Alexa compatible surveillance cameras: tests, offers, prices

The most important information about Alexa surveillance cameras in brief

While cooking, quickly check in the children's room whether everything is okay with the baby or check from the couch in the evening to see who has rang the bell: with Echo Show Displays this is no problem.

Echo Show as a surveillance camera: Regardless of whether you own an Echo Show 5, Echo Show 8 or Echo Show 10, your camera images can be retrieved from another Echo Show or via the Alexa app. This makes Echo Show an optional surveillance camera.Connecting Echo Show with cameras: In addition, all Echo Shows can be networked with Alexa-compatible, weatherproof cameras from other manufacturers in order to show their images live on the show display. This comparison focuses on this monitoring option. Flexible application options: If you watch an Echo Show e.g. B. in the living room or office, you can regularly use his outdoor camera to see what his dog is doing in the garden and – if desired – talk to him.

The best Alexa surveillance cameras at a glance

From the many Alexa-compatible surveillance cameras, we have selected five favorites that cater to different areas of application and all score points with a good price-performance ratio.

Recommendation for interiors: TP-Link Tapo C200 Alexa camera

This voice-controlled basic model TP-Link Tapo C200 combines everything that beginners need for home surveillance: a good 1080p full HD resolution, a 360 degree viewing angle, extended night vision with a range of up to 9 meters and subscription-free local data storage via SD card . If desired, the lens can also be temporarily closed for maximum data protection.

Full HD surveillance camera with pan and tilt lenses, 2-way audio and advanced night vision.
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Full HD surveillance camera with pan and tilt lenses, 2-way audio and advanced night vision.

Particularly compact and inconspicuous: Blink mini indoor surveillance camera

Blink Mini is so small that it can be placed in almost any corner and can therefore discreetly create evidence of what is happening in the hallway area, for example. This mini camera also films in Full HD and overlooks a field of view of 110 degrees. Your recordings can be saved either via the cloud storage service with the appropriate subscription or via a separately available Blink Sync Module 2 for local data storage.

Blink mini security camera

Intelligent plug-in surveillance camera with compact dimensions, 2-way audio and 1080p video resolution. Works with Alexa.

Intelligent plug-in surveillance camera with compact dimensions, 2-way audio and 1080p video resolution. Works with Alexa.

Bargain tip: Littlelf LF-C1t surveillance camera in a set of 2

The small Littlelf Cam for child or pet monitoring comes in a practical double pack and can therefore secure two rooms at the same time if necessary. It also sends a message to its owner's smartphone if foreign intruders trigger the motion alarm. Both Littlelf Alexa cameras each have a field of view of 130 degrees and, despite their low price, can score with full HD videos and 90 days of free cloud storage.

Littlelf surveillance camera

Two WiFi surveillance cameras with motion detectors, night vision, two-way audio and app connection. Compatible with Alexa.
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Two WiFi surveillance cameras with motion detectors, night vision, two-way audio and app connection. Compatible with Alexa.

Outdoor recommendation: Blink Outdoor wireless Alexa camera

If you are looking for a wireless and weatherproof outdoor camera, you should take a closer look at Blink Outdoor in its 3rd generation (2020). This popular camera is easy to install and lasts up to two years with the two AA lithium batteries supplied without having to change the batteries. In addition, it offers various practical extras such as the option to individually adjust movement zones or e.g. For example, you can use live video to talk to guests who are unexpectedly at the door while you are out and about. However, a paid subscription is required for selected extra functions and data storage via the cloud.

Battery operated and weatherproof. HD surveillance camera with night vision, motion detection and control with Alexa.
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Battery operated and weatherproof. HD surveillance camera with night vision, motion detection and control with Alexa.

4K premium model for the discerning: Arlo Ultra 2 outdoor camera

If you have particularly high demands on home surveillance, you should use the Arlo Ultra 2 surveillance camera, because it leaves little to be desired. Thanks to 4K HDR video and 12x zoom, you won't miss a single detail. It can even recognize when a parcel is dropped in front of the door and inform its owner that it has been delivered. In addition, Arlo Ultra scores with a large 180 degree field of view and color night vision mode. Evidence can be recorded either by subscription in the cloud or locally on an SD card.

Important: So that all Arlo Ultra cameras in the household can interact with each other or with Alexa and Echo Show, a SmartHub from the manufacturer is required as a control center. We therefore recommend new users to purchase a starter set that already includes it.

Arlo Ultra 2 Spotlight Security Camera

WLAN surveillance camera in a set of 2. With 4k resolution, color night vision, motion detectors, two-way audio and a wide viewing angle.

WLAN surveillance camera in a set of 2. With 4k resolution, color night vision, motion detectors, two-way audio and a wide viewing angle.

Alexa surveillance cameras in the technical data comparison

In the following table we have compared the technical data of our Alexa camera favorites for comparison.

TP-Link Tapo C200

Blink mini

Littlelf LF-C1t

Blink outdoor

Arlo Ultra 2

scope of application

Indoor

Indoor

Indoor

Outdoors

Outdoors

Camera size

8.66 x 8.5 x 11.77 cm

4.8 x 4.8 x 3.4 cm

6.1 x 6.1 x 11.7 cm

7.1 x 7.1 x 3.1 cm

8.9 x 5.2 x 78.4 mm cm

resolution

1080p full HD

1080p full HD

1080p full HD

1080p HD

4K UHD

Viewing angle

360 degrees horizontal / 114 degrees vertical

110 degrees

130 degrees

110 degrees diagonally

180 degrees

Night vision

850 nm infrared night vision

850 nm infrared LED

Yes

Infrared night vision

Yes

Intercom function

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

App

Tapo Camera App (Android | iOS)

Blink Home Monitor App (Android | iOS)

Littlelf Smart App (Android | iOS)

Blink Home Monitor App (Android | iOS)

Arlo App (Android | iOS)

Subscription

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Data storage

128 GB via micro SD card (not included)

Cloud storage service with the appropriate subscription. Video storage with Blink Sync Module 2

90 days free cloud or via SD card

Cloud storage service with the appropriate subscription. Video storage with Blink Sync Module 2

Cloud storage service with the appropriate subscription. Local storage via SD card.

Further equipment

Lens can be closed to protect privacy, swivel and tilt possiblePower supply via power packLED status displayManages an unlimited number of surveillance cameras and shows up to 4 live videos on one screen2-er "Privacy zones" function – certain areas are not filmedIndividually definable activity zonesTemperature monitoringWith spotlight and siren12x zoomNight view in color • Arlo RF ready

Availability

View TP-Link Tapo C200 on Amazon

View Blink Mini on Amazon

View Littlelf LF-C1t on Amazon

View Blink Outdoor on Amazon

View Arlo Ultra 2 on Amazon

This is how our expert rating of the Alexa surveillance cameras came about

Our team has been testing Amazon's own Alexa devices under everyday conditions for their functionality and user-friendliness since their market launch in Germany in 2016. We consider Alexa smart speakers and displays of all price ranges and available generations.

When selecting and evaluating the Alexa cameras presented here, we were therefore able to fall back on many years of experience with the strengths and weaknesses of individual Alexa devices and accordingly look for suitable solutions for different user needs. For a comprehensive assessment, however, we not only took our own experience into account, but also tests by other specialist editors, customer reviews and current technology trends. We rate the combination of an Echo Show with an Alexa-compatible camera as a practical application. Because of its screen, images from the surveillance camera are also available directly without looking at the smartphone if required.

Purchase advice for Alexa surveillance cameras – the most important selection criteria

The following summary shows which properties a good Alexa camera should have and which additional extras can be helpful.

Resolution: HD resolution can be considered the standard, as details are often important. More and more models are now also scoring points with full HD or even 2K or 4K resolution. Important: The higher the resolution of evidence images, the more storage space is required. Motion detectors: They are essential for every camera and ensure that a video evidence is only recorded if someone is unauthorized at home or outside. Depending on the price range, there are clear differences in the precision of the (nocturnal) motion detection and the setting options for the area to be monitored. Intercom function: Part of the basic equipment and is usually declared as two-way audio by the manufacturers. Here, too, there are major differences in terms of sound quality, so it is worth comparing customer reviews and experience reports.Data storage: There are many options for securing evidence images, of which cloud storage and local storage via SD card are the most common. While the cloud backup, which unfortunately often has to be paid for, keeps the images ready even after the camera has been destroyed or stolen, a local backup has the advantage that sensitive data does not reach the Internet. This can ensure a safe feeling when monitoring bedrooms, for example. Users should therefore weigh the advantages and disadvantages of the various storage options before making a purchase. Extras: An integrated siren or a floodlight combined with the camera increase security, but usually drive up the acquisition costs significantly.

Recommendation for interiors: TP-Link Tapo C200 Alexa camera tests

Smart home beginners make a good choice with TP-Link Tapo C200, as this Alexa camera has an unbeatable price-performance ratio and, unlike many competing models, does not require a subscription. In addition, the Tapo C200 scores with its night vision range of up to 9 meters and the ability to swivel 360 degrees horizontally or 114 degrees vertically.

With integrated light and sound effects, it even actively drives away intruders instead of just filming them doing their undesired actions. If, on the other hand, the motion sensor reports welcome guests or parcel carriers, the camera owners can communicate with them via the intercom function if they do not have a hand free to open the door.

TP-Link Tapo C200 – Editor's rating: Well-equipped basic model without any additional costs. However, the manufacturer does not provide for cloud storage.

TP-Link Tapo C200 – further tests and field reports in comparison

Over 7,400 reviews have already been given on Amazon for the TP-Link Tapo C200 and were mostly very good with 4.5 out of 5 stars. (As of: 06/2021) Test results from Stiftung Warentest or other experience reports for this Alexa camera are not yet available to us. (As of: 06/2021)

TP-Link Tapo C200 – Price and best deals

Full HD surveillance camera with pan and tilt lenses, 2-way audio and advanced night vision.
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Full HD surveillance camera with pan and tilt lenses, 2-way audio and advanced night vision.

Particularly compact: Blink Mini indoor surveillance camera tests

The Blink Mini is a wired 1080p HD surveillance camera for indoor spaces that monitors its surroundings with the help of its 110 degree field of view and an integrated motion sensor.

In an emergency, not only are alarm messages sent via smartphone, but movement zones can also be adjusted according to personal wishes.

Thanks to live video and two-way audio, users of Blink Mini also have the chance to talk to people or pets when they are not present.

Blink Mini – Editor's rating: This Alexa surveillance camera impresses with its functional features and ease of use. However, we rate the weak point that additional costs are incurred for storing evidence.

Blink Mini Indoor – further tests and field reports in comparison

Blink Mini has already received over 6,670 Amazon customer ratings and scored 4.3 out of 5 stars. In addition, this Alexa camera received the ‘Amazon Choice’ label in the mini camera category. (Status: 06/2021) At techstage.de, the technology professionals certified the Blink Mini Camera that it is fun and offers a rich range of functions. They were critical of the cloud compulsion and the poor quality of the audio recordings in their test. (Status: 06/2021) After testing the Blink Mini, the ComputerBild testers praised its reliable motion detection and decent image quality, as well as the free, one-year cloud trial subscription. However, they rated it disadvantageously that the indoor camera cannot also be used outdoors, does not have a battery and delivered somewhat blurred images in the test. (As of: 05/2020)

Blink Mini Indoor – price and best deals

Blink mini security camera

Intelligent plug-in surveillance camera with compact dimensions, 2-way audio and 1080p video resolution. Works with Alexa.

Intelligent plug-in surveillance camera with compact dimensions, 2-way audio and 1080p video resolution. Works with Alexa.

Bargain tip: Littlelf set of 2 LF-C1t surveillance camera tests

The two Alexa cameras included in this set not only score with optional voice control, but can also record 1080p full HD videos at 30 frames per second within a radius of 130 degrees.

The equipment is supplemented by a two-way audio function and a 48 dB microphone so that the camera can also be used as a baby cam to comfort children.

Particularly practical: the Littlelf Smart App can manage an unlimited number of manufacturer's surveillance cameras and display up to four live videos on one screen. It is also possible to share one or more Littlelf accounts with family members in order to view the videos on different devices.

Littlelf LF-C1t – Editor's rating: Inexpensive solution for everyone who is looking for an indoor camera that can be easily controlled by Alexa and does not value expensive bells and whistles.

Littlelf LF-C1t – further tests and experience reports in comparison

Over 5,000 user reviews on Amazon with an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars show the popularity of the affordable Littlelf camera set. In addition, this model was recognized as ‘Amazon Choice’ in the Alexa camera category. (Status: 06/2021) We have not yet received any test results for Littlelf LF-C1t from Stiftung Warentest or other specialist editors such as ÖKO Test. (As of: 06/2021)

Littlelf LF-C1t – Price and best deals

Littlelf surveillance camera

Two WiFi surveillance cameras with motion detectors, night vision, two-way audio and app connection. Compatible with Alexa.
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Two WiFi surveillance cameras with motion detectors, night vision, two-way audio and app connection. Compatible with Alexa.

Outdoor recommendation: Blink Outdoor Alexa camera tests

Its battery life of up to two years makes the weatherproof Blink XT2 stand out from the crowd of inexpensive Alexa cameras and makes it the ideal solution for everyone who wants to take care of their smart home as little as possible.

If there is movement, Blink Outdoor sends an automatic notification to the smartphone of its owner, whereby the owner can adjust movement zones individually in order to reduce false alarms. For example, there is no alarm if a busy street is in the camera's field of view and many cars are driving by.

The HD video clips created by the camera can be saved with a Blink subscription via the cloud or locally using a separately available USB stick on the included Blink Sync Module.

Blink Outdoor – Editor's rating: Robust Alexa outdoor camera with unusually long battery life. Unfortunately only fully usable with a subscription.

Blink Outdoor – Tests and field reports in comparison

At Amazon, Blink Outdoor received 4.3 out of 5 stars. (Status: 06/2021) At ComputerBild, Blink Outdoor could not fully convince the testers. Because despite simple operation, long battery life and either local or cloud-based storage, they criticized the fact that the images had to be better and brighter, especially at night. (As of: 11/2020)

Blink Outdoor – price and best deals

Battery operated and weatherproof. HD surveillance camera with night vision, motion detection and control with Alexa.
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Battery operated and weatherproof. HD surveillance camera with night vision, motion detection and control with Alexa.

4K premium model for demanding users: Arlo Ultra 2 Alexa outdoor camera tests

As the only model in our Alexa camera test comparison, Arlo Ultra 2 can score with 4K video quality with HDR and this premium device also has numerous extras up its sleeve. Including a 12x zoom mode, night vision in color for better visibility of details and a motion-controlled headlight to scare burglars away. The deterrent effect is supplemented by a siren that is also integrated ex works.

But Arlo Ultra 2 has even more to offer. Your wide-angle lens can, for example, automatically correct the image and thus reduce the unwanted fish-eye effect of conventional cameras despite the large 180 degree field of view.

As a weatherproof camera, this wireless Alexa camera can withstand cold, heat or rain without any problems and its battery only needs to be recharged about every six months.

Arlo Ultra 2 – Editor's Rating: Anyone who invests in this Alexa surveillance camera can look forward to numerous configuration options and very good image quality. However, we rate the disadvantage that a paid subscription is required for full use of the functions and for cloud storage.

Arlo Ultra 2 – Further tests and testimonials in comparison

In Amazon customer reviews, the Arlo Ultra Smart Home surveillance camera set of 2 received 3.9 out of 5 stars. (As of: 06/2021) We are not yet aware of any further tests, evaluations or expressions of opinion about this model, which was only released at the beginning of 2021. (As of: 06/2021)

Arlo Ultra 2 price and best deals

Arlo Ultra 2 Spotlight Security Camera

WLAN surveillance camera in a set of 2. With 4k resolution, color night vision, motion detectors, two-way audio and a wide viewing angle.

WLAN surveillance camera in a set of 2. With 4k resolution, color night vision, motion detectors, two-way audio and a wide viewing angle.

An overview of other Alexa surveillance cameras

In addition to the ones mentioned here, there are many other Alexa compatible models that are suitable for use with an Echo Show display, including the following:

With 2K resolution: Arlo Pro 3 Alexa camera

Arlo Pro 3 is the 2K variant of the Arlo Ultra 4K Cam. Both have in common that the subscription is mandatory for everyone who wants to save their recordings permanently via the cloud. In return, evidence is protected at all times and cannot be lost even if the surveillance camera is stolen.

A color night vision mode, a spotlight and a siren have also been integrated into Arlo Pro 3.

Wireless and weatherproof WLAN surveillance camera and alarm system. Including night vision in color, 160 degree viewing angle and integrated spotlight.
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Wireless and weatherproof WLAN surveillance camera and alarm system. Including night vision in color, 160 degree viewing angle and integrated spotlight.

Cheap Arlo alternative without subscription: eufyCam 2C

The design of the eufyCam 2C is very reminiscent of the Arlo surveillance cameras. A spotlight, an intercom function and the option to set up surveillance zones are further similarities. The night vision mode of the eufyCam 2C only records images in black and white instead of in color and you will look in vain for a siren. So far, the Anker subsidiary has not yet offered any solar panels for the environmentally friendly operation of the camera.

Surveillance camera in a double camera set with full HD resolution, 135 degree wide angle, night vision and person recognition.

Surveillance camera in a double camera set with full HD resolution, 135 degree wide angle, night vision and person recognition.

Alternative with integrated floodlight: Ring Spotlight Cam

The Ring Spotlight Cam also has many smart functions. With it, for example, individual movement zones can be set up and an alarm can be started remotely via app. In addition, a light has been integrated here that can illuminate walkways or deter burglars.

However, users should note the following restrictions before buying: In contrast to the Blink model, the Ring Cam is wired and its video storage can only be fully used with a subscription.

HD security camera with floodlights, siren and intercom function via smartphone. Including infrared night vision and live video.
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HD security camera with floodlights, siren and intercom function via smartphone. Including infrared night vision and live video.

With extra bright floodlights: Ring Floodlight Cam

As a premium model in the Ring series, the Ring Floodlight Cam combines a 1080p HD surveillance camera with floodlights and an intercom, as it is called. If desired, the Echo Show-capable camera can even be armed while on the move. This means: It starts to film automatically when the integrated motion sensor registers unusual events in a previously defined motion zone.

Alexa-compatible surveillance camera including 1080p HD video function with infrared night vision, siren and live video
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Alexa-compatible surveillance camera including 1080p HD video function with infrared night vision, siren and live video

Local storage: Bosch Smart Home Eyes

This outdoor camera works like a classic outdoor lamp. If desired, your lighting can be switched via motion sensors, an app or a timer. Bosch Smart Home Eyes also films its surroundings in 1080 p (FullHD) and saves the recordings on a 4 GB memory card. A subscription or the purchase of a smart home center from the manufacturer is therefore not necessary here.

Bosch Smart Home Eyes
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Combines outdoor monitoring and lighting with an intercom, control via app and Alexa

What does an Alexa surveillance camera cost?

In our Alexa surveillance camera test overview, the cheapest device from Littlelf is already available for around 20 euros per camera if you buy it directly in the inexpensive double savings pack. Our favorite TP-Link Tapo C200, which can be bought from around 35 euros, is also inexpensive.

For smart security solutions with their own base station and a particularly large number of customization options, the price per camera can, however, be several hundred euros. (As of: 06/2021)

Which Alexa camera? What are the best Alexa surveillance cameras?

In our Alexa camera overview, we recommend the following devices:

TP-Link Tapo C200 indoor camera – price-performance winnerBlink mini indoor surveillance camera – particularly compact and inconspicuousBlink outdoor Alexa camera – outdoor recommendationRing Spotlight Cam – with integrated floodlightArlo Ultra – 4K premium model for the discerning

Alexa cameras are available for indoors and outdoors, with and without cables

Alexa cameras are available for indoors and outdoors, with and without cables

(ronstik / home & smart)

Does Alexa have a security camera?

Echo speakers such as the Echo Dot 4 or Echo Studio do not have their own camera. The camera integrated in every Echo Show display, however, can B. can be used to take a look at your own four walls at work and check whether your dog or cat has secretly sneaked onto the couch.

However, since it is limited to a fixed viewing angle in most Echo Show models, i.e. does not align itself with movements, the Echo Show would have to be permanently in the entrance area in order to be able to detect any intruders.

For comprehensive protection of your own home, we therefore recommend that you buy a good Alexa-compatible security camera instead of just relying on an Echo Show.

Can Alexa monitor a room?

Yes, Amazon's language assistant can secure living spaces against intruders in various ways. The easiest way to do this is for users to access the integrated camera of an Echo Show display via live stream.

Alternatively, Alexa can also be networked with numerous surveillance cameras from other manufacturers, which usually score points compared to Echo Show with a larger viewing angle, more customization options for the security features and more flexible placement.

However, if you use Amazon Echo Show or Echo speakers privately and are afraid of surveillance, you don't have to worry. The microphones can be switched off on all models and the camera can be mechanically covered on the smart displays.

Which Alexa camera commands are there?

To call up the camera feed of a security cam networked with Alexa on an Echo Show, e.g. B. the following commands: • "Alexa, show (camera name). "•" Alexa, show (name of the front door). "•" Alexa, answer (name of the front door). "Then Alexa fades in the live stream directly on the screen of the Echo Show device or Fire TV addressed with this command.

What are the advantages of Alexa surveillance cameras?

Cameras with Alexa connection offer the following advantages:

Good models do not have to be expensiveOptionally available with cable or rechargeable battery / batteryModels suitable for indoor and outdoor useMostly easy to set up and operateOften available for little moneyThanks to Alexa voice control, also suitable for physically handicapped peopleDepending on the model, additional safety functions, such as light spot or integrated alarmDifferent storage optionsIf The recording radius can be varied, legally usable

What are the disadvantages of Alexa surveillance cameras?

Alexa compatible security solutions can e.g. B. also have the following disadvantages:

Permanent, good internet connection required Poorly secured WiFi networks or inferior cameras can lead to data protection risks. Some models require a paid subscription for full use

Which brands offer Alexa surveillance cameras?

Alexa-enabled cameras are available from the following manufacturers, for example:

BlinkCanaryEufyEVIZLittlelfNestNetgear (Arlo) NetatmoNpooieReolinkRingTeckinTP-LinkVictureWansviewYI

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