13 Best Cellular/ LTE/ 4G Security Cameras

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Smart security cameras or IP cameras are fantastic pieces of kit because of the peace of mind that they provide.

After all, it is pretty awesome to be able to connect to a security camera even when you are not at home.

But what about those 19 million Americans who live in rural areas and don’t have access to high speed Internet? 

Or those people who live in RVs and trailers and move around a lot?

How can these people monitor valuable possessions and properties?

By using a cellular security camera.

For those of you in a rush, take a look at my top 4 models below. 

Reolink Go [US Version] 1080p 3G/4G LTE SIM Card GSM Outdoor Mobile Cellular Security Camera No WiFi Solar-Powered Rechargeable Battery-Powered, SD Card Slot Cloud Storage, Weatherproof, Night Vision
SPYPOINT LINK MICRO with 16GB MicroSD (Smallest on The Market!) Wireless/Cell Trail Camera, 4 Power LEDs, Fast 4G Photo Transmission w/Preactivated SIM, Fully Configurable via App (Nationwide Version)
Vosker V200 LTE Wireless Outdoor Security Camera | Built-in Solar Panel | Outdoor Weatherproof, No Wi-Fi Required | Motion Activated HD Surveillance Camera | Mobile Phone Push Notifications
Model
1. Reolink Go
3. Spypoint Link Micro
4. Vosker V200 LTE
Networks
T- Mobile
4 Networks
Verizon | AT&T
Resolution
1080p
10 MP (Photo)
No details
Power
Battery | Pwr Cable | Solar Panel
AAs | Pwr cable
Battery | Pwr Cable | Solar Panel
Motion Detection
Night Vision Range
33 ft.
80 ft
100 ft.
Weather Resistant
IP65
Yes
Yes
Storage
SD Card | Cloud
SD Card
SD Card
$239.99
$159.93
$549.99
Reolink Go [US Version] 1080p 3G/4G LTE SIM Card GSM Outdoor Mobile Cellular Security Camera No WiFi Solar-Powered Rechargeable Battery-Powered, SD Card Slot Cloud Storage, Weatherproof, Night Vision
Model
1. Reolink Go
Networks
T- Mobile
Resolution
1080p
Power
Battery | Pwr Cable | Solar Panel
Motion Detection
Night Vision Range
33 ft.
Weather Resistant
IP65
Storage
SD Card | Cloud
$239.99
SPYPOINT LINK MICRO with 16GB MicroSD (Smallest on The Market!) Wireless/Cell Trail Camera, 4 Power LEDs, Fast 4G Photo Transmission w/Preactivated SIM, Fully Configurable via App (Nationwide Version)
Model
3. Spypoint Link Micro
Networks
4 Networks
Resolution
10 MP (Photo)
Power
AAs | Pwr cable
Motion Detection
Night Vision Range
80 ft
Weather Resistant
Yes
Storage
SD Card
$159.93
Vosker V200 LTE Wireless Outdoor Security Camera | Built-in Solar Panel | Outdoor Weatherproof, No Wi-Fi Required | Motion Activated HD Surveillance Camera | Mobile Phone Push Notifications
Model
4. Vosker V200 LTE
Networks
Verizon | AT&T
Resolution
No details
Power
Battery | Pwr Cable | Solar Panel
Motion Detection
Night Vision Range
100 ft.
Weather Resistant
Yes
Storage
SD Card
$549.99

Cellular Security Cameras- How They Work

Cellular security cameras are also known as 4G, 3G or LTE security cameras.

Looking much the same as a standard IP camera, these cameras have a slot in them for a SIM card, just like your smartphone. 

This photo shows the position of the SIM card in the camera

And it is this that connects the camera to the Internet via the cellular networks of huge companies like AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. 

Limitations and Restrictions

But it is not all good news.

Firstly as someone who is desperate to buy a 4G security camera there is not a huge range of choices out there.

The marketplace is still pretty small. I review 12 of these cameras and to tell you the truth, it was a struggle to find that number!

And secondly, most of the cellular security cameras seem to only work with a couple of providers- normally AT&T and Verizon.

Which is a big restriction when compared to smart security cameras that will connect to any Wi-Fi network regardless of who the supplier is.

How Much Do The SIM card plans cost?

As an owner of a cellular security camera, you will need to get a SIM card with a data plan.

The exact cost of these data plans vary depending on the type of data that your camera uses and how active it is. 

The Arlo Go when it senses motion, records a video clip which can be as short as 10 seconds.

 The cheapest data plan for the Arlo Go is for 15 minutes of video, which costs $3.99 per month. 

The most expensive plan with 225 minutes of video costs just over $26 per month. 

In contrast, although the Vosker 200 can record video clips, it will also just send photos.

A plan that allows the camera to send 500 photos to you per month costs $10 per month whereas if you want to receive an unlimited number of photos that will cost $20 per month. 

Key Features of a LTE Security Camera

Motion Sensing vs CVR

All of the cameras in my comparison are motion sensing cameras.

This means that the camera spends most of its life on “standby”, whereby the camera is effectively doing nothing apart from waiting.

Then once the camera detects motion it springs to life, taking a series (or burst) of photos or a short video clip before returning to idle to wait for the next motion.

The reason that I am explaining this is because some WiFi security cameras can record continuously.

These cameras are never on standby and record footage regardless of whether there is motion or not.

This feature is also called CVR- continuous video recording but cellular security cameras cannot do this at the moment. 

Storage

And the reason that most 4G security cameras cannot record 24/7 is because of the type of storage that most of them are dependent on. 

Most of the cameras in my selection use micro SD cards or TF cards for storage and most of these have a capacity of about 64 GB, which is a lot of space but not when your camera is recording non stop.

Power

Another powerful reason that LTE security cameras are not capable of CVR is that most of them are powered by batteries which would drain very quickly if the camera was recording all the time.

It makes perfect sense for a camera which is designed to be used in remote places to be powered by batteries because remote locations, as well as not having WiFi access, tend to have a limited number of electrical sockets, if any at all.

The models in my comparison are powered in one of four ways:

*AA batteries, which you would need to purchase separately. 

*Built in rechargeable batteries

*Power cable

*Solar panel 

Of these, the majority are powered by AA batteries, which would need to be purchased separately. 

I think that powering a camera used in a remote location with AA batteries makes more sense than having a built in rechargeable battery because when AA batteries run out of power, you can just replace them with brand new ones or take them back home with you to be recharged. 

If your camera has a built in battery and it is located in an isolated spot without any electricity, the whole camera may need to be removed in order for the battery to be recharged. 

To overcome this issue, one of the cellular security cameras in my comparison has a built in solar panel.

But there are other models that can be powered by solar panels- you will just need to buy the panels separately. 

Motion Detection

The ability to detect any movement and then alert a camera owner quickly is one of the most highly sought after qualities in any camera.

And all the cameras in my comparison use passive infrared (PIR) to do this. 

The infrared sensor within a security camera contains two parts- a diode which senses infrared energy and an LED which transmits it. 

As far as motion detection goes, we are only interested in the diode.

The heat from the body of an animal or human is transmitted as infrared energy.

And when this source of infrared moves, a diode on the infrared sensor detects it and creates a motion alert. 

Because motion detection is such an important feature, I need to explain it all in a bit more depth.

The location that any security camera is placed in is unique, how the motion detection behaves will also be unique.

Even for cellular cameras in remote locations some areas will be busier than others.

Most of these cameras allow you to adjust the sensitivity settings of the motion detection.

Increasing the sensitivity will lead to more alerts and decreasing the sensitivity will lead to less alerts. 

And this is something that can only be perfected through trial and error once you have set the camera up. 

Once a camera detects motion, it will do one of two things- take a quick burst of photos or start recording a short (10 to 20 second video clip.)

These photos and videos then need to be sent to the camera owners phone. 

These photos and emails can be sent in one of three ways; a notification via the app, via an email with the photos attached or via MMS.

However, as software becomes more sophisticated, photos are not simply taken but they are analysed as well.

And a couple of the trail cameras in my comparison use software that can identify the animal in the photo. 

This camera and has a feature called Buck Tracker which will analyse your photos and identify the species in them. 

Whilst this trail camera has a hunting filter which will only alert you when specific species are detected.  

Trail cameras have a motion detection feature which doesn’t seem to exist in any other security cameras that I have looked at.

And this feature is trigger time, which is the time it takes the camera to take its first photo after detecting motion. 

The trigger time of trail cameras in my comparison range from 0.3 to 0.7 seconds, which is very fast.

But then of course it needs to be if you are trying to detect and record fast moving animals. 

Night Vision

Another key feature of any security camera is its ability to see objects, people and animals even in darkness. 

Just like with the motion detection, infrared plays a central role.

As was said earlier, the infrared sensor which is within all security cameras, LTE or otherwise, has two parts to it.

The first part, which is used to detect motion is a tiny diode that senses any infrared, which is why it is called passive.

The second part, which is crucial to night vision, is an infrared LED.

This LED transmits a beam of infrared energy.

In low light levels and darkness this beam helps to “illuminate” any object or make it brighter.

And if the object is a person or animal with their own infrared energy, they will appear even more clearly in darkness because of this extra infrared energy. 

Infrared Radiation

As a type of light radiation, infrared is measured in wavelengths which are measured in nanometers. 

And different sorts of infrared radiation have different wavelengths.

This is important for use because the lte or 4g trail cameras in my comparison use a different wavelength to the standard bullet shaped cellular security cameras in my comparison. 

Now, I don’t want to get too complicated as I explain this but the infrared LEDs used in most security cameras has a wavelength of 840 or 850 nanometers (nm).

This is the infrared used in the bullet cameras. 

Whilst this sort of infrared is hard to see it is not impossible. Which is why if you look at a security camera at night, you might see a red glow of one of the LEDs.

An 840 or 850nm infrared LED is cheap to make and it produces a good quality image. 

And in most settings it doesn’t matter if LEDs produce a faint red glow.

But trail cameras tend to use LEDs of a different wavelength, typically 940 or 950 nm which is impossible for humans to see.

And much harder for animals to see (and be spooked by). 

Number of LEDs

Another interesting difference between the trail cameras and the bullet cameras in my comparison, is the sheer number of LEDs that the trail cameras have in comparison to the bullet cameras. 

Security cameras such as the Arlo Go and the Reolink Go typically have about 8- 10 LEDs which are placed around the camera lens.

Trail cameras have about 4- 5 times that number. 

Indeed, this camera has 60 LEDs on it.

Weather Resistant 

All of the cameras in my comparison are weatherproof. 

They are designed to work outside and withstand wind and rain, cold winters and hot summers.

And you wouldn’t expect anything else. 

Properly designed electrical gadgets for use outdoors should have a rating to show just how protected they are from the elements.

And this measure is called the IP Rating. 

The rating contains two numbers- the first number is a measure of how protected a device is against dust (on a scale of 0- 6) and the second number shows the protection against moisture and water (on a scale between 0 and 9.

Most of the cameras in my comparison have an IP Rating of 65 and some have a rating of 66, both of which show that the cameras offer high levels of protection. 

Resolution

I think that the resolution of a security camera is most often regarded as the best or sexiest feature of a security camera, which to be honest, is a load of nonsense!

Although some security cameras are now offering mind boggling video resolutions of up to 4K ( which is x4 the clarity of a 1080p image) most of the cameras that I have looked at for this post, have video resolutions which are below 1080p.

Although this camera offers video footage of 1080p. 

However, for the trail cameras, the photo resolutions are around 4K. 

[1] Reolink Go

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Specs

Connections: 3G | 4G

Carriers: T- Mobile

Resolution: 1080p

Power: Battery | Power cable | Solar panel 

Night Vision: 33 ft

Motion Detection: Clips | Phone Alerts | Email Alerts | Zones | Sensitivity

Weather Resistant: IP 65

Storage: SD Card (64 GB) | Cloud

Voice Control: Alexa

Audio: 2 way

Pros

Highly rated 

Flexible power options

Great resolution

Cons

Only works with T- Mobile

Bottom Line

The Reolink Go is a highly rated camera at a good price. If you like the idea of buying a LTE security camera with a built in rechargeable battery with a flexible range of power options, go for it

[2]  CreativeXP 3G Cellular Trail Camera

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Specs

Connections: 3G | 4G | Ethernet

Carriers: T- Mobile | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T

LCD Screen: Not specified

Photo Resolution: 12MP

Video Resolution: 1080p

Power:  Built In Battery | x8 AAs | Power cable | Solar panel

Night Vision: 65 ft

# LEDs: 56

Trigger Time: 0.4 s

Motion Detection: Photos | Clips | Phone Alerts | SMS Alerts | Zones | Sensitivity

Weather Resistant: IP54

Storage: SD Card | Cloud

Voice Control: Alexa

Audio: Not specified

Pros

Very highly rated

High resolution for photos and videos

Reasonable price

Great customer service

Cons

Only works on 3G networks

Bottom Line

Owners of this camera rave about its performance. 

Priced so reasonably, if you are serious about buying a lte security camera then find out more about this

[3] Spypoint Link Micro

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Specs

Connections: 3G | 4G | Ethernet

Carriers: T- Mobile | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T | US Cellular

LCD Screen: No

Photo Resolution: 10 MP

Video Resolution: N/A

Power:  Built In Battery | x8 AAs | Power cable | Solar panel

Night Vision: 80 ft

# LEDs: 4

Trigger Time: 0.5 s

Motion Detection: Photos | Clips | Phone Alerts | SMS Alerts | Zones | Sensitivity | Buck Tracker

Weather Resistant: Yes. No details

Storage: SD Card (16GB) | Cloud

Voice Control: Alexa

Audio: Not specified

Pros

Highly rated

Can be used on many networks

This camera is very small

Stunning price

Cons 

Small storage capacity.

Only takes photos not videos

Bottom Line

This is a great cellular camera, the most highly rated on my list. And it is available at a stunning price. 

If you want a camera to place in a remote location which is small and easier to conceal that other cameras on the market, check this one out.

[4] Vosker V200 LTE Security Camera

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Specs

Connections: 3G | 4G | Ethernet

Carriers: T- Mobile | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T

LCD Screen: Not specified

Resolution: Not specified

Power:  Battery | Power cable | Solar panel (built in)

Night Vision: 100 ft

# LEDs: Not specified

Trigger Time: N/A

Motion Detection: Not Specified

Weather Resistant: Yes. No details

Storage: SD Card | Cloud

Voice Control: Alexa

Audio: Not specified

Pros

Built in solar panel

Highly rated

Huge night vision range

Cons

Expensive

Bottom Line

Despite the expense, this is one of my favorite cellular security cameras.  

But if you want a high class and reliable piece of kit to monitor a remote but valuable property, look no further

[5] Spartan 4G Trail Camera 

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Specs

Connections: 3G | 4G | Ethernet

Carriers: T- Mobile | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T

LCD Screen: 2” color

Photo Resolution: Up to 8MP

Video Resolution: 576P

Power:  Battery (x12 AA)  | Power cable | Solar panel

Night Vision: 80 ft

# LEDs: Not specified

Trigger Time: 0.6s

Motion Detection: Time Lapse Photos | Clips | Phone Alerts | SMS Alerts | Zones | Sensitivity

Weather Resistant: IP65

Storage: SD Card | Cloud

Voice Control: Alexa

Audio: 1 way

Pros

Highly rated camera

Battery powered with solar panel option

Cons

Limited to a couple of networks

Poor video resolution

Bottom Line

With reasonable photo resolution and lots of motion detection options, this is a trail camera that will work reliably in remote locations.

The price is very reasonable and the only reason that it didn’t make my top four is because of how few people have left feedback about it. 

But it is well worth a second look


[6] Vosker V100 LTE Security Camera

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Specs

Connections: 3G | 4G | Ethernet

Carriers: T- Mobile | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T

LCD Screen: Not specified

Photo Resolution: Not specified

Video Resolution: Not specified

Power: x8 AAs | Power cable | Solar panel 

Night Vision: 100 ft

# LEDs: Not specified

Trigger Time: N/A

Motion Detection: Not Specified

Weather Resistant: Yes. No details

Storage: SD Card | Cloud

Voice Control: Alexa

Audio: Not specified

Pros 

Uses AA batteries

Huge night vision range

Cons

Very few details

Works with only two networks

Bottom Line

The upgraded model is reviewed above. Don’t be tempted by this camera. 

[7] Snyper Commander 4G Trail Camera

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Specs

Connections: 3G | 4G | Ethernet

Carriers: Any Network (SIMHero)

LCD Screen: 2” color

Photo Resolution: 12 MP

Video Resolution: 1080P

Power:  Built In Battery | x10 AAs | Power cable | Solar panel (separate)

Night Vision: 75 ft

# LEDs: 56

Trigger Time: 0.4 s

Motion Detection: Intelligent Alerts | Photos | Clips | Phone Alerts | SMS Alerts | Zones | Sensitivity 

Weather Resistant: No details 

Storage: SD Card (32 GB*) | Cloud

Voice Control: Alexa

Audio: Not specified

Pros

Can be used on any network via SIMHero

Great resolution

Can be charged via solar panel

Cons

Not as highly rated as other security cameras.

Bottom Line

Although there is nothing about this camera to “knock your socks off”, users are generally positive about it, with a few gripes here and there.

[8] Arlo Go Mobile HD Security Camera

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Specs

Connections: 3G | 4G

Carriers: Verizon | AT&T | 15 mins $4.99 | 120 mins $22.99

Resolution: Not Specified

Power: Battery | Power cable | Solar panel 

Night Vision: 25 ft

Motion Detection: Clips | Phone Alerts | Email Alerts  Zones | Sensitivity

Weather Resistant: Yes but not specified

Storage: SD Card | Cloud

Voice Control: Alexa

Audio: 2 way

Pros

Works with Alexa

SD Card and cloud storage

2 Way Audio

Cons

Expensive

Poorly rated

Limited night vision range

Bottom Line

This camera is great for big Arlo fans and for users who want to link their new mobile security camera with Alexa

But for everyone else, there are better options out there. 

[9] SPYPOINT Link-S Solar Cellular Trail Camera

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Specs

Connections: 3G | 4G | Ethernet

Carriers: T- Mobile | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T

LCD Screen: 2” color

Photo Resolution: 12MP

Video Resolution: 720p

Power:  Rechargeable Battery | x8 AAs | Power cable | Solar panel

Night Vision: 100 ft

# LEDs: 42

Trigger Time: 0.7s

Motion Detection: Photos | Clips | Phone Alerts | SMS Alerts | Zones | Sensitivity

Weather Resistant: Yes. No details

Storage: SD Card | Cloud

Voice Control: Alexa

Audio: 1 way

Pros

Huge night vision range

Built in solar panel 

Cons

Above average price

Many users left unimpressed by using it

Bottom Line

There are other trail cameras in my reviews that have the same or better specs and are more highly rated.

[10] Suntekcam 4G LTE Cellular Trail Game Camera

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Specs

Connections: 3G | 4G | Ethernet

Carriers: T- Mobile | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T

LCD Screen: Not specified

Photo Resolution: 16 MP

Video Resolution: 1080P

Power:  Built In Battery | x8 AAs | Power cable | Solar panel

Night Vision: 100 ft

# LEDs: 42

Trigger Time: 0.3 s

Motion Detection: Photos | Clips | Phone Alerts | SMS Alerts | Zones | Sensitivity 

Weather Resistant: IP 66

Storage: SD Card (16 GB) | Cloud

Voice Control: Alexa

Audio: Not specified

Pros 

Great night vision range

Good standard of video resolution

Cons

Very poorly rated

Bottom Line

This camera has too few reviews which are critical for you to risk taking a chance on it.

Besides, there are other cameras in my comparison with similar capabilities and much better ratings. 

[11] Sanan 4G Sim Card Security Camera

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Specs

Connections: 3G | 4G | Ethernet

Carriers: T- Mobile | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T

Photo Resolution: N/A

Video Resolution: 1080p

Power: Battery | Power cable | Solar panel 

Night Vision: 66 ft

Motion Detection: Not Specified

Weather Resistant: IP 66

Storage: SD Card (128 GB) | Cloud

Voice Control: Alexa

Audio: Not specified

Pros 

Price

Works with lots of networks

Good weather resistance

Large capacity storage

Cons
Very low ratings
Not battery powered 
Very few details

Bottom Line
On paper, some of the specs look great. But with very few and very low ratings, don’t be tempted by the price. Move on!

[12] Jimi 3G/ 4G/ WiFi Indoor Surveillance Camera

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Specs

Connections: 3G | 4G | Ethernet | WiFi 

Carriers: Not specified

LCD Screen: No

Photo Resolution: Not specified

Video Resolution: 720p

Power:  Built in Battery | Power cable | Solar panel 

Night Vision: 30 ft

# LEDs: Not specified

Trigger Time: N/A

Motion Detection: Clips | Phone Alerts | SMS Alerts | Zones | Sensitivity

Weather Resistant: No

Storage: SD Card (64 GB) | Cloud

Voice Control: Alexa

Audio: 2 Way

Bottom Line

Without any kind of feedback, I do not want to distract you with pros and cons. 

This camera is not worth the risk and so look elsewhere. 

[13] Covert LTE 4G Trail Camera with Freedom Mount

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Specs

Connections: 3G | 4G | Ethernet

Carriers: T- Mobile | Verizon | Sprint | AT&T

LCD Screen: 2” color

Photo Resolution: 12 MP

Video Resolution: 1080P

Power:  Built In Battery | x12 AAs | Power cable | Solar panel

Night Vision: 100 ft

# LEDs: 60

Trigger Time: 0.7 s

Motion Detection: Photos | Clips | Phone Alerts | SMS Alerts | Zones | Sensitivity 

Weather Resistant: No details 

Storage: SD Card (64 GB*) | Cloud

Voice Control: Alexa

Audio: Not specified