10 Best Pet Cameras Reviewed & Rated in 2018

Have you ever left the house and found yourself, five minutes later, wondering what your dog is doing at that exact moment? Or have you ever had an outdoor party and in the midst of grilled, stopped to think of what your cat could possibly get into while everyone is having a blast outside? If this has ever been you then it sounds like you could use a pet cam. These nifty little devices have a very similar look to webcams — Those of us who remember the age of webcams — but can be placed virtually anywhere in your house due to their WiFi capabilities. You can have one or several if you’re looking to target each room in your house and they’ll be akin to a babysitter for your little furbaby. Pets can lead interesting lives and sometimes they have a habit of getting into something they’re not meant to which is why pet cams can be so useful. They’re easy to set up, relatively affordable, and easy to operate for those who have never used them.

Whether you have the suspicion that your dog is having a garbage party as soon as you shut the door or you’re just genuinely curious as to what their habits are, pet cams are versatile and fun. They’ll reveal a side to your loveable pup or kitty (or bird, rodent, or reptile!) that you wouldn’t have otherwise seen, had you left the house before hitting “record”. In order to cut out the middle-man that we all know as the dreaded research that goes into finding the best camera, we’ve taken on the search for you. We’ve slowly weeded out all of the videography equipment that was bulky, complicated, and just no good in order to bring you only the very best. If you’re looking to get to know your furry best friend a little bit better, read on ahead to find the best way to start your very first pet surveillance video.

10 Best Pet Cameras Reviewed

 

1. Nest Security Alexa

1. Nest Security Alexa
The Nest is known for being an outstanding brand when it comes to home monitoring and safety. Now, you can have that same technology when it comes to making sure your pet is safe when they're alone.
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If you already have Alexa then this camera is a no-brainer for your home. The Nest Security Camera responds to voice controls through Alexa in order to keep your home safe, but it's also a great way to keep an eye on your pup as well. The camera is designed to monitor actions in order to provide you with accurate alerts, knowing the difference between an intruder or your pup just casually jumping onto the couch. You'll also get outstanding audio with this camera system so that you can hear how often your dog barks or if your cat has a tendency to hiss at mice in the wall. The amazing thing is that the audio works both ways -- Your pets will be able to hear you, too! It's designed to be set up nearly anywhere and includes an additional upgrade that provides you with an outdoor-safe camera as well.

Benefits
The Nest provides an easy way for you to keep an eye on the goings-on in your home even when you're nowhere near it. It's the perfect at-home system for monitoring every aspect of your house, including your pets, without needing an expansive installment or extra fees if you use Alexa already.

What We Like About It
The timeline feature will allow you to scroll back in your video footage and find out exactly what you might have missed when you weren't watching. The Nest logs significant activity and provides you with an alert so that you know what's worth checking and what's not.
Pros

24/7 remote monitoring

Specialized alerts

Allows you to speak through the camera

Can be set up anywhere

Works through Alexa

Cons

You need to purchase the Nest subscription to store video footage

2. YI Dome 1080p HD Pan

2. YI Dome 1080p HD Pan
Having the ability to customize the features in a recording device definitely sets it apart from the rest, and that's exactly what the YI Dome Camera is good at. You'll even be able to refer back to your "bookmarked" recordings to check out what your camera deems as important movements.
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Home monitoring cameras aren't what they used to be and the YI Dome Camera is a great example of that. It has the capability to monitor sections of your home with a 360-degree view that can pan as necessary to track the action. That means your pup will never be out of range! This camera also comes with night vision so that you won't have to leave every light on in the house just to keep an eye on your pets. The two-way voice-activated system allows you to speak with your pet as needed but also allows them to "respond" back to you. Even if you're not speaking, you'll be able to hear them as they go on their ventures throughout the house. With ten-second motion tracking, this camera turns whichever way necessary to lock onto a moving object and ensure that you're viewing everything. You'll also get real-time alerts sent to your phone so that you don't need to worry about missing something when you're not looking.

Benefits
This camera is fully customizable as far as its features go and before you even leave the house, you can set it to focus on certain things and ignore others. You can also handle and edit alerts from your phone, making it the perfect device to use in the event that you're on vacation and need a pet sitter or have a pet at home that has separation anxiety and needs to be monitored.

What We Like About It
A cool feature of this camera is the ability to bookmark angles. If you notice that your pet likes to sit on the couch or has a habit of getting onto the counter, you can "bookmark" your favorite angles and refer back to them when necessary.
Pros

Customizable features

360-degree viewing

Alerts sent straight to your phone

High-quality night vision

Ability to bookmark your favorite angles

Cons

You must download the YI software in order to save footage

3. TENVIS HD IP Wireless

3. TENVIS HD IP Wireless
If you're looking for something a bit more simple, then maybe this option is for you! It comes with all the advanced features you'll need to keep a watchful eye on your pet, without anything confusing that could be frustrating to figure out.
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When you think of a "pet camera" you might not be associating that with an at-home security system, such as the TENVIS Camera. However, this is a powerful system that will not only monitor your home but will also keep a (360-degree) view on your entire home. It's easy to install by simply scanning the barcode that comes with the product and from there, the set-up is a breeze. You can store a large capacity of video footage which is great in the event that you need to refer back to a certain habit of your pet's, or even if you've caught a funny moment that you'd like to share. The two-way communication is great for comforting your pet or scolding them, should they find their way into the garbage or cabinets. All of the alerts get sent straight to your phone and also get sent out in an e-mail so that you can easily check while at work or away from your smartphone. Night vision makes it easy to monitor your home with all the lights off which saves you stress as well as an enormous electricity bill.

Benefits
This software, unlike some others, is very simple to use and doesn't require and extra prescriptions or fees to use. It allows you to hold onto footage and look back when needed which is a great feature of this tiny, swiveling device.

What We Like About It
The wide scope of this camera sets it apart from many others that claim they do 360-degree surveillance. It can easily watch the entire room with no effort and will respond to certain movements quicker than others.
Pros

Full 360-degree view of a room

Two-way voice activation

Great night vision feature

Capacity to hold large amounts of video for two months

High-definition video

Cons

There were some security concerns regarding camera hacking

4. Furbo

4. Furbo
You know you'll be able to watch your pet with these cameras, but would you believe you can actually feed your pup with this one, too? It's true -- Not only can you interact with your furbaby, but you'll be able to reward them with their favorite snacks remotely while you're at it.
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This treat-feeding camera is an adorable way to monitor your pup while also showing them affection while you're not at home. It features an HD camera, complete with night vision, to monitor your pet from their vantage point. Additionally, there's a front-facing sensor that picks up on barking as well as a speaker and mic so that two-way communication is made possible, even when you're not home. The "treat tosser" is found in the center of the device and can toss out a single treat at a moment's notice with the Furbo app. You'll also be pleased to note that this program will send specified alerts to your phone that tell you exactly when your dog began barking, while also giving you the option to watch him or her in real-time. This is an excellent device if you have a young pup or kitty at home or an elderly pet that needs a little extra TLC when you're not there to give it to them. Treat-tossing is also a great distraction for those times when they bark at the mailman or get distracted by other pets in the house.

Benefits
You'll get a 90-day free trial of the full Furbo software, complete with every alert and a "day in 60 seconds" feature. All of these are what make the Furbo Dog Camera stand out in comparison to other, lesser cameras on the market.

What We Like About It
We love that when you get an alert that your pup is barking, you'll also receive an option to watch him or her. This is a great tool to use while training because if you know your pup's triggers, you'll be able to better know how to deal with them.
Pros

Sends real-time alerts

Treats can be tossed out with a single button

Features a bark sensor

Furbo software comes with a free trial

High-definition footage

Cons

It's a bit pricey

5. Wansview Wireless 1080P

5. Wansview Wireless 1080P
This high-quality camera provides footage that's worthy of your pet as well as your home. It doubles as an in-home security measure as well, making it a great investment for both your house and your beloved pets.
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The Wansview is a unique little camera that provides you with the option to use an SD card in order to keep and review footage. You'll have the option for two-way communication as well, in addition to good-quality night vision up to 20 feet. The camera itself tilts when responding to motion and will give you a complete picture of what's going on in your home when you're not there. Since it responds to motion, this is a great pet camera to keep an eye on your furbabies. You can control the pan, view, and zoom of your in-home camera from your smartphone as well, allowing you full control of what you're seeing. It's compatible with all iOS devices, making it simple enough to control from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Another neat feature of this camera is the software it comes with; you'll have the option to add other cameras as well, just in case you'd like to monitor other rooms at the same time.

Benefits
Using this camera is as simple as plugging it in and letting it record. Anything you need to monitor is sent straight to your phone and you'll be able to watch your pets in real-time, all while tracking their every move with full control of the viewing range.

What We Like About It
The SD card feature allows you to save footage but also to upload it quickly and easily to your computer. This prevents the need for online storage and enables you to swap out memory cards in the event that one fills up.
Pros

Two-way communication

Full control of viewing from a mobile device

SD-compatible

Works with an iOS device

High-quality footage

Cons

The camera sends off a loud "beep" when the WiFi connection is lost

6. Petcube Bites 1080p

6. Petcube Bites 1080p
There are security cameras and then there's the Petcube. This device is intended for no other purpose than to watch and reward your pet, all from the convenience of your smartphone with an easy-to-use app.
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The Petcube Bites Pet Camera not only looks super cool, it actually is super cool. It's designed to be installed fairly low on a wall so it's non-invasive and will scope out the room from your pet's perspective. The accompanying software allows you to monitor all of your pet's movement right from your smartphone and with it, you'll have full control over the camera remotely. You can toss treats at will, hone in on what your pet is doing, and track their movements as you swivel the view scope around. The app allows you to refer back to the footage at the end of the day and will take the initiative to bookmark certain "events" that have been recorded. You'll be able to check your video library and re-watch certain footage that your camera has deemed worthy of saving, such as your pup displaying a strange behavior or being highly active or vocal. You'll also get real-time alerts that an "event" was recorded and that your pet was on the go.

Benefits
This camera could not be anymore pet-friendly. It's designed to monitor even the slightest of movements by your pet and will record them in real-time, saving them to your timeline afterward so that you can watch them.

What We Like About It
It can be really difficult to leave your pets at home, especially if they suffer from anxiety when you're not around. This camera and app will allow you to monitor their progress and even dole out treats when they need a little extra cheering up.
Pros

Can toss out treats on command

You can control the camera angles on your phone

Saves significant videos to your timeline

You can watch in real-time or review videos later

Responds to motion

Cons

Certain treats can jam the treat tosser

7. KAMTRON HD Night Vision

7. KAMTRON HD Night Vision
The KAMTRON sounds like something from a Transformers movie but it's actually a pretty user-friendly little device. You can couple it with a memory card in order to get full functionality out of it, making it a worthy investment for serious pet-lovers.
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It doesn't matter which camera you go with, they're all going to feature some type of smartphone app in order to monitor video footage and alert you to detected motion. This is a wonderful modern feature because it allows you to watch all things -- including your pets -- with the press of a button. The KAMTRON allows you to speak to your pet with a built-in loudspeaker and will also send mobile alerts straight to your phone if a motion is detected so that you have the option to respond. It also comes with an SD card slot so that you can record footage and save it straight to a memory card, making for easy reference later on. Additionally, this camera goes one step further and has lights to indicate its connectivity status, rather than annoying or loud beeping.

Benefits
This device is very sensitive to motion and features a front-facing sensor that will pick up on just about anything. It's useful if you have a pet that needs constant monitoring or a puppy who is still getting used to your home.

What We Like About It
If your goal has always been to chit-chat with your pup while you're not home, this camera is a good start. Whenever this camera picks up on motion, you'll be alerted.
Pros

Very sensitive

Features two-way communication

Comes with night vision

Real-time alerts

The camera can be controlled straight from your phone

Cons

The professional installation option is very pricey

8. PetChatz HD Smart Video

8. PetChatz HD Smart Video
PetChatz is not messing around when it comes to being able to communicate with your pet while you're not at home. The days of pet FaceTiming are here and if you don't believe us, just take a look!
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Simply put, this tiny camera is pretty spectacular. Not only will you be able to see your pet, but your pet will be able to see you, too! It's the only camera on this list that features a FaceTime-like program in order to engage in full communication with your cute pet. While you're talking to them, you'll be able to feed them treats remotely as well as monitor what they're doing via the high-definition camera on the front of the device. It features a full-color display and high-quality audio that will make each phone call fun, interactive, and soothing for your pet. This is great for those times you go on vacation and have a pet sitter because although your pet might not be alone, that doesn't mean they won't miss you. They'll be able to easily identify your voice and might even learn to watch you on the built-in screen!

Benefits
This camera is fully pet-proof and even comes with a scent-release in order to grab their attention and lure them over whenever you want to "call" them. This is located just above the treat release so that you can even reward them remotely for being so good!

What We Like About It
There's nothing more comforting than knowing that someone you love isn't that far away and pets need this just as much as humans. This system is a brilliant way to keep in touch with your pets while you're out.
Pros

Features a scent release and manual treat release option

Your pets can hear and watch you

High-quality audio

Low lighting for higher camera quality

Completely pet-safe

Cons

It doesn't always work during out of the country travels

9. MiToo Wireless IP

9. MiToo Wireless IP
This little tear-shaped device has a neat little trick to it that allows for full 90-degree viewing of a room. Take a gander and learn more about the "lift" feature that enables this tiny camera to take viewing to a whole new level -- literally.
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This super affordable camera comes with some features that are not to be missed. It can be easily installed at the top of a wall near the ceiling in order to provide the maximum range of view possible. How is that, you might ask? It has a lift feature! After this camera has been installed, it provides full up and down range of motion in order to monitor the room from one end to the other. This 90-degree rotation helps you to get the most out of your viewing range so that you can get an accurate picture of what's going on in your home. Additionally, this camera comes with high-quality night vision, which it switches between automatically depending on the how much light the built-in sensor picks up. You'll get an e-mail as well as push notifications sent straight to your phone if the camera does happen to pick up any significant motion, meaning anytime your pet is on the go, you'll know about it. You'll be connected 24/7 to this wireless device and have all the access you want to real-time footage as well as significant alerts. Lastly, with its two-way audio feature, you'll be able to talk to your pet as well.

Benefits
Installation could not be easier with this tiny device. It might look small but it packs a wallop when it comes to suiting your pet-watching needs. With the included screws, you can easily set this up on the wall or remotely on a shelf or mantle.

What We Like About It
This is a simple, affordable way to keep an eye on your home while you're not there. Some pets need a little more attention than others and even if you're just curious as to your pet's behavior when you're not around, this is a fun investment.
Pros

Very affordable

Features a 90-degree viewing angle

Easy installation

Comes with night vision

Features two-way audio

Cons

It only records in 720HD video quality

10. ANRAN WiFi Two-Way Audio

10. ANRAN WiFi Two-Way Audio
This affordable device can handle a lot more than it appears to with the simple addition of an SD card. It actually has the capacity to function with one that holds 128G worth of video, making it useful over long periods of time.
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Last but not least is the ANRAN Surveillance Camera. This little cam will record your home in full HD and can be used via the accompanying app. The night vision allows you to see things up to 50 feet away from the camera, making it great for nights when you're working late or while you're on vacation and can't leave all the lights on. It also has two-way communication so that your pets know that you're always around to keep a watchful eye on them. In addition to the great audio features, this device can record anything in a 360-degree range with the unique swiveling and tilt lens. The camera can be used immediately upon unboxing after installing the compatible app so that you won't need to wait for another second to have your home monitored round the clock. It's designed to record any and all motion and will come to life the second your pet makes a move.

Benefits
This device can support any SD cards up to 128G which adds a significant amount of space. It will automatically record to the SD card with a simple change in settings, providing you with a customizable experience.

What We Like About It
The high quality of the video is not something that's often seen with cameras in this price range. We love that you'll get high-quality viewing without the massive price tag that's attached to some of the other brand names.
Pros

Compatible with SD cards up to 128G

Night vision up to 50 feet

Full rotation and tilt

Easy to set up and install

High-quality video

Cons

Will only save up to 15 prerecorded videos without an SD card

Criteria Used in the Evaluation of the Best Pet Cameras

There are plenty of reasons for why you should consider a pet camera, but we’ll get into more of that later on. For now, we just want to divulge a little bit about the process we used in order to find the best cameras available. Half of this research was based on brand name and camera type while the other half was heavily reliant on user reviews. With anything electronic, it’s best to take into account the brand that has designed in and their reputation as well as the personal response from those who have a personal experience with the product. This way, we’re able to discern legitimate concerns from those that are personal preference as well as manufacturer bugs from personal pet peeves — no pun intended! The brands listed here have a great following for providing good video and audio quality, lasting recording time, as well as a camera that comes with a long shelf-life. Additionally, the reviews on each product backed these claims up by the company, which is how we arrive at our final ten choices. If the usage is not approved by those using it then what’s the point, right? We listen to you, not just the brands that make the products.

Why You Should Consider a Pet Cam

Now, let’s get into the fun stuff. Joking aside, pet cams are incredibly useful for owners who find themselves with a pup that’s under the weather or who has a medical condition, for obvious reasons. The first being that you can monitor their progress and habits, whether they are eating, sleeping, or play time. By observing these, not only will you know where your pet is at but you’ll be able to provide imperative visual accounts for your vet. This could prove to be very helpful as far as treatment goes because your vet will know exactly what to do. Pets act and respond differently when their owners aren’t around because they often feel a sense of loyalty, protectiveness, and comfort. While on their own, they might display behaviors that have yet to be seen and can be very telling.

Problematic Pet Habits

Occasionally, you’ll have a pet who just can’t help but get into things. You’ve seen the shows on Animal Planet about the pets that are seemingly horrors to live with (but that doesn’t make us love them any less!) and you know it’s possible. So what happens when you come home to find they’ve broken out of their crate, shredded the curtains, ripped holes in the couch, and spilled their food across the kitchen floor? You’ll need to set up a camera, of course! It won’t just help you get to the root of the problem, it’ll show you exactly how your pet is getting into so much trouble and when. This will then help you to decide what you need to change in order to break these bad habits.

They Can Be Interactive

There are some pet cameras out there that not only allow you to view your pet, but also allow you to interact with them! This is great for pets who suffer from certain anxieties including separation anxiety, which is very popular amongst dogs. You have the ability to speak through the camera and watch as your voice soothes your pet even when you’re not at home.

In Closing, There’s Freedom In Pet Cameras

Your pet doesn’t need to be stared at all day long, especially if they’re an adult. Additionally, your dog doesn’t need to babysit you or constantly be by your side. A little independence is good for them and anyone who owns a cat knows that they’re beyond independent as it is. It might be hard, at first, to leave your pet alone for long periods of time but it’s really not as earth-shattering as it seems. This is where a pet cam can come in handy — You’ll be able to check on your pet and have constant reassurance, while they have free reign over the house while being partially watched. This is great for introducing pets to alone time and allowing them space and freedom to wander around and have some separation. Otherwise, they can become very dependent on your presence and even form spiteful or fearful tendencies when you’re not with them constantly. It’s important to maintain a balance of affection and trust, which is exactly what you’ll establish by coming home and rewarding them with all the head scratches in the world for being so good while you were out.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do these need to be plugged into an outlet in order to work?

A: More advanced cameras operated on a battery charge so no, they do not need to constantly remain plugged in. Many of them are also equipped with WiFi to wirelessly send videos to a mobile or computer device.

Q: How can I position this to get the most benefit from a wide viewing range?

A: We suggest positioning these in the corner of a room or at the furthest end of an open space, fairly high up on the wall (such as a mantle or shelf) in order to get the most out of viewing. This way, you’ll have an almost bird’s eye view of what your pet is doing without the camera being too obvious or in their face. Of course, you can angle it however you want, depending on your reason for having it.

Q: Will these save footage after recording?

A: Yes, most of them are designed to store footage as well as store it. You’ll want to check under each item’s summary, though, in order to determine how much footage each camera will store and for how long.

Q: Can this be connected to my phone so I can watch it in real-time?

A: Several cameras on this list do have that option, yes. It’s simple to set up and should take no time at all to make the connection between your mobile phone and your camera.

Q: Can they be used outdoors?

A: We wouldn’t recommend placing these cameras outdoors unless otherwise stated simply because they’re not full security cameras. They’re not designed to take a beating from the weather or function under very damp or icy conditions. They’re mainly intended for indoor use to keep an eye on the interior of your house while you’re away.

Q: Can I control features such as “record”, “stop”, “rewind”, etc., through my mobile device?

A: Something like this might require an add-on feature that’s not specifically mentioned here. These cameras are basic to record your pets for a few hours when you go out and all offer timely playback and high functionality. While you can view some on your mobile device, being able to interact with the camera remotely is usually a separate service.