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 2020-05-18 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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XVIM 8CH 1080P Security Camera System Outdoor with 1TB Hard Drive Pre-Install CCTV Recorder 8pcs HD 1920TVL Outdoor Home Security Surveillance Cameras Night Vision Easy Remote Access Motion Alert
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XVIM 8CH 1080P Security Camera System Outdoor with 1TB Hard Drive Pre-Install CCTV Recorder 8pcs HD 1920TVL Outdoor Home Security Surveillance Cameras Night Vision Easy Remote Access Motion Alert
  • 【Security Camera System with 1TB Hard Drive】--The cctv security DVR recorder with 1TB hard drive pre-installed,it's ready to record,you can set up to auto, manual and motion detection recording,you can also remote playback and live view the video on smartphone.
  • 【Indoor/outdoor CCTV cameras with Night Vision】--This Home Security System come with 8 PCS 1080P HD 2.0 Megapixels Security Cameras with IR cut 100ft Night Vision. the Metal Housing IP66 Weatherproof Cameras can be used Indoor and Outdoor.
  • 【Easy& Quick Remote Access】--Connect the system with internet,Scan the QR code to Download the free APP on smart phone or Tablet(work with Android and IOS system),and add the device information on free phone APP, just 3 steps, you can remote monitoring the cameras on mobile device anytime.
Blink XT2 Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera with cloud storage included, 2-way audio, 2-year battery life – 3 camera kit
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Blink XT2 Outdoor/Indoor Smart Security Camera with cloud storage included, 2-way audio, 2-year battery life – 3 camera kit
  • Extended battery life – 2 year battery life on two AA lithium batteries with a combination of two-way talk, live view, and motion recording. Double the usage of the XT on a single set of batteries when recording video.
  • 2-way audio – Talk to visitors through the Blink app on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Customizable motion detection – Use activity zones to choose where motion is detected so you receive the alerts that matter.
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
3,101 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
TOGUARD Wireless Security Camera System 8CH 1080P NVR 4Pcs 1080P Outdoor/Indoor WiFi Surveillance Cameras with Motion Detection,Email Alert,Night Vision,Remote Monitor,Waterproof,No Hard Drive
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TOGUARD Wireless Security Camera System 8CH 1080P NVR 4Pcs 1080P Outdoor/Indoor WiFi Surveillance Cameras with Motion Detection,Email Alert,Night Vision,Remote Monitor,Waterproof,No Hard Drive
  • 【Plug & Play and Easy Setup】 The wireless security camera and NVR have been auto-paired before packaging. Just connect the NVR and camera to the power supply and you can use it right away. Please also refer to the manual for further instructions. TOGUARD security camera system is perfect for various occasions such as house, office, store, school, business, warehouse or other places.
  • 【Motion Detection Alarm and Email Alert】When motion is detected, the smart notification of the snapshot alert will be pushed to your smartphone via email or iPhone / Android app. The motion detection function of the wireless security camera system uses intelligent algorithms to minimize false alarms, which remind you only when it matters.
  • 【Remotely View Anytime and Anywhere】Wireless Security Camera System allows you to view the live video remotely anytime and anywhere by phone and Pad(available for Android & IOS system). Download free APP “IP Pro”, you can view the video by WiFi or 2G/3G/4G network. This video recorder system supports video preview, recording, sync-playback, backup, motion detection, and email alarm. You can remote access simultaneously on smart devices.
Ring Floodlight Camera Motion-Activated HD Security Cam Two-Way Talk and Siren Alarm, White
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Ring Floodlight Camera Motion-Activated HD Security Cam Two-Way Talk and Siren Alarm, White
  • Connect your Ring camera with Alexa then enable announcements to be alerted when motion is detected. Talk to visitors through compatible Echo devices by saying “Alexa, talk to the front door”.
  • Lets you see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC
  • Add a Ring Protect Basic Plan for $3/month and record all your videos, review what you missed for up 60 days, and share videos with friends, family, neighbors and more.
Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Works with Alexa & the Google Assistant, One Pack, White - WYZEC2
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Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor Wireless Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, Works with Alexa & the Google Assistant, One Pack, White - WYZEC2
  • 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.
Outdoor Security Camera, 1080P WiFi Camera Surveillance Cameras, IP Camera with Two-Way Audio, IP66 Waterproof, Night Vision, Motion Detection, Activity Alert, Deterrent Alarm - iOS, Android
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Outdoor Security Camera, 1080P WiFi Camera Surveillance Cameras, IP Camera with Two-Way Audio, IP66 Waterproof, Night Vision, Motion Detection, Activity Alert, Deterrent Alarm - iOS, Android
  • 🏠FHD 1080P & Night Vision: High resolution images in 1080p resolution, and combined a 3.6mm wide lens to cover more spaces clearly even in the pitch dark with a night vision distance up to 32ft.
  • 🏠Two-Way Audio: AMICCOM outside wireless cameras security allows you to communicate with welcomed guests, and deterrent alarm can get rid of unwanted guests. Store all of your 24/7 recorded security surveillance footage from our outdoor camera use a Micro SD card (Max 128GB).
  • 🏠SMART MOTION DETECT & ALERT: AMICCOM outdoor surveillance camera wireless schedulable motion detection, motion recording and real-time motion alert via APP, upload snapshots and videos, motion sensibility adjustment, accurate and smart motion detection less false alarm.
Outdoor Security Camera, Wansview 1080P Waterproof WiFi Home Security Surveillance Bullet Camera with Night Vision, Motion Detection and Remote View, Compatible with Alexa (Black)
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Outdoor Security Camera, Wansview 1080P Waterproof WiFi Home Security Surveillance Bullet Camera with Night Vision, Motion Detection and Remote View, Compatible with Alexa (Black)
  • 【1080P FHD with 2 Megapixel Lens】Wansview outdoor security camera is equiped with 2 Megapixel HD lens, which delivers crystal clear & smooth video day & night, protect your home wherever you are. Camera works with 2.4G WiFi(5G is not supported)
  • 【Compatible with Alexa & Night Vision】Wansview home security camera works with Alexa, you could ask your Echo Show, Fire TV to show your wansview wifi camera; with 24pcs built-in infrared LED, night vision distance up to 20 meters, which gives you a piece of mind day & night.
  • 【IP66 Waterproof Rated】 Wansview outdoor wifi camera is rated with IP66, the working temperature ranges from 14F to 104F (-10℃·40℃)made with aluminum alloy, it is vandalproof and can work well under harsh weather, even in the storm and snowy weather.

Last update on 2020-05-18 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.