When something goes bump in the night in your backyard, you probably want to know about it. While security cameras with night vision can show you what’s out there, a floodlight camera can both show and tell that rascal or raccoon to get off your lawn, scaring them away with some powerful lumens and possibly a blaring siren.
While there’s mixed research on whether outdoor lighting is a significant deterrent to crime or just potentially annoying for your neighbors, there are plenty of benefits to lighting up your property from both a safety and security perspective. With smart floodlight cameras you get the added value of better lighting in addition to a way to keep an eye on your home. Thanks to sensors, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, smart floodlight cameras can be set to only light up when there’s someone there, instead of just when a gust of wind sends a plastic bag through your yard.
I put six of the best floodlight cameras to the test to help you decide which is the right choice for your smart home. My top pick is the Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro, thanks to its innovative features; an impressive 360 field-of-view; super bright, tunable LED floodlights; and lack of monthly fees. I also like the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight for its excellent video quality, wide compatibility with smart home platforms (yes, even Apple HomeKit), and more svelte design, but you need to pay monthly for the best features.
For those on a budget, the Wyze Cam Floodlight is a solid choice with just a few concessions for a much lower price. Plus, it’s the only camera we tested that also lights up for any suspicious sound, not just motion. Read on to learn more, including which is the best option for an Alexa or Google Home smart home.
If you’re looking for some advice on why you want a floodlight camera or how to install it, we’ve got some information on that too:
1. Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro
The best floodlight security camera for most people (if you can cope with that design)
Packing advanced AI tracking, a 360-degree field of view, and tunable lighting, this floodlight cam has got some seriously smart moves. What it lacks in style, it makes up for in function.