• SimCam 1S

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  • How We Tested

  • What You Should Know About Smart Indoor Security Cameras

  • Other Indoor Security Cameras We Tested

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SimCam 1S
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The SimCam 1S offers many features for free other cameras only offer through a paid subscription.

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SimCam 1S

The SimCam 1S home security camera is a fantastic alternative to the often pricier, subscription-based cameras on the market thanks to its lengthy list of features, reliability, and attractive design.

Great for any room of the home, it features n svelte, pod-shaped aesthetic that’s perfect for setting up on a shelf or desk, with the ability to rotate 360 degrees manually or automatically, depending on your preference.

The SimCam records in crisp 1080p HD, which should help offer peace of mind that, if a crisis occurs, this watchful eye in the room is keeping track of it all. It can also record in total darkness, thanks to its active infrared option. The camera even utilizes powerful AI to detect faces, pets, cars, and more.

Best of all, the SimCam 1S can be controlled solely through its companion app for both iOS and Android users. It pairs with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, and includes a wide variety of settings to tweak for optimal surveillance while you’re away. Plus, its storage is local, eliminating the need for pricey subscription fees. Simply store all your footage on your home PC and view it later at your convenience.

The SimCam 1S is a simple-to-use yet powerful take on the typical security camera. It offers secure encryption, reliable recording, and a host of great options without breaking the bank.


  • Full-featued without subscription

  • Local storage

  • Alexa and Google Home compatible


  • No HomeKit compatibility

YI Dome Camera
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Yi Dome Camera 720p

Editor's Note: We are in the process of testing the new Yi Dome Cam, and will will be updating this guide with the results soon.

Yi made a name for itself with affordable yet high-quality action cameras, but it also makes a variety of home security products. The 720p version of its Dome Cam can be found for around $35 now that a newer 1080p version is out, but even at 720p, the video quality is very good. The only camera that beats the Yi Dome Cam 720p on price is the $20 Wyze Cam, but the Dome Cam has a lot more features that make it our pick for the Best Value.

The Yi Dome Cam is one of two models we tested that can pan and tilt via remote control. You simply open the app and use the on-screen directional pad to tilt it up and down, left and right. The camera can spin 345 degrees horizontally and tilt 115 degrees, which more than makes up for the lens’s slightly narrow 112-degree field of view.

It’s also much better than the similar Wyze Cam Pan at locking onto subjects and tracking them as they move around. It’s a little creepy, but useful if you want to document a thief’s movements or figure out how your dog keeps getting up on the kitchen counter. You can also bookmark up to 10 camera positions and have the camera move between them automatically, or schedule continuous panning.

Setup is mostly painless, and image quality is very good, especially considering it’s only 720p. In addition to seven days of free cloud storage, you get a microSD card slot for local backups. We also liked the two-way speaker, which is much louder and clearer than most rivals. The Yi app provides plenty of in-depth customization, but isn’t as simple or nice to use as Logitech’s; it’s fine for techies, but your aunt might find it confusing.


  • Clear, two-way speaker

  • Camera pans and tilts via remote control

  • More affordable than other similar options


  • App can be difficult to use

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How We Tested

The Tester

Hi, I'm Susie Ochs. For several years, I've tested and reviewed tech products for Reviewed, as well as Macworld, TechHive, PCWorld, Tom's Guide, and MacLife.

The Tests

To find the best indoor security cameras, we originally researched the market and purchased and tested eight cameras from the top brands. After a few new options emerged on the market, I retested our winners and pitted them against five new cameras to see if any new contenders could oust the current winners.

I installed each in my house, making notes about the installation procedures, in-app setup process, and reliability. Testing included several days of regular use, evaluating video quality, audio quality, responsiveness, and network reliability, and app usability on a numerical scale.

A big trick with security cameras is getting the notifications dialed in, so you're alerted to the things you want to know about without being bombarded with notifications every time the wind flutters a curtain. So I tested the sensitivity controls for each home security camera, whether or not they support motion zones, and how quickly they alerted me to people and noise.

I also installed the mobile apps on both an iPhone X and a Galaxy Note 8 to determine if the app experience was identical across platforms, and tested how quickly each app began the live stream.

What You Should Know About Smart Indoor Security Cameras

The first question you should ask yourself is why you need an intelligent indoor security camera. Do you live in a dicey area? Are you looking to check in on your pets or children? Not only do the best indoor security cameras monitor your house, but some of them can also even send a live video feed to your smartphone.

This may seem obvious, but you should never install an indoor camera outdoors. That's because outdoor cameras are designed to handle different temperatures and heavy rain/strong wind. Indoor cameras just aren't durable enough. They also blend in with the environment rather than stick out.

Depending on your needs, you may want to opt for a camera with a wide field of view. This is good if you want to watch more than one room. A camera with a 180-degree field of view, for example, will capture a larger area than a camera with a 100-degree field of view.

The next thing you should consider when selecting a home security camera is picture quality. While a 720p resolution is considered standard, it's not going to be as clear as a 1080p (full HD). If it's sharp details you're after, we'd recommend opting for the Foscam R2 camera, which is listed below. If a clear picture doesn't matter to you, a camera with a 720p resolution is good enough.

Some cameras will store your footage in the cloud. That means it's stored on a remote server instead of a memory card. Not only does cloud storage safely back up your footage, but you can also access your clips anywhere. This may make things more convenient, sure, but you'll probably have to pay a monthly fee for it.

Other Indoor Security Cameras We Tested

Foscam R2

The Foscam R2 is functionally very similar to the Yi Dome Cam, with a few key differences. First, it requires a wired connection for setup. It’s not immediately clear why that's necessary for a camera that works over WiFi, but there you are. While the setup is more onerous than most, it’s not super complicated—we got it up and running within 15 minutes, with only a couple missteps. Second, while the R2 can pan and tilt, it doesn’t have the subject tracking functionality of the cheaper Yi. Third, it’s 1080p, while the Yi is limited to 720p. (However, Yi also makes a 1080p Dome Cam that's quite a bit cheaper than the Foscam R2.)

Almost everything we liked about the Yi Dome Cam is here, so if the Yi's are out of stock and you like the sound of its features, this is a good backup pick. The apps are nearly identical and equally usable. The R2’s image quality is very good at 1080p, and the onboard speaker is nice and loud. The cloud storage options aren’t quite as generous as Yi’s, however, which is another reason it’s not one of our top picks.


  • 1080p video quality

  • Loud and clear speaker


  • Lack of cloud storage options

Nest Cam

We loved Nest’s outdoor security camera, so it came as a bit of a surprise that the Nest Cam Indoor lagged so far behind in our testing. There’s nothing particularly wrong with it: It produces very good video and offers great two-way audio, it’s well-built, easy to set up, and the app is among the best in the business. It just doesn't stand out among these cameras like the outdoor version did among its rivals.

The Logi Circle, Foscam R2, and D-Link Omna all shoot sharper clips. Logi’s app is even easier to use than Nest’s sleek, but aging, software. It took longer to start streaming than several other cameras. And while others offer at least a day of free cloud backups, Nest doesn't offer any cloud storage or facial recognition without a subscription plan. The list of near misses goes on and on. If you’re already invested in the Nest ecosystem, by all means, go ahead and grab a few of these. (Especially if you’ve already bought into a Nest Aware subscription.) But if you’re not, there are better values out there.


  • Clear two-way audio

  • High-quality video streaming


  • No free cloud storage

  • Delayed streaming

Wyze Cam v2

With its low price, you might expect this security camera to be a piece of junk. The Wyze Cam is not. With 1080p resolution, easy ways to schedule alerts and adjust the sensitivity, and a genius feature that can notify you if your smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm goes off, this camera has everything most users would need, and it only costs $26.

The Wyze Cam’s field of view is a lean 110 degrees, the smallest of any camera we tested, but with its low price and with no cloud storage fees, you could always add more cameras for more coverage. The Wyze Cam is easy to adjust and light enough that you don’t need screws for mounting, just the included magnetic plate that sticks to your wall or ceiling with adhesive.

Wyze Cam captures video in 1080p, 720p, or 360p, and shows you how much bandwidth you’re using at all times. The video quality is very good, with just an occasional stutter in the live stream when viewing it at 1080p. Night vision was adequate once it kicked in, and a button on the live view lets you engage it manually if the Auto feature is struggling to keep the camera shooting in color when there isn’t enough light for it.

The app could be a little better organized. Its controls and settings are easy to use, but notifications and the videos you saved yourself are kept in two different places, which isn't that intuitive.

Still, we’re willing to forgive these shortcomings since Wyze Cam gives you 14 days of rolling cloud storage for free to save motion clips, and has an SD card slot if you want continuous recording. It’s not perfect, but there’s a lot to love.


  • 1080p resolution

  • More compact than similar options

  • 14 days of free, rolling cloud storage


  • App is disorganized

Wyze Cam Pan

Wyze offers a panning camera too, and it has the same free 14-day cloud storage as the Wyze Cam v2, but we prefer the stationary camera. While the Pan camera can track motion, its movement was choppy, struggling to keep up with my family members as they walked through the room. It can also cycle through four preset camera positions, but the smoother-panning Yi Dome supports up to 10.

The audio on the Wyze Cam Pan also didn’t live up to the Wyze Cam v2, with a longer delay and less volume. If you need panning, check out the Yi Dome instead, or just stick up multiple units of the Wyze Cam v2 to watch multiple locations from one app.


  • 14 days of free, rolling cloud storage


  • Struggles to track motion

  • Delayed streaming

Netgear Arlo Q

Like the Nest Cam, Netgear’s Arlo suffered in the move indoors. Once again, it was simply outpaced by cheaper, more capable rivals like the Logi Circle and Yi Dome Cam. The app took a surprisingly long time to start streaming, and had more of a delay than most other cameras we tested; sometimes the stream would lag more than a minute behind real-world events. It’s worth mentioning that we tested these cameras on a weak WiFi network, but all were tested under the same circumstances. While others coped with the conditions, the Arlo Q stumbled.

But it’s not all bad. The Arlo Q is well made, with a physical design much like the Nest Cam Indoor’s. Setup is simple, and the app—while far from being as intuitive as Logi’sor Nest’s—has lots of options for those who like to really tweak their setup. Perhaps the best thing about the Arlo Q is that Netgear offers a full week of cloud backups for free. That makes it a pretty good bargain—as long as you have a good router and internet connection, anyway.


  • Free cloud storage for 7 days

  • Sturdy design

  • Easy-to-use app


  • Delayed streaming in app

Canary All-in-One Home Security System

Canary’s flagship security camera is pretty (it reminded us of the monolith from 2001) and the app is good-looking, too. The camera also houses a very loud siren, which is a great feature if you need to scare off an intruder or play a prank on your family. (Just kidding! Don't do this. It's really loud.) The device starts streaming quickly and image quality is good, if not great. It’s also very good at recognizing when you’re home and when you’re not, putting the camera in the right mode based on that info. There are other neat customizations, like a feature that auto-populates local emergency phone numbers so you can dial with one click. Still, the app is short on options—you can’t customize much at all—and the camera is missing features common on other devices, like two-way audio. Given the relatively high asking price, there are simply better options.


  • Loud siren to scare off intruders

  • Fast streaming

  • High-quality video playback


  • Lack of two-way audio

  • Lack of customizable features

Meet the testers

Ben Keough

Ben Keough



Ben is an experienced industry journalist who formerly served as Senior Editor of News and Features at Reviewed. He now contributes as a freelance writer and editor. Most recently hailing from the vast wilds of the American southwest, he is an avid photographer who is deeply disturbed by the lack of wide open landscapes in Boston.

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Susie Ochs

Susie Ochs



Susie Ochs is a valued contributor to the Reviewed.com family of sites.

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Brittany Vincent

Brittany Vincent


Brittany Vincent has been covering video games and tech for over a decade for publications like MTV, Rolling Stone Popular Science, Playboy, Empire, Complex, IGN, GamesRadar, Polygon, Kotaku, Maxim, GameSpot, Yahoo, and more.

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