If you live in an independent house and want to keep an eye on your backyard or front yard, a floodlight security camera proves to be a wise investment. These cameras are much like conventional security cameras but you get the advantage of floodlight and a built-in siren. The former ensures that you do not have to struggle with low-quality night vision.
Today, the most popular floodlight security cameras are smart and compatible with smart assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. At the same time, they are easy to install.
So if you are looking to add an extra pair of digital eyes to your backyard, here are our top recommendations for the best floodlight security cameras that you can buy. But before that,
The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera is much like the native Arlo Pro 3 security camera. But what sets it apart from its native counterpart are its integrated floodlights, its arming & disarming capacities, and its independent build. In short, it doesn't need a separate base station. It's a premium camera and delivers clear and sharp 2K videos.
The floodlight is powerful and its brightness can go up to 2,000 lumens. You can tweak the brightness as per your requirement. Also, you can hook it up to your home Wi-Fi network to give you timely notifications about any occurrences. The camera can identify people and animals when the motion detector is triggered during low-light situations. While there is less light, the floodlight switches on by itself. It's worth noting that the Arlo 3 Pro has floodlight on either side of the camera.
You can install the camera easily, unlike some of its counterparts. Also, it doesn't need a hardwired power source since it runs on battery power. A single battery should last you around 6 months. With regular usage, the folks at Tom's Guide could exhaust the battery within 10 days, which was an exceptional test scenario. If you live in a high-traffic zone, the battery will deplete quickly.
Beyond that, the Arlo Pro 3 comes with features like Auto-zoom & tracking. The image quality is clear and sharp for daytime images, but the performance drops in low-light situations. It is with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. This Arlo camera requires a subscription fee to unlock all the features, and the Arlo Smart plan costs around $2.99/month.
The Ring Floodlight Cam is a close competitor of the Arlo Pro 3 camera. It bundles a more traditional look. Here, the floodlights are at the top, and this gives you the flexibility to point them individually in the direction of your choice.
The Ring camera can also differentiate between people and animals as it can capture FHD video. The companion offers some level of customization, and you can adjust the sensitivity. It supports two-way audio, and you can talk through the camera. Also, it has a built-in siren. The Ring light is a little powerful at 3,000 lumens.
The FHD video recordings are clear and crisp enough to show natural colors. The folks at Pocket-Lint have observed that the footage doesn't have any sudden and jerky movement. The transitions are smooth, even when you zoom in. One of the challenges of this floodlight camera is it requires a hard-wired power connection. It's worth noting that the package comes with proper instructions for installation. On the upside, you do not need to climb on a ladder every two months to change the batteries.
It's a Wi-Fi camera, and you'll need a strong network for it to function at its best. Though you will view the live stream, you'll need to subscribe to the paid plans if you want all the functions. For the record, a monthly plan will cost you around $3, whereas the yearly plan for a single Ring product will cost you around $10.
The Eufy Security Floodlight Cam is a budget-friendly camera, and for its price, it seems to do a rather good job. The design is similar to the Ring floodlight, which means you can point the floodlight as you like. The camera records at 1080p, and the floodlights can go up to 2,500 lumens.
But perhaps the biggest selling point of this camera is its storage. Unlike the two above, this comes with the option to store the video footage locally. For the record, it has 4GB built-in storage, and it is a huge plus. Quite naturally, the affordable price tag means you will have to give up on some features. For example, Eufy doesn't support person/animal detection, two-way audio, or Zoom & Track. However, it does come with smart voice detection and supports both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants.
For the price, the 1080p video is satisfactory. The video is clear and detailed. However, you may miss the sharpness that comes with premium cameras from Arlo or Ring. And the absence of HDR means it is a little hard to see details in shadowed portions of your backyard. That said, the night vision is decent and the floodlights ensure that all your recordings are detailed and clear.
The motion detection works as advertised. The only limitation is that it can't differentiate between different objects. The Eufy Floodlight camera also supports monitoring zones, though it can be challenging to define them. It's worth mentioning that Eufy had a security scare earlier in 2021. But since then, the company has put additional safeguards into place to make the system more secure. Long story short, if you want to save on subscription fees, and can do with the somewhat limited features, then the Eufy Security Floodlight camera is an apt buy.
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While conventional security cameras do a pretty great job in recording and alerting you of any untoward activity in your backyard, floodlight cameras add a different angle to the whole setup, all thanks to the lights and sirens.
However, you will need to ensure that the area has a strong Wi-Fi network for the uplink and the alerts to work. This is especially true if you are planning to buy either the Ring or the Arlo camera. If you have a considerably weak network, you can extend the network either by investing in a mesh router or buying an affordable Wi-Fi range extender.
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