Cameras are an essential part of a home security system, but it can be difficult to keep track of which cameras are available with all the security systems on the market. And even if you find a good camera, it is only as good as the support system and features that come with it.
Security cameras can help you keep an eye on your pets and children when you’re not home, discourage would-be burglars, and document crimes. When the cameras are paired with a good security system, you’ll also get alerts of unwanted visitors in your home.
We researched the top companies in the industry to learn more about the security cameras available with each system. This should help you choose a home security company with the right cameras for your specific security needs.
Security companies that use Alarm.com security cameras
Alarm.com is a leader in security equipment, and many home security systems pair monitoring service with Alarm.com cameras. Cameras from Alarm.com are standard for a reason—they’re reliable, versatile, and able to pair with lots of other equipment. Many home security systems use the same cameras, but to get the most out of your cameras, you’ll also need an excellent home security system. If you’re looking for great equipment and the best overall security system, Frontpoint is our first pick.
Frontpoint is the highest-ranked home security company on our Best Home Security Systems list because it offers excellent customer support, reliable cellular monitoring, and transparent pricing. It also offers three excellent cameras that you can pair with security system.
Alarm.com Indoor Wireless Fixed Camera
This wireless camera has a 110-degree field of view, night vision, and motion detection. When you connect it to your Frontpoint system, you can check in on your home while you’re away. It automatically records when it detects motion and stores clips so you can view them later. You can check these clips on the app, your control panel, or at myfrontpoint.com.
Alarm.com Wireless Outdoor Camera
The wireless outdoor camera has many of the same features as the indoor one—it comes with night vision, starts recording automatically when it detects motion, and stores clips so you can check them later. It is also weatherproof and can withstand below-freezing temperatures.
SkyBell Doorbell Camera
The SkyBell video doorbell has a 180-degree field of view and 1080p resolution. It has two-way audio, motion detection, and color night vision, and it can withstand temperatures between -40°F and 140°F. You can check the live view from this camera on your phone at any time throughout the day. It also lets you save videos to your Frontpoint account so you can review them later or share them with law enforcement or an insurance company. If you’d like to learn more about the SkyBell doorbell camera, check out our review.
Third on our list for best home security system is Link Interactive, and the company’s system is compatible with quite a few cameras. It works with SkyBell as well as Alarm.com’s fixed wireless indoor camera and wireless outdoor camera.
You can also use Alarm.com’s Indoor Pan/Tilt Wireless camera or the 2GIG Indoor High Res Wireless camera with your system.
Alarm.com Indoor Pan/Tilt Wireless Camera
The pan/tilt wireless camera has the ability to pan a full 350 degrees and tilt 125 degrees. You can manually control the camera through a desktop or mobile browser, so it is easy to use even if you aren’t nearby.
2GIG Indoor High-Res Wireless Camera
This camera has motion detection 720p resolution and infrared for low-light conditions. With both high-resolution and infrared, you’ll be able to get footage in more situations.
Protect America is in sixth place on our list of recommended home security systems and is one of the more affordable security systems out there. Protect America doesn’t offer as many cameras to choose from as some of its competitors, but you can use an Alarm.com wireless fixed indoor camera with 720p video and infrared for low-light situations.
Armorax took tenth place in our best home security systems rankings and offers a lot of versatility that lets you tailor your system to your needs. You can use the SkyBell video doorbell or Alarm.com’s indoor wireless fixed camera with an Armorax security system.
Our eighth-ranking security system, LiveWatch, can be paired with Alarm.com’s indoor wireless fixed camera and the indoor pan/tilt camera. You can also use a LiveWatch system with Alarm.com’s indoor high-resolution camera and the wireless bullet camera.
Security companies that use their own security cameras
We rated Vivint as the best home security system for technology and home automation, and the company ranks second on our overall list of best security systems. Vivint excels by offering its own state-of-the-art equipment while also remaining compatible with third-party equipment like Amazon Echo and Nest. Vivint offers three cameras that can be paired with a security system.
Vivint Doorbell Camera
This doorbell camera, which is ranked as one of our best doorbell cameras, has a 180-degree field of vision, two-way audio, night vision, and motion detection that knows the difference between a passing car and a person near your home. Since it integrates with the rest of your security system and other smart home equipment, you can unlock your door remotely if friends arrive at your house before you get there or turn on the lights to make sure your porch is well lit when someone comes to your door.
Vivint Ping Camera
The Vivint Ping Camera is an indoor video camera that comes with a wide-angle lens, 1080p video, motion detection, and infrared night vision. It also comes with two-way audio, which is a feature that many other indoor cameras on the market lack.
The high-resolution outdoor camera comes with motion detection and night vision, so you can keep an eye on things outside your home no matter what time it is. You can also use Vivint’s app to check a live feed of your camera whenever you want.
SimpliSafe offers an affordable DIY, no-contract security system option, and it took the fourth spot on our list of the best home security systems.
This indoor camera comes with a 120-degree field of view, HD audio and video, and infrared night vision. If you want storage, you’ll need to pay for a plan—but you get the apps and 24/7 livestreaming feature for free.
ADT is fifth on our list of home security systems. It is one of the most recognizable home security companies in the industry and comes with lots of integration for home automation products if you want to control your lights, door locks, thermostat, or garage door.
ADT Pulse® Indoor Cameras
ADT Pulse® products can be managed remotely, so it is easy to check on your home using your smartphone while you’re away. If you sync your cameras with your motion detectors, you can have your camera record when it is triggered and send you clips automatically.
ADT offers a large selection of outdoor cameras. You can pair your system with a full-body box camera, a dome camera, a pan/tilt camera, and/or a bullet camera.
Ring Video Doorbell
ADT systems are also compatible with the Ring Video Doorbell, which has motion detection, 1080p video, and a 160-degree field of view. If you’d like to learn more about the Ring doorbell, check out our review.
Security-camera-based home security systems
The ASecureLife team strongly recommends a home security system that comes with monitoring, but if you’re looking for the very basics, there are quite a few systems that rely on just a security camera.
Update: Piper no longer sells any equipment on its website. We recommend Canary as a comparable alternative.
If you’re looking for a very simple, affordable, and easy-to-use home security option, Piper could be right for you. There are two Piper cameras to choose from—the Piper classic and the Piper nv.
Canary earned second place on our list of home security systems without monitoring. It offers two cameras—the Canary and the Canary Flex.
Home security systems that integrate with Nest Camera
Home security systems from other security companies like Vivint, SimpliSafe, and ADT integrate with Nest products, but the Nest Cam isn’t used with those systems because they come with other security cameras. Scout security systems include monitoring equipment from Scout, but if you want video, you’ll need to add the Nest cam to your setup.
Nest outdoor cam
There are dozens of home security companies to choose from, but cameras will be a valuable addition to your security system no matter which option you choose.
What are you looking for in a security camera that pairs with a home security system? Let us know in the comments below.