Best Home Surveillance Camera Systems – 2020

Home Surveillance Camera Systems have improved exponentially over the past few years. What was once a costly and challenging installation has now become painless and, quite honestly, dirt cheap.  Think about this for a minute, one of the biggest stressors with respect to “going away” for business or pleasure, has always been the concern over leaving he house unattended.

The camera pictured to the left is the Wyze Cam Pan 1080p Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Home Camera. The Wyze unit is one of our favorite cameras (for the price). 

I personally had the pleasure of picking up one of these units for a family member that owns a summer home in a beach resort. I had the unit installed, up and running with the app on his phone in a matter of minutes.

In a completely unrelated situation, my son was able to install a Wifi enabled mobile camera in his home to keep an eye on his “ever rambunctious” puppies. So whatever your situation these handy little gadgets can keep you in touch with your home base in a way like never before.

Give Yourself Peace of Mind on your next Business Trip

One of the most important aspects of any business trip is the ability to focus on the task at hand and this can be a challenge if you are concerned about what is going on at home.  These handy little cameras will just about give you a 360-degree view of the surrounding area and most will have built-in audio for a complete picture of the activities at home.

I have heard a dozen stories or more regarding the luxury of being able to see and hear what was going on at home from work, a business trip or just being away from our readers here at Business Travel Gadgets.  In one case, a gentleman on a business trip was able to have a conversation with a contractor that was installing a wood pellet stove in his home.

Another active traveling woman was able to ensure that the dog walking service she had hired was giving proper care to her beloved pets.  And those are just a couple of the amazing reasons why you should own one of these “easy to install” devices.

How to Select Your First Wireless Home Security Camera

Just like any other product, not all Wireless Home Security Cameras are not created equal, so as a loyal Business Travel Gadgets reader, we very much want you to make an informed decision.  The article below and the reviews that follow will help you to make the right buying choice as it pertains to buying a wireless home security camera.

Select the features that are right for your needs – Many of the wireless home security cameras on the market today are going to have similar standard features.  As an example, all of them are going to be wireless, meaning that they will connect to your home wireless network and be accessible remotely through that network.  But if you are one of the few who do not have wireless internet access, these cameras will not work in your situation.

Pan/Tilt/Zoom –  Yet another common feature among the surveillance cameras that BTG recommends is the ability to pan, tilt and zoom the camera.  Many of the cameras we will review in this article, have the ability to pan (left and right movement) a full 360 degrees from its position.

A pan/tilt/zoom (often called PTZ), will also have the ability to tilt (up and down movement of the lens) giving a 90-degree view from floor to ceiling.  The pan feature, in combination with the tilt feature, will allow most users to get a full view of any given room in their home.

Lastly, these cameras will almost always have the ability to zoom in on any given section of the room.  The zoom feature will allow the user to get a much more detailed look at distant or smaller objects in the room.

Two-Way Audio – The audio capability on most of these cameras sets them apart from much earlier models.  Having the ability to communicate with people and pets at home is a huge advantage when selecting a home-based camera to purchase.

The two-way audio feature on these cameras allows the user to have a full conversation with family members, contractors that may be working un your home or even let the pets know that “mommy” or “daddy” are watching and that they should “get off the sofa”!

Companion App – In order to have the ability to access your camera remotely, these newer models will connect through a mobile app that can be installed on most smartphones.  The application will give the user full control of the camera and in many cases, give you the ability to replay recorded video.

The downloaded application will control the cameras pan/tilt and zoom functions and when available give the user two-way audio communications through the phone.




Product ImageProduct NameProduct RankPrice Rank
Wyze Cam Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wi-Fi Indoor Camera

Best Overall Wifi Pan/Tilt/ Zoom Camera per Business Travel Gadgets

4.3 out of 5 stars
Canary: All-in-One WiFi Wireless Home Security Camera

Best Home Wirelss Camera for Inegration with Alexa

3.4 out of 5 Stars
Ring Video Doorbell 2 with HD Video

Best Wireless Security System for Range of Products

4.2 out of 5 Stars
Blink XT2 Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera
4.2 out of 5 Stars
Amiccom WiFi 1080P Security Wireless Camera System
4.3 out of 5 stars
Morvelli 1080p WiFi Home Security Camera Pan/Tilt/Zoom
4.7 out of 5 stars
Nooie Wifi Baby Monitor and Pet Camera
4.3 out of 5 stars

Wyze Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Camera

Best Overall Wifi Pan/Tilt/ Zoom Camera per Business Travel Gadgets

As we mentioned earlier, this is our favorite camera and we believe you will love the functionality you get with the Wyze camera system.  The number of features that are packed into this unit, for the modest price makes this a “slam dunk” to come in at number one.

The Wyze basic model is currently priced under $40 and has most of the features that you will ever need in a home surveillance camera. The Companion App is extremely easy to install and configure.  The application will when prompted, search for the newly installed camera and “pair” with the camera to give the user full control of the Wyze unit.

The pan, tilt, and zoom (PTZ) feature on the Wyze Camera lets you control the camera remotely using the Wyze app so you can see every angle of your room while you’re away, on demand. Or, have Wyze Cam Pan monitor your room automatically with the Pan Scan feature by setting 4 predefined waypoints. Panning has a 360° left/right rotation range and tilting has a 93° vertical up/down range.

Best Features of the Wyze Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Camera

  • Slim design with expandable sides to fit everything you need.
  • Room enough for 2 water bottles in the magnetic water bottle pockets
  • Sunglasses hardshell case included
  • Easy customization with the removable panels
  • Stay organized for longer business trips

The Wyze camera system allows you to share remote access with multiple family members so everyone can have access to its live stream and video recordings. Just have your family members download the Wyze app and invite them to your account. Camera sharing can also be easily removed.

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