Best Outdoor Wireless Security Camera Systems with DVR: an Ultimate List

It’s time to pick the best outdoor wireless security camera system with DVR, and OMG I am going crazy just thinking about this review. It took me half a lifetime to check each one out and believe you me if you don’t have patience and a love for electronics you will be institutionalized. Anyway, as I try out my new comfy straight jacket, I decided to quickly write down the review of each item tested and checked.

Now, did you know that by looking a picture or photo you can’t learn anything? For example, when you look at the items I reviewed in my article on hidden cameras – how much can you learn from their’s images? Well, that’s true, you can’t, some items just cannot be bought from a photo…Oh mama that looks nice, let’s get one of those thingamy gadgets that does everything.

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1. Zmodo 8CH Wireless Security Camera System1. Zmodo 8CH Wireless Security Camera SystemView on Amazon
2. Smonet 4CH 720P HD NVR Wireless Security CCTV Surveillance Systems2. Smonet 4CH 720P HD NVR Wireless Security CCTV Surveillance SystemsView on Amazon
3. ZOSI 4PCS Megapixel 720P Wireless Outdoor IP Camera System3. ZOSI 4PCS Megapixel 720P Wireless Outdoor IP Camera SystemView on Amazon
4. Zmodo Wireless Home Security Cameras System4. Zmodo Wireless Home Security Cameras SystemView on Amazon
5. ONWOTE 1080P HD NVR Outdoor Home Wireless Security Camera System5. ONWOTE 1080P HD NVR Outdoor Home Wireless Security Camera SystemView on Amazon
6. OOSSXX 8-Channel HD 1080P Wireless System/IP Security Camera System6. OOSSXX 8-Channel HD 1080P Wireless System/IP Security Camera SystemView on Amazon
7. OOSSXX HD 8CH 1080P Wireless Security System + 4pcs 720P Cameras7. OOSSXX HD 8CH 1080P Wireless Security System + 4pcs 720P CamerasView on Amazon
8. SAFEVANT FULL-HD 8CH 960P Wireless Security Camera System with 4pcs 960P Wireless Security Cameras,1TB HDD,Black8. SAFEVANT FULL-HD 8CH 960P Wireless Security Camera System with 4pcs 960P Wireless Security Cameras,1TB HDD,BlackView on Amazon
9. ZOSI 1080p Wireless Security Camera System,4 Channel HDMI NVR Kit9. ZOSI 1080p Wireless Security Camera System,4 Channel HDMI NVR KitView on Amazon
10. Firstrend 1080P Wireless Security Camera System, 8CH Wireless NVR System10. Firstrend 1080P Wireless Security Camera System, 8CH Wireless NVR SystemView on Amazon
11. OOSSXX HD 8CH 1080P Wireless Security System + 4pcs 720P Cameras11. OOSSXX HD 8CH 1080P Wireless Security System + 4pcs 720P CamerasView on Amazon
12. Jennov 4 Channel Wireless WiFi Security Camera System12. Jennov 4 Channel Wireless WiFi Security Camera SystemView on Amazon
13. ANRAN 4 Channels 960P Wireless Home Security Camera System NVR with 1213. ANRAN 4 Channels 960P Wireless Home Security Camera System NVR with 12" MonitorView on Amazon
14. SMONET Wireless Security Camera System14. SMONET Wireless Security Camera SystemView on Amazon
15. A-ZONE 8CH 1080P NVR Wireless Security Camera System15. A-ZONE 8CH 1080P NVR Wireless Security Camera SystemView on Amazon
16. Firstrend 8CH 960P Wireless Security Camera System16. Firstrend 8CH 960P Wireless Security Camera SystemView on Amazon
17. Safevant 8CH 1080P NVR Wireless Surveillance System (WIFI NVR Kits)17. Safevant 8CH 1080P NVR Wireless Surveillance System (WIFI NVR Kits)View on Amazon
18. SEQURO GuardPro DIY Surveillance System with 718. SEQURO GuardPro DIY Surveillance System with 7" Wireless Touchscreen MonitorView on Amazon
19. OOSSXX HD 8CH 1080P Wireless Security System + 4pcs 960P Cameras19. OOSSXX HD 8CH 1080P Wireless Security System + 4pcs 960P CamerasView on Amazon
20. SMONET 8CH 960P HD Wireless Network20. SMONET 8CH 960P HD Wireless NetworkView on Amazon
21. Hiseeu 4-Channel HD 1080P Wireless Network21. Hiseeu 4-Channel HD 1080P Wireless NetworkView on Amazon
22. Night Owl Camera System 4 Channel 1080p Wireless Smart Security Hub22. Night Owl Camera System 4 Channel 1080p Wireless Smart Security HubView on Amazon
23. CAMVIEW 4CH 720P Wireless Security CCTV Surveillance System WiFi NVR Kits23. CAMVIEW 4CH 720P Wireless Security CCTV Surveillance System WiFi NVR KitsView on Amazon
24. Lorex LH04045GC4W 500GB DVR 4 x Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Security Camera System24. Lorex LH04045GC4W 500GB DVR 4 x Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Security Camera SystemView on Amazon
25. ANRAN Full HD 4CH 1080P Wireless Video Security System with 1TB HDD25. ANRAN Full HD 4CH 1080P Wireless Video Security System with 1TB HDDView on Amazon
26. Canavis 8CH Wireless Network Security Camera System 960P HD Surveillance CCTV NVR Video Recorder Kit26. Canavis 8CH Wireless Network Security Camera System 960P HD Surveillance CCTV NVR Video Recorder KitView on Amazon
27. Reolink 1080p Wireless Security Camera System27. Reolink 1080p Wireless Security Camera SystemView on Amazon
28. SANNCE 4CH 720P HD NVR Wireless Security CCTV Surveillance Systems28. SANNCE 4CH 720P HD NVR Wireless Security CCTV Surveillance SystemsView on Amazon
29. ONWOTE 8 Channel 1080P Outdoor Wireless Security Camera System with 2TB Hard Drive and 8 HD Night Vision29. ONWOTE 8 Channel 1080P Outdoor Wireless Security Camera System with 2TB Hard Drive and 8 HD Night VisionView on Amazon
30. Zclever Wireless Security Camera System30. Zclever Wireless Security Camera SystemView on Amazon
Outdoor wireless security camera systems with DVR are one of those items you must either test yourself or buy after reading an insiders review. Which is why I am being still here.

Just so you understand the sacrifice I made for you, I set up each and every system and tested them in the daytime and nighttime conditions with bad weather. The test was performed in an industrial set up with five locations being tested simultaneously, over a period of a month.

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Experienced review of the top outdoor wireless security camera system with DVR on the market today.

Bottom line: there is a bonus section at the bottom of this review, I add some of my tips. I hope to update this review with emerging models, that’s if I am brave enough and still crazy enough to test out the latest models.

I will explain my review system, so you don’t get confused. There are three sections to every review; Specifications, Functionality, and Installation.

I will open with these three categories and then deliver my take on the system. The specs are directly copied from the manufacturer’s site, while the functionality and installation are my take are personally contributed based on the experience of installing and using the system.

So, with no further ado, here goes: (and don’t look at the pictures, they are meaningless, can you really tell the difference between 4 or 8 cameras in a photo?).

1. Zmodo 8CH Wireless Security Camera System

Quality85%
Reliability84%
Practicality84%
Price85%

Specifications:

NVR Features

  • IP video input: 8CH IP Camera Inputs
  • Video Resolution: 720P HD
  • Record Rate: 100fps
  • Record Mode: Normal Recording / Intelligent Recording / Motion Activated Recording
  • Playback: Fast forward / Rewind / Slow play / Digital Zoom
  • HDMI Output: 1 Channel
  • Smartphone systems: iOS 7 and up, Android 4.0 and up
  • Connectivity: 2.4GHz WiFi

Camera Feature

  • Image Sensor: 720P Color Sensor
  • Lens: 2.8 mm
  • The angle of view (diagonal): 81o
  • Number of IR LEDs: 24
  • Night Vision: up to 65ft (20m)
  • Minimum Illumination: 0 Lux (IR On)
  • Operating Temperature: 14°F~122°F
  • Weatherproof: Yes
  • Power:12V DC

Functionality:

This system connects to any smartphone, tablet, iPad or another mobile device, as well as PC that is connected to the internet. You can access the camera system remotely and view what’s going on in real time. You also get notifications on your smartphone whenever an alarm is raised. Since its WIFI consider the battery replacement costs and time.

Installation:

The package comes with
1 x 8CH Network Security NVR
4 x 720p HD Wireless Outdoor Security Camera
4 x 5V/1A Power Supply for Cameras
1 x 12V/2A Power Supply for NVR
1 x Ethernet Cable
1 x Quick Guide

The installation process is quite easy, you need to decide where you are going to place your cameras, since they are WIFI, they don’t need wires, and that saves you a lot of installation preparation and process. The NVR (network video recorder) comes with 2 TB drive, which is more than enough space for storing recordings.

My take: This is a standard simple all contained system that offers you great ROI. Its easy to install, the cameras provide 72-HD which is enough detail for any recording. You aren’t going to the movies with this one, you are securing your location with a great, budget-friendly and wireless system.
 

 

2. Smonet 4CH 720P HD NVR Wireless Security CCTV Surveillance Systems

Quality86%
Reliability84%
Practicality85%
Price83%

Specifications

NVR Features:

  • 4CH 720P Wireless NVR Recorder Pre-installed 1TB Hard Drive
  • 3520D Processor and Embedded Linux Operating System
  • Support Video Preview/Recording/Playback/USB Backup
  • Support Android/IOS/Pad/PC Remote View
  • Networking Protocol: UPnP, SMTP, PPPoE, DHCP etc.
  • 1 SATA Port, Up to 4TB Each, 1 USB 2.0 Port
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-2000mA, Output: 100-240V

Camera Features:

  • Image Sensor: 1/4″ Color CMOS
  • Image Resolution: 1280 x 720P
  • Lens: 3.6mm or 4mm Lens (Random Delivery)
  • Night Vision: 65Ft (20m)
  • Minimum Illumination: 0 Lux (IR On)
  • Weatherproof: Yes
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-1000mA, Output:100-240V

Functionality

The SMONET Camera System Transmits is a video only system, there is no audio here. You can view the recordings from a distance, and the system will only transmit via the internet when you access it from your remote location. There is a pinch mode zoom function in the mobile interface, and the system is a wired system, not wireless, which makes it more reliable and saves on battery replacement.

Installation

First, you need a screen to view the recordings, second you need to connect each camera to a power source, so while it is WIFI and transmits without a wire, it still needs wiring for power installation. While this saves on battery replacements, it does present you with installation issues.

The package comes with:

1 x 4-Channel 1080P NVR Pre-installed 1TB Hard Drive
4 x 720P Bullet IP Cameras
4 x 10 Feet Power Supply (12V-1000mA) for Cameras
1 x 3.3 Feet Power Supply (12V-2000mA) for NVR
1 x 3.3 Feet Network Cable
1 x Mouse
1 x Screw Bag
1 x User Manual

My take:

This is a simple system that provides basic viewing properties and is suitable for a conservative budget where basic CCTV is required. The 1 TB NVR disk is large enough for recorded video, but this system will overwrite old footage, so make sure you save all the important shots.

They do claim it cannot view a car license plate, and they are correct, this is not a highly focused system, its good for basic home protection recording or office monitoring.
 

 

3. ZOSI 4PCS Megapixel 720P Wireless Outdoor IP Camera System

Quality85%
Reliability83%
Practicality83%
Price84%

Specifications

NVR Specification:

  • 4channel 720P wireless Network video recorder
  • Built-in WiFi Module with high-performance and high stability
  • Automatically connection between NVR and IPC
  • Support video preview/recording/playback/USB backup
  • Support the mixed use of wireless and wire, support difference scene
  • Support Android/IOS/PC Remote view
  • Get Instant email alerts if motion detected
  • Support 1 SATA port, up to 4TB each, 2 USB2.0 port for the operation of mouse control, back up, upgrade

IP Camera Specification

  • Image Sensor: 1.0 Megapixel 1/4″ Progressive Scan Sensor
  • Resolution: HDMI,1280720
  • Lens: 3.6mm
  • IR LEDs Amount: 3Array LEDs with IR-CUT function
  • Night Vision: 100ft(30m)
  • Weatherproof: IP66

Functionality

This is a great value for money kit, providing you with 4 x 720P camera resolution that is both crisp and clear to view. Its motion detection activated which means it will only record when activated by motion. The unit comes with a wired and wireless solution, so you can either connect it by wire or go wireless and rely on batteries for power.

Installation

This is a very easy system to install. I tried both connections, the wireless and wired, and apart from the usual installation requirements for wired, the whole process was fast and efficient.

Package Includes

1 x 4CH 720P WIFI NVR
4 x 720P WiFi IP cameras
4 x Adaptor for IP camera
1 x Adaptor for NVR
1 x IR Mouse
1 x 1TB Hard Drive

My take:

If you are seeking a comprehensive solution that incorporates two modes, wireless and wired, I would go for this system. I actually believe in wired more than wireless, however, I also am a great believer in risk mitigation and that means that you should use both so that if one method is compromised, the second method takes over, and, in addition, you can use a few fake cameras – it will help you save your money and will add some extra safety.

This systems HD is 1 TB, so it provides ample room for recordings but what is better with it is that it only records when activated by motion. So, your HDD will not erase recordings before you can remove them for safe storage.

The IP Pro app is easy to install and use, so you can view whatever is happening in real time.

Bottom line: this is one great CCTV system to buy and install.
 

 

4. Zmodo Wireless Home Security Cameras System

Quality87%
Reliability85%
Practicality84%
Price84%

Specifications

NVR Features

  • IP video input: 8CH 720P HD/ 4CH 1080P IPC
  • Video Resolution: 720P HD
  • Record Rate: 100fps
  • Record Mode: Normal Recording / Intelligent Recording / Motion Activated Recording
  • Playback: Fast forward / Rewind / Slow play / Digital Zoom
  • HDMI Output: 1 Channel

Outdoor Camera Feature

  • Image Sensor: 720p color sensor
  • Number of IR LEDs: 24
  • IR distance: Night vision up to 20m
  • Lens: 2.8mm
  • Angle of View: 81°
  • Operating Temperature: 14°F~122°F
  • Frame Rate: 25fps
  • Weatherproof: Yes, IP65

Indoor Camera Feature

  • Image Sensor: 720p color sensor
  • IR distance: Night vision up to 6m
  • Lens: 2.1mm
  • Angle of View: 115o
  • Tilt: 90o
  • Operating Temperature: 14°F~122°F
  • Frame Rate: 25fps

Functionality

This Zmodo model comes with 8 cameras but only a 5ooGB HDD NVR. The cameras are Zmodos standard 720P so they perform well and give a clear picture. This is a wireless system, so the number of camera’s is only extra work to set up, but easy to install since they are wireless. Just take into account the battery life and costs.

The system connects via the Zmodo app to any mobile device and remote location, so you will always be able to view the house whenever you need.

Installation

Package Includes

1 x 8CH Network Security NVR
1 x 500GB Hard Drive Pre-installed in the NVR
8 x 720p HD Wireless Security Camera
8 x 5V/1A Power Supply for Cameras
1 x 12V/2A Power Supply for NVR
1 x Ethernet Cable
1 x Quick Guide

My Take:

This is a great indoor and outdoor CCTV solution. My only reservations were the wireless installation for so many cameras mean that you need to replace 8 batteries every year. You also need to factor in the number of times the system will record from each camera and erase older recordings on a small 500GB HDD.

Bottom line: if you are seeking a wide range covered solution but have a limited budget, then this is one of your best options.
 

 

5. ONWOTE 1080P HD NVR Outdoor Home Wireless Security Camera System

Quality84%
Reliability83%
Practicality83%
Price85%

Specifications

NVR Features

  • 4CH 1080P HD NVR video recorder without hard drive
  • Support video preview/ recording/ playback/ USB backup
  • Support Android/ iOS/ Pad/ PC remote view
  • 1 SATA port, up to 6TB each, 1 USB 2.0 port
  • Power supply input: DC12V-2000mA, output: 100-240V

Camera Features

  • 960P HD equals 720P HD + 307,200 pixels
  • 960p (1280 x 960) high definition@15fps real time
  • 6 LED arrays, IR night vision up to 80ft
  • IP 66 weatherproof (14°F to 122°F)
  • Power supply input: DC12V-1000mA, Output:100-240V

Functionality

This is a wired system, which means that the cameras must be connected to a power source. This is an auto repair system, which means that there are WIFI issues, the cameras will auto repair, so you don’t need to worry about any long-term offline issues.

The NVR unit comes with its own built-in router, so you get added power and don’t need to rely on your home WIFI for data streaming. This system is suitable for both indoors and outdoors, with IP66 waterproof protection, so I didn’t need to worry too much about where I placed my outside cams.

Installation

This was pretty straightforward to set up and connect. However, I needed to connect my HDD as well, which was annoying even though it took me all of three minutes to do so.

  • 1 x 4 CH 1080p HD NVR with NO Hard Drive
  • 2 x NVR Wi-Fi Antenna (Pre-installed in the NVR)
  • 4 x 960p HD Weatherproof Night Vision Wireless Cameras
  • 4 x Wi-Fi Antenna for Cameras
  • 4 x Camera Screw Pack for Mounting
  • 1 x 12V 2A Power Adapter for NVR
  • 4 x 12V 1A Power Adapters for Cameras (10ft Power Cord)
  • 1 x 3ft Network Cable
  • 1 x Mouse for NVR
  • 1 x Quick User Guide

My Take:

This is a great unit but has two drawbacks, the first is that it doesn’t come with an HDD, this means that you need to buy your HDD, which is actually OK, since you get to control the size of your HDD. On the other hand, it means you have to source for a compatible HDD. The other issue is the strength of the WIFI signal, it can be problematic if you live or work in an environment with thick walls.

The upside, this system is more secure since it uses a separate WIFI router and is versatile for both indoors and outdoors. For the money, you pay you are getting a very good solution.

Bottom line: This is great value for money, but remember to buy a large HDD, since this is a 24/7 recorder and will erase older video once the HDD is full. The HDD drive you need must be a 3.5” version. Also, if you connect this up to a PC monitor or TV, get the appropriate cable. This model will send you to feed to your mobile device, but you will need a cable to view the feed on site.
 

 

6. OOSSXX 8-Channel HD 1080P Wireless System/IP Security Camera System

Quality88%
Reliability85%
Practicality85%
Price81%

Specifications

NVR Features:

  • 8CH 1080P Wireless NVR Recorder with 2TB Hard Drive.
  • Hi-silicon 3520DV300 High-Speed Processor and Embedded Linux Operating System.
  • Support Video Preview/Recording/Playback/USB Backup.
  • Support for Android/IOS/PC Remote View
  • Networking Protocol: UPnP, SMTP, PPPoE, DHCP, P2P, ICLOUD.
  • 1 SATA Port, Up to 6TB, 1 USB2.0,1 HDMI,1 VGA.
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-2A
  • Power: ≦5W

Camera Features:

  • Image Sensor: 1/3” Aptina HD Color CMOS
  • Image Resolution: 1920x1080P
  • Lens: 3.6mm 3.0 Mega Pixels Lens
  • Night Vision: 80Ft (25m)
  • Minimum Illumination: 0 Lux (IR On)
  • Weatherproof: Yes
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-1A
  • Power: ≦6W

Functionality

This is a 1080P HD security cam system with a 2TB HDD. This means that it will deliver high quality video and stills with enough drive space to allow safe capture without overwrite. The system is wired so there is a direct feed from each camera to the NVR.

Installation

The installation process was straightforward. Since this is a wired system, I had to prepare the wires in a way that would elude detection, maximizing security efficiency.

The package includes:

1 x 8CH WIFI NVR (2TB HDD)
2 x NVR Antenna
8 x 960P Waterproof IP Cameras
8 x Camera Antenna
8 x Power Supply (12V-1A) for Cameras (Cable Length: 10 Feet) x
1 x Power Supply(12V-2A) for NVR (Cable Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x Network Cable (Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x HDMI Cable (Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x Mouse
1 x User Manual
8 x Camera Screw Bag
4 x Warning stickers

My Take:

OOSSXX is a Chinese manufacturer of high quality security systems. They have a number of configurations to choose from and this particular one is their HD 8 channel version, which is more than enough for most household and business uses.

I find their systems to be reliable and for the price you pay, very good ROI. The eight cameras provided really clear feedback and the only concern I had was the HDD size, with such an extensive system, this should come be 6TB HDD, however at the price you get this system, 2TB is a steal.

Bottom line: If you pay a bit more for motion detection, you will get a really impressive CCTV security system that would do most homes and businesses proud.
 

 

7. OOSSXX HD 8CH 1080P Wireless Security System + 4pcs 720P Cameras

Quality84%
Reliability83%
Practicality83%
Price85%

Specifications

NVR Features:

  • 8CH 1080P Wireless NVR Recorder.
  • Hisilicon 3520DV300 High-Speed Processor and Embedded Linux Operating System.
  • Support Video Preview/Recording/Playback/USB Backup.
  • Support for Android/IOS/PC Remote View.
  • Networking Protocol: UPnP, SMTP, PPPoE, DHCP , P2P, ICLOUD etc.
  • 1 SATA Port, Up to 6TB, 1 USB2.0,1 HDMI,1 VGA.
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-2A
  • Power: ≦5W

Camera Features:

  • Image Sensor: 1/4” OV HD Color CMOS
  • Image Resolution: 1280x720P
  • Lens: 3.6mm 3.0 MegaPixels Lens
  • Night Vision: 60Ft (20m)
  • Minimum Illumination: 0 Lux (IR On)
  • Weatherproof: Yes
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-1A
  • Power: ≦6W

Functionality

This is a 1080P HD security cam system with a 2TB HDD. This means that it will deliver high-quality video and stills with enough drive space to allow safe capture without overwriting. The system is wired so there is a direct feed from each camera to the NVR.

Installation

The installation process was straightforward. Since this is a wired system, I had to prepare the wires in a way that would elude detection, maximizing security efficiency.

Package:

1 x 8CH WIFI NVR (2TB HDD)
2 x NVR Antenna
4 x 720P Waterproof IP Cameras
4 x Camera Antenna
4 x Power Supply (12V-1A) for Cameras (Cable Length: 10 Feet) x
1 x Power Supply(12V-2A) for NVR (Cable Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x Network Cable (Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x HDMI Cable (Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x Mouse
1 x User Manual
4 x Camera Screw Bag

My Take:

This is another good buy from OOSSXX the Chinese manufacturer of high-quality security systems. Just like the previous model that I reviewed, this particular one is another one of their HD 8 channel version, which is more than enough for most household and business use. I find their systems to be reliable and for the price you pay, very good ROI. The eight cameras provided really clear feedback and the 2 TB HDD was perfect for this model configuration.

While it is a 1080P NVR, the cameras are 720P, which is a level down from their 960P cameras. In essence, this is a 1080P NVR with a 720P camera system. It’s cheap for the price when you compare it to their eight c960P camera unit, which is double the price, this is a better deal if you don’t need the extra coverage and quality form 4 more 960P cameras.

Bottom Line: If its economy with quality that you seek, this is the unit you must get. This OOSSXX system is perhaps one of the cheapest costing ones you can find and provides similar features to those that are priced 60% higher.
 

 

8. SAFEVANT FULL-HD 8CH 960P Wireless Security Camera System with 4pcs 960P Wireless Security Cameras,1TB HDD,Black

Quality85%
Reliability83%
Practicality82%
Price86%

Specifications

NVR Features:

  • 8CH 960P Wireless NVR Recorder
  • 3520D Processor and Embedded Linux Operating System
  • Support Android/IOS/PC Remote View
  • Networking Protocol: UPnP, SMTP, PPPoE, DHCP etc.
  • 1 SATA Port, 1TB HDD Included, Up to 4TB Each, 1 USB2.0 Port
  • Support Video Preview/Recording/Playback/USB Backup
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-2A
  • Power Dissipation: ≦5W

Camera Features:

  • Image Sensor: 1/4” Color CMOS
  • Image Resolution: 1280 x 960P
  • Minimum Illumination: 0 Lux (IR On)
  • Night Vision: 65 Feet (20m)
  • Lens: 4mm Lens
  • Weatherproof: Yes
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-1A
  • Power Dissipation: ≦6W

Functionality

This is a standard 4 cam 8 channel security CCTV system that provides night vision and connects to the standard smartphone uplink.

Installation

This is a wireless model, so there is no tinkering with wires and such. Installation is easy and once assembled its ready to go.

Package:

1 x 8CH WIFI NVR with 1TB HDD
4 x 960P Waterproof IP Cameras
4 x Power Supply (12V-1A) for Cameras (Cable Length: 10 Feet)
1 x Power Supply(12V-2A) for NVR (Cable Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x HDMI Cable
1 x Network Cable (Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x Screw Bag
1 x Mouse
1 x User Manual

My Take:

The price was my only issue, for what you get you expect more. The HDD is 1TB and the NVR is compact, however, you get 4 960P IP cameras.

Bottom Line: This is a medium range configuration that provides a basic security system. The software could be better, but there is a good customer service, so you are not left alone when facing any software or app issues.
 

 

9. ZOSI 1080p Wireless Security Camera System,4 Channel HDMI NVR Kit

Quality87%
Reliability85%
Practicality85%
Price83%

Specifications

NVR Specification

  • 4 channel 1080P wireless Network video recorder
  • Built-in WiFi Module with high-performance and high stability
  • Automatically connection between NVR and IPC
  • Support video preview/recording/playback/USB backup
  • Support the mixed use of wireless and wire, support difference scene
  • Support Android/IOS/PC Remote view
  • Get Instant email alerts if motion detected
  • Support 1 SATA port, up to 4TB each, 2 USB2.0 port for operation of mouse control, back up, upgrade

IP Camera Specification

  • Image Sensor: 2.0 Megapixel 1/3″ Progressive Scan Sensor
  • Resolution: 1920*1080
  • Lens: 3.6mm
  • IR LEDs Amount: 24pcs LEDs with IR-CUT function
  • Night Vision: 65ft(20m)
  • Weatherproof: IP66

Functionality

This I an all-weather wired system and functions very well at night too. It provides a clear picture, a stable NVR that has a 1TB HDD that seems to be the market standard.

Installation

Since this is a wired system I had to prepare the positions of each camera and make sure I had the wiring in place beforehand. The system itself was fast to set up, and once installed

1 x 4 channel NVR system
1 x 1TB Hard Drive was Pre-installed inside the NVR
4 x 1080p wireless outdoor cameras
1 x 2A power adapter for NVR
4 x 1A power adapter for Cameras
1 x USB mouse
1 x 3.2ft ethernet cable
1 x user manual

My Take:

ZOSI is a known brand and their night vision cameras have proven reliable for years. The upside of this system is that its wired and night vision capable, the downside is that its wired, so you need to prepare the installation beforehand. As usual, ZOSI gives you a 1TB HDD, you will need more otherwise you will end up copying new recordings over the older ones.
 

 

10. Firstrend 1080P Wireless Security Camera System, 8CH Wireless NVR System

Quality90%
Reliability89%
Practicality89%
Price80%

Specifications

  • IP video input: 8CH 1080 HD/ 4CH 1080P IPC with 2TB HDD
  • Video Resolution: 1080 HD
  • Record Rate: 100fps
  • Record Mode: Normal Recording / Intelligent Recording / Motion Activated Recording
  • Playback: Fast forward / Rewind / Slow play / Digital Zoom
  • HDMI Output: 1 Channel

Camera Feature

  • 6 LED arrays, IR night vision up to 80ft
  • Image Sensor: 2.0 Megapixel 1/3″ Progressive Scan Sensor
  • Resolution: 1080P 1920*1080
  • Lens: 3.6mm
  • IR LEDs Amount: 24pcs LEDs with IR-CUT function
  • Night Vision: 65ft(20m)
  • Weatherproof: IP66

Functionality

This is an IP night vision outdoor CCTV system that provides very good resolution in an easy to use package.

Installation

Since it’s a wireless system its fast to install and fast to operate.

My Take:

If its power, storage, and quality you are seeking, and are ready to pay the price then Firstrend is the system to buy. It delivers on all areas and provides a clear daytime picture as well as a very decent night time stream as well.
 

 

11. OOSSXX HD 8CH 1080P Wireless Security System + 4pcs 720P Cameras

Quality86%
Reliability86%
Practicality83%
Price85%

 
Specifications

NVR Features:

  • 8CH 1080P Wireless NVR Recorder.1TB Seagate hard drive inside.
  • Hisilicon 3520DV300 High Speed Processor and Embedded Linux Operating System.
  • Support Video Preview/Recording/Playback/USB Backup.
  • Support Android/IOS/PC Remote View .
  • Networking Protocol: UPnP, SMTP, PPPoE, DHCP , P2P, ICLOUD etc.
  • 1 SATA Port, Up to 6TB, 1 USB2.0,1 HDMI,1 VGA.
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-2A
  • Power : ≦5W

Camera Features:

  • Image Sensor: 1/4” OV HD Color CMOS
  • Image Resolution: 1280x720P
  • Lens: 3.6mm 3.0 MegaPixels Lens
  • Night Vision: 60Ft (20m)
  • Minimum Illumination: 0 Lux (IR On)
  • Weatherproof: Yes
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-1A
  • Power : ≦6W

Functionality

This is a great value for money kit, providing you with 4 x 720P IP camera resolution that is both crisp and clear to view.

Installation

Once again, we are presented with a wireless system, so installation is a cinch. You just set up the cameras, turn on the NVR and sync the system.

Package includes

1 x 8 channel NVR system with 1TB HDD
4 x 720P waterproof IP cameras
4 x camera antennas
1 x 2A power adapter for NVR (cable length 10’)
4 x 1A power adapter for Cameras (Cable length 3.3’)
1 x USB mouse
1 x 3.2ft HDMI cable
1 x user manual
4 x screw bags

My Take:

This is another OOSSXX configuration, in this one you get 4 720P cameras that provide ample coverage for the price you pay. In fact, the price is the main feature of this unit. If its value for money and a conservative budget than this is the model to get.
 

 

12. Jennov 4 Channel Wireless WiFi Security Camera System

Quality85%
Reliability83%
Practicality83%
Price85%

Specifications

NVR Features

  • Network Video Input: 4 channels (no HDD)
  • Video Outputs: VGA, HDMI
  • Compression Format: H.264
  • Recording Mode: Manual/Motion/Schedule/Alarm
  • Image Sensor:1.3 Megapixel 1/3″ Progressive Scan Sensor
  • Playback: 4CH
  • Network Interface: RJ45 x 1
  • Interface: USB 2.0 x 1

Camera Key Features

  • Power Supply: DC 12V
  • Lens: 3.6mm
  • IR LEDs: 36pcs IR LED
  • IR Night Vision: Up to 65ft (36pcs IR LED)
  • Operating Power: DC 12V-2A or by Network cable
  • Waterproof: IP66
  • iPhone/Android app: ESEENET+IP-Pro

Installation

What’s Included:

1 x 4-Channel 960P NVR
4 x 960P Bullet WIFI Cameras
4 x 32’ Power Extension Cables
5 x Power Adapters
1 x 3.2’ ethernet cable
1 x Mouse
4 x Screw Bags
4 x Camera Antennas
4 x Warning Stickers
1 x User Manual/CD

My Take:

Jennov is the brainchild of Google employees that broke off from papa Alphabet and set up their own security CCTV system company. I am not really concerned with their hardware since 90% of all electronics is manufactured in China. What gets me is their dedication to the IoT, and this is what you get here. A truly remarkable IoT security system that delivers on all fronts, including its price.
 

 

13. ANRAN 4 Channels 960P Wireless Home Security Camera System NVR with 12″ Monitor

Quality88%
Reliability88%
Practicality87%
Price83%

Specifications

NVR Spec

  • 4CH Wireless NVR with 12-inch Monitor
  • Video Resolution: 1080P
  • Signal System: PAL/NTSC
  • Video output: HDMI output
  • Playback: Max 4ch playback synchronously
  • Network Interface: 1 adaptable RJ45 10M/100M, 2 WIFI antenna port
  • Hard Disk: 1 SATA port (Max 1 x 4T) (This NVR does not include a hard drive

Camera Spec

  • Megapixel HD Lens: 3.6mm
  • IR LED: 36pcs IR LED, 65feet(20m) IR Range
  • Weatherproof: Yes, IP66 Level
  • Operating Temperature: -10C ~50C
  • Operating Humidity: 30% -80% RH

Functionality

This is a great IP cam that combines the IP stream with a wired cam for sustainable power.

Installation

If you think that all IP (WIFI) cams are wireless think again. This one is a wired to power system, so I didn’t escape the necessity to wire up. It’s a motion detection activated system, so you save a lot of space on the NVR HDD.

Package List:

1 X 4CH 12″ LCD Monitor WIFI NVR(It doesn’t come with a Hard Drive)
4 X 1.3MP HD WIFI IP Camera
4 X power adapters for cameras
1 X user manual
1 X 1meter cat5 cable

My Take:

If you want real ROI then you need a dual wired and IP system that comes with motion detection, hi-res and a viewing screen to save you time setting up to a TV or PC monitor. This is what I got here.

It was a treat to set up this system. It does cost a bot (60%) more than a standard system without motion detection and a screen. I found the additional cost worth the while. The motion detection is a great way to save on activation and you get alerts every time the system is triggered. (Even those rare but pesky false alarms were OK).

Bottom line: GET THIS ONE!
 

 

14. SMONET Wireless Security Camera System

Quality85%
Reliability84%
Practicality84%
Price85%

Specifications

NVR Features:

  • 4CH 1080P Wireless NVR Recorder
  • 3520D Processor and Embedded Linux Operating System
  • Support Video Preview/Recording/Playback/USB Backup
  • Support Android/IOS/PC Remote View
  • Networking Protocol: UPnP, SMTP, PPPoE, DHCP etc.
  • 1 SATA Port, Up to 4TB Each, 2 USB2.0 Port
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-2A
  • Power Dissipation: ≦5W

Camera Features:

  • Image Sensor: 1/4” Color CMOS
  • Image Resolution: 1280960P
  • Lens: 4mm Lens
  • Night Vision: 65Ft (20m)
  • Minimum Illumination: 0 Lux (IR On)
  • Weatherproof: Yes
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-1A
  • Power Dissipation: ≦6W

Functionality

This is a classic night vision IP camera operated CCTV system that is perfect for the home or small business.

Installation

The system is easy to install and operate, but you need to buy an HDD, don’t forget or you can’t record a thing?

Package includes

1 x 4CH 1080P WIFI NVR (No HDD)
4 x 960P Waterproof IP Cameras
4 x Power Supply (12V-1A) for Cameras (Cable Length: 10 Feet)
1 x Power Supply(12V-2A) for NVR (Cable Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x Network Cable (Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x Mouse
1 x User Manual
1 x Screw Bag

My Take:

This is a nicely priced night vision surveillance unit that provides 960P HD vision and is totally wireless. The price would have been right if the unit came with a 1TB HDD, but it didn’t, so I had to spend more for this. Overall, it delivered a great picture, records well and has good remote control and viewing.
 

 

15. A-ZONE 8CH 1080P NVR Wireless Security Camera System

Quality95%
Reliability93%
Practicality94%
Price76%

Specifications

NVR Features:

  • 8CH 1080P Wireless NVR Recorder without hard drive.
  • Support Video Preview/Recording/Playback/USB Backup
  • Support Android/IOS/Pad/PC Remote View
  • Networking Protocol: UPnP, SMTP, PPPoE, DHCP, etc.
  • SATA Port for HDD,
  • 1 USB 2.0 Port.
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-2000mA

Camera Features:

  • Image Sensor: 1/4″ Color CMOS
  • Image Resolution: 19201080P
  • Lens: 4mm
  • Night Vision: 65ft (20m)
  • Day & Night: Auto/Color/BW
  • Angle of view: about 90o
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-1000mA
  • Operating Temperature: 14℉ ~122℉

Functionality

This is an 8 cam 8 channel1080P hi-res system that provides wireless adaptability with night vision and IP66 waterproofing.

Installation

This was a treat to install. Its fully wireless and the software package was easy to set up.

Package Include:

1 x 8CH 1080P NVR (Hard Drive not included)
8 x 1080P Wi-Fi IP Cameras
8 x 6ft cameras Power Adapter
1 x NVR Power Adapter
1 x 3.3ft Network Cable
1 x 10ft Antenna Extension
1 x CD
8 x Screw bags (for cameras)
1 x Mouse
1 x User Manual

My Take:

This is a really great system, so why the heck doesn’t it come with an HDD? For the price I paid it should have come with a limo and a box of chocolates.

Yes, its pricey, but bottom line, its worth it. The system is truly versatile, provides motion detection and night vision so you save on disk space. Just remember to buy the disk first.
 

 

16. Firstrend 8CH 960P Wireless Security Camera System

Quality91%
Reliability90%
Practicality91%
Price80%

Specifications

NVR Features

  • IP video input: 8CH 960 HD/ 4CH 1080P IPC with 1TB HDD
  • Video Resolution: 960 HD
  • Record Rate: 100fps
  • Record Mode: Normal Recording / Intelligent Recording / Motion Activated Recording
  • Playback: Fast forward / Rewind / Slow play / Digital Zoom
  • HDMI Output: 1 Channel

Camera Feature

  • 6 LED arrays, IR night vision up to 80ft
  • Image Sensor: 2.0 Megapixel 1/3″ Progressive Scan Sensor
  • Resolution: 960P 1280*960
  • Lens: 3.6mm
  • IR LEDs Amount: 24pcs LEDs with IR-CUT function
  • Night Vision: 65ft (20m)
  • Weatherproof: IP66

Functionality

This is an IP night vision outdoor CCTV system that provides very good resolution in an easy to use package.

Installation

Since it’s a wireless system its fast to install and fast to operate.

My Take:

This is another Firstrend system, the 960P one, which provides ample results but is a bit too pricey for my taste. However, if you are seeking a high end brand name then go for it.
 

 

17. Safevant 8CH 1080P NVR Wireless Surveillance System (WIFI NVR Kits)

Quality87%
Reliability85%
Practicality85%
Price88%

Specifications

NVR Features:

  • 8CH 1080P Wireless NVR Recorder with Monitor
  • 3520D Processor and Embedded Linux Operating System
  • Support Android/IOS/PC Remote View
  • Networking Protocol: UPnP, SMTP, PPPoE, DHCP etc.
  • 1 SATA Port, NO HDD Included, Up to 4TB(3.5inch SATA interface available), 1USB2.0 Port
  • Support Video Preview/Recording/Playback/USB Backup
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-2A
  • Power Dissipation: ≦5W

Camera Features:

  • Image Sensor: 1/4 Color CMOS
  • Image Resolution: 1280960P
  • Minimum Illumination: 0 Lux (IR On)
  • Night Vision: 65 Feet (20m)
  • Lens: 4mm Lens
  • Weatherproof: Yes
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-1A
  • Power Dissipation: ≦6W

Functionality

This is a standard 4 cam 8 channel security CCTV system that provides night vision and connects to the standard smartphone uplink.

Installation

This is a wireless model, so there is no tinkering with wires and such. Installation is easy and once assembled its ready to go.

Package:

1 x 8CH 1080P NVR with 1TB HDD
4 x 960P Waterproof IP Cameras
4 x Power Supply (12V-1A) for Cameras (Cable Length: 10 Feet)
1 x Power Supply(12V-2A) for NVR (Cable Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x HDMI Cable
1 x Network Cable (Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x Screw Bag
1 x Mouse
1 x User Manual

My Take:

Once again, a Safevant system, but this time in 1080P. It delivers in all areas and provides a quickly installed, quickly operated and very good streaming CCTV system, and is well worth the price you pay for it.

Bottom Line: a very good value for money unit that will provide you with top-level security monitoring.
 

 

18. SEQURO GuardPro DIY Surveillance System with 7″ Wireless Touchscreen Monitor

Quality85%
Reliability85%
Practicality83%
Price89%

Specifications

I am going to veer away from my standard review specification list and give the Sequero manufacturers spec sheet.

Functionality

The Sequero Guard Pro is a night vision wireless IP camera system.

Installation

Package Content

1x 7” High Resolution Touch Screen Display
2x 720p HD IP66 Wireless Weatherproof Outdoor Camera
1x RJ45 Ethernet Cable
2x Camera Adapter
1x Monitor Adapter
1x Installation Kit
2x Camera Antenna

My Take:

If its simplicity and the need to remove any technological barriers between the product and its owner, than this is the one to get. It’s a plug n’ play system, the ultimate Lego CCTV where you just install the camera’s turn on the unit and follow the steps.

Bottom line: If its price and value that you are seeking with a non-technical over justification, then this is the one for you, and heck, they even give you a view screen for on-site viewing.

Manual PDF
 

 

19. OOSSXX HD 8CH 1080P Wireless Security System + 4pcs 960P Cameras

Quality83%
Reliability84%
Practicality83%
Price90%

Specifications

NVR Features:

  • 8CH 1080P Wireless NVR Recorder.
  • Hisilicon 3520DV200 High Speed Processor and Embedded Linux Operating System.
  • Support Video Preview/Recording/Playback/USB Backup.
  • Support Android/IOS/PC Remote View .
  • Networking Protocol: UPnP, SMTP, PPPoE, DHCP , P2P, ICLOUD etc.
  • 1 SATA Port, Up to 6TB, 1 USB2.0,1 HDMI,1 VGA.
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-2A
  • Power : ≦5W

Camera Features:

  • Image Sensor: 1/3” Aptina HD Color CMOS
  • Image Resolution: 1280x960P
  • Lens: 3.6mm 3.0 MegaPixels Lens
  • Night Vision: 80Ft (25m)
  • Minimum Illumination: 0 Lux (IR On)
  • Weatherproof: Yes
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-1A
  • Power : ≦6W

Functionality

This is a 1080P HD security cam system with a 2TB HDD. This means that it will deliver high quality video and stills with enough drive space to allow safe capture without overwrite. The system is wired so there is a direct feed from each camera to the NVR.

Installation

The installation process was straight forward. Since this is a wired system, I had to prepare the wires in a way that would elude detection, maximizing security efficiency.

The package includes:

1 x 8CH WIFI NVR (2TB HDD)
2 x NVR Antenna
4 x 960P Waterproof IP Cameras
4 x Camera Antenna
4 x Power Supply (12V-1A) for Cameras (Cable Length: 10 Feet) x
1 x Power Supply(12V-2A) for NVR (Cable Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x Network Cable (Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x HDMI Cable (Length: 3.3 Feet)
1 x Mouse
1 x User Manual
4 x Camera Screw Bag

My Take:

Do you remember the 8 cam 1080P OOSSXX review I did earlier in the article, this is the same one but with 4 cameras. The price is really gives a great ROI and is budget friendly. So, if you want that economical CCTV system that delivers 1080P quality streaming video, then this is the one to get.
 

 

20. SMONET 8CH 960P HD Wireless Network

Quality85%
Reliability85%
Practicality85%
Price87%

Specifications

NVR Features:

  • 8CH 960P Wireless NVR Recorder Pre-installed 2TB Hard Drive
  • 3520D Processor and Embedded Linux Operating System
  • Support Video Preview/Recording/Playback/USB Backup
  • Support Android/IOS/Pad/PC Remote View
  • Networking Protocol: UPnP, SMTP, PPPoE, DHCP etc.
  • 1 SATA Port, Up to 4TB Each, 1 USB 2.0 Port
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-2000mA, Output: 100-240V

Camera Features:

  • Image Sensor: 1/4″ Color CMOS
  • Image Resolution: 1280960P
  • Lens: 3.6mm or 4mm Lens (Random Delivery)
  • Night Vision: 65Ft (20m)
  • Minimum Illumination: 0 Lux (IR On)
  • Weatherproof: Yes
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-1000mA, Output:100-240V

Functionality

The SMONET Camera System Transmits is a video only system, there is no audio here. You can view the recordings from a distance, and the system will only transmit via the internet when you access it from your remote location. There is a pinch mode zoom function in the mobile interface, and the system is a wired system, not wireless, which makes it more reliable and saves on battery replacement.

Installation

First, you need a screen to view the recordings, second you need to connect each camera to a power source, so while it is WIFI and transmits without a wire, it still needs wiring for power installation. While this save on battery replacements, it does present you with installation issues.

What’s Included:

1 x 8-Channel 960P NVR Pre-installed 2TB Hard Drive
8 x 960P Bullet IP Cameras
8 x 10 Feet Power Supply (12V-1000mA) for Cameras
1 x 3.3 Feet Power Supply (12V-2000mA) for NVR
1 x 3.3 Feet Network Cable
1 x Mouse
1 x Screw Bag
1 x User Manual

My take:

This is a the SMONET 960P system that provides better quality viewing properties and is slightly highly priced in my opinion. The 2 TB NVR disk is large enough for recorded video, but this system will overwrite old footage, so make sure you save all the important shots. I would recommend this one over their basic 720P system, even for the price they are asking.
 

 

21. Hiseeu 4-Channel HD 1080P Wireless Network

Quality84%
Reliability83%
Practicality83%
Price85%

Specifications

NVR Features:

  • 4CH 960P Wireless NVR Recorder.
  • Hisilicon 3520DV200 High-Speed Processor and Embedded Linux Operating System.
  • Extend Net Port for Connet Camera.
  • Support Video Preview/Recording/Playback/USB Backup.
  • Support Android/IOS/PC Remote View.
  • Networking Protocol: UPnP, SMTP, PPPoE, DHCP, P2P, Onvif, ICLOUD etc.
  • 1 SATA Port, Up to 4TB, 1 USB2.0,1 HDMI,1 VGA.
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-2A

Camera Features:

  • Image Sensor: 1/3” HD Color CMOS
  • Image Resolution: 1280960P
  • Lens: 3.6mm 3.0 Mega Pixels Lens
  • Night Vision: 100Ft
  • Minimum Illumination: 0 Lux (IR On)
  • Weatherproof: Yes
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-1A

Functionality

This is a classic IP CCTV system , it provides night vision and is waterproof.

Installation

This is wireless system so setting up is a cinch. You do need to buy an HDD but for the price you pay, I won’t complain and neither should you.

Package content:

1 x 4CH H.264 Wireless Network Digital Video Recorder (Wireless NVR) Hard Disk Not included
4 x Color CMOS 1.3MP IR LEDs IP Cameras
4 x 12V 1A Power Adapter for Security Cameras
1 x 12V 2A Power Supply for NVR
1 x 3M 9DB Antenna
1 x Mouse
1 x User Manual
1 x HDMI cable
2 x Warning stickers

My Take:

Finally, a system that’s so cheap you would think its unreal. It is very real, the only issue is I needed to buy a HDD, which I did, since it was worth it. The system delivers in every corner and proves that some cheap Chinese models are not just fake or mockups.

Bottom line: If you want a 960P night vision system, and don’t want to pay a lot because, heck, you ain’t got that much, or just don’t want to spend on a high end system that delivers the same thing, get this one.
 

 

22. Night Owl Camera System 4 Channel 1080p Wireless Smart Security Hub

Quality96%
Reliability95%
Practicality95%
Price75%

Specifications

  • 8 Channel 1080p AHD DVR with the pre-installed 1TB hard drive
  • Camera Night Vision Yes
  • Night Vision Distance 100 feet
  • Frame Rate 30 frames per second
  • High-Definition Yes
  • Number of IR LEDs 30
  • Image Sensor Type CMOS
  • Field of View 100°
  • Camera Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Camera Mount Type Other
  • Camera Infrared Distance 100 feet

Functionality

This is Night Owl’s 1080P security CCTV system that is night vision and wireless and perfect for any home or small business.

Installation

This was easy-peasy to install. Just took it out, set it up and operated it.

  • 1 x 4 Channel 1080p HD NVR with pre-installed 1 TB Hard Drive.
  • 4 x 1080p Indoor/Outdoor Wireless Infrared IP Cameras.

My Take:

If you are looking for a system that is literally plug n’ play, this is it. However, you will pay for it. Since this is a high-end company selling high end products at high end prices.

  • You get the best quality equipment, proven and reliable.
  • You get the easiest remote controlling and monitoring app.
  • You get the most versatile recording options system on the market.

Bottom Line: High end and worth every cent.
 

 

23. CAMVIEW 4CH 720P Wireless Security CCTV Surveillance System WiFi NVR Kits

Quality89%
Reliability89%
Practicality88%
Price81%

Specifications

NVR Features:

  • 4CH 1080P Wireless Camera System with 1TB Hard Drive
  • HDMI and VGA Output( VGA not support Audio)
  • Support Real-time Video+Audio Display/Playback
  • Controlled by Mouse/Front plant/Remoter
  • Networking Protocol: UPnP, SMTP, PPPoE, DHCP etc.
  • 1USB2.0 Port, Support USB Backup
  • Power Supply Input: AC100-240V, Output: DC12V-2000mA

Camera Features:

  • Image Sensor: 1/4″ Color CMOS 1.0MP Resolution
  • Image Resolution: 1280x720P
  • Lens: 3.6mm Lens, 62.2°viewing angle
  • Night Vision: 65ft (20m), 0 Lux (IR On)
  • Weatherproof: IP66
  • Power Supply Input: AC100-240V, Output: DC12V-1000mA
  • Tail cable plugs: RJ45+DC+Audio
  • Functionality

This is a video and audio CCTV system, so you can also record what is being said and not just see what is being done. As a home security system is great, at work you will need to notify your employees and visitors that they are being voice recorded as well. That’s the Law.

Installation

Wile the cameras are wireless, they are not wireless for power. So, I needed to prepare the installation for power sourcing to each location. Other than this issue, everything went fast. Remember to buy batteries for the remote.

Package Including:

1 x 1080P 4ch NVR with 1TB Hard Drive
4 x 720P Wireless security Cameras
4 x 5db Antenna for Cameras
4 x 5ft Power Supply (12V-1A) for Cameras
1 x 5ft Power Supply (12V-2A) for NVR
1 x 3.3ft Network Cable
1 x Mouse
1 x Remote Controller (Battery not including)
1 x Screw Bag
1 x User Manual

My Take:

This is another one of those wireless wired cameras that need a wired power source but stream through IP. This particular unit is only 720P so it’s not on the hi-res end of the models presented in this review. The reason its here is because its audio too, and for the price you pay, which is reasonable, worth every cent.
 

 

24. Lorex LH04045GC4W 500GB DVR 4 x Wireless Indoor/Outdoor Security Camera System

Quality92%
Reliability90%
Practicality91%
Price79%

Specifications

  • HD 720p wireless video with H.264 compression
  • SignalGuard Technology for an auto repair
  • Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology reduces conflicts with competing signals
  • IR cut filter for accurate color reproduction in varying lighting conditions
  • Long Range night vision range up to 120ft (37m) / 80ft (28m)
  • Simple installation. No video cable required
  • Weatherproof (IP66)
  • High gain antennas provide up to 160ft (50m) indoor / 500ft (152m) outdoor wireless range

Functionality

This is a high quality, high product that provides indoor and outdoor wireless nighttime and daytime CCTV security.

Installation

What’s in the box

1× 4-Channel DVR with Pre-Installed 500GB HDD.
4× Wireless Bullet Cameras w/ Antennas.
2× Wireless Receivers
1× DVR Docking Stand
1× Mouse
1× Remote Control
1× HDMI Cable
1× Ethernet Cable
1× Octopus Cable
7× Power Adapters
Quick Setup Guides

My Take:

Lorex has been around for over 25 years. This is an American company that specializes in residential and business security systems. Their products are priced on the high end because they manufacture good quality and reliable equipment. If you can afford this system, buy it.

The basics are this; Lorex gives you an easy to use smartphone/mobile app viewing system. The HDD is slightly small for my taste, especially forth price you pay, but 500GB is better then nothing and you can add more space. Since this is a motion detection system you can save of storage space and have it activated only when motion is detected, or you can have it set to continuous mode.

The cameras are auto-repair, which means when the WIFI signal is too low or off, the camera will reset the signal and transmit again or send a warning that the system has lost a camera signal.

The night vision feature is great, reaches up to 40 meters (41 according to Lorex) I tested it, and yes, the night vision is to par.

Bottom line: Worth every cent, you get quality and reliability.
 

 

25. ANRAN Full HD 4CH 1080P Wireless Video Security System with 1TB HDD

Quality86%
Reliability84%
Practicality85%
Price83%

Specifications

NVR

  • Video Resolution:1080P
  • Video compression: H.264
  • Synch-playback:4ch
  • Display quality: VGA/HDMI
  • Video output: 1ch VGA,1ch HDMI HD output
  • Motion detection: Support
  • Network Interface:1 adaptable RJ45 10M/100M, 1 WIFI interface
  • Power:12V 3A
  • default factory resolution setting is 1280 X 1024.

IP Camera

  • Camera Sensor: 1/3″ Micron,2.0 Megapixel
  • Color CMOS Sensor Resolution: 1280×1080
  • Effective pixels: 2.0 Megapixels
  • Lens: 3.6mm
  • HD Lens Day/night: Auto, dual IR-Cut filter
  • IR range: built-in 36pcs IR LEDs, the distance is visible up to 75 feet
  • Record Storage: HDD or network
  • Weatherproof: IP66 Level
  • Power: DC 12V 1A

Functionality

This is a great IP cam that combines the IP stream with a wired cam for sustainable power.

Installation

If you think that all IP (WIFI) cams are wireless think again. This one is a wired to power system, so I didn’t escape the necessity to wire up. It’s a motion detection activated system, so you save a lot of space on the NVR HDD Package Included:

1X 4CH 1080P WIFI NVR (1TB Hard Drive)
4X 1080P WIFI Bullet 36pcs IR IP Camera
4X power supply for cameras
1X 1m Cat5 cable
1X User Manual

My Take:

This is another quality Anran product, f you want real ROI then you need a dual wired and IP system that comes with motion detection, hi-res and a viewing screen to save you time setting up to a TV or PC monitor. This is what I got here.

It was a treat to set up this system. It does cost a bot (60%) more than a standard system without motion detection and a screen. I found the additional cost worth the while. The motion detection is a great way to save on activation, and you get alerts every time the system is triggered. (Even those rare but pesky false alarms were OK).

Bottom line: This is their 1080P model and costs a tad more than their 960P version, In terms of price ROI< this one is a bit more costlier and therefore sits well within the standards of its other competitors. So, its personal choice rather than price that will make the difference here.
 

 

26. Canavis 8CH Wireless Network Security Camera System 960P HD Surveillance CCTV NVR Video Recorder Kit

Quality89%
Reliability89%
Practicality90%
Price80%

Specifications

NVR

  • 8CH 960P wireless NVR
  • Built-in WIFI Module with high performance and high stability
  • Automatically connection between NVR and IPC
  • Video view/ recording/ playback/ USB backup
  • Specific time recording, motion detection recording or alarm recording
  • Support Android/ IOS/ PC Remote View, and You can share this system videos with your family members
  • Get instant email alerts and cellphone app alerts if motion detected, you can customize motion detection area and schedule time period for receiving alerts
  • 1 SATA port, up to 4TB, 1 USB 2.0 port for the operation of mouse control, back up, upgrade
  • Camera
  • 720P Wi-Fi IP Camera Feature
  • Image Sensor: 1.0 Megapixel 1/4” CMOS progressive scan sensor
  • Resolution: 1280 (H)* 720 (V), Clearer than 960H
  • Lens: 3.6mm
  • 3 Array LEDs with IR-CUT
  • Night Vision: 100ft (30m)
  • Weatherproof: IP66

Functionality

This is an 8 channel indoor and outdoor waterproof Night vision CCTV system.

Installation

This is a wireless wired system, where the camera needs a wire power connection but transmits WIFI. So no cutting corners when installing.

Package Content

1 x 8CH 960P wireless NVR
8 x 720P Wifi IP Cameras
8 x Adaptor for IP Cam
1 x Adaptor for NVR
1 x Mouse
1 x User Manual

My Take:

If it’s real ROI, don’t look further. This is an 8 cam, night time, weatherproof, dual wired power with wireless streaming system that provides a high quality stream of video.

Just for all you readers that don’t know what or who Canavis is, well Canavis is another Chinese security cam system manufacturer that produces a great model. This version comes with a 1TB HDD and 30-meter night vision. I tried it, it works, its simple and they provide support via their website.
 

 

27. Reolink 1080p Wireless Security Camera System

Quality92%
Reliability90%
Practicality91%
Price83%

Specifications

  • Image Sensor: 2 Megapixel Progressive Scan CMOS
  • IR LED Range: 850nm IR LEDs, up to 10m (33 feet)
  • Lens type: Fixed focus
  • Angle of view: 130° horizontal, 70° vertical
  • Bitrate: H.264, 15fps
  • Wi-Fi :2.4GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n
  • Standards: WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK
  • Protocols: TCP/IP, HTTP, HTTPS, UPnP, SMTP, NTP, DHCP, DNS, URL, P2P
  • Storage: microSD card up to 64 GB
  • Power supply: Battery powered, Supports 4 CR123A Non-Rechargeable Batteries (3V) or 4 CR123A
  • Rechargeable Batteries (3.6V~4.2V)
  • Power consumption: 4-6 months battery life specified
  • Mainstream: 1080P (1920*1080)
  • Audio support: Yes, 2-way audio with onboard mic and speaker
  • Weather-proofing: IP65
  • Working environment: -10 ℃ ~+55 ℃ (14°F~131°F)

Functionality

This is a wireless 1080P hi-definition CCTV system with night vision and weatherproof cameras.

Installation

This is a fully wireless system, so you need batteries for the cameras, other than that, it takes as much time as it takes you to position the cameras. The rest is a few minutes of fiddling with the NVR and presto your up and running.

Package includes:

1 x 1080P 4-Channel Wireless NVR
1 x Pre-Installed 1TB HDD
4 x 1080P Wireless Bullet Camera
4 x NVR PSU 1 / Camera PSU
4 x 14.7ft Camera Power Extension Cable
1 x Quick Start Guide
1 x HDMI Cable
1 x USB Mouse
Accessories

My Take:

If its simplicity you want, then simplicity you get. The Reolink is a great system, a bit pricey in comparison to other similar products, but well worth the extra cent for its compact and reliable quality, as well as its simplicity.

While I state simple, I don’t mean it’s a simple system, I mean its simple to install and operate it. The system itself provides motion detection and night vision, so this is one that comes with all the bells and whistles and at 1080P is excellent ROI.
 

 

28. SANNCE 4CH 720P HD NVR Wireless Security CCTV Surveillance Systems

Quality86%
Reliability87%
Practicality86%
Price85%

Specifications

  • Video compression: H.264
  • IP video input: 4CH Wireless
  • Video Output: HDMI and VGA Up to 1080P
  • Audio output/input: 1/1 RCA
  • Incoming bandwidth: 70M
  • Max Recording Resolution: Up to 1M(1280×720)
  • Max Playback Resolution: Up to 1M(1280×720)
  • Max Playback Channel: 4CH
  • Max Playback Capacity: 4CH 720P
  • HDD: 1 SATA interface
  • HDD Capacity: Up to 4TB capacity
  • Network interface: RJ45x1(10/100/1000M)
  • Wireless antenna: 2 Ports(IEEE802.11b/g/n)
  • BNC Output: Yes
  • USB: USB2.0x2
  • Operating Power: DC12V
  • Power Consumption: 6W(without HDD);POE: Max 25.5W for single port
  • Working Temperature: 14 °F ~ 131 °F /-10 °C ~ 55 °C
  • Video Resolution: 1MP(1920×1080@30fps)
  • Image sensor: 1/4″ Progressive Scan CMOS
  • Lens: 3.6mm
  • The angle of View: 70°
  • Number of Infra-Red LEDs: 3PCS Class A Array LED
  • Night Vision Distance: Up to 100ft/30m
  • Weatherproof Rating: IP66
  • Operating Temperature: -22 °F – 140 °F /-30 °C – 60 °C
  • Wireless: IEEE802.11b/g/n

Functionality

This is a high-quality system at the price of a Chinese mockup, it’s phenomenal and perhaps the best buy in all this review.

Installation

This is a wireless system, so is quick to install, and believe you me, this even quicker to set up.

Package contents

1 × 4CH Wi-Fi NVR (It needs to purchase and install HDD (for ASIN: B071KFXL29)
4 × 720P Bullet Camera
1 × Cat5e Ethernet Cable 3.3ft/1m
1 × USB Mouse
1 × 4-in-1 USB HUB
5 × Power Adapter
1 × Software CD
4 × Antenna
Mounting Screws Kits
User’s Manual

My Take:

This is a Hong Klong based Chinese company with offices around the world. They provide really high-quality products at a fraction of the market price. With all this, its painful for me to say, but they are so good, and for the price you pay, you have to buy it now. I mean this, with tears don my eyes in frustration, buy one now you won’t regret it.

Bottom Line: buy one of these, buy an HDD cos its not included (part of the price issue) and get ready for some motion detected action.
 

 

29. ONWOTE 8 Channel 1080P Outdoor Wireless Security Camera System with 2TB Hard Drive and 8 HD Night Vision

Quality98%
Reliability97%
Practicality98%
Price70%

Specifications

NVR Features

  • 8CH 1080P HD NVR video recorder with 2TB HDD Pre-installed
  • Support video preview/ recording/ playback/ USB backup
  • Support Android/ iOS/ Pad/ PC remote view
  • 1 SATA port, up to 6TB each, 1 USB 2.0 port
  • Power supply input: DC12V-2000mA, output: 100-240V

Functionality

This is a high end, high quality CCTV system with 1080P quality frame.

Installation

Package Includes:

1x 8 CH 1080p HD NVR with 2TB Hard Drive (Pre-installed in the NVR)
2x NVR Wi-Fi Antenna(Pre-installed in the NVR)
8x 1080p HD Weatherproof Night Vision Wireless Cameras
8x Wi-Fi Antenna for Cameras
8x Camera Screw Pack for Mounting
1x 12V 2A Power Adapter for NVR
8x 12V 1A Power Adapters for Cameras (10ft Power Cord)
1x 3ft Network Cable
1x Mouse for NVR
1x Quick User Guide
1x Wi-Fi Booster Antenna

My Take:

I don’t know, I am struggling internally to decide. While this system is exceptional, it comes with an exceptional price, as in too expensive. Sure, it comes with all the bells and whistle, strong WIFI signal, great 1080P quality and a nice 2TB HDD as well as an easy to use app…but still, the price!

Bottom Line: If you don’t mind buying a Porsche Cayenne SUV instead of a Range Rover or Cherokee Chieftain than this is your model.
 

 

30. Zclever Wireless Security Camera System

Quality87%
Reliability86%
Practicality83%
Price85%

Specifications

NVR Features:

  • 8CH 720P Wireless NVR Recorder
  • Support 8ch video display and playback
  • 1 SATA Port, Up to 4TB
  • Power Supply Input: DC 12V-2A
  • USB Port: 1USB ( with 1 USB hub)
  • Backup Mode: USB flash disk, PC Client Software
  • Recording Modes: Schedule–manual–motion detection

Camera Features:

  • Image Sensor: 1/4” Color CMOS
  • Image Resolution: 1280720P
  • Lens: 4mm Lens
  • Night Vision: 65Ft (20m)
  • Weatherproof: Yes
  • Power Supply Input: DC12V-1A
  • Power Dissipation: ≦6W

Functionality

This is a small business and home-based CCTV system, totally wireless and extremely easy to install and operate.

Installation

I don’t have much to say, it’s easy to install, it’s easy to configure and it’s easy to use.

Package:

8CH WIFI NVR(No HDD) x1
720P Waterproof IP Cameras x8
Power Supply (12V-1A) for Cameras (Cable Length: 10 Feet) x8
Power Supply(12V-2A) for NVR (Cable Length: 3.3 Feet) x1
Network Cable (Length: 3.3 Feet) x1
Mouse x1
User Manual x1
Screw Bag x1

My Take:

Some companies make it easy for us reviewers to work. They take some damned good quality electronics, bundle it altogether an even better software system and then sell it for a reasonable price. This is what you get with Zclever, and honestly, I close this review guide with this product because I want you to buy it.

You get great night vision, amazing WIFI control and remote access, and at the price they are providing it, damn man, I love it.
 

 
Tips to buying an outdoor CCTV surveillance system, with DVR

I will keep this short and concise, a CCTV system has to provide you with the following services:

Secured video streaming, in some instances audio streaming, night vision that can reach at least 20 meters, weatherproofing. A large enough HDD or cloud and motion detection to both save disk space for recordings as well as to alert you whenever the system is triggered.

If you intend to use it as a closed-circuit CCTV indoors then motion detection is not really an issue to contend with, storage space is the issue, since you will be recording constantly and that takes up space.

Honestly, I could give you a long-winded list of tips, but the bottom line is this:

Installation: Do you want a fast installation, then you need wireless. The downside is that the cameras need to have their batteries replaced frequently.

Range: The further away you want to capture images, or the more details you want in the image captured will require higher definition. Higher definition costs more and takes up more storage space.

Night Vision: Do you need to see what’s happening in the dark? If yes, then you will need an IR system.

Alerts: Do you want to know when the system has detected an intruder, then you need motion detection. This will also save you storage space, since the system will only record when activated.

Audio: Do you want to hear your intruders? Then get an audio camera system, just remember that at work you will need to tell your employees and visitors that they are being recorded.

Remote Access: This is now a standard, so I won’t say more than just check to see how easy it is to link into your system and is it hack proof?

Price: Always double check the price of systems, look at definition, channels, number of cams, night vision, audio and motion detection. Compare the cams and then decide which company gives you the best customer support service.