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The best smart outdoor security cameras – reviewed

Which one of these cams is your home's new gadget guardian?

Burglar life was easy when our only protectors were furry, four-legged security guards – but these days we can rig up our houses like Fort Knox.

Today’s smart, outdoor cameras can do everything from sending live garden-cam feeds to your smartphone, to distinguishing between cars and rogue cats.

They come in all shapes and sizes too. From the floodlight-armed Presence to flexible, magnetic offerings from the likes of Canary and Netgear, we’ve put our current favourites in a four-way battle to become our Head of Home Security:

Tech specs

Dimensions: 72x72x89mm, Sensors: Motion, sound, VOC, Camera: 3MP, Recording time: Three hours (free), 7 days (£80 p/year), 30 days (£240 p/year), Battery life: mains-only Video: Full HD 1920x1080p, Field of view: 130°

Tech specs

Dimensions: 200x110x50mm, Sensors: Motion, night vision Camera: 4MP, Recording time: Local storage/Dropbox Battery life: mains-only Video: Full HD 1920x1080p, Field of view: 100°

Tech specs

Dimensions: 110.5x48.3mm, Sensors: Motion, night vision Camera: 4MP, Recording time: 24 hours (free),  Battery life: two months (or mains power) Video: Full HD 1920x1080p, Field of view: 116°

Tech specs

Dimensions: 79.3x48.6x70.5mm, Sensors: Motion, sound, night vision Camera: 1MP CMOS, Recording time: 7 days (free), 30 days (£6.49 p/month), 60 days (£9.99 p/month)  Battery life: Four to six months Video: Full HD 1920x1080p, Field of view: 130°