I have covered a lot of home security technology in the past couple of years, and it can be a bit of a minefield. There have been a lot of indoor cameras released over the years, but not as many that are suitable for outdoors. For myself, I am not particularly interested in knowing what is going on in my home, I don’t have kids or dogs, and I work from home, so indoor cameras are moot for myself. Keeping an eye on what is going on outside is more important, and hopefully, the presence of cameras will act as a deterrent for any potential thieves.
The outdoor options cover a variety of installation options, you have some that are wire free and use cloud services making the installation very simple, but arguably they provide less security. On the other had wired IP CCTV cameras can offer 24/7 recording in multiple resolutions but are complicated and sometimes expensive to install.
The following are my picks for the best options available:
Blink XT would be my first choice for an affordable wire-free installation that anyone can implement. It uses AA batteries, so there is no need to charge it often, there is no compulsory subscription service like canary, and I have found it to be very reliable.
The Blink requires a small sync module in your home so it can push notifications and sync up the devices. However, the content is kept locally. It uses motion detection for recording and due to the battery nature of the device monitoring a live feed for prolonged periods is not really possible. I also found the mounting bracket to be flimsy.
Overall though this is the most affordable system that is easy to implement.
A 2 camera kit costs £239.99
Offering a very similar set-up to Bling, the Netgear Arlo devices have a superior build quality and more options within their app. In particular, you can select motion detection zones, so if you have a camera that faces somewhere with a lot of movement (like trees or the road), then you can define where it triggers recording.
You can buy a proper outdoor mount which is much sturdier than what Blink uses.
It requires awkward CR123A batteries, which are very expensive compared to AA. So, it is recommended to invest in some rechargeable ones. Similar to the Blink, you need a sync module inside your house, videos are stored on Netgear servers and for it to work to its full potential you need a subscription.
A 2-camera kit cost £274.00 and combined with the subscription it is a lot more expensive than Blink.
I would have chosen the Y-Cam Outdoor camera, but since a recent update you have to buy a monthly subscription, and with a