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Video Surveillance Camera: Which to Buy

The video surveillance camera or security cameras – better known as IP CAM – are the new frontier of car alarms, especially thanks to very simple installation and integration with smartphones allow the interior view in an easy and fast of your own home or the external via Android or iOS app. All this is possible because they use the direct connection to the wifi router via wireless or ethernet cable, and can be reached remotely via any smartphone or tablet with an internet connection.

The gem that makes this type of video surveillance camera, particularly interesting (not everyone is able to do it of course) is that most of them are able to record only when some movement is detected and it is possible to set an alert notification that informs us in real-time of this suspicious movement in our house.

All this allows us to increase security by minimizing the inherent memory factor needed to save these footages. But what are the factors to keep in mind when buying a good digital surveillance camera, which can actually become a real home burglar alarm? Let’s find out together.

Main features

When choosing your surveillance cameras you will have to keep in mind a few but important concepts with which you will not only purchase the CCTV camera that best fits your needs but above all, you will spend the right price for what you are looking for:

Recording quality: The output video format can vary in resolution depending on the type of camera, ranging from 640 × 480 pixels to 1920 × 1080 pixels. This factor may seem obvious taking us to choose IP CAM with rather high resolutions in order to have the top shots, but the negative aspect is when we are going to see them, if our connection is slow enough we will find it difficult to see a stable way. Which is why, if we were in such a situation, it would be better to opt for a room with a lower resolution to reduce the traffic on our home line. The recording quality also includes the compression ratio offered by the recording format, which can be: H.264, MPEG4, MJPEG, and JPEG. This is also a factor not to be overlooked because the higher our relationship, the less heavy our records will be. Among those mentioned, the best compression ratio is undoubtedly the H.264.

Action range and sensors: Some of the best surveillance cameras allow you to rotate (remotely controlled) to increase your range. There are also fish-eye optics that maximize the field of view without having to rotate the camera. As for the sensors, instead, they can be equipped with Motion Detection technology, able to capture the movements in the range of action of the security cams and so start recording or send a notification to your smartphone. Another interesting sensor that tries to solve the problem of the infinite range of the cameras in question and is the one that allows them to “listen” to any noise and once they are detected, start recording.

Data storage: Last but not least, let’s analyze the aspect of data storage. This aspect is quite varied and varies from camera to camera. However, the most common storage method is NAS storage, a network device that provides space for storing any type of data. Then there are cameras that save the data on a proprietary cloud and finally, there are rooms with micro SD slots on the back that save the data directly on the spot. Once we have analyzed the main aspects that distinguish the various IP video surveillance camera present on today’s market, we can now move on to our recommendations for purchases, obviously taking into account one of the main factors for the purchase, the quality and price ratio.

Why buy a video surveillance camera?

A wireless surveillance cameras positioned on the front door, above your garage or connected to a rear entrance, is able to provide a glimpse of what really happens outside, even during the night, whether someone is trying to steal or animals passing by through the garbage cans. You could warn with a danger sign and the presence of the cameras security, to scare off the bad guys. Home security systems with cameras should help you identify someone, record any suspicious movements and be able to be checked at any time. If this is not enough, you can monitor your home security with 24 hour surveillance, 7 days a week, especially if you are on vacation, perhaps receiving notification alerts for any suspicious activity.

Many security camera systems are equipped with on-board speakers, this means that you can record an audio message with your smartphone and send it to the outdoor security cameras that will play it. If the verbal threat does not work, there are home surveillance systems that can provide an alarm that warns neighbors or certain numbers that they can intervene quickly. Of course, you can save footages for later viewing. Some surveillance cameras also integrate with other smart systems in the home to activate alarms, lights, thermostats, and other devices when movement is detected.

Best video surveillance camera

Now that we have seen a nice overview of what digital surveillance cameras are and who (and why) should buy them, we are ready to list what we consider to be the best in the industry for value for money.

Sricam SP018

One of the most appreciated for its good quality and price ratio! Installation is very simple and there is support for an app for remote control. The head can move in all directions and thanks to the wide-angle 1080p HD lens you can keep an eye on the whole space.

Add to this the hands-free function to talk at a distance through the camera (with the app) and the support NVR and RTSP, as well as the WiFi 5Ghz. A 12-month guarantee is added to all!

YI Dome Camera

Yi is a brand that you’ve known, perhaps thanks to Xiaomi. This Yi Dome is equipped with good features and excellent quality in the filming.

This home security camera has a 112° wide-angle lens, capable of rotating for 345°, it is possible to make a 4x zoom of the shots, it is equipped with night vision and through two-way audio, it is possible to capture both the sounds and send them (remotely maybe). As for the sensors instead, we find that of movements and noises and is able to send reports via email in case of strange movements in the house.

In short, respectable features for a device that maintains a very good quality and price ratio. As far as archiving is concerned, we also find a MicroSD slot that can host a 32GB card and through the proprietary application, very user-friendly, it will be possible to manage up to 12 rooms simultaneously.

YI 1080p Home Security Camera

Another YI product, more satisfaction. This video surveillance camera is capable of recording 1080p video at 15fps with a panoramic wide angle of view of 111°. Features 2.0mm lens (focal length) and zoom: up to 4X. Its price is also quite cheap. Other interesting features to note are the two-way audio with a built-in microphone and speaker, night vision mode up to 5 meters with 8 non-invasive discrete LEDs (for babies and children when they sleep) and 940nm infrared sensor.

You can control it via your smartphone thanks to the YI Home App (up to 12 cameras), download free from Google Play Store or Apple App Store. YI 1080p Home Camera allows recording on smartphones and PCs or on micro SD cards up to 32GB.

D-Link DCS-942L

This D-Link is one of the most sold on the market in terms of a surveillance camera. The quality of shooting is 640 × 480 pixels, it is equipped with infrared LEDs for night vision and a motion sensor that alerts us via SMS or e-mail when it is activated. As for storage, on the side, there is a slot for micro SD cards (maximum 32GB) and therefore does not require the use of NAS devices.

It does not have a POE connector and therefore the only way to interface with the network is via WIFI. And finally, as far as the application and portals sector is concerned, which can be accessed to view the videos and modify any settings, D-Link provides the mydlink system that allows you to easily control our cameras security from the outside.

SV3C Outdoor Security Cameras

Very varied depending on what you are looking for, but these outdoor security cameras are one of the best choices in terms of both functionality and price point of view, in our opinion!

In addition to 1080p FullHD resolution with 35 fps (which should guarantee clear and smooth images) there is support for POE – Power Over Ethernet – which allows this CCTV camera to connect to the Internet and provides a live feed at the same only thanks to the Ethernet cable coming from your router.

TP-Link Kasa Cam Outdoor Camera

The TP-Link Kasa Cam Outdoor camera is a video surveillance camera that should not be mounted at home but outside. It has a high resolution (1080p), 2-way audio to communicate with the delivery person at your front door or use the siren to scare away intruders.

The magnetic camera mount and mounting wall plate make for quick set-up and allows you to configure your camera for the best view, you can also get instant alerts straight to your smartphone whenever your outdoor camera detects any sound or motion.

Netgear Arlo Q

This Arlo deserves one of the podium places given its simplicity of assembly and use. Netgear has done a good job both from the hardware point of view, in fact, this security camera allows recording in full HD and has a field of view of 130 °, and both from the software point of view of its app that allows to manage 4 IP Cams simultaneously configuring them in a simple and fast way.

As for the data storage, in this case, we have the possibility to use cloud storage having 1GB free of space.

Netgear Arlo Pro 2 / Arlo Ultra 4K Surveillance Camera System

As can be guessed from the name of the model we are faced with a higher-end security camera systems than the aforementioned Arlo Q. This is declared by the owner of the house as a room that does not fear darkness or water. Yes, the surveillance camera is weatherproof and is equipped with a system with RGB-IR technology that allows the full HD sensor (with 130° viewing angle) to capture images at night with uniform illumination.

Furthermore, Arlo Pro (as well as its previous version) is powered by battery so they do not need cables of any kind, which makes it extremely easy to mount even in less “reachable and more complex” areas of the house.

YI Home Camera 3

Compared to its predecessors, it presents many new and interesting features, thanks to an Artificial Intelligence (AI) improved in the smallest details. Motion and noise sensors will only report unusual noises such as a baby’s crying or broken glass. You will also have included in the price 1 month of free storage in YI Cloud, to be able to keep your videos safe even if the room is damaged or stolen.

Through the application that allows remote control, you can turn on/off and program the operation of the web security camera to your liking, setting weekly days and time slots. The technical sector sees the 1080p FullHD sensor, wide-angle, night vision and bilateral audio. The integrated microphone and loudspeaker allow either to have a conversation at a distance (or to send commands to their animals) or to scare off any unwanted guests.

Foscam Outdoor PTZ

These Foscam outdoor security cameras are equipped with 1080p HD video quality, H.264 compression and have motion detection to alert you to suspicious movements via email. Thanks to its IR-LED it is able to illuminate and reach distances that are around 196 feet and is compatible with PoE (energy and data through the same ethernet cable). Remotely you can reach it via the DDNS service (if configured by the user).

Best-selling video surveillance camera

At the end of our best video surveillance camera buying guide, we are leaving you here with the top 10 of the most sold security cameras at the moment. The ranking is updated automatically every day.

Bestseller No. 1
Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Person Detection, Works with Alexa & the Google Assistant
  • New! (July 2019): Get notified when a person is detected and filter your event videos with people using on-device AI person detection. Available immediately, all Wyze Cam v2 owners can update their camera's firmware to enjoy this new feature at no additional cost.
  • 1080P Full HD live stream direct to your smartphone day or night with night vision (up to 30 feet away). works with 2. 4GHz Wi-Fi networks (does not support 5GHz Wi-Fi)
  • Motion tagging technology detects and outlines motion in both live stream and playback video modes. Operating system supports iOS 8. 0 android 5. 0 or later. Night vision has four infrared LEDs 850 Nm with IR cut filter and illuminates up to 29. 6 feet.
  • Get alerted instantly - Wyze Cam automatically records a 12-second Event Video when it detects motion or sounds. Turn on push notifications to stay on top of things without having to constantly monitor the app.
  • Free, rolling 14-day cloud storage - Event Videos are securely uploaded to the AWS cloud via end-to-end encryption and are accessible for 14 days - no subscription or monthly fees required. Use the Wyze app (iOS android) to manage and share multiple cameras.
Bestseller No. 2
Wyze Cam Pan 1080p Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wi-Fi Indoor Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Person Detection, Works with Alexa & the Google Assistant
  • New! (July 2019): Get notified when a person is detected and filter your event videos with people using on-device AI person detection. Available immediately, all Wyze Cam Pan owners can update their camera's firmware to enjoy this new feature at no additional cost.
  • 1080P Full HD video and night vision that uses 6 IR LEDs (940nm) and distinguishes 18 steps of gray to provide clear images up to 30 feet away. Works with 2. 4GHz Wi-Fi networks (does not support 5GHz Wi-Fi)
  • 110 Degree/sec rotation Speed, 360 Degree horizontal range, 93 degree vertical range for 360 degree coverage in under 3 sec. Pan scan feature automatically scans your room based on up to 4 waypoints. Field of View - 120 Degree lens
  • Get alerted instantly - Wyze Cam Pan automatically records a 12-second Event Video when it detects motion or sounds. Turn on push notifications to stay on top of things without having to constantly monitor the app.
  • Free, rolling 14-day cloud storage - Event Videos are securely uploaded to the AWS cloud via end-to-end encryption and are accessible for 14 days - no subscription or monthly fees required. Use the Wyze app (iOS android) to manage and share multiple cameras
SaleBestseller No. 3
Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Person Detection, Works with Alexa & the Google Assistant (Pack of 2)
  • New! (July 2019): Get notified when a person is detected and filter your event videos with people using on-device AI person detection. Available immediately, all Wyze Cam v2 owners can update their camera's firmware to enjoy this new feature at no additional cost.
  • 1080P Full HD live stream direct to your smartphone day or night with night vision (up to 30 feet away). works with 2. 4GHz Wi-Fi networks (does not support 5GHz Wi-Fi)
  • Motion tagging technology detects and outlines motion in both live stream and playback video modes
  • Wyze Cam automatically records a 12-second Event Video when it detects motion or sounds. Videos are securely uploaded to the AWS cloud via end-to-end encryption and are accessible for 14 days - no subscription or monthly fees required.
  • Continuous recording with local storage - Wyze Cam supports local storage of recordings to a microSD card (sold separately). Play back videos with your Wyze app to solve life's mysteries. Local Storage - Supports 8GB, 16GB and 32GB microSD cards in FAT32 format
SaleBestseller No. 4
[New 2019] FullHD 1080p WiFi Home Security Camera Pan/Tilt/Zoom - Best Rated Smart App, Work with Alexa - Wireless IP Indoor Surveillance System - Night Vision, Remote Baby Monitor iOS (Black)
  • 🎥【REAL 1080P FullHD With SONY SENSOR & Perfect IR Night Vision】- FullHD 1080P, 2.0 MP home security camera, better image capture by High-quality optics SONY, auto white balance, and exposure. Sharp and contrast-rich night vision, IR auto switch. 355 x 155 degree Pan/Tilt covers every corner of your room.
  • ★【SUPER EASY SETUP WITH TOP RATED APP (30K 5-STAR REVIEWS)】- Quick WiFi setup with high rank mobile App "Smart Life" on iPhone or Android smartphone (5G is not supported). Wireless security camera supports remote access via mobile App anywhere and anytime. This security camera with Micro SD card slot (8-64GB supported). ▲Support 2.4G WiFi only. YouTube connects video ☞ [bit.do/eSXuP]
  • ☁【FULL HOME PROTECTION WITH CLOUD STORAGE AVAILABLE】- Having placed several MORVELLI cameras around the house - you can always be aware of what is happening and where! With built-in high-sensitivity activity detection technology alerts will be immediately sent to your devices when moving objects are detected. The channel that transmits information, has advanced encryption technology, protects you from hacking! The camera supports cloud storage for recording by motion sensor.
  • 📞【SUPPORT ALEXA ECHO & OS: iOS, Android, Tablet, iPad】- MORVELLI camera can work with Alexa Echo! Just ask Alex to show what you want! You can watch live video from a surveillance camera, even without using a smartphone or tablet. At this time you can do other things. For proper operation of the camera requires a constant power source of 110 V.
  • ✉【PROFESSIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE & GUARANTEED】- 12-month Warranty. Any questions, contact Morvelli customer service and you will experience great service. We will offer you satisfactory solution and we will reply you within 6 hours. Support service is available 24\7 via email: support@morvelli.com
Bestseller No. 5
Victure Trail Game Camera with Night Vision Motion Activated 1080P 12MP Hunting Trap Cameras with Low Glow and Upgraded Waterproof IP66 for Outdoor Wildlife Watching
  • 【HIGH-DEFINITION RESOLUTION】1080P full HD resolution and automatic day/night sensor ensure crisp, vivid images and videos that provide the realistic details you need for in-depth knowledge of game animals' behavior characteristics.
  • 【INCREDIBLY TRIGGER SENSITIVITY】 A trigger speed of 0.5 seconds with 3 continuous shots means you're less likely to miss capturing an image of wildlife that is quickly moving across the field of view.
  • 【INVISIBLE NIGHTTIME SCOUTING】Victure game camera takes advanced low-glow infrared LED technology and superior motion-activated sensor to produce quality black and white nighttime vision without alerting game.
  • 【ENTRY-LEVEL AND USER FRIENDLY】The easy-to-use 2.4" LCD screen with user-friendly navigation of image mode options, photo quality, video length, PIR interval, time lapse settings make it simple to customize your scouting specifications.
  • 【AFFORDABLE AND BEST CHOICE】Lower price and higher performance make this trail camera a perfect scouting GIFT for hunting, garden wildlife monitoring, farm burglar, home security and property surveillance. Using lithium batteries or 6V external power supply will keep it working longer.
Bestseller No. 6
Ring Floodlight Camera Motion-Activated HD Security Cam Two-Way Talk and Siren Alarm, White
  • Works with Alexa to launch real-time video with your voice
  • Lets you see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC
  • Sends alerts as soon as motion is detected
  • Requires hardwired installation to weatherproof electrical boxes
  • Monitors your home in 1080HD video with infrared night vision and Live View
Bestseller No. 7
Campark Trail Game Camera 14MP 1080P Waterproof Hunting Scouting Cam for Wildlife Monitoring with 120°Detecting Range Motion Activated Night Vision 2.4" LCD IR LEDs
  • ◀ 14MP Clearer Image + 1080P Sharper Video Resolution ▶ The trail camera captures 14 Mega Pixel crystal images and full HD 1080P videos,providing more high-quality details during daytime(black and white at night).You could easily see the vivid world of wildlife. (Memory card NOT included in the package)
  • ◀ Faster 0.3s Trigger Speed ▶Once detecting the movements,the hunting camera will be triggered instantly in 0.3s without delay.You will never miss any exciting moments even at night.The trigger distance is up to 20m(65ft).
  • ◀ Excellent Sensitivity and Night Vision with 3 PIR ▶The scouting camera will detect movements of wild animals as soon as they enter the detecting range.With 3 passive infrared sensors,the high-sensitive camera detect and record every breathtaking motion with lower power consumption.The 42 pcs upgraded infrared LEDs without bright flash can let you catch any moment even at dark night.850nm invisible infrared technology support super clear night vision.
  • ◀ 120° Wide Angle Lens + Waterproof Sturdy Device ▶The game camera is equipped with 120° detecting range,which allows you to get excellent broader view.It will record any animal movements you want with wide angle lens even in rainy days.
  • ◀ Easy to Operate + Multiple Applications ▶The hunting cam is easy to operate and mount.You could apply the user-friendly device to outdoor activities,not only hunting but also home security, property surveillance, wildlife monitoring and scouting,Farm Security. We guarantee 45 days money back and 12-month warranty and professional after-sale service within 24 hours. Campark SD card reader:https://amzn.to/2SSpezR
Bestseller No. 8
Baby Monitor, Lefun Wireless IP Security Camera WiFi Surveillance Pet Camera with Cloud Storage Two Way Audio Remote Viewing Pan/Tilt/Zoom Night Vision Motion Detect for Home/Shop/Office
  • REMOTE CONTROL WITH WiFi: Without a specific display, it can be used as a baby monitor to view your baby's activity and safety. No matter where you are, you can monitor your baby with your phones, pads and PC after the baby camera connected the WiFi.
  • RECORD PLEASURE MOMENTS: Equipped with 720P resolution, the pet camera supports video recording, snapshots and playback via cloud service or TF card storage (up to 128G). This security camera supports one or multiple device accessing at the same time via password identity feature.
  • KEEP IN TOUCH WITH FAMILY: You can keep in touch with your baby anytime with the built-in microphone and speaker allowing the voice be delivered between the APP and the wireless camera sides. This baby monitor also have Intelligent Motion Alerts feature, you can receive Message Alerts/Snapshots on your phone.
  • EASY TO SETUP AND OPERATE: Quick setup this surveillance camera via 2.4G wifi (not 5G), connected with your smartphones, tablet and PC in minutes by using the MIPC. With Pan 350°/Tilt 100° and IR led Night Vision, you can view any angle of your home at anytime and anywhere.
  • SECURITY & WARRANTY: Financial level Encryption Technology, make you connect to any devices, via a secure, safe network. All LeFun wifi cameras sold by LeFun Smart have CE, FCC and RoHS certified. When you purchase LEFUN Cameras, please place order on LeFun Smart.
SaleBestseller No. 9
YI 4pc Home Camera, 1080p Wi-Fi IP Security Surveillance Smart System with 24/7 Emergency Response, Night Vision, Baby Monitor on iOS, Android App - Cloud Service Available
  • 24/7 Full HD Recording - F/2.0 aperture, 112 wide-angle lens, 1080p/15fps to capture moments with clear picture. Features two-way audio to allow you to receive and transmit audio from any location with a WiFi connection. Enhanced Night Vision - 8 individual 940nm infrared LED's, which automatically turns on infrared (IR) in low light conditions, allowing you to see clearly in the dark. (power source required)
  • Optional 24/7 Emergency Response Service - YI's motion alerts and live video feeds are now equipped with the option to instantly involve Noonlight's Certified Emergency Dispatchers, who coordinate with police, fire, and EMS agencies on customers' behalf to ensure the situation is promptly handled.
  • Activity Alerts - Baby Crying Detection and Motion Detection features use state-of-the-art technology to detect and send notifications to your phone. Activity Alerts (7-day storage in YI Cloud) available free of charge without a microSD memory card or a YI Cloud subscription
  • YI Home App - Acess your camera with our mobile APP anytime and anywhere. Allows sharing your camera with up to 5 family members or friends, and view multiple cameras on a single account
  • Cloud Storage - Supports YI Cloud to avoid the risk of losing footage from a microSD memory card, and ensures all recorded video is safe, secure, and protected with the most efficient compression and highest protection of data. Local backup supports up to 32GB Class10 microSD cards with FAT32 format. One year warranty is only for authorized seller YI Technology.
SaleBestseller No. 10
Wireless Rechargeable Battery Powered Camera, Home Security System, Night Vision, Indoor/Outdoor, HD Video with Motion Detection, 2-Way Audio Talk WiFi Camera, IP65 Waterproof, Built-in SD Slot
  • RECHARGEABLE & LONG STANDBY TIME: This rechargeable camera comes with a 6000mAh battery that lasts up to 2 - 5 months when fully charged so that you don't have to worry about continuously charging it(Tips: FULLY CHARGE when use it for first time).
  • EASY TO INSTALL & USE: This wire-free battery powered outdoor security camera takes less than 5 minutes to set up without having to use any complicated tools. It comes with a magnetic bracket screw and double-sided adhesive tape allowing you to install it anywhere you want.
  • WIRELESS & CORDLESS: When we say our indoor/outdoor surveillance camera is totally wireless, we mean it. There are no wires involved whether it's watching the streams or installing it. Our rechargeable security camera is powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that allows you to place it indoors and outdoors without worrying about annoying wires.
  • HD IMAGE QUALITY & WEATHERPROOF: Our wireless security camera is built with an HD camera that provides you with clear and crisp recordings that you can watch remotely in real-time through the mobile app cloudEdge. It maintains a 130 Degree Wide View Angle and offers two-way audio talk to let you easily hold conversations. When motion is detected, it can also forward an alarm and image to your smartphone. Our outside camera security system is designed to withstand the bad weather.
  • MAKE YOUR HOME SAFER: Equipped with night vision and advanced PIR motion detection, this home security camera system is exactly what you need to up the safety of your home and family. This battery operated security camera can see in the dark and detect motion up to 10m (32ft). It's ideal for night/day use and starts recording to the micro SD card(NOT included, up to 128GB) after detecting motion.

About Ankeet Solanki

He started this blog as a hobby to show his affection for gadgets, but over the time this hobby became professional. And now he is working as a full-time blogger, but in free time he loves watching movies and games. PayPal donation for TechToyReviews will be appreciated.

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