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.
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.
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.
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.