The Best Smart Home Cameras in Singapore 2022
By Amirah Zakiyyah
Updated July 2022
From checking who's at the door to see what your pets are up to, a good security camera can help you feel a bit more at ease anywhere you are. With many options in the market, we make navigating the world of best smart home cameras easier for you by putting together a list of our top picks.
Here are the best devices to secure your homes:
#1 Best Overall: Google Nest Cam (battery)
Despite only being a few years since Google launched their first smart home camera, the company is rapidly becoming a respected player in the market. Handy features such as facial recognition and clear, sharp video quality make their latest security camera, the Google Nest Cam (battery) hard to beat.
With a rounded back and cylindrical body topped with a flat face, the Nest Cam (battery) looks and feels every bit like a coffee cup. The curved rear of the camera has been intentionally designed so that it's easier to position the camera or remove it from its magnetic base. Since it's weatherproof, the Google Nest Cam (battery) is suited for use both indoors and outdoors.
The Google Nest Cam (battery) presents footage in clear, full HD footage and records in colour during daytime and black and white under low light. The Nest Cam's (battery) HDR capability further ensures that details are captured even in darker areas of the footage and in strong sunlight.
A 6x zoom feature enables users to enlarge footage to pick out more details. Apart from its efficiency in identifying people, animals and vehicles within its field of view, when this camera is used with Nest Aware, you can also assign names to faces so you'll receive alerts when a recognised face or stranger's at your door.
With the Google Nest Cam (battery) you can customise features like choosing motions you want to receive notifications about or creating zones so you'll be alerted if motion is detected within certain areas.
The Google Nest Cam (battery) works with the Google Home app. It's recommended to subscribe to Nest Aware if you want a longer time to view footage as the camera only stores up to three hours' worth of video clips. Other customisation options include adjusting the camera's volume, motion sensitivity and duration of video clips the camera records.
As the Nest Cam (battery) is integrated with Google Assistant, you can use it to arm or disarm the camera. Given that it's compatible with the Google Home ecosystem, you have the option to view the camera's live feed on the Google Nest smart display at home.
The Nest Cam (battery) is said to have three months' worth of battery, yet, this depends on the frequency of activated live view and motion detection. The camera takes five hours to fully recharge. Alas, during the charging process, the camera can't be used.
Overall, the Google Nest Cam (battery) is easily one of the best smart home cameras. Be mindful that there's limited storage for recorded footage.
Shop the Google Nest Cam (battery) here.
#2 Best 4K Footage: Arlo Ultra 2
Offering excellent image quality and fantastically detailed all-day coloured footage, the Arlo Ultra 2 has a great set of features to boot.
The Ultra 2 is a weatherproof and compact camera at 8.9 x 5.2 x 7.8cm that sports a monochrome colour palate. The camera includes a removable glossy white case which contains a swappable rechargeable battery and a black face with an LED spotlight and a 170-degree lens. Although the Ultra 2 can be positioned in place with the available magnetic mount, reviewers feedback that this is less secure than with a screw mount in place. If stability is something you're worried about, you can use the Arlo Ultra 2 free-standing.
The Arlo Ultra 2's 4K footage means you get clear, detailed and coloured images for how long your camera is switched on. Thanks to HDR support, Arlo allows you to view small details under strong sunlight or when areas are overcast by dark shadows. There's also a 12x zoom feature through the Arlo app if you want more in-depth and detailed monitoring, and a 180-degree field of view that's free of the fisheye effect.
The Ultra 2's effectiveness is most prominent when identifying motion. Like the Google Nest Cam (battery), the Arlo Ultra 2 also allows you to create motion zones, except, the Ultra 2 can highlight whether the motion comes from people, animals or other sources. Besides that, you can set the camera to automatically zoom whenever motion is detected.
It's also worth noting that the Arlo Ultra 2 has clear two-way talk audio because of the noise-cancellation tech which removes wind noise. While we appreciate the local storage the Ultra 2 comes along with, regrettably, footage stored this way can only be viewed when the SD card has been connected to a laptop or other suitable devices.
Not only can you adjust speaker and microphone volume through the Arlo app, but you're able to trigger the siren and spotlight as well. Within the app, you get access to the Library tab where you can view past footage in chronological order. There's a Mode tab where you can control the camera when you're home or away. Integrated with HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant mean your preferred assistants can help you showcase footage from your camera to the television or other smart displays.
The Arlo Ultra 2's battery life should span up to six months between charges. Unlike the Google Nest Cam (battery), the Ultra 2 has swappable batteries so you can insert another battery and have the camera continue its work while the other one charges.
Overall, while the Arlo Ultra 2 records extremely detailed footage in 4K and an array of motion detection tools, its limited viewing footage from the SD card places it in second place.
Shop the Arlo Ultra 2 here.
#3 Best for Capturing Wide Angles: Wyze Cam Pan v2
The panning and tilting functions in the Wyze Cam Pan v2 allow you to keep an eye out on your dog or cat when you're out of your house without worrying they're out of camera range!
Looking merely like a block of plastic, the Wyze Cam Pan v2 is less visually appealing than the Google Nest Cam (battery) and the Arlo Ultra 2. The camera has a grippy pad on the bottom providing you with the flexibility to mount or prop it near an outlet.
As its name suggests, the Wyze Cam Pan v2 stands out because it guarantees a pretty much full room coverage as it spins 360 degrees and just over 90 degrees vertical view. Though placed third on our list, the Wyze Cam Pan v2 is no slouch. It delivers exceptionally well under low-light performance and the new Starlight sensor gets you full-colour daylight images when footage is recorded at night.
Customisation options include setting four waypoints for the Cam Pan v2 to stop at instead of the default stopping for a few seconds as it continuously pans and setting the camera to automatically follow motion among others.
The Wyze Cam Pan v2 offers other features including alarm detection and time-lapse recording. Reviewers find that the app's interface is simple to use and has customisation options to tailor the smart home camera to your needs from setting schedules for monitoring, location-based triggers when you're at home or away and many more.
The camera stores 12-second video clips in the cloud for free for 14 days. There's also a microSD option to store videos. That said, upgrading to Wyze's AI-powered Cam Plus service opens up other possibilities such as fast-forward scrubbing, and unlimited clip length among others.
As the Wyze Cam Pan v2 is not battery operated, it needs to be permanently powered via the micro-USB port. Cable and adapter are included so you don't have to worry about compatible cables.
Overall, the pan and tilt feature come in handy if you have pets at home.
Shop the Wyze Cam Pan v2 here.
#4 Best for Local Storage: Eufy SoloCam E40
If local storage is high on your list, the Eufy SoloCam E40 could be the best smart home camera for you.
At 4.9 x 10 x 4.9 cm, the Eufy SoloCam E40 is the biggest weatherproof smart home camera on our list. The rectangular-shaped camera comes with a mount that has a ball-and-socket joint. This allows for better flexibility when angling the camera to capture everything in its field of view. Although the SoloCam E40 can be wall-mounted or used free-standing, using it free-standing limits camera angling.
The Eufy SoloCam E40 captures clear and crisp 2K footage during the day and at night but some users are irked by the slight fish-eye effect spotted in some video clips. You're guaranteed coloured footage in day mode however, the lack of a built-in spotlight means night vision records clips in black and white. Although videos in night mode provide enough illumination to view facial features and license plate numbers, the camera is unable to capture the colour of clothing if there's an intruder.
The built-in AI means the SoloCam E40 identifies people accurately. Eufy brings this a step further by providing a thumbnail of each person's detected face and allowing for magnification to get a closer look at the face.
The Eufy Security app which is used in conjunction with the Eufy SoloCam E40 is easy to use. When motion is detected in the camera's 130-degree view, an alert is sent to your phone so you can log in and view the live feed. Other than that, the app allows you to review motion detections from that day and create activity zones like the Google Nest Cam (battery) and Altro Ultra 2. You can also view past footage in chronological order just like the Wyze Cam Pan v2. There's also a Security section that allows you to manage how the camera behaves when you're home or away.
Integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google, the Eufy Solocam E40 allows you to view the live feed on smart displays. Unfortunately, the camera offers no support for HomeKit. It also includes 8GB of storage which means you don't need to purchase a cloud subscription.
The E40's battery lasts up to 120 days between charges. Notwithstanding, this depends on the frequency of motion detection, the two-way microphone and speaker are used and the live feed is viewed. The Power Manager feature comes in handy where it informs you to reduce footage length and motion detection to save battery. Similar to the Google Nest Cam (battery), the Eufy SoloCam E40's battery isn't swappable and will be out of action during charges.
Overall, the Eufy SoloCam E40 is worth considering if you want subscription-free storage. For that, you're compromising on colour night vision and free-standing flexibility.
Shop the Eufy SoloCam E40 here.
#5 Best for Budget: Ring Indoor Cam
Offering great value for money, the Ring Indoor Cam is a fantastic choice for delivering HD video and two-way audio.
Measuring at a height of 7.5cm, the Ring Indoor Cam is tiny. This circular camera has a good degree of flexibility for you to tilt it up and down. Even when tilted down to the extreme, the Indoor Cam stays sturdy and doesn't topple over, unlike other lighter cameras. The stand doubles up as a ceiling mount so you can mount it to the wall.
Given the low price of the Ring Indoor Cam, we're surprised by the decent quality of the images and sound. With a 140 degree field of view, the Indoor Cam is able to take in most of the room with its 1080 resolution.
In day mode, images appear soft but you're still able to spot individuals and identify features. The camera turns on IR lights at night to capture black and white images. Some users reported this softens images even further and blurs out details. There's also a night colour mode function where you'll get full-colour vision. Keep in mind that the quality of the recordings is highly dependent on the amount of ambient light.
Customisation features are available in the Ring app. Beyond choosing "motion zones", you can select motion to be recorded only when the camera detects people. The app also lets you set up rules to switch off the camera recording or to pause notifications for a certain period. A useful feature is the two-way talk function. Reviewers praised the clear audio and good quality of microphones.
Not to forget, you can download these videos and share them via email or social media. The Ring Indoor Cam records a mere 24 hours of footage. If you need more storage space, Ring offers inexpensive plans for you to consider cloud storage.
Security cameras used to be costly and have low resolution. As our lives get more connected and smart homes to emerge, it has never been easier to get seriously good smart home devices to boost your security without breaking the bank. Whether you're renting or have your own home, with this kind of camera, you can keep a watchful eye on your house wherever you are.
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