Thanks to a huge variety of security cameras on the market right now, it’s never been easier or more affordable to keep an eye on your home. These DIY cameras are easy to install, and allow you to monitor both the interior and exterior of your home from anywhere. Some more advanced models even have floodlights, motion sensors, sirens and other helpful features. Solar-powered security cameras also allow you to avoid tricky wiring and dead batteries.
Unlike indoor cameras, the ideal spot to set up your outdoor camera won’t always be near a power outlet. That’s why wireless cameras are often better suited for outdoor use. They’ll also keep you from having to run unsightly wires. But they’re not totally without fault — that battery will require charging at some point, most likely when it’s least convenient or you’re out of town.
Equipping your camera with a compatible solar panel is the best way to ensure your battery stays charged year-round. Here are our picks for the best outdoor security cameras with a separate solar panel accessory available.
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How we test security cams
Home security cameras are tricky devices to test because how good they are doesn’t just come down to how their numbers stack up against the competition’s. We do look for better resolution, wider field of view and the presence of features we consider must-haves in 2023, like two-way talk, night vision and options for cloud storage. Then we add in extra goodies, like smart notifications or a built-in siren or spotlight, and hold up that whole package against its retail price. If the features are really strong for the price, we’ll recommend a camera more highly.
But we also test out cameras carefully, making sure all the features work well. Smart notifications aren’t helpful if they arrive 20 seconds late; a siren isn’t useful if it’s barely audible. Some cameras disconnect too often, and some apps are difficult to understand or navigate. This experiential side of things is where our recommendations become more personal and in many ways more useful. Anyone can line up the specs of different products, but we’re putting our hands on these cameras for a week or more to see how it actually feels to install and use them.
In the case of solar-powered home security cameras, we’ve tested each of these devices extensively — but not necessarily with their solar panels.
If you want to read more about our review process, check out our in-depth article on how we test home security cameras and video doorbells.
Solar-powered security cameras compared
|Arlo Pro 4 (w/ solar panel)
|Ring Stick Up Cam Solar
|Wyze Outdoor Cam v2 (w/ solar panel)
|Field of View
|Plug-in and battery versions, camera itself can be indoor/outdoor
|Live streaming, two-way talk, night vision, weather resistance
|Live streaming, quick alerts, night vision, two-way talk, privacy zones and motion detection zones, integration with Amazon Alexa
|Color night vision, built-in siren, free 14-day cloud storage and person detection alerts available
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