Amazon-owned Blink just released the Blink Mini for around $35. While we haven't tested this indoor cam yet, our first impressions are that it's an attractive little camera that almost rivals Wyze.
Unfortunately, it requires a paid subscription for cloud storage or an additional accessory for microSD video storage. We'll see if our tune changes after testing.
Read our Blink cameras review to learn more about this brand.
The Reolink E1 Pro has the best video quality among budget security cameras costing $50 or less, if you buy a two-pack. The crisp 1440p video has 77% more pixels than a standard 1080p security camera, meaning it can capture more detail than the competition.
Unfortunately, the E1 Pro's narrow 87.5º field of view, its $100 two-pack, and customer reports of unreliability hold it back from matching the value of our top pick.
While not strictly a security camera, the Alfred app is one way to get a security camera for free.
Simply put this app on an old smartphone from your junk drawer and you have an instant security camera (you might want a Mini Tripod Stand first). The app gives you most of the features you expect from a security camera like motion detection, live video streaming, and two-way communication.
It can't really do night vision since most smartphones don't have the right tech, particularly the infrared LEDs. Still, Alfred is worth considering as a temporary or permanent security camera option.