Belkin NetCam HD+
The Belkin NetCam HD+ is one of the most affordable security cameras we tested, selling for around $75 on Amazon at the time of this writing. The price makes it an excellent value, especially considering it earned the highest nighttime video score in our tests with excellent range and clarity in total darkness.
In daytime testing, the NetCam had average video quality in bright and low-light situations, and while its 720p video resolution doesn’t hold up to the 1080p cameras in our review, it’s sufficient for most people. Unfortunately, the Belkin NetCam HD+ had the lowest audio quality in our tests; it was unintelligible. However, audio is arguably less important than video for the purposes of an inexpensive security camera. We had some trouble setting up this camera, largely because it felt less stable than other cameras we tested. After setup, it was relatively easy to use due to an intuitive mobile app, though it doesn’t let you schedule when to record video. Belkin uses the cloud to store video recordings from the NetCam, as long as you pay a subscription fee of $5.99 each month – very competitive with other cloud storage plans. The camera also works with Belkin’s WeMo smart home devices as well as voice control services such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home. The Belkin NetCam HD+ has a two-year warranty, the longest in our comparison. Only Nest offers a comparable security camera warranty.
- Best nighttime video quality in our tests
- Very affordable
- Smart home compatibility
- Average daytime video quality
- Poor audio quality
- No scheduled recording options