The best cheap home security camera deals for October 2020: Arlo, Nest, Ring, EZVIZ

Are you shopping for cheap home security cameras? It can be hard to choose from the wide range wireless home security cameras at various price points. We’re here to help in two ways. We include buying tips and address a few common concerns when buying cheap home security cameras below. We also suggest you check out our Best Home Security Cameras for 2020 and The Best Wireless Security Cameras for 2020 articles, which are updated regularly. Because there is a high demand for home security cameras, we update this article weekly, so check back often for the best and latest deals.

Today’s Best Home Security Camera Deals

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SOLIOM S60 Outdoor Solar Battery-Powered Security Camera,

$79 $99
Link the Soliom S60 to your smartphone to view live and motion-activated captured 1080p videos. IP66-weatherproof rated, powered by solar panels. Night vision and two-way talk.
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Arlo Ultra 2-Camera Security System

$553 $600
The Arlo Ultra boasts 4K and HDR image quality technology. It also has enhanced night vision and integrated spotlight features for optimal day and night performance.
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Arlo - Pro 3 4-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wire-Free 2K HDR Security Camera System

$650 $800
This package includes four Arlo Pro 3 cameras with rechargeable batteries and built-in sirens. You also get the hub for the cameras!
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Soliom S600 Solar-Powered Home Security Camera with Tilt, Pan, and 3x Zoom

$139 $199
Soliom S600 solar home security camera has pan, tilt, and 3X digital zoom. Captures 1080p HD video with spotlight and LED-enhanced night vision to 32 feet and has two-way talk.
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SOLIOM S90 Wireless Security Camera Outdoor Solar Battery Powered,

$104 $130
Soliom S90 outdoor solar-powered 1080p HD home security camera captures live video and 10-second motion-activated video clips. Integrated LEDs enhance night vision with 3 solar panels and 2-way talk.
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EZVIZ C1C 1080p

$25 $40
With smart motion detection zones and full duplex 2-way audio, the EZVIZ C1C 1080p indoor security camera monitors your home day and night. Other features include night vision and card storage.
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Echo Show 8 with Blink Mini Indoor Smart Security Camera

$140 $165
Looking for a smart display and a security camera? This bundle includes an Echo Show 8 smart display and a Blink Mini security camera that's compatible with Alexa.
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Google Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera (2-Pack)

$700 $798
Save with this 2-pack of Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Cameras with 4K sensors, 12x digital zoom, and High Dynamic Range technology for extra-clear HD video images. Two-way talk and 24/7 live video.
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HeimVision 2K Outdoor Security Camera

$38 $46
HiemVision 2K outdoor security camea has an integrated floodlight, night vision, 2-way talk, motion detection, and a siren alarm. Save an extra $2 with coupon on page.
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Google, NC1104US, Nest Cam Indoor, Security Camera, Black, 3

$360 $390
A 3-pack of Nest Cam Indoor Security Cameras with phone alerts, two-way talk, and no hub required.
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Echo Show 5 Charcoal with Blink Mini Indoor Smart Security Camera

$110 $125
This is perfect for people who don't want to get out of bed every time something goes bump in the night. Put the Blink mini downstairs and check it from your nightstands echo show.
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Ring Spotlight Cam Battery with Echo Show 5

$275 $289
This security cam offers HD video, two-way talk, and a siren alarm. It is also compatible with Amazon Alexa which enables voice control and motion alert announcements.
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HeimVision HMD2 Wireless Rechargeable Battery-Powered Security Camera

$50 $75
Battery-operated, wire-free 1080p HD video Wi-Fi camera with two-way talk, night vision, and smart body detection. A solar-powered recharger is also available.
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EZVIZ ez360 1080p HD Pan/Tilt/Zoom WiFi Home Security Camera

$60 $90
EZVIX ez360 1080p HD Wi-Fi home security camera pans, tilts, and zooms. Automatic motion tracking, two-way audio, and has a 16GB microSD card preinstalled for local storage.
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Arlo Ultra 1-Camera Security System

$310 $400
The Arlo Ultra offers superb performance all day long, thanks to its 4K and HDR image quality, enhanced night vision, and built-in spotlight. There's also a noise-canceling two-way audio feature.
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Victure 1080P FHD WiFi IP Camera Indoor Wireless Security Camera

$26 $40
The Victure indoor 1080p full HD camera has night vision, two-way audio, motoin detection and local storage with a Micro SD card.
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Solar Panel Compatible with HeimVision HMD2 Rechargeable Battery Security Camera

$31 $40
Water-resistant solar charger for HeimVision HMD2 Rechargeable Battery Security Camera.
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EZVIZ Outdoor 1080p Security Surveillance Camera

$90 $110
Equipped with a strobe light and siren, the waterproof EZVIZ 1080p Security and Surveillance Camera has 100-foot night vision, 2-way audio, and both cloud and local storage options.
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YI Smart Security Camera 3, AI-Powered 1080p Home Camera System IP Cam 2-pack

$50 $70
Two YI AI-powered Smart Security Camera 3 models include human detection, sound analytics, crying baby alerts, smart cloud search, and both cloud and local storage.
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Arlo Pro 3 Spotlight Camera | 3-Camera Security System

$518 $650
The best security camera on the market, the Arlo Pro 3 offers a complete package of security and monitoring solutions. Some of its features include an built-in spotlight and a colored night vision.
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Google Nest Cam Outdoor, Security Camera

$188 $199
This wired outdoor home security camera never needs recharging and runs 24/7, rain or shine. Supports 2-way talk and sends alerts to the Nest app. This deal is for a single camera.
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All-new Ring Stick Up Cam Battery with Echo Dot

$130 $150
This battery-operated Full HD security camera is ideal for both indoor or outdoor use. It has motion detection, two-way talk, and works with Amazon Alexa (perfect to pair with the included Echo Dot).
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Arlo Pro 3 Security Camera (Add-On)

$165 $174
Perfect if you already have an existing Arlo Pro 3 system and would like to add a camera. It's great to use both indoors and outdoors.
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Blink Mini Indoor Security Camera (2-Pack)

$50 $65
Blink's Mini is an indoor security camera with 1080p HD video, motion detection, and two-way audio. It connected directly to your home Wi-Fi network.
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Nest Cam Indoor, Security Camera NC1102ES

$125 $130
Plug-and-go security with the Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera. Supports 24/7 live video, smartphone alerts, and clear night vision.
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Ring Floodlight Camera with Echo Show 5

$325 $339
Talk to visitors at your door through your phone, tablet, or PC with this Alexa-enabled motion sensing security camera. It's bundled with the Echo Show 5 for Alexa functionality.
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Blurams Home Pro Security Camera

$36 $50
Bluerams Home Pro 1080p FHD security camera with facial recognition, 2-way talk, person alert, night vision, cloud storage, and an integrated siren. Alexa compatible.
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Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera - 2-Pack

$499 $598
Two Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Cameras with person alerts, close-up tracking view, 4K image sensors, and HDR. HD two-way talk projects your voice loud and clear.
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Eufy Security 2K Indoor Cam Pan & Tilt

$44 $52
Keep an eye of your pets and kids while you're away from home. This security camera has A.I. that can tell if they've detected a human or pet. You can also access this via the Eufy Security App.
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Arlo Pro 3 – Wire-Free Security 2-Camera System

$393 $500
The Arlo Pro 3 wire-free security camera system records in 2K HDR video and features color night vision, 2-way audio, a siren, and an integrated spotlight. This deal is for the 2-camera system.
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Nest Security Camera, for Indoor Use (Renewed)

$123 $130
Save money without sacrificing security with a renewed Nest Cam Indoor Security Camera with two-way talk, night vision, and an Amazon 90-day warranty.

How To Choose A Cheap Home Security Camera

  • Indoor, outdoor, or both: If you want cameras both inside and outside your home, you’ll find that most companies make both indoor and outdoor cameras. The outdoor cameras are usually waterproof and dustproof and generally have more robust mounting devices than indoor cameras. You can always use an outdoor camera inside, but the opposite is not the case.
  • Wired power connection or battery-powered: Battery-powered cameras are easier to mount, especially outdoors, than cameras that require AC power via a wire. The advantage of wired power connections is you don’t need to monitor battery life and recharge batteries when depleted. Some home security cameras made by Ring run on rechargeable batteries even when they are plugged into AC power because the house power continuously charges the batteries.
  • Video resolution and depth of field: Resolution refers to the number of pixels or dots that make up images. For most home systems, 1080p resolution, also called Full HD or FHD, is sufficient, but you can also pay more for 2K or 4K cameras, which have, respectively, two or four times as much resolution. The depth of field generally refers to the width or height of the image the camera captures. A maximum is 360-degrees or a complete circle. With a stationary camera, that is, one that does not rotate to follow a moving object, anything over 100-degrees depth of field is pretty good. More is better.
  • Detection sensors, motion, sound, or both: Most home security cameras have motion detection. Some also activate when they detect sound. To avoid too many false alerts from blowing leaves, passing cars, and nosy squirrels, it helps to have adjustable detection areas for motion detection and sound volume or audio analytics for sound detection.
  • Two-way audio: Two-way talk is common with home security cameras. Single duplex audio allows one person to speak at a time while the other listens. Full duplex, which is more like natural human speech, lets both parties talk and listen at the same time.
  • Storage capability: Many home security cameras automatically store images and audio/video clips in the cloud. Other cameras use local storage on removable solid-state memory cards. The best choice is a camera that supports both cloud storage for remote access from any location and local storage backup.
  • Stored video access charges: Cloud storage for video clips is sometimes free, at least on a limited basis. There are often subscription plans based on the amount of storage, the number of stored clips, and how long you can access stored clips. If you want significant storage, be sure to check cloud storage features and prices before buying and mounting the hardware.
  • Mobile app or Wi-Fi monitoring: Most home security cameras send alerts to a mobile app and allow remote live streaming and sometimes enable remote access to stored clips in the cloud. Security cameras with Wi-Fi can often be accessed by any computer or device that can access the internet, usually by entering a user name and password.
  • Smart home platform compatibility: The gold standard for smart home platform support for voice commands and voice management is both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility. Fewer cameras support Apple HomeKit, Siri, IFTTT, or other platforms.
  • Integration with other same-brand devices: If you plan to install additional smart security devices such as video doorbells, smart lights, and DIY smart security systems, be sure to choose smart security cameras that work with other devices. At a minimum, you should be able to check all devices with the same app or smart home platform.

Do Home Security Cameras Reduce Crime?

Visible security cameras can have a preventative effect even when not hooked up, in a fashion similar to sign on your lawn with a security company name. When cameras are mounted outside the home in visible but hard to reach locations, that too can deter a thief or vandal. Better still is when a security camera is one component of several, including neat, trimmed yards with ample lighting and no hiding places.

Do Home Security Cameras Have Audio?

Most home security cameras have two-way audio, some with a push-to-talk button within reach of visitors but more often not. Better quality cameras have sufficient audio quality and volume to be heard clearly. While less expensive security cameras have single duplex audio — meaning you can talk and listen, but only one at a time — full-duplex audio — both sides can talk and listen simultaneously is even better.

Do Home Security Cameras Need Wi-Fi?

No. There are home security cameras that connect to a central device via long cables. Others connect by wire or via Bluetooth or another wireless signal to a secondary device that serves as an intermediary hub that connects to the home network. Most home security cameras today, regardless of the price range, can connect to the network or a hub via Wi-Fi.

Can Home Security Cameras Be Hacked?

Like any computer system, home security cameras can be hacked. There are, however, several steps you can take to make your cameras more secure. These same steps mainly apply to any smart system.

  • Secure your home network
  • Change default user names and passwords
  • Use unique, difficult to guess passwords
  • Don’t reuse passwords
  • If any component of your smart home system allows guest access, be sure to assign guests exclusive codes or passwords.
  • Use a robust password management program
  • Use two-step authentication when available
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