Ultimate Guide to Indoor Security Cameras in your home

This part of the ultimate guide to home security we look at Indoor Security Cameras. This guide gives you an overview of indoor security cameras, the different types of indoor cameras, what the most common uses are and a buyers guide for buying a indoor security camera.

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What is an Indoor Security Camera?

IP Security Cameras

Things to Consider Before Buying an Indoor Security Camera

Placing an Indoor Security Camera

The Best Indoor Security Cameras for 2021


What is an Indoor Security Camera?

Indoor cameras are what they say on the tin, cameras for the inside of your home. They are generally smaller, more lightweight, and more aesthetically pleasing than outside cameras. Both indoor and outdoor cameras will boast similar features, such as night-vision and HD resolution, but where they usually differ is the durability of the camera.

 

Wired vs Wireless

Wireless cameras (also known as Wi-Fi cameras) despite the name, aren’t actually totally wireless. Typically, a wireless camera transmits footage via wi-fi and is plugged into a power outlet, but if you are determined for it to be completely wireless, then these can be found.

A wired indoor camera is when you have a recording device connected to multiple cameras with the system hardwired and all interconnected.

Whether you will want a wireless or wired camera will depend on your security needs and wants. The advantages of a wireless camera can be that they are easier to place around your home but they may not record as reliably as wired cameras, this is because wired cameras do not depend on the stability of your wi-fi connection.

 

How is Video Stored from a Security Camera?

Internal Camera Storage

In most indoor security cameras, your footage will be saved on a microSD chip which will is stored inside the camera. This is the most common storage option for those who don’t want to rely on the internet or extensive wiring.

The biggest advantage of internal storage is the speed. There is no need to transfer the data so it’s available instantly. However, with this type of storage comes limited storage capacity. This means you could miss some crucial footage if your memory card is full.

However, you can get around this by choosing local storage camera which will only record when it detects motion, this saves on recording masses of footage but doesn’t leave it as vulnerable to missing footage.

 

External Camera Storage

External camera storage might be a good option for you if you want to record all day every day without the risk of running out of storage space. External camera storage is a good way of storing huge amounts of footage for a relatively low cost.

Having an indoor security camera connected through wires is good for those looking to watch live video quickly. The camera would most likely be wired to a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) or straight into a computer with ample storage capacity, this is especially useful for those looking to edit the footage.

 

Wireless Camera Storage

When installed correctly and efficiently, wireless cameras can be the most secure and easiest to fit of all of the security camera options. You just plug in, connect to a network, and install the software. The footage either routes to an NVR (Network Video Recorder) or a personal computer.

One major disadvantage is that they can overload smaller wireless networks, which can not only slow down your internet speed but also can produce a lagged video feed. If you are looking to get this type of camera check if your network can handle it first!

 

Are Indoor Security Cameras Worth It?

Yes! In terms of security, owning an indoor security camera acts as a great deterrent against those who might be looking to enter your home as it makes your home a riskier target. Likewise, should someone forcibly enter your property, a properly positioned indoor security camera can help to capture the culprit and identify what may have been stolen. 

 

IP Cameras

What is an IP camera?

An IP camera, or an Internet protocol camera, is a device that can transmit data via the internet. IP cameras are used to stream the video they capture via a laptop, smart phone or any device that is connected to the internet.

As long as an IP camera is connected to the internet it then can transmit a video to anywhere in the world. This makes them a good choice for indoor security cameras alongside the fact that there are very simple to set up and have no wiring costs.

 

Where Do You Put IP Camera?

There are only two major things to consider when placing your IP cameras. One is whether your camera needs to be plugged in and the other is how wide the camera angle is and how much of the room you can capture.

If your IP camera does need to be plugged in it can limit the places it can go and there don’t tend to be many plug sockets up high. So, if you want your camera in an elevated position then you might need to go for a wired one.

When it comes to how wide you want your angle, you just need to check that you can see everything you want to see before securing the camera into place.

 

Higher Quality Images

The resolution on IP cameras normally range from 720p to 1080p. The higher the number, the clearer images you are going to get.

A higher quality image will take up more storage, but you will need to balance that with the need to have the crispest image possible. It depends if you want to be able to identify a burglar’s face, or just want to see what the kids are up to when you’re not there.

 

Things to Consider Before You Buy an Indoor Camera

What do you want the camera for?

Do you want it for a monitoring system? An intruder alarm?

 The main function of your camera will be a big factor in which one you go for and the features you need. If you are just wanting a camera purely for security, then you might not need to spend money on a security camera that comes with two-way audio, as you won’t need it. It could be helpful to make a list of what you need your camera to do, then find one that has features that meet those specifications.

 

Internet Speed

Internet speed is one you might not have thought of! If your indoor security camera relies on internet (which it more than likely will) then you need to know if your Wi-Fi can handle it. These days most security cameras come with their own app and push notifications so you’ll need to check your internet speed and bandwidth to make sure all these features will work.

If you want more than one camera in your home, it could be worth investing in faster internet speed, especially if you want crystal clear resolution on your video. Other factors such as, sound and motion records, live streaming ability and storage type will require the ability of faster internet speeds to work efficiently.

 

Compatibility

Are you a smart home user? Do you have an Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple Home? Do you want your camera to be able to interact with your existing smart home system?

Most modern indoor cameras will connect to the majority of smart home devices, but you don’t want to go out and buy one only to find that it doesn’t link up. So do a bit of research before buying an indoor security camera on what devices can connect to it. This is especially true if your smart home devices isn’t one of the most popular ones, such as Google home or the Amazon Alexa.

 

The Camera Features That You Want

Like we have stated previously, most indoor cameras use an app and you will need to navigate that app if you want to access all the functions. So, if you generally struggle to use this kind of technology, then you may have an issue with using this kind of camera. It might be worth spending some time researching a security cameras app and seeing if it’s something you will be able to use. If this will be an issue for you, then finding the simplest indoor camera is going to be the best choice.

 

Are You Technologically Inclined?

The most common denominator with most smart cameras is that to use most of their functions and to have complete control is to use the adjacent app. These apps will allow you to use functions such as live streaming on your smart device, however before buying a camera it may be worth researching the app to get a better understanding of how easy it is to use, especially if you are not as technologically inclined.

 

How Many Security Cameras Do You Need?

This, again, will depend on what functionality you want your indoor camera to have. If you want to monitor most of your home during the day, then we would suggest having at least one wide angle camera in the main rooms of your home. However, if your main aim is to protect against intruders then you may need to invest in an outdoor security camera, as outdoor cameras act as more of a deterrent than indoor cameras. It could be that you only want cameras at entrances to your home, to catch any intruder in the act, this will require fewer indoor cameras.

 

What Features Do I Need for My Indoor Security Camera?

The features that you will need for an indoor camera will depend on what you want to use the camera for. If you are looking for smart security, then you might want to purchase an indoor camera that allows for different zones of the camera to be active at different times or motion censored push notifications. Whereas if you are looking for an indoor camera that can double as a pet monitor, you might want live feed options, use of an app and two way audio to talk to your pet remotely.

 

For Security

The features that we suggest looking for to optimise security is the option to livestream direct from the camera to a smart device. You can then monitor your home from a remote location and motion sensors can then create push notifications which will allow you to be notified if there is any unexpected movements in your home.

 

As a Pet Monitor

If you want security but also want your indoor security camera to double as a pet monitor, then consider features such as two-way audio and zoning. Two-way audio will allow you to talk to your pet throughout the day, comforting your dog as they start to bark at the postman, whereas zoning will allow you to identify areas to ignore in your camera view so that you don’t get any false alarms.

 

As a Baby Monitor

Features such as two-way audio and livestreaming will help you to comfort your child in the night, but we suggest also looking for a camera that can easily be repositioned so you can keep a watchful eye no matter what room your child is in and a timing feature so that it is only recording when you need it to and not all the time when there might not be anyone in the room.

 

For a Smart Home

Some indoor cameras have the ability to connect to other smart home systems like Google Home or Alexa to create a whole system of convenience. For example, you can link the Hive View camera with Alexa and just say “Alexa tell Hive View to take a picture” and your Hive indoor security camera will take a snapshot.

 

Where to Place an Indoor Security Camera

If you decide to invest in an indoor security camera, you want to be sure that you are placing them in optimal spots for security. There are a few suggestions as to where you should place your cameras but ultimately it will depend on what you want to use the cameras for.

 

Entry Points

If you don’t have any outdoor security cameras, the front and back doors are places that you should always consider covering with a security camera. Intruders will often first try doors and windows to see if they happen to be unlocked to gain entry.

We recommend placing a camera in the main entry hallway, positioned subtly as to capture who is coming in and out of the home.

 

Master Bedroom

Placing security cameras in bedrooms are debated as some say that it takes away privacy, whereas others argue that this is where valuables such as jewellery and watched are kept. We suggest considering placing one in the master bedroom as this is often where intruders will look for valuables. To maintain your privacy, we suggest deactivating the camera at night whilst you are sleeping or positioning the camera so that only the places where valuables are kept are in camera view.

 

guide to placing an indoor security camera

 

Common Areas

Areas like the kitchen and living room may be worth covering with a camera, as these are the most commonly occupied areas in your home. Placing cameras here would be useful for those looking for a camera that is dual purpose, for example those looking to not only have an extra layer of security but to be able to monitor pets at home whilst they are at work.

 

Children’s Bedroom

We generally wouldn’t suggest placing a camera in a child’s room if they are school age or older, just for privacy reasons. However, indoor security cameras can double as a baby monitor for younger children, so it might be worth investing in one that has two-way audio.

 

How To Position an Indoor Security Camera

The placement of indoor security camera is important to make sure that you are optimising its benefits. There are a few ways that you can position an indoor security camera to ensure that you benefit the most from it.

 

Place It High

Placing your camera higher not only widens the field of view so more of the room is covered and there are fewer blind spots but also means that should someone forcibly enter your home; it is harder to tamper with or steal. We suggest placing your security on a high self, just out of reach or mounting it in the top corner of the room. See the image below as an example.

 

do and dont of how to place a camera

 

Be Aware of the Lighting

When positioning your camera, be aware of where the lighting is and if it effects the video quality at all. Too much direct light can lead to over exposure of the camera and mean that the video quality can be worse, or it can create blind spots. We suggest placing your camera in the day and making sure that everything in the frame is clear and then going back in the evening with the light on to ensure that everything can still be seen clearly.

 

Secure the Windows

If your placing a camera in a room with a ground floor window, you should always try to capture the window in the view of the camera to cover it for security.

The best Indoor Security Cameras That You Can Buy Today

CameraNest Cam IndoorHive ViewBlink 2-way Camera SystemBelkin Net Camera HDCanary FlexVicture 2-way audio Camera
Price£159£179£179.99£87.80£180.00£25.99
Resolution1080p HD1080p HD720p720p1080p HD1080p HD
Two Way AudioYesYesYesYesNoYes
Wide Angle Lens130o130o110o95o116o100o
Night VisionYesYesYesYesYesYes
Wireless NoYesYesNoYesNo
Extra InformationMotion sensors

8x zoom

Leg rotation 180o

Head rotation 360o
Activity Zones

The camera can be detached from the base and placed remotely for up to an hour

Comes in two finishes; Black and Brushed Copper or White and Champagne Gold

Smartphone notifications

Automatic recording
Works with Amazon Alexa

2 Year battery life

Motion sensor alerts
Motion sensor alertsCan download an app for your smart phone

Can also be used as an outdoor camera

Works with Google Assist and Amazon Alexa

360o rotating mount
335o horizontal & 100o vertical rotation

360o
panoramic viewing

Cloud storage and SD card storage

Motion sensor alerts

 

Our Top 3 Indoor Camera Picks

Hive View Camera on a white table with a green plant

Hive View

The Hive is stylish, versatile, and outstandingly practical and for the interior design conscious, it comes in two different finishes: black and brushed copper or white and champagne gold. It boasts a wide range of features including two-way audio, 1080p HD video recording, 130o wide angle lens view and push notifications straight to your phone, so you know your home is in safe hand with the Hive View.

While receiving notifications to your phone is a great way to know your home is safe, you don’t want your phone flashing every two minutes, this is where ‘activity zones’ come in. You can program the Hive View to focus on specific areas of a room, meaning you won’t be flooded with unnecessary notifications. You can also livestream the video from anywhere on your phone and download footage, so you have complete control wherever you are.

You might think that the Hive View sounds like every other indoor camera on the market, but it does have one thing that sets in apart; you can detach the camera from the base. The camera itself has an hour of battery life, meaning if you need to keep an eye on another room, you can easily move it without the bother of repositioning the whole unit. It also has a fantastic night vision feature gives you a picture as clear as day, at night.

It is on the pricey side when it comes to extended video playback length, you will have to pay a subscription of £3.99 a month for 30-day video playback. This isn’t huge amount more than other camera subscriptions, but there are cheaper ones on the market.

Features: 

  • Livestreaming & Video Playback
  • Detachable camera
  • Activity Zones
  • Night Vision

£179 from Hive Home

 

Nest Home Camera

Nest Cam Indoor

Nest is a big player in the indoor camera game. Now owned by Google, it’s one of the best cameras on the market and one of the most popular. One of its best features is that the indoor camera records 24/7 for up to 30 days and will store it, so you can look back at your leisure. As you would expect, it comes with an app, and with this you can monitor, rewind and control your Nest camera from your phone wherever you are.

It comes with four different set up options, meaning you can pretty much place it wherever you want. As long as you have a power source nearby you can use the generic stand, the magnetic stand, the wall mount, or the tripod to find the best position for your Nest camera. However, everything but the generic stand comes at an extra cost and not as standard.

Features:

  • Livestreaming and full video playback
  • Nest aware to give you security notifications
  • 30 days free video storage
  • 24/7 recording

£159 from the Google Store

 

Canary Flex indoor and outdoor security camera

Canary Flex

The Canary Flex is both an indoor and outdoor camera, so is built to last and is extremely durable. What we like about this camera is it can be wired or wireless, an option which is not available for most indoor cameras.

It also has a super useful 360 degrees swivel base, which means you can scan the entire room if you need plus, a crystal-clear picture in both day and night mode, which makes this indoor camera a front runner to be our favourite. As you would expect it, the Canary Flex comes with its own app that you can access on your smart phone, meaning you can receive alerts, watch footage, and control the camera from anywhere. It also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can integrate it into any existing smart home devices you already have.

Some customers have reported that the battery life for the wireless function isn’t great, so we would recommend using the wired function, to ensure that you get the coverage you want.

 

Features:

    • Both indoor and outdoor

 

    • Livestreaming and video playback

 

    • Two way audio

 

    • 360o swivel mount

 

£180 from Amazon

 

Your Indoor Security Camera Questions Answered

What is Internet Speed?

Your internet speed is the amount of data that can be sent to you whilst measured in seconds, for example if your internet speed was 10 Mbps it would mean that you can receive up to 10 megabytes of data per second.

 

Where Should I place my Indoor Security Camera?

Things to consider when placing a security camera is where you think you need them, what you are using them for, if you have ever had a break-in and what are the most vulnerable places around your home. All these factors can act as a guideline for where to place any cameras.

 

A few important aspects to consider:

  • Ensure that the angle you have placed it in allows you to maximise the amount of space you can see.

 

  • Consider placing the camera in a less obvious advantage point, so that if the worst was to happen you could catch someone in the act.

 

  • Ensure that the camera has adequate lighting both night and day to catch details and provide a clear picture

 

  • Think about placing the camera higher up, to avoid ease of tampering and to allow for the most beneficial viewpoint.

 

 

How Many Cameras Do I Need for Home Security?

The number of cameras that you need will depend on how much security you want in your home and which areas you want to be monitored. Should you want to be able to monitor pets or children whilst also allowing for more peace of mind, you may only need 1 or 2 strategically placed in high activity zones within your home. Should you want to cover all the potentially vulnerable places in your home and cover multiple rooms, you will need multiple cameras to cover all the areas you want monitored.

 

Do Security Cameras Record All the Time?

Some security cameras will only record when they detect activity whilst others will continually record for a set period of time.

 

How far Can Security Cameras See?

For a camera that records in 1080p HD, you can expect an average of around 30m to be in frame, however the further away a subject is the less clear it is on video.

 

Can My Camera be Hacked?

Unfortunately, like most technology security cameras can be hacked. However, the majority support encryption software which means any data that is streamed from the camera is protected. Our top tips for security on cameras and technology are:

  • Purchase a camera from a trusted seller with a recognisable name

 

  • Make sure your home Wi-Fi network is secure

 

  • Create unique, strong passwords; making sure that you don’t use the same one on all devices

 

  • Always update the firmware on your camera and devices

 

 

Can a Camera double as a Baby/Child/Pet Monitor?

Some cameras have two way audio which means that you would be able to talk and listen to the person on the other side of the camera making for an efficient monitor. However, if you are looking to multipurpose your security camera ensure that it features infrared technology to give clear pictures in low light and at night, as a wide view of angle and has a tilt and pan feature which you can control with your phone.

 

Can an Indoor Camera Also be Used as an Outdoor Camera?

An outdoor camera is designed to be resistant to weather conditions such as rain, cold temperatures and even snow! An indoor camera is not designed to withstand these conditions and would most likely break if left outside.

Likewise, if you were to point your indoor camera out the window for external surveillance you might find that it has a glare from the window which would then distort your video feed and render it useless.

 

What Else Could be Used as Security Deterrents?

It might sound silly but simply putting things in awkward positions so that if someone was to come through a window they would crash into an object, is actually a great way to DIY security. Although unorthodox, if someone was to break into your house and trip over an object it would most likely create a loud noise which increases the burglar’s chances of getting noticed.

Although this a good way to create more obstacles for intruders, we don’t recommend that this is the only security measure that you take as it has no guarantee to warn off intruders or be as effective as a security camera.

 

How Long Do Batteries Last in a Wireless Security Camera?

The average is about 6 months, but they can go up to 2 years depending on what make and model you have. We suggest always reading the specifics of the wireless security camera you purchase.

 

*All prices correct as of Jan 2022