Which are The Best Outdoor Surveillance Cameras for Home Use?
How do you Choose The Best Outdoor Surveillance Cameras for Home Owners?
Choosing the best outdoor surveillance cameras for home use can be extremely difficult!
There is no ‘one size fits all solution’. There are lots of factors that you need to take into consideration before you purchase security cameras for your home.
The first thing you need to determine is the area (or areas) that you would like your security cameras to cover.
The first decision you are likely to have to make is whether you would like to install a wired or wireless home surveillance system. This decision will be influenced by a number of factors and there are pros and cons for each system.
In most cases however these are some of the most important features that the majority of people are likely to be looking for.
Installing a system with High Resolution is an absolute must. There is no point in having the facility to record an attempted break in at your property if the recorded image is not clear and sharp enough to be able recognise the intruder.
Any system you install should incorporate infrared Detection to ensure that good quality images can be recorded even in total darkness.
The most efficient camera surveillance systems are activated by Motion Detection Sensors. Having a Camera Surveillance System that is equipped with Motion Sensors will ensure that any unwanted activity around your property is recorded without the need to have your home surveillance system recording 24/7.
Installing a system that has ‘Remote Viewing’ allows you to see exactly what is in your security cameras field of vision (via an app) on your phone, tablet or computer even if you are away from your home.
It is extremely important that you have a good quality DVR Hard Drive for recording images that are captured by your outdoor surveillance cameras.
In order to help you decide which system is right for you we have listed some of the best outdoor surveillance cameras for home owners below for you to compare.
3 of The Best Outdoor Surveillance Cameras for Home Installation
I have chosen 3 different types outdoor surveillance cameras for home use and given a short overview below.
The first one from Zosi is a wired system. The second option is a Hiseeu wireless outdoor surveillance system and the third one is a PoE surveillance system manufactured by Reolink.
Any one of these systems can be installed as DIY projects. Obviously the wireless option will probably be the easiest system to install as the cameras only require a power connection. Your own situation will however influence your decision when deciding which type of outdoor surveillance cameras for home use are right for you.
The ZOSI 8CH Security Camera System has a number of features that make it an ideal choice for home owners.
There are a number of options available when you purchase the Zosi Security Camera System. You have the choice of specifying a system with 4 or 8 1080P cameras. The cameras can also be supplied separately, without the 1TB HDD Drive, if you are simply wishing to upgrade your existing system from a four to an eight camera system.
The cameras have weatherproof aluminium housings and are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use.
Zosi 1080P Security Camera Specification
The 1080P Security Cameras are equipped with 24 powerful Infa Red LED’s. The night vision range of the cameras is approximately 65 feet. The night vision facility is activated automatically when low light levels are detected. Night time clarity of the camera images is excellent.
The cameras aluminium housing is robust enough to cope with the most extreme outdoor conditions. The camera mountings are completely adjustable and feature vandal proof wire protectors.
The camera casings are available in both black and white finishes. The cameras can also be specified as ‘Bullet’ or ‘Dome’ styling depending on your own particular preference.
The ZOSI 8CH Security Camera System DVR can support up to eight cameras. This means that if you purchased a 4 camera system initially you are able to add up to an additional four cameras at a later date should you wish to do so.
There is a 4 channel option available (at a lower price) for those people who only require 4 cameras. This of course does mean that you will lose the option to add more cameras to your system at a later date.
Zosi 1080P Security System Hard Drive Specification
The Zosi Security Camera System features a 1TB Security Grade Hard Drive which enables a vast amount of data to be recorded before overwriting is required. The overwriting facility can be set to automatically overwrite the oldest data automatically once the disk is full. Alternatively you also have the option to transfer files to a memory stick or external hard drive via the USB Connection.
Zosi Security Camera System – View for Anywhere Facility
The free Zosi Smart AP enables you to monitor your system from anywhere that you have access to an internet connection. Both live view and playback can be activated on most Smart Phones and Android devices with a WiFi 2G/3G or 4G connection.
The detection zones can be set via mobile devices or directly from the DVR. If unexpected movement is detected you can set up the system to alert you and show images of the intruder on your mobile device.
The Hiseeu Wireless Surveillance System offers the user an ‘all in one’ solution to home security. It is an ideal choice for anyone who is looking for a system that is easy to set and use. It really is a ‘plug and play’ home monitoring solution. There is no cabling (other than a power supply) and no complicated configuration procedure to go through. The cameras and NVR unit are ‘paired’ prior to being shipped to the customer.
Once the cameras are in position it is simply a matter of turning on the power and the system is virtually ready to use.
Hiseeu 1080 Wireless Surveillance System Camera Specification
The cameras are are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. They are housed in a durable aluminium weatherproof casing that has an IP66 rating (provides protection from dust and low pressure water jets in all directions).
The 960P Image Sensor ensures that video images are crystal clear and high definition. The infrared night vision is capable of capturing clear footage up to a distance of 90ft (30 metres) in pitch black darkness. The cameras have a field of vision of approximately 75 degrees.
There is no complicated installation with these cameras. It is simply a matter of screwing the base plate of the cameras to the house wall and connecting to a power supply.
Images are sent wirelessly to the NVR (network video recorder) unit which requires a power supply and a connection to your WiFi Router.
The Hiseeu 1080 Wireless Surveillance System NVR (network video recorder) Unit
The NVR supplied with the Hiseeu has a 1TB internal hard drive that is capable of recording and storing up to 20 days of camera footage. The system is available in both 4 and 8 channel configurations. If you purchase the 8 channel unit with 4 cameras you do have the option to add an further four cameras at a later date if you wish to do so.
The NVR is also equipped with its own integrated 10” integrated LCD monitor.
Hiseeu Remote Viewing Facility
Once you have downloaded the free AP, registered a new account and added your device you are able to view your camera footage remotely on your PC or mobile device.
There is the facility to programme the motion detector to send you an email alert of suspicious activity is detected. This gives you the opportunity to view your camera data and take appropriate steps to implement defensive measures (eg. notify the police) if you feel you need to do so.
The Reolink 5MP PoE Home Security System is one the best outdoor surveillance cameras for home owners on the market. It is possibly a little more expensive than many of the other surveillance system kits on the market but it does come with some very high spec features.
The 5 Megapixel Super HD capability of the system is capable of recording footage in far more detail and clarity than similar systems that operate on 720P/1080P definition.
What is a PoE System?
PoE is an abreviation for ‘Power over Ethernet’. It is a system/technology that enables the electrical current required by any device (or devices) that form part of a wired Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) to be carried along data cables as opposed to having to be carried by normal power cables.
In the case of a Security Camera System it simply means that the CAT6 data cable that connects each camera to the NVR carries both the power required to run the camera and the video signal. There is no need for a dedicated power lead!
Wiring a PoE system is extremely straightforward and is well within the capabilities of most people with basic DIY skills.
Reolink 5MP Home Security System Camera Specification
The 5MP IP Cameras supplied with the Reolink System have a pixel resolution of 2560×1920. This is 4.5 times the resolution of the 1080p cameras supplied with the majority of security systems. The cameras provide bright, sharp full colour images.
The Reolink Cameras have 18PC LED lights and and an improved Infrared Radiation system that is designed to ensure crisp, clear night time vision. Night time vision range of the cameras is up to 100ft (depending on the environment).
The cameras are specified as being manufactured to IP66 standards with regard to dust and water resistance with a working temperature range of -10°C to +55°C.
Reolink 5MP PoE Home Security System Hard Drive Specification
The Reolink 5MP PoE Home Security System comes complete with a 2TB hard drive pre-installed. The system can support monitoring and recording from all 8 cameras simultaneously 24/7.
For longer recording you have the option to use motion detection recording.
If you find that 2TB of storage is not enough for you it is possible to connect to an external hard drive (via e-SATA) to add up to an additional 4TB of storage space.
The Reolink 5MP PoE Home Security System allows you to replay up to 4 channels at the same time. You also have a search facility that allows you to select any time and date to watch any particular event.
The Reolink 5MP PoE Home Security System Remote Viewing Facility.
No matter where you are you can remotely access your security system via your Smart Phone, Tablet or Laptop by simply installing the free Reolink Software on your device.
You are able to setup email alerts that are triggered automatically immediately that unexpected motion is detected by any of the cameras in your security system. The alert can include photo images or up to 30 seconds of video footage.
The Best Outdoor Surveillance Cameras for Home Installation Overview
There is no security camera monitoring system that will meet the needs of everyone. It is a matter of researching the options available and then choosing the one that best suits your own unique requirements.
The products that I have chosen from three different manufacturers are intended to provide an overview of what you can expect from a wired, wireless or PoE camera system.
Although the product reviews were reasonably accurate at the time of writing this article please bear in mind that technology develops at a rapid rate and the specifications for each of these products is likely to change periodically.
Surveillance cameras are only one form of security measure that you can install to make your home less vulnerable. Other measures such as Upgraded Outdoor Security Lighting, Audible Alarm Systems and Door Jammers can also be used to help you to protect your home and posessions.