We combed through hundreds of product reviews and roundups around the Web, and searched Amazon.
We considered only cameras that operate over Wi-Fi, without the need for a networked video recorder; we narrowed that list based on reviews, features, and price.
A Wi-Fi camera lets you monitor household activity while you’re away and can alert you to activity.
For the latest update to this guide, we spent more than four months testing 14 indoor Wi-Fi home-security cameras—evaluating motion and sound sensitivity, smartphone alerts, speaker and microphone quality, app features, storage options, placement flexibility, and image quality—and found the corded version of the Logitech Circle 2 to be the best choice for most people thanks to sharp video, continuous recording, and free cloud storage.
Buying a Wi-Fi camera should be a household decision, with placement, usage, and viewing agreed on by everyone concerned.
This means deciding which camera is best for you may depend on how obvious you want it to be and what it records.
The Nest Cam Indoor offers some of the best 1080p images, audio, and smart-home integration we’ve seen.
However, after the first 30 days, you get no free video storage—it’s basically useful only for live viewing unless you pay for a monthly or annual subscription to the Nest Aware service.
Although more expensive models may have more features, most of today’s indoor Wi-Fi cameras include the following features: Starting with this criteria, we compiled a list of worthy review candidates.
This typically involves finding a spot for your camera, creating an account in the app, and connecting the camera to your Wi-Fi network.
Many then allow you to configure the alert frequency and create activity monitoring zones, so the camera will capture motion only in designated areas.
Based on online reviews and other feedback, we added a few additional models that didn’t have all of these features, such as 1080p video, geofencing, and smart-home support, but other interesting perks.
Overall, we’ve tested 26 indoor Wi-Fi cameras—15 for the initial version of the guide and 14 for the latest update (we tested some models for both iterations).