Keeping your home safe and well-lit is a great idea for protection as well as convenience.
The best outdoor home security cameras will mean you can feel safer when you’re inside and more in control when you’re away, by using apps on your smartphone to connect with the system, and be the first to know when anyone is on your property.
A spokesman for security company Ring said: “Not only do outdoor security cameras act as a great deterrent, they also help you to stay connected to your home, no matter where you are, thanks to features like motion detection and two-way talk.
“Particularly during these winter months, when it gets dark earlier in the day, outdoor security cameras can offer convenience and peace of mind, whether you’re home or away.”
And what about choosing the correct outdoor home security cameras? “The right product for you will depend on the different areas of your property you are looking to cover and the setup options you have available, to decide between a wired or battery-powered device,” says Ring. “At this time of year, we recommend an outdoor security camera with built-in lights, to help illuminate any poorly lit areas of your property – whether you’re lighting up your driveway when you get home, or warding off unwelcome guests, this will help give that extra layer of security.”
Naeem Adam, computing expert at AO.com, said: “The benefits of home security cameras are vast, and the biggest benefit they offer is arguably peace of mind. Whether you’re out and about or tucked up in bed, having that extra layer of security means you can truly relax.”
Keep scrolling to discover our pick of the best outdoor home security cameras so you can sleep a little easier…
Best outdoor home security cameras
1. Swann Thermal Sensor Outdoor Security Camera
“Smart security cameras are a great option if you want to stay connected, and if you’re looking for a model that will be easy to set up and control, we’d recommend the Swann Thermal Sensor outdoor security camera,” says Naeem Adam.
“Not only can you connect to the camera from your phone or laptop, but you will also receive reliable alerts to your connected device with the True Detect heat-based sensors (so it won’t bother you with bugs or spiders!).
You can also check in and watch live footage from your camera anywhere and at any time thanks to its built in night vision.”
Price: £64, AO – buy here now
2. Ring Floodlight Cam
As we spend more of our family time in and around our homes, it can be helpful to see, hear and speak to anyone on your property from wherever you are.
Floodlight Cam’s advanced motion sensors allow you to easily keep an eye on critical safety areas of your property and ward off trespassers, with two-way talk and a built-in siren. Its two ultra-bright LED floodlights mean you can light up any areas on your property, perfect for the darker winter nights, too.
You can also control it with the Ring app, and are able to flash the lights, sound the siren, and zoom in from your phone.
Price: £199, Ring – buy here now
3. Blink Outdoor Wireless Weather-Resistant HD Security Camera
For easy installation you can do yourself, this is a great outdoor security camera option. The battery-powered camera runs for two years on AA lithium batteries (included), and is compatible with Alexa, so you can use your voice to monitor your home.
Using the Blink Home Monitor app, you can see, hear and speak to visitors with Live View and a two-way audio feature. You can also get motion detection alerts to your phone, and customise motion zones. For example, you can see the front of your home by saying: “Alexa, show me the front door camera.” Easy.
Price: £125.99, Amazon – buy here now
4. Arlo Ultra Smart Home Security CCTV Camera System
This wireless and weather-resistant outdoor security camera boasts Ultra 4K video for ultimate clarity and peace of mind.It’s easy to install and you can pop it anywhere around your house in the area you’re most concerned about.
It has enhanced night vision, and an integrated spotlight that lights up at night to deter unwanted visitors. It also includes one yer of Arlo Smart Premier service and a rolling 30-day cloud recording.
You can get instant alerts to your phone if there’s activity on your property, and sound the alarm from your smart device. It also pairs with Alexa for easy voice control.
Price: £369.99, Amazon – buy here now
5. Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus
Easily keep tabs on who’s at your front door with the Ring Video Doorbell camera.
You can see everything with a wide-angle video, and the built-in microphone means you can talk to whoever’s at your door. Download the Ring app and you can be notified whenever movement is detected, and the infrared night vision allows you to see clearly too.
With an additional 4-second video preview of each motion event, your Video Doorbell will automatically start recording before you even receive a notification too. You can also create your own customisable motion zones to target your motion detection areas.
Price: £199, Currys PC World – buy here now
6. Google Nest Cam Outdoor Smart Security Camera
Remote monitoring couldn’t be easier with the Google Nest Cam, which is weatherproof and suitable for DIY installation.
Subscribe to the Nest app and you’ll get smart alerts to your phone when person motion is detected. There’s also Full HD recording in day or night vision.
The two-way audio allows you to communicate with people outside your home – so you can arrange a parcel drop off with the postman, or deter unwanted visitors. You can also synchronise your device with a smart speaker for voice control.
Price: £179, AO – buy here now
7. Reolink Battery Security Camera Outdoor
Anyone looking for hassle-free cordless installing will love this outdoor security camera.
It comes with a rechargeable battery, and can see up to 33ft night vision with a clear hi-res camera. It’s Alexa and smartphone compatible so you will receive motion alerts to your device, and there’s live view two-way audio too. You can also sound the siren alarm from your phone for instant action.
Price: £93.99, Amazon – buy here now
8. Ezviz C3W Outdoor Camera with Siren and Strobe Light
A good-value option, this outdoor home security camera has a built-in strobe light and alarm for effective deterrence, as well as two-way talk capability.
Download the Ezviz app and you can get motion detection alerts to your phone. The camera is also durable and weather-resistant, and is compatible with Alexa and Google Hub for voice control of live view. The camera can hold up to 128GB of video footage on a micro SD card, or you can sign up to the cloud storage system at an extra cost.
Price: £99.99, Amazon – buy here now