Security network cameras allow us to keep an eye on things or people when we’re away. Today, users can remotely watch video feed on both computers and smart devices. In addition to the default app which is provided by supplier, many users still want to use third-party software and app, because default software is usually not user-friendly and not possible to be compatible with cameras from other brands, or even lacking some features. In this article, we are pleased to share you the top surveillance app for security cameras, most importantly, they are free. Furthermore, you can read - top best free video management software to find out the best free and paid video monitoring software.
Currently most security cameras either use P2P or DDNS to achieve remote viewing. P2P (peer to peer) is well known for file sharing application, it’s also used for video data transmission between your security camera and smart devices, your cameras sends and keeps updating camera’s network information such as IP address port info to remote P2P servers, the app receives these info intending to establish communication when users want to start to view video feed. Different IP security camera will use different p2p services, so that only default app can support plug-and-play connection.
Besides P2P connection, users can use DDNS + port forwarding to remotely access security cameras through smartphone app and PC software. This method is supported by most free and paid app from third-party. For local viewing, major security cameras support RTSP and ONVIF to transmit video stream, so Apps use these protocols to capture video streams.
The IP Cam Viewer Lite is a free video surveillance app for both iOS and Android smart devices, up to 1600+ different brands (such as 3SVision, Axis, Dahua, Hikvision, Vivotek) camera supported including, users can add cameras through RTSP and ONVIF protocols, it supports current H.264/AVC and conventional MPEG4 video compression standard. It not only supports video viewing, but also supports optical zoom, pan and tilt, preset recall, it supports audio for some cameras. Supports in-app upgrade. Once upgraded, the app works exactly like IP Cam Viewer Pro. Upgrade features include 2-way audio support for Foscam / clone, Axis, Panasonic, Trendnet and many more cameras. Record Mode turns any spare iOS device into a tiny solid state, battery backed, network video recorder to record your cameras 24x7 with search, playback, and export capabilities.
Another user-friendly app can support both security cameras and NVRs. It’s official mobile applications which are released by Milesight. The simple and intuitive interface is such user-friendly design which gives the user easy access to most functions, such as viewing the live videos and playing back the recorded videos. The M-Sight Pro can support multiple video compression standard including H.264, MJPEG, MPEG4, as well as the latest H.265/HEVC. Supporting 1/4/9/16 screen layouts for up to 64 channels displaying synchronously, and supporting 1/4 screen layouts for up to 4 channels playback asynchronously.
tinyCam Monitor is best smartphone app for your IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs. The app is compatible with all major vendors (350+) of network/IP cameras, DVRs/NVRs, and more than 10,000 ONVIF Profile S compatible cameras including cheap Chinese cameras. Internal Android camera (front and back) is also supported to use the app as an IP camera or dashcam. It app supports HTTP/RTSP/HLS/ASF/MMS streams, ONVIF protocols as well as well known p2p protocols - P2P TUTK (p2p cameras which have 20 symbols UIDs are supported).Users can upgrade to pro version which supports 2-way audio, motion detection and face detection, as well as video recording to local storage, time-lapse, FTP/FTPS, Amazon Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, ownCloud).
iCamViewer is a free app supports iOS 6.0 above iPhone and iPad, it’s also available for Android smart devices, the app is released by CCTV Camera Pros, LLC. The camera only supports security cameras from limited manufacturers including Vivotek, Zavio, Axis, StarDot. The app can support max. 16 sets of security cameras or DVRs/NVRs for remote or local video viewing. The app supports multiple stream viewing, recording, take snapshot and share with your friends via facebook, Googleplus, Twitter.
Users can access surveillance on-the-go with Milestone Mobile, an application for viewing, playing back and exporting video. Milestone Mobile is available in 30 languages and works with all XProtect® video management software (VMS), Milestone Husky™ NVR series. Available as a free download from Google Play, the App Store℠ and Windows Phone Store, the application gives instantaneous access to systems via Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G connections.
Indoor smart Wi-Fi cube camera - integrating Passive Infrared detection technology to support dual motion detection, 720p HD video resolution, crystal clear and vivid color video captured by OmniVision HDR CMOS image sensor, utilizing industry leading dual-core image processor Hi3518E, compatible with ONVIF and RTSP protocol, supporting plug&play usage via yoosee App.
Outdoor IP PTZ Bullet Camera - best camera for outdoor surveillance applications, supports 180 degree panoramic viewing, powerful 4x optical zoom capability which is provided by a 2.8-12mm motorized zoom lens, 1.3-megapixel resolution video, you are able to remotely rotate camera through smartphone app or computer/NVR. Unique microSD card slot design allows users to insert a memory card (up to 64GB capacity) easily without disassemble camera, supporting 30 meter night vision capability, it also can support both 2.4G Wi-Fi wireless and RJ45 10/100Mbps Ethernet connection.
Smart Doorbell HD Camera - smart Wi-Fi doorbell with a HD camera can allow you know who is right at door, you are able to answer door wherever you're, or watch real-time HD video through smartphone, so that you can keep an eye on outside of your house to protect your home from burglary. It has a PIR motion sensor built-in to support true human movement detection, send push notifications when someone approaches your house. It has a free 8GB microSD card built-in, and a free wireless chime receiver supports 30 different doorbell melodies.