The best floodlight camera to buy right now

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.

1. The best floodlight camera for most people: Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro

2. The best floodlight camera for any smart home platform: Arlo Pro 3

3. The best floodlight camera on a budget: Wyze Cam Floodlight

4. The best floodlight camera for Alexa: Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro

5. The best floodlight camera for Google Home: Google Nest Cam with Floodlight

6. The best floodlight camera for Apple HomeKit: Netatmo Smart Outdoor Camera

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:

Floodlight Camera Comparison Chart

Product Price & monthly fees Lumens Smart alerts Resolution & field of view Digital zoom Siren decibels Local storage 24/7 recording Smart home integrations
Product Price & monthly fees Lumens Smart alerts Resolution & field of view Digital zoom Siren decibels Local storage 24/7 recording Smart home integrations
Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro $300, $3 to $10 monthly (free local recording) 3000 People 2K, 360 degrees, pan and tilt auto track & zoom 100dB Yes No Google Home, Amazon Alexa
Arlo Pro 3 $250, $3 to $15 monthly, plus $10 for 24/7 2000 (3000 with charging cable) People, Animals, Vehicles, Packages 2K, HDR, 160 degrees 12x, auto track & zoom 80dB No Yes Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, SmartThings, IFTTT
Wyze Cam Floodlight $100, $2 monthly (free cloud & local recording) 2600 Sound, People, Animals, Vehicles, Packages 1080p, 130 degrees 8x 105dB Yes Yes Google Home, Amazon Alexa
Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Pro $250, $3 to $10 monthly 2000 People 1080p HDR, 140 degrees 8x 110dB No No Amazon Alexa
Nest Cam with floodlight $280, $6 to $12 monthly (3 hours motion recording free) 2400 People, Vehicles, Animals, Familiar Faces, Sound 1080p HDR, 130 degrees 6x None Yes Yes Google Home
Netatmo Smart Outdoor Camera $350, none (free local recording) 1100 People, Vehicles, Animals 1080p 8x 105dB Yes No Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit

Smart security floodlight cameras features and specs comparison chart.

Created by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge

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.

Eufy has gone for function over form with its beast of a floodlight camera that boasts a camera with a 360-degree field of view that pans and tilts to cover a vast area. This feature — plus its three adjustable, tunable lighting panels, individually addressable PIR motion sensors, and local storage — makes the Eufy Floodlight Cam 2 Pro our top pick.

However, there are a few flaws, primarily how ugly it is. Then there’s the outdated push-to-talk two-way audio (we’d love some full-duplex here), a limited zoom, and no option for continuous video recording. Plus, smart alerts are limited to just people (no animals, vehicles, or packages).

But if you want a hardwired camera that can see everything and lighting you can adjust to suit your needs, the Eufy is the best choice. Its 360-degree pan and tilt feature is well-thought-out, with subject lock and tracking that follows a person as they walk through your property. While you set the camera to a fixed point, it can detect motion outside of its view, thanks to PIR motion sensors in each floodlight panel, and will swivel the camera to catch it.

The Eufy Floodlight Camera looks and works best when it’s tucked way up high, out of your line of sight.
Photo by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy / The Verge

The lack of smart alerts for animals, vehicles, and packages is annoying, but you can adjust the sensitivity of each motion sensor and set up activity zones to limit false alerts. Rich Notifications, which show a preview of the captured clip right in your phone’s notification tray, also helps cut down on how often you have to open the app to check in.

A helpful auto-cruise feature lets you set four preset positions and have the camera auto-rotate through them on a set schedule or on demand. A Look Around button on the main page sends the camera into a surveillance spin for a quick check on your property.

The other neat feature is three lighting panels that deliver a blinding 3,000 lumens of light at up to 5,700 Kelvins — both of which are much higher than any competitor. At full brightness, it resembles the lighting of a prison yard, which is not great for most people. Thankfully, you can change the brightness and the color temperature from cool to warm. I set it to warm…

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