Best Indoor Security Cameras of 2021

We narrowed down the top ten indoor security cameras of 2020 to make your decision a little easier.
Updated Jun 10, 2021
Written By
Dashia Starr | Home Security Writer
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Today’s indoor cameras have to do more than just “take video.” The best are filled with smart features that can enhance the video experience and protect your home in other ways. 1080p HD, a mobile app and a wide-angle view are now nearly requirements while smoke detection, facial recognition and two-way talk are a must to be considered one of today’s top cameras. Check out our picks for the best indoor home security cameras.

Top indoor camera features to shop for

There are a number of features that today’s indoor cameras offer beyond HD video and audio. As cameras become more advanced, here are the top features to shop for when choosing yours.
  • Two-way audio

    You’ll be able to see and speak to family and friends at your home when you’re at work or on the go using your smartphone. Tell the kids it’s time to clean-up or make sure guests know where to find what they need. The best indoor cameras have HD sound and video to enhance this feature. 

  • Fire and CO alarm detection

    Some indoor cameras are designed to monitor your home’s safety and security. The best cameras can listen for alarms in your home and alert you if the alarm is triggered so you can take a look on your smartphone or call for emergency help. 

  • Facial recognition

    With Facial Recognition, you’ll know who’s in your home without worry. Use your camera’s app to identify familiar faces and get alerts when they enter the room. And if there’s an unidentified face, you’ll get an instant alert so you always know who’s around. 

  • Voice assistant compatibility

    Some voice assistants work with your camera to give you hands-free control. When the two are paired, your assistant may be able to show you a view of your kitchen or bedroom with voice commands. Some voice assistants make it easy to talk to guests with two-way audio through your camera, too. 

Compare the best indoor cameras

ADT Indoor Camera

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Lorex 1080p HD Smart Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera

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Nest Cam IQ Indoor

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Abode Cam

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Blue by ADT Indoor Camera

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Blink XT2 Camera

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Arlo Pro 3

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Simplicam

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Vivint Ping Camera

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Canary Pro (All-in-One)

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Price
$99.99$199$299$169$199.99$150$49.99$99.99$199.99N/A
Service contract required
NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo YesYes
Two-way talk
NoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Power source
Plug-inPlug-inPlug-inPlug-inBattery-poweredPlug-inPlug-inBattery-poweredPlug-inPlug-in
Field of view
120-degrees130-degrees130-degrees147-degrees160-degrees127-degrees115-degrees110-degrees155-degrees128.6 degrees
Night vision
YesYesYesYesYesLow-lightYesYesYesYes
HD video
720p1080p1080p1080p2K HDR1080p1080p 1080p1080p720p
Installation
DIY with professional optionDIY DIY with professional optionDIYDIY DIYDIYDIY Professional Professional
Professional monitoring
OptionalOptionalOptionalOptionalN/AOptional N/AN/ARequiredRequired
Warranty
3 years30 days2 years1 year1 year1 year 2 years2 years3 monthsBased on contract length

Indoor security camera reviews

  • Best for monitored home security

    ADT Indoor Camera

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    ADT’s indoor camera comes equipped with motion detection, two-way audio, and infrared night vision. Whenever motion is sensed in your home, the camera will record a video clip and send it to your phone. With the ADT mobile app, you can check your video history, view a live feed, and more.

    Stand-out features include

    • Indoor camera
    • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
    • 90-degree field of view
    • 720p HD video quality
    • View real-time and historical footage via mobile device
    • Connects to additional smart home and security equipment
  • Best Indoor Camera with Person Detection

    Lorex 1080p HD Smart Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera

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    This Lorex indoor camera features 1080p HD video, person detection, two-way audio, and more. At night, you’ll be able see clearly for up to 33 ft with infrared night vision. Issue voice commands with a compatible Google Assistant or Alexa device.

    Stand-out features include

    • 1080p HD video
    • Two-way audio
    • Compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa
  • Best Smart Security Camera

    Nest Cam IQ Indoor

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    The Nest Cam IQ Indoor features a 130-degree field of view, infrared night vision, person alerts, and HD two-way audio. You can also get Familiar Face Alerts with a Nest Aware subscription and use Google Assistant for hands-free control. 

    Stand-out features include

    • Indoor Camera
    • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
    • 1080p HD video with a 4k sensor
    • Encrypted cloud storage
    • Access to artificial intelligence features like facial recognition with subscription

Nest Indoor Camera video review

  • Best Indoor Security Camera

    Blue by ADT Indoor Camera

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    The Blue by ADT Indoor Camera offers good indoor surveillance for renters and frequent movers. It’s built with all of the popular surveillance features, including two-way audio, custom motion zones, and a battery backup if there’s a power outage. Best of all, the camera can detect and alert you to the sound of fire and carbon monoxide detectors. The camera also sends alerts if it recognizes a familiar face, such as your kids or nanny. The Blue by ADT Indoor Camera requires DIY installation, but cloud storage and professional monitoring are optional.

    Stand-out features include

    • Recognizes smoke and carbon monoxide detector sounds
    • Facial recognition included to alert you of familiar faces
    • Optional cloud storage and professional monitoring

Blue by ADT video review

  • Abode Cam

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    The Abode Cam gives you a live view of your home using the abode app. You can also use the app to record live footage if your abode security system’s alarm is triggered. This camera also lets you set rules using the app for your camera to automatically record footage when you need it most. This camera comes with the basics including 1080p HD video and two-way audio. It’s easy to install and plugs into a standard wall outlet. 

    Stand-out features include

    • Record live footage using the abode app
    • Set rules to record footage automatically
    • Two-way audio
  • Best Outdoor Camera System with Hub

    Arlo Pro 3

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    The Arlo Pro 3 is our top security camera pick. It doubles as an indoor and outdoor camera to help keep your home safe. You’ll need to self-install the camera, but it’s easy to install multiple without interrupting your home’s electrical wiring. The Arlo Pro 3 is equipped with color night vision and 2K resolution for crystal clear footage. It works with popular smart home devices, including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and more. One notable feature is the camera’s built-in spotlight that can be controlled using your smartphone or automatically when motion is detected.

    Stand-out features include

    • Built-in spotlight that can be motion-activated or controlled using your smartphone
    • Works with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit and Google Assistant
    • 2K video resolution for crystal clear viewing and videos
  • Best for Privacy Features

    Simplicam

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    Our take

    The SimpliCam indoor security camera is Wi-Fi enabled and protects your footage with end-to-end encryption. This SimpliSafe camera also includes a privacy shutter that can be opened and closed as desired. It’s equipped with two-way audio and night vision, and it can detect motion.

    Stand-out features include

    • Indoor camera
    • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
    • 720p HD video
    • Smart motion detection to reduce false alarms
    • 120-degree field of vision

SimpliCam by SimpliSafe Video Review

  • Vivint Ping Camera

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    Vivint’s indoor camera is equipped with a 155-degree field of view, 1080p HD video quality, night vision and two-way audio. When motion is detected, you’ll automatically be alerted to watch live footage from your mobile device. Vivint’s indoor camera connects to your fully monitored Vivint home security system to help protect your home and can be professionally installed by Vivint’s Smart Home Pros.

    Stand-out features include

    • 155-degree field of view
    • 1080p HD video quality
    • Equipped with two-way audio to speak with guests
    • Connects to additional home security equipment

Vivint Indoor Video Review

  • Best Built-in Alarm

    Canary Pro (All-in-One)

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    Our take

    A unique camera, the Canary Pro is capable of detecting motion as well as monitoring your home’s temperature and air quality. It features AI-powered person detection so you can receive smart alerts. The Canary Pro is also compatible for use with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

    Stand-out features include

    • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
    • 147-degree field of view
    • 1080p HD video quality with two-way audio
    • Includes a 90-decibel alarm

Indoor security camera clip storage

You’ll likely have two options to store your security camera footage – local or cloud storage. Here’s the difference. 

Local – You’ll need to install an SD card in your camera in order to record activity. Once the card is full you’ll need to upload the footage to your computer or another device to continue recording footage. On the other hand, some cameras will automatically record over old footage. 

Cloud – You’ll be able to access your footage using the camera’s mobile app or online portal from anywhere. Most companies charge at least $5/mo. for cloud storage. Your monthly cost will depend on your provider, amount of storage you need and other features included in the plan such as continuous video recording (CVR) or professional monitoring. Keep in mind, the monthly cost may be more if you have multiple cameras. 

Most people trust cloud storage because of extra data and privacy measures taken to protect your footage and prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.

Best places to set-up an indoor security camera 

It’s important to know where you should and shouldn’t place indoor cameras for your family and guests to feel most comfortable. If you own an indoor camera, be mindful of the laws in your state – some require you to inform guests that you own a camera and it’s recording. In the meantime, here’s where we recommend placing your cameras throughout your home. 

  • Near entryways including the front door, back door and first floor near a window facing inside your home. 
  • Garage 
  • Basement 
  • Nurseries and bedrooms (Be mindful of placement and privacy)
  • Near areas where your valuables are hidden

Factors to consider before buying an indoor camera

Before you start narrowing down your favorite camera, there are a few points to think about: 

  • Power source — Some cameras are battery-powered while others plug into the wall. If the power goes out, you’ll want to make sure your camera’s still working. Make sure your camera has a backup battery or rechargeable batteries to keep your camera running.
  • Home security — Your favorite camera may only work with certain home security equipment, such as ADT or Vivint. Most of their cameras are add-ons and require a contract with their home security. The camera cannot be a standalone product.
  • Field of view — Your field of view is how much of your home your camera will show. The wider the field of view, the better view of your home. If you want a good view of your home look for a camera with at least a 110-degree view outdoors. And if it’s not enough, it might be best to add a few extra cameras.
  • Night vision — Most cameras are equipped with night vision to give you a good look around your home in darkness. The best cameras have color night vision for a better view, but most offer infrared. Keep in mind that some cameras are low-light cameras and may not work as well in complete darkness.

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Home Security Writer

Dashia Starr

Dashia researches and writes on all things home automation and security. She focuses on the latest news, products, and providers to share only the best with you.

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