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The 30 best security camera deals right now

Looking for some extra peace of mind at home but don't want to pay full price? You can trust ZDNET to watch the best security camera deals available throughout the year.
Written by Maria Diaz, Staff Writer on
Reviewed by Amy Lieu

As someone who uses in-home security cameras to check on my puppy while I'm away, I can say with full confidence that it gives me great comfort to see my little dude sleeping on his favorite bed via security cam. Security camera prices can run in the hundreds, and that's before the monthly subscription. 

Even after the holiday season, many retailers are still offering deals on security cameras, so don't feel too bad if you missed Black Friday last year. Whether it's indoors or outdoors, you can keep your home safe and secure while also saving some cash.

Also: The best cheap home security cameras, starting at $25

Below, we've rounded up the best deals for security cameras available right now. Check them out, and if you see something you like, we recommend adding it to your cart now before any deals expire.

Latest security camera deals

The last time this page received an update, these new deals were added as they became available:

Best security camera deals overall

Read on to find the top deals available on security cameras that will help you get the most bang for your buck.

  • Current Price: $137
  • Original Price: $180

Google's second generation indoor/outdoor camera will give you a 24/7 live feed of your home in 1080p HD footage both day and night. It's battery-powered and completely weatherproof. If you need event video history, it offers snapshots instead of video playback, and it's easy to install.

  • Current Price: $170
  • Original Price: $250

The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight camera expertly combines a floodlight and security camera into one. The super bright built-in lighting surrounding the camera can reach from 2000 to 3000 lumens. And the camera itself records 2K-resolution video with HDR for clearer, more contrasted images than competitors.

Subscriptions for premium features start at $2.99 per month for a single camera or $9.99 a month for multiple feeds.

  • Current Price: $480
  • Original Price: $560

This plug-and-play security system offers four cameras bundled into some big savings. It can capture footage up to 100 feet away in the dark with 18 infrared lights and snap 12MP HD images. It uses one-way audio recording so you can keep an eye on your home. No subscription is required for this set -- it has built-in 2TB HDD storage and can handle up to 12TB.

  • Current Price: $135
  • Original Price: $180

You can score an entryway doorbell and save with the Google Nest Cam battery doorbell right now. It's wire-free and uses two-step verification and encrypted video to keep your front porch or entry door to your home secure. It records up to three hours of data, and if you want a longer video history of up to 60 days, you can add a Nest Aware Plus subscription plan for $6 per month.

  • Current Price: $69
  • Original Price: $100

This is arguably one of my favorite cameras on the market right now. This wired camera is always plugged in and ready to record, and features 2K HD resolution with motion detection and 24/7 mobile alerts. You don't need a hub to control the device, and best of all, no need to pay for a subscription. The back of the camera offers local storage on an SD card (sold separately). Check the 20% off coupon to get the discount.

  • Current price: $130
  • Original price: $170

Though not a home security camera, if you've ever thought of adding a dash cam to your vehicle, this deal features a 32GB Nexar Pro Dual dash cam for only $130 when you apply the on-page coupon. This camera's ready to protect you while you drive and even while your car is parked, detecting collisions and sudden braking to immediately start recording. You can also use an auto-start recording feature to capture your movements when you leave the house.

Best security camera deals at Amazon

Top security camera deals at Best Buy

Top security camera deals at Walmart

How did we choose these security camera deals?

We combed through many different websites, searching through products to bring you the best deals. We checked prices of products across other websites to ensure these are really good deals.

Additionally, we used price trackers to keep track of price movement for these products, removing any items that have been purposely price gouged. Any item, with few exceptions like Apple, needs to be at least 15% off in order to be considered a good deal. We aimed for at least 25% off.

Finally, we chose products that we consider worth your dollar, combing through reviews and ratings. If we reviewed a product on our best picks, we made sure to include a link to the review so you can get an in-depth look at the product.

Do camera prices drop after the holidays?

Many retailers offer the largest discounts during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and last year was no different. However, some of the Black Friday deals that went live just after Thanksgiving are still available today and featured on this page, even after Christmas.

Some companies do offer big discounts in January and February, ahead of new stock coming after CES and to push older stock that didn't sell during Christmas sales. These discounts, however, aren't always as big as Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, and you run the risk of not finding the one you want in stock or on sale.

We'll watch the best security camera deals over the next few months so you can be certain that we'll offer you the best and most current information.

Do security cameras deter thieves?

Security cameras can certainly deter thieves if they're placed where potential intruders know they're being watched and where you can have a clear visual of anyone trying to come inside.

Many outdoor cameras have a built-in spotlight and sirens that can be automatically turned on when movement is detected, letting unwanted guests know that their presence is unwelcome.

Alternatively, when you get a notification on your phone for motion detection and you see it's a potential prowler, you can also decide to use two-way talk to warn them away, or manually trigger a siren, along with contacting emergency services. 

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