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

More good deals for cheap home security cameras ae available this week than just last week. The wide selection of wireless home security cameras can make it hard to choose, but 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

  • Blurams Home Pro Security Camera$40, was $55
  • EZVIZ Outdoor Security Camera$60, was $100
  • HeimVision HMD2 Wireless Rechargeable Battery-Powered Security Camera$57, was $72
  • Blink XT2 Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera – 2 camera kit – $135, was $180
  • Arlo Pro 2 Wireless Home Security Camera System 2 camera kit$250, was $480
  • Google Nest Cam Indoor Security Cameras (3-Pack)$369, was $427
  • Arlo – Pro 2 4-Camera Indoor-Outdoor Wireless 1080p Security Camera System – White$400 ($250 off)

YI Smart Security Camera 3, AI-Powered 1080p Home Camera System IP Cam 2-pack

$50 $70
Expires soon
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.

Arlo Pro 2 Wireless Home Security Camera System 2-Camera Kit

$220 $400
Expires soon
The Arlo Pro 2 wireless indoor/outdoor camera system was our long-time top pick until the release of the Arlo Pro 3 and it still a very solid choice, especially with these deep discounts.

Wyze Cam V2 1080P Indoor Smart Home Camera with Wyze Sense Starter Kit

$42 $48
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The bundle includes a Wzye 1080p full HD indoor Smart Home Cam V2 and a single Wyze Sense motion sensor that sends an alert to the owners' smartphone.

Google Nest Cam IQ Outdoor Security Camera (2-Pack)

$700 $798
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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.

Victure 1080P FHD WiFi IP Camera Indoor Wireless Security Camera

$30 $40
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The Victure indoor 1080p full HD camera has night vision, two-way audio, motoin detection and local storage with a Micro SD card.

Google Nest Cam Outdoor, Security Camera, White

$174 $199
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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.

Blurams Home Pro Security Camera

$41 $55
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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. $27 with discount code RFBYRFBY

Nest Labs Wi-Fi-enabled Indoor Camera in White

$200 $239
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Wi-Fi-enabed Nest IQ Cam Indoor Security Camera contnuously records up to 30 days of video. Includes two-way talk, night vision, human detection, and smartphone alerts.

EZVIZ 720p Outdoor Security Camera

$45 $60
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Weatherproof IP66 surveillance security camera includes a strobe light and siren. Two-way audio and support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Arlo Pro 3 – Wire-Free Security 2-Camera System

$400 $500
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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.

Google Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera, 2-Pack

$297 $398
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Get two Google Nest Cam Outdoor Security Cameras with 1080p HD video and a 130-degree wide field of view. Waterproof, wired, with two-way talk through the Nest app. No hub required.

EZVIZ C6CN 1080p Indoor Pan/Tilt WiFi Security Camera

$40 $60
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The EZVIZ C6CN indoor 1080p Wi-Fi security camera pans and tilts automatically to follow motion. Notable features include 360-degree image capture, full duplex 2-way talk, and Micro SD card storage.

Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera - 2-Pack

$499 $598
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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.

YI Home Camera, 1080p Wi-Fi IP Security Surveillance Smart System 4-camera kit

$89 $190
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This bundle includes four 1080p indoor wired security cameras with motion detection, 2-way audio, night vision, baby crying detection, and cloud storage.

HeimVision HMD2 Wireless Rechargeable Battery-Powered Security Camera

$57 $72
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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.

Arlo Pro 2 - Wireless Home Security Camera System 3-Camera Kit

$400 $530
Expires soon
Save over 50% on one of our long-time favorite home security cameras. The Arlo Pro 2 wireless indoor/outdoor camera system has night vision, 2-way talk, and siren. This deal is for the 3-camera kit.

Arlo - Pro 1-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Security Camera System

$160 $200
Expires soon
Install the Arlo Base Station indoors and the wireless and wire-free Arlo Pro 1 indoor/outdoor 720p HD camera anywhere you want.

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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