DIY home security systems with a good quality camera and alarm have become an essential part of daily living. However, purchasing a home security camera doesn’t necessarily have to be an exorbitant affair. Here are some of the best security cameras under $50:

Wyze Cam Pan

Priced at $37.98, the Wyze Cam Pan is the best budget-friendly camera in the market. This indoor security camera with smart Wi-Fi features includes local storage via a microSD card slot and free cloud storage.

The night vision images are clear, and there’s a built-in speaker for two-way audio and smart motion tracking to follow movements from start to finish. It also integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and has a 360° pan and can range. However, the Wyze Cam Pan isn’t without its problems—it lacks an auto-reboot function, and there are some network security concerns.


The ZOSI C190 is both an indoor and outdoor camera with a durable, weatherproof, and vandal-resistant design. With night infrared vision capable of seeing up to 80 feet, you can easily spot problems in the yard, if any. This $29.99-worth also has bright white LEDs for full-color night vision close to the camera.

While this weatherproof camera has a local storage option, it lacks cloud video storage and isn’t compatible with major smart home platforms—two of its main drawbacks.

SV3C 1080p Wi-Fi

The SV3C 1080p outdoor camera offers great features at a reasonable price ($49.99). It works with third-party security camera software like Blue Iris, IP Camera Viewer, and iSpy.

The SV3C outdoor IP camera supports all video recorders that use the ONVIF technology standard, provides high-resolution images, motion detection zones, and a night vision range of 67 feet. However, it doesn’t integrate with any smart home platform.

Some other great picks for cheap home security cameras are the YI Dome Camera (excellent cloud storage) at $33.99 and the WansView Q5 (topnotch night vision capability) at $29.99.

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