Best Night Vision Security Cameras

Best Indoor
Nest Cam IQ Indoor
 
$299.99
Pro Bullet 4K image sensor
Pro Bullet Two-way audio
Pro Bullet 12x digital zoom
Best Indoor/Outdoor
Reolink Argus 2
 
$129.99
Pro Bullet Color night vision
Pro Bullet Flexible power source
Pro Bullet 6x digital zoom
Best Outdoor
Lorex 4K IP Bullet
 
$184.93
Pro Bullet Long-range night vision
Pro Bullet Color night vision up to 150 ft.
Pro Bullet 10x digital zoom
*Prices listed based on listed retailer prices as of this writing. Data effective 8/15/2019. Prices and availability subject to change.

Overview

Night vision has come a long way. Instead of showing just green or shades of red and yellow—like night-vision goggles or thermal imaging—night vision security cameras give you a clear, sometimes colored image of your home in total darkness, inside and out.

We’ve rounded up the best night vision security cameras to keep your home safe no matter the time of day.

Top three night vision security cameras


Compare night vision cameras

Data effective 8/15/2019. Details and pricing subject to change.

1. Nest Cam IQ Indoor review: Best indoor night vision camera

Best indoor night vision camera
Nest Cam IQ Indoor review
    Dimensions
    4.9 x 2.9
    Resolution
    1080p HD
    FOV
    130°
    Night vision
    20 ft. with 940nm IR LEDs
    Pros
    • Pro BulletTwo-way audio
    • Pro Bullet Close-up tracking view
    • Pro Bullet 4K image sensor
    • Pro Bullet 12x digital zoom
    Cons
    • Con BulletHigh price
    • Con BulletNest Aware subscription required to access advanced features

    Why Nest Cam IQ Indoor made the list

    The Nest Cam IQ Indoor has great reviews across the board, with smart features that set it apart. The cam doubles as a Google Assistant smart speaker, and the two-way speaker has noise and echo suppression so you can hear loud and clear.

    The IQ Indoor also has night vision up to 20 feet with 940nm IR LEDs, meaning you won’t ever be distracted by a faint red glow coming from the camera.

    The cam doubles as a Google Assistant smart speaker, and the two-way speaker has noise and echo suppression so you can hear loud and clear.
    nest iq night vision camera
    Features and flaws

    Most of the Nest Cam IQ’s features require a subscription to Nest Aware. Plans start at $5 per month or $50 per year, which can get pricey on top of a camera that’s already expensive.

    But we think it’s worth it. With the Nest Aware subscription, you can access 24/7 continuous recording, customized person and familiar face alerts, and five days of continuous video history.

    ASecureLife recommends: Nest Cam IQ Indoor is a bit on the expensive side. But if you’re willing to shell out the cash (and pay at least $50 per year for a cloud subscription), we think it’s a great, reliable camera for any home.


    2. Reolink Argus 2 review: Best indoor/outdoor night vision camera

    Best indoor/outdoor night vision camera
    Reolink Argus 2
      Dimensions
      3.8 x 2.3 in.
      Resolution
      1080p HD
      FOV
      130°
      Night vision
      Up to 33 ft.
      Pros
      • Pro BulletTwo-way audio
      • Pro BulletFlexible power source
      • Pro Bullet6x digital zoom
      • Pro BulletColor night vision
      Cons
      • Con BulletNo dual-band frequency

      Why Reolink Argus 2 made the list

      The Reolink Argus 2 is a compact camera with midrange color night vision that works both indoors and outdoors. It allows you to access most of its features for free through the Reolink app—no cloud subscription services here.
      Reolink Argus 2 Night Vision
      Features and flaws

      Our favorite thing about Reolink’s Argus 2 is that it can be powered however you choose. You can use a rechargeable battery, a power adapter, or a compatible solar panel—a thoughtful way to power your camera outdoors.

      However, the Argus 2 is a 2.4 GHz camera and won’t operate on any higher frequency. Some users complain that this slows down their connection.

      ASecureLife.com recommends: Reolink’s Argus 2 is compact and versatile. Indoors, it makes a great fit for homes of all sizes. Outdoors, we’d suggest it for smaller residential properties.


      3. Lorex 4K IP Bullet Camera review: best outdoor night vision camera

      Best outdoor night vision camera
      Lorex 4K IP Bullet Camera
        Dimensions
        2.8 x 7.1 in.
        Resolution
        4K
        FOV
        112°
        Night vision
        Up to 250 ft. with 850nm IR LEDs
        Pros
        • Pro BulletLong-range night vision
        • Pro BulletColor night vision up to 150 ft.
        • Pro Bullet10x digital zoom
        • Pro BulletPrivacy feature to protect sensitive areas of your home
        Cons
        • Con BulletCompatible 4K NVR required for more advanced features

        Why Lorex 4K IP Bullet Camera made the list

        The Lorex 4K IP Bullet Camera is a solid security camera with long-range night vision, including color night vision up to 150 feet. And with 4K Ultra HD, the Lorex provides greater detail in digital zoom, which can be useful when looking for important details like a delivery person’s name tag or the color of an intruder’s shirt.

        Features and flaws

        We like that this night vision security camera includes a privacy-masking feature, which lets you choose what sensitive areas you don’t want recorded, like your bathroom or hot tub. It’s also the only night vision camera on our list with a 4K ultra high-definition resolution.

        But getting the most out of the Lorex 4K IP Bullet Camera can get pricey. The Lorex can work without a compatible 4K NVR (network video recorder)—starting at $249.99—but you’ll get more use out of the camera with an NVR. The Lorex also connects via Ethernet cable, so it may take some hardwiring or technological know-how.

        ASecureLife recommends: The Lorex 4K IP Bullet Camera may require multiple expensive purchases, but it will get the job done. We recommend this camera for businesses and larger homes.

        Other brands we considered

        Arlo

        Arlo’s newly released Ultra can be used indoors and outdoors, has a rare 180° field of view, and records color night vision up to 20 feet. But unless you have to have a 4K camera—and don’t mind the high price tag at $399.99—our other night vision cameras fit into more budgets (and have comparable night vision capabilities).

        EZVIZ

        EZVIZ’s wireless security cam is highly rated on Amazon, costs less than 50 bucks, and has a night vision range of up to 100 feet. But too many users complain about glitchy and hard-to-use software for us to recommend it.

        How we chose

        A few variables go into a worthwhile night vision camera: image quality, infrared lights, a wide field of view, and the presence of ambient light.

        What to look for in a night vision security camera

          • Image quality: A higher HD (high definition) quality gives you a clearer picture so you can see more of what’s happening in your video footage. We recommend at least 1080p HD quality for any security camera.
          • Infrared lights: Infrared lights—also referred to as IR lights or IR LEDs—are invisible to the human eye but act like a spotlight for security cameras with night vision, helping capture and reconstruct images in the dark. IR lights typically come in two different wavelengths: 850nm, which emits a faint red visible light; and 940nm, which is completely invisible.
          • Field of view: The field of view (FOV) is the area a camera can see at one time. The bigger the FOV number, the wider the image frame is, allowing the camera to cover more area.
          • Ambient light: Ambient light is the light present around the security camera. Natural light and street lights are both sources of ambient light. Color night vision requires ambient light for a clear, colored image.

        Our recommendation

        Investing in a night vision security camera is a great way to keep your home safe when it’s dark. The best night vision cameras use a variety of technologies—a wide field of view, infrared LEDs and ambient light—to construct a clear image no matter how dark it is.

        And the Nest Cam IQ Indoors does it best. The Nest Cam is a consistently impressive security camera that keeps its consumer in mind, and we especially like that Google Assistant is built into its speaker.

        >>Shed some light on your home. Buy the Nest IQ Indoor Camera.

        >>Want Nest coverage outside your home too? Learn more about the Nest Cam Outdoor.