The DropCam Pro remains the gold standard for smart security cameras. It's one of the most expensive products in its category, coming in at $199, but it video quality, ease-of-use, and overall feature-set put it above its competitors. Integration with products from new owner Nest Labs also doesn't hurt.
The technical specs of this one are great: 300-degree panning, 120-degree tilt, and 3x optical zoom. You can also store clips locally or via Foscam's cloud service. The software is badly in need of a mobile-era update, however. This one is only for the PC-centric.
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.
The $130 Ion the Home Wi-Fi Video Camera is priced to compete with entry-level models, like the $130 Belkin NetCam HD+. But, Belkin’s cloud storage starts at $10/month, whereas Ion the Home has a free, rolling 24-hour cloud storage option.
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.
While this technically isn't a camera, this iOS app can turn an old iPhone into a connected security camera for free (BYO stand). The image quality is not as good as most dedicated cameras. Again, though: free.
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.
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.
This camera comes as a part of a larger home security system from car alarm giant Viper. The camera itself is competitive, but the real bonus is that it works in conjunction with Viper's whole home kit, that also integrates with your car. No other camera or security kit we know of can say the same, at least yet.