Top five best cheap wireless security cameras for 2019
By Hollie Hennessy
We round up the best wireless security cameras for less than £130 to give you peace of mind when you're not at home. Plus, see the models to avoid.
You don't need to spend a fortune if you're looking for a good security camera to help you keep your home safe. In fact, there are some great cheap models that can give their more expensive rivals a run for their money. However, it's worth finding a camera that not only captures great-quality footage, but is simple to use, too.
There's not much difference between models when it comes to size or shape, but choosing the right camera for your needs will depend on its range of features. In the table below, we've picked our top five cheap wireless security cameras, all of which cost less than £130. From models with optical zoom to battery-powered cameras, you're bound to find something to suit you.
If you're looking for a simple model that won't break the bank but still takes great video, night or day, you'll find the best models here. We've also highlighted the Don't Buy security cameras that are worth avoiding.
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Best cheap wireless security cameras
This is our highest-scoring wireless security camera, joint with another, which, amazingly, will only cost you around £125. One of the best cameras we’ve tested, the footage is clear and bright and it’ll work seamlessly with the app, both indoors and outside. If you’ve got other smart devices, this model will fit in just fine – it’s compatible with a range of smart home systems including Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s HomeKit and Google Assistant.
This Best Buy is one of the best security cameras we've tested for video and still-image quality. It scored well in our tests for alert functionality and data privacy, meaning you can monitor your home with confidence. It also has versatile storage options.
This model is an amazing Best Buy camera. Video quality is pin-sharp and audio is equally as good, so you’ll have no problems with the footage. App functionality is also great, with plenty of options for viewing and receiving alerts. It’s not without its faults though – footage is stored on an SD card, so you can’t use cloud storage. It also doesn’t link with other gear, so bear that in mind if you like your smart products to work in unison.
This wireless security camera, while not quite a Best Buy, is a budget-friendly option for keeping tabs on your home. As well as being less than £60, subscription plans are really decent, so you won’t have to worry about ongoing costs being too high. Although video quality isn’t among the best, you don’t have to worry about missing anything important. You’ll still be able to identify people and motion detection, and its alert functionalities are really good.
Although it misses our Best Buy recommendation, this is a great wireless security camera for its price. HD footage is clear and detailed and it can be used inside or outside your home. It’s also completely wire-free, so it’s discreet, compact and stylish. You’ll also get 1GB of free cloud storage which is quite good seeing as some models don’t offer any free storage at all. However, there are some drawbacks – if you like the idea of talking to your family, or pets, through the camera, it’s worth looking for a camera which has two-way audio.
Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct at March 2019.
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And here are some cheap security cameras to avoid
The inferior wireless security cameras from our testing not only take awful-quality video, but they're laborious to use and have limited features. We've seen some models with flimsy build quality, insecure privacy settings, and a narrow field of view. Make sure you don't waste your money on a sub-par wireless security camera.
Worst cheap security cameras
This wireless security camera is pitched as an affordable security surveillance system for your home or a small office. However, it scored badly in our tests and we recommend avoiding this model at all costs. It captures very poor-quality video during the daytime and at night, has a restricted field of view, and little-to-no privacy or security settings.