Types Of Surveillance And Security Cameras

A security camera can let you check in on your home or business from anywhere at anytime. It doesn’t matter if you are across town or in another country, you can quickly and easily view your property on your smartphone, tablet or computer to ensure that everything is ok. Many of the latest surveillance cameras and systems can be set up to record automatically when they detect motion and to send you an alert to notify you of any potential intruders.

Cameras are available in a variety of different configurations to fit every requirement. Choosing the right type of product will ensure that it meets your needs and will provide years of service.

Last update on 2020-11-25 PST / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Types of Security And Surveillance Cameras

Remote Home Monitoring Systems

These systems are designed to look after your house and property. Many can be connected to an alarm system as well or come with a siren to scare off any intruders. They provide video coverage with one or more cameras and usually record either to a hard disk drive (HDD) or to a cloud based service. The latest models allow for two way talk so that you can confront anybody that is on knocking on your door and determine if they are a threat or not, for example a delivery driver or door to door salesperson.

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All-new Blink Outdoor – wireless, weather-resistant HD security camera with two-year battery life and motion detection – 1 camera kit
3,239 Reviews
All-new Blink Outdoor – wireless, weather-resistant HD security camera with two-year battery life and motion detection – 1 camera kit
  • Blink Outdoor is a wireless battery-powered HD security camera that helps you monitor your home day or night with infrared night vision.
  • With long-lasting battery life, Outdoor runs for up to two years on two AA lithium batteries (included).
  • Outdoor is built to withstand the elements to help you protect your home inside or out, come rain or shine.
heimvision HM241 1080P Wireless Security Camera System, 8CH NVR 4Pcs Outdoor WiFi Surveillance Camera with Night Vision, Waterproof, Motion Alert, Remote Access, No Hard Disk
6,839 Reviews
heimvision HM241 1080P Wireless Security Camera System, 8CH NVR 4Pcs Outdoor WiFi Surveillance Camera with Night Vision, Waterproof, Motion Alert, Remote Access, No Hard Disk
  • Plug & Play and Easy Setup: The wireless cameras are paired with the NVR system at manufacturing site. Just power on and serve yourself with 24/7 surveillance. Perfect for villa, home, office, shop, hotel, warehouse, school, business or elsewhere you wish. (Refer to the manual for further usage)
  • IP66 Weatherproof Security Camera: Records in 1080P HD to capture crisp images, provide HD live video, ensures smooth footage day and night with 2.0 Megapixel bullet cameras. Up to 65ft Night Vision. The IP cameras are rated as dust-tight and waterproof. Best choice for your outdoor home security
  • Motion Detection and Email Alert: Smart notifications with email/ snapshot alerts will be pushed to your smartphone when motion is detected. Customize your own detection plan and zone for each camera, you will get extra peace of mind by receiving instant alerts and get notified of what's happening
Blink Mini – Compact indoor plug-in smart security camera, 1080 HD video, motion detection, night vision, Works with Alexa – 1 camera
35,012 Reviews
Blink Mini – Compact indoor plug-in smart security camera, 1080 HD video, motion detection, night vision, Works with Alexa – 1 camera
  • 1080P HD indoor, plug-in security camera with motion detection and two way audio that lets you monitor the inside of your home day and night.
  • Get alerts on your smartphone whenever motion is detected or customize motion detection zones so you can see what matters most.
  • See, hear, and speak to people and pets in your home on your smartphone with Blink Mini’s live view and two-way audio features (live view is not continuous).
YI 4pc Home Camera, 1080p Wireless IP Security Surveillance System with Night Vision, Nanny Monitor on iOS, Android App, Cloud Service - Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
8,454 Reviews
YI 4pc Home Camera, 1080p Wireless IP Security Surveillance System with Night Vision, Nanny Monitor on iOS, Android App, Cloud Service - Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • 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 - Motion Detection features use state-of-the-art technology to detect and send notifications to your phone. Activity Alerts (1-day storage in YI Cloud) available free of charge without a microSD memory card or a YI Cloud subscription
Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor WiFi Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Works with Alexa & the Google Assistant, White, 1-Pack
80,487 Reviews
Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor WiFi Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Works with Alexa & the Google Assistant, White, 1-Pack
  • Live Stream from Anywhere in 1080p -1080p Full HD live streaming lets you see inside your home from anywhere in real time using your mobile device. While live streaming, use two-way audio to speak with your friends and family through the Wyze app.
  • Motion/Sound Recording with Free Cloud Storage - Wyze Cam can automatically record a 12-second video clip when motion or sound is detected and saves that video to the cloud for 14-days, for free. Mobile push notifications can be enabled so you’re only alerted when something is detected letting you stay on top of things without having to constantly monitor the app. Or, record continuously to a MicroSD card (sold separately) regardless of motion and sound. Compatible with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB FAT32 MicroSD cards.
  • See in the dark - Night vision lets you see up to 30’ in absolute darkness using 4 infrared (IR) LEDs. Note: IR does not work through glass windows.
Security Camera Outdoor, Mibao 1080P WiFi Camera, IP66 Waterproof, with Two-Way Audio, Night Vision, Motion Detection, Compatible with iOS/Android
9,312 Reviews
Security Camera Outdoor, Mibao 1080P WiFi Camera, IP66 Waterproof, with Two-Way Audio, Night Vision, Motion Detection, Compatible with iOS/Android
  • 📷【Metal Material and IP66 Waterproof】MIBAO 1080P outdoor camera uses Zinc-Aluminum Alloy material to resist extreme heat and cold, and is more durable. Using the latest IP66 technology, no matter how bad the environment, you can restore the highest and most realistic images.
  • 🔭【One-Key Connection & 65 Feet Night Vision】Easy connection in just 3 steps. Ultra-sensitive1080P infrared night vision function, 18 * 850nm high quality infrared sensor light, provide you with better HD night vision quality, and up to 65ft of night vision distance.
  • 🏆【5Dbi Enhanced Antenna & Special Multiple Encryption】5Dbi enhanced version of the antenna, the signal strength is twice as strong as the ordinary 3Dbi antenna, giving you a more stable connection.Video encryption is performed by a special algorithm to protect your privacy. Even if your memory card is stolen, the thief can't read your video.
Ring Indoor Cam, Compact Plug-In HD security camera with two-way talk, Works with Alexa - White
  • Compact plug-in indoor camera that lets you see, hear and speak to people and pets from your phone, tablet, or select Echo device.
  • Watch over your entire home by connecting one or multiple Indoor Cams to all your Ring devices in the Ring app.
  • With a Ring Protect Plan (subscription sold separately), record all your videos, review what you missed for up to 60 days, and share videos and photos.
Laview Home Security Camera HD 1080P(2 Pack) AI Human Detection,Include 2 SD Cards,32GB Two-Way Audio,Night Vision,WiFi Indoor Surveillance for Baby/pet,Alexa and Google,Cloud Service (US Server)
1,890 Reviews
Laview Home Security Camera HD 1080P(2 Pack) AI Human Detection,Include 2 SD Cards,32GB Two-Way Audio,Night Vision,WiFi Indoor Surveillance for Baby/pet,Alexa and Google,Cloud Service (US Server)
  • 2 Pack 1080P HD Wi-Fi Camera, Total 2 Free SD Cards: 2.1-megapixel resolution always brings you a clear live view of your home. IR night vision up to 33 ft. for extreme low light coverage, ensuring your high-quality view of your home even in the dark. Built-in microSD slot , We provide 2 FREE SD Cards.
  • Easy set up: Camera and App are easy to install, simple to control, and a breeze to maintain. Compatible with 2.4GHz WiFI network. (Not 5GHz Wi-Fi) Download app from App Store or Google Play. Compatible with Alexa and Google assistant. We have excellent customer service team to help you.
  • AI Human Detection, Two-way audio: Human detection technology enables the camera to intelligently detect body shape and face pattern. Ensuring you are only alerted when a person, and not a stray cat, approaches. Live streaming 24/7 with real-time motion. Smart customizable motion detection has Intelligent motion Alerts feature, you can receive Message Alerts on your phone. Listen and talk to family or pets with built-in anti-noise mic and speaker.

Last update on 2020-11-25 PST / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Security Camera Kits And DVRs

Kits and DVR systems are a great option if you need multiple cameras to provide completer coverage at your home or business. These systems usually come in 4 channel, 8 channel or 16 channel configurations allowing for 4 cameras, 8 cameras or 16 cameras to be hooked up. Some systems can be upgraded with additional cameras if needed. Recorded video is usually kept on a hard disk drive (HDD) on the DVR unit with typical sizes ranging from 1TB to 2TB or more of recording space. Remote operation can be achieved through your smartphone, tablet or PC.

Cameras are usually either bullet style or dome style depending on the users need. Bullet styles offer many different video resolutions, mounting types and remote controls, while dome cameras are great where more coverage is needed.

Wireless cameras offer easier setup as they do not require a cable running back to the DVR system however in many cases they still require a power cable to operate.

Indoor and outdoor models are offered depending on where the cameras need to be installed. Outdoor units are designed to operate in rain, snow and other adverse conditions so always make sure that any camera being used outside meets the required standards.

Wifi Webcams

Wifi webcams are the easiest and less expensive way to add home surveillance. They are usually a single unit that you can place anywhere in your house. They offer remote viewing, two way talk and motion detector features on the latest models. An app lets you view live or recorded video on a smartphone, pc or tablet. These are sometimes called wireless IP cameras.