This service is often a paid subscription on top of the price of the camera itself, though some cameras offer free cloud storage to varying degrees.
Cloud storage service is usually offered in tiers, letting you choose between keeping footage for a week, a month, or more.
Keep in mind that not all cloud services are alike, even for the same camera.
Additional features vary from camera to camera, and each of our top picks offer just enough variety to set them apart from the rest of the competition.
Most home security cameras use cloud services to store and offer remote access to footage.
Some models have micro SD card slots so you can physically pull the video from them when you want to review footage, but this is a rare feature.
Some add Bluetooth for local control and easier setup through your smartphone, while others incorporate separate home automation networking standards to interact with other devices, like Zig Bee or Z-Wave.
For most cameras, all you need to do is follow instructions on an app to connect them to your home network.
If you want to keep an eye on what's happening at home when you're not there, but you don't want to invest in a full-fledged home security system, a Wi-Fi-connected camera is worth a look. One of the biggest benefits of a smart home is being able to know what's going on when you're not actually there.