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When most people think about security cameras, they immediately start seeing dollar signs. But that knee-jerk response isn’t always justified. As technologies have progressed and DIY home security has become more popular, you can protect you family and your property these days without breaking the bank.

Just how affordable can security cameras be? Well, we think you’ll be surprised.

Reolink Argus Cameras

Reolink Argus Cameras

Of course, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to figure out exactly how much it’s going to cost you. Security camera pricing is all over the map, and sometimes the same brand will have budget-friendly equipment alongside account-draining, feature-laden cameras that you may or may not even need.

That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you simplify your search and zero in on the brand that’s right for you.

Pro Tip: If you’re looking for cameras that aren’t going to break the bank, check out our guide to the best affordable security cameras of 2023. There you’ll find equipment that will provide you all the protection you need without having to dip into your retirement account.

Camera Equipment Costs

If you’re thinking about purchasing security cameras from some of our favorite budget-friendly brands, you might be looking at around $25 for an individual, plug-in indoor camera. If you’re looking for high-end outdoor equipment with all the bells and whistles, you might be paying upwards of $400 per unit.

But if you’re looking for a network of cameras, naturally, you’re going to pay more. We’ve seen it done effectively for as low as $200, but depending on the size of your property, the equipment you want, and your specific security needs, you could easily spend upwards of $4,000.

Those are pretty wide ranges, we know. But again, we’re talking about an industry that’s brimming with variety, with all kinds of new and advanced technology hitting the market at rapid-fire speed.

For a more detailed breakdown, here’s a look at pricing on a handful of popular security cameras:

Snapshot of Security Camera Pricing

Camera Key Features Price
Ring Spotlight Cam Pro
  • 3D Motion Detection
  • Integrated Spotlights
  • Built-In Siren
Arlo Pro 5S 2K
  • 2k Resolution
  • Color Night Vision
  • Battery Operated
Sale: $199.99
Blink Outdoor
  • Two-Year Battery Life
  • Simple DIY Set Up
  • Two-Way Audio
Sale: $63.99
Wyze Cam Outdoor V2
  • 1080P Color Night Vision
  • PIR Motion Detection
  • 6-Month Battery Life
Google Nest Cam
  • AI-Powered Alerts
  • Familiar Face Feature
  • DIY-Install
Sale: $139.99
Amcrest Outdoor POE
  • 5MP Resolution
  • 98-Foot Night Vision Range
  • Two-Way Audio
Swann Pan and Tilt
  • Pan and Tilt Functionality
  • Two-Way Talk
  • 1080P Resolution
Lorex 2K Wired Floodlight Cam
  • Integrated Floodlight
  • 2K Resolution
  • Smart Detections
Canary View
  • 1080p Resolution
  • Motion Alerts
  • Night Vision
Reolink E1 Pro
  • Pan and Tilt Function
  • Two-Way Audio
  • 2K Resolution
Sale: $82.67
Zmodo 1080p Indoor and Outdoor Camera
  • AI-Powered Motion Detection
  • 1080p Resolution
  • Night Vision

Keep in mind that these costs only cover equipment; when you look deeper into cloud video storage, installation, and other extras, the individual costs will climb higher per camera.

Blink Mini Packaging

Blink Mini Packaging

Camera Installation Costs

These days, most security cameras are DIY, which means you probably won’t need to pay for professional installation. If you do want to add this, though, we suggest looking into an Arlo camera, which offers professional installation as an add-on to the brand’s cloud storage subscription. For more on what Arlo is all about (and they’re definitely about quality!), check out our full Arlo camera review.

Certain brands, like ADT and Vivint, actually require professional installation. You can expect to pay between $100 and $200 for a technician to professionally install your security camera(s) and home security system. To learn more about what these companies bring to the table, we recommend reading our roundup of Vivint pricing and our in-depth look at ADT’s packages and plans.

Vivint Outdoor Camera Video Quality

Vivint Outdoor Camera Video Quality

Security Camera Monitoring Costs

If you’re comfortable monitoring your cameras yourself, you’ll save money overall – especially if you use local storage. You can pay around $25, for example, and get a micro SD card with a decent amount of storage that will probably last you several months (unless you’ve got 12 cameras connected to it, of course).

Failing that, you’ve always got the cloud; almost every camera brand out there offers monthly cloud storage through a subscription. Those costs are usually pretty reasonable (about $5 per month), but we do recommend paying special attention to the fine print here, as some plans offer extra features that you can’t get otherwise.

Ring, a leader in this space, makes cloud storage pretty easy and affordable, with some storage offered free of charge through Ring Protect. When we tested and reviewed Ring cameras, we upgraded to the $4-per-month subscription that got us 60 days of video history, video sharing, and snapshot capture. That was more than enough for our purposes; we chose not to spring for the $10-per-month plan, which adds 24/7 recording and an extended warranty.

Beyond that, our best advice for comparing camera pricing is to read the fine print, understand what your needs are, and be patient. You’re sure to find the right price – and the right setup. While you’re at it, visit our home security camera buying guide for an even deeper look at pricing. And to find the perfect security camera for your budget and lifestyle, we also recommend digging into our latest guide on the best home security cameras out there.