New Wireless Security Cameras Vie to Protect Your Home

CES 2019 brings myriad new models from Arlo, D-Link, and more

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Walk through the electronics section of your local big-box store, and you'll find plenty of wireless security cameras to choose from. (The opportunity and burden of all that choice is why Consumer Reports puts security cameras to the test.)

And based on the product launches we're seeing at 2019's Consumer Electronics Show, the home security landscape is set to get a lot more crowded.

Most of the new models debuting at CES are competitive more than innovative—but there is still some innovation to be found, especially around improved alerts through software and artificial intelligence.

"There are quite a few copycats, whether it is with 4K, LTE cameras or even battery-operated cameras” says Blake Kozak, a smart home and home security analyst with research firm IHS Markit. “Despite the spec and hardware similarities, I think there is plenty of room to differentiate on the software side, meaning the mobile app and the quality of the features being promised, such as facial recognition and object detection."

Bottom line? "This is good for the consumer and possibly a threat to the established players,” Kozak says.

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Below we’ll walk through new security cameras from established brands, including Arlo and D-Link, and new players, such as Deep Sentinel.

Of course, we haven’t tested any of them—these cameras aren't even on sale yet, and Consumer Reports purchases every product it tests. So if you need to buy a wireless security camera now, you can also find some top-rated picks at the bottom of the article, or check out our complete home security camera ratings.

Arlo

Arlo is now offering pre-orders for its new Arlo Ultra security camera, which is a battery-powered, completely wireless model that records 4K video footage. It’s not the first 4K option—Nest has it beat with the Nest Cam IQ Indoor. But the Arlo Ultra, powered by rechargable batteries, offers more versatility in terms of placement than the Nest Cam IQ.

The $400 Arlo Ultra, along with the CR-tested Arlo Pro 2, are also notably gaining Apple HomeKit compatibility, which means you’ll be able to control the cameras with Siri and view camera feeds in the Apple Home app on iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers. Plenty of security cams are HomeKit-compatible, but again, these Arlo models will be the first completely wireless cameras to work with HomeKit.

Deep Sentinel

A total newcomer, Deep Sentinel has debuted an eponymous camera system that is quite similar to the Arlo and D-Link systems mentioned above.

It comes with three wireless, battery-powered cameras and a base station. But it does a few more things to differentiate itself.

Namely, its hallmark LiveSentinel Surveillance Guards: real people who monitor your camera footage and can call authorities in the event of a problem. The service costs $50 per month. A one-year commitment is required upon purchase of a Deep Sentinel system.

While not as impressive as live guards, the Deep Sentinel system also stores all footage locally on its base station, not in the cloud. The system uses artificial intelligence to detect people, animals, and objects, which we've seen to varying degrees by competitors like Ring and Arlo, as well as to learn behaviors and only record footage of suspicious activity.

Three Highly Rated Security Cameras

If you're in the market for a wireless security camera now, check out the models below, all of which have been tested by CR.


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Daniel Wroclawski

I'm obsessed with smart home tech and channel my obsession into new stories for Consumer Reports. When I'm not writing about products, I spend time either outside hiking and skiing or up in the air in small airplanes. For my latest obsessions, follow me on Facebook and Twitter (@danwroc).