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Kangaroo's New $40 Security Camera Looks Impressive for the Price


How much should you spend on an outdoor security camera? The new Kangaroo Indoor + Outdoor Cam kind of complicates that question. It costs just $40, but it packs in a ton of cool features like color night vision and motion detection.

So let’s talk about it. The Kangaroo Indoor + Outdoor Cam shoots 1080p video and is weatherproofed with IP65 certification. Thanks to a full-color night mode, the Kangaroo Cam can capture strangers’ faces and clothing at night, and a built-in 85-decibel siren lets you scare off weirdos or alert neighbors to a threat.

And with an active Cam Protect ($1.99 a month) or Cam Complete ($8.25 a month) subscription, the new Kangaroo Cam can detect select individuals or send you alerts when there are loud noises nearby. These plans also unlock $1,000 of theft and damage protection, plus Kangaroo’s professional monitoring service.

But the new Kangaroo Cam is wired, so it needs to stay close to a power outlet. It may also have a limited range when compared to other security cameras, as it doesn’t have a dedicated hub.

My suggestion? If you just want a camera to guard your door, grab Kangaroo’s $20 video doorbell. And if you need an affordable battery-powered camera, the Wyze Cam Outdoor is a solid choice. But if you don’t mind the wires and really want to save money, the Kangaroo Indoor + Outdoor Cam seems like a great choice … although the Wyze Cam V3 is also excellent and costs less.

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