The Best Cheap Home Security Cameras

Looking for an affordable security camera to help protect your home and family? We’ve rounded up a list of top-rated security cameras under $100 that you can choose from.
Updated Jun 29, 2020
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Jalesa Campbell | Safety and Security Reporter
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Features to Consider When Buying a Security Camera

  • Camera Type

    You’ll need to decide whether you want to purchase an indoor or outdoor camera. Do you want to keep an eye on the kids indoors, or are you looking to see who’s stopping by? Determine the areas you want to monitor, and this will help guide your decision. In some cases, you’ll find cameras that are designed for either environment, although they may come at a higher price.

  • Installation

    Do you want to install the camera yourself, or would you rather have a professional do it for you? All of the cameras on our list can be self-installed, but certain brands, like SimpliSafe, offer the option of professional installation.

  • Resolution

    Most security cameras feature HD video, for crisp and clear capture. Typically, you’ll find resolutions ranging from 720p to 1080p, with some cameras having higher resolutions like 2k.

  • Notifications

    One of the most important features you’ll need access to is notifications. This will allow you to get activity alerts and, depending on the camera, you may also get sound alerts if the camera distinguishes certain noises like breaking glass or a baby crying.

  • Storage Options

    Look for the storage options available when choosing your camera. Do you want your footage stored locally to an SD card, do you want cloud storage, or access to both? Many companies provide access to cloud storage with a free trial period and subscription plans. On average, you can expect to pay about $5/mo. per camera for cloud storage, depending on the company.

  • Two-Way Audio

    Listen in and communicate with family, visitors, or home professionals through two-way audio. If the camera comes with a mobile app, you should be able to get activity notifications and have the ability to listen and speak. This feature can also be handy with unwelcome visitors that you’d want to scare away.

  • Night Vision

    Make sure you can see clearly at night and in low-light conditions with this feature. Most companies specify how many feet you’ll be able to see clearly in low lighting. LED lighting is another feature you’ll find with some cameras to aid with night vision.

  • Smart Home Compatibility

    Many modern cameras offer smart home compatibility so you can issue voice commands or even use smart hubs for automation. You can find cameras that are compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and other technologies.

Lorex 1080p HD Smart Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera

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Wyze Cam Pan

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Ring Indoor Cam

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Conico Outdoor Security Camera

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Wyze 1080p HD Indoor Camera

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Blink XT2 Camera

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Blink Mini

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Simplicam

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Wansview Wireless Security Camera

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Reolink PoE Outdoor Camera

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Rating
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Resolution
1080p HD1080p HD1080p HD1080p HD1080p HD1080p HD1080p HD720p1080p HD1080p HD
Indoor/Outdoor
IndoorIndoorIndoorOutdoorIndoorIndoor/OutdoorIndoorIndoor/OutdoorIndoorIndoor
Power Source
Power cordPower cordPower cordBatteryPower cordBatteryPower cordPower cablePower cablePower over Ethernet
Field of View
115 degrees360 degrees115 degrees120 degrees110 degrees110 degrees110 degrees120 degrees320 degrees80 degrees
Two-Way Audio
YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
Night Vision
YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Notifications
YesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Cloud Storage
NoYesWith subscriptionYesNoYesYesWith subscriptionYesYes
Smart Home Compatibility
YesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
  • Best Indoor Camera with Person Detection

    Lorex 1080p HD Smart Indoor Wi-Fi Security Camera

    Our rating

    Our take

    This Lorex indoor camera features 1080p HD video, person detection, two-way audio, and more. At night, you’ll be able see clearly for up to 33 ft with infrared night vision. Issue voice commands with a compatible Google Assistant or Alexa device.

    Stand-out features include

    • 1080p HD video
    • Two-way audio
    • Compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa
  • Best Panning & Tilting Camera

    Wyze Cam Pan

    Our rating

    Our take

    The Wyze Cam Pan is designed with a 360-degree swivel for a pan-view of your home. It shows crystal clear camera footage with 1080p HD video quality, digital zoom, a 120-degree field of view and night vision. This wireless security camera also works with Amazon Alexa for hands-free camera control. The Wyze Cam Pan automatically records 12-second videos when your camera detects motion and sends an instant push notification to view real-time footage. Wyze also offers free cloud storage for up to 14 days of footage and continuous recording and storage using local storage such as a microSD card.

    Stand-out features include

    • 120-degree field of view
    • 1080p HD video quality
    • Works with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT
    • Equipped with two-way audio to speak with guests
    • Continuous video recording
  • Best Camera for Alexa Compatibility

    Ring Indoor Cam

    Our rating

    Our take

    The Ring Indoor Cam is ready to help you protect your home with HD video, two-way talk, notifications, and compatibility with Alexa. By purchasing a Ring Protect subscription plan, you can also access cloud storage. Setup can be done in three simple steps, and you’re ready to start monitoring your home.

    Stand-out features include

    • 1080p HD video
    • Access to cloud storage with subscription
    • Compatible with Alexa
  • Conico Outdoor Security Camera

    Our rating

    Our take

    This Conico outdoor camera features crisp, 1080p HD video and passive infrared motion detection for movement. You’ll receive messages whenever the camera detects activity outside your home. Additionally, this camera has a weatherproof design to last through elements and is battery-powered.

    Stand-out features include

    • 1080p HD video
    • Weatherproof design
    • Battery powered
  • Wyze 1080p HD Indoor Camera

    Our rating

    Our take

    This Wyze indoor camera is a #1 Amazon Best Seller and packs a lot of essential features for monitoring your home. The Wyze 1080p HD Indoor Camera features night vision, activity alerts, cloud and local storage, plus more. You can also issue voice commands with a compatible Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device.

    Stand-out features include

    • Live stream video in 1080p HD
    • Access to cloud and local storage
    • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
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Video surveillance is a great step towards protecting your home, but a monitored security system can provide more peace of mind.

How to Install a Security Camera

Installation for security cameras will vary based on their design. These are some basic setup instructions you can expect to see with most cameras.

For most indoor cameras, you’ll need to:

  • Find a level surface in your home to set the camera on
  • Plug in or install batteries
  • Continue setup by mobile app
  • Adjust additional settings as necessary

For most outdoor cameras, you’ll need to:

  • Find a place to mount the camera (additional tools may be required)
  • Connect any cables, wiring, or install batteries
  • Continue setup by mobile app
  • Adjust additional settings as necessary

See your security camera’s manual for specific instructions.

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Safety and Security Reporter

Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa is one of Safety.com's staff experts on home security, natural disasters, public safety, and family safety. She's been featured on Today.com and elsewhere.

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