These four outdoor security cameras are easy to install and have a range of great safety features.

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Outdoor home-security cameras have changed a lot in recent years. Once limited to a few manufacturers, the space has recently exploded into an industry full of options.

This is great news for us as customers, but it can make the buying process a bit more complex. CNET has rated these as four of the best outdoor cameras on the market.

Ring Spotlight Cam

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (excellent)

The cost: starting at $199 at

The good: Ring’s Spotlight Cam installs in minutes, and its integrated LEDs provide reliable security lighting for your yard.

The bad: You have to pay for Ring’s Protect cloud storage service to access saved video clips.

The bottom line: This unit’s easy setup and solid performance makes it a favorite among the outdoor cameras with built-in lights.

Kuna Toucan

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (excellent)

The cost: $150 at

The good: The Kuna Toucan outdoor camera connects to the included Smart Socket light bulb adapter via USB so you don’t have to bother with batteries or a power cord. It has a very discreet design and a built-in 100-decibel siren for an extra dose of deterrence.

The bad: The Toucan relies on its light fixture for illumination rather than infrared LEDs; it doesn’t work with smart home products from other manufacturers; and its motion sensor was too sensitive.

The bottom line: If you’re looking to add a low-maintenance outdoor camera to your home security setup, Toucan could easily fit the bill.

Canary Flex

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (excellent)

The cost: $169 at

The good: Canary’s Flex installs fast, it’s well-designed and its app is easy to navigate. It’s also a highly versatile camera that can watch over your house from pretty much anywhere.

The bad: The Flex is limited to 720p HD live streaming, it has a smaller 116-degree field of view and it currently only works with Wink for smart home integrations.

The bottom line: The Can-ary Flex isn’t perfect, but its adaptability, simple app interface and excellent design make it a great choice for anyone who needs a lot of flexibility in their home security setup.

Netgear Arlo Pro

CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (very good)

The cost: starting at $250 at

The good: Netgear’s Arlo Pro provides indoor and outdoor security monitoring in a single camera. You get seven days of free event-based cloud storage, and its rechargeable battery is supposed to last for up to six months.

The bad: The Arlo Pro costs more than its competition, and it was difficult to see what was happening in night-vision mode. Some customers won’t want to deal with a hub accessory during installation.

The bottom line: The Arlo Pro is an even smarter DIY cam than Netgear’s first-gen Arlo, but competitors are closing in fast with innovative designs and updated apps.