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6 Motion Detection Cameras to Quickly Improve Your Home Security

Give your home an added layer protection with the best motion detection cameras. We found the top six models on the market.

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6 Best Motion Detection Cameras For Your HomeVIA MERCHANT

Whether you want to keep an eye on your pets, watch the wildlife roaming your backyard or simply protect your home, motion detection cameras are an excellent home security tool. When motion sensor cameras detect movement around your property, they send a notification to your phone, start recording video or both.

Some motion detection cameras are only meant to be used indoors, while others double as outdoor security cameras. As far as power, they can be hard-wired into your home’s electrical system or plugged into a wall outlet. They can also run on rechargeable or disposable batteries, or even solar power. We researched the best motion detection cameras for various home types and needs so you can determine what’s right for you.

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Arlo Ultra2 Wireless Security Camera

The indoor/outdoor Arlo Ultra is one of the best motion detection cameras for two reasons. First, it has the best video quality. It includes an extra-wide field of view (180 degrees), 4K ultra-HD video and color night vision. Second, Arlo’s home security camera includes helpful features such as a siren, noise-canceling technology with the two-way talk option and a spotlight.

Not only does it detect motion, it also tells the difference between humans, pets and vehicles, so you can customize your motion alerts and recording preferences. Plus, it’s wireless and runs on a rechargeable battery.

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Eufy Security S220 Indoor Cam

For around $50, you can look in and talk to your pets, nanny or elderly relatives with the Eufy 2K camera. Connect it to Wi-Fi and Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. With two-way audio, motion sensors and night vision, the Eufy indoor camera has your home covered, providing instant mobile alerts. Nearly 12,000 Amazon user reviews and a 4.5-star average rating confirms that this is one of the best motion detection cameras for the money.

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Nest Iqvia merchant

Google Nest IQ Indoor Camera

Google Nest IQ Indoor Camera is the best facial recognition camera on the market. Not only does it detect and alert you to a human near your home, it automatically zooms in on their face. Enjoy two-way conversation and 24/7 live stream with this wired camera, as well as night vision and wide angle viewing. Nest IQ is smart home-enabled and works with Alexa, Control4, Google, Google Assist, Lutron, Nexia and Siri.

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Ring Video Doorbell 4

The Ring Video Doorbell 4 is the smartest motion-detecting doorbell camera on the market because it combines clear 1080p HD video with options you’d find on much larger motion cameras, such as two-way talk, customizable alerts and Alexa compatibility. It’s wondrously user friendly.

Customize the motion area so that the Ring doorbell only detects movement in certain areas of your yard, reducing false alerts. Plus, the app has a bevy of fantastic features, including a neighborhood watch. Power comes from a rechargeable battery pack, or you can connect to existing doorbell wiring.

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Wyze Cam Pet Camera

If you want to monitor the secret lives of your pets, the indoor/outdoor Wyze Cam features two-way talk, live streaming and voice recording to record your pet while you’re away. This affordable, plug-in camera connects to 2.4G Wi-Fi networks and the Wyze app, with an easy off switch for when you return home.

Record up to three days on a MicroSD card or subscribe to Cam Plus with 14 days of cloud storage. If you want to keep an eye on the critters outdoors, Wyze offers low-light color night footage.

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Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera

The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera combines the smarts of a motion sensor camera with the brightest light on the market, enough to illuminate your whole yard. This floodlight camera will activate only when it detects motion or manually through the app, recording and/or notify you when motion is detected. The Arlo Pro 3 comes with a battery that must be removed to recharge, or you can purchase a solar charger or permanent charging cable.

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Sheri Kaz
As Associate Shopping Editor, Sheri helps Family Handyman readers find well-designed products to enjoy their time spent at home. Her expertise lies in interior design and gardening. When she’s not searching for the next inspired home or garden solution, she enjoys dancing, painting and the great outdoors.