The best smart security cameras of CES 2020: Arlo, ADT and a Bee drone

This story is part of our continuing coverage of CES 2020, including tech and gadgets from the showroom floor.

If you’re in the market for a new smart security camera, CES 2020 has some great new options that are being unveiled this week. We’ve seen three new cameras from ADT, a cool new floodlight from Arlo, and even a security camera drone that mimics a bee. Here are all the best smart security cameras and gadgets we’ve seen so far.

The products in this article were selected by our editors as standouts in the smart security cameras category at CES 2020. Check out our Top Tech of CES Awards, which award our favorite products in over ten categories, to see all the hottest gear.
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New Blue by ADT cameras

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The Blue by ADT lineup got three new members at CES this year: the Blue by ADT Indoor Camera, Blue by ADT Outdoor Camera, and the Blue by ADT Doorbell Camera. All of the cameras capture video at 1080p resolution, have facial recognition technology, and are compatible with existing LifeShield systems and Blue by ADT systems. You can also control other Alexa compatible devices using voice commands through the devices. The new Blue by ADT cameras are $199 each and are available for pre-order now.

Ring Access Controller Pro

ring access controller pro

While the Ring Access Controller Pro isn’t a camera, we felt it deserved a mention. When combined with your Ring security cameras it can let you see who is at your gate, then you can open the gate remotely. It can also be paired with Key by Amazon so your boxes get delivered inside your gate, safe from package bandits. The system is available now for $299.

Sunflower Labs’ Bee

Sunflower Labs Bee Drone
Sunflower Labs

Mark this smart security camera as our pick for strangest entry of the year. The Sunflower Labs’ Bee security drone detects movement, then sweeps into video the source of the movement without the need for a human to control it. The Bee, of course, comes with a hive, which is where it charges. The Hive is also the Bee’s brain and boy, is this bee smart. It has ultrasonic collision-avoidance sensors to keep it from crashing into things, and it also has GPS. The Bee is available for pre-order now with a deposit of $999. The base price of the system starts at $9,995.

Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera

Arlo Pro 3 Flood Light on white house

Arlo has been one of Digital Trends’ favorite security camera companies for a while now, so we were more than a bit excited when the brand announced its new Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera. This camera is jam-packed with goodies. It has a bright spotlight, a 160-degree field of view, a built-in siren, 2K video with HDR, color night vision and two-way audio. Even better? It’s battery-powered so there’s no need for a professional installation. The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera will be available this spring for $250.

Abode Smart Camera

adobe smart camera on front door

The Abode Smart Camera wowed us at CES because it can be either a doorbell or a security camera. It’s made for indoor and outdoor use and can be mounted just about anywhere, making it super versatile. It also has a lot of great features, like it can learn to recognize faces over time and store all the faces it sees in a database that you can view to see just who has been creeping around your property. If that weirds you out, don’t worry. The function can be turned on and off. When the Smart Camera is released (no word on a date yet) it is expected to retail for $199.

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