The $199 DIY Butterfleye home security camera claims to combine the algorithmic learning of the Nest thermostat with the features of a more traditional IP camera. It can also supposedly tell the difference between humans and pets, and between welcome guests and intruders.
You can buy Oplink's IP cameras individually for $100 each or as part of a kit, like the brand's $350 Oplink Security TripleShield. These cameras have motion detection and night vision capabilities and require a 16GB flash drive for local storage. $10 monthly fees apply for group monitoring and event recording.
iControl Networks' $199 Piper is a DIY home security system that packs an IP camera, environmental sensors, and motion detectors into its compact frame. The camera has a 180-degree glass fish-eye lens that claims to offer 1080p like the Dropcam Pro, although Dropcam's IP camera delivered sharper video quality in our tests.
Archos' $250 Smart Home starter pack includes a tablet, two mini cameras, motion sensors, and environmental sensors. The indoor-outdoor cameras have wide-angle lenses that let you watch short clips in the Archos Smart Home app.
After a successful Indiegogo campaign, the $199 Wi-Fi Canary security system is now available for preorder. This 720p wide-angle lens comes with night vision. While the video quality specs can't compete with Piper's, the Canary's night vision feature is definitely appealing.
The $199 Dropcam Pro has a 130-degree field-of-view and 1080p video quality. Like the Canary, it's capable of night vision and can send you alerts based on motion and sound. There's no local storage option, but cloud video recording (CVR) is available for a monthly fee from Dropcam.
Samsung's $189 SmartCam HD Pro is a direct Dropcam Pro competitor, but it didn't quite match the crispness of Dropcam's videos on either the Web or its mobile app. Its components also felt cheap in comparison. It does have a ton of useful features, though, including local SD card storage.
iSmartAlarm is another crowdfunded home security system. With packages starting at $199 and no required monthly fees, this is a decent DIY option -- just not if you want a good camera. We had a really hard time getting it to work.
The $230 Viper Home security system starter pack comes with a hub, an indoor motion sensor, and door and window sensors. But, you can add a camera and motion sensor combo for an additional $150. This battery-powered camera has a 105-degree field of view and can distinguish between people and pets.
The $199 DoorBot is a security camera/doorbell hybrid that you can install using your existing doorbell wiring and the rechargeable internal USB battery keeps DoorBot running. It has a 123.1-degree field of view and an operating temperature range of 5 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.