We looked at over 100 security cameras from brands like Arlo, Eufy, Lorex, Nest*, Reolink, Ring, Swann, Wyze, and many more to see how their costs compare.
Security Camera Cost & Installation Fees
How much do security cameras cost?
Our research of many security camera brands and models shows that the average price depends on the type of camera. Here's a rundown based on the cameras we've reviewed here at SafeWise:
Security camera costs by type
Security camera type
|Pan-tilt camera|| |
|Indoor security camera|| |
|Outdoor security camera|| |
|Battery-powered camera|| |
|Video doorbell|| |
|All-in-one camera + security system|| |
|Floodlight cam|| |
|Cellular security camera|| |
|Multi-camera system|| |
Info current as of 08/27/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
Although this information represents over 100 security camera models across dozens of brands, it's not comprehensive and is only for comparison purposes.
*These systems include 2–4 cameras.
Here are some takeaways:
- Pan-tilt cameras (Wyze Cam Pan, Reolink E1 Zoom) and indoor cameras (Wyze Cam v3, Blink Mini) cost the least.
- You can find various reliable outdoor camera and video doorbell options for a lower price than the average indoor camera.
- Battery-powered wireless cameras cost significantly more than wired models like pan-tilt and indoor cameras.
- Multi-camera systems (Arlo Ultra 2, Lorex Home Center) and cellular security cameras (Reolink Go, Arlo Go) cost the most.
Most solar security cameras cost $25 to $60 more than typical battery-powered cameras due to the additional solar panel charger you need.
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How much does security camera video storage cost?
Simply buying a home security camera doesn't mean you can record and save video surveillance footage right away. Most models use local storage, cloud storage, or a combination of the two.
Depending on the brand, you can insert a microSD card into your IP camera to store video. While some cameras (Wyze, YI) don't support large storage capacities over 32 GB, this is plenty of space to keep weeks of short video clips. Expect to pay a one-time cost of $10 and $50, depending on the size of the card.
Multi-camera systems usually include a DVR (or NVR) capable of storing an average of 1 TB of video. This type of camera surveillance system is one of the more expensive options, but there aren't any additional storage costs.
You'll also see one-time prices on systems with base stations like Arlo Ultra 2. A single base station provides local storage and internet connectivity for multiple cameras, but it adds a chunk of change to the base price.
Cloud video storage keeps your clips on a secure server and generally requires a monthly fee to use. Expect to pay between $2 and $15 a month for storage on most brands, though you may need additional plans or an upgrade if you want to save video from multiple cameras. We don't recommend paying more than $15 a month for cloud storage unless you're getting extra benefits like emergency services and alarm monitoring.
How much does security camera installation cost?
Most modern home security cameras are plug-and-play so you can install them yourself with minimal effort. If you choose to hire someone to install a wired CCTV system, expect to pay based on the number of cameras you need: at least $50–$100 per CCTV camera.
You can also get surveillance camera installation with a home security system, which costs around $100–$200 for the whole install. (It's cheaper because you're also paying monthly monitoring fees.)
Angie's List, HomeAdvisor, and TaskRabbit can hook you up with pros to install the camera system so you don't have to.
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