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This new security camera costs less than a hundred bucks

The $99 Guardzilla laughs in the face of pricier DIY security cameras.

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LAS VEGAS -- Guardzilla is a new triangular DIY security camera, available in a white or black finish.

Whereas many brands are showcasing their HD resolutions and other premium features, Guardzilla takes a slightly different approach. Its new security camera costs just $99.

Of course, a hundred bucks still isn't cheap, but it's definitely less expensive than many other standalone models. For reference, that's $170 less than the Piper NV, another security camera unveiled at CES, half the cost of the $200 Dropcam Pro, $90 less than the Samsung SmartCam HD Pro, $50 less than the ArcSoft Simplicam -- you get the idea.

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This could make Guardzilla a uniquely appealing option for budget-minded folks concerned about keeping their homes secure -- and it will be for sale in Best Buy stores starting January 18.

Guardzilla features live streaming, geofencing, motion-related alerts, night vision, local storage, two-way audio and a supposedly DIY-friendly setup, complete with companion Android and iOS apps.

The one thing that could give you pause is its meagre 640x480-pixel resolution and that it captures photos rather than video clips, but that's really where the cost saving comes into play.

Stay tuned for more on Guardzilla, but in the meantime check out the rest of what's happening at CES 2015.

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