Best Black Friday security camera deals 2021: Sales on Arlo, Nest, Ring, and more

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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 

From: Amazon
Was: $300
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. 

See the Eufy Security Floodlight Cam 2 Pro at Amazon

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Blink Mini

From: Amazon
Was: $35
Now: $20 ($15 off)

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.

See the Blink Mini at Amazon

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Arlo Essential Wireless Security Cam

From: Amazon
Was: $130
Now: $100 ($30 off)

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!

See the Arlo Essential Wireless Security Camera at Amazon

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Ring Stick Up Cam Battery

From: Amazon
Was: $100
Now: $75 ($25 off)

Ring has one of the broadest smart home ecosystems on the market, with products in the security, lighting, and both DIY and professional monitoring. The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery can be deployed indoors or out, thanks to its weatherized enclosure. The corded Stick Up Cam Plug-in is available for the same price. If you’ll be deploying the camera outdoors, this $125 bundle includes a solar panel that will keep its battery perpetually charged.

See the Ring Stick Up Cam Battery at Amazon

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All new for 2021, the Nest Cam features a magnetic mount and can operate indoors or out, and on battery or AC power.

Nest Cam (battery)

From: Google Play
Was: $180
Now: $150 ($30 off)

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.

See the Nest Cam (battery) at the Google Play store

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Arlo Ultra 2 Wireless Security Camera

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.

See the Arlo Ultra 2 at Amazon

Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus

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From: Amazon
Was: $180
Now: $140 ($40 off)

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 Pro, with Ring’s Birds Eye View technology, is also on sale for Black Friday, reduced from $250 to $200.

See the Ring Floodlight Cam Wired Plus at Amazon

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Nest Cam with Floodlight

From: Google Play 
Was: $280
Now: $230 ($50 off)

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.

See the Nest Cam with Floodlight at the Google Play store

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Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera

From: Amazon
Was: $250
Now: $164 ($86 off)

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 panel next to it and you’ll never need to change its battery.

See the Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight Camera at Amazon

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Abode Cam 2

From: Abode
Was: $40
Now: $25 ($15 off)

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.

See the Abode Cam 2 at Abode

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Ecobee SmartCamera with voice control

From: Amazon
Was: $100
Now: $70 ($30 off)

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.

See the Ecobee SmartCamera with voice control on Amazon

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myQ Smart Garage Camera 

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. 

From: Best Buy
Was: $150
Now: $75 ($75 off) 

See the myQ Smart Garage Camera at Best Buy

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Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera bundle

Arlo

From: Best Buy
Was: $600
Now: $400 ($200 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.

See the Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera at Best Buy

When is Black Friday 2021?

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:

Updated periodically with new pricing details and additional products.

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