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Updated: 2 Mar 2022

Top cheap wireless security cameras

We round up the best indoor and outdoor wireless security cameras that can give you peace of mind when you're not at home. Plus, see low quality cameras to avoid.
Andrew Laughlin
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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.

Below, see the best wireless cameras for both inside and outside your home that excelled in our testing. Also, see three poor quality cameras that it is best to avoid. 

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  • 76%
    • best buy
    £47.99

    Comfortably one of the best indoor cameras that we have tested, this innovative device is an excellent and affordable option for home security. It has good picture quality, is easy to use and you can store videos without needing a paid subscription.

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  • 74%
    • best buy
    £73.48

    An innovative design and useful features combine with excellent picture quality in this indoor security camera. You'll pay a bit more for it than some rival products, you do get good value for your money.

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  • 74%
    • best buy
    £48.00

    For a wallet-friendly price you get a high quality indoor security camera from a well-known brand that did very well in our testing. It's easy to use and has some useful features. If you're shopping on a tight budget, get this camera on your shortlist.

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  • 73%
    • best buy
    £145.60

    With a built-in light and siren, this innovative outdoor camera can provide a complete home security system. It's not the easiest to use but has excellent picture quality and some handy features.

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  • 72%
    • best buy
    £48.99

    You'll recognise the brand behind this well-designed indoor camera and be happy with its overall quality. There are cheaper options available, but this impressive camera should be on your shortlist.

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Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct at March 2022

Not found the right camera for you? Browse all our wireless security camera reviews.

Wireless security cameras to avoid

The inferior wireless security cameras we find in our testing not only capture 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.

  • 44%
    • don't buy
    £40.00

    A clear Don't Buy: this model is best avoided. The mobile app is simple to use, but that's about as good as it gets - the ratings for video quality, motion detection and alert functionality are all below average.

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  • 43%
    • don't buy
    £400.00

    With poor picture quality, weak sound and a clunky app, there is nothing going for this Somfy camera. It doesn’t help that it’s one of the most expensive we’ve tested, too.

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  • 38%
    • don't buy
    £49.00

    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.

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How much should I spend on a wireless security camera? 

You can get a good quality indoor security camera for around £50. Spend a bit more if you like the brand or features on offer, or if you want to have multiple cameras monitoring different areas inside your home. 

When it comes to outdoor security cameras, it is harder to find top quality models for under £100, but there are a few bargains around. 

Again, you will need to spend a bit more to get multiple cameras that can all be used as part of the same system - say, to monitor a driveway and a back door. 

Bear in mind, though, when setting your budget that you might need to sign up to an additional subscription to get the best out of your camera. 

You often need to pay to store video clips in the cloud in case you need to access them remotely, and features such as advanced notifications can also be locked behind a payment plan. Do bear in mind this additional ongoing cost.