Home security camera options
With so many smart home security systems available, you might have trouble choosing the best security camera for you and your family.
The next sections explore three types of security camera systems: outdoor, indoor, and video doorbell cameras.
Outdoor security cameras
Outdoor security cameras are essential for monitoring what’s happening around your property and taking the necessary actions in an emergency.
Most outdoor wireless security cameras use a Wi-Fi network to capture and record real-time footage of your home, which you can view remotely on your smartphone or a central interface like the Vivint Smart Hub.
Thanks to technology, these rugged devices offer a plethora of features and integration options to provide total home security.
- Weatherproof: Outdoor cameras are made to tackle wind, hail, snow, and all sorts of extreme weather conditions and fluctuating temperatures. Make sure to invest in a weather-resistant camera with an IP rating above IP65, like the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro.
- Resolution: The Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro delivers high video quality with 1080p and infrared color night vision, so you can see clearly at any time of day or night.
- Person detection: Having a second pair of eyes looking at your home and scaring off lurkers might sound too good to be true, but that’s exactly what the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro does. Equipped with an intelligent motion sensor and facial recognition technology, the Vivint camera detects lurkers and sends them away with loud sound and LED illumination.
- Smart home integration: If you want to enjoy a fully automated home experience, an outdoor camera with smart home integration could be what you need. Check your device’s compatibility with integrations like Google Assistant, Google Home, Apple Homekit, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT technology.
- 24/7 monitoring: If you’re worried about missing notifications or not acting early enough, our team of smart home pros can take the hard work off your shoulders with 24/7 professional monitoring. We’ll send first responders straight away if we can’t reach you.
- Video storage options: Opt for a free cloud storage option if you want your wire-free home security system to access, manage, and share your footage on the go. Unlimited cloud storage is also available, but it may come with a monthly fee. Alternatively, you can choose a local storage option like a hard drive or microSD card.
Indoor security cameras
Like outdoor security cameras, indoor security cameras monitor and record an indoor view of your home.
Apart from deterring lurkers and providing evidence in the case of burglary, indoor smart security cameras pack a ton of features that can come in handy.
- Resolution: Today’s indoor security cameras offer high-quality video footage that ranges between 720p to 4K HD/HDR. The Vivint Indoor Camera has a full HD 1080p video resolution that strikes the perfect balance between high-quality video streams and optimal storage. It also has a wide field of view, with 155° horizontal and 80° vertical angles.
- Two-way audio capabilities: Apart from home security, indoor cameras can give you the peace of mind you need when leaving children, older adults, or pets alone at home. The Vivint Indoor Camera keeps you connected to your family through two-way talk.
- Motion-triggered recording: The ability to watch the camera’s recorded footage is a must for any indoor camera. The Vivint Indoor Camera features motion-triggered video recording so you can rewatch video clips — whether you want to check something suspicious or see if the pool cleaner came.
- Customized settings: Being able to customize your camera to fit the needs of your home and family is more important than you think. The Vivint Indoor Camera can schedule recordings, define custom motion zones, and alert you whenever something happens inside your home.
- Smart home integration: Switching on the lights with voice-enabled technology? It’s possible. Opt for an indoor Wi-Fi camera with smart home integration like the Vivint Indoor Camera and control everything through the Vivint Smart Hub.
- Easy installation: Installing your Vivint Indoor Camera is pretty easy to DIY, as you don’t have to drill through walls or install complex wiring. However, it’s best to contact a professional installer when setting up an entire home automation system.
- Battery life: If you’re opting for a rechargeable battery camera, make sure you invest in a model with good battery power. The last thing you want is to run out of battery while away from home.
Video doorbells are small smart devices that attach to your front door. Besides acting as regular doorbells, video doorbells can also detect and record motion when something is happening outside your home.
Doorbell cameras can come in handy in various daily situations, including monitoring your home’s surroundings when you’re not around, getting notified when packages arrive, and talking to visitors.
- Package detection: Considering that package theft is a common crime in the U.S., a doorbell camera that notifies you as soon as something arrives can be helpful. The Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro knows when packages arrive and sends motion alerts through your mobile device or touch-screen base station.
- Two-way talk: Whether you want to talk to a delivery person outside your door or ask an unexpected visitor what they need, two-way talk can help keep you and your family safe. You can do this through your mobile device or the Vivint Smart Hub.
- Real-time footage: Use the Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro to see what’s happening at your doorstep in real time, even when you’re hundreds of miles away. All you have to do is log in to your Vivint app.
- Smart home integration: You can connect all your smart home devices to your mobile app for total home control. This way, you can lock the doors and set custom activity zones through the palm of your hand. You can even integrate the app with floodlight cameras to control the lighting outside your door.