Security cameras are among the best tools for protecting your home. They’re a great crime deterrent, and if you still suffer a break-in, they’ll record the forensic evidence to help police find the perpetrator.
Whether you’re buying your first, upgrading what you have, or adding coverage to an unprotected area of your home, Black Friday is the absolute best time to buy one.
Black Friday security camera deals
Eufy Security Floodlight Cam 2 Pro
Now: $199 ($101 off with coupon)
Security camera/floodlight mashups like this kill two birds with one stone: They light up a broad swath of your property, and the record anything that movies within their field of view. The Eufy Security Camera Floodlight 2 Pro products 3,000 lumens of color-tunable light, and it records video in 2K resolution. Bonus points for storing its recordings locally, instead of in the cloud where they’re out of your control.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to protect your home with a security camera. Amazon’s own Blink line packs a ton of bang for the buck. Take the Blink Mini, for example. This indoor camera measures just 1.97 x 1.93 x 1.41 inches (WxHxD), yet it can record at 1080p resolution and it features infrared night vision. You can stream video to Amazon Echo smart displays, too.
We’re big fans of Arlo security cameras, and this cost-reduced model is just the ticket for protecting smaller spaces. Arlo says its battery should last up to six months on a charge, and it connects directly to your Wi-Fi network—no need for an Arlo base station. It’s compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit!
This is a great, battery-powered high-end security camera that’s fully weatherized, so it can be deployed indoors or out. It’s also one of the easiest security cams to set up and use. With excellent image quality and Nest’s polished app, the Nest Cam (battery) delivers great protection.
The Arlo Ultra 2 is a high-end rarity in security cameras, delivering a whopping 4K resolution with HDR to deliver the best image quality in its class. It’s wireless, of course, and operates on battery power. It can be deployed indoors or out, and it has an integrated spotlight. This is a sensational discount.
Ring didn’t invent the idea of marrying a floodlight with a security camera, but the combination of the company’s inexpensive home security system and its expanding collection of smart lighting products makes the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus a great value, and it’s even better at this price. The more sophisticated Ring Floodlight Cam ProRemove non-product link, with Ring’s Birds Eye View technology, is also on sale for Black Friday, reduced from $250 to $200.
Not to be outdone, Google has expanded its home security lineup with the all-new Nest Cam with Floodlight. It consists of the outdoor 1080p Nest Cam mounted between a pair of dimmable LED floodlights that produce 2,400 lumens of brightness.
Most floodlight cameras must be hardwired to your home’s electrical system, which limits where they can be deployed. That’s not a problem Arlo’s floodlight cam—it operates on battery power for up to six months, so you can mount it just about anywhere. Mount an Arlo solar panelRemove non-product link next to it and you’ll never need to change its battery.
The very small and quite excellent Abode Cam 2 is an excellent value in security cameras. You can deploy one on its own—indoors or out—or add it to an existing Abode home security system. This was already an inexpensive camera, and now you can pick one up for 34 percent less.
This excellent home security not only has a built-in Alexa smart speaker, it can also act as the hub for a complete home security system when deployed with Ecobee’s room and door/window sensors. Even better, it also supports Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem, including HomeKit Secure Video.
You need to protect your garage, whether you park your car in it or just use it for storage. This camera was tailor-made for the job, and if you connect it to a myQ garage door controller, the camera’s video feed will appear right above the controls for that device. It’s a good value at $150; now’s your chance to snag one for half off.
The Arlo Pro 4 is our pick for the best home security camera of 2021, and this deal nets you not just one of the indoor/outdoor cameras but a three-camera bundle that includes a dual battery charging station, three anti-theft mounts, and a yard sign. These cameras typically sell for $200 each, so this Best Buy offering is a true bargain for the kit.
Black Friday traditionally comes the day after Thanksgiving, marking the beginning of the holiday shopping season. This year, Black Friday falls on Friday, November 26. But retailers have been launching Black Friday deals even weeks earlier in recent years, trying to beat the competition to the punch.
Black Friday buying tips
Resolution is the most important feature in security cameras. These days, 1080p video is considered the floor and you’ll find it in cameras costing as little as $20 on Black Friday. Add features such as higher resolution, battery power, weatherization for installing outdoors, package detection, and the like, prices will steadily rise.
Once you buy a security camera that you like, it’s a good idea to stay in that same ecosystem. It’s a pain to juggle multiple apps, and most products in this category require you to sign up for a subscription to store you recordings in the cloud. If you have a smart home system or a home security system, you’ll want to buy cameras that can be incorporated into those systems. If you have a Ring Alarm, you’ll want to stick with Ring cameras. Likewise if you have a SimpliSafe system, you’ll want to integrate SimpliSafe cameras.
Who has Black Friday smart home deals?
All the big players—Amazon, Google, Best Buy, Walmart et al—are offering plenty of Black Friday deals, with Amazon having the most diverse offerings. The other big box stores will likely focus on more mainstream categories, while the Google Play Store mostly sells only Nest devices. Follow these links to see what’s available:
Michael is TechHive's lead editor, with 30+ years of experience covering the tech industry, focusing on the smart home, home audio, and home theater. He built his own smart home in 2007 and used it as a real-world test lab for product reviews. Following a relocation to the Pacific Northwest, he is now converting his new home, an 1890 Victorian bungalow, into a modern smart home.