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Puppy Paparazzi: Best Doggie Camera Reviews

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Dogs with cameras on themHow would you like to see the world from your dog’s point of view? These doggie cameras allow you to do just that! Find a pet cam that can attach to your dog directly, or get a stationary camera that serves as a pet monitor to watch and film your dog’s movement throughout the day. So many high-tech options, how do you choose the best to meet your needs? Read our petcam reviews to find out!

Dog Collar CamerasDog Cameras | Puppy Cams

Technology and Dogs

Technology is advancing at warp speed all around us and not just for humans. Not too long ago, activity trackers were the new tech gadget for people. Now dogs can have their own activity monitor, and you can view their exercise, sleep and other stats, too. You and your pup can be healthy together!

Dog Collar Camera Reviews

Looking for a camera to hook onto your dog’s body so you can see what they’re up to all day? Check out these pet camera reviews to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to be a dog!

GoPro Fetch Dog Harness | EyenimalUncle Milton

Winner: GoPro Fetch (Dog Harness) Review

GoPro Fetch Dog HarnessView on Amazon

If you already have a GoPro camera, a dog harness may be a cool mount to purchase. Put the harness on your dog and hook the camera to it to see what your dog sees. The GoPro Fetch dog harness can have the camera mounted on your dog’s back or chest. GoPro cameras aren’t cheap, they range from $129 to $500, so buying one solely for the use of recording your pet may be out of the question. However, if you already have a Go Pro and you want a camera to record your dog, the harness is a great mount to use.

Pros

Cons

  • Machine washable
  • Durable
  • Quality brand
  • Camera has add-ons like a waterproof case to make this pet cam water-safe
  • Pricey once you add in the cost of the camera in addition to the harness
  • Dogs can wiggle out of the harness, and you could lose an expensive camera
  • Straps can come undone when dogs shake
  • Doesn’t fit smaller dogs as well as larger dogs

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Price: $39.10 (harness only; camera sold separately)
  • Dogs must weigh 15-120 pounds

GoPro In Action

See the GoPro Fetch Dog Harness in action. This dog shakes quite a bit, and the camera stays mounted well.

Eyenimal Review

EyenimalView on Amazon

The Eyenimal digital video camera for pets clips onto your dog’s collar. You can also use it for cats. The camera records 2 1/2 hours of video start to finish. There is no motion sensor to make it stop recording when your dog takes that daily hour-long nap. Plus, letting your dog roam free with the dog collar camera may be unsettling because the clip has a tendency to break off, which could result in a lost Eyenimal camera. Overall, this is a great first product for a dog collar cam, but we would hold off until they improve some of their features.

Pros

Cons

  • Decent audio and visual
  • See your dog’s point of view from its collar
    • Plastic clip is cheap quality and breaks
    • Video is shaky, blurry when dog is active
    • Slow upload to computer
    • Must purchase editing software to create stills or short clips
    • Records video constantly, even when your dog isn’t moving and only offers 2 1/2 hours of battery life/record time
    • Not waterproof, so if your dog is getting a drink be sure to take the camera off first
    • Many buyers have received their camera missing a part or instructions

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Price: Check on Amazon
  • 4GB storage
  • 600 x 400 resolution (low-res)
  • 29 fps
  • 1-year warranty

Uncle Milton Nat Geo Wild Review

Uncle Milton Nat Geo Wild Pet's Eye View CameraView on Amazon

Uncle Milton Nat Geo Wild Pet Camera hooks onto your dog’s collar and snaps photos of your dog’s whereabouts. You can set the doggy cam to take pictures every 5, 10 or 15 minutes. Photos taken in the dark aren’t as high quality as photos taken in the light, which is typical with all cameras. This camera may be a fun gadget to play with, but if you’re looking for a dependable, quality doggy camera, you might want to look at another device.

Pros

Cons

  • Inexpensive
  • Auto-interval settings (1, 5, and 15 minutes)
  • Stores up to 40 pictures
  • No video, only photos
  • May be too large for a small dog
  • Clasp doesn’t stay on
  • Seems to be designed as more of a toy than a high-tech gadget

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Price: $11.99
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • 640 x 480 resolution for 4″ x 6″ prints

Doggie Camera Reviews

Below are reviews of pet surveillance cameras that allow you to watch your dog when your dog is in range. These cameras don’t film from your dog’s perspective, but rather allow you to see what they’re up to during the day while you are away. You can even interact with your dog with several of these Wi-Fi pet cameras. Check out our pet monitoring camera reviews to find the best for you.

PawboD-Link |Motorola Pet Scout 66Nestcam | PetChatz | PetCube | Petzi Treat Cam

Winner: Pawbo Review

PawboView on Amazon

If you’re looking for the best pet cameras to monitor your pup when you’re not at home, it’s hard to go wrong with Pawbo. Pawbo has more interactive features than any other pet cam: two-way audio, a built-in laser dot chasing game, a treat dispenser, and multiple sound effects (cat, birds, etc.). Its live video streaming lets you see what your pup’s up to, and you can even record video that automatically downloads into DropBox cloud storage. All you have to do is plug your Pawbo into an outlet, connect it to Wi-Fi, download the app on your smartphone and you’re ready to play remotely with your pup!

Pros

Cons

  • Reliable, high-quality HD live streaming video with 110° field of view
  • Best interactive features we’ve seen, including two-way audio, laser toy, treat dispenser, sound effects
  • Easy to install and hook up to WiFi
  • Excellent customer service
  • Intuitive iOS and Android dog camera app
  • No motion or sound detection alerts
  • Expensive
  • Can’t sync multiple cameras

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Price: Out of stock
  • 720p HD resolution
  • 110-degree wide angle view
  • Compatible with iOS 6+ and Android 4+
  • Pawbo+ was released in late 2016 and includes a 130-degree view, up to 8 users and can remotely operate Pawbo accessories.

D-Link DCS-932L Review

D-Link DCS-932LView on Amazon

D-Link’s most popular camera is the DCS-932L Wireless Day/Night camera. This pet video camera must be plugged into an outlet and has a motion sensor so you can record video continuously or when motion is detected. The video is pretty low resolution (640 x 480), but you can see images clearly, and the audio is good as well. Many customers on Amazon seem to be pleased with their purchase.

Pros

Cons

  • Decent video quality
  • Good sound (but only one-way audio)
  • Motion detection alerts to your phone
  • Inexpensive
  • Good customer service once you’re off hold
  • Setup multiple D-Link cameras to see multiple places in your home
  • Difficult to install for some people (tip: hard-wire the camera to your router completely when connecting, then go wireless)
  • No interactive features
  • Apps could use some improvements (iOS, Android, Windows)
  • Must sign up for mydlink Camera Recorder (added fee to record)
  • Long phone wait times (best to call late at night)

Tech Specs

  • Price: Check on Amazon
  • View Field: Horizontal 45.3°, Vertical 34.5°, Diagonal 54.9°
  • Night Vision

Motorola Pet Scout66 Review

Pet Scout 66View on Amazon

The Motorola Pet Scout66 is a decent doggie camera at an attractive price point. This pet monitoring camera has good video quality, two-way audio, night vision and in-room temperature display. And you can sync multiple cameras in your home. But if you want motion-triggered recording or simply to record and store video, you’ll end up paying a pretty hefty monthly fee for their cloud video recording service. If video recording isn’t that important to you and you’re on a tight budget, the Motorola Pet Scout 66 is a solid, affordable wireless pet cam.

Pros

Cons

  • Decent live streaming HD video quality
  • Easy to install
  • Free motion-triggered snapshots
  • Two-way audio
  • Affordable pricing
  • Can sync multiple cameras in your home
  • Good customer service
  • Only interactive feature is audio
  • Video cloud storage is an added monthly fee
  • Audio volume is too low
  • Many consumers report that the Android and iOS apps have frequent connectivity problems

Pricing & Tech Specs

Nest Cam Review

Nest CamView on Amazon

The Nest Cam is a stationary camera that plugs into an outlet. It can be used for security purposes or to keep an eye on a pet or loved one. It has two-way talk so you can check in on your pup and hear what’s happening on her end. Get alerts sent to your smartphone so you can see what she’s doing when she enters the room with the Nest Cam. Footage is uploaded to the cloud so you can watch it any time.

Pros

Cons

  • Great HD video quality
  • Easy installation
  • Built-in mic and speaker for two-way talk
  • Smartphone alerts when there is activity
  • Good customer service
  • Ability to set up multiple Dropcams to see every part of your house
  • Overwhelming number of positive reviews on Amazon
  • No interactive features (other than two-way audio)
  • Must pay extra to store video (no local storage option)
  • Sometimes the camera struggles to stay connected to the WiFi
  • On the pricey side

Tech Specs

  • Price: $163.99
  • 130-degree field view
  • Night vision

PetChatz Review

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PetChatz is a unique pet camera that lets your pet call you (if you get the PetCall® button). You can call your pet while you’re at work or grocery shopping and see her furry face. You can even talk to her, and she can talk back (if she’s up for it 😉 ). PetChatz is the only doggy camera in our reviews that has two-way video.

Pros

Cons

  • Good HD video quality
  • Easy installation
  • Interactive features: two-way audio and video, treat dispenser and dispenses a calming scent
  • Motion and sound detection alerts
  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • Consumers report excellent customer support
  • Video recording feature only allows you to store 3 videos on the cloud
  • Unreleased Android app

Tech Specs

  • MSRP: PetChatz HD $379.99, PetCall $99.99, Bundle $479.99
  • 720p HD resolution
  • 53-degree wide-angle view
  • No infrared mode, but there are low-light capabilities

PetCube Camera Review

Pet CubeView on Amazon

PetCube is another interactive pet camera that lets you view, talk to and interact with your dog when you’re away from home, all via your smartphone.  Like Pawbo, PetCube has an interactive built-in laser toy, but it lacks a treat dispenser. If that’s not a game changer for you, PetCube is an excellent, high-quality doggie camera. And PetCube just launched PetCube Play, its upgraded camera for dogs with the added features of higher resolution video, zoom and night vision. PetCube and PetCube Play require an outlet and Wi-Fi connection.

Pros

Cons

  • Good quality HD wide-angle video resolution (excellent quality with new PetCube Play)
  • Interactive built-in laser toy feature you control from your app
  • Easy installation
  • Excellent customer service
  • 2-way audio w/ good sound quality
  • Motion and sound detection notifications to your phone
  • Easy-to-use iOS and Android apps
  • Added monthly fee for video cloud storage
  • Expensive
  • Doesn’t dispense treats

Pricing & Tech Specs

PetCube Camera: View on Amazon

PetCube Play Camera: View on Amazon

  • Price: $179.99
  • 1080P HD resolution
  • 4X-digital zoom
  • Night vision

Petzi Treat Cam Review

Petzi Treat CamView on Amazon

The Petzi Treat Cam was innovative in its day, but it hasn’t reinvented itself enough to compete with similar products. For one thing, the Petzi Treat Cam is overpriced for the lack of features it has. The video is decent, but the main selling point of the Petzi Treat Cam is as a treat dispenser. Compared to similar petcams, it’s unattractive. And Petzi quickly shoots treats out, so it may frighten some pets. Petzi does have night vision and a jingle sound that brings your dog to the camera, but overall, we don’t think it’s worth the price compared to other doggie cameras.

Pros

Cons

  • Decent HD video quality with live streaming
  • Treat dispenser
  • Easy installation
  • Excellent customer service
  • Reliable apps for iOS and Android
  • No motion or sound detection
  • Only one-way audio
  • Pricey for what you get
  • Doesn’t record video (you can only take a snapshot)
  • Can’t connect multiple cameras
  • Some customer reports of treats jamming

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Price: $149.99
  • 720p HD video resolution
  • Night vision

Want to Get Your Puppy Fix?

Check out these fun live puppy cams! They even have sound so you can hear them playing and barking.

Dog Collar Camera vs Dog Monitoring Camera?

How about both?! Both types of doggy cameras have their benefits. Have fun watching the world through your dog’s eyes and know that he’s safe at home when you’re away. If you hate leaving your dog home alone for long periods of time, you both can feel more connected with an interactive petcam. Happy hunting for the best puppy cam!

Which doggie camera have you found gives you the most bark for your buck?

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Growing up, Kimberly used to get the sniffles when she was around dogs. Thankfully, she grew out of her allergy and is now able to play and snuggle with dogs as much as she wants! She adopted Sally, a 3 year old hound mix, in 2017 and is loving life as a pet parent.

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Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson

Love the GoPro idea! I’ve been researching what pet cam to buy to check in on my dog while I’m not home. Looks like you would recommend the Dropcam the most? Do you know if that can be used outdoors too or no? What do you think of Arlo Smart Home Security Camera System?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Actually, we recommend the D-Link DCS-932L over Dropcam Pro.

The great thing about the Arlo cameras is that they can be used inside and outside. They’re also wireless so they’re easy to install. However, the batteries have to be changed frequently and the operating temperatures are 14° to 122° F. So if it gets pretty cold where you live then you’ll need to bring the cameras inside on those days.

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