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The era of the $200 security camera is over

by Noelia Biddlecombe (2019-09-14)


id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Wyze's growing lineup of affordable cameras is making Amazon, Google and other high-end competitors less appealing.

http%3A%2F%2Fblogfiles.naver.net%2FMjAxOChris Monroe/CNET When I started writing about the smart home in 2013, influential startup Dropcam, purchased by Google's Nest in 2014, set the industry prices for DIY security cameras. The Dropcam Pro, an HD camera with an intuitive app and solid performance and predecessor to the Nest Cam Indoor, cost $199. 

Dropcam cameras weren't the first to offer impressive features. The Samsung SmartCam HD Pro and leather tri fold wallets the Arlo Q have similar capabilities, but Dropcam was among the first to package all of those things in a way that felt approachable to consumers. Its products helped define the contemporary concept of DIY home security technology, and video camera technology in particular.

But that era is over. 

Companies like Wyze, Yi and Tend Secure are contributing to a burgeoning trend of cheap cameras (and other smart-home devices) with the same functionality as those $199 cameras -- just for much, much less money. 

The Seattle-based Wyze is a particularly good example of what is working well, with its lineup of uber-affordable, high-performance security cameras, bulbs, smart plugs and sensors. 

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I'm not prepared to say you should never buy a pricier camera (or other device), but Wyze and its peers make a strong case for spending less on your smart home. And I'm pretty sure this is just the beginning.