Some highly rated security cameras include Nest's Dropcam Pro, D-Link's DCS-2330L, Withing's baby monitor and IControl Network's Piper nv, according to PC Labs at PCMag.com. A Secure Life scored Sharx Security's SCNC3905 wireless model as the top outdoor security camera as of 2015.
Nest's Dropcam Pro is a top choice for both PC Labs and A Secure Life due to its cloud storage capacity and its range and zoom capabilities. The camera features motion and sound detection, night vision, remote activation and an audio channel for communication. The high cost of the cloud video storage service, the requirement for a wired connection and the lack of either local storage or outdoor filming are some of the disadvantages associated with the Dropcam Pro.
D-Link's HD Wireless N Day/Night Outdoor Cloud Camera and Sharx Security's SCNC3905 Wireless models perform well in outdoor conditions. They are waterproof and provide high-quality video. While both cameras offer motion detection, the D-Link model provides only limited night vision. The Sharx model includes local storage, which is unavailable from D-Link. Sharx' disadvantages include a security risk that allows access to stored videos without credentials and limited sources for replacement lenses.
Other considerations for purchasing security cameras include simple setup, discreet design and robust support. Features vary widely among surveillance equipment, so a needs analysis is the first step in any decision.