Looking for a great wireless security camera system and not sure where to start? One of the best ways to find a security system that works best for you, your home, and your family, is reviewing all the facts. In this guide, we’ve compared the top wireless security camera systems on the market, analyzed best outdoor and indoor cameras, and even included information on how to choose what camera is right for you. Ready for your own wireless security system? To learn more about security cameras and proper installation, contact the experts at Jay 360 now!
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Chapter 1: Top 5 Outdoor Brands
1. FLOUREON 720P HD Wireless IP Camera Outdoor
classic surveillance system. With over 40 customer reviews on Amazon.ca, it receives generally favourable reviews about video quality, motion sensors, and night vision.
It is an affordable camera that appears to satisfy many customer’s personal security needs. However, there have been some complaints about installation difficulty and complicated software.
2. OOSSXX 8-Channel HD Outdoor/Indoor Camera
The OOSSXX 8-Channel HD outdoor (and indoor) camera set comes with 4 cameras and can be used for both residential or commercial security. Though this bundle comes with 4 cameras, it can support up to 8 cameras, making it ideal for larger homes or small offices. With 4.5 stars on Amazon.ca, it is loved for its high picture quality and user-friendly installation process.
However, some users complained about the smartphone app not working as planned or issues with camera connectivity.
3. ICAMI 720P HD Outdoor Camera
The ICAMI 720P HD wireless outdoor camera is known for its durability and the ability to set up the camera without the use of a PC. Its smartphone app is free and requires no subscription to view video. An SD card to record the video is not included, however. Many users commented on the affordability of the product and enjoyed using the smartphone app.
Some potential problems with the ICAMI 720P include difficulty installing the product and problems with setting up the camera’s wireless component.
4. Maximus Smart Home Security Outdoor Light & Camera
The Maximus Smart Home Security outdoor light and camera is a unique camera on our list. This camera is hidden within an outdoor light and functions as both a motion-detection light and a security camera. The system is wireless and is a stylish way to add extra security to your home. It has generally favourable reviews on Amazon.ca, though it is the most expensive product on our list.
Some users complained that the Wi-Fi signal was not strong enough or that installation was complicated, but others had no issues with either signal or installation.
5. Wansview Outdoor 1080P Wireless Camera
The Wansview Outdoor 1080P wireless camera has over 60 reviews on Amazon.ca and a 4.1 rating. It comes with 1080P PRO HD, waterproof finishing, and night vision up to 67 feet. Many users commented on its affordability, great picture, good motion detection, and relatively easy installation.
Some common customer challenges include a difficulty setting up camera’s Wi-Fi component, software crashing or not working properly, and poor video quality at night.
Chapter 2: Best Home Security Cameras
1. PC Mag – “Netgear Arlo Pro 2,” Ranked Best Outdoor Security Camera
PC Mag includes a detailed comparison between 10 popular home security cameras of 2018. They are ranked on a wide variety of features, such as connectivity, the field of view, photo resolution, storage, app, and more! This handy comparison chart appears at the very beginning of the article, providing viewers with much-needed information right away. Under the chart, PC Mag outlines these cameras in a more detailed written review.
The Netgear Arlo Pro 2 was ranked the best outdoor security camera by PC Mag. This home security camera is “rugged enough” to be used indoors and outdoors – something not all security cameras are capable of. The Netgear Arlo Pro 2 is known for its durability and weatherproof design. It also has high camera resolution, two-way audio, alarms, and night vision. However, if you are looking for the cheapest option, it is relatively expensive compared to others. It also only offers certain features when plugged in.
2. Business Insider – “Logitech Circle 2,” Ranked Best Camera
In the 2018 Business Insider article, The Best Security Cameras You Can Buy For Your Home, The Insider Picks team reviewed home security cameras on a number of features including resolution, cloud storage, security & privacy, app design, and more. The article includes information on why each of these features are so important, which can help you narrow down your search for a great home security camera system.
The Logitech Circle 2 was ranked the best camera for any job by Business Insider. According to Business Insider, they came to this conclusion due to the Circle 2’s excellent photo quality, attractive design, and cost-effective price. It also features two-way audio, a smartphone app, and both wired and wireless options. However, some users found the installation to be difficult and others found that Logitech customer service was lacking.
3. CNET – “Amazon Cloud Cam,” Ranked Best Home Security Camera
In the CNET article, Best Home Security Cameras for 2018, CNET ranks five popular home security camera systems on features, usability, design, and performance out of 10. Each of the five cameras has an image, a rating, and a small write up on the side. The site also allows you to read the full review for each camera system that includes more detailed information, and view the product.
The Amazon Cloud Cam was ranked the best home security camera of 2018 by CNET. It received a 9/10 on features, 9/10 on usability, 7/10 on design, and 9/10 on performance. The Cloud Cam features 1080p HD live feed, motion notifications, 24-hour clip storage (for free!) and is a reliable and easy-to-use home security system. However, some potential cons include the fact that it lacks any microSD card storage, and only Amazon Cloud subscribers can access certain features.
4. BestConsumerReviews™ – “Q-See QT5680-8E4-1 8,” Ranked Best Security Camera System
BestConsumerReviews™ reviewed three of the top home security systems and selected one winner. The reviews include a concise write-up, highlighting each product’s features, as well as “product highlights.” They also link the reader to other product reviews and where you can purchase the security systems for yourself.
The Q-See QT5680-8E4-1 8 Channel Full D1 Security Surveillance System was noted as the winner of the best security camera system. It was ranked number one due to its high-resolution waterproof cameras, significant night vision capabilities, remote internet monitoring, and large hard drive for storage. However, some homeowners experienced difficulties with customer service and some challenges with broken equipment.
5. Reviews.com – “ADT,” Ranked Best Home Security Company
Reviews.com provided a listing of popular home security companies and compared the top five. At the beginning of the article, they provide a brief “30-second review” for each brand, which helps the reader see a quick overview of each brand. After that, the review goes into more details about each brand.
ADT was ranked the #1 Most Popular Provider, which is no surprise as ADT has been in business since the 1800s. ADT also received high ratings for peace of mind at home, and due to the fact that it provides many home security system options, including surveillance cameras and alarms. However, ADT did not rank as highly for customer support and does not offer any particularly innovative technologies.
6. Consumer Reports – “Scout Alarm“, Ranked Best Value
In the Consumer Reports article What a DIY Home Security System Will Cost You After 5 Years, Consumer Reports rated home security systems on the best value for each popular DIY home security system. They completed a detailed comparison between 8 home security systems and included information about their hardware cost, total cost with 5-year monitoring, and what type of system they are.
Scout Alarm was ranked #1 Best Value for what you get. Consumer Reports found that Scout Alarm’s hardware cost is not the cheapest out there, but is cost-effective compared to other popular brands. Scout Alarm is also simple and easy to use. If you are new to home security systems, Scout offers limited features, which makes it easier for new buyers to get used to. However, it does not actually come with security cameras – it is a security system that cameras can be added to.
Chapter 3: Feature Must-Haves
Some features are optional but some are must-haves. Here is a list of our must-have features:
Wireless connectivity capability
HD video quality
Motion detection capability
Pan tilt zoom feature
Day and night use capability
Good Amazon product rating
Chapter 4: Wired vs. Wireless Security Cameras
When security cameras first came out on the market, they had to be connected to an electrical source to work. You can still purchase cameras like that today, however, these cameras rely on cables to transmit video signals to a viewing device, such as a TV or computer. Wireless security cameras transmit the video signal and/or audio signal digitally over the internet to a wireless receiver that connects to your viewing device.
As such, wireless security cameras are much easier to install than the wired ones, since you don’t have to worry about cables at all. Wired cameras must connect to your home’s electrical system so you will need to hire a professional for this type of installation. Wireless security cameras offer benefits to people renting, new to home security cameras, or those who are on a budget. These cameras are easier to move and also easier to install.
Chapter 5: Wireless Security Cameras Comparison
Netgear Arlo Pro 2
The Netgear Arlo Pro 2 Wi-Fi camera works inside and outdoors and is powered by either a battery or power cord. If you have security concerns and need strong night vision detection, this is your camera. The Arlo Pro 2 is known for its motion detection capabilities, strong night vision, and its intercom function. It is also a weatherproof camera with 720p video and a 130-degree field of view. Netgear also offers cloud subscription plans.
Nest Cam Outdoor
With the Nest Cam Outdoor, you can check in on your home from nearly anywhere. Those who are keen on increasing their energy efficiency with other nest products will love this. Simply use your phone or tablet to keep a watchful eye on your home and its occupants, anywhere you’re connected to the web. It’s weatherproof and offers a 24/7 live stream, rain or shine, with two-way talk.
Belkin Netcam HD+
For the budget conscious, the Belkin NetCam HD+ is easy to set up, offers cloud storage and doubles as a two-way intercom. With this system, you can connect home accessories like lights and electrical switches, which transforms this device from a simple security camera into a full home system. NetCam has a good combination of features and affordability.
Nest Cam Indoor
The Nest Cam Indoor is known for the video quality of 1080p. Again, if you’re looking to connect all of your nest home applications, this camera is for you. It’s easy to set up and has a swivelling base. It can be installed almost anywhere indoors. The video is sharp; night vision is clear, and like the Nest Cam Outdoor, the camera can be used as an intercom, and it interacts with the Nest Thermostat and other accessories.
If you’re looking for video quality on a budget, the Amcrest UltraHD is for you. The Amcrest UltraHD WiFi IP Camera helps you stay in touch with your home anytime, anywhere and in extremely high resolution. With a mobile setup process, you will have secure access to your camera’s video stream in no time. Stream live and playback recorded video of your home with the app. Amcrest cameras also record to an internal microSD card.
D-Link DCS 2630L
If you’re looking for a mid-price range camera, this one’s for you. The D-Link DCS-2630L offers very good video quality and motion detection, clear sound and a user interface for less money than other security cameras. But it has limited scheduling options and its web interface isn’t compatible with all browsers. The D-Link doesn’t offer cloud storage — you’ll have to store recorded videos on a microSD card.
Chapter 6: Surveillance Camera Facts
Want a bit more about security cameras and their history? Check out our infographic below!
Chapter 7: Finding the Right Surveillance Camera
Finding the right surveillance cameras to safeguard your home or workplace can be either haphazard or informed depending on the approach you take. Reading through this ultimate guide provides you with a baseline knowledge of making a better of choice, but having a security expert to help you understand all the ways intrusions and vandalism occurs will help protect your property now and in the future. Readers are to be aware that in general digital cameras offer better total cost of ownership meaning: in the long-run, it will be cheaper for you even though you may end up spending more. Security system purchasers are also encouraged to understand the features and the vulnerabilities of their security system. No security system is truly fool-proof but with the right help, you can limit the risk and damages incurred offering the most robust security solution for your needs.
Key Considerations when Purchasing Surveillance Cameras for Home and Small Business
Emphasis on Proactive Owner Management
With the internet becoming a widely available utility in urban settings, most surveillance cameras are connected to the internet. Choosing the right camera model requires knowing what work will fall on your shoulders to maximize property security. A number of design and implementation limitations were noted in an article from InfoWorld including knowledge gaps regarding manufacturer security testing, and the potential for individuals outside your home to access surveillance feeds, hampering the security of your home. Here are some questions to ask in preparation for your next project.
- Are you willing to invest time in managing your home surveillance credentials (i.e. user interface, wi-fi passwords, and computer passwords)?
- Are you comfortable doing research regularly on your camera model to ensure you are aware of any potential vulnerabilities?
- Do you have an appetite for awareness of the security limitations of surveillance cameras and how to manage them proactively?
Hidden versus Visible Cameras
Determining whether hidden or visible cameras are right for you requires a thorough knowledge of your application. Hidden cameras help you monitor an area without the awareness of those who may be entering or moving about your property. This can provide advantages like discrete monitoring while on the other hand, visible cameras can deter individuals because they are aware that they are being recorded. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if a hidden camera is right for you.
- Are you monitoring a location that might benefit from having discrete cameras?
- In the project location is there a suitable discrete place for a camera?
- Is the intent of the security measure to apprehend a culprit or to deter vandalism?
Click here for some great examples of hidden cameras available for purchase on Amazon.
Outdoor versus Indoor Monitoring
The type of camera that will be required will differ depending on the location that is being monitored, and whether it is inside or outside your property. For outdoor cameras, weatherproofing is required to protect cameras from dust, rain, or snow. Night vision will also be important if an area does not have consistent lighting. Finally, the challenge also with outdoor monitoring is the need for internet connectivity and a power source. These needs influence how far outside your cameras can be placed. Ask these questions to help you determine whether outdoor or indoor cameras are right for your needs.
- Is there an available power source that can supply your outdoor camera?
- Can your wi-fi router or LAN cable reach the area that you are considering monitoring?
- What is the intention of the security camera? Is apprehending culprits or deterring unauthorized entry your focus?
Placement and Lighting
A crucial factor in property surveillance is the key positioning of a camera that maximizes surveillance coverage, lighting, visible deterrence / discrete monitoring, and ease of maintenance. Knowing where you will place your camera(s) will help you manage each of these placement factors to provide the most optimal surveillance quality. A post from Safe Sound Family suggests securing points of entry, basement stairs, and windows that do not face the street, all of which are prime spots of burglar entry. Without proper lighting, a camera may depend on night vision features. Here are some questions to ask when considering lighting and placement.
- What assets or individuals need to be protected and where are they located?
- What are the different lighting levels of the location to be monitored?
- Where are the potential blind spots of the surveillance cameras, and how will they be managed?
Choosing the Right Features
Here are a number of features that require consideration as you decide which camera to employ in your surveillance project.
Independent Power Source and Onboard Storage – during power outages the risk of burglary and vandalism increases. This feature helps your cameras stay rolling in these situations. Here is one example of a product that offers this feature.
Motion Detection and Alerts – most camera owners won’t be standing around all day waiting for an intruder. Software and camera technology have provided automated alerting and incident reporting whenever motion is detected during periods of inactivity (i.e. after business hours or when everyone at home will be away at school or work) See here for a review of recent security camera models with good performance in motion detection.
Choosing the Right Manufacturer and Tips
In a previous article, we covered a number of major manufacturers for surveillance cameras. In the midst of the many household brands, there were some star performers that stood above the rest. Knowing the right manufacturer can help you make the right investment for a long-term surveillance solution. See here for the full article.
Here are some quick tips before you jump into your surveillance camera project:
- Know whether your camera manufacturer provides support for DIY or requires a qualified installer
- Check eBay and Amazon for product reviews for the camera model you are considering
- Consult with a qualified security provider to get you started
The security professionals at Jay360 help clients choose the right security solution to safeguard their property. From finding the right models to positioning for maximum coverage, the team helps client secure what is most valuable to them. Jay360 has experience helping countless customers in installing and improving their property and business security. Jay360’s team of experts helps you manage the cost by delivering high-quality solutions and remaining available for consultation and inquiries long after the project is complete.
Call on Jay360 to help you to plan the ideal security camera system to suit you and your needs, all at the very best value.