The best CCTV camera in 2024: the best way to monitor your home

Best CCTV camera: Ring Stick Up Camera Battery on a wall
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Choosing the best CCTV camera isn’t just a matter of picking the best camera. You need to choose your preferred connection technology, where you’d prefer to store recordings, what kind of sensors will help detect an intruder, and the quality of a camera’s AI and alerts. You will even need to consider your budget for cloud storage.

For the most part, the choice is between a system with a recording unit (an NVR or Networked Video Recorder) – and internet-connected cameras which record clips to a cloud-based storage service, typically only when they detect motion.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook