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Have there been a lot of burglaries in your neighborhood? Perhaps you just had a new baby and are looking for ways to protect your growing family? Protecting your property is essential, 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.
In recent years, we have seen many all-in-one, WiFi security camera “systems” enter the market. They are much easier to install and are often cheaper as well. They will not work for everyone, but if you have a smaller apartment, condo or home, you may find them to be a great option for you. Read more in our Best WiFi Security Camera Reviews, including Nest, Canary, Arlo and more.
We didn’t rank these products, but we suggested the best use for each system. 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.
Please note that all of these cameras are wired, also known as CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) Systems.
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.
The Zmodo Simplified PoE Security System has eight channels and comes with eight cameras. It has a 1TB hard drive, and the cameras have a 77° field of view. This CCTV system allows you to view your cameras’ footage from your smartphone.
The cameras are good quality, but customers report problems of 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.
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 an 84° field of view.
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.
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 excellent 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.
The AvertX 8-Channel Security System includes the monitor and six cameras all at a higher 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 systems go below 14°F for 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.
In this article, you may notice we mention an NVR for a few of these security camera systems. NVR stands for 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 connects over a network like the internet.
What are TV lines and why do they matter? Think of TV lines as 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.
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.
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, to bring the criminal down, you’ll have video evidence of your home or business.
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