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Amcrest Security Camera Reviews: Budget-Friendly Cameras That Improve Your Home Security

Amcrest Security Camera ReviewsAmcrest is one of the best security camera manufacturers in the industry, and we recommend many of its cameras in articles throughout our site.

However, Amcrest has a huge selection of cameras, and narrowing it down to just what you need can be tricky. We’re here to help. Keep reading to learn more about Amcrest’s best indoor and outdoor cameras so you can find the one that is right for your home.

Indoor Cameras

Best PTZ and IP Camera: Amcrest UltraHD 2K PTZ camera

Amcrest UltraHD 2K PTZ cameraThe older generation of this camera is on our list of the best IP cameras, best cheap security cameras, and best PTZ cameras. It’s an affordable, capable little camera that has quite a few features.

This new version has the same features as the older version, but many of those features are upgraded. For example, this camera has higher resolution and longer night-vision range. It also gives you dual-band Wi-Fi support, while the older camera works only on 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi.

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Higher-than-normal resolution
  • Local video storage
  • Cloud video storage
  • Mobile access and control
  • Two-way audio
  • Customizable motion zones
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi support

Cons

  • Narrower field of view than competitors
  • Extra cost for cloud storage (anything over 4 hours of playback)
  • No micro SD card included with purchase

Standout features

Pan, tilt, and digital zoom
This Amcrest camera has a narrower field of view than other Internet Protocol (IP) cameras like the YI Home 2 and Nest Cam Indoor, but while those cameras have a fixed focal point, the UltraHD 2K camera can pan, tilt, and zoom for more coverage.

High resolution
Standard HD cameras have 1080p resolution, but this one is a little sharper—it comes with 1296p, so you get more detailed images.

Local and cloud storage
Many competitors’ cameras offer only cloud storage, but if you purchase a Micro SD card, you can store files locally. This is a good backup if you don’t want to rely on an internet connection or if you don’t want to pay for cloud storage.

Affordable price
The UltraHD is a little less expensive than both the Nest Cam and the YI Home 2. It’s not identical to those cameras, but it can meet most of the same needs.

Tech specs

  • Resolution: 1296p
  • Wi-Fi compatibility: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands
  • Frame rate: Up to 30 fps
  • Night vision: 32 ft.
  • Field of view: 90 degrees
  • Size: 4.13 x 3.94 x 4.93 in.
  • Weight: 0.60 lbs.

Best wide-angle camera: Amcrest UltraHD Shield 2K

Amcrest UltraHD Shield 2KOne of the biggest drawbacks to the PTZ camera mentioned earlier is its narrow field of view. If you need a wide-angle camera, check out the Amcrest UltraHD Shield 2K instead.

The Shield has many of the same features you’d get with the PTZ camera, like mobile access and multiple storage options. The big difference is the very wide viewing angle—140 degrees—almost twice as wide as the UltraHD 2K. The Shield is a good alternative if you want to be able to see everything at once without moving the camera around.

Pros

  • Local video storage
  • Cloud video storage
  • Mobile access and control
  • Two-way audio
  • Customizable motion zones
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi support
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi support
  • Magnetic wall mount

Cons

  • Extra cost for cloud storage (anything over 4 hours of playback)
  • No micro SD card included with purchase
  • No pan/tilt features

Standout features

Wide field of view
As mentioned earlier, the most impressive feature of this camera is its 140-degree viewing angle that lets you see lots of things at once.

Magnetic wall mount
This camera includes a magnetic wall mount, which makes installation a little easier. Plus—magnets make everything a little cooler.

Tech specs

  • Resolution: 1296p
  • Wi-Fi compatibility: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands
  • Frame rate: Up to 30 fps
  • Night vision: 32 ft.
  • Field of view: 140 degrees
  • Size: 5.7 x 4.2 x 5.7 in.
  • Weight: 1.54 lbs.

Best CCTV Camera: Amcrest 960H Video Security System

Amcrest 960H Video Security SystemCCTV cameras are traditionally used by businesses, but they can come in handy at home too. We’d recommend them to customers who want to monitor multiple areas of the home, since purchasing a CCTV system with four cameras is usually less expensive than purchasing four cameras separately.

This system is first place on our list of the best CCTV systems, and there’s a lot to like about it.

One big perk is that it is weatherproof, so you can use the cameras inside and outside. For example, you could put one in your workout room to make sure your kids don’t injure themselves with the dumbbells and others around the outside of your home to deter intruders.

Pros

  • Weatherproof construction for indoor and outdoor use
  • Multiple connected cameras in one system
  • Long-range night vision
  • High-capacity local storage
  • Multiple camera feed displays
  • Expandable storage and USB backup
  • Mobile access through app

Cons

  • Lower resolution than other cameras listed
  • More complex installation and interface than cameras geared toward individuals
  • No pan/tilt features

Standout features

Weatherproof
Since these cameras are weatherproof you can use them inside and outside, which makes them more versatile and makes it easier to protect more areas of your home.

High-storage capacity
This system comes with lots of local storage, making it a good option if you don’t want to pay for cloud storage. It also includes expandable storage and USB backup if you need more than 500GB of space.

Affordable price for multiple cameras
If you know you need a few cameras to cover multiple areas of your home, a CCTV system is a good deal. You get four connected cameras for less than you’d probably pay for four similar cameras if you purchased them separately.

Tech specs

  • Resolution: 960H x480p
  • Wi-Fi compatibility: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands
  • Frame rate: Up to 30 fps
  • Night vision: 65 ft.
  • Field of view: 75 degrees
  • Continuous recording time: 144 days at highest resolution

Outdoor cameras

Best Power over Ethernet bullet camera: Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 4 Megapixel POE Bullet Camera

Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 4 Megapixel POE Bullet Camera We were so impressed with the older three-megapixel version of this camera that we listed it as the top pick for an outdoor camera on our list of best security cameras.

The new version is higher resolution (four megapixels instead of three) and has vastly improved night vision (164 feet instead of 98 feet). It also comes with Power over Ethernet (POE), which means you can power the camera and connect it to your router with the same cable instead of finding a separate power outlet.

There are still perks to going with the older model—it has a slightly wider viewing angle, and it works over Wi-Fi—so if you need to connect through Wi-Fi or cover a wider area you might want the three-megapixel version.

However, in most cases, you’re probably better off with the new camera’s higher resolution images and improved night vision.

Pros

  • Exceptional night-vision range
  • High resolution
  • Customizable motion zones
  • Mobile viewing access
  • Power over Ethernet that limits need for power cables

Cons

  • POE injector and power supply needed but not included
  • POE injector and power supply needed but not included
  • No Wi-Fi compatibility
  • No pan/tilt features

Standout features

Night-vision range
As mentioned earlier, this camera’s night vision range is extraordinary. This kind of range means it will be harder for unwanted visitors to approach your home without being detected.

High resolution images
For a security camera to be useful, clear images are essential. This camera’s four-megapixel sensor gives it higher image quality than many other competing cameras, so you’ll be able to see more details in the images.

Power over Ethernet (POE)
Power over Ethernet could be considered a benefit or drawback depending on your needs. It makes camera setup easy and limits the need for power cables, but it does require some equipment that doesn’t come with the camera. Plus, since you connect over Ethernet, you can’t connect this camera over Wi-Fi.

Tech specs

  • Resolution: 4 MP
  • Frame rate: 20 fps
  • Night vision: 164 ft.
  • Field of view: 83 degrees
  • Size: 2.8 x 6.5 in.
  • Weight: 0.9 lbs.

Best Wi-Fi dome camera: Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 3 Megapixel Wi-Fi Vandal Dome

Amcrest ProHD Outdoor 3 Megapixel Wi-Fi Vandal DomeThis dome camera is a good alternative to the bullet camera mentioned above because it works over Wi-Fi and has a wide viewing angle. It also has a spot for a micro SD card, which means you can use both local and cloud storage.

Pros

  • Customizable motion zones
  • Mobile viewing access
  • Protective housing
  • Local video storage
  • Cloud video storage
  • Wide-angle camera

Cons

  • No pan/tilt features
  • No micro SD card included with purchase

Standout features

Wide viewing angle
This camera has a 100-degree viewing angle so you can see a lot of things at once.

Vandal-proof housing
The camera itself is housed in a dome that protects it from damage. This makes it difficult for any intruders to avoid detection by damaging your camera.

Tech specs

  • Resolution: 34 MP
  • Frame rate: 20 fps
  • Night vision: 98 ft.
  • Field of view: 100 degrees
  • Size: 4.3 × 3.2 in.
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs.

What we like about Amcrest

We’ve been pretty impressed with Amcrest’s equipment, but that’s not the only reason we recommend so many of its cameras across the site. We’re also pretty impressed with the company overall.

  • Customer service hours extend past traditional business hours so you can get help in the evenings or on weekends.
  • There’s lots of educational content online with information about products. You can even find video tutorials.
  • You can get help over chat or through email if you don’t want to call.

Amcrest provides solid, affordable security cameras that can help you protect your home inside and out, and we’re confident its cameras will make a great addition to any existing home security system.

Do you have security cameras at your home? Which ones do you like? Have they been useful? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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