It's important that the camera looks like something you actually want in your home, but depending on your needs, you may not want it to stand out too much. Our favorite cameras allow you to check in from anywhere, whether it's an app on your phone or a web browser.
Additional features vary from camera to camera, and each of our top picks offer just enough variety to set them apart from the rest of the competition.
Some have web portals as well, which add flexibility for accessing your videos and alerts from anywhere.
The videos your camera records probably won't be saved on the camera itself.
All security cameras have wide-angle lenses, but not all angles are created equal.
Depending on the lens' field of view, it can see between 100 and 180 degrees.
That's a big range in terms of the camera's vision cone.
If you want to watch a large area, you should consider a camera with a very wide field of view.
If you want to keep an eye on the rooms of your home, there are plenty of options.
If you want to keep an eye on your driveway, backyard, or front porch, you need to be more choosy.
Once your camera is connected, you'll almost certainly be able to access it through your smartphone or tablet.
The vast majority of home security cameras today have mobile apps, and many focus entirely around those apps for doing everything.
The more megapixels a camera sensor has, the more you can digitally zoom in and still be able to see things clearly.