As a homeowner, nothing is more important than keeping your family and property safe and secure. One of the most practical ways to ensure your home stays protected from harm is to invest in quality security cameras.

These days, there are tons of options when it comes to residential security. But your home security cameras are not something you want to be fickle. Audio Video Charlotte offers some of the best products on the market, and we wanted to share some of our favorites. Each of our picks below has its own set of benefits, and each of them will get the job done.


Google Nest IQ Outdoor

Google Nest provides a variety of security products. And while they’re not the cheapest on the market, they’re some of the most versatile.

For outdoor use, it’s tough to beat the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor. Costing between $294 and $349, this camera will record continuously for 24 hours a day, unlike many other outdoor cameras that only record short clips when motion is detected.

To access the continuous recording feature, you’ll need to subscribe to Nest Aware, which will run anywhere from $5 to $30 a month (the amount depends on how long you want to archive your videos). As part of the subscription, you’ll also receive facial recognition and other innovative features. Your Nest IQ Cam Outdoor will provide HDR 1080p video and integrate with other Google smart home products.


Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery is a great outdoor camera, and it’s the perfect pick if you need a camera that’s totally wireless. Plus, it only costs about $100. It offers excellent video quality and costs just $3 a month for 60 days of video storage. If you have an Alexa smart home, this camera will integrate seamlessly with your other devices.

Since it doesn’t require any wires or cables, the Stick Up Cam Battery provides tons of flexibility; you can put it pretty much anywhere you need—indoors or outdoors. Keep in mind, however, that you will need to replace the battery every month or so, which can be a process. If you don’t want to add that to your to-do list, going with the Stick Up Cam Plug-In model might be your best bet.


Wyze Cam Pan

Wyze manufactures some of the best budget-friendly home security cameras. The Cam Pan comes in under $40, but you wouldn’t know it based on the features it offers.

This camera gives you advanced motion tracking, two-way audio, pan and tilt capabilities, and smoke and carbon monoxide detection. You can control the internal motor from your mobile device, which allows the lens to swivel 360 degrees and tilt vertically more than 90 degrees. The Pan Scan feature will scan a whole room in three seconds, and you can adjust the settings on the app to automatically scan to your specifications.

The Wyze Pan Cam will integrate with Google and Alexa, and you can save 12-second clips in standard 1080p for up to 14 days at no charge. For $2 a month (or $15 annually), you can store full-length video clips.


Ring Peephole Camera

The doorbell camera is nothing new, and Ring has led the way in that niche. But the Peephole Camera is special because it’s specifically designed for apartments and other smaller homes with a peephole on the door. HD, video, two-way talk, motion-activated notifications, and many other features are offered with the camera, and it only costs about $130.

This camera is sleek, compact, and easy to install. It senses when someone knocks and shows you who is at your door—all on your mobile device wherever you may be.


Luma 51 Series

If you want to go all the way with your home security, Luma Surveillance is an excellent brand to turn to. While Luma offers a wide range of top-notch security products, the 51 Series cameras strike an excellent balance between high-end quality and affordability.

The Luma 51 Series cameras provide crystal clear images at 4MP, which is twice the resolution of 1080p, and you can also zoom in twice the amount on your display. The cameras are encased in a compact, lightweight shell so that you can place them wherever you need to, and there are indoor and outdoor models to choose from (or mix and match). The 51 Series cameras operate with the Luma’s OvrC remote dashboard and app.



Give yourself and your family peace of mind by investing in home security cameras. Some of the models above can be installed yourself, but for the ones that use wiring and cabling, you need to make sure the job is done right. Audio Video Charlotte will come to your home for a free consultation, help you choose the ideal cameras for your property, and handle the cabling process to ensure your wires are secure and hidden!