Watch over your home in confidence with one of these smart video cameras

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Ring Camera Alternatives
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There’s nothing better than the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your loved ones, pets, and possessions inside and outside your home are safe and secure from intruders, thieves, or disasters. A video camera setup, particularly one that integrates with a virtual assistant like Amazon’s Alexa or the Google Assistant, is an excellent addition to any smart home. If you are thinking about getting a smart video camera system for your home and want to see what is available besides Ring devices, consider one of these options below.

Best Overall

Eufy Security Cam

Staff Pick

The Eufy Security Cam is a one-time purchase, which means you don’t have to subscribe to any cloud storage plans if you don’t want to. This camera comes with a 16GB microSD card so that you can store all of your recordings on the device. Plus, you can still view your camera’s live feeds and recordings in the Eufy app, or via your Amazon Echo Show or Nest Hub device.

$238 at Amazon

Best Indoor Camera for Google Assistant

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

The Nest cameras are the best choice if Google Assistant is your preferred virtual buddy. The IQ line can record at 1080p, has night vision, and can differentiate between stationary objects and people. It can even zoom in on someone as they’re crossing the room!

$300 at Best Buy

Best Outdoor Camera for Google Assistant

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

Like its indoor counterpart, the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is an excellent fit for your Google ecosystem. It features a tamper-proof, 4K HDR camera, weatherproof specs, and advanced person detection that Google calls “Supersight.” As with any Nest camera, to view recordings older than three hours requires a Nest Aware subscription.

$400 at Best Buy

Versatile Indoor Cam

Wyze Cam Pan

The Wyze Cam Pan is a superb value. For under $40, you get a camera that you can remotely turn a full 360 degrees to track people, pets, or other objects, and you can zoom in on those objects as well. This device is compatible with microSD cards up to 32GB, but you can also get 14 days of videos stored in Wyze’s cloud for free.

$38 at Amazon

Tons of Local Storage

Arlo Pro 3

If you want to go completely cloud-free, then the Arlo Pro 3 system might be for you. It’s capable of storing up to 2TB of video through its hub; the only downside is that you’ll have to connect it to your computer to view it since you can’t view it remotely in the app. Arlo does also offer three months of Arlo Smart cloud storage for free, which is a great way to see if cloud storage is for you.

$400 at Amazon

Good Listener

YI Outdoor Security Camera

Any good smart video camera will let you carry on two-way conversations, and many will record audio as well. We haven’t come across a smart video camera that has as sophisticated an audio setup as this one! It has a 360-degree, noise-canceling microphone that is hypersensitive and produces a much clearer, more accurate sound.

$50 at Amazon

Night Guard

Lorex Smart Outdoor WiFi Security Camera

This camera was released in late 2019, and is the perfect outdoor guardian for your home. It can see up to 50 feet at night at 1080p resolution, and has a 129-degree field of view. The camera includes a 32GB microSD card for local video storage, and you can upgrade that as high as 256GB if you wish. It also works with both Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant.

$150 at Amazon

See all, know all

Ring has come under quite a bit of scrutiny this past year over several security scares, data links, and public relations gaffes. These issues have naturally led many to feel uncomfortable choosing that company’s devices to secure their homes and personal data. In light of these concerns, many Android Central readers have been asking for alternative smart video cameras recommendations.

Our top pick is the Eufy Security Cam because it allows for on-device storage, will enable you to view your data remotely, works with all major voice assistants, and doesn’t require any additional purchases or subscriptions.

If the price of the Eufy system is too steep for you, there are some other good lower-cost options you may want to consider. The TP-Link Kasa Spot Indoor Camera that also works with Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant, and can be had for under $50, or the Blink XT2 with its indoor/outdoor capabilities and long battery life.

Whichever smart video camera you choose, make sure that you are comfortable with the price, storage solutions, and potential additional expenses.

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