‘Hey Siri, how can I improve my home security?’ Try One of These HomeKit Security Cameras
Finally, Apple users can have their cake and eat it too: they can automate their entire home, including their security system, with HomeKit cameras. Apple users don’t need to have a separate app or device (like an Amazon Echo for example) to automate or have hands-free control of their home security. HomeKit cameras allow Apple users to use their existing Apple devices like a HomePod or iPad to control their home security.
Why Choose a HomeKit Camera
If you already use an Apple TV or iPad for personal entertainment or convenience, you already have the hub for HomeKit cameras. And when a hub is paired with a HomeKit camera, you get access to great home security features, as well as end-to-end encryption both for home use and when storing video in the hub. cloud (more on that in a moment).
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This added encryption and security is the biggest benefit of owning a HomeKit camera. We’ve all heard the horror stories of people hack home security camerasbut Apple’s end-to-end encryption makes it incredibly difficult and protects you and your family from data invasion.
Here’s how we picked the best HomeKit cameras
You already have a HomePod, Apple TV, or iPad, so it’s time to find the best HomeKit camera for you. Here are some of the criteria we used to determine HomeKit cameras worthy of your hard-earned dollar:
Video resolution – All cameras below will capture at least 1080p video.
Night vision – All the cameras below have night vision while some even produce color night vision.
Additional Features – We looked for cameras with features like facial recognition or customizable activity zones to provide a simpler home security experience (and one that doesn’t bother you with outrageous notifications).
Apple users, it’s time to automate your home security through HomeKit. Below are the best HomeKit cameras that come in the form of indoor, outdoor, and even video doorbells.
1. Netatmo HomeKit Outdoor Security Camera
Unlike many HomeKit cameras and many other outdoor security cameras besides, you don’t need to subscribe to an additional plan to enjoy all the features available on the Netatmo outdoor security camera. This includes customizable recognition of people, pets and cars as well as a loud 105dB siren to scare off intruders. There is also local video recording via MicroSD. Not only is it an affordable option, but also a practical one that takes video recording security seriously with local recording capabilities.
2. Eve Outdoor Camera
IDEAL FOR OUTDOORS
This Homekit camera has a 157-degree field of view that covered our SPY testers’ entire backyard during the Eve Outdoor Cam review. The video it captures is clear day or night, while the projector helps turn nighttime video into color night vision. Many camera features are tied exclusively to HomeKit, such as automation, timers, and facial recognition. But if you already have a HomePod, Apple TV, or HomePod Mini, this HomeKit outdoor security camera has all the tools you could need.
3. Logitech Circle View HomeKit Wired Security Camera
THE MOST VERSATILE
Although there are downsides to a wired camera – related to a power source and installation – it means you never have to worry about changing a battery or having your camera shut down. With an IP64 waterproof rating, it works as both an indoor and outdoor camera, and it’s small enough to be placed discreetly anywhere you can find power. It shoots clear 1080p video, has two-way communication, and a wide 180-degree field of view that covers a large area.
4. Eufy Security Solo Indoor Camera
At under $50, this Homekit indoor camera is a solid option. It’s $100 less than the Logitech Circle View, but it still offers crisp 2K video, two-way audio, and night vision. And if you decide to switch from HomeKit to another AI like Amazon Alexa or Google, it supports that too. There is local video storage, but for cloud storage the camera requires a Eufy subscription.
5. Logitech Circle View Wired Doorbell
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The Logitech Circle View wired doorbell requires setup and connection to your existing doorbell wires, but the good thing is you never have to worry about charging the battery, which we had to do about every three months with the Wyze Doorbell Pro our SPY team has reviewed. This video doorbell comes with a host of features, including head-to-toe video – great for seeing packages left on the porch – color night vision and facial recognition, but like the Eve Outdoor Cam, it requires data. have a hub device like a HomePod and an iCloud+ plan.
6. Ecobee WiFi HomeKit Indoor Security Camera
This HomeKit indoor camera works great as a standalone indoor camera and as part of a complete home security system. It has a wide 180 degree field of view as well as night vision and two-way communication so you can talk to family or pets while you’re away. In a security package with Ecobee, the camera automatically turns on and off when the alarm system is armed/disarmed and automatically turns off when the family is at home to maintain privacy. It also doubles as a smoke detector, which is a nice additional feature.
7. Eufy Cam 2 Pro Wireless Home Security Camera System
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This camera set can fully protect the exterior of your home with HomeKit-enabled cameras. With clear 2K video (1080p if watching in HomeKit) and night vision, the cameras stay clear at all times. It’s a wireless system with great battery life that can last up to a year at no cost and all your video footage is saved locally, so it doesn’t require any subscription to cloud services, which is practical and economical.
8. Aqara Security Camera Hub
BETTER AI INTEGRATION
More than a HomeKit camera, the Aqara Security Camera Hub can also act as a hub for other Zigbee devices, just like your Echo can for Alexa devices. Speaking of home integration, beyond HomeKit, it’s also compatible with Google, Amazon and IFTTT devices, so if you switch smart home services, you won’t have to replace that camera. The camera itself has HD resolution (1080p), night vision, and you can set high activity zones to reduce the number of trigger notifications you receive.
9. Eve Cam HomeKit Indoor Camera
One of the main advantages of HomeKit, and of all Apple products for that matter, is the security of personal data. End-to-end encryption provides peace of mind that others cannot hack into your video stream. Beyond increased data security, the camera produces Full HD video quality with a 150 degree field of view on a base that can be rotated 360 degrees. It can also tell the difference between people and pets. But like the Eve Outdoor Cam, you’ll need a subscription to a 200GB Apple iCloud storage plan to access all the features.
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