We’ve seen home security cameras undergo quite the transformation in recent years. Once marked by complex installations, costly monitoring, and bulky equipment, cameras have been bolstered by a decade’s worth of tech advances, including super-fast Wi-Fi and smaller camera sensors. So if you’re wondering how much security cameras cost, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the answer to this common question.
Nowadays, it’s simpler and more affordable than ever to add security cameras to your home and keep tabs on your belongings, loved ones, pets, and yard.
Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy to figure out how much one of these cameras will cost you. Indeed, prices can be all over the place – even sometimes within the same brand – and making sense of it all can be confusing. That’s why we put together this guide on security camera prices, you know, to simplify your search.
Camera Equipment Costs
If you’re considering a camera from one of our highest-rated brands, expect to pay as low as $35 for an individual indoor cam up to $400 for a high-end, feature-heavy outdoor device.
If a complete camera system is what you’re after, naturally, you’ll pay more – in our estimation, between $200 and $3,000, depending on the size of your home and what your specific security needs are.
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
|Ring Stick Up Camera||Indoor, 1080p HD video, battery optional, two-way talk||$99.99|
|Arlo Pro 3 Camera System||2K video, wire-free, two-way talk, wide (160-degree) viewing angle||Starting at $199.99|
|Blink Outdoor Camera||Water resistant, wire-free, basic features, base station required||$99.99|
|Wyze Cam v3||Indoor, 1080p HD, plug-in, basic features||$19.99|
|Google Nest IQ Indoor||1080p with 4K sensor, facial recognition, instant alerts||$299.99|
|Amcrest SmartHome 1080p WiFi Outdoor Floodlight Camera||HD video, built-in siren, 2000lm floodlight, two-way audio||$169.99|
|Swann Wi-Fi Series 1080p Camera System||1080p HD video, basic features, requires base station||Starting at $99.99|
|Lorex Smart Outdoor Wi-Fi 1080p Camera System||Water resistant, two-way audio, Color night vision||Starting at $129.99|
|Canary Pro 1080p Camera||Indoor, 1080p HD video, climate monitor||$169|
|Reolink Argus 3 Wire-Free Camera||Outdoor, 1080p HD, built-in motion spotlight, Starlight night vision, two-way talk||$109.99|
|Zmodo Wireless Smart Security Camera||Indoor, 720p video, adjustable night vision||$29.99|
Further, 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.
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.
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 $3-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.