With many people, adding a touch of surveillance in their homes is a way of getting some much needed peace of mind. Whether you have a camera in your home office, or in your living room when there’s a nanny around, you just want the ability to know what’s happening in your home at any time. But what if you don’t want everyone to know about that camera?

While talking about spy cameras, here are the best spy cameras available on the market.

In that case, you’ve got two options. You either go for a camera that you can hide among household objects, or you go for one that looks like a household object. If you prefer the second option, the market now has something that you wouldn’t think was possible – a light bulb camera.

They look, and work, like a conventional light bulb, but they also come with a fisheye wide angle camera, which lets them capture pretty much anything that’s happening in the room they’re placed in. And quite honestly, they’re a great idea for a variety of reasons.

So, how do you choose one? Well, there are so many options out there, so below we’ve chosen three of the best light bulb camera options you can get today. And then we’ll tell you what the key features are and where your money should go. Let’s not waste any more time, and go.

Best Overall

Resolution: 1080P
Motion Detection
Night Vision
Wifi Enabled

If you’re looking for the overall best light bulb camera, the JBonest 1080p is a great pick. It’s the most expensive one on our list, yes, but it is very much worth it. It comes with all the bells and whistles you would expect, and it works admirably.

First things first, you have the camera. This is a 1080p camera with a wide angle lens, which means it’s going to capture the entire room without much problem. The recording resolution is pretty good, and you will be able to easily distinguish details and faces when necessary. The camera is also equipped with IR LEDs, which helps it capture really clear video even when lights are turned off in your room, which is a neat feature.

To add to this, the camera is equipped with Wi-Fi, and will connect to your home’s 2.4Ghz wireless network. This allows you to use the app to set it up, and then you’ll be able to control it and get a live view of the footage from just about anywhere in the world. It’s an underestimated feature, but one you’ll love.

There is also motion detection, which will tell the camera to start recording instantly when someone is moving inside the room it’s in, and you also have two-way audio, which means the camera is equipped with both a speaker and microphone. This lets you use the app and internet connectivity to talk to whoever is inside the room without being physically there.

While this might seem like a lot of money for a bulb that lets you adjust brightness, all the extra features make it very much worth it.

Best Budget Option

Resolution: 1080P
Field of View: 360 degree panoramic view
Motion Detection
Night Vision

The EVERSECU is a more wallet-friendly variant, but nonetheless one that still performs pretty well. It does cover all the basics, and it comes with a few extra features that you might like. It’s compatible with an E26/E27 socket, so you can replace just about any light bulb.

There are two options for it. One is a 2.0 megapixel camera, and the other one only records in 960p. The difference is only a couple of dollars, so we would suggest that you go for the more premium option. You get a better image quality at a price that’s still a fraction of our top pick. The video at 1080p is brilliant, and the IR LEDs will let you record clear and very usable footage even at night. The field of view is very wide, and the camera will easily capture an entire room.

Additional features include a smart motion alarm, as well as Wi-Fi. This combination means that not only will the camera start recording instantly as soon as there is movement in your room, but it will also send you an alert on your smartphone with a prompt to connect to the live feed and see what’s going on in the room pretty much instantly. Add to this the two-way audio feature that lets you talk to whoever is in the room, and you’ve got yourself an excellent security device that’s going to allow you to see and hear everything in your home.

The footage is stored on a micro SD card, which you’ll need to provide, and that is one of the downsides of the bulb because it requires additional expenses. However, if you don’t mind this, you’ll be getting an excellent light bulb camera at a reasonable price.

Best Complete Package

Resolution: 1080P
Field of View: 360 degree panoramic view
Night Vision
Motion Detection

WiFi Enabled

While both of the options above were excellent in their own regard, they both require that you provide storage for the footage, something that might end up being costly depending on the memory card you buy. Well, if you’d rather get something that has it out of the box, the NAIYO Light Bulb Camera is the best light bulb camera for you.

First things first, this works really well. The camera itself records high quality footage at 1080p, and the 360 degrees field of view makes sure you can easily cover an entire room with a single camera. There are a few IR LEDs that will make sure the footage is just as good in the night time, so you don’t have to worry about the quality dropping significantly if the lights are off. You could, however, keep the bulb itself on, and the image quality is honestly excellent.

The camera does connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network, which means that you will be able to control it from your phone when you aren’t there. The app lets you see a live feed, and with the included motion detection, you’ll be getting alerts on your phone in case there is motion in the room where you’ve set it up.

Inside the box, you will also get a 16GB memory card that allows you to store some footage on it. It may not be too much, and if you want to store hours and hours of footage, you’ll need a larger one. However, it’s definitely one to get you started, and it’s more than you’re getting with most of the competition.

Buyers’ Guide

Now that we’ve got our suggestions out of the way, it’s time to take a look at what your priorities should be, and what all those features we spoke about do. Let’s start with the basics.

First things first, you have the image quality and resolution. All of the cameras we spoke about above record video in 1080p, which is 1920×1080, and is actually a pretty decent resolution. It does allow you to capture plenty of details, and you won’t have problems with distinguishing faces or other details. You might come across other models that do 4K video, but that’s really expensive and not worth it.

What is worth it, is to get a camera that has a wide field of view. A wide field of view means that you’ll basically have the capability of seeing what’s going on in a single room, without needing to put multiple cameras in that room. It saves you money, and not a small amount.

Next up, you should try to get a camera that has nighttime recording figured out. The common solution here, as seen implemented in all of the cameras above, is to include a couple of infrared LEDs. IR LEDs are basically invisible to the human eye, but to a camera sensor, they illuminate the entire scene as if it was daylight.

Aside from the footage itself, it’s worth noting what kind of extra features the light bulb camera has. Wi-Fi connectivity is something that will come in handy when you want to take a look at what’s going on in your room, but you’re away. It lets you connect to the live feed, and it oftentimes lets you change settings on the camera from within the app.

Two-way audio is another feature that’s quite frankly, underestimated. It basically means you have both a microphone and a speaker in your camera, and you can use the Wi-Fi connection and the smartphone app to talk to whoever is in the room. Whether it’s someone who lives in your home, or your nanny, you can talk to them with pretty good sound quality. (1)

Last but not least, you should get a camera that has motion detection. This is another underestimated feature, but it will tell you that someone is moving in your room within a moment of them coming in. The camera will start recording instantly, and with a connected bulb, you’ll also get a notification on your phone. Neat, right? 

Resources

(1) – Two way audio – https://www.brickcom.com/support/faq_contents.php?id=45