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The best cheap home security camera sales and deals for May 2021

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There are lots of fantastic deals on security cameras to keep your home safe. If you've been thinking about adding a layer of smart security to your home, this is the perfect time to do it and to help you find the best offers, we've rounded up the best cheap home security camera sales that are available online.

Now that smart home tech is becoming easier to use, more efficient, and even smarter, it's the perfect time to pick up a few of the best security cameras to give yourself peace of mind and secure your home.

Years ago, installing a new home security system was a costly and complicated process. But fast-forward to the present day, and there are now all kinds of internet protocol security cameras that can be found for affordable prices at nearly every budget. The best news is that once installed, they can be easily accessed and monitored using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. 

We want to help you discover the best possible standalone home security camera, or all-singing, all-dancing home security system, at a great price. That means whether you're looking for an indoor camera to keep an eye on your pets or your kids or a system of outdoor cameras to monitor all of the entrances into your home, there are deals available at every price point. Below you'll find a detailed selection of some of our favorite cameras, as well as a list of other fantastic deals. 

The best home security camera deals: indoor cameras

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Arlo Pro 2

An advanced system for those who take home security seriously

Resolution: up to 1080p HD | Footage recording: Free cloud recordings for seven days | Audio: HD two-way

Free cloud recordings
Crystal-clear video
Can be expensive
Installation is hit-and-miss

The Arlo Pro 2 is called "pro" for a reason. This high-end set-up is truly a professional-quality security system for your property. The Arlo Pro 2 comes as a starter pack consisting of one hub and two cameras. The cameras are of a high-end and solid build and they're capable of recording crystal-clear 1080p HD video.

It's worth noting that they do work well both indoors and outdoors, thanks to their IP65 waterproof rating and strong magnetic mounts. 

Thanks to 8x digital zoom, a 'smart siren' and a powerful Night Vision mode, there's no corner of your home you can't keep a close eye on from the system's app or web interface, giving you ultimate peace of mind. The only downside is that the set-up can be tricky and it's not the most intuitive security system on the market either. 

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Wyze Cam Pan

A smart home security camera on a budget

Resolution: up to 1080p HD | Footage recording: Free cloud recordings for fourteen days | Audio: two-way

Inexpensive
Works with Alexa and the Google Assistant
360-degree coverage

If you're looking for a budget security camera, the Wyze Cam Pan is a fantastic option. The indoor security camera automatically detects, tags, and tracks motion with 360-degree coverage in under 3 seconds. The customizable camera also features night vision and two-way audio so you can listen and talk to your family when you aren't home.

You can live stream from anywhere with the compatible Wyze app, which also notifies you when motion or sound is detected. The camera will automatically record a 12-second clip when motion is detected that saves to the cloud for free for 14 days. Alternatively, the Wyze Cam also includes a built-in microSD card for a local storage option.

The Wyze Cam also works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can use your voice to view live streams on compatible devices.

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Hive View

A slick looking camera with a host of cool features

Resolution: up to 1080p HD | Footage recording: 24 hour as standard, 30 days with subscription | Audio: two-way

Fantastic design
Detachable head
Some features require a monthly fee
Emails on by default

The Hive View is the latest camera from the smart home manufacturer behind the well-regarded range of heating control kits. A collaboration with designer Yves Béhar, the Hive View is one of the few security cameras we’ve ever seen that actually looks stylish, coming as it does in a choice of champagne gold or black and brushed copper finishes.

Thankfully, as much effort has gone into the substance as the style, and the Hive View comes with some really cool features. Most notable is its detachable head, which allows you to temporarily move the camera – with its HD 180-degree field of vision – to anywhere you’d like in the house for as long as the onboard battery lasts, which is about an hour. Perfect if you want to keep an eye on the baby while cooking.

The Hive View works with the wider Hive ecosystem, so if you’ve already got the Hive thermostat and sensors everything will work seamlessly together in the same app.

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Arlo Go

A super portable, totally wireless camera

Resolution: 720p HD | Footage recording: Free cloud storage | Audio: Two-way

Super portable
Good design
Needs good signal
Ongoing costs

Unlike most other security systems, the Arlo Go has an interesting proposition: it's totally wireless.

It works using a 4G LTE signal rather than WiFi, which means it works whenever it has mobile coverage. Add to that its IP65-certified waterproof rating and you've got yourself a portable camera that really can go anywhere. Well, anywhere with a mobile signal.

Arlo offers limited cloud storage allocation for free, as well as a MicroSD slot. This sets it apart from similar security brands that charge for a subscription. Unfortunately, you do have to pay for a mobile data plan to get the Go up and running. 

Installation is easy peasy, just pop in a SIM card, sync it up with the Arlo App on your phone and you're ready to go. You can place it anywhere and if you're putting it outside you can screw it to a metal stand. Although we worry this could put it at risk of being stolen, that's irony for you. 

The Arlo Go records HD at 720p. Although this is lower than other cameras in our buying guide, many of us don't really need best-in-class 4K recording on a security camera - especially if you're trying to transmit that kind of data via 4G. It also has a bunch of solid recording features, including motion sensing, timing options, and geo-fencing, which turns the camera off when you're on your way home.

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Nest Cam IQ

A security camera that’s gone all-in on artificial intelligence

Resolution: 4K sensor, 1080p HDR streaming | Footage recording: with subscription | Audio: HD two-way

Fantastic build quality
Very high video quality
Really is a smart camera
Full functionality requires subscriptions

The Nest Cam IQ has IQ in the name for a reason: it’s intelligent. Really intelligent. Not only can it notify you if there’s movement in your home, but it can also differentiate between people and animals, and – what’s really remarkable – it can even identify if it’s a familiar or unfamiliar person. 

The Nest Cam IQ also has the best image quality of any of the cameras we’ve tested, shooting in 4K and HDR (high dynamic range). If someone is in your home, you’ll have crystal clear images of them. 

The main drawback with the Nest Cam IQ is that to use its full range of functions you’ll have to purchase a subscription to Nest Aware. But if you want the best quality, the Nest Cam IQ is probably the camera for you, especially if you find a deal.

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Hive Camera

A slightly older, still very reliable security camera

Resolution: HD streaming | Footage recording: SD card slot for on-camera storage | Audio: two-way

Recording without a subscription
Dedicated app
Installation is hit-and-miss
Plastic design

The Hive Camera is the original connected camera from Hive, and if you’re not bothered about the View’s swish looks and advanced features it may be more up your street. It’ll be lighter on your pocket too.

The Hive Camera doesn’t work with the Hive ecosystem, and instead has its own dedicated app, which is either going to be a positive or a negative depending on if you already have Hive products, or are planning on building out from your camera purchase. What’s nice is that the Hive Camera has a slot for a microSD card so that you can record footage directly on the camera, with no need for a subscription.

The design is more traditional, with a white plastic casing, and a black surround for the camera lens. It has some tricks up its sleeve, like being able to sound an alarm or even replicate the sound of a barking dog if you see someone in your house who shouldn’t be there.

Home security camera deals: outdoor cameras

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Ring Floodlight Security Cam

Includes built-in ultra-bright floodlights

Resolution: 1080p HD streaming | Footage recording: with subscription | Audio: two-way

Works with Alexa
Motion-activated alerts
Customizable motion zones
Requires a subscription for saved videos

Monitor and secure your home with the Ring Security Cam that features built-in motion-activated floodlights. The Ring Floodlight Cam replaces your existing floodlights and requires hardwired installation. You'll be able to monitor your property in HD video and get alerts when motion is detected with the compatible Ring app. You can even activate the siren from your phone or tablet when you see anything suspicious. You'll also be able to hear and speak with people from your mobile device through the camera's built-in microphone and speaker.

The Ring Cam allows you to customize your motion zones so you can focus on areas of your property that are most important to you. The Floodlight Cam has advanced motion sensors and a 140-degree field-of-view so you can even monitor your blind spots. The Ring camera also features night vision and works with Alexa to launch on-demand video at the command of your voice.

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Logitech Circle View

This all-seeing-eye can edit the day’s footage to give you a ‘highlights reel’

Resolution: 1080p HD streaming | Footage recording: one day free, 14 days with subscription | Audio: two-way

Easy setup
Privacy controls
Works with Apple HomeKit
Full functionality requires subscriptions

The Circle View camera features 1080p HD live streaming and a 180-degree field of view so you can monitor your full property. You're also getting two-way audio and enhanced infrared night vision up to 15-feet away. If privacy is a concern, you can rotate the camera down to hide from view or just simply press the button on the back to stop streaming and recording. The security camera is also easy to install and includes a wall-mounting bracket, and features a weatherproof body that’s built to withstand the elements.

A great option for Apple fans, the Circle View works with your Apple devices so you can control and set up your camera through the Apple Home app. Just install the app on your iPhone or iPad, and you monitor your live feed and adjust your settings from anywhere. You'll also get 10 days of free cloud storage included with your Apple HomeKit.

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Nest Cam Outdoor

A fantastic camera that others may want to steal

Resolution: 1080p HD streaming | Footage recording: with subscription | Audio: two-way

Good smart home integration
Excellent app 
Full functionality requires subscriptions
Design is susceptible to theft

The Nest Cam Outdoor is, unsurprisingly, the outdoor camera from Nest. Much like its indoor counterpart, the Outdoor boasts brilliant image quality and a fantastic app, which is no surprise given Nest’s origins as a Google company, now existing as part of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. 

The Nest Cam Outdoor requires a subscription in order to unlock the full suite of features, but that’s fairly common with security cameras. The one fault we have to pick with the Nest Cam Outdoor is that it connects to its base with a magnet, meaning a thief could feasibly pluck it from the base, and, er, steal it.

Nest is obviously aware of this flaw, as there is an upgrade in the shape of the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor, which has the smarts of the Nest Cam IQ (above), but is "tamper-proof."

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Arlo Q

Comes with free cloud storage for 7-day surveillance

Type: Indoor IP camera | Resolution: 1080p | Footage recording: Cloud | Audio: Two-way

Basic cloud storage plan is free
Neat and discrete design
No microSD card slot
No Ethernet port

With its smart, solid, and compact design, the Arlo Q has instant appeal as a discrete security camera. And it’s backed up by the user-friendly Arlo app that enables you to access key features, like the push notification settings, with a minimum of fuss. 

Our experience with getting the camera online didn’t go well, and our Wi-Fi network struggled to stream its 1080p live view, but your mileage may well vary, and you might not find any such stumbling blocks. In which case, the overall usability of this product, combined with its relatively robust build quality and the generous seven-day free cloud storage plan, make this a good way to start protecting your property.

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Ring Floodlight Security Cam

Includes built-in ultra-bright floodlights

Resolution: 1080p HD streaming | Footage recording: with subscription | Audio: two-way

Works with Alexa
Motion-activated alerts
Customizable motion zones
Requires a subscription for saved videos

Monitor and secure your home with the Ring Security Cam that features built-in motion-activated floodlights. The Ring Floodlight Cam replaces your existing floodlights and requires hardwired installation. You'll be able to monitor your property in HD video and get alerts when motion is detected with the compatible Ring app. You can even activate the siren from your phone or tablet when you see anything suspicious. You'll also be able to hear and speak with people from your mobile device through the camera's built-in microphone and speaker.

The Ring Cam allows you to customize your motion zones so you can focus on areas of your property that are most important to you. The Floodlight Cam has advanced motion sensors and a 140-degree field-of-view so you can even monitor your blind spots. The Ring camera also features night vision and works with Alexa to launch on-demand video at the command of your voice.