Best Security Cameras: NZ Buying Guide

Looking to beef up your home security? A modern security camera will be your eyes and ears — 24/7.

Last updated: 22 May 2024

Looking to beef up your home security? A modern security camera will be your eyes and ears — 24/7. You’ll be able to ward off would-be burglars, check in on your furry friends and keep tabs on your home, all from your phone or computer. In this guide, we’ll simplify the different types of security cameras and showcase some of the best brands on the market. That way, you can make a well-informed choice that suits both your home and your budget.

Understanding different types of security cameras

Do you need the latest tech, something easy to use, or a camera that integrates with your smart home setup? Here are all your options:

1. Home security cameras

Perfect for indoor use, home security cameras blend into your home decor while monitoring activities inside. They alert you to unexpected movements with motion detection and let you talk to family or pets with two-way audio. Some models even offer panoramic views to cover more area with fewer cameras.

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2. Outdoor security cameras

These cameras are built tough to withstand rain, snow, and extreme temperatures, making them perfect for guarding the exterior of your home. High-definition lenses capture fine details, which can be crucial for identifying unwanted visitors. Many models also include spotlights or floodlights to illuminate the area and scare off intruders.

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3. Indoor security cameras

Specifically designed for indoor use, these cameras often come with features that prioritise privacy. For example, geofencing technology that only turns the camera on when you're away. They’re great for checking in on household happenings and can be particularly useful for watching over kids or elderly family members.

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4. Wireless security cameras

The main draw of wireless security cameras is their flexibility in placement. Without the need for cables, you can easily move them around as your surveillance needs change. Many wireless models are battery-operated, with long-lasting batteries that minimise maintenance.

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5. Wired security cameras

For continuous, reliable coverage, wired security cameras are the go-to. These require installation but have the benefit of a constant power supply. It means you’ll never miss a moment due to connectivity issues.

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6. Ring security cameras

Part of the popular Ring ecosystem, these cameras integrate seamlessly with Ring's smart doorbells and alarms, creating a unified security system that can be controlled from a single app. Features like real-time notifications and community alerts provide an added layer of security.

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7. Security camera systems

For comprehensive home protection, investing in a multi-camera system can cover all bases. Systems typically include several cameras, a recording device, and sometimes additional sensors for complete perimeter security. This setup is ideal for larger properties or anyone wanting extensive coverage.

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Top security camera brands in NZ

From reliable classics to cutting-edge innovators, these top security camera brands offer something for everyone.

1. Eufy

Eufy’s security cameras are all about privacy, using local storage instead of the cloud. Their cameras have smart AI that can tell the difference between people and animals, so you get accurate motion alerts without the false alarms. The EufyCam 2C, for example, has great battery life and clear HD video, all managed through an easy-to-use app.

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2. Arlo

Arlo cameras have amazing image quality and innovative designs. The Arlo Pro series, for example, offers wireless convenience, weather resistance, and detailed images, even in low light. Their smart integration features work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit, making them a flexible choice for any smart home ecosystem.

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3. Swann

Swann is a durable and reliable security solution. Known for their robust construction, Swann cameras often include features like thermal sensing, which triggers recording and alerts based on heat-generating moving objects like people and cars. This means you get fewer false alarms.

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4. TP-Link

TP-Link’s Kasa Smart cameras are great for those entering the smart home security world. Affordable and straightforward, these cameras integrate smoothly with other TP-Link devices, allowing for a connected and intelligent home security setup without breaking the bank.

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5. Google Nest

Google Nest cameras work seamlessly with other Google Home products, making them easy to use. Their cameras, like the Google Nest Cam IQ, have person detection and facial recognition, pushing the boundaries of what home security can offer.

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6. Uniden

Uniden offers all-in-one security solutions perfect for DIY enthusiasts. Their products often have long-range night vision and can be expanded, so you can build a custom security system that fits your needs.

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Choosing the right security camera doesn't have to be a hassle. Just think about what areas of your home you want to monitor and how you prefer to interact with your security system. As we’ve seen, it's all about finding one that gives you peace of mind while fitting seamlessly into your daily routine. 

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