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Best Outdoor Security Cameras of 2019

Best Overall
Arlo Pro 2 Security Camera
  • Easy setup and mobility
  • Seven days free cloud storage
  • Alexa and Google Assistant Compatibility

Arlo Pro 2


Best Budget Pick
Blink Security Camera
  • Affordable and lightweight
  • 2 hours free video cloud storage
  • Alexa compatibility

Blink XT Security Camera


Best Upgrade
Arlo Ultra Security Camera
  • Higher resolution
  • Color night vision
  • Free year of Arlo Smart included

Arlo Ultra


*Prices listed based on listed retailer prices as of this writing. Data effective 8/15/2019. Prices and availability subject to change.


There are tons of great outdoor security cameras to choose from these days. It’s not hard to find one with dependable motion detection, clear night vision, and the ability to withstand a bit of inclement weather.

But which one should you invest in? Our favorite is the Arlo Pro 2 because of its wireless design and accessible video history.

But it’s not your only good option. Check out our reviews of the best outdoor security cameras to find the one that’s best for your home whether you want to check on your kids when they get home from school, or scare off package thieves when the fruits of your last online shopping spree show up on your porch.

The best outdoor security cameras

  1. Arlo Pro 2 | best overall
  2. Blink XT | best budget option
  3. Arlo Ultra | best splurge-worthy upgrade
ASL Take Note

Frontpoint Wi-Fi outdoor camera

Need more than two outdoor cameras? For multiple camera needs, we’d recommend looking at Frontpoint’s outdoor cameras and the brand’s camera-only security plan. For $14.99 a month, you get 1,000 clips of storage space shared between outdoor, indoor, and video doorbell cameras.

Compare outdoor cameras

If you’re serious about security, you’ll probably want at least two outdoor security cameras to cover your home’s entrances—especially if you have a side door or back yard. With that in mind, the table below lists the price for two cameras and the required base station. The Arlo Pro 2 and the Blink XT both also work well as indoor cameras, so if you don’t need an extra outdoor camera, you could always place the second camera inside.

Arlo Pro 2Blink XTArlo Ultra
What it looks likeArlo Pro 2 Security CameraBlink Security CameraArlo Ultra Security Camera
Price for two cameras and hub*$479.99$129.99$583.99
Field of view130°110°180°
Operating temperature-4°F to 113° F-4°F to 113° F-4°F to 113° F
CompatibilityAlexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT**AlexaApple Watch, Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT
Shop nowView on AmazonView on AmazonView on Amazon
What it looks like
Price for two cameras and hub*
Field of view
Operating temperature
Shop now
Arlo Pro 2 Blink XT Arlo Ultra
Arlo Pro 2 Security Camera Blink Security Camera Arlo Ultra Security Camera
$479.99 $129.99 $583.99
1080p 1080p 4K
130° 110° 180°
-4°F to 113° F -4°F to 113° F -4°F to 113° F
Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT** Alexa Apple Watch, Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT
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Data effective as of 2/4/2019
*Standard MSRP. Prices may vary depending on retailer.
Note: We’ve included the standard list price, but you can often find these cameras at discounted prices.

ASL Definition

**IFTTT: IFTTT stands for ‘if this then that.’ IFTTT compatibility lets you program your device to perform specific actions in specific scenarios—for example, you could set it up to have your Philips Hue lights turn on if the Arlo detects motion.

1. Arlo Pro 2 | Best for most people

arlo pro 2 cameraTech specs

  • Size: 2.8 x 3.1 x 1.9 in.
  • Weight: 0.3 lbs.
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • FOV: 130° diagonal
  • Operating temperature: -4°F to 113° F
  • Power: Battery
  • Audio: Two-way communication
  • Warranty: 1 year

Arlo Pro 2 pros and cons


  • Seven days of free cloud storage
  • Wireless design for easy setup and mobility
  • Compatibility with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT
  • Space for USB drive/local storage on base station


  • Base station required
  • Some features available only indoors

Why we recommend Arlo Pro 2 cameras

The Arlo Pro 2 beats out well-known competitors like the Nest Cam and Logitech Circle 2 because its wireless design makes it much easier to set up and move. And you get seven days of video history access—an eternity compared to Nest’s measly three hours or Logitech’s 24 hours.

Standout features

Aside from the easy setup and longer video history, Arlo Pro 2 cameras offer exactly what you’d expect from a quality outdoor security camera—motion detection, night vision, 1080p resolution, two-way audio, remote control through your mobile device, and a weatherproof design.

Like just about every other security camera brand, Arlo offers a paid monthly subscription service, Arlo Smart. But unlike other brands, Arlo’s cameras are extremely useful without the monthly subscription—something that’s honestly rare in the security cam space.

And if you do decide to spring for a monthly subscription, Arlo Smart offers more video history than Nest’s service—Nest Aware—at a lower price.

As an added bonus, Arlo Pro 2 works beautifully as an indoor camera. When the camera is plugged in indoors, you still get motion detection, night vision, and more, but you get the added ability to continuously record footage.

2. Blink XT | Best budget option

blink xt cameraTech specs

  • Size: 2.79 in. x 2.79in. x 1.34 in.
  • Weight: 0.26 lbs.
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • FOV: 110° diagonal
  • Operating temperature: -4°F to 113° F
  • Power: Battery
  • Audio: One-way recording
  • Warranty: 1 year

Blink XT pros and cons


  • Wireless design for easy setup
  • Affordable price
  • 2-year battery life
  • Custom schedules
  • Small and discreet—super lightweight
  • Free cloud storage for 7,200 seconds (two hours) of video
  • Alexa compatibility


  • Narrower FOV than higher-priced competitors
  • No continuous recording
  • Annoying livestreaming interface

Why we recommend Blink XT security cameras

The Blink XT isn’t as capable as the Arlo Pro 2. While pricer cameras have two-way audio, the Blink XT has one-way audio. You’ll be able to listen in remotely, but since there’s no built-in speaker, the person near the camera can’t speak back. It also has a narrower field of view than the other cameras we recommend.

But at about half the price, it’s a great deal on a dependable little security camera. It’s also wireless so you can set it up almost anywhere. Plus, its black exterior and small size mean the Blink XT is a great option if you want a discreet security camera.

Perks and drawbacks

As with most great deals, there is a downside—the Blink XT’s livestreaming interface interrupts you every 30 seconds to ask if you want to keep watching. The idea is that it helps preserve battery life, but it can certainly get frustrating. And while you get free cloud storage, there’s only 7,200 seconds of storage space (equivalent to about two hours of footage). Once it runs out, the oldest clips will automatically be deleted.

But even with minor drawbacks, the Blink XT wins our recommendation over other inexpensive outdoor cameras like the YI security camera because it’s easier to install and has a more user-friendly app.

If you’d like a small, wireless, weatherproof security camera, the Blink XT is a solid, low-cost choice.

3. Arlo Ultra | Best splurge-worthy upgrade

arlo ultra cameraTech specs

  • Size: Not currently available
  • Weight: Not currently available
  • Resolution: 4K
  • FOV: 180° diagonal
  • Operating temperature: -4°F to 113° F
  • Power: Battery
  • Audio: Two-way communication and noise cancelling
  • Warranty: 1 year

ASL Insider Tip

Note: The Arlo Ultra is scheduled to be released soon, but isn’t out yet. We kept it on the list because it’s one of the most impressive cameras out there—we think it’s worth a short wait. Want to be one of the first to get this high-end camera? It’s available for preorder right now.

Arlo Ultra pros and cons


  • Higher resolution than almost any other consumer security camera
  • HDR software for clearer video picture
  • Much wider FOV than standard
  • Wireless design for easy installation
  • Color night vision
  • Custom activity zones
  • Free year of Arlo Smart included with purchase


  • Base station required
  • High price tag

Why we recommend Arlo Ultra cameras

You probably don’t need everything you get with an Arlo Ultra camera—but damn, it’s cool.

If you’ve got a bit of extra cash to spend, we think you’ll get what you pay for.

Standout features

With a superwide lens, 4K video, and HDR, the Ultra is more or less unrivaled in the consumer security camera space. This camera can simply show you more.

But the visuals aren’t the only impressive thing about the Ultra; it’s also got two-way communication with noise cancelling to keep the sound clear, a motion-activated spotlight, and a siren that you can trigger to scare off unwanted visitors.

Plus, it’s compatible with more third-party platforms than many other cameras. Arlo Ultra works with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Apple Watch.

Arlo Smart

Arlo is currently offering customers a free year of Arlo Smart with the purchase of an Ultra. It adds the following perks:

  • Distinct object detection: Receive separate notifications for people, animals, vehicles, and packages. (The package detection is still in beta.)
  • Custom activity zones: Get alerts when motion occurs in specific, hand-selected areas.
  • Emergency call service: Gives you the option to send emergency responders straight to your home when you get a mobile notification.

We’re excited about all the high-end tech and handy features offered by the Arlo Ultra. If your budget has some extra wiggle room, you’ll have one of the latest, greatest outdoor security cameras on the market.

Serious contenders—no hubs required

The outdoor security camera space is full of solid choices. And while the cameras below didn’t quite make the cut, they’re great alternatives if our top three picks don’t quite suit your needs.

And unlike the cameras listed above, none of the following cameras require a hub to work. Just buy the camera and set it up where you’d like.

Original Nest Cam Outdoor

Nest Cam Outdoor
The original Nest Cam Outdoor didn’t make the cut because it offers so much less cloud storage than competitors and because, while easy to install, it’s not quite as easy to set up as a wireless camera.

But if you don’t need a lot of storage and don’t mind wrangling a power cord and drilling some holes, it’s still an excellent little camera with an almost cute, modern design and a magnetic mount for faster installation.

>>Learn more: Read our full Nest Cam Outdoor Review

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor

Nest Cam IQ Outdoor
The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is impressive. We almost chose it for our upgrade pick but ruled it out because, just like the original Nest Cam, its free video history options are extremely limited compared to Arlo.

But the Nest IQ does have the Arlo Ultra, and most every other camera, beat on one front: with an operating temperature of -40° to 113°F, it can withstand extreme cold better than most. (Almost every other outdoor camera bottoms out at -4°F.)

It also has clear two-way communication, reliable motion detection, and crisp, color night vision.

Ring Spotlight Cam

Ring Spotlight Cam
The Ring Spotlight Cam’s major drawback is that you can’t get any video history or recordings without a monthly subscription. Which means without paying a monthly fee, you basically just get motion notifications and live video feed. (While this is frustrating, we should point out that the Ring Protect monthly plan is only $3 a month and it gives you 60 days of video history.)

That said, it does come with a handy spotlight for keeping your entrances lit in the dark. It also includes customizable motion sensors—if you notice the sensitivity is too high or low, you have the option to make adjustments.

Logitech Circle 2

Logitech Circle 2
Logitech Circle 2 is a popular security camera with many reviewers, and some will disagree with our choice to leave it out of our top three. Ultimately, we left it out because Arlo has better customer reviews and much more free video history.

But the Logitech 2 is still a great camera with a remarkably wide field of view—180° as opposed to the standard 130°. It’s priced affordably and comes in a wired or wireless version depending on your preferences. While it isn’t our favorite, it’s a serious contender.

Our recommendation

Any security camera listed in this post will do the basic job—but when you look at features, capability, and cost, the Arlo Pro 2 is likely the best option for most people.

Arlo Pro 2 | Best for most

Need more security gear? Check out our post ranking the best security systems or our review of the best doorbell cameras.

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32 responses to “Best Outdoor Security Cameras of 2019”

  1. I used a Wildgame Innovations camera ($65) that takes wonderfully sharp nightvision photos as well as great color during the day.
    I used it for game (visiting my backyard). Then when a neighbor returned home from prison sentence, I used it as security — and…. *someone* STOLE my SD Card out of it!!
    So, I got another SD Card, and now I have an INside camera aimed at my game camera – except the indoor camera has terrible night vision, of course.
    Talk about mad… YES, of course I was/am !

  2. Hi, I’m new to all this security camera thing, but after a low level crime at my house I want to fit a security camera. I want to fit a ‘half round’ type under my porch. Thinking I can only get power to it but not an ethernet cable. Can anyone suggest a Wifi cable less version?

  3. The review says “No web security so anyone can watch your footage” about one of the cameras. I am not sure whether you mean “this system has no web security features” or “in general the web is never secure”. If you mean the latter, I don’t think that it is a fair statement.

    Nowadays, online banking and online purchasing and sending of credit card numbers is everywhere. There is always some risk, but technology is always changing to try and stay ahead of the hacker crooks. The same is true of security systems while can be monitored online.

    There is a balance – because being able to see what is going on at your premise of interest increases your security and lessens false alarms.

    Ultimately, the market for security systems which can be remotely monitored will grow continuously larger and be taken more seriously until it is the biggest player.

    • Thanks for the feedback, we did not mean “in general the web is never secure” at all. We actively promote many online services that deal with personally information (security systems and identity theft services to name a few).

      In regards to the statement you highlighted, it was specific to the Defender 2 1030 camera “No web security so anyone can watch your footage”. Our understanding is that to view the camera remotely, you generate an IP Address and then anyone can view if they have the IP Address. Just something to be aware of. If you are concerned about your feed being public, a more secure solution is a camera that offers a web or mobile app that requires a secure login before viewing.

  4. I am looking for a concealed camera system. I was hoping to find something that has a camera hidden in a door button or intercom bell. Preferably something that could broadcast to my phone, TV or computer (all 3 would be nice). Anyone ever come across anything like this?

  5. Do you recommend the Foscam home security cameras? I've been thinking of getting the Foscam FI8910W, but I'm not sure. It has received some good reviews.


  6. I found my way onto this page while looking for security camera solutsions. I never even thought about using a Bushnell Trophy Cam as a security camera, that is an awesome idea. Thanks for including it in this list. Does anyone have any experience in using the trophy cam as a security camera?

    • I have been using them on my property for years. They work great, get great shots, and were recommended by local law enforcement. You do have to visit the cameras to retrieve the images and check the batteries. We are getting over a year on a set of batteries, and have spare SD cards, so we just swap them out.

  7. Fantastic review of security camera models!! I've seen some of these models installed in various offices. In my office I've installed the 8MP brown Bushnell trophy cam with black LED night-vision HD video field scan camera". Really this security system is effective to monitor daily workouts in my office. Thanks.

  8. To be honest, Lorex is a company which I have not heard of before. The above camera, which is model number CVC6993R, is something that could be a great solution for your personal needs.

    Finding such a camera can be a frustrating process. This is something which demands that a person actually does their research and then chooses wisely. Whether you are looking for a camera to use in your home or business, this could be a nice choice. I do not say this lightly, either. Most cameras are usually only suited to one application or another. This one has a lot of versatility.

    If you are looking for something that is truly high resolution, then you are finally in luck. In fact, a camera that claims to be high resolution usually is not! Or, their definition of high resolution is questionable. However, this one actually has 480 TV lines. This is certainly within the top 25 percent of all recorded video cameras. Personally, I have only seen a few that offer a higher resolution or clearer images. Additionally, this camera has an advanced color image sensor. This is responsible for creating and building the full color video.

    At this point, I would be remiss if I did not mention that there are some issues with the color rendering. My own personal experience is that the picture is good. However, sometimes the black and darker images can come out looking somewhat green on the video itself. To me this is not really a big issue. The main thing is to simply be aware of this issue. That way, if you should ever need to report anything to the police, you will understand that that green jacket your intruder is wearing is most likely actually black. For me, the night images came out fine and I am very pleased with what I have seen.

    Unlike many other cameras, this Lorex model uses a flat lens. This is the reason an image is produced which shows no curving at all and no image distortion. I really like this. So often, looking at the video created by a camera feels like you are looking through a fishbowl. In some case, the distortion is so bad that the image is very difficult to recognize. This is different. These images actually look good.

    There are also a number of LED lights on the camera. These are responsible for producing great pictures even at night. This feature is often known as night vision. Actually, I was also quite impressed with this feature. The pictures and videos produced even in the dead darkness of the wee hours of the morning are sharp, clear and very easy to identify. It is quite impressive.

    In the end, this camera is a perfect example of a balancing act. What is more important to you? I like the strong construction and the picture quality. On the other hand, there are also a number of disadvantages.

  9. I am not sure if I like the fact that this is a wired model. It certainly does not give you as many options as a wired and wireless camera. It does come with a 100 foot cable, so actually connecting the thing and positioning it where you wish is not really a problem. My concern is the simple fact that if you lose power, you lose your camera. I would certainly prefer an option which can also be used as a wireless system.

    I think that there might be a solution to this problem, but only if you really like the camera a lot. You could likely go out and find a type of battery for it. Then, you can rig the camera so that it has a battery backup. But, the downfall to this is that the camera was never intended to be dual featured like this. Will it work properly after making this modification? No way to tell. I do not think that I would be brave enough to do this on my own anyway. Also, you would have another problem of making sure that the batteries were always charged and in working condition. It would really funny if power actually did go out and then your back up battery system conked out because they were not charged.

    I also am a little concerned about price. I think it is a bit high. This camera is decent, but it is not top of the line. Certainly it should not be priced as if it were one of the best on the market right now. It will serve your needs, but you should be aware that you will probably be overpaying for this.

    It seems the company wants to charge based only on the advantages without concern for any of the negatives. This is a good camera, but I think the price is a bit high and the hassles of connecting to an existing system make this a better starter camera than an additional unit.

    The images are very clear and it can be used day or night. I like the fact that it can automatically switch between day and night visions. The resolution is one of the best that I have ever seen in a camera. Additionally, the price is exceptional. If you search a bit, it is quite possible to find a deal on this camera which is almost embarrassingly low. Given all of these facts, and despite my concerns, this is certainly an excellent camera to choose, no matter what type of application you might be using it for.

    Personally, if I was really thinking about buying this model I would take a wait and see approach. I would wait and see if it will go on sale. I have a strong opinion that this one will eventually be ripe for a price reduction. Otherwise, you may be able to find some on sites like eBay or a number electronic discounters or outlets.

  10. Also consider your level of technical expertise and mechanical ability. If you are someone who likes working with their hands and enjoys putting something together, then you may have more options than someone like me. Personally, I am not mechanically inclined so I never really intended to build or put together my makeshift system at all. On the other hand, you may be surprised to find out just how simple and easy to install some of these modern cameras really are. I have put in at least 20 different types of cameras all on my own. Some were a bit difficult, but most were surprisingly easy and simple. Usually the instructions were very clear. The times when it became difficult, I was able to jump online and check out some plans, instructions or even videos to guide me through the difficult parts. My point here is that you may actually surprise yourself with what you can do when you put your mind to it.

    This camera from Clover Electronics, the HDC518 CCD looks very sturdy. Indeed it is. The base and housing are chunky and even a bit imposing. It certainly looks like it could take a punch. This is important when consider the location of your camera. It is water and weatherproof as well. I believe that it would stand up fairly well to many types of vandalism. Also, having installed this in various locations both outside and inside my home, I am confident in saying that this particular model is very resilient. It will stand up to normal weather conditions. It will probably stand up to harsher conditions, as long as the do not reoccur on a consistent basis.

    There are 86 LED lights on this unit. This makes for an incredible picture in low light. In fact, the nighttime picture is pretty amazing. It is able of capturing images for up to 120 feet in low light and nighttime conditions. This is probably one of the real strengths of this camera. I really like the night vision capability. These extra LED lights (possibly) give the camera are really good and wide field of view. I am not sure as to how many degrees, but this is certainly in the top 25 percent of all the cameras which I have seen.

    As far as the normal (day light) picture, this camera has 560 lines of resolution. This also places it among the leaders. Actually, I cannot remember seeing too many other cameras with a higher resolution, unless we are talking about really high end solutions.

    One of the few things which I did not like about the HDC518 was connecting it to an existing system. This was actually quite a challenge. It took me a number of attempts and trials and even a call or two to some technical support people to get this all figured out. If you are looking to connect this to an existing system, be ready for a challenge. It is certainly an achievable goal, maybe not easy though.

  11. I actually installed one of these bad boys (I guess it could be a bad girl also, depending on your perspective) near my front door. I initially just wanted to get an overall impression of how it worked. My experience was generally pretty positive. The camera shows good detail to a range of about 25 feet or so. It can see beyond that, although it loses so clarity. You would not really be able to see the details of a face beyond this range. However, how far out do you really need to see, if the main goal is just to pick up who is at the front door, or who is coming up to the house? Personally, I was very satisfied at this level of performance.

    I will also say that I think this camera probably is a much better option to use at ground level. For my next test, I installed this near a second floor window at several different angles. Of course, seeing the window was fine. However, who would put such a camera on the second floor and then just simply aim it at the window? After all, if a criminal is desperate enough to try and get in through the second floor window, they will probably find a way to do it. But, then again, what kind of stupid criminal would bring a 20 foot ladder with them for this purpose? Or even try this method of entry, when they could do the same thing on the first floor?

    Who knows? Anyway, I digress…

    This camera does have some nice features. The 40 degree viewing angle is decent. It is not the best that I have seen in this regard, but most certainly not the worst. Actually, a 40 degree range and viewing angle probably places the camera slightly above average.

    The night vision feature is also very good. Personally, after having reviewed a number of these cameras, I now think that night vision of some type should really be a requirement. After all, if the camera cannot take an accurate and viewable picture after dark, what good is it? Do you really think that a burglar will come in broad daylight and leave their calling card? I think not! This model has 36 infrared LED lights that provide the night vision ability. I had no trouble seeing anything even in the dead of darkest night. Actually, the viewable range was at least as good at night as it was during the day. I could see faces very clearly up to about 25 feet.

    The night vision allows one to monitor an area 24 hours. The best part may be that it converts automatically. In other words, the camera itself will sense when the light is low and automatically switch to its night vision setting. This is pretty cool, especially since I would forget to change the setting if it was only done manually. In fact, I would not even consider purchasing a camera which only had a manual switch vision option.

  12. The 8MP Brown Bushnell Trophy Cam is one of the more unusual products I have run across. In my capacity as a camera and optics reviewer, researcher and blogger, I have seen quite a few cameras, and more than a few security cameras and systems. However, this product is more designed for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. Actually, the idea is interesting to me. What someone would do with this is to place it in position on a tree or post (or some other stationary position) and then let it record.

    The idea here is that the camera will record the wildlife that passes by this position. This way, the hunter will have an accurate idea about whether or not this would be a good place to invest their time while waiting to bag that buck or some other type of animal. Personally, I am not a hunter, but I love the idea of working smarter rather than simply harder. This is a great tool to gather the intelligence that you need.

    I could also see a number of other uses for this camera. For example, a nature enthusiast could just use this to see all of the different animals and forms of wildlife that pass by. It could be an excellent way to study a particular area. It can even be used as a way to follow up on animals which have been tagged and are being tracked. It could also be a backup to some type of GPS or other animal tracking system.

    Set this camera up to trigger itself based on motion. Once it detects motion, it will begin taking photos and videos. You can even set this up on a time lapse option. This will allow the videos and photos to be taken every minute or up to once every 60 minutes. The date and time information is also recorded onto the images file and saved to a removable HD card (up to 32GB of memory).

    There are a lot of really good features with this camera. There is a 2.4 inch color display screen. I am not real excited about this, since if I were to use this camera, the best option is to take the SD card to a computer and watch the data on screen, rather than the camera display, which I think is a bit small.

    You can watch the data in full HD video. 1920 x 1080 pixels is pretty nice resolution. It is also equipped with LED sensors to provide full night vision. You will see the image captured whether in day or night. Additionally, the range on this camera is 36 feet. At least that is what the specs say. I would imagine that picture quality deteriorates fast after about 20 or 25 feet.

    The unit itself is weatherproof and should provide many hours of recording information. Since I have not tested this particular unit, I really cannot speak to how sturdy it is or whether it will stand up to severe weather.

  13. With the Defender SP301-C, the night vision is acceptable, but very basic. The camera has 12 Infrared LED lights, which allow you to see fairly clear images even in the dark. The downside is that these images are only viewable within about 15 feet. There are many, many other cameras with a much further range. On the other hand, how far do you really need to see? How would you determine someone is a threat until they get close to the home or business anyway? Is a burglar going to come strolling up with a crowbar or gun already brandished? This is not likely. Therefore, I personally take claims of a long range or field of vision with a grain of salt. So, 15 feet would probably be acceptable.

    Of course, the camera itself comes in housing which is weather resistant. This makes it very easy to use outside. I must say that after testing in the rough and tumble weather of New England, this model came through with flying colors.

    As with most models, you can display the data directly on your computer. I find it quite fascinating to spend time every day just looking through at my different cameras in order to see everything that is going on within my home. Actually, this is one of the biggest advantages of the modern systems. Being able to save huge amounts of data on a hard drive or even a back up drive system is excellent. It certainly beats the old days where we would pop in an old VHS tape and then it would loop over every week or so. If we were really creative, maybe we used a different tape for each day of the week. In this case, it took about 7 weeks to start looping over. I even know one business that used 31 tapes, one for each day of the month.

    Another big consideration is price. Actually the bigger concern here is value. Of course, we all like finding a deal. But a good deal on something that no one wants is no value at all. On the other hand, this is a solid camera. True, it does not have quite as many bells and whistles as some of the other higher end models. At the same time, it has all of the basic features, and is plenty powerful enough to be effective for most jobs. I think the Defender is certainly worth a look. This is one of the models that I use in my business; we consider it to be a real work horse.

    Once again, this is a classic example of the trade off you make between cost and value. The only way you will generally be able to get everything you want without any compromises is when you overpay. Then again, if you overpay, you have already made a trade off, right? Personally, I would prefer to keep my money and just focus on getting something adequate.


  14. The night time images show up to 50 feet. Many cameras will claim a certain distance or number of feet. I have found that these claims are usually pretty much off. For example, a camera that claims to show you up to 120 feet may technically show up to 120 feet. However, after a certain distance, the image starts to rapidly deteriorate in quality. Lorex has taken a different approach. Instead of claiming a maximum distance, they actually give a realistic one. So there 50 feet claim is not only accurate, it may even understate their abilities. I LOVE a company that over delivers on their promises!

    Even though I have not heard about Lorex before doing this particular research, it seems like a solid business to use. I would imagine that their customer support is also quite good. However, I have not had the opportunity to test this theory.

    An anti-glare mode is also provided with this camera. This allows for high performance, even under direct and bright sunlight. Ultimately, you can likely place this camera almost anywhere and expect it to perform well.

    One of the few things I did not like about this camera is the fact that it is a wired model. However, this is primarily a personal issue with me. It may not be applicable to your situation. One of my personal reasons for wanting a security camera as well as a whole security system is because I see potential serious problems in our society coming very soon. I believe that there may be riots and even potential chaos. Part of these problems could include the loss of power, maybe even for a significant amount of time. If power goes down, a wired security system does you no good.

    I would much rather explore other options. Choose a wireless system, or even choose something with a combination of both. One option that I have also considered is the use of a generator as a backup, or even several generators as a backup. The only problem with this is that generators have small gas tanks, and it will not be much fun having to go outside every few hours to fill your machine with gas. That is also assuming that you would be able to find gas at affordable prices at that point. Another solution is to have a generator connected right into your home power system. This is something I have looked into a little bit; it still suffers from most of the same flaws.

    Maybe I am a bit crazy, but this is just me.

    I suppose that ultimately the option which you choose comes down to your own personal criteria and goals. Maybe you are fine with having a wired system. Maybe you would prefer a wireless system (like me). In the end it probably does not matter. This Lorax camera is one of the better ones that I have seen.

  15. One other thought about the Logitech 700e and motion sensors before moving on…

    Since there is a motion sensor, you can set this up so that if there is any type of motion on your property, you will receive an alert. You can control where this alert goes. It could be sent to your cell phone as a text message, as an email, or even to another phone number or email.

    Watching my own home over the web is also really excellent. I love doing this, especially while I am away. I think you will find this pretty neat also. All you need is access to an internet connection and you can look at this from anywhere in the world.

    There are free mobile viewer applications. In other words, set up one of these and then you will be able to view your property directly on your phone, anytime you wish. This is something I just found out about and am anxious to try with mine. It works with iPhones, Android and Blackberry devices. Best of all, the apps are free.

    The night vision feature is great as well. Not only will you never again have any type of problem seeing what is happening in the dark, but this feature turns itself on automatically. You will be able to see perfectly clearly even in total darkness, thanks to the infrared illumination provided by this feature.

    Have you used other cameras or security systems before? If this is the case, you are likely familiar with false alarms and maybe even an overly sensitive motion detector. If a stray kitten, or grasshopper, can set off the motion detector, it may cause you a lot of headaches in the future. Thinking about these past experiences reminds me of a crazy car I once had. Every once in a while the horn would just decide to start screaming…usually at 3 or 4 in the morning! A motion detector that is overly sensitive is kind of like that.

    In this case, you have much more control over the types of motion detection you want to look for. Make this much more precise by indicated certain zones or areas in which to have the system scan for motion. You may specify up to 16 different zones or sections within the frame. This will most certainly reduce false alarms. Try this out by indicating doors and windows as your zones.

    I also really love the built in microphone feature. Not only does this camera record video (and motion alerts), you can also enable audio recording. To be fair, this is not quite as robust as I would like, but it still a great additional feature.

    The camera also comes with a full one year warranty. This includes both parts and labor.

    My overall impression with the Logitech 700e is that it is a very good camera and an excellent value for the money. The features include some really nice choices, and the video quality is decent.

  16. Since I am currently looking for a cool security camera, this article hit me at just the right time. After looking it over I decided to add the Logitech 700e Night Vision Alert Security Camera to my list of possibilities. Almost all of the reviews and information I was able to find on this model were very positive. Some were positively glowing and gushing love fests.

    This camera appears to have some really cool features and options. For starters it is weatherproof, since there is an outdoor add on that you can purchase with it. In other words, this is a multiple purpose camera, which can be installed inside your home or business, or outside to protect your perimeter.

    Another really cool feature is that when choose to purchase a camera through Logitech, it is easily able to be integrated into a complete system. I like this, since it gives me the option of adding to it over time and even picking and choosing the exact options that I like. This is also a great way for all you do it yourselfers out there to really customize a system the way you want it. For me, it is more of a way to proceed slowly, thoughtfully and carefully through the process of building my own system. To be honest, I am not even really sure that I want a full system. By the same token, I am quite glad I have the option of doing so.

    Buying a camera can be a confusing process for someone who is not very familiar with technology. I did not think that I would be able to install a camera, much less really operate and use it effectively. However, the 700e has really allowed me to surprise myself. I was able to install it rather easily. You can also connect this right to your computer.

    There is no need to run any additional wires or lines of any kind. The only thing you should do is connect it to computer. This makes viewing what your camera sees a piece of cake right on your own personal laptop of desktop computer. I am sure what the specific disk size and memory requirements are, but there is some software which will be installed in order to allow you to see everything. Do not worry, this is all plug and play stuff, so it will all happen basically automatically. Just follow the on screen instructions and you will golden. It is also a very quick installation and set up process.

    There is also the additional feature of being able to view what is happening over the web. I absolutely love this feature. It makes keeping tabs on what is going on a no brainer, even when I am traveling, which is becoming more and more frequent.

    I have my cameras set up to provide me with instant alerts via email and text message. This is really cool, especially in combination with the other features offered.

  17. I think this article has some great advice, however, I'd like to add a few things from my own experience.

    In my opinion, you should take a few things into consideration before you decide on the camera system you finally settle on. If you don't, you will waste time and money and you might even buy a camera you wind up chucking in like a year or two, so what's the point?

    So, the first decision you must make it what are you trying to accomplish by installing these cameras? If you are actually concerned about a break in or potential robbery, than you may look at more of a hard core system that includes some type of monitoring service. This way, if anything ever happens, the police and other proper authorities will be notified. This type of system is also actually much more affordable than many people realize. Of course, you will need to pay for the cameras themselves, which can be fairly expensive depending on the type of features and level of sophistication you are after. But that is a one time expense.

    Then, you will need to find a good monitoring type of service. This is an ongoing monthly expense. However, it will probably only be 20 to 50 dollars a month. Certainly this is a reasonable investment to help secure the safety of yourself and your family.

    Maybe your goal for using outdoor security system is just to use as a deterrent. In this case, you may even want to consider using dummy cameras outside. This has been done for years. However, I think that with the level of technology today, you should just go ahead and get the real deal. There is not that much price difference anyway. Well, unless you get cameras that actually look like they are dummy units! In that case, they would not scare anyone away, either!

    Another reason to consider such a system is just for looks. If you have a home in certain areas, NOT having some type of security system would look strange. For example, could anyone imagine buying a home in Beverly Hills that did not have outdoor cameras and an in-home security system? You would look very out of place without one.

  18. Good article.  Thanks.

    The introduction to what a home security system is seems a bit long.  I mean, chances are you have found this article because you wanted a review of home security cameras or were already looking to compare brands, so why would you need convincing that you should have a home security system in the first place?

    Beyond this, however, I certainly did appreciate the way the discussion of a home security system was carried out.  I never considered the fact that a home security system also includes such things as a panic room, watch dogs, and glass-breaking detectors, among other things.  I even liked that the simple act of locking the door or keeping a bat by the side of the bed are also security measures you might take to protect your home.  Because, realistically, I think everyone takes at least some precautions and therefore everyone has some form of home security system.

    Certainly a popular component of many home security systems these days is the surveillance camera, as is evidenced any time you look around at in most businesses or establishments.  Security cameras are there for your protection as well as that of everyone else, because the hard fact is, crimes do happen.  Having one in the home seems like a logical next step, should you be looking for the level of protection and security a home security camera will provide.

    I thought it was very interesting and informative about the new wireless security cameras that allow you to view footage from a secure site on the web.  This seems like some advanced-level system that I would have seen on a crime show or something, but it seems that this top-of-the line technology is now making it out to the general market.  The best feature of this, from my perspective, is that I could watch the footage from wherever I may be in the world– inside the home, at work, or on vacation– and be able to monitor how things are going at different locations around my home.  Plus, since the camera would only be activated under certain conditions, I do not need to waste time poring through blank footage of my yard, for example.  This is great news.

    I also liked the discussion of the technical differences between different types of camera, most of which was new to me.  Something interesting, however, is that the article shows how it may be a little older than expected by the discussion of cathode ray tubes.  This is important information, but I am not sure how relevant it is anymore considering that all televisions these days are digital.  That does not necessarily mean that surveillance cameras do not still operate these days using cathode ray tubes, so I am not sure.  Either way, it might be worth it to check into whether these recommended products are still on the market today or whether they are becoming obsolete.  There might also be some lingering compatibility issues to deal with.

  19. I would just like to say how much I have enjoyed reading through your site. It is refreshing to find quality home security advice such as yours readily available for people. I find it hard to believe that in these modern times that people overlook and take for granted the security of their homes! Home security is a serious business people. Ensure you are safe! Once again great blog, keep up the good work!

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