Lorex is one of the oldest security camera brands (founded in 1991), so its cameras are quite stable and reliable. This also means that its cameras are a bridge between newer app-centric Wi-Fi security cameras and older wired multi-camera DVR / NVR systems. On average, you can expect to pay more for Lorex cameras than for Reolink, Ring and Wyze, but about as much as for Arlo and Nest.
Here are some highlights and differences between different Lorex cameras to help you choose yours.
Local storage: Lorex is notable for not offering cloud video storage subscriptions and including storage media (microSD cards or hard drives) with each camera it sells. The lack of cloud storage means that your video recordings never cross the Internet without choosing to watch videos in the Lorex app. This adds a good layer of familiarity that cloud-centric brands like Nest and Ring cannot match.
Large storage capacity: Lorex is not unique in relying on local storage, but it stands out for allowing massive 256GB microSD cards in its Wi-Fi camera models. By comparison, brands like Eufy and Reolink top at 128GB, while Wyze and YI maximize 32GB of microSD storage. To further build on Lorex’s storage dominance, most of its multi-camera DVRs contain at least 1 TB of storage space, with many models offering up to 8 TB.
Night vision: Most Lorex cameras have powerful night vision. Although the range depends on the model, we found nothing lower than 33 feet, while wired multi-camera models regularly exceed 100 feet of night vision. It is certainly better than the maximum of 33 feet on some cheap security cameras like the YI and Wyze, which is good for indoor shooting and smaller yards, but not for large properties.
Mobile app: Most Lorex cameras use a Wi-Fi network or Ethernet cable to connect to the Internet, where you can control them with various Lorex apps. Apps are not as different from the competition as Reolink, YI and Night Owl, but we found the Lorex Home app easy to use in our tests. The app also allows you to link your Lorex cameras to smart home platforms like Google Assistant† and Amazon Alexa. (It is not compatible with Apple HomeKit.)
Smart motion detection: All Lorex cameras in our review support person recording so they can send notifications when they see a person. Some outdoor models, such as the Lorex Smart Indoor / Outdoor, also support vehicle registration. In addition, the cameras support adjustable motion zones and motion sensitivity to reduce push notification clutter on your phone.
Solution: Lorex cameras have four resolution settings: 1080p, 1440p (2K with a 16: 9 aspect ratio), 1920p (2K with a 4: 3 aspect ratio) and 2160p (4K). As the resolution and amount of detail in videos increases, so does the price. You will really feel the price increase with 4K multi-camera setups like the Lorex Fusion 4K NVR System.
Field of view: Most Lorex cameras have a field of view of around 120º on average – slightly narrower than competitors like Wyze and Arlo (but about the same as Reolink). But Lorex’s video doorbells capture more action thanks to prospects of 160º or more. Lorex has a good field of view, as none of the cameras come lower than 100º – by placing them in a corner you can see everything in one room.
Number of cameras: While some Lorex cameras come in a stand-alone package with a single camera, it is more common to see packages with two or more. If you choose a wired system, you can expect at least four cameras to come with your Lorex DVR.
Home Center Compatibility: The Lorex Home Center touch screen is a smart smart screen that drops the traditional combination of DVR and computer screen. It is much more compact and easier to use. But it does not work with some of Lorex’s Wi-Fi cameras (like the Lorex 2K Video Doorbell and Lorex Home Hub) and systems that already use a DVR. It has a lot of promise as Lorex adds more compatible models but we have to wait and see.
Power source: Most Lorex cameras on our list require a wired power source such as a USB cable, Ethernet cable, analog video cable, doorbell wires or hardwiring in your home’s electrical network. Although some of these methods have easy setup, cables are likely to extend throughout your home. Lorex offers battery-powered models with the Lorex Home Hub and Lorex Wire-Free Security Systems. Still, its battery-powered range is far from wireless competitors like Arlo, Ring and Reolink.