It’s the only truly wireless camera on our list, and the fact that it’s both battery-powered and weatherproof means you can install it virtually anywhere inside or outside.
Simply put, Arlo offers versatility that other cameras just don’t have.
I recommend installing the camera in a central location in your home to take full advantage of its 360° rotating view and 1080p high-resolution picture.
The Zmodo Pivot comes with two door and window sensors that can signal the camera to focus on a particular sensor when it’s triggered, which is pretty impressive and only slightly spoiled by how slowly it pivots—it’s slow.
Even though PTZ allows the Amcrest Pro HD to cover every inch of the room, it’s going to have to move a lot more to get that coverage because it lacks a wider viewing angle.
The smaller angle creates the risk of missing something important if the camera can’t pan fast enough to keep up.
My one knock on the VT-361 HD is that the video footage is only 720p instead of 1080p, but that’s the price you pay—or rather don’t pay—for getting it for under 0.
Simply plug the camera in and you’re ready to record video locally using a micro SD card (not included)—setup and installation could not be easier.
The Zmodo Pivot also uses motion detection and motion tracking to initiate and capture footage that you can store internally on 16GB of local storage.
On top of the security features, the Zmodo Pivot also has temperature sensors, humidity sensors, and even a Bluetooth speaker, all controlled from the Pivot mobile app.
You’ll pay between and more for the YI Home Camera 2 than for the VT-361 HD, but you’ll get better video quality (1080p resolution), more local storage support (up to 64GB micro SD), and a smoother mobile app experience.
Think of it as a Nest Cam without the service fees.
The Vimtag VT-361 HD pops up on a lot of best security camera lists—including our own—because this little guy packs in a ton of value for a sub-$100 camera.