You can rest assured that your home and belongings are safe and secure with outdoor WiFi cameras. An intuitive app allows you to see outside of your home 24/7. The footage can also be recorded for later review. Before you decide to invest in an outdoor WiFi security cam, you should consider these factors.

Suitable for Outdoor Use

Although it may seem obvious, ensure that the model you are purchasing is suitable for outdoor use. WiFi camera systems are made differently from those for indoor use. They must be weatherproof. Outdoor security cameras that are durable can withstand all weather conditions. Many outdoor cameras come with an external casing for added security and protection. Make sure the camera you are considering buying is waterproof, dust-proof, and freeze-proof.

Wired or Wire-Free

While most WiFi cameras are wired to the mains, some operate solely on batteries. Wired cameras connected to the mains do not require charging and don't need new batteries. They can record for up to 24 hours per day. The wire-operated battery-operated cameras allow for some flexibility in positioning, but they only record for short periods and don't require power. Many wired models have an additional battery that can be used in the event of a power outage. Before you make a decision about which model to buy, be sure to consider these factors.

Cloud Storage

You have two options for storing the footage from your security camera: cloud and internal. You should weigh the pros and cons of each camera before you buy one.

The removable SD card stores and captures the footage taken with your camera. This option is cheaper as it only costs the initial purchase of the SD card. If you select internal storage, your camera will "loop record" older footage and not need to constantly change or wipe the SD cards. All footage recorded is available on the app and can be accessed at any time. If the SD card is lost or stolen, the only problem is that the footage can be lost. Modern security cameras that have SD Card slots are protected well.

Any device can access the cloud-stored footage remotely. You can still access the cloud even if your camera is stolen. However, cloud storage is subject to a monthly charge, which increases the cost. The fees vary depending on which provider you choose, how much storage you require, and whether storage is available for free.


You will need to make sure that your outdoor wireless security camera is compatible with any smart products you have or plan to acquire. Many smart systems include a hub that allows you to control a variety of devices and gadgets from one place. Make sure your camera is compatible with this system if you want it to work. The app for your WiFi camera must be downloaded to your smartphone or another smart device. These apps are generally available for most major handsets. However, it is a good idea to double-check to ensure that the app can be downloaded on the device you have.

Quality Recordings

If the footage is not of high quality, security cameras will be limited in their effectiveness. Quality recordings should allow you to see faces. Before you buy, make sure to check the resolution the camera records at. To ensure clear footage, it is best to have all recordings in HD.


Before you decide on a model, consider the features that your outdoor WiFi camera should have. Listed below are some of the most useful and popular features that you might consider.

One-way audio recording

A camera with an audio function will allow you to see and hear the world around you. This allows you to hear but not communicate and is a one-way audio recording.

Two-way audio

You will also need a two-way audio feature if you want to communicate with the camera. This allows you to speak directly to the camera's nearby users.


Outdoor security cameras need to have high-quality night vision capabilities. Make sure your camera can display the same level of detail at night and day.

Motion detector

On outdoor Wi-Fi cameras, motion detectors perform two important functions. First, you can select a camera that only records motion if it is detected. This can help save money and time in storage. You can also receive notifications directly to your app when motion triggers the motion detector.

A Summary of What to Consider When Buying an Outdoor WiFi Camera

There are many outdoor WiFi camera options available. Each will have its strengths and weaknesses. The following are the most important factors to consider when selecting a camera for your house:

  • Can it be used outdoors? Is it waterproof?
  • Which type of storage would you prefer - internal or in the cloud?
  • Are you able to use it with other smart products and hubs?
  • Is the App compatible with your smartphone?
  • Is the resolution sufficient to produce high-quality recordings
  • Are all features included?

You've most likely found a winner if the camera you are looking at meets all of the criteria above.

Author's Bio: 

Amcrest wireless IP camera technology transmits up to 3-megapixel video resolution over WiFi network, allowing for long-distance and cost-effective HD video transmission.