Security Cameras: Night Vision, Wireless & Wired
We live in increasingly uncertain times. With so much uncertainty the safety of your home and family is paramount. But protecting them shouldn’t be difficult. A security camera system is an easy way to offer you and your loved ones some peace of mind.
Are there different types of security cameras?
Yes, there are 2 basic types of home security cameras: wired and wireless. Wired cameras are hard wired to the security system, meaning you need to physically string power and data cables from a central hub or recording device to each individual camera. Wireless security cameras transmit the video signal via WiFi, offering a live stream and remote access from your mobile device or computer. Remember that wireless cameras send the video signal wirelessly, but still require a power outlet.
What kind of security camera(s) do I need?
For monitoring the inside of your home, you’ll need an indoor camera. For the exterior of your home, choose an outdoor camera. Also, some security cameras can be used both indoors and outdoors. Indoor cameras offer flexibility and can be placed anywhere in a room. Outdoor cameras are designed to work in tough weather conditions and record sharp images even in low or zero light.
What should I consider when purchasing a security camera(s)?
First-time buyers should purchase a standalone IP camera or a package system. These camera systems provide you with everything you need for installation. For those with an existing security camera system, consider an add-on camera. An add-on camera doesn’t work on its own, but can be easily integrated into a compatible existing system.
What else should I consider when choosing a home security camera?
When considering a wired system make sure it comes with a recording device. Many security camera packages come with a DVR for video recording, but some don’t so you may need to buy one separately. Also, consider purchasing cameras with built-in sensors. A security camera with integrated motion sensors can begin recording as soon as it detects motion.
Are security cameras secure?
Internet-enabled security cameras are about as secure as a 2-tonne rhino behind a chain-link fence. By their very nature, security cameras with internet access are meant to be remotely monitored and controlled. Unfortunately, hackers can exploit this if you let them. Protect yourself by ensuring that the camera you’re purchasing has an encrypted connection. Plus, you should change the default password for the camera system, as well as your network’s router.
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Best for Most
Cync Indoor Smart Camera
$70 at Amazon
Another Great Camera
Arlo Essential Indoor Security Camera
$70 at Amazon
Best Panning Camera
Wyze Cam Pan V3
$40 at Amazon
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Not quite ready to deck out your house with window, door, and motion sensors and hire an on-call monitoring service? Don’t fret! You can still keep your home secure without messing with your wiring by going with an indoor security camera or two. Knowing you can check in when you are away from home offers peace of mind, but these cameras aren’t perfect. There’s an obvious security benefit, but you expose yourself to privacy risks. These are our favorite security cameras after rigorous testing, and we’ve also got details on what to look for when shopping for one.
Be sure to check out our many other guides, including the Best Outdoor Security Cameras, Best Pet Cameras, and Best Password Managers. If you want more smart home products, we have guides on smart plugs and light bulbs, too.
Updated February 2023: We’ve added cameras from Nest and Wyze, among others, removed older cameras, added a section on MicroSD cards, and updated our advice and Eufy policy.
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How to Stay Safe
Security cameras are great tools, but you also need to protect your security from those cameras. You don’t want to find out that a stranger has been watching you sit in your bathrobe bingeing trash TV for the third day in a row, or worse. If you follow these tips, you can be a vigilant and conscious consumer and still feel like your home is protected while you’re away.
- Avoid no-name cameras: If you type “security camera” into Amazon’s search bar, you’ll come up with hundreds of cheap options from brands you’ve never heard of. We don’t feel comfortable recommending those. You should always go with brands that clearly outline their privacy policies and make it easy to set up security protocols. That doesn’t mean they can’t be hacked—Wyze, Nest, and Ring have all had breaches—but you probably won’t be hung out to dry by a brand intent on protecting its reputation. Somewhat counterintuitively, it may be better to pick a brand that has had issues, because the increased scrutiny typically encourages them to improve their security practices. (This also depends on how they have responded to previous security breaches.)
- Use a strong password and set up two-factor authentication: Setting a strong password you don’t use for anything else is extremely important. You should also change the password for your Wi-Fi network from its default if you haven’t already. Set up two-factor authentication as soon as you create an account with the camera brand you’ve bought. It will make it harder for a hacker to gain access to your device, even if they do figure out your password.
- Keep it updated: Make sure you’re frequently checking for software updates (for your camera and router) that can patch any security issues that may have come up. Set your camera to auto-update if possible.
- Turn it off: When you’re home, or at least when you’re doing something personal you wouldn’t want someone to see, turn the camera off. Some cameras have a physical shutter that you can close. You could also turn the camera around for good measure.
Best for Most
Cync Indoor Smart Camera
I prefer cameras that pan (see many choices below), but this one from Cync (9/10, WIRED Recommends) beats out everything else with one important feature: a shutter that covers the camera lens when you don’t want it watching—or listening!—to you. Plus, the app has two-factor authentication, and you can’t opt out of it. That’s a good thing.
Live video feed is pretty sensitive information, so if you’re going to invite a camera into your home, it’s wise to take some precautions. You can turn your cameras around, turn them off, or unplug them, but the shutter here makes it easier. Slide the shutter up when you’re home and you see bright red plastic and a crossed-out camera symbol, and the lens sees nothing. Ready for it to monitor? Slide it back down. This Cync (formerly C by GE ) camera is affordable, captures 1080p video, and offers two-way audio. The app is easy to use, so you don’t have to be a tech wizard to figure it out. To get more than a live view, you’ll need a MicroSD card, or sign up for a cloud subscription (from $3 per month).
$70 at Amazon
$70 at Walmart
Another Great Camera
Arlo Essential Indoor Security Camera
With a compact design, clear video, and two-way audio, this camera from Arlo matches our top pick on features and performs reliably well. It can sit on a shelf or be wall-mounted, it has a privacy shutter that comes down when the camera is not in use, and it stores video in the cloud.
It’s relatively expensive, and cloud storage requires a subscription (starting from $5 per month), but the accurate subject detection and smart alerts it unlocks are top-notch. I’m also a big fan of the app for its ease of use, loading speeds, and two-factor authentication that enables you to log in to the live feed with your fingerprint or face scan (phone permitting). There’s also a built-in siren and robust smart home integration for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, and IFTTT. For folks with video doorbells or other cameras from Arlo, this camera is an obvious pick to keep things in a single app. But the lack of local storage might be a turnoff.
$70 at Amazon
$70 at Target
Best Panning Camera
Wyze Cam Pan V3
The latest panning camera from Wyze replaces the Cam Pan V2 (our previous pick here), bringing 180-degree tilt so it can scan a room up and down, IP65 weather resistance, and a new privacy mode. The refreshed design is two blocks with a hinge between them, enabling the enhanced tilt and privacy mode, where the lens faces down. The Wyze Cam Pan V3 can spin 360 degrees, and you can set up to four waypoints in the app to have it cycle through. The automatic motion tracking worked well in my testing, and I love that the camera returns to your chosen view. It’s much quieter than the previous version when moving. The video quality is decent (1080p at 20 frames-per-second), and night vision is solid, though the frame rate drops to 15. There is two-way audio, but the sound quality is poor.
The basic plan only gets you snapshot alerts, but you can record locally by inserting a microSD card (up to 256 GB). If you want cloud storage with person, package, vehicle, and pet detection, you can subscribe to Cam Plus for $2 a month. Wyze has optional home monitoring for just $10 a month if you want to upgrade your system with more cameras and sensors. That’s a fraction of what other services cost. Wyze also works in conjunction with the Noonlight app, which you can read more about in our Best Personal Safety Tech guide.
Note: You cannot use Cam Plus Lite (free 14-day cloud storage) with this camera, but you can still buy the Wyze Cam Pan V2 ($50) if that’s something you want.
$40 at Amazon
$34 at Wyze
Smartest Security Camera
Google Nest Cam (Wired, Indoor)
With an understated style, Google’s indoor Nest Cam comes in a few elegant finishes (including one with a maple wood base) to help it blend in with your decor. It has HDR, the 1080p video quality is clear, and night vision kicks on automatically when the lights are out. There’s also two-way audio, enforced two-factor authentication, and accurate detection to alert you about people, animals, or vehicles. You can install and use the Nest Cam through the Google Home app, and it’s quick to load on Nest displays or a Chromecast with Google TV. (It’s even now accessible via a web interface.)
You only get three hours of history unless you sign up for a Nest Aware subscription, which starts at $6 per month for 30 days of event video history and familiar face alerts. Once you have tagged familiar faces, your notifications include their names, which is handy (and can be reassuring). It’s good to know when your kids get home versus when an unfamiliar face pops up. It’s not 100 percent accurate, but it’s closer than any other camera I have tested. Sadly, there’s no local storage option, and the thing that really sets it apart (familiar faces) requires a relatively expensive subscription. It also lacks a privacy shutter. Try not to buy it at full price, as it’s frequently on sale.
$100 at Amazon
$100 at Target
$100 at Best Buy
Best MicroSD Cards
Security Camera Storage
Many security cameras support local storage, enabling you to record videos on the camera or a linked hub. A few hubs have built-in storage, and some provide slots for hard drives, but most rely on MicroSD cards. Here are some details on what to look for (and a few recommendations).
The MicroSD card you choose should have fast read and write speeds so that you can record high-quality video and play it back without delay. We recommend going for Class 10 MicroSD cards rated as U1 or U3. You can dive deeper into what that means in our SD card explainer. Before buying, check the card type, format, and maximum supported card size for your security camera. Consider how many hours of video each card capacity can store. For example, you might get a couple of days of HD video on a 32-GB card. If you want to record continuously, you likely want a higher-capacity card.
We recommend formatting the card as soon as you insert it into the camera. You will usually be prompted to do this, but if not, there is generally an option in the settings. Just remember, formatting will wipe anything on the MicroSD card, so back up the contents first.
Some security camera manufacturers, like Wyze, offer their own branded MicroSD cards. They work just fine in my experience, but for maximum reliability, here are my favorites. Always remember to check the specs. Even different sizes of cards in the same range often have different capabilities.
- Samsung PRO Endurance MicroSDXC (128 GB) for $21
- SanDisk High Endurance Video microSDXC Card (256 GB) for $27
- PNY Elite-X microSDXC Card (64 GB) for $20
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Honorable Mentions and Competition
Other Security Cameras
There are a lot of security cameras out there. Here are others we tried that didn’t earn a top spot.
- Nooie 360 Cam 2 for $70: We liked the original Nooie 360 Cam. This version sports a similar design, allowing for almost 360-degree rotation and 94-degree tilt, and bumps the video resolution up to 2K. It takes microSD cards (up to 128 GB) and cloud plans start from $1 per month for 7-day event recording. Unfortunately, alerts are not reliable (sometimes they didn’t come through to my phone). The Nooie app is buggy, and often took a frustratingly long time to load the video feed. Any motion triggers a recording (there’s no person or pet detection) and you can set the camera to track a subject or pan and tilt manually, but annoyingly, it doesn’t return to a default position. There is 2FA, but it’s optional.
- Panasonic Home Hawk Window for $150: This camera sticks to the inside of a window, so you can keep an eye on the outside of your house without mounting anything—a huge plus if you’re renting. The image quality is surprisingly clear, it has a decent 150-degree wide-angle view, and you can set detection to just people to avoid notifications for every car that drives past or bird that pops up. But, it’s pricey, there’s no 2FA, and there’s no cloud storage, so you’ll need a microSD card to view anything outside of a livestream.
- Ezviz C6 2K+ for $100: A cute design, crisp and clear video, and onboard AI and storage make this a compelling prospect. I like that the 2FA allows fingerprint unlock, it has a privacy mode, and it gives you the option to have gestures trigger a call. But the C6 struggled in mixed lighting, repeatedly identified my cat as a human intruder, and must be positioned low for the best view.
- SwitchBot Indoor Camera for $30 and Pan/Tilt Cam for $40: These cameras are affordable and offer clear video, but both struggled with exposure in mixed lighting. The app is a little flaky and crashed on me when I tried to play back video from an inserted microSD card, and there’s no 2FA. If you enable motion tracking, the pan cam also has the unfortunate habit of staying in the last position it tracked movement.
- Wyze Cam V3 for $30: While it offers good-quality video and works well on the whole, a price rise and limitations on the free service make this far less of a bargain than it used to be. It does boast local or cloud recordings, 2FA, and a choice of smart-home integrations. But this is one of the cameras that had a major security flaw that Wyze failed to fix for several years.
- Blink Mini for $35: Compact, versatile, and cheap, the Blink Mini offers good quality video, two-way audio, accurate motion detection, activity zones, and integration with Alexa. It worked reliably well in my testing, the problem is that you need a subscription (from $3 per month), and it detects any motion (it can’t distinguish between pets and people).
- Kami Indoor Camera for $60: This camera is very similar to the panning cameras we recommend above. It has location bookmarks, like the front door and living room windows, so you can get the camera’s focus back to that exact spot without having to fuss with the controls. Unfortunately, this camera doesn’t have two-factor authentication, though you can set a pin separate from your password to view the live feed. (If you sign in using Facebook, you can use two-factor authentication, but Facebook has its own security issues.) It also isn’t as widely available as other cameras.
- Ezviz C1C for $30 and C6CN for $80: Ezviz’s cameras are as affordable as Wyze. The app has a really nice grid view, so you can easily watch a live feed of all your cameras, but there’s a small delay when detecting motion—I set up the C6CN panning camera in my living room, and it didn’t start recording until I made it from the door to the other side of the room. It always detected motion accurately, but the delay might be an issue if you’re dealing with an intruder.
- TP-Link Kasa Spot for $23: I tried the Spot and the Spot Pan Tilt ($30), and both are impressive and inexpensive offerings from TP-Link. They have a wide field of view and decent motion detection that alerts you instantly. These cameras lacked two-factor authentication when we tested them, but the company has since added the feature to the Kasa app.
- Homam Camera ($400): I wanted to love this camera despite its high price. It looks like an adorable eye, and it comes with sassy stickers (“Homam is shooting a video here. Act naturally and don’t look at the lens”). Plus, it has 64 GB of storage, and the company says video is internally encrypted—no cloud to hack here. Unfortunately, its live view is extremely delayed, and it rarely sent motion notifications even in Nanny mode, which is supposed to trigger notifications at the slightest movement.
Photograph: Phil Barker/Getty Images
Use an Old Smartphone
You don’t need to spend money on a new security camera—an old smartphone will do as long as it can still connect to Wi-Fi. Just download a camera app (we like Alfred) to both your old phone and your new phone, then sign in with the same email address. Find a spot to mount your device and keep it charged, and you’ll be able to view the camera feed through your current phone.
The field of view won’t be as wide, the battery won’t last as long, and the mount will probably be a lot less secure. Still, if you’re going on a weekend vacation, it’s a quick and easy way to set up something essentially for free. Alfred is available for iOS and Android. It offers motion detection and can set off an alarm when it detects someone.
Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
What About Ring?
Why We Don’t Recommend It
Amazon’s Ring system has a wide selection of cameras and doorbells. They’re easy to install, work well, are reasonably priced, and are integrated with Alexa. But we’re not comfortable recommending Ring cameras, for a number of reasons. Amazon employees have snooped on Ring feeds; Ring also partners with law enforcement in a more thorough and less transparent way than other companies. There have also been a significant number of hacks.
Wyze and Nest have suffered hacks as well, and Eufy’s recent glitch brought up a number of other privacy concerns. We put all the companies we recommend under the same scrutiny. We’ll continue to monitor Ring, and we may change our recommendation in the future.
What About Eufy Security?
Why We Don’t Recommend Eufy Security
We recommended several Eufy Security cameras in the past, but it recently emerged that camera systems sold with the promise of local data storage were, in fact, uploading images to the cloud, as demonstrated by security researcher Paul Moore. Further, it proved possible to stream video from a Eufy camera without encryption through the cloud, as reported by The Verge. Considering this, on top of the software bug in May 2021 that exposed Eufy users’ camera feeds to other users, even giving them full control of the pan and zoom functions, we decided to stop recommending Eufy cameras for the time being.
Eufy’s parent company, Anker, has responded to our queries, admitting that most of the allegations are true. It claims to have fixed these issues, changing the language around its push notifications (which send images to the cloud for alerts), ensuring end-to-end encryption through the web portal (as well as the mobile app), and removing the need to upload a user’s face photo for setup. The company insists that video streams are, and always have been, encrypted with a dynamic key. Anker is promising a full risk assessment with penetration testing, an independent review of its current security and privacy systems and practices, and a new security bounty program to encourage researchers to find vulnerabilities. It has also officially engaged PWC and TrustARC to conduct a comprehensive security assessment.
These are all positive steps, but we are still concerned about the company’s initial denials. We will continue to monitor the situation and await the results of independent audits before we start recommending Eufy cameras again.
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Best Wi-Fi CCTV Cameras in 2022
Modern CCTV cameras not only help keep order and ensure the safety of work or home. They also look stylish and are easy to install because they can work without wires. In this case, we are talking about Wi-Fi cameras. They are also called IP cameras.
We rounded up the top 10 Wi-Fi cameras for home or work to make your choice easier. There are different prices in this segment, but it is possible to make a place of work, study or residence safer for little money.
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1. GreenVision GV-090-GM-DIG20-10
2. Xiaomi Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro
3. Xiaomi MIJIA Smart Camera Battery
4. Xiaomi IMILAB Home Security Camera C20
900 02 5. Wi-Fi camera TP-LINK Tapo C200
6. TP-LINK Tapo C100
7. Hikvision DS-2CD2041G1-IDW1
8. Wi-Fi camera Dahua DH-IPC-HFW1435SP-W-S2
9. Dahua DH-SD1A40 4XB-GNR-W
10. Wi-Fi camera Imou Ranger Pro
GreenVision GV-090-GM-DIG20-10 indoor Wi-Fi dome model. It is budget (from $25), works wirelessly or connects to the network via LAN.
GreenVision GV-090-GM-DIG20-10 records video to a memory card in Full HD resolution. Of the functions, there is a light sensor, a motion detector, broadcasting and control via a smartphone, motion notifications, IR illumination up to 10 meters.
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Xiaomi Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro
Xiaomi Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro is a popular indoor IP camera. She can shoot in 2K (2304 × 1296), there is infrared illumination, face recognition and motion detection, and the horizontal viewing angle is 110 °.
Xiaomi Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro comes with a swivel design, Bluetooth 4.2 for interoperability with other smart home devices and two noise-canceling microphones. She also has two-way communication, for which a microphone and a speaker are installed on the case. Communication and management takes place through a proprietary application. For this Wi-Fi camera they ask from $58.
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Xiaomi MIJIA Smart Camera Battery
Another popular camera model from Xiaomi is called MIJIA Smart Camera Battery. This directional wireless IP camera for outdoor surveillance received a waterproof housing (IP65) and is powered by a 5100 mAh battery. It is said that this is enough for 100 days of work in intelligent surveillance mode. This means that the camera will only turn on when motion is detected.
Xiaomi MIJIA Smart Camera Battery shoots in 1080p at 30 fps. Recording takes place on microSD up to 64 GB or in the cloud. There is a night mode and the ability to live stream to a smartphone (P2P function). For the model they ask from $58.
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Xiaomi IMILAB Home Security Camera C20
Another popular and affordable Xiaomi Wi-Fi camera is called IMILAB Home Security Camera C20. It is designed for filming indoors and costs a penny (from $27). For this money, the user receives a Full HD video recording, a microphone and a speaker for feedback.
Xiaomi IMILAB Home Security Camera C20 saves recorded videos to a memory card up to 64 GB. Among the additional features, it is worth highlighting a motion sensor, as well as a PTZ design that allows the user to change the viewing angle and zoom in on images.
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TP-LINK Tapo C200 Wi-Fi Camera
The TP-LINK Tapo C200 is a popular affordable indoor Wi-Fi camera. It is placed on a table or mounted on the ceiling, it has a swivel design, motion detection, sound and light alarms, two-way audio and privacy mode.
TP-LINK Tapo C200 shoots in Full HD at 15 fps. Recording takes place on a memory card up to 128 GB. The camera can be connected to a smart home based on Google Home and Amazon Alexa. For TP-LINK Tapo C200 they ask from $35.
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TP-LINK Tapo C100
TP-LINK sells not one, but several interesting Wi-Fi cameras. The second popular model is called Tapo C100 and looks usual for the segment of desktop home cameras: a leg and a compact body with a card reader. Buyers are also attracted by the budget price tag of $28.
The TP-LINK Tapo C100 IP camera shoots in Full HD, is equipped with illumination up to 9 meters and can be part of a Google Home or Amazon Alexa smart home. It has sound and light alarms, a microphone, motion alerts and app control.
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The Hikvision DS-2CD2041G1-IDW1 model is made of plastic and metal, protected according to IP66 standard and can withstand temperatures from minus 30 to plus 60 degrees Celsius. As you understand, this was done for a reason, but for outdoor use.
Hikvision DS-2CD2041G1-IDW1 shoots video at 2560×1440 pixels at 20 frames per second. There is a night mode and powerful IR illumination with a range of 30 meters. The Wi-Fi camera is equipped with a motion detector and a microphone to record the sound of the surroundings. For the model they ask from $80.
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Wi-Fi camera Dahua DH-IPC-HFW1435SP-W-S2
Dahua DH-IPC-HFW1435SP-W-S2 is a directional outdoor IP camera with LAN and Wi-Fi connection. The case is protected from moisture according to the IP67 standard. The camera shoots at 2560×1440 at 20 fps. There is a motion and light sensor, and the backlight range is 30 meters.
Wi-Fi camera operates at temperatures from -30 to +60 degrees Celsius with a maximum humidity of up to 95%. The model can be controlled remotely, everything is recorded on a memory card up to 256 GB. It is sold at a price of $67.
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Dahua has another popular Wi-Fi camera model and it is DH-SD1A404XB-GNR-W. This option is outdoor, and the form factor is dome with a connection via LAN or Wi-Fi. The camera shoots at a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels at 25 fps. There is a backlight with a range of 15 meters and support for a large number of video formats.
The Dahua DH-SD1A404XB-GNR-W case is IP66 water-resistant and is resistant to low or high temperatures. In addition to the standard features for outdoor Wi-Fi cameras, this model has an area of interest setting and face recognition. True, this model is the most expensive of all in the top – $ 280.
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Imou Ranger Pro Wi-Fi Camera
Imou Ranger Pro is an indoor Wi-Fi dome camera with both Wi-Fi and LAN connectivity. Controlled design (PTZ), horizontal viewing angle is 89°, vertically – 48°. There is a motion detector with an alert function and a light sensor.
Imou Ranger Pro Wi-Fi camera shoots in 1080p resolution at 25 fps, it has a backlight up to 10 meters, a microphone and speakers, work with proprietary software, cloud storage or recording to a memory card (up to 128 GB). Imou Ranger Pro is asking for $62.
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Judging by the popular models above, buying a Wi-Fi camera in 2022 is not difficult. Models for indoors are as affordable as possible, and for the streets a little more expensive, but they will also not hit the budget much. At the same time, they provide at least Full HD resolution, are equipped with backlight and night modes, motion sensors, microphones and other bells and whistles. And you can watch everything from the application on your smartphone.
Do you have an IP camera? If yes, then share your experience of using it, tell us where it is, how it works and whether you are satisfied. If you know good models that are not in the top above, then write the names in the comments.
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How to choose an IP camera with Wi-Fi – Ivideon blog
Wireless cameras are classified according to body type as bullet, dome, table top and PTZ. They differ in the type of installation, purpose (internal / external), as well as in a number of additional functions, such as a built-in speaker and microphone. The WiFi module in the device allows you to connect it to a router without a network cable.
- Dome is more durable, there are even anti-vandal devices. They are securely attached to any surface, often to the ceiling. They do not put a microphone and speakers in them, since they are usually located under the roof of a house or in crowded places where sound intelligibility is low. In such WiFi cameras, the antenna is installed inside the case, which reliably protects it from accidental and intentional damage.
- Cylindrical – these are classic outdoor cameras, most often attached to vertical surfaces. There are anti-vandal devices, but mounting on a thin leg is not as practical as a closed dome with secret bolts. Installing them is easier, among the models in this case there are many budget options. Bullet cameras often have an external WiFi antenna, which improves signal quality.
- Tabletop cameras for indoor use only. Many Ivideon, Nobelic and Hikvision models are equipped with a microphone and speaker. They can be installed without a fixed mount, for example, by placing them on a table or cabinet.
Almost all outdoor cameras are equipped with IR illumination. This feature allows the camera to record in poor lighting conditions. For home cameras, seeing at night is not necessary, so you can choose a camera with and without illumination. For example, Nobelic NBLC-1210F-WMSD/P has night vision and a motion sensor.
If you want to keep an eye on your child and babysitter during the day when you are at work, then IR illumination is not needed. And if you need a baby monitor, then the recording will be conducted without lighting and seeing what is happening in the dark is simply necessary. This feature does not make the device much more expensive, so for round-the-clock surveillance, it is better to choose a camera with the ability to shoot in poorly lit places.
When choosing a camera for outdoor use, pay attention to the illumination range. Usually it ranges from 10-15 m to 60-80 m. If you need to cover a large area, then the Nobelic NBLC-P3461Z-SD camera will be an excellent choice. Illumination range up to 60 m!
Angle of view
Each camera has a set of lenses that focus light rays onto the sensor. Depending on the characteristics of the lenses, the image capture angle is usually between 70 and 125 degrees. The larger the angle, the more space the video captures and vice versa.
Outdoor cameras should cover as much area as possible to keep the number of recording devices to a minimum. And at home there may be options. For example, to view a corridor or a narrow long room, the Hikvision DS-2CD2443G0-IW camera is suitable. And in order to view a large living room, it is better to choose Nobelic NBQ-1110F, it is also available in a black case.
The microphone and speakers in the home camera will allow you to communicate with the person in the surveillance location. For example, when looking after a child, you can communicate with him or the nanny. You can also control the repair process and your employees, giving instructions along the way. Nobelic NBLC-1410F-WMSD allows you to communicate with people on the other side of the lens through any device with Internet access.
The motion sensor in the camera allows you to activate the recording only when something happens. A camera with this feature requires much less storage space. But if your device does not have such functionality, then it can be added using the Ivideon service. The server will only record when there is movement. For example, Ivideon Cute has built-in motion and sound sensors, it is a very affordable camera with excellent functionality.
Resolution and pixels
The higher the video resolution, the better you can distinguish objects in the video. Along with the quality of the picture, the requirements for the width of the data transmission channel grow or, in a simple way, you need a higher Internet speed. It is worth noting that the WiFi connection is suitable for even the most demanding cameras, this data transfer channel is capable of transmitting standard household 100 megabits per second. That is enough for 40-50 cameras with a resolution of 4 MP.
For example, a camera with a 4 MP sensor captures video with a quality of 4 million pixels per frame, the resolution may vary. For example, Hikvision DS-2CD2143G0-IS shoots at 2560×1440 resolution.
If you want to activate the face recognition function, then read the corresponding article. At home, this is unlikely to be useful, but it can be useful as an element of a security system.
Here is an approximate list of the required resolution and tasks for them:
- 1.3 MP – optimal for a baby monitor. Such cameras are in the budget segment, they are enough to look after a child. Also suitable for covering a small space like a kitchen or a small bedroom. It can be used as a security system, but at long distances it will be difficult to distinguish faces.
- 2 MP – enough to monitor a medium room or a small courtyard located at the front door to control all visitors. It can be used for automatic face recognition within a radius of up to 6 m. But this figure is very approximate, different matrices give different picture quality.
- 3 MP – good recording quality and the ability to distinguish faces, license plates at a distance of more than 6 m. The exact range depends on the model. Suitable for monitoring a large area or very high-quality monitoring of living quarters with an area above the average.
- 4 MP is the perfect solution for maximum area coverage. At home, such permission is most often redundant. The requirements for storage space and network bandwidth are quite high for consumer cameras.
How to choose an IP camera with WiFi?
WiFi cameras are most often installed indoors. This is convenient, since you do not need to pull a cable behind it, and there are sockets inside the living quarters everywhere. If you install the camera outside, you still have to pull the power cable, which is not much easier than throwing a twisted pair with PoE.
How to choose an IP camera with WiFi and recording for home?
Cameras are installed indoors for three reasons:
- control of children, this includes a video baby monitor and video control of a real nanny;
- pet care.
All three problems can be solved by cameras with wireless Internet connection. Recording can be provided in two ways – locally and in the cloud. Local recording goes through recorders with built-in drives or even easier – through a USB flash drive that is inserted directly into the camera.
The big disadvantage of storing data locally is that you can lose it during a robbery. Criminals can steal the registrar itself or a camera with a flash drive, and monitoring the child becomes completely impossible.
A more modern and reliable way to store information is the cloud. The Ivideon service offers the possibility of control over the Internet. The cameras connect to the service and you can access them from any device.
Information is stored securely on our servers. No one but you will be able to view, edit or delete this data.
What is the maximum WiFi range of the camera?
The camera transmitter does not have its own range, the signal quality depends only on the router. An average household router can provide a stable signal at a distance of up to 15 meters without walls. Different building materials jam the signal in different ways, there are types of insulation with aluminum that almost completely block WiFi transmission, so the real range can only be known by testing the equipment live.
It should be said that cameras with an external antenna are slightly more powerful. It is usually installed on models for outdoor use.
What Internet speed is required for video surveillance?
We are not interested in the reception speed, which is usually advertised by providers, but in the return. Usually it is up to 10 times lower than the intake.
Now let’s deal with the units of measurement: there are eight bits in one byte. If you have an Internet speed of 100 megabits, then by simple calculations we get 12.5 megabytes per second. The upload speed must be measured through the appropriate services, for example https://2ip.ru/speed/.