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Keeping your home safe and secure doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Some of the security cameras I recommend are expensive, but there’s also a growing number of options that cost significantly less. These cameras typically have many of the same features as their pricier counterparts, like a motion sensor, rechargeable battery, continuous recording, apps that send a push notification when something triggers the camera and more. They also have pretty decent video quality, especially considering some cost as little as $20.

So if you’re looking for the best cheap security camera, here’s my curated list of the best budget home security cameras priced under $100. These three cheap home security cameras range a lot in terms of features and functionality, but they’re all solid choices if you feel like you need a surveillance camera.

You really can’t b eat the new Wyze Cam v3 if you’re looking for an affordable security camera system with solid performance. Here’s the gist:

  • It costs $20 (plus shipping)
  • It comes with two weeks of free cloud storage
  • The camera has optional local storage via a built-in microSD card slot
  • You can set a custom motion detection zone for free 

These things combined make the Wyze Cam hard to match, especially since this next-gen model can be used inside or outside thanks to a new weatherproof housing. It also works with Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands, as well as Wyze’s other devices. 

Use the app to build a custom database of friends, family members, and any other regular visitors (although with social distancing in full effect, visitors are probably at a minimum right now). Then the camera will detect faces and send alerts to your phone to let you know it just saw, “Dave” or “Molly.” The performance of the camera’s facial recognition improves over time, too, with use. 

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