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Security Camera System Reviews: Capturing Criminals and Embarrassing Moments

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Outdoor camera: Security Camera System ReviewsHave there been a lot of burglaries in your neighborhood? Or maybe you just had a new baby and you are looking for ways to protect your growing family? Protecting your property is important, but you also want to keep your family safe so a camera may be the perfect solution for your needs. Take a look at our home security camera system reviews to find the best security camera system for your home or business.

What’s an NVR?

In this article you may notice we mention an NVR for a few of these security camera systems. An NVR stands for a network video recorder. An NVR is a software program that records the video captured from your cameras to a digital format. Do not confuse these with a DVR (digital video recorder) as a DVR’s input is from a direct connection to the video camera whereas an NVR is connected over a network like the internet.

Explanation of Image Resolution

What are TV lines and why do they matter? Think of TV lines like you think of pixels. The more TV lines (TVL) the better because it means you’ll have a clearer image. A camera with 700 TVL and a 960H DVR gives you the ability to identify someone up to 10 feet away. Whereas an HD camera (which is measured in pixels) lets you identify someone up to 50 feet away and sometimes even further depending on the model. HD cameras are often shown as 720p or 1080p meaning they have 720 or 1080 pixels.

Best Security Camera System Reviews

As a friendly “heads up” we didn’t rank these products, but we do have suggestions for what each system is best designed for. They are displayed in alphabetical order. We didn’t think that one of the systems stood out from the others enough to warrant a winner for this category but you will likely have a winner based on your unique needs. To go directly to one of the home surveillance system reviews, choose one of the surveillance camera reviews below. Or to read all of the business and home surveillance systems reviews, keep scrolling. Also, please note that all of these cameras are wired, also known as CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) Systems.

Night Vision: Lorex | Business: Zmodo | Large Home: Q-See | Small Home: Swann | Outdoor: AvertX

Best for Night Vision: Lorex Review

Lorex 4 Channel HD Surveillance SystemView on Amazon

The Lorex 4 Channel HD Surveillance System includes four bullet cameras and the recorder. The recorder has 1TB of storage but is expandable to 4TB. With a 72° field of view you’ll be able to cover multiple areas whether they are indoor or outdoor. This system has an excellent night vision range of 120 feet which is why it’s our pick for those of you looking for a great system with long distance night vision.

Pros

Cons

  • Indoor and outdoor use
  • Remote viewing on iOS and Android
  • Easy installation
  • 120′ night vision
  • Digital zoom in app and DVR
  • Camera operating temperature: 14°F to 122°F
  • Cannot add on more cameras

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Best for Business: Zmodo Review

Zmodo Simplified PoE Security SystemView on Amazon

The Zmodo Simplified PoE Security System has eight channels and comes with eight cameras. It has a 1TB hard drive and the cameras have an 77° field of view. This CCTV system allows you to view your cameras’ footage from your smartphone. The cameras are good quality, but there are reported problems of customers receiving broken or missing equipment. Zmodo is our pick for business because it’s both indoor/outdoor friendly, includes eight cameras and you can access footage on your smartphone.

Pros

Cons

  • Smartphone access
  • Weatherproof so they can be used indoor and outdoor
  • 65′ night vision
  • Easy installation
  • 77° field of view
  • Comes with eight cameras
  • 4x digital zoom in Zmodo app
  • Camera operating temperature: 14°F to 122°F
  • Complaints of poor customer service
  • Some customers received faulty equipment

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Best for Large Home: Q-See Review

Q-See Surveillance System QC968-8DX-2View on Amazon

The Q-See security camera system we are reviewing is the 8 channel 2TB 4K UHD IP66 weather resistant cameras. Included are eight security cameras that can be used indoor and outdoor. This is a reasonably priced system and customers state it’s easy to install. The cameras have a digital zoom capability, but only a 84° field of view. But for less than $600 this system will cover a good sized area. We chose this system as the Best for Large Homes because it includes 8 cameras and is easy to install.

Pros

Cons

  • 4K UHD, best in this article
  • Indoor or outdoor use
  • Up to 100′ of night vision
  • Great, clear picture
  • Easy to install
  • Great customer service
  • Digital zoom
  • 84° field of view
  • Includes eight cameras
  • Camera operating temperature: -22° to 140° F
  • More expensive, but it includes 8 cameras and the hard drive

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Best for Small Home: Swann Review

Swann SWDVK-4ALP14-USView on Amazon

The Swann SWDVK-4ALP14-US Compact Security System is a four channel DVR that comes with four cameras. The hard drive holds 500GB of video storage. At less than $200, this CCTV system is more than affordable and has great image quality. The system works in all weather conditions but there is no zoom feature and you cannot upgrade or add additional equipment (cameras, storage, etc.). Our pick for Best for Small Home is this Swann system because it holds up to four cameras and has night vision up to 66 feet, which should cover most driveways and a large portion of yard space.

Pros

Cons

  • Night view up to 66′
  • All-weather cameras
  • Great image quality (650 TVL)
  • No zoom
  • Can’t add any more cameras

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Best for Outdoor: AvertX Review

AvertX 8-Channel Security SystemView on Amazon

The AvertX 8-Channel Security System includes the monitor and six cameras all at a more expensive price than others in this article. The 4TB hard drive can expand to 12TB with a recording resolution of 1080p and available up to 4K UHD. You can view your security camera footage remotely via a web browser, app or Apple TV. With up to 100 foot night vision and an IP66 waterproof rating for the cameras, these cameras are ideal for outside. Not to mention the operating temperature is the best we’ve seen at -40° to 140°F.

We want to note that this camera system is more expensive due to its features for outdoor capabilities. Very few system go below 14°F for an operating temperature, so that type of equipment quality and technology costs extra. If you live in a location that experiences a more severe winter, this is the system for you.

Pros

Cons

  • Night view up to 100′
  • Easy to set up
  • Optical zoom
  • Excellent resolution, up to 4K UHD
  • Camera operating temperature: -40° to 140°F
  • Can add on two cameras
  • Expensive
  • Little consumer feedback found

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Funny Footage From Security Camera Systems

Statistics show that having business and home surveillance cameras reduces the amount of crime in some areas. Possibly one of the best parts about owning a security camera system is that you’ll probably get a good laugh or two from the footage it captures. Whether it’s you tripping, a stranger doing something silly or a cat going crazy, you’re bound to crack up laughing. Check out some of these priceless moments from America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Looking for WiFi Cameras?

CCTV cameras aren’t for everyone, which is why we’ve also written this article on Best WiFi Security Cameras. These WiFi cameras are surprisingly inexpensive and can help scare off thieves. If you are more concerned about the exterior of your home, we have a dedicated outdoor security camera review article. Either way, if your home or business is broken into, you’ll have video evidence to bring the criminal down.

What features do you need in your security camera system?

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Kimberly researches everything before she buys. She wants to make sure she is getting the best bang for her buck by purchasing the best product/service, which is why she loves her work. She has a degree in Multimedia Journalism and has been researching and writing professionally since 2013 to help consumers make more educated decisions.

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9 Comments on "Security Camera System Reviews: Capturing Criminals and Embarrassing Moments"

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Home Security List
Home Security List
Swann security system is easy to set up and use and is backed by very good customer support. It provides 1 year standard warranty, insuring it against manufacturing errors or defects in the materials used. But like Frontpoint security system, can Swann be moved from one house to another house?
MarkAndLisa
MarkAndLisa
Good to know about the video quality being better on these cameras, thanks for the explanation on the difference between NVR and DVR. For NVR do you need a hard wired internet or cable connection then or how does it work to set up/install? We’ve had quite a bit of crime lately in our area and since we live in an urban area I am looking into getting a multi-camera system installed in our condo complex but need to understand what the technical requirements are first. Thanks so much!
Bryan Richards
Bryan Richards
Actually the AvertX cameras do have a 3x optical zoom on the domes, I can change it on the system, over the web browser, even on my phone.
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