Abode Cameras Review

Updated by Alexia on

Abode offers a base station camera and an indoor/outdoor camera. We conducted multiple rounds of hands-on testing to review Abode's cameras.

Abode cameras review

  1. Abode Iota: Best for home security
  2. Abode Cam 2: Best for budget surveillance
  3. Abode Wireless Video Doorbell: Best front door surveillance

What's new with Abode cameras

Abode’s cameras offer some neat technology, but it’s scattered piecemeal across all of its cameras rather than combined into One Awesome Camera. (You’ll want to read Best Home Security Cameras if that’s what you’re looking for.)

Instead, Abode offers niche cameras. The Iota is ideal for smart home security (and it’s particularly fantastic for renters). Need a ceiling camera? The Cam 2 is the only Abode camera up for the job. And now that Abode has discontinued the Outdoor Smart Cam, the Cam 2 is the only option for outdoor security.

For the full experience, you’ll want the Iota and the Cam 2, since the Cam 2 can't be added to smart home automations without the Iota or the camera-less Gateway hub. You’ll also have to subscribe to a monthly plan to use the coolest features, like automations, person detection, and cloud storage, but Abode’s prices are some of the most affordable in the industry.

pro Pros con Cons
pro Functional as standalone cameras
pro Affordable monitoring plan
pro On-demand monitoring available
pro Smart home compatibility
pro Good image quality
con Outlet-dependent placement
con Required subscription for full use
con Poor audio quality
con Unstable Wi-Fi connectivity



Compare Abode cameras

Camera Best for Price Person detection Battery backup Internet Compatibility Learn more
Abode Iota Abode Iota Best for home security $329.00 $6.00/mo. Icon Yes  Light 5 hrs. 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi,
4G cellular backup
Amazon, Apple,
Google, Z-Wave,
Abode Cam 2 Abode Cam 2 Best for budget surveillance $34.99 $6.00/mo. Icon No Light None 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi Amazon, Google View
Abode Wireless Video Doorbell Abode Wireless Video Doorbell Best for front door surveillance $89.99 $6.00/mo. Icon Yes  Light Battery only 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi,
Amazon, Google View


Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.


1. Abode Iota: Best for home security

Best for home security
  • Abode Iota
    Abode Iota
  • SecureScore™: 7.8 / 10
  • pro Sits on table
    pro All-in-one security system
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2. Abode Cam 2: Best for budget surveillance

Best for budget surveillance
  • Abode Cam 2
    Abode Cam 2
  • SecureScore™: 7.7 / 10
  • pro Mounts to any flat surface
    pro Indoor and outdoor
    pro Motion activity zones
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3. Abode Wireless Video Doorbell: Best for front door surveillance

Best for front door surveillance
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