MY UPDATED TOP 10 NANNY CAMS – 2017
Following intensive research to source the best nanny cams for my readers, I have totally updated my previous Top 10 list.
If you are curious (or in a hurry):
With 2-way communication, digital zoom, wide angle lens, SD card slot, sound & motion detection, cloud storage and high level encryption, you know you are onto a winner.
It is even a Best Seller on Amazon!
Which Nanny Cam is Best?
There are so many different nanny cams on the market that it is time consuming and frustrating trying to work your way through all of them to find the best one for your situation. So here are my Top 10 Nanny Cams based on features, functionality and customer reviews.
- YI Wireless IP Camera.
- Arlo Pro.
- Dropcam Pro.
- Amcrest ProHD.
- SOTION WiFi IP Security Video Camera.
- Piper nv Smart Home Security System.
- Vimtag WiFi IP Surveillance Camera
- Cavalry IPC10010.
- Nest Cam.
- Arlo Home Security – Q Plus.
When you need to leave your baby or children with someone else, either to go to work or just to go out together for dinner as a couple, you want to feel that you are still protecting your family.
Of course, you are only going to leave your children with someone you trust, but it is always better to be safe than sorry. This is why nanny cams are so popular, because you can check in with the babysitter when you are away or simply dial in and watch what is going on at home – unobserved.
Don’t forget that you can use a nanny cam to keep an eye on an elderly relative at home or even watch the antics of your mischievous pets when they are home alone.So if you feel that a nanny camera will make you feel more secure leaving your family at home, here are my top 10 picks.
Here are my TOP 10 Nanny Cams
1. YI Wireless IP Camera
The Yi Wireless IP Camera has quickly risen to the top of my Top 10 list because it has all the functionality you need and is easy to setup and at a great price point.
With 2-way communication, an SD card slot, 1080p resolution, wide angle lens, digital zoom and sound & motion detection this is a super little nanny cam that can easily be re-purposed when your family is grown.
The images are really crystal clear, because it uses lens distortion correction technology to erase any distortions in your images and videos caused by the wide angle lens. You also have dual stream recording, so if your connection is not good, it changes the streaming to accommodate this problem.
What do customers say about the YI Wireless IP Camera?
Impressive camera. What makes it a value is cloud-based storage.
WESOME! I am now able to view my cameras on my Mac!
Nifty little camera with very high quality video and good audio.
Great price. and no subscription
The camera is easy to set up, and I like using a SD card, so I don’t have to pay extra for the cloud.
2. Arlo Pro nanny cam & home security camera
The new Arlo pro is the upgraded version of the original Arlo, which is a pretty great nanny cam in itself. The reason the original Arlo camera isn’t in my Top 10 is because it lacks a few features that I think are important in a nanny cam.
So the Arlo Pro is exactly the same as the original Arlo but it has a few additional features. To begin with, they are both totally weatherproof and waterproof, so they can be used indoors or outdoors and they are completely wireless.
This means that you can put them anywhere, as they don’t need a power point. They both have 720p HD images and night vision, and are freestanding with magnetic mountings, a zoom function on the app, customizable alert notifications and 7 days of free cloud storage (1 GB).
The Arlo Pro however, has 2 way communication, which the original Arlo doesn’t, it has a siren on the base unit, a rechargeable battery, a USB port for local storage, a 130 degree wide angle lens (the original Arlo only has 110 degrees) and both sound and motion detection (the original has only motion detection).
The Arlo Pro is not cheap, but it is a very popular camera and is selling well online at the moment.
What do customers say about the Arlo Pro Nanny Camera?
Great security camera and alert system.
Easy to set up. No monthly fees. App makes monitoring a snap.
This surveillance camera is great! Set-up was very easy. Picture quality is very good.
We love how it notifies us of activity right on our smartphones, and the basic (free) subscription stores clips for a week which is perfect for us.
This Arlo model is the very best yet. The picture is excellent. The big added feature is the rechargeable battery which make a big difference.
3. Dropcam Pro Nanny Cam
The Dropcam Pro is the updated version of the Dropcam and has 2-way communication, IR night time vision, an optical zoom (x8) and a wide angle lens (130 degrees).
This is a cloud based WiFi video recording nanny camera with an optional CVR (cloud video recording) subscription available.
If you chose not to buy into the subscription ($29.95 for 30 days) then you can only view live video, not previous footage.
You receive both sound and motion alerts on your smartphone or iPad and it has bank level encryption. Setup is very easy and you can do this even without a computer, as long as you have a compatible Apple mobile device.
What do customers say about the Dropcam Pro?
I can’t express how much better this is than the original Dropcam. I’ve had the original one for years and thought I liked it (not loved it, but liked it).
This is my fifth DropCam, so obviously I love them. SUPER easy to setup (less than a minute) and you have a live webcam.
Ridiculously simple. I plugged it into the computer (Mac) as instructed. It calibrated itself, logged onto my wifi and was ready in less than 2 minutes. I then plugged it in to monitor my living room; worked immediately. I don’t know what else to say, it seems stupid proof.
4. Amcrest ProHD 1080P Nanny Cam
This nanny cam is a very popular choice with many home owners and parents.
It is really easy to set up and has 2-way communication, so you can talk to the babysitter at home or sing your little one a lullaby as they drift off to sleep.
The Amcrest nanny cam also comes with IR night time vision, pan & tilt, a digital zoom, microSD and cloud storage and HD images. You don’t have sound notifications on your phone, but you do have motion alerts.
For the price it is a great nanny cam which can be later used for home surveillance.
What do customers say about the Amcrest ProHD nanny cam?
This is a pretty nice camera. Setup was effortless and easy enough for non technical folks to do. Can’t beat the picture quality.
This is a great camera; I have tried numerous ones over the years, and this one definitely takes the cake as being the most solid, having the best image, and easiest to setup.
The Amcrest ProHD is the best purchase I have made all year. The camera works as advertised. It was simple to setup on both the device and on the Website.
I put this in my living room and now I can keep an eye on the dogs when I am on vacation and make sure that they are being let out like they are suppose to be. I also use it to keep an eye on the grand kids when I am watching them and I am in the other room.
5. SOTION WiFi IP Security Video Camera and Nanny Cam
This is a very affordable and popular security camera and nanny cam that is a Best Seller on Amazon. It has all of the features you need and is very easy to setup. It has also been specifically designed to retain a table connection, which is something that customers appreciate.
It comes with 2-way communication, pan & tilt, a digital zoom, IR night time vision, motion detection and alerts, an SD card slot, 960p resolution and secure encryption. If you are looking for a cheap nanny cam (currently selling for under $100), then this SOTION model is definitely worth a look.
What do customers say about the SOTION WiFi IP nanny cam?
Actually I did not expect it to be so good. So, in total I am very surprised that the IP cam is better than expected.
This is a great camera..Easy set up right out of the box..It found my wifi without a problem.
My friend loved it so much she bought 2 for her house, for her dogs and for looking out the front.
Outstanding picture in night vision mode, equally good in normal daily viewing.
Will be getting another to monitor the back of my house and garden soon.
Used it from the Canaries for the house back in the UK. Picture clear, viewing angles great.
6. Piper nv Smart Home Security System/Nanny Cam
The Piper nv Smart Home Security System is a kind of hybrid between a home automation system and a nanny cam. You have 2-way communication, a wide angle lens, pan & tilt and a x10 digital zoom, as well as sound and motion alerts and night vision.
On top of all this, you also have a 105db siren that automatically turns on when an intruder alert is triggered, a battery backup if the power goes out (or a burglar disconnects the device from the mains power), auto rearming and it is compatible with Z-wave accessories (window and door sensors, power switches and dimmer switches).
What do customers say about the Piper nv Smart Home Security System?
I like having another “set of eyes” making sure all is well, and alerting me when it may not be.
I love this little thing. Set up was easy, including adding two sensors, alarms, notifications (it calls me when there is an issue!!), web apps works well even when we are outside the US.etc.
Well worth the money! No comparison. I am still evaluating Piper but so far, after 2 weeks it is very effective.
I never write online reviews but felt compelled to for this product. This thing is awesome. Super easy to set-up.. I took it out of the box just to look at it and before I knew it, I had it running (5 minutes).
So far so good. We now have three Pipers in our home, 2 NV and one regular along with a range extender and light controller. They cover our entire ground floor quite well.
This is seriously a nice system. We have good solid wifi and a fast connection so all aspects have worked well.
7. Vimtag WiFi IP Surveillance Camera/Nanny Cam
The Vimtag nanny cam is a great little camera with sleek and modern lines and lots of features. You have 2 way communication, pan & tilt, a x4 digital zoom with the app, an SD card slot, night time vision and crystal clear images.
It is very quick and easy to set up as well, and online customer reviews back up this fact.
You can also by a 1 TB cloud storage box to save all of your images and videos, if you run out of space on the SD card. There are no monthly fees for cloud storage, which is a huge plus.
It also detects both sound and motion, which is another plus, because most nanny cams or surveillance cameras only detect motion, not sound. At around $100, its not cheap, but it has oodles of features, great images and is easy to set up.
What do customers say about the Vimtag WiFi Security Camera?
Great camera. Very easy to set up and use.
Very simple installation. I especially love that you can use it with a laptop or Android tablet
Just purchased and was easy to hook up. Picture is clear and voice is clear.
I bought the indoor camera for use as a baby monitor and it works great, one time cost of the camera with no fees and a free app to view it in.
This is the best thing I have bought in a very long time! I bought it to keep an eye on my dogs when I am at work.
8. Cavalry IPC 10010 Nanny Cam
This is a great little nanny cam or home surveillance camera with 2 way communication, IR night time vision, highly quality images, pan & tilt, microSD storage, motion detection and alert notifications on your mobile devices.
You don’t have lullabies, a temperature sensor or a digital zoom, but the images are crisp and you have auto balance and auto exposure for perfect images, day or night.
One of the most frequent comments from customers about this nanny cam is that it is so easy to set up – you just plug it in and it works. This makes a huge difference when you compare it with the set up problems that come with many other nanny cams.
What do customers think about the Cavalry IPC 10010 nanny cam?
I have 3 of these looking around my home from different angles. Great way to keep track of what’s going on when you are or aren’t there.
Easy to set up. Plugged it in, downloaded the app and started using it right away.
This camera is very easy to setup. it took me less than 10 minutes. I bought the camera to watch the house while I am out but it came in handy when I had handymen working inside my house.
The perfect camera to keep an eye on my dog at home while I am away.
Just had our first born recently and this camera is installed to monitor her in her crib. After 3 months of use it is working great.
9. Nest Cam
The Nest Cam is a super little nanny cam with lots of great features, but to get the best out this nanny cam, you really do need the monthly subscription to Nest Aware – Nest’s Cloud based storage.
With this subscription you can view past recordings and save video recording, but without it you can only view live video, not save it.
The $10/month subscription gives you 10 days of prior footage and the $30 /month subscription gives you 30 days of previous footage. The Nest Cam has 2-way communication, a digital zoom (x8), a wide angle lens (130 degrees), IR night time vision, sound and motion alerts and bank level encryption.
What do customers think about the Nest Cam?
The best with picture sound and options, very easy to set up did not take 15 minutes
Love the camera and the video quality. Setup took a couple of minutes and it always works. I did a lot of research before buying the camera and cannot be happier with my purchase. I’m using it as a baby monitor and love everything about it.
Set up took about an hour, I set up 3 cameras with no problems. I am considering getting rid of my alarm system because this is so much easier to use and it’s really sensitive for both noise and motion.
I’ve been using it to keep tabs on my elderly mother with dementia. It has given me some freedom than I really needed!
10. Arlo Home Security – Q Plus
The Arlo Q Plus offers 1080P HD videos, 130 degree viewing angle (so you can see the whole room), night vision, 2 way communication and flexible connection options (Wifi, Ethernet and PoE).
You can add up to 5 cameras on the same network and view all live videos on your smartphone, tablet or PC. You also have sound and motion push notifications and 7 days FREE cloud storage, as well as an SD card slot for when your internet goes down.
You can even mix in the WIRELESS Arlo Cameras with the Plus Q and really design your own DIY home surveillance system for a very affordable price.
What do other customers say about the Arlo Q Plus home security system?
It was so easy to setup and operating the system is extremely simple! Trust me, its worth the money and you won’t be disappointed.
Happy with this camera, easy setup, easy to use, clear video and audio, excellent functions
Easy setup and clear picture. What’s not to like?! Installed in under 5 min to monitor parent’s house while they are away.
My husband and I are expecting a baby in less than a month … we have the camera all set up in the nursery; all we need now is the baby!
This camera is so easy to set up and works great! The sound quality is pretty good and the HD video is exactly what I was expecting.