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Christmas Gift Guide

All cameras, all the time

Ring Video Doorbell

Yale Look

SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

Nest Cam Outdoor

Ring Stick Up Cam

Kuna Light Fixture

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Flir FX

Panasonic Nubo

SkyBell Trim Plus

Netatmo Presence

August Doorbell Cam

Panasonic Outdoor Home Surveillance Camera

Bird Home Automation DoorBird

Netgear Arlo

Bird Home Automation BirdGuard

Kuna Toucan

Bosch Eyes

Canary Flex

The outdoor security camera market isn't the same as it used to be.

Rather than trying to decide among a ton of identical-looking standard-definition devices, today's DIY market is flooded with a wide variety of high-definition outdoor-rated models.

Some have to be hardwired to an existing doorbell or light fixture. Others rely on batteries. Some have optional cellular backup and other still, like the Canary Flex (pictured above), come with a unique assortment of accessories so you can find the perfect install spot for your home.

Read on to discover the wide world of outdoor home security.

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Ring was one of the first startups to offer a DIY smart doorbell.

Its Video Doorbell, available in the US for $199, Australia for AU$244 and in the UK for £127, has a 180-degree field-of-view and motion detection zones.

It also has a rechargeable battery -- or you can hardwire it for continuous power.

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Lock maker Yale recently announced plans to get in on the smart doorbell market with its $170 Yale Look.

A Wi-Fi video doorbell scheduled to hit US retail in October, Yale's Look also comes with a standalone video monitor that you install inside your home to view live footage -- a fine option if you don't have your phone handy.

The video monitor has a rechargeable battery that's expected to last from six months to a year and local storage via an SD card slot and an included 8GB SD card.

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SkyBell's HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell is quite an accomplished buzzer.

It offers 1080p HD resolution, on-demand live streaming and free clip storage, as well as integrations with Amazon's Alexa and Google/Alphabet's Nest. It has an IFTTT channel, too.

This hardwired-only smart doorbell is available for $199 in the US.

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Nest's $200/£150 outdoor camera is similar to its indoor model.

With 1080p high-definition live streaming, motion and sound detection, activity zones, IFTTT integration and integration with other Nest products via the related Android and iPhone app, this camera can do a lot.

You can do even more with a monthly subscription to the Nest Aware service, including Person Alerts. This feature shoots you a notification both when it thinks it sees a person and when it's sure it sees a person.

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Ring's $199 Stick Up Cam can be used alone or jointly with its $199 Ring Video Doorbell -- international pricing for both converts to roughly £135 or AU$280 at the current exchange rate.

Like the Netgear Arlo, Flir's FX and Canary's Flex, The Stick Up Cam is battery-powered.

The Stick Up Cam is available now at retailers like Amazon, Home Depot and Best Buy.

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The $199 Kuna Light Fixture is a seriously cool device.

It's an outdoor light fixture with a built-in security camera hiding in its base.

Of course, that means you'll have to uninstall an existing fixture to get the hardwired-only Kuna up and running, but it's a clever, discreet way to watch over your front or backyard in 720p high-definition.

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Like the SkyBell Trim Plus, Ring's $250 Video Doorbell Pro has a much thinner design than the company's first generation of Wi-Fi buzzers.

The Video Doorbell Pro has 1080p high-definition resolution, interchangeable face plates and motion detection zones.

It also has to be hard-wired, so reconsider this model if you don't want to bother with a wired doorbell.

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Flir's FX camera is highly versatile.

Complete with 1080p streaming resolution, a microSD card slot, an 8GB microSD card and cloud storage, it also comes with a variety of accessories.

The most interesting is a Flir-designed weatherproof cover that converts the otherwise indoor FX into an outdoor camera (the cover costs an extra 80 bucks, though).

Flir FX costs $200 (£163 on Amazon UK).

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Panasonic's Nubo is a quirky little security camera.

First it's rated for both indoor and outdoor use at an operating temperature range of -4 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit (that's about -20 to 50 degrees Celsius).

And, like the Canary Flex, it's also designed to work over both Wi-Fi and cellular connections.

The Nubo is available in Europe for €349, as well as in the UK (roughly £300 at the current exchange rate).

US retail availability is still in the works, with the price set at $249.

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Pricing and availability hasn't quite been locked in for the SkyBell's Trim Plus doorbell just yet, but it shares a lot of specs with its HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell.

With 1080p high-definition resolution and live streaming, you can always see who's at your front door at-a-glance.

But this model is smaller, and therefore more likely to fit on a standard doorframe. The Trim Plus also offers optional battery power in case you'd rather not go the hardwired route.

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Like the Welcome cam, Netatmo's Presence camera has a facial-recognition feature. That means, it's supposed to be able to tell the difference between people and well, everything else.

It also works outside and offers zones, as well as 1080p resolution and a 100-degree field-of-view.

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August's US-only $199 Doorbell Cam lets you see who's at your front door in high-definition.

It also has two-way talk, push alerts, live streaming and integration with August's Smart Lock.

This smart buzzer has to be hard-wired, though and its square shape won't fit on every doorframe.

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Panasonic's Outdoor Home Surveillance Camera Kit is available in the US for $300.

It's pretty easy to install, configure and use, but the app looks outdated and is difficult to navigate.

The cameras also streams and records in standard-definition, rather than high-definition.

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The Bird Home Automation DoorBird is a $349/£225/AU$445 wired doorbell designed to replace your existing buzzer.

It has a 180-degree field of view, night vision, motion detection capabilities and a related Android and iPhone app.

Use it alone or in conjunction with its BirdGuard outdoor security camera.

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Netgear's indoor-outdoor-rated Arlo security cameras cost $180/£135/AU$240 each.

Rather than having to rely on a power adapter, Arlo models require 4 CR123 lithium 3-volt photo batteries.

That gives you more flexibility when it comes to install location, but you will have to swap out the batteries fairly regularly.

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Bird Home Automation's BirdGuard can either be used as a standalone outdoor camera, or in conjunction with the company's Wi-Fi DoorBird doorbells.

BirdGuard cameras have a 180-degree field-of-view, night vision, a motion sensor, a speaker and a microphone.

They cost $199 each (converted, about £130 and AU$255).

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The Kuna Toucan, available for $199/£135/$AU280, is a bit different than your standard security camera.

Designed to retrofit to an existing outdoor light fixture, this product is pretty discreet.

Your purchase also comes with a connected lightbulb base for smart lighting integrations, such as turning on the light when the camera detects motion.

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Bosch announced its Eyes Outdoor camera at the IFA 2016 conference in Berlin this September.

The Eyes Outdoor isn't available for sale just yet, but Bosch says it will have similar features to the Kuna Light Fixture and the Netatmo Presence.

It will hit stores in Europe first for €350, with plans to expand to the UK and the US after. The price in Euros converts to roughly $390/£300 at the current exchange rate.

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The Canary Flex is startup Canary's second retail product, the first being the indoor-only Canary Smart Home Security Device.

Unlike many of the outdoor-friendly cameras we've come across, Canary's Flex comes with an optional 4G LTE mount through a partnership with Verizon.

Available in the US first for $199, the team expects to offer its new DIY outdoor camera in the UK for £159 in early 2017.

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