If a verbal threat doesn’t work, some cameras can deliver an alarm that will alert neighbors and should clear your property pretty quickly.If the camera captures video of something while you’re away, it can send you a smartphone alert and save the footage for later viewing.It also includes the option for advanced features via a Nest Aware subscription, which increases the price, but also the camera’s capabilities: For to per month (depending on the amount of video history you need), Nest Aware adds recording storage, person alerts, and the option to highlight specific monitoring boundaries.

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Also, the Circle 2’s lack of a truly weatherproof cord and a few other quirks let the Nest just edge it out of our top spot.

If you’re more interested in checking on your kids or spotting packages versus prowlers, the Netgear Arlo Pro 2 is also a great pick.

All 15 cameras were connected to the same Verizon Fi OS network via a Wi-Fi router indoors (approximately 40 feet from the cameras).

With the exception of those two hardwired lighting products and some battery-operated cameras that require separate indoor hubs, all of the cameras installed almost exactly the same way.

However, the lack of a battery power supply will limit your placement options to areas within reach of an outlet or electrical cable, and Nest Aware’s 24/7 recordings may use up a lot of your Internet plan’s bandwidth.

When compared with our top pick, the Logitech Circle 2 is very similar in features.

It’s the best battery-powered unit we tested and can go for up to six months between charges, so it’s easy to place and move.

If you have an AC outlet handy, the camera can also be plugged in.

I’ve written about consumer electronics for more than 15 years, including testing a variety of smart-home products, from remotes and security cameras to AV receivers and speakers.

As a former editor for Electronic House and Big Picture Big Sound, I’ve written buyer’s guides for multiple consumer-electronics products.

Because it’s battery-powered, it can’t record continuous motion, often leaving gaps of a few seconds in between clips.