Eyes Inside: The Best Indoor Security Cameras

Provide yourself with the peace of mind that your home is safe with our handpicked selection of indoor security cameras.
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Keeping an eye on the inside of your home or business when you aren’t there can be easily achieved using an indoor security camera. Most connect to the internet and allow you to remotely control it using a smartphone application. Whether you want to check on your kids, pets, valuables or certain areas in your home, they’ll provide you with peace of mind.

Although not as popular as outdoor security cameras, the indoor alternatives often offer the same functionality but at a far lower cost. This is mainly due to the lack of weatherproofing in the construction, which makes them only suitable for indoor use.

To assist you in selecting an indoor security camera, our handpicked selection lists top-performing setups, chosen based on our first-hand experience installing and using several different indoor cameras. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Ring HD Indoor Security Camera
Best Overall: Ring HD Indoor Security Camera
Blink Mini Indoor Security Camera
Best Value: Blink Mini Smart Indoor Security Camera
Arlo Ultra2 Smart Home Security Camera
Best Quality: Arlo Ultra2 Smart Camera
TP-Link Pan & Tilt Indoor Security Camera
Best All-Rounder: TP-Link Pan & Tilt Wifi Camera
Google Nest Indoor Security Camera
Best Smart: Google Nest Smart Home Camera
Hikvision HiLook Turret Security Camera
Best Budget: Hikvision HiLook Turret Camera

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates Indoor Security Cameras

Whether we are keeping an eye on the inside of our properties or our pets, we’ve had the pleasure of testing out a range of indoor security cameras over the years.

During our ongoing testing, we analyse the camera’s build quality, video quality, usability and all of the functionality the camera and smartphone application provides.

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To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest indoor security cameras (for this article), we are continually testing out the latest offerings from top brands in the UK. This means that when we notice a brand has released a new model, we will attempt to upgrade and test it out as soon as possible.

As well as our testing and experience using a range of indoor security cameras, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and multiple factors. Some of the factors that we considered included the camera’s build quality, video quality, usability, functionality (camera and smartphone app), warranty and value.

The Best Indoor Security Cameras

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1. Best Overall: Ring HD Indoor Security Camera

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Ring is known for its impressive video doorbells but their other products follow that great reputation.

For example, the Ring HD Indoor Cam is a great example and it’s a compact indoor security camera that’s able to integrate with other smart devices (such as your smartphone) for complete remote access. In terms of the video footage, this model records at 1080P and provides a 140-degree field of view.

Pros
  • Plugs straight into a UK power socket
  • Two way talk capabilities
  • Motion detection and notifications
  • Infrared night vision
  • Available in white or black
  • Easy to install and works with Alexa
  • Includes a 1 year warranty
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to the alternatives

Ring offers a number of alternative cameras such as the Stick Up range but if you intend to use the camera indoors, this model is the best option. Not only is it cheaper but it also provides very similar performance.

Although the Ring Indoor Cam is fairly expensive when compared to the alternatives in our roundup, it offers far more functionality and is backed by the reputable Ring brand for complete peace of mind.

2. Best Value: Blink Mini Smart Indoor Security Camera

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Blink is another highly reputable brand in the UK and their Mini indoor security camera is by far the most popular option to consider. The reason why it’s so popular is due to its HD video quality (day and night), two-way audio, motion detection and its seamless integration with most smart devices.

Pros
  • Records in HD with a 110 degree field of view
  • Available in white or black
  • During testing, we found that the night vision capabilities were far superior when compared to similarly priced alternatives
  • Works with Alexa
  • Easy to setup and use via the brand's dedicated smartphone application
  • Supplied with a mounting kit and a stand
  • Desirable alerts whenever motion is detected
  • Clear two-way audio
Cons
  • Cloud storage is only available with a subscription

To conclude, the Blink Mini offers outstanding value for money when you consider all of the camera’s functionality and high-quality look and feel. Compared to similarly priced alternatives, this indoor camera has a reputable brand backing as well as an award-winning smartphone application which is just as important as the camera itself.

3. Best Quality: Arlo Ultra2 Smart Camera

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Arlo produces a wide range of security cameras but if your budget can stretch, the new and improved Ultra2 is the best on the market. It’s a wireless camera that provides 4K video quality as well as HDR zoom.

Depending on your requirements, it’s a versatile camera that can be used outdoors and indoors. It can also be mounted virtually anywhere near your home using the mounting accessories included within the kit.

Pros
  • Impressive 4K video quality
  • Wireless installation
  • Coloured night vision output
  • Clear two way audio
  • 180 degree viewing angle
  • Integrated spotlight
Cons
  • Most expensive within our roundup
  • Requires you to install a hub in order to connect to the internet

The Arlo Ultra2 is by far the most expensive option but it uses the latest technology for advanced video and audio quality. Depending on your budget, you can also link additional cameras and configure a complete security system too. However, it’s important to note that you’ll require Arlo’s smart hub to use this camera (an additional expense).

4. Best All-Rounder: TP-Link Pan & Tilt Wifi Camera

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TP-Link is a brand well-known for its internet based products and they offer a choice of two indoor security cameras. The most popular is the Pan & Tilt model, which provides 360-degree rotation and records at 1080P HD.

As with many of the premium alternatives, this indoor security camera provides a live view through the smartphone application and also allows you to communicate using two-way audio.

Pros
  • Works with any WiFi router
  • Records at 1080P HD
  • 114 degree vertical views
  • Night vision up to 30 metres
  • Motion detection and activity zones
  • Cloud and SD storage options
  • Compatible with the Alexa
Cons
  • Lacks the ability to zoom into the video footage

Overall, the Tilt & Pan indoor camera by TP-Link is an excellent all-round option that won’t disappoint. Although the standard model they produce is cheaper, the ability to rotate the camera 360 degrees is worth the small amount extra.

5. Best Smart: Google Nest Smart Home Camera

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Another premium indoor security camera is the Google Nest, which provides a vast amount of functionality. From receiving motion or sound alerts to your phone or smartwatch to providing personal alerts, it’s packed full of features.

In order to provide you with complete peace of mind, Google state that all communications and content are private and secure. This is achieved using advanced encryption, which is continuously being improved with software upgrades.

Pros
  • Records at 1080P HD
  • Motion and sound alerts
  • 130 degrees diagonal viewing angle
  • Custom personalized alerts
  • Compatible with most smart devices
  • Advanced night vision
  • Continuous cloud recording
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to the alternatives

Although the Google Nest is one of the most expensive indoor security cameras, it’s worth the extra. Not only is it built to the highest of standards but it’s also packed with intuitive features and plenty of customization.

6. Best Budget: Hikvision HiLook Turret Camera

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An affordable turret camera that’s ideal for mounting to the ceiling is the Hikvision HiLook. It’s available as a 2.8, 3.6 mm or Vari-Focal camera and it’s able to record video footage up to a 1080P resolution. Although relatively cheap, it comes as a complete kit that includes self-adhesive drill templates, wall plugs, screws and instructions.

Pros
  • Turret style camera
  • 2 megapixel camera with a 1080P resolution
  • High performance CMOS
  • Weatherproof rated at IP66
  • Up to 40 metres of night vision
Cons
  • Not aesthetically pleasing (more suitable for garages or businesses)

Overall, the Hikvision HiLook is a great budget option that is available in several forms to best suit your requirements. Although it doesn’t offer the best HD video footage, it’s a fraction of the cost when compared to many of the alternatives.

Conclusion

An indoor security camera for your home is an excellent investment that has a range of uses. From using it for CCTV to monitoring what your pets get up to when you are gone, they are a great purchase that you won’t regret.

All of our recommendations are suited to a range of budgets and include a wide variety of intuitive features. However, to avoid disappointment, we advise that you buy from a reputable brand in the UK that offer technical support. You can also test out the smartphone application before purchasing to see how user-friendly it is beforehand too.

If you require further information regarding our indoor security camera recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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