Floodlight Cam#3

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Ring’s Floodlight Cam has a built-in light to help ward off any unwanted visitors. The camera has some great features including two-way talk, and an app to send you instant notifications when the camera detects motion.

However, this is a pretty pricey camera and you’re required to pay an extra monthly fee if you want to store any video. If you want a strictly digital way to secure your camera footage, Ring may fit the bill. But, if you prefer to have a DVR and a lower cost system, you should look elsewhere.

Ring beat out Canary Flex and Nest Cam Outdoor because it has a larger operating temperature range (-22° to 120°F), lower cloud subscription fees and a wider viewing angle (140°).

Pros

Cons

  • 24/7 customer service
  • Easy installation
  • No DVR needed
  • Sends app alerts
  • Two-way talk
  • Motion detection
  • Night vision
  • Ring app
  • Money back guarantee
  • Expensive camera
  • Must pay monthly for video recording

Price

Ring Protect Cloud Plans

Ring charges for video recording.

  • Free
    • Ring and motion alerts
    • Custom motion detection
    • Interact with visitors
    • Live video on demand
  • Protect Basic $3/month or $30/year
    • Covers 1 Ring doorbell or security camera
    • Includes everything in the Free plan
    • 60 days of video recording
    • Review, share and save Ring videos

Coupon Code

Ring products are generally discounted from MSRP on Amazon.

Comparison Table

Camera Name1st: Amcrest2nd: Foscam3rd: Ring Floodlight CamBlink XTCanary FlexNest Cam OutdoorR-TechZOSI
Camera Name1st: Amcrest2nd: Foscam3rd: Ring Floodlight CamBlink XTCanary FlexNest Cam OutdoorR-TechZOSI
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Price$189.99$62.99$249.00Out of stock$137.00$163.98Check on Amazon
$25.99
Number of Cameras Included41111111
DVR IncludedCheckmarkNot neededNot neededNot neededNot needed
Night VisionCheckmark
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30ft
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98ft
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120ft
Field of View103°98°140°110°116°130°22.6° to 81.2°72°
Operating Temperature-4 to 140℉-4 to 140℉-22° to 120°F-4° to 113°F-4° to 113°F–4° to 104°F-22° to 140°F-4° to 122°F
WirelessCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Video Storage1TB Hard DriveHard Drive or Foscam CloudCloud Recording: $30/year or $3/month per camera2 hours of footage free, no additional cloud storage available1-day storage of 10-second video previews for free;
Membership: 30-day storage of full-length videos for $9.99/month or $99/year
Cloud Storage:
$100/year for 10 days;
$300/year for 30 days
Must Purchase AdditionallyMust Purchase Additionally
WeatherproofCheckmark
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IP66
Weather ResistantCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkWeather ResistantCheckmark
IP66
Motion DetectionCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
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App
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Transmission Range600ftN/AN/A100ft from hubN/AN/AN/AN/A
Video Quality1080p HD1080p HD1080p HD1280 x 720p1080p HD1080p HD1000TVL1000TVL
960H
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Amcrest Link
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Foscam Viewer
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Warranty1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year Limited1 Year2 Year Limited1 Year1 Year
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Blink XT Review

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Blink XTThe Blink XT camera is weatherproof and can operate in temperatures ranging from -4° to 113°F. The camera’s resolution is 1280 x 720p, which is less than what other cameras offer at 1080p.

You can connect up to ten devices on your Blink account, so there’s plenty of room to video monitor the exterior of your home. The view angle is 110° as well, so you can cover a large area, and it has a one-year limited warranty.

Unfortunately, it does not have zoom capabilities, so there’s a chance your footage could be too blurry at 720p with a 110° view angle to capture a license plate or clear face. This is why Blink XT ranked lower in our review.

Pros

Cons

  • Wireless
  • No DVR needed
  • No cloud storage fees
  • Batteries last two years
  • Infrared night vision
  • iOS and Android apps
  • Some customers state their cameras got waterlogged
  • Some customers’ camera batteries lasted days
  • Only stores up to two hours of footage, no other cloud storage options
  • Requires a hub
  • No zoom
  • No two-way audio
  • Can’t withstand extreme winters

Price

Canary Flex Review

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Canary FlexYou can use Canary Flex indoors and outdoors, so you can monitor all entrance areas of your home. According to customer reviews, Canary Flex performs much better than its predecessor, Canary. The Flex can be plugged into an outlet or used with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, so you can decide how you’d like to use it.

Unfortunately, Canary Flex isn’t the cheapest camera, and you can only connect up to four cameras on one account. If you’re planning on more than four cameras outside your home, we suggest going with another camera.

Two-way talk is a feature available, but you only get it if you purchase the cloud package. The Canary Flex has many great features including a 116° wide-angle view, 1080p HD footage, 25-foot night vision, weatherproof, operating temperature of -4° F to 113°F and a one-year warranty.

Pros

Cons

  • Great customer service, according to online reviews we’ve read
  • Wireless
  • No DVR needed
  • Canary Cloud offers access to events from the past 24 hours for free, and you can bookmark up to five videos
  • Ability to add emergency contacts
  • Canary Flex can be used indoors and outdoors
  • Two-way talk
  • Motion detection
  • Night vision
  • Android and iOS app
  • 60-day money back guarantee
  • Expensive camera
  • Some lagging
  • Can only connect up to 4 devices
  • Can’t withstand extreme winters

Price

Cloud

  • Free Access: 1-day storage of 10-second video previews for free
  • Membership: 30-day storage of full-length videos for $9.99/month or $99/year

Coupon Code

Canary products are generally discounted from MSRP on Amazon.

Read Our In-Depth Canary Review

Nest Cam Outdoor Review

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Nest Cam OutdoorNest Cam Outdoor has some great camera features. It has a 130° field of view and an operating temperature of -4° to 104°F. The 1080p HD video allows you to zoom in eight times digitally to get a clearer picture of a thieves face or license plate.

The camera is weatherproof, so it’s okay if this gets some rain or snow on it. It has a two-year limited warranty and two-way audio, which is very clear.

You can have up to ten Nest Cams connected in one home and have up to two homes on one Nest account.

So what are the downsides? The camera doesn’t come cheap, and on top of that, you’ll most likely want to sign up for a cloud storage package. Without cloud storage, this camera is almost useless.

Pros

Cons

  • 24/7 customer support via phone & email
  • Wireless
  • No DVR needed
  • Live streaming video to computer, tablet or smartphone
  • 24/7 continuous recording
  • Two-way audio communication with built-in microphone and speaker
  • On/Off programming to coordinate with your schedule
  • Motion detection
  • Eight infrared LEDs for night vision
  • Mobile apps send push notifications
  • Syncs with Nest Learning Thermostat and Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
  • Expensive
  • No local video storage
  • Must be plugged into a wall outlet
  • Recording is an extra charge
  • Can’t withstand extreme winters

Price

Cloud Recording

Cloud recording is optional for the Nest Cam outdoor, but without it, you can only see what happens in real-time. We suggest signing up for Nest Aware cloud recording to get full use of this camera. Below is the cloud pricing for one camera.

  • $100/year for 10 days
  • $300/year for 30 days

Read Our In-Depth Nest Cam Outdoor Review

R-Tech Review

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R-Tech RVD70BThis R-Tech RVD70B 1000TVL camera has great night vision distance at 98 feet. It is vandal resistant, meaning that it has a very sturdy outer shell.

The viewing angle is smaller than other cameras at 22.6° to 81.2°. A huge plus is the wide range of operating temperatures at -22° to 140°F and there is a one-year warranty.

We’re a bit bummed that there’s no motion detection and it’s only 1000TVL video quality. According to Arcdyn, with 1000TVL cameras, you can hardly recognize a face or read a license place from more than ten feet away.

The manufacturer states that it is weather resistant and not weatherproof. However, we haven’t read any complaints about its performance in the weather, so we aren’t holding this against them.

Pros

Cons

  • Great video quality
  • Easy installation
  • 98 foot night vision
  • Vandal resistant
  • DVR not included
  • Weather resistant not weatherproof
  • No motion detection
  • No alerts
  • No app

Price

ZOSI Review

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We like that this camera is only $25.99 but still has decent camera features. There are some restrictions to it, but if it meets your needs, you can save some money by going with Zosi.

This camera has a one-year quality warranty and is rated IP66 for weatherproofing. The camera’s night vision allows up to 120 feet, and the operating temperature is -4° to 122°F.

The camera is described as having 1000TVL, but is that comparable to a camera with 1080p resolution? No. Similar to R-Tech above, it will only be good for up to ten feet.

Unfortunately, this is a huge factor and one we can’t recommend for every element of home security. If you need a camera near your front door, this may be a good option. However, if you want a camera over your garage overlooking your driveway, the video quality of this camera may not be good enough. Its customer support is active and responds to comments on Amazon.

Pros

Cons

  • Active customer support
  • Inexpensive
  • 120 foot night vision
  • Vandal resistant
  • No DVR included
  • No motion detection
  • No alerts
  • No app

Price

What Do You Need From Your Security Camera System

Are there specific features that you are looking for in an outdoor surveillance camera system? Make a list of them to help you narrow your search.

Or maybe you are just getting started and need to read our surveillance systems 101 tutorial. Be sure to also visit our reviews of night vision and indoor WiFi security cameras. Know what areas you want monitored and be sure to purchase a system you feel comfortable and safe with.

What questions do you have about buying the best outdoor security cameras?

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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.

Kimberly has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering subjects such as home security and automation, identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems and more. In 2018, she had her first child, and that opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Security is a passion of hers, and she knows it isn’t a one size fits all category. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs.

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Trusted Alarm
Nowadays there are different CCTV cameras that you can buy. Find something that can be connected with your phone. This way you can easily track what is happening in your home when you are out.
Escape Room Owner
I own an escape room company and we use security cameras in each of the rooms to help our customers out with clues. We did extensive research on our own and wish I would have seen this before we bought our system, but glad to see that Foscam is the #2 pick since that’s what we use. We’ve been very happy with them, they have a great working camera with clear images, a great user interface and sleek modern designs. Plus they were fairly simple to install and set up.