The Most Affordable Security Cameras of 2020

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Note: As of January 21, 2020, the Wyze Cam V2 doesn’t have person detection temporarily, but Wyze is adding it back in as soon as possible. 

You want your home to be secure, but you also don’t have thousands or even hundreds of dollars to spend on a security camera. At the same time, you don’t want to sacrifice your family’s security just because of your wallet. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can have it all. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the best, most affordable security cameras around- nothing on this list costs more than $120!

My recommendations are the Wyze Cam, the Tend Indoor 2, the Blink XT2 camera, and the Amazon Cloud Cam. Let’s jump into this best cheap security cameras review!

Tend Indoor 2
Tend Indoor 2
Tend Indoor 2
Tend Indoor 2

This camera has the best artificial intelligence capabilities of any on this list, able to identify specific people. 

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Wyze Cam
Wyze Cam
Wyze Cam
Wyze Cam

At only $20, the Wyze Cam is one of our most affordable cameras, but it doesn't skimp out on quality, with 1080p HD video, integrations with Amazon Alexa, and infrared night vision. 

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Blink XT2
Blink XT2
Blink XT2
Blink XT2

For only $100, you can control the Blink XT2 using Alexa, indoors or outdoors. 

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Amazon Cloud Cam
Amazon Cloud Cam
Amazon Cloud Cam
Amazon Cloud Cam

The Amazon Cloud Cam offers 1080p HD video, integration with Alexa, and infrared night vision, among other Necessary Features.

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Tend Indoor 2

Tend Indoor 2

Tend Indoor 2

When it comes to artificial intelligence, the Tend Indoor 2 takes the cake, which is pretty impressive considering it costs only $60. Not only does the camera have person detection, meaning it only notifies you if it spots a person, but it even has facial recognition. That means that over time, the camera can learn the faces of your family and friends, alerting you when specific people are in front of it. Of course, it can also tell when there’s an unfamiliar face, which is information you want as quickly as possible. Thank God for the highly-rated TendApp, which will alert you pronto! 

Aside from that, the Tend Indoor 2 impresses with 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, two-way audio plus an Alexa integration. While it lacks local storage, I am pleased that you get a week of cloud storage on the house. Plus, the camera is plug-in, meaning you don’t have to worry about the battery running out. Sign me up!

To learn more, read my full review of the Tend Indoor 2.

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Tend Indoor 2
Tend Indoor 2
Tend Indoor 2

This camera has the best artificial intelligence capabilities of any on this list, able to identify specific people. 

Wyze Cam

Wyze Cam

Wyze Cam

At only $20, the Wyze Cam is by far the most affordable security camera I’ve ever seen, and the amazing thing about it that it doesn’t sacrifice quality. Sure, it’s field of view is a bit narrow at 110 degrees, but with the industry standard of 1080p HD video and the ability to zoom in eight times, the Wyze Cam definitely makes up for it. It also has great infrared night vision, two-way audio, free local and cloud storage for 14 days, and integrations with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT. It’s only weakness? The Wyze Cam doesn’t have person detection, so you may receive some unnecessary notifications. However, it does have smart sound recognition for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. For the price of a fancy salad, the Wyze Cam gives tons of amazing value.

To learn more, read our full review of the Wyze Cam. 

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Wyze Cam
Wyze Cam
Wyze Cam

At only $20, the Wyze Cam is one of our most affordable cameras, but it doesn't skimp out on quality, with 1080p HD video, integrations with Amazon Alexa, and infrared night vision. 

Blink XT2

Gabe and the Blink XT2

The Blink XT2 is only $100, which is incredibly cheap considering that it’s also weather-resistant. Yep, this baby will work in temperatures from negative four to 113 degrees Fahrenheit, and it can even handle being splashed by low-pressure water jets! Basically, as long as you don’t spray it with high-pressure water jets or immerse it in water, this camera is good for indoor or outdoor use. 

The Blink XT2’s best qualities include its 1080p HD video, infrared night vision, two-way audio, and of course, integration with Alexa. The camera also includes temperature monitoring, which I could see being really useful if you’re using it outside. On top of that, the camera is wireless with a two-year battery life, another advantage for using it outdoors away from outlets. However, keep in mind that the camera is lacking when it comes to its narrow, 110 degree field of view, lack of cloud storage and only two hours of cloud storage, and person detection. 

For more information, read my full review of the Blink XT2.

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Blink XT2
Blink XT2
Blink XT2

For only $100, you can control the Blink XT2 using Alexa, indoors or outdoors. 

Amazon Cloud Cam

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Amazon Cloud Cam

Amazon is really gunning for the home security camera market. At $119.99, the Amazon Cloud Cam is their latest indoor camera, and it has some amazing qualities. With 1080p HD video, the ability to zoom in eight times, and a field of view of 120 degrees, this camera’s video is definitely giving you the bang for your buck. It also has awesome night vision powered by eight infrared LED lights, and two-way audio. Not surprisingly, the camera integrates with Amazon Alexa, but not Google Assistant or IFTTT.

Everything has its negatives, and the Amazon Cloud Cam is no exception. You can only get person detection or cloud storage over 24 hours through a paid monthly subscription. If you want more cloud storage, person detection, or activity zones, you’ll need to invest in a subscription plan, detailed below.

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Amazon Cloud Cam Subscriptions

The prices are not ridiculous, as you can see, but of course, you can decide whether or not you want to pay the monthly fee. Unfortunately, the Cloud Cam does not offer any local storage.

For more information, look at our review of the Amazon Cloud Cam.

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Amazon Cloud Cam

The Amazon Cloud Cam offers 1080p HD video, integration with Alexa, and infrared night vision, among other Necessary Features.

Recap

That about concludes my take on the most affordable security cameras! Let’s recap.

The Wyze Cam has a ton of great features, like:

  • 1080p HD video
  • Awesome infrared night vision
  • Two-way audio
  • Local storage and two weeks of free cloud storage
  • Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT integrations
  • Person detection.

But it may not be the best choice if you’re looking for a wireless camera, or if you wanted a camera with Apple or Microsoft integrations.

The Tend Indoor 2 might be a good choice for you if you’re looking for:

  • 1080p HD video
  • Excellent infrared night vision
  • Two-way audio
  • A week of free cloud storage
  • Alexa integration
  • Person detection and facial recognition.

However, if you wanted local storage, a wireless camera, or an integration with Google Assistant, then this isn’t the right choice for your smart home.

  • Weather-resistance
  • 1080p HD
  • Infrared night vision
  • Two-way audio
  • Alexa integration
  • Temperature monitoring
  • Wireless

But the camera is lacking when it comes to its fields of view and zoom, lack of local storage and only two hours of cloud storage, Google Assistant integration, and person detection. Plus, it requires a sync module, which brings the price up to $150.

The Amazon Cloud Cam has a lot of impressive features, like:

  • 1080p HD video
  • Field of zoom of eight times
  • Field of view of 120 degrees
  • Great night vision through eight infrared LED lights
  • Two-way audio
  • Integration with Amazon Alexa
  • Price under $120

However, I’m not thrilled with the Cloud Cam’s lack of local storage, or the fact that they only give you 24 hours of free cloud storage. I’m also not happy that person detection isn’t included.

Let us know if you have any additional comments or questions about the most affordable security cameras around. And for even more great options, read our review of the best home security cameras. 

FAQs

What are the best outdoor security cameras?

The best outdoor security cameras include the Swann 4K Camera, Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro, Blink XT2, Canary Flex, Swann Dome Camera and the Ring Spotlight Cam Battery.

What wireless security cameras are the best?

The best wireless cameras include the, Ring Spotlight Cam Battery, the, Arlo Ultra, the Blink XT2 and the eufyCam E.

What is the best IP security camera?

The best IP security cameras are the Nest Cam IQ Indoor and the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.