When we talk about security cameras, the prices can get pretty steep. The market is responding to the demand for cheaper cameras and there’s a growing number of budget-friendly options. Megan Wollerton put together a list of home security cameras in the lower price range for cnet, with nothing coming in at more than $100. Check out these three options that pack in the features and functionality.

Best overall

Wyze Cam

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When you need to pick up an affordable home security camera that performs well, Wyze Cam is one of the best. Here are the details you need: 

  • The price is just $20
  • You get a free two-week trial of cloud storage
  • There’s a microSD slot for local storage of recordings
  • Set a customized motion detection zone for free 

With these features, the Wyze Cam is a pretty unbeatable proposition. It is limited to indoor use only and the app has some issues, but for an indoor camera to stream your feed, it’s a solid choice. You can control it through Alexa voice commands and it integrates with other Wyze devices, too.

Best facial recognition

Tend Secure Lynx/Indoor 2

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For $60 you can get your hands on the Tend Secure Lynx indoor camera, which now gets called the Indoor 2 camera. As the name suggests, it works indoors and comes with everything you’d expect from a standard home security camera; live streaming, motion detectors, and night vision. There’s also a free video clip storage offer that lasts seven days and the facial recognition tech is free as well.

On the app, you get to create a database of your friends, family, and other visitors – for when the pandemic is over. When a face is picked up, you get a notification on your phone to tell you who’s just been spotted. The longer you use the facial recognition software, the more accurate it’ll become.

Best outdoor/battery-powered

Blink XT2

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Included in the Blink XT2 starter kit are a camera and the necessary Wifi module for a combined price of just $100. For every extra XT2 camera, it’ll cost you another $90. The Wifi module would also cost $50 so it’s a little bit of a confusing pricing model, but we’re not complaining. 

The power for the camera comes from batteries, two AA lithium-metal ones to be precise. They’ll last your camera for up to two years. In Wollerton’s home tests, it’s been going strong since July 2019. You also get free storage of your recorded videos that work through the Blink app.  

The unit is weather resistant so it can work well as an outdoor camera, as long as there’s a Wifi connection kicking around. Wollerton’s has so far withstood 100 degree days, snow, and your standard storms, too. 

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