We round up and review the best smart home security cameras that are compatible with iOS devices, to stream a live feed of your home and property straight to your iPhone or iPad.
Smart homes of the future are here and they’re already packing some impressive, cutting-edge robo-security to keep your family and possessions safe. Unfortunately we don’t mean Robocop or the scarier ED-209 sat out on your lawn (at least not yet), but rather smart security cameras which can stream a feed direct to your phone, or store recordings in the cloud.
Smart security systems that connect to your iPhone can take the cost out of subscription security, while still keeping you aware of any issues in real time. Then you can decide what action to take, if any - no more false alarm costs. What’s not to love so far?
We’ve narrowed down the best offerings out there right now, so you can snap up a smart security system to keep your home safe, happy in the knowledge you’re getting the best one for you.
Best home security smart cameras that work with iPhones: Netatmo Welcome and Presence
The Netatmo Welcome is an indoor security camera that is smart enough to alert you to who’s in your home. Yup, this snapper will not only connect to your Wi-Fi network and alert your phone’s app when it detects movement and/or sound - it’ll recognise faces too.
The facial recognition system means the Welcome can be programmed to know faces. That way it can alert you when a family member gets home or heads out. It also means you’ll know when a new person it doesn’t recognise has entered your home. It’s even smart enough to hear alarms in your home, like fire or CO2, so it can alert you to them remotely too.
Netatmo also has an outdoor security camera called Presence which can recognise people, cars and animals so your alerts are tailored perfectly.
Best home security smart cameras that work with iPhones: Nest Cam
One of the earlier smart home security cameras to arrive on the scene, this is a well honed device now. The Nest Cam features movement and sound alerts and now even lets you scroll back through older instances for free to check on what’s been happening at home.
This camera works with the Nest Thermostat to help detect when people are home in order to turn on and off heating for the most efficient, money-saving heating system possible. Everything is shot in 1080p and there is also a night vision mode which switches on automatically once it gets too dark to see otherwise.
The Nest cam has built in microphones and speakers so you can hear, via your phone’s app, and talk to anyone in the room. This is great for catching out the dog trying to get up on the side - just imagine the shock on hearing your voice, busted.
Best home security smart cameras that work with iPhones: Canary
This avian-titled security camera does the 1080p video, movement and sound detection you’d expect but it goes further. The Canary can intelligently detect the kind of movements.
Unlike on some cameras where your app is constantly popping up with notifications of movement and sound, the Canary is more selective. It actually learns the type of movements and noises of its surroundings. So a swinging curtain that changes the light or a dog banging about in the same way regularly won’t set it off. Canary will only alert you when it’s pertinent.
You can connect up to four Canary cameras in the house for a more complete view and they even have super-loud alarms should you need to scare off a burglar - or prank a housemate.
Best home security smart cameras that work with iPhones: Logi Circle
The Logi Circle is a neat little camera, noise detector combo. It’s super easy to mount thanks to magnets and runs on a battery so can be placed anywhere you need. It’ll work for a good eight hours before needing to hear back to the dock - so should last a working day while you’re out.
Other than 1080p video the Circle also offers smart action edits. Rather than scrolling through old footage to see what happened in the day, you can watch an edit. The camera intelligently auto edits a minute long video that crams in all the movements of the day. Brilliant for an overview that doesn’t take much of your time.
Best home security smart cameras that work with iPhones: Piper NV
The Piper NV ticks a lot of boxes and goes beyond a lot of the other offerings out there. You get a smart app to monitor movement and noise notifications and can watch day or night with night vision. But it also monitors your home further than vision and sound.
The Piper NV also offers information from its surroundings to give a picture that isn't just the video you see of where it's pointing. The Piper NV tracks inside and outside temperatures, humidity and light levels, noise detection and of course recognises movement.
The app also works with Z-Wave devices. That means if you have any other Z-Wave smart home devices, like plug sockets or smart lights, you can control them all through your Piper app too.
Best home security smart cameras that work with iPhones: MyFox Home Alarm and Security Camera
MyFox connects to your phone for monitoring of the home remotely but it also offers active actions you can take should you see a burglar.
The MyFox system features a 110db siren, so powerful it can actually damage hearing. Should it be disconnected from mains power a battery will keep it chiming away.
The system works with Intellitags that can be attached to doors and windows to set off the alarm even before it's broken into – after intelligently recognising attempted forced entry.
Key fobs can also be used so you know who's at home, and anybody with one can use it to quickly activate the alarm in case of emergencies.
The camera itself can be magnetically mounted and is able to close its shutter should you want total privacy when at home.