Best Security Cameras

Last update December 30, 2016
In this review we picked up the best 5 security cameras available for online purchasing. These are the devices, which perform video surveillance of indoor/outdoor areas for different purposes and have a variety of features. Use our review to choose the product that suits your needs best. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Orientation
Type
Video resolution
Features
Control
Supply package
Viewing angles
Mount
Storage
 
PROS
The security cameras have a reliable and rugged case, which is made of dust- and water-proof material and comply with IP66. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
CONS
Wired connection requires laying of cables, which is labor-consuming.
OUR VERDICT
These security cameras are suitable for a wide range of surveillance and security tasks and are capable of long standalone operation, when paired with the standard system
detailed parameters
Orientation
Indoor/Outdoor
Type
Wired (power supply and data)
Video resolution
960 x 480 pixels
Features
Night vision (65 feet, 24 IR LEDs), Motion detection, Adjustment of video recording quality, IP66 case
Control
Remote (Internet) control from mobile devices (Android, iOS) via the Amcrest Link bundled software
Supply package
1x960H channel DVR, 1x 500GB HDD, 1x4CH power supply, 4x 800 TVL Bullet cameras, 4x 60 feet cables, 1x DVR power supply
Viewing angles
90°
Mount
Wall-mounted
Storage
500GB HDD of the bundled DVR-device (expandable to 3 TB)
PROS
The model has the best viewing angle of 130º on our shortlist. Motion detection mode starts recording only when it detects movements, thus, saving your cloud storage space.
CONS
Motion sensor works with delay.
OUR VERDICT
A cutting-edge camera with the large set of functions stores recorded video on a cloud storage and therefore protects your videos from being deleted by bystanders.
detailed parameters
Orientation
Indoor
Type
Wireless camera (wired power supply)
Video resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels
Features
Night vision (8 High-power IR LEDs with IR cut filter), Motion detection, 24/7, continuous streaming
Control
Remote (Wi-Fi) control from mobile devices (Android, iOS)
Supply package
1 x Nest Cam indoor camera, 1 x Stand, 1 x 10-foot USB cable, 1 x Power adapter, 1x Wall-mounting plate, nest screws, 1 x Quick start guide, 1x Welcome guide, 1 x Window decal
Viewing angles
130°
Mount
Wall mounting/ pedestal stand with magnetic base
Storage
300+ GB of rolling cloud storage
PROS
Tilt and pan mechanism allows for placing the camera in the center of a room and changing scenery with the help of your smartphone even if you're far away from home.
CONS
Small cloud storage size.
OUR VERDICT
An ideal choice for office holders due to the ability to pan and tilt a camera and get fluid 360° visibility.
detailed parameters
Orientation
Indoor
Type
Wireless IP camera (wired power supply)
Video resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels
Features
Night vision ( 32 feet, 12 IR LEDs), Motion detection, Two-way audio, Noise-canceling algorithm, Email Alerts / Snapshots
Control
Remote (Wi-Fi) control from mobile devices (Android, iOS) via the Amcrest View App
Supply package
1 x Amcrest ProHD camera, 1 x Network cable, 1 x 10-foot power supply, 1 x CD, 1 x Quick start guide
Viewing angles
90°
Mount
Wall-mounted
Storage
Cloud video storage, MicroSD card (not included) up to 32 GB, FTP server, NAS, Amcrest NVR (not included)
PROS
Waterproof metallic housing with a protective cap ensures long service life of the camera if used outdoors.
CONS
Lacks SD card slot. Video is stored on your smartphone.
OUR VERDICT
The security camera is perfect for outdoor application. It is able to withstand different weather conditions and provide you with the high-quality picture in a low lit environment.
detailed parameters
Orientation
Indoor/Outdoor
Type
Wireless IP camera (wired power supply)
Video resolution
1280 x 720 pixels
Features
Night vision (15 feet, 35 IR LEDs with IR cut filters), Motion detection, Smartphone push alarm
Control
Remote (Wi-Fi) control from mobile devices (Android, iOS)
Supply package
1 x LAN adapter, 1 x Power adapter, 1 x User manual, 1 x Antenna, 1 x Wall mounting bracket
Viewing angles
~ 90°
Mount
Wall-mounted
Storage
Video is stored on your smartphone (recording requires special app to be installed)
PROS
Security camera with and elegant and compact design, wireless connection. This IP security camera supports two-way audio and it is very easy to use.
CONS
Despite the inherent security measures, the wireless environment may serve as an unauthorized access point.
OUR VERDICT
This model fits well for any indoor surveillance owing to its small dimension, high filming quality and interactive features
detailed parameters
Orientation
Indoor
Type
Wireless IP Camera (wired power supply)
Video resolution
1280 x 720 pixels
Features
Motion detection, Real-time streaming, 4x digital zoom, Night vision (IR-lit), Email alerting and pushes function, Two-way audio
Control
Remote (Wi-Fi) control from mobile devices (Android, iOS) via the YI Home Camera bundled software
Supply package
1x Camera, 1x Power supply adapter
Viewing angles
111°
Mount
Wall mounting/pedestal stand
Storage
SD card (not included) up to 32 GB

What Is It

For the moment the market offers a variety of video surveillance systems, which exemplify the rapid development of the industry. These security camera systems perform a wide range of tasks, from the surveillance on out to moving objects detection in a certain area inside the premises. Depending on the intended use, security cameras can have different versions, be fitted with different controls and data processing equipment. In our review we will examine the best security camera systems available on the market, explain you how to make the right product choice and what aspects to focus on when picking a security camera-equipped system.

It is worth noticing that the operation of many modern security cameras is based on a wireless Internet connection use. In case you do not have a Wi-Fi router that provides a reliable wireless connection see our Wireless Routers review, in which we give a piece of advice concerning the choice of an optimal router. 

What To Look For

First, you must determine the tasks your surveillance camera system has got to perform, depending on which the correspondent installation type should be chosen (indoors, outdoors). Accordingly, you need to decide what kind of a security system is suitable for your needs: wireless or wired with one or several cameras. These aspects are described in Camera Type and Mounting feature.

The security cameras can be wired and wireless (data transfer, power supply), indoor security cameras or outdoor security cameras with different mounting options (wall, pedestal stand, combined). Cameras for outdoor surveillance are characterized by better case protection and designed for the use in different weather and light conditions.

Wired cameras connect to security system equipment via wires. This connection type allows for connecting to an existing home network or corporate network, as well as granting access to security cameras’ control and data from various local equipment, or remotely via the Internet. High reliability and security of video data transfer to the recording equipment are the advantages of wired connection. These cameras can be controlled, powered and used to transfer the video via a single cable while being insensitive to interference of mobile phones, Bluetooth-devices, wireless network equipment and car alarm systems.

Wireless security cameras transmit the signal to a recording device via a wireless connection (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth). IP cameras (a particular case of wireless cameras) broadcast video data not to the local video recording equipment but directly to the registered user's device on demand through an internet service (some models make it possible to record the video to the camera’s SD card). By using this type of security camera, you can get access to a video broadcast in real time from practically any location.

After that, you need to consider the Video Quality and Features. Camera shooting quality is governed mainly by the quality of the camera optics, which affects such quantitative indicators as video shooting resolution and a viewing angle. The higher the resolution the more detailed the resulting image is and the bigger the viewing angle the larger the area covered by a security camera is. The shooting modes supported by a security camera are also relevant, such as shooting in darkness, long distance filming, an automatic video recording start and user notification when the system detects motion in the field of security camera’s view (motion detection).

In conclusion, you should consider the feature of Control and Storage Device. This feature determines the type of security camera control, the software used for this purpose and the capabilities offered to the user. The parameters grouped in this feature determine the storage medium to store the camera shooting footage on and the method for accessing it.

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Review of Amcrest 960H Video Security System, Weatherproof, Night Vision

Amcrest 960H Video Security System, Weatherproof, Night Vision

Amcrest 960H Video Security System, Weatherproof, Night Vision

Camera type and mounting

Amcrest 960H offers a finished and comprehensive video surveillance solution consisting of 4 security cameras and a video recorder. The heavy-duty metal bullet cameras can be used as both indoor and outdoor security cameras, with that the outdoor usage with no issues is ensured by the full weather proofing according to the IP66 rating. The 4 surveillance cameras are designed for the wall mounting and have a wired connection for data transfer, control and power supply. Such connection allows for long distance transmit range (984ft) with no interference and centralized control.

Video quality and features

The security cameras of this system support the shooting at the resolution of up to 960 x 480 pixels and feature a 3.6-millimeter lens with a wide 75° viewing angle. Among the supported video shooting features are the Night Vision (made possible with the use of 24 Powerful IR-LEDs) with very high clarity at distances up to 65 feet, and the advanced motion detection that lets you set a perimeter zone, specify the active areas of the security camera's motion grid, and even set a 24x7 schedule for arming and disarming the alert system.

Control and storage device

The set of wired security cameras comes with the 960H channel DVR device with the preinstalled 500 GB HDD that for 6 days of continuous recording of the footage at the highest resolution supported. The HDD is easily expandable up to 3 TB, thus increasing the footage length up to 6 times. The transfer of video files to a USB memory stick is supported. All the security camera channels are HTTPS-encrypted and are connected to the user’s network by using the video recorder as a central hub. Therefore, it is easier to guard the system access than on IP-based systems, which cameras might be used as points of unauthorized entry. In addition to the internal UI (which provides a local control of the system), the manufacturer also equipped the camera with intuitive interfaces that allow you to control the system or to watch the video records remotely with the help of your PC and iMac as well as Android and iOS-based devices.


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Review of Nest Cam Security Camera

Nest Cam Security Camera

Nest Cam Security Camera

Camera type and mounting

This IP camera is meant for indoor use only. Nest Cam is a wireless security camera that uses a corded power plug for the power supply. Additionally, this model offers Wi-Fi connection and thus you can control the camera and configure the settings with your smartphone even when you're far away from home. The design of Nest Cam allows for 2 mounting types. Therefore, you can fix it to a wall with the included nest screws or place it literally anywhere in your house. The camera has a pedestal stand with a magnetic base, hence place it on a flat surface or stick it to something metallic.

Video quality and features

Nest Cam security camera features a 3-megapixel sensor, a 8X digital zoom and it supports a wide viewing angle of 130°. The combination of these factors ensures shooting crisp and detailed video at 1080p resolution. As a result, you get high-quality and colorful Full HD video leaving no detail to chances. Moreover, you can zoom in your recorded video up to 8 times with no loss in picture quality. Nest Cam’s night vision mode uses 8 powerful LED lights that help you clearly see all your room at night and they do not turn off even if the bright light passes in front of the camera. If you don't want to record video 24/7 you can set a motion detection mode and the security camera will start recording only when it senses a motion. And finally, built-in speaker and mic enable two-way audio support, thus the camera can be used as a baby or pet monitor.

Control and storage device

This IP camera records all video to the secure offsite cloud storage. On buying Nest Cam security camera you get 30 days of 1080p HD video recording for free (300 GB). Once this period expires you have to pay some money to subscribe for further cloud storage use. But the main benefit of this camera apart from a high-quality picture and capacious cloud storage is that you can control Nest Cam from around the world with your phone or tablet. You just need to download and install the Nest app on your gadgets and watch live or recorded video wherever you're.


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Review of Amcrest IP2M-841 ProHD WiFi Security Camera

Amcrest IP2M-841 ProHD WiFi Security Camera

Amcrest IP2M-841 ProHD WiFi Security Camera

Camera type and mounting

Amcrest Security Camera is a perfect device for home surveillance or baby monitoring as it is specially designed for indoor use. This model requires power supply to start recording and uses Wi-Fi connection for data transfer. You'd be glad to hear that Amcrest Security Camera is equipped with a pan and tilt mechanism and is able to cover 360° of your room. Whether you fix it to a wall or place on the table in the centre of the room you'd be able to easily pan and tilt the security camera using your phone or PC from any point of the world.

Video quality and features

This security camera features the latest Sony IMX322 sensor and the Ambarella S2Lm chipset. Such outstanding and up-to-date equipping is capable of streaming 1920x1080 pixel video resolution. Thus, you will be able to see vivid and detailed pixel to pixel image on your phone or PC. Additionally, this model has 90° viewing angle, so every important thing in your house would be definitely captured by the camera. Amcrest supports two-way audio and uses noise canceling algorithm to provide clear and distinct sound. As regards the Night Vision mode, Amcrest Security Camera has 12 IR LEDs that provide 32 feet of night vision range.

Control and storage device

This wireless IP camera can be controlled with the help of Android and iOS-powered smartphones. To do this you just need to install the Amcrest View App. You don't have to be a tech-savvy to perform overall setup process, the producer has designed Amcrest Security Camera as a plug and play device. An intuitive interface and controls will help you to set the camera recording in no time at all. You can choose among several available ways of storing and recording video. So, whether you choose the cloud storage, Micro SD card, FTP server, or the Amcrest NVR you will have full control over your recordings.


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Review of Alytimes Waterproof Outdoor WIFI Camera

Alytimes Waterproof Outdoor WIFI Camera

Alytimes Waterproof Outdoor WIFI Camera

Camera type and mounting

This security camera is compatible with Wi-Fi routers that feature data transfer speed equitable to B / G / N standards. Alytimes camera can be used both for indoor and outdoor surveillance. But a waterproof stainless housing with protective top makes this model durable and allows for fixing it in an exposed position. Whether it is raining or snowing outside you'd still have records of your backyard scenery. Alytimes security camera uses wireless data transmission through the integrated antenna and requires a power supply for operation. As regards the mounting, the camera belongs to a wall-mounting type and all you have to do is just drill 2 holes in a wall and fix in the camera.

Video quality and features

This security camera has 6 mm lens with approximately 90 degrees viewing angle. You can choose one of 3 available shooting quality modes: 1280*720 / 640*480 / 320*240 pixels, but we are sure that nowadays the one with the highest resolution is the most favorable among the users. Alytimes features a night vision mode and streams rather crisp and detailed video owing to 35 IR LED's at a distance up to 15 m. For added safety of your house, the camera offers a motion detection mode with an adjustable sensitivity. Thus, when you are not at home, the device will send a push notification to your smartphone and alert you of any movements in your yard.

Control and storage device

This model really lacks a SD card slot and it stores all recorded videos right on your smartphone. It is not very convenient as the number of stored video you can keep depends totally on your phone's memory capacity. To control the camera, you need to download the Sricam app and install it on your phone. Fortunately, Alytimes security camera is compatible with all Android and iOS-based smartphones, this feature makes the camera a utility device.


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Review of Xiaomi YI Home Wireless Camera Night Vision, Motion Detection & Alerts

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Xiaomi YI Home Wireless Camera Night Vision, Motion Detection & Alerts

Camera type and mounting

This YI model is a home security camera designed for indoor use only. Thus it can be used as a baby monitor or surveillance camera. The device is an IP security camera with a compact design and is mounted on a wall or a pedestal stand. Being an IP-camera the device refers to wireless security cameras with a corded power supply. The YI security camera offers an optimized Wi-Fi connection, which is totally justified security-wise by its indoor use and close proximity to home internet devices.

Video quality and features

This indoor security camera is capable of 720p HD (1280x720 pixels) video shooting and streaming. The model is equipped with a high-quality 111º view angle lens (panoramic view on smartphones is supported), supports 4x digital zoom and night vision shooting mode. The intended use as a home security camera conditions the support of motion detection feature for the device (with activity alerts sending). The device supports two way audio.

Control and storage device

This internet security camera is controlled remotely via Android or iOS-based mobile devices (YI home camera app). Since this IP security camera supports the motion detection feature the control mostly consists in video data management and device activation and deactivation. The footage from the camera can be streamed to a mobile device or PC on demand or retrieved after the recording to an SD card (not included) of up to 32 GB on the camera itself.


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