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Can a solar wireless outdoor security camera really deliver peace of mind?

If you are in the market for an outdoor security camera that is battery powered or ideally has a solar-powered option to it, then the new Ring Stick Up camera from Amazon is worth a look, but possibly not perfect for you.

Before you dive into buying a solar security camera, it’s highly recommended you learn from the experiences listed in this post as there are a few things to consider which might change what you think you need. Perhaps there are features of another camera or a price that suits you better?

“New
Editor’s Pick
This is the third generation of the Amazon Ring Stick Up Camera which means it has learned with each evolution (nothing wrong with the first ones too), A small footprint with a good quality HD picture, infrared night vision and excellent app features make this a great pic.

Since purchasing Ring, Amazon has continued to support its roadmap and development plans which have included better operability of Ring devices and improvements to the Ring app and the video processing speed thanks to their dominant ability to leverage the AWS amazon cloud hosting infrastructure.

“Arlo
Premium Option
The Arlo Pro camera products are a real step up for those looking for a serious camera solution. It gives you ability to do things like zoom in and offers HD 2K video quality, color night vision, spotlight and much more. Its price is justified by its features.

Fine-tuned and attractive too. The Arlo camera family of products look good and just work. With many different features and options to purchase multi-packs to same some money. You’ll need the Arlo hub but this doesn’t add significantly more to the price. More expensive? Yes, but if the price is second to good cameras and wireless security, with solar, then the Arlo stand out.

“Amzsun
Budget Pick
Amzsun Wireless Security Camera if your on a budget but still want good picture and all the features like 2-way audio.

The Amzsun is a great little camera for less than $100. The picture quality is good. Just get a third party solar panel for charging as batteries need help. Solar compatible but not included.

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Best Outdoor Wireless Security Camera with Solar Listed

You can assume all cameras use WiFi.

Camera NameSolar Panel
Included
Needs HubPriceSD Card Option
New Ring Stick Up Camera -
Battery-powered with Solar Power
$$
Arlo Pro 3 Camera with Arlo Solar Panel & Hub$$$
Amzsun Wireless Outdoor Security Camera
Bullet Style Wireless Camera
compatible with Third Party Solar Panel
$
Reolink Wireless Outdoor Security Camera with Solar$$
Blink XT2 Camera with third-party Blulu Solar Panel$
Soliom Outdoor Solar Battery Powered Security Camera$$
FUVISION Solar Powered Wireless Outdoor Security Camera$$
Wali Bullet Fake Solar Security Cameras$

Full details on each security camera

1: New Ring Stick Up Camera -
Battery-powered with Solar Power

New Ring Stick Up Camera - Battery-powered with Solar Power

This the third generation of the new Ring Stick Up camera offering improvements in features, quality and more integrations with other Ring devices. It’s quick to set up and effortless to get working with your other Ring camera, bulbs and security system.

There are a few key features that make this an easy choice. You get the power of Amazon which means the video processing speeds are much better than early Ring devices and you get decent budget to innovate and improve the apps.

A nice touch is the ability to press an alarm button on the app shown in the image below. It’s not super loud but that noise combined with you talking down through the camera should scare anyone off.

Screenshot of Ring Stick Up camera showing the Alarm activation button
Tap the icon and you get a nice alarm sound to urgently emitted from the Camera

This camera is indoor and outdoor so it makes a good choice for a pet watching camera or indoor security camera as well.

The optional monthly fee for storage is affordable and you can get an unlimited cameras price when you get to about 3 cameras.

What we like (Pros)

  • Easy to set up
  • Good quality and light build
  • 2-way audio
  • Built-in alarm feature
  • Indoor and outdoor
  • IFTTT integration
  • Solar Panel is effective
  • 60 Day footage storage on a paid plan
  • Google and Alexa integration

What we like less (Cons)

  • Doesn’t include ceiling/soffit bracket
  • Needs good WiFi signal

Summary: Feature packed and well supported, the Ring Stick Up camera gives you the best of indoor and outdoor security cameras. The solar panel is attractive and easy to mount and it works very well in moderate sunlight. An easy, attractive and affordable choice.

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New Ring Stick Up Camera - Solar Powered

2: Arlo Pro 3 Wireless Outdoor Security Camera with Solar

Arlo Pro 3 Wireless Outdoor Security Camera with Solar Power

The Arlo Pro wireless camera with solar power is certainly the best looking of the bunch. The particular configuration referred to here is a bundle with 2 cameras, the arlo hub and an arlo solar panel.

Like the Stick Up Camera this is is a third-generation product. Improved wider angle view (160°) and has a slightly better recording quality. You connect via WiFi to the Hub and the Arlo Hub connects to your network via Ethernet.

Colour night vision is unique to the Arlo Pro and is one of the things you get for the extra investment. Another nice touch is a built-in spotlight. You can get the Ring Camera with floodlights but it’s a little bulkier than this, although the light is more dispersed on the Ring.

The magnetic mount is very cool. It allows you to alter the angle of the camera with ease.

The built-in siren can be manually activated or you can set it so if the camera detects movement it can automatically go off. With the amount of motion my outdoor security cameras get if I set it automatically it would be going off all day but it makes sense if you have the camera in an area with no movement unless it’s a movement that shouldn’t be happening…like a person where they shouldn’t be.

There is two-way audio so you can talk and listen to your pets, your delivery person or the burglar trying to steal your vinyl Spandau Ballet collection.

The free plan gives you live view but no storage which is a bit of a waste of time. The paid plan is aligned to Ring’s plans so they are competitive on that front. It will store footage for 30 days in 2K or 4K depending on your plan.

What we like (Pros)

  • Google and Alexa integration
  • Colour night vision
  • Built-in spotlight
  • Good looking units
  • Magnetic charger so no need for ‘plugging in’.
  • Magnetic mount
  • 2-way audio
  • Works with Apple Watch

What we like less (Cons)

  • They removed free 7-day storage plan (but you get a 3 month trial of the service)

Summary: While the cost of the Arlo 3 Pro is higher than other units, and you need to have a paid plan to make it worth having, the finish and features make it an excellent choice. The Hub ensures a good feed from all the cameras, the colour night vision, led spotlight and alarm plus 2 way audio means it’s got what you need.

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Arlo Pro 3 Wireless Outdoor Security Camera

3: Amzsun Wireless Battery Powered Camera

Amzsun Wireless Battery Powered Camera

The Amzsun wireless outdoor security camera is one of the more affordable options and after seeing the screenshots and video feed from it, it’s really great quality. Only main complaint is the battery doesn’t seem to last as long as suggested so you will need to get a third-party solar panel to really make it work. It’s a standard Micro USB charging port.

The unique thing about the Amzsun wifi camera is that it also has a microSD Card slot. This can be up to 128GB so if you prefer to store your footage locally and then download for storage it’s a great choice.

A cloud storage account is an option for a monthly fee.

Amzsun Wireless Outdoor Security Camera with Solar Panel - Side view of retail box
The AMZSUN Outdoor Security Camera

There is an app for the camera which works fine. You get motion alerts and can view the live video feed at any time. You can search iPhone or Google Play store for the app called Cloudedge to get previews of what that looks like.

Two-way audio works but not as effective as the Ring Stick Up cam from our experience.

Wide-angle view is 130° which is less than the Arlo Pro 3 but still effective and more than most people need.

A third party Solar Charger is needed as mentioned but most that handle a micro USB plug should be fine like this one

What we like (Pros)

  • microSD storage option
  • Built-in alarm
  • 2-way audio
  • Night vision
  • HD quality
  • Good value for money

What we like less (Cons)

  • If you don’t use Solar the batteries are a bit average.
  • No 5Ghz Wifi option
  • Need to buy additional

Summary: If you’re in the market for an affordable but good quality camera the Amzsun is a good choice. The app allows you to share access the same as more premium outdoor security camera competitors and the quality is surprisingly good for the price.

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Amzsun Wireless Battery Powered Camera

4: Reolink Argus 2 Wireless Outdoor Security Camera with Solar Panel

Reolink Argus 2 wireless Outdoor security camera with Solar Panel

Reolink are a well-known brand of outdoor security camera. This Reolink Argus 2 package also comes with a Reolink branded solar panel. Like all these cameras you can use it on battery only or you can plug in the solar panel to keep the battery charged.

The Reolink Argus 2 really is a cute little egg-shaped camera at an affordable price. Cheaper than the Stick Up camera and Arlo Pro but will many similar features and a strong heritage.

IP65 weather certified for good outdoor weatherproofing. The night vision uses a CMOS sensor which is reported to give a clearer night view.

The magnetic bracket for the camera has the same flexibility as the Arlo Pro. It’s a nice touch and means you can remove the camera or change the tilt and angle to almost anything that suits. This is better than the limited Stick Up camera, however, it seems odd that someone can come and grab it off its bracket as desired? The benefit of this is that you can

Features that it shares with the Amzsun are a 130° wide viewing angle and an optional micro SD recording card so you don’t have to pay for cloud storage if you don’t want too. It does mean you have to download footage if you need it from the card.

The app is similar to others including Ring.

What we like (Pros)

  • microSD storage option
  • Built-in alarm
  • 2-way audio
  • CMOS night video
  • HD quality
  • Good value for money
  • Indoor/Outdoor Camera
  • Alexa and Google Home compatible

What we like less (Cons)

  • Fast-moving objects like cars not always easy to capture but this is not uncommon for a lot of cameras

Summary: Solid brand, solid features and some nice touches like the magnetic brackets plus solar panel for charging make the Argus 2 a good choice. The price is really good and places this below the Argos but above the Amzsun.

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Reolink Argus 2 wireless Outdoor security camera with Solar Panel

5: Blink XT2 Security Camera with third-party Solar Panel

Blink XT2 Wireless Outdoor Security Camera

Amazon paid $90 million dollars for blink so you have to believe they are a good choice in wireless outdoor security cameras…right? Well, it’s true.

The Blink XT2 camera requires a hub and is good for indoor or outdoor use. It includes cloud storage and 2-way audio.

The big kicker here might make you think a solar panel charger is not worth it – is a massive 2-year battery life. Not sure how they pulled that one-off but it’s impressive.

The XT2 is a move up from the indoor-only blink 1 camera – the blink 1 is still a great unit but the XT2 is has more features.

The temperature monitoring feature is a surprisingly useful feature.

IP 65 rated for outdoor use.

What we like (Pros)

  • No monthly contracts for storage
  • 2-year battery life
  • Temperature monitoring

What we like less (Cons)

  • Moderate performance

Summary: Overall the Blink XT2 is a good basic camera with moderate specs. It has all the core features you need but don’t expect it to perform like a high end outdoor security camera – that extra long battery life must come at a cost to performance.

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6: Soliom S60 Outdoor Solar Battery Powered Security Camera

Soliom S60 Outdoor Solar Battery Powered Security Camera

Here we start to stray from the ‘major’ brands that everyone is so familiar with and also step away from some of the typical DIY security cameras.

The Soliom looks a little like a small satellite station with its big solar wings. It could be labelled as a bullet camera but it’s a little chubby.

This model is a next-gen model for the Soliom who have improved on previous generations of their security camera. The styling and smooth lines fits with the current aesthetic going around.

Includes all the same features of motion detection, 2-way audio, night vision and an app to manage the camera and motion alerts from.

The field of view is 160° which is impressive.

What we like (Pros)

  • Solar panels are integrated
  • IP66
  • 2-way audio
  • Night vision
  • Ongoing updates
  • SD Card slot
  • Free Cloud Storage is good

What we like less (Cons)

  • An overactive sensor at times
  • Saved cloud videos are only 8 seconds.
  • No google home or Amazon alexa integration

Summary: The build in solar is a nice touch and overall the Soliom S60 works well. If you can get it placed close to your WiFi network and don’t have extensive footage to capture it’s up for the task.

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7: FUVISION Solar Powered Wireless Outdoor Security Camera

FUVISION Solar Powered Wireless Outdoor Security Camera

The name alone invokes many thoughts around this security camera. It could be the F.U. Vision camera or the camera that puts the Kung FU in security VISIONs cameras… get it?

Looking similar but different to the Soliom, the FUVISION has it solar panels built-in so no need for extra wires – just make sure you don’t mount it under soffits where the sun might not shine in Summer or Winter.

Again, the normal line up of features including motion detection, 2-way audio, cloud storage and/or built-in SD card option for local storage on the camera. IP 66 rated for outdoor use.

The field of view is limited compared to others on this list but that doesn’t mean it’s not fit for purpose. If you’re only shooting down a side alley then a limited view span might be preferred. Currently, it’s field of view is 110°

What we like (Pros)

  • Solar panels are built-in
  • HD Quality
  • CMOS sensor
  • SD Cart slot option
  • Cloud storage

What we like less (Cons)

  • Limited viewing angle
  • No google home or alexa echo integration

Summary: Another ‘all-in-one’ package with solar panels built in, HD quality and an SD card option makes the FUVISION a fine choice. The price is quite high but considering you don’t have to purchase a separate solar panel this might be appealing.

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8: WALI Fake Security Camera - Bullet style

WALI Fake Security Camera - Bullet style

It seems impossible to have a long post about solar-powered wireless outdoor security cameras without giving an option for fakes. These simulated surveillance cameras might suit those of you who don’t need to actually see what is going on.

Useless for people wanting to watch their pets, have actual footage in the event of a break-in or keep a general eye on property or places but perfect just as a deterrent to thieves and robbers.

What we like (Pros)

  • Nothing else to pay for
  • No app needed
  • No interrupting motion notifications

What we like less (Cons)

  • Don’t actually do anything
  • Still need batteries
  • The word ‘security camera’ down the side might not trick seasoned thieves.

Summary: If you want the look that says ‘I’m watching you, stay away’ but don’t care about actually recording anything these fake CCTV cameras are a great choice. Proven to deter some people no doubt.

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Questions to ask before buying a solar outdoor security camera

The above camera breakdowns have hopefully given you enough insights into what camera might be best for you. The following information will offer questions and answers to help you further in making a buying decision.

Wireless outdoor camera or Wired? Battery-powered security camera or powered?

If you’re reading this you have most likely made up your mind already, that is you want a battery-powered unit with an option for Solar and you want it to be wireless. Wireless meaning wires to power it and wireless connection to a WiFi network. You might already own a Ring 2 Doorbell with or without a solar-powered housing. 

The main and only point I really want to make here is that Wireless connection and a battery (or solar) powered unit is not only possible these days, but they work surprisingly well. No longer are you tied to expensive camera installations and having ethernet cables running all over your house – you can set up a DIY outdoor security camera with little effort and it should work. I say should as you need to read the list of things to look for below.

Personally, I love solar devices. I can put them anywhere around the house, not have to charge them and not have to run wires to them. It means if I move house or decide to move devices around it’s effortless. And, it’s powered by mother nature so it’s free to run! What exciting times we live in.

  • Wireless connection – is your WiFi strong enough to reach the Wireless camera?
  • Recording your videos? Be prepared to have to pay a small monthly fee to have your video footage stored in the cloud
  • Hub? Do you need a hub to connect the cameras too?
  • Picture quality
  • Solar Panel placement
  • Smart Home and outdoor wireless security camera options
  • Trust in the brand

Recording your video

If you are new to security cameras (you might also be interested in our Abode Security System review) you need to understand there are only a few ways to store video from a security camera.

1: If the unit has an SD card slot in it you can record to the card until it is full, and then delete old footage and record new over it. This seems like a cheaper way to keep a record of your cameras captured footage but there is a major flaw in it…if the person breaking into your house takes the camera too, then your footage is gone with it. Not ideal

2: Cloud recordings are offered by almost all the major outdoor security camera manufacturers. This means that the footage is recorded and stored in the cloud. So if the camera is broken or stolen in any event, you still have the footage of the unfriendlies that did it. Some companies will offer a certain amount of free recording e.g. 3 days of free recordings. If you want more, like 30 days worth then you have to pay. For most companies, this will be less than $5 a month. Usually even cheaper than that.

3: Local IP connected recordings over ethernet. This isn’t really an option with any of the camera listed in this post. Networked cameras are rarely battery-powered and take a more serious approach to the setup. Avid security nerds swear by these types of camera setups but for those of us who want easy and quick, it’s not for us.

Range of WiFi to the camera

The hardest lesson I learned with the new Ring Stickup Camera, Ring 2 Doorbell Battery powered and the other WiFi units I have is that your WiFi really needs to be pretty robust. I have the Google WiFi mesh network and one of my StickUp cameras on the far side of the house reaches but it gets a weak signal. When you are trying to process an HD camera feed in real-time you’ll want to make sure it has all the bandwidth it needs. 

The good news is you can always buy a WiFI extender to boost the signal near weaker coverage areas.

The solar panel needs… the sun

Might seem obvious but if you are getting an outdoor wireless security camera with Solar power you’re going to need sunshine to make it work. So, before you go splashing out your hard-earned cash on it take a walk around your house and think about a few important factors in this decision.

You might think you know where to put the camera but when you put it there it might not give you the view you want. So consider:

  • A few different positions you might put the camera
  • If the camera has a detached solar panel – a few different places you could then put the solar panel
  • If the camera has the solar panels attached then you need to avoid putting it under roof soffits or similar – this will expose the camera to the elements also (we like units like the Stick Up camera as there is a long cable that lets you put the solar panel elsewhere)
  • Imagine how the sun travels differently through the year as in Summer it will be much higher in the sky and Winter, much lower


Does it need a hub?

Arlo cameras and Blink cameras do need hubs to connect too. This might or might not be a big deal for you. Personally, I didn’t want another hub in the house. I managed to avoid getting a Philips Hue hub as the abode security hub manages them natively. It’s just another thing to plug into another PowerPoint in a house that has few power outlets left due to my many electronic gadgets and devices clogging them up.

How about Picture Quality?

All my cameras have a 720p or full HD stream. Even at this high quality, it’s not always easy to get detail in an outdoor camera that has to cover a large area. An entranceway which has a Ring doorbell is great but a camera that is covering your whole driveway or backyard really needs to carry a good HD picture quality. 

My advice – avoid anything that gets a poor quality rating or streams in SD (standard definition) and not HS (high definition). 

Interoperability with other Smart Devices? Do you need it?

If you’re going for a wireless outdoor security camera the chances are you might also have a few smart devices in the house. You might have more Ring devices like lights and cameras, more Arlo cameras or a SmartThings Hub or similar which controls lots o smart devices in your smart home. 

If this is the case then you will want to choose a camera that has connectivity to some of these devices. An example is that Ring and SmartThings do have a connection.

If my case my abode security system controls my Philips Hue bulbs and it connects into to Alexa. Alexa can also control Ring devices. So I have a routine that says ‘If motion is detected at the front Door Camera THEN turn on Outside Garage Light (philips hue), wait 2 minutes, then turn it off’.

I also have one that is the same for the other side of the house ‘If motion is detected on Ring Stick Up Camera THEN turn on laundry light, wait 2 minutes, turn off’.

This is a great example of taking your Wireless Security Camera and make it smart.

Alexa Echo Show and Google Nest Hub Integration

The main way you will always interact with your wireless security camera is on your mobile phone. Your app will tell you when there is motion and you can open the app to view a live view of the camera.

Another way you can access your camera, if it has this feature, is to say to your Alexa Show or Google Nest Hub ‘Show me the backyard camera’ or ‘Show me the front door’ etc. This can bring up the camera view on your home device and also allow you to have two-way communication with whoever is on the camera. 

A cool extra if your house is big enough, and you choose a camera that has this integration option.

IFTTT options

If your smart home doesn’t connect natively to your outdoor security cameras you might be able to use IFTTT at least. Check out IFTTT for options there.

Do you trust the brand?

This is a security conversation we’re having right now. There are few companies that gave proved themselves immune to a hacking or attack. With this in mind, it might be worth you asking where you are going to put the camera and what would it mean if someone hacked into the feed?

For this reason, I don’t have cameras in the house in any high traffic areas. I have them outside on all sides, and in the garage. I figure I don’t need a camera in my lounge, kitchen, hallways or bedrooms. In fact, I find that a bit weird unless you want to look at your pets during the day and check they are OK. That I understand but after getting home I think I’d avoid having a camera on me.

Is Two-way communication important?

If you want the ability to talk to people through your wireless outdoor security camera and have them talk to you then you are going to want a two-way communication security camera. This will allow you to surprise would-be robbers with your voice saying ‘What the flip are you doing in my backyard?!’….or similar such sentiments. 

This is actually also cool for talking to your cat or dog or other pets when you are not home. A nice way for them to freak out when they hear your voice and not understand where the hell you are.

Built-in Alarm?

Do you need a built-in alarm? Like the 2-way communications options you might want the camera to have a built-in alarm option. The Ring Stick Up Camera has this as a little icon on the screen which you can press to activate a mild but threatening enough warning alarm. 

If you have a security system you might be able to trigger manually, through another app, this might not be a requirement. I like the option to see someone and hit the alarm on the camera with a few choice words and then find my abode app and trigger the louder alarm for that. 

My abode alarm gives me the option to turn on all lights and make a real scene which is more impactful but again, the quick option in the Ring camera is great.

Built-in Lights? Spotlights / Floodlights

A feature that might be moot if you have other security lights that come on and assist your cameras at night. Again, some cameras have built-in motion lights as well as being a camera. These are less often battery-powered as they take a lot of power. 

Day and Night Vision – Infrared? Can you see in the dark?

Most cameras will offer an infrared night view. Just check the screenshots from the manufacturer or customers first so you feel confident it doesn’t look terrible. If you have a solar light or trigger to turn on a light on any motion you might have a good picture but just double-check.

The number of times I’ve seen screenshots on Facebook of people trying to track thieves down and you can barely make out if they are male or female, let alone what their facial features are. Quality matters to people. 


That’s the list and all the tips when looking to buy a solar-powered wireless outdoor security camera. It’s so great to have this much technology that doesn’t need to be hard wired, backs up to the cloud and can give you access to view your property from your phone anywhere in the world, and talk through it (or sound an alarm)!

If you have specific questions or comments please add them here

Arlo Pro 3 Camera

9.8

Build Quality

9.5/10

Picture Quality

9.5/10

App Features

10.0/10

Solar Panel Efficacy

10.0/10

This post was last updated on 2020-01-25 / Some images from Amazon Product API & some links may be affiliate links which may earn us a commission from purchases.

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