If you're looking for an outdoor, cloud-based security camera and you live in a colder environment, you might be feeling a little bit left out. Nest Cam Outdoor is all the rage, but if you tell Nest support that you live in an area with sub-zero temps, they'll tell you to look elsewhere. Other cameras seem to bottom out at temperatures of around -4ºF and anything that runs on battery? Fuhgeddaboudit.
The good news is that there are cameras that are cloud-based, relatively easy to setup, and rugged. Right now, the options are rather limited but we've already seen this list grow over time. Currently, we suggest Kuna, Oco, SpotCam Sense Pro, EZVIZ, Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, Ring, and Skybell for readers who live in colder climates.
|KUNA||OCO Pro Dome||Spotcam Sense Pro||EZVIZ Husky||Ring Floodlight||Ring Spotlight||Nest Cam IQ|
|Price||$179.00||$129.99||$189.99||$84.99||$249.00||Starts at $199||$349.00|
|Temperature Range||-40 °F - 131 °F||-22 °F – 140 °F||-22 °F - 122°F||-22 °F – 140 °F||-20°F to 120°F||-20°F to 120°F||-40° to 113°F|
|IP Rating||IP44 Rating||IP66 Rating||IP65 Rating||IP66 Rating||Unknown (Weatherproof)||IP54 Rating||IP66 Rating|
|Night Vision||Light Only||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES
|Field of View||116 Degrees||106 Degrees||155 Degrees||107.5 Degrees||140°||140°||130°|
|Bonus Features||Siren, Smart Light, Pre-Recorded Messages||PoE, Learning Ability, Detection Zones||Lifestyle Sensors, Built-In Siren||HDR, PoE||Object and Facial Detection, Built-in Floodlight||Built-in Spotlight, Motion Zones||Person Detection, 4K Image Sensor, HDR, Detection Zones, Built-in Google Assistant|
|Cloud Storage||2 Hour Look Back Free||24 Hours Free||24 Hours Free||Requires Monthly Fee||Starts at $3/month||Starts at $3/month||3 Hours Snapshots Free|
|Local Storage||NO||SD Card||NO||SD Card or Local NVR||NO||NO||NO
|Works With||Other KUNA Cameras, Toucan, Amazon Alexa||Other Oco Cameras, IFTTT||IFTTT||Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV, IFTTT||Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV, Wink, Stringify||Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV, Stringify||Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV, IFTTT, Works with Nest|
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We've broken our list down into two categories: cameras that are technically doorbells or lights and cameras that are strictly cameras.
Doorbells and Floodlights
What Is It?
KUNA is an outdoor security light that doubles as a home security camera. The company offers several different styles of lights which were created to replace your current porch light.
The team behind KUNA has tested the device in temperatures ranging from -40°F to 131°F. This temperature range is significantly more rugged than other options, and KUNA claims that this is in part due to heat produced by the camera itself. As KUNA cameras use your porch light wiring for power, they are technically "always on".
Additionally, since the camera is always running, it generates a small amount of heat, so it’s always a slightly higher temperature than the surrounding environment. The camera lens never gets condensed or foggy.
The downside to this setup is that it requires the replacement of your existing porch light. If you don't want to replace your porch light, but like the idea of KUNA, you should check out Toucan.
What Is It?
Although best known for their video doorbells, Ring also sells outdoor cameras that can survive cold weather climates.
First is the Floodlight Cam, a wired camera equipped with two 3000° Kelvin floodlights. The camera is designed to replace existing wired floodlights. It has features such as motion-activated lights, object and facial detection, and a remotely activated siren.
The second camera we recommend for extreme climates is the Spotlight Cam Wired. Similar to the Floodlight Cam, the Spotlight Cam comes equipped with lights. The difference is that it's not as bright as the Floodlight Cam and it doesn't require existing wires. It also doesn't offer object and facial detection, but the wired version does have motion detection with detection zones. And yes, there are different versions: a wired version (must be plugged into an outlet), a battery-powered version (comes with a quick-release rechargeable battery pack), and a solar-powered version (comes with a solar panel). That said, only Spotlight Cam Wired is stated to work in temperatures ranging from -22°F to 120°F. Battery and Solar have an operating temperature range of -5°F to 120°F, not to mention the fact that cold temperatures can zap a battery. If you're dead set on using the battery version, we recommend you splurge for a second or even a third battery ($29 each). Spotlight Cam ships with one battery, but it has room for two, which will expand its battery life. Better yet, the solar panel can keep your battery charged if exposed to just a short amount of sunlight each day.
What Is It?
SkyBell is another video doorbell brand. They have several video doorbells in their lineup, and all of them are capable of surviving extreme temperatures as low as -40°F. Today, we're going to focus on two of them.
Their first doorbell is the SkyBell HD, a round-shaped, hardwired-only video doorbell. It features two-way talk, a 1080p resolution, colored night vision, 5x digital zoom, and motion detection. It is currently available for purchase on Amazon for $199.99
SkyBell's second product is SkyBell Trim. It also requires a hardwired setup, but its form factor is slimmer than SkyBell HD. It offers security features similar to SkyBell HD except for the colored night vision which is replaced by traditional black and white night vision. It currently sells for $189.99.
Home Security Cameras
What Is It?
Oco is a traditional home security camera. Oco sells both indoor and outdoor cameras including the Oco Pro Dome.
The Oco Pro Dome is designed for harsh weather conditions, but at the same time, it provides the simplicity often offered by other cloud cameras including easier setup (no port forwarding) and access to the camera from anywhere via the mobile app. Of course, as it is a dome camera, it needs to be installed on a ceiling.
SpotCam Sense Pro
What Is It?
Like Oco, SpotCam sells both indoor and outdoor cameras.
SpotCam Sense Pro is designed to withstand harsher-than-normal weather conditions. It is rated IP65 and it operates in temperatures ranging from -22°F - 122°F.
As for the camera's specs, it records in 1080p, it has 12 IR LEDs for night vision, and a 155-degree wide angle lens. It also comes with lifestyle sensors that measure the temperature and humidity. SpotCam supports live streaming via the SpotCam app and provides 24-hours of cloud storage.
What Is It?
EZVIZ offers various security cameras, but two of them can withstand frigid temperatures.
First, EZVIZ Husky. Husky is an outdoor camera with an IP66 rating and an operating temperature of -22°F - 140°F. The camera is Wi-Fi capable, but you can also use an Ethernet cable for connecting it to the internet and for power (PoE). Its maximum resolution is 1080p, it has a field of view of 107.5°, and its night vision range can reach up to 100 feet.
Second, EZVIZ Husky Dome. Unlike Husky, Husky Dome is not fully weatherproof. It's still an outdoor camera, but it's not designed to sit out in the rain. That said, it is vandal proof. All other specs are the same as Husky.
Nest Cam IQ Outdoor
What Is It?
Nest Cam IQ is a souped-up version of the popular Nest Cam. The camera is IP66 rated and can withstand temperatures ranging from –40° to 113°F (–40° to 45°C). The downside here is that installation lacks the usual easy Nest style. Unless you have an existing hole in your home, you will need to drill to hide the wiring, and that's a lot of effort for a camera that lacks PoE.
The benefit of using Nest Cam IQ is its array of features. For free the camera offers two-way audio, app access, a built-in Google Assistant, person detection, sound detection, and 3-hours of snapshot storage. Starting at $10/month, you can add features like facial recognition, motion zones, expanded cloud storage, and more.