A wireless IP camera is an in-home camera designed to allow you to keep an eye on the activities of your home when you cannot be present. Often used for security, IP cameras are also often used to keep track of young children or simply maintain awareness of your home when you are away. For instance, if you are away on vacation and hire someone to watch your home while you are gone, IP cameras can provide peace of mind even if you do not suspect there to be any cause for concern.
However, the market for IP cameras is booming and the variety of options can leave you in a state of analysis paralysis. Aside from the mountain of brands available, IP cameras come with a dizzying array of features that need to be assessed when determining which IP camera is right you.
15. FDT FD8901
The first FDT on the list provides certain advantages over the other option on this list, specifically with resolution which is top quality. However, its limited field of view and connectivity issues make this an iffy option for full-house coverage. The lack of free cloud storage is also not ideal, though the multiple alerts and encryption do provide some sense of security.
- 1080P 2.0 Megapixel Resolution @ 30fps
- Easy setup and encryption makes it fairly secure
- Multiple forms of alerts when motion sensors tripped
14. Toguard Wireless
The Toguard is a great security IP camera, but is fairly limited and may be best used as a cottage camera. The setup is a bit difficult, and positioning the Toguard is somewhat limited. Still, the solid base allows the widest field of view, so wherever you position it should provide more than adequate coverage. One unique feature is the incredibly loud audio alarm which alerts you to intruders when home.
- Horizontal angle 355 degree and 120 vertical degree is the broadest field of view on the list
- Comes with a deafeningly loud 105dB alarm
- Includes Door/Window Contactor,PIR Body sensor,Smoke Detector,and Gas Leak Sensors for full protection
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13. Dcam Wireless
The Dcam is a perfectly adequate IP camera and checks all the boxes. However, it does not do anything spectacularly well. With average resolution and a moderately subpar night vision range, you may be left wanting in terms of functionality. However, as one of the cheaper options with few flaws, this is an excellent value.
- Easy wireless connection with one-button connection
- Limited wifi channels may limit connectivity
- 110 degree field of view with 4x zoom is decent
12. FDT Outdoor PTZ
The first outdoor IP camera and second FDT on the list, this product offers some features not often seen in IP cameras. Most cameras can stream, but few offer P2P features. When you add a great field of view and exceptional night vision option, the FDT allows you to keep track of your home anywhere on the go. One oddity however is the 960p resolution which is not standard on any screen–though it is often supported.
- P2P option allows multiple users to stream simultaneously
- One of the better night vision distances available
- 90 degree tilt and a 355 pan provides one of the widest coverage areas available
11. Wansview Outdoor
The first Wansview on this list has a specific niche, but within that niche it is an amazing product. This Wansview is focused specifically for outdoor use. While you could technically position it inside your home, you would be wasting its waterproof feature which is a rarity among IP cameras. It functions well, but will require some time to set everything up and get all the functions working properly.
- Waterproofing enables the camera to be used either indoors or outdoors
- One of the best night vision distances available
- A great lens allows exceptionally clear images
The Funlux is best suited for security purposes. While the resolution is not the best, this product comes in packs of 3. However, this only serves to compensate for the less than ideal field of view which tops out at 115 degrees. Still, as a security focused IP camera, the Funlux features one of the best alert systems out of any product on this list. Unfortunately, you better make sure your wifi router can deliver a strong signal anywhere the cameras are positioned or they may lose connectivity.
- Motion and sound alerts provide stills
- Connects on both 2.4 and 5.0Ghz
- Connects via smartphone without a host computer necessary
9. Wansview NCM625GA
The second Wansview on this list comes with an excellent repertoire of features. The images of the Wansview are gorgeous with 1080p resolution and recording at 25fps. This has a lot to do with the 4.2mm lens which is anywhere from twenty percent to one third larger. In fact, this Wansview does come with more functionality, but its cost makes putting a full suite of these IP cameras around your house a bit pricey.
- Great 1080p resolution the a less-than-ideal 25fps
- One of the better lenses available of 4.2mm
- Multiple wifi channels and and antennae keeps your IP camera connected no matter what
8. TENVIS TH661
The first TENVIS is functionally better, but you will need to invest almost twice as much to achieve the same degree of coverage. The TENVIS comes with an integrated app that allows you to control all of the TENVIS’ higher level functions from the comfort of your smartphone. Moreover, while you can connect with a PC, there is no need to use one as a host.
- A one-button connection does not require a host computer
- Great 340 degree pan with a 90 degree tilt offers full coverage
- A great app allows complete control from your smartphone
7. TENVIS JPT3815W-HD
The second TENVIS on the list does not actually sport more or better features than the previous one, but it does offer enough of them at a much lower cost making the value much higher. This TENVIS features the same excellent connectivity and encryption security as the other. In fact, the previous TENVIS is almost twice as expensive due to an app which makes it easier to use.
- Excellent connectivity provides worry free connection
- Numerous protocols ensures that your feed is secure and stable
- 340 degree pan and 90 degree tilt provides nearly complete coverage
6. Ouvis veezon
The Ouvis offers a spectacular field of vision so that one camera per area should be more than enough. Unfortunately, your options for positioning are limited at the power supply cable is not a generic standard and somewhat short. However, once you do find the right position for setup, you will be rewarded with crystal clear images and streams that offer some of the toughest encryption in the market.
- Some of the sharpest pictures available in an IP camera
- Amazing 355 degree pan and 90 degree tilt field of vision
- Amazing security to prevent hacking
5. YI Home
The YI Home is the first YI product on the list, and while it does not offer the same full suite of features that the YI Dome does, it is an excellent option for anyone needing an IP camera. One area where the YI Home shines is in terms of connectivity. With a three channel 2.4Ghz wifi connection and speeds of up to 150mbs, the YI Home can keep up with the best of them. Unfortunately, those speeds cannot be put to use with cloud storage which is not supported.
- Multi-channel 2.4Ghz wifi connection
- Great field of vision of 111 degrees
- 4x zoom keeps track from a distance
4. D-Link DCS-932L
The D-Link leaves a lot to be desired in terms of features with a very low field of vision. Moreover, while you can access the app with any device OS, you can only host it on a windows computer. This leaves Apple users in a bit of a lurch. However, the place where D-Link shines is in dependability. Whereas some IP cameras are noted for spotty connectivity, D-Link prides itself on staying connected 24/7.
- Solid infrared distance
- Motion and sound detection makes it great for security purposes
- A 4x zoom function lets you keep a close watch
3. Amcrest IP2M-841
The Amcrest is potentially the best IP camera on the list when all things are considered omitting only one: the price. With a great resolution and frame rate, you will not have to worry about missing any details. The lengthy night vision distance ensures this occurs day or night. Unfortunately, the Amcrest features a fairly small field of vision, and when coupled with the higher cost, makes it suitable only for minimal coverage needs.
- Stunning Full HD 1080P Video at 30fps
- Solid app with fairly easy setup
- Excellent night vision distance
2. Wansview K2 -B
The Wansview may be one of the easier IP cameras to setup and maintain. While there are a handful of features that could be improved, at this price point, the ease of the app in assisting with the higher end functions makes this a difficult to pass option. Moreover, the Wansview is far more easily mounted at any location in your household. Unfortunately, you will need to purchase multiples for full coverage.
- Small profile makes it a great candidate for security cameras
- Solid app that makes connection fairly easy
- Easy mounting on the wall or ceiling
1. YI Dome
The YI Dome is an excellent value IP camera that provides some of the most important security features at a fraction of the cost. With a spectacular field of view and built in cloud storage, top of the line features come standard. The integrated app leaves all the advanced features easy to configure, and a tracking sensor means you will not only be alerted to motion but capture the action as well.
- 345° horizontal & 115° vertical rotation range
- Glass Lens
- Built in cloud storage
- Integrated app for maximum on-the-go control
- Advanced Night vision
With the vast number of specs that every IP camera comes equipped with, it can be difficult to figure out what is vital and what is fluff. The features that affect viewing are often the most important. The image resolution might seem to be primary, but often a more important factor is the amount of coverage over the maximum resolution. Another viewing factor that outweighs maximum resolution is motion detection. However, this is not to imply that resolution is unimportant. It simply is not the most vital concern.
If the cameras are intended to be used for a security system, night vision and sound become a bigger concern than for general observation purposes. The ability of a camera to move its position can be helpful, but can also be covered by more cameras. Of course, if you cannot afford to watch a live feed all the time, which would defeat the point of the camera in the first place, the method of storage becomes important as well. Finally, as with all purchases, price is always a factor, though value is arguably more important.
There really is no “best” IP camera. The “right” camera for you will weigh heavily on what you need. If you are concerned about security, motion detection, night vision, and the widest field of view are primary concerns. If you want to keep track of your home’s daily activities with the ability to interact on the fly, a two-way speaker and microphone combo is probably in order. The ability to record for lengthy periods of time and easily access the data is important regardless the purpose. Finally, budgetary concerns in terms of the value provided will generally play an important factor in any purchase.
However, for all the potential purposes of a wireless IP camera, the YI Dome provides a wide range of features to fulfill whatever needs you may have. While the resolution is not ideal, the integration software allowing an easy use of all the features and numerous observational settings coupled with two way interaction all at a reasonable cost ensures that the YI Dome