Wi-Fi cameras are easier to install and set up compared to wired cameras. But they often require subscriptions to get the most out of them, and that can include cloud storage. Not all wi-fi cameras support local storage.
Not all wi-fi cameras support local storage. Most would prefer you to subscribe to their service and to entice you. But if you do not need facial and movement recognition, it can be a lot to ask for more video. So, note that this is the case in which you can read video on microSD cards.
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You want to find 1080p resolution (as the name implies), two-way audio, night vision, and some intelligence (such as detecting the sound of a baby crying and motion detection). You'll need to be able to install your phone on a tablet or tablet, but you can watch it on your desktop. There is no Google Home integration and Alexa support is limited to on / off functionality. More importantly, it lacks two-factor authentication. As we've said, cheap Wi-Fi cameras do have certain drawbacks. Sense8 Home Security Camera
Wi-Fi camera The Sense8 Home Security Camera makes a pretty strong case-as long as you're willing to pay a little more up front.
These Sense8 Camera Starts things off by going all subscription options. Once you've paid for the $ 140 camera, you've purchased everything you need to use all of its features. Instead of a cloud subscription, this will tie into Dropbox and Google Drive APIs so you can load and access clips. It also has 8GB of built-in storage.
In addition to the camera, Alexa features through IFTTT, motion detection, night vision, two-way audio, and a battery backup that allows for 2 hours of recording when the power is out. The camera is not perfect yet, as there is no two-factor authentication, and Google Home integration is listed as coming soon.
HomeHawk by Panasonic
Panasonic's entry ticks the usual boxes with 1080p recording, night vision, two-way audio, and motion detection. To set it apart, the HomeHawk throws in a temperature sensor, continuous recording options, and a welcome built-in shutter for when you want privacy. Additionally, it has multiple mounting options, but not all Wi-Fi cameras have.
It has no subscription or cloud options, relying on a microSD card slot for local memory. It does not have anything though, as once again two-factor authentication is missing, along with any sort of Alexa or Google Home integration.
We thought the WyzeCam was a pretty fantastic budget Wi-Fi camera. WyzeCam now offers a slightly more expensive camera that pans.
You get a lot for the low pricing as well. WyzeCams come with free cloud storage, 1080p recording, two-way audio, night vision, and Alexa integration. By adding a microSD card.
But the low price does come with some security concerns. WyzeCams use ThroughTek to provide live video feeds. Wyzecam explains how to use this to initiate the p2p connections and all data flows through AWS. Still, WyzeCams are thus missing two-factor authentication and have no built-in privacy shutter, so this is a case of getting paid for (and in this case the feeling of being more than paid for).  Ezviz Mini
The Ezviz mini is a middle-of-the-road Wi-Fi camera with middle-of-the-road features. It's more expensive than the Sense8 or Homehawk.
With this camera, you get the props 1080p recording, night vision, two-way audio, and motion detection. This camera does boast HDR video, a magnetic base, and multiple storage options.
Alexa integration is on hand too (including Echo Show.)
Alexa integration is on hand too video), and IFTTT integration is included too. Once again, there's no two-factor authentication or built-in privacy shutter, and the Ezviz mini lacks some of the additional sensors and capabilities.
A bundle of choices
No one Wi-Fi camera is perfect or offers every feature. Even if you spend more, there may be something missing. The best thing to do is to determine what features you must have. Thankfully some features are pretty common, so be on the look out for 1080p recording, night vision, and two-way audio at a minimum.
Then decide if you want additional sensors, Google or Alexa integration, or sirens. Find the camera that meets your budget and ticks the most boxes. Sometimes a subscription is worth paying for, but if you'd rather not trust your videos to the cloud, then pick something that supports local recording and turn off cloud upload. Just keep in mind that with some cameras you might loose features if you remove cloud upload.