The best indoor home security cameras in 2022

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The best indoor home security cameras in 2022
Indoor home security cameras can add an extra layer of peace of mind to your home or apartment. They allow you to check in and talk to your kids or a pet when you aren’t home. And they can be an important part of your home security and safety plan, giving you visual evidence of a break-in, fire, or anything else that might happen while you’re away.

To find the best indoor home security camera for you, we spent the last month with nearly a dozen cameras set up, watching our every move throughout the day. The stream of alerts and messages when we were — and weren’t — in our home office has been eye-opening. Below are three fantastic cameras sure to fit anyone’s needs to add another piece of the home security puzzle.  Arlo’s Essential Indoor Security Camera checks all of the boxes when it comes to what we’re looking for in an indoor home security camera. Video quality is fantastic, two-way audio is clear and crisp, it has a built-in privacy shutter that turns the camera and microphone off with the push of a button, you get tons of alert options and the app is easy to use.

For $99, you get a camera that captures 1080p video with a 130-degree field of view. The video is colorful and full of detail, making it easy to identify objects and people. A built-in infrared LED light provides night vision capabilities.

Arlo’s app is easy to use and it’s simple to make adjustments to the camera, such as controlling the video’s exposure, adding activity zones, or toggling the physical privacy shutter on or off. When the shutter is closed, the microphone and camera are completely disabled, giving peace of mind that your private conversations and moments aren’t being captured.

You can connect the Essential Indoor Security Camera to Alexa, Google Home and even Apple HomeKit (hub required). Support for all three major smart home platforms isn’t common with security cameras, giving Arlo an edge above the competition in this regard (most purchasers will likely stick with a single platform, but the flexibility provides some future-proofing should you ever switch).

Arlo Secure subscription plans start at $2.99 a month for a single camera — less expensive than Ring — or $9.99 for unlimited cameras. That gets you 30-day video history, object detection, and discounts on future Arlo purchases.

While you can place the Arlo Essential on a shelf or piece of furniture using its stand, a wall mount plate and screw kit is also Included if you want to mount the Arlo up high, along with a microUSB cable and power adapter for powering the camera.

Arlo’s indoor camera provides the best all-around experience, regardless of which smart home platform you’ve invested in. The added privacy shutter that lets you make sure the Arlo is only watching when you want it to is a welcome feature that shouldn’t be overlooked on an indoor camera.

The Ring Indoor Cam is small and easy to place practically anywhere in your home, records high-quality video and its speaker sounds good. Ring is owned by Amazon, so the camera has tight integration with Alexa and Amazon’s Echo devices. Like other Ring cameras, it has some Google Assistant support, but it is limited: you can’t, for example, live stream video to a Nest Hub smart display.

The Indoor Cam records 1080p video, and has a color night vision mode, two-way audio and a 140-degree diagonal field of view. That really breaks down to 115 degrees horizontal and 60 degrees vertical. In a side-by-side comparison, the FOV is nearly identical to the 130 degree field of view of the Arlo Essential Indoor Camera.

Ring’s app can use your location or schedule to control when the Indoor camera is recording. While you’re home, the system can be disarmed automatically, disabling recording, and when you leave the camera or cameras can enter “Away” mode and return to full recording functionality.

The Indoor Cam is one of the smallest cameras out of our test group, its cylindrical body measuring 2.95 inches tall and 1.81 inches around. The base of the camera can be moved to the rear of the housing if you want to mount it on your wall, and all the necessary mounting hardware to do so is included in the box.

Like the Arlo Indoor Essential camera, the Ring Indoor comes with a 6.5 foot power cable and a wall adapter. If the cable is too short to reach an outlet from wherever you need to position it, you can get a 10-foot cable for $12.99.

Ring’s Protect plans give you similar service for roughly the same price as Arlo’s subscription plans. For $3.99 a month you get video recording for a single camera, or $10 a month gets you recording for all of your Ring video devices. History is kept for up to 180 days, and you’ll get person alerts and discounts on future Ring purchases.

For those who already have a Ring video doorbell camera or another Ring security camera product, the Indoor Cam is an affordable and easy choice. Its video quality looks great, and the audio sounds clear.

The Circle View camera from Logitech isn’t new — in fact, it was released in 2020 — but since then Apple has continued to update and add features to its HomeKit smart home platform and that’s benefited the Circle View significantly, adding features like improved automations and identification of animals and people as well as objects like vehicles and packages.

The 1080p camera has a 180-degree field-of-view, ensuring nearly everything in front of it is captured. And it automatically corrects for the wide lens, recording video without a fisheye effect on the resulting video.

Everything from initial setup to changing any settings or viewing live feeds of the camera can be done in the Home app from any Apple device you own. With Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video product, as long as you have an iCloud Storage subscription (even the $0.99 a month plan qualifies for one camera) any and all video captured by the Circle View is end-to-end encrypted and stored on Apple’s servers.

Even though videos are stored remotely, only you can access the files. You will need a HomeKit hub (an Apple TV, HomePod or HomePod Mini) in order to control and view your devices when you’re not home. It’s a good solution for Apple households, but since the Circle View isn’t compatible with Alexa or Google Assistant, you’re locked into Apple’s ecosystem.

The Circle View is designed for both indoor and outdoor use; while It performs well in either application (and was competitive among the cameras we tested to find the best outdoor home security cameras), we think it is more suitable for indoor applications since it has to be plugged in and, well, not too many people have electrical outlets on the outside of their homes in locations suitable for putting up a security camera.

Plus, even though it’s a dual-purpose camera, Logitech included some indoor-friendly privacy features in the Circle View’s design. The stand that holds the Circle View up allows the front of the camera to be rotated down, towards the stand, so the camera can no longer see what’s going on in front of it. If you want to temporarily disable all audio and video recording, there’s a button on the rear of the circular housing that turns off the camera and microphone. An indicator light on the front of the camera lets you know when it’s off.

The Circle View’s privacy features, wide viewing angle and clear video makes it the clear winner among the cameras that support HomeKit Secure Video. Those being the Eve Cam and the Ecobee SmartCamera. It’s more expensive than the Ecobee camera, but in my testing, the overall experience and quality justify the price.
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