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CCTV good outside cam? Looking for a good "standalone" CCTV camera with night vision. One maybe 2 cameras only. Has anyone installed one themselves that they are happy with? Is it easy to do? …
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2w, 6d agoPosted 2 weeks, 6 days ago
CCTV good outside cam?

Looking for a good "standalone" CCTV camera with night vision. One maybe 2 cameras only.

Has anyone installed one themselves that they are happy with? Is it easy to do?

Doesn't need to record a long time, just enough to check in the morning if anything should happen (cloud based?)

Thanks!
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2w, 6d agoPosted 2 weeks, 6 days ago
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#1
I have installed a 2 camera one from amazon. very easy as long as you have a long drill bit to get through the external wall, about 40cm. records on to a hdd, stores about a week. I'll find the link. it was about £80 I think

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013ANIH5I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Lt2Jyb7ZCMDK8

it's £65 plus you need a hdd. any cheap sata one will do

Edited By: MrPerks on Jan 30, 2017 16:10: link added
#2
MrPerks
I have installed a 2 camera one from amazon. very easy as long as you have a long drill bit to get through the external wall, about 40cm. records on to a hdd, stores about a week. I'll find the link. it was about £80 I thinkhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013ANIH5I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Lt2Jyb7ZCMDK8
it's £65 plus you need a hdd. any cheap sata one will do
That's what I was going to buy but a few told me not to. I'm still looking for one but no rush.
#3
dont bother buying cheap.
hikvision 4mp ones are excellent about £100 per camera. plus nvr about £150 plus a hd.
only buy wd purple hd's as any other ones WILL FAIL WHEN YOU NEED THEM MOST
#4
sofiasar
MrPerks
I have installed a 2 camera one from amazon. very easy as long as you have a long drill bit to get through the external wall, about 40cm. records on to a hdd, stores about a week. I'll find the link. it was about £80 I thinkhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B013ANIH5I/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Lt2Jyb7ZCMDK8
it's £65 plus you need a hdd. any cheap sata one will do
That's what I was going to buy but a few told me not to. I'm still looking for one but no rush.


​had it about 8months still working a treat.
it's such a simple piece of electronics I'm not sure why it would fail now.
I'm certainly happy with it
#5
Good, vs how much!? I'd agree that hikvision should be considered a minimum...not mega cheap but great value and they work....too stingy to get an NVR also? Bung an SD card in one, will be good for a couple of days worst case
#6
HamanBasher
dont bother buying cheap.
hikvision 4mp ones are excellent about £100 per camera. plus nvr about £150 plus a hd.
only buy wd purple hd's as any other ones WILL FAIL WHEN YOU NEED THEM MOST
Cameras bought in Uk ?
#7
Sannce kits or Swann are excellent.Set up to internet with one click.
#8
costco sell swann kits ring for a price
#9
snoopy18
HamanBasher
dont bother buying cheap.
hikvision 4mp ones are excellent about £100 per camera. plus nvr about £150 plus a hd.
only buy wd purple hd's as any other ones WILL FAIL WHEN YOU NEED THEM MOST
Cameras bought in Uk ?
u can occasionally find uk cameras on ebay for this money but the Chinese are as good just no future software updates.
#10
Cheap set off eBay works a treat.
Paid about £69 last year for 4 cameras and pvr, bunged in a 500gb hdd.
Quality is decent, two cover front drive, one in car port covering side door and one over garden.
For the price I can't fault the job they do.
Plug directly into modem so can view anywhere via iphone.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262319034847

Edited By: thedvdmonster on Jan 30, 2017 19:53
#11
Bizarrely after commenting my neighbour has been burgled this afternoon so I need to sort this quicker than I thought.
#12
As already said 4MP hikvisions. You need to ensure good night vision. A neighbour of my relative was burgled a few days at around 10pm. The police noticed cctv on my relatives house and came knocking. Unfortunately the images weren't good enough to identify the face.
#13
radium
As already said 4MP hikvisions. You need to ensure good night vision. A neighbour of my relative was burgled a few days at around 10pm. The police noticed cctv on my relatives house and came knocking. Unfortunately the images weren't good enough to identify the face.
Like these?
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hikvision-DS-2CD2042WD-I-Outdoor-Bullet-Network/dp/B017C53TI0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1485810092&sr=1-1&keywords=hikvision
#14
snoopy18
radium
As already said 4MP hikvisions. You need to ensure good night vision. A neighbour of my relative was burgled a few days at around 10pm. The police noticed cctv on my relatives house and came knocking. Unfortunately the images weren't good enough to identify the face.
Like these?
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hikvision-DS-2CD2042WD-I-Outdoor-Bullet-Network/dp/B017C53TI0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1485810092&sr=1-1&keywords=hikvision


​Yes that one looks good.
#15
snoopy18
radium
As already said 4MP hikvisions. You need to ensure good night vision. A neighbour of my relative was burgled a few days at around 10pm. The police noticed cctv on my relatives house and came knocking. Unfortunately the images weren't good enough to identify the face.
Like these?https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hikvision-DS-2CD2042WD-I-Outdoor-Bullet-Network/dp/B017C53TI0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1485810092&sr=1-1&keywords=hikvision


Thank you all!
Some great info and gear.

The Hikvision DS-2CD2042WD-I above, what else do I need please?
Do I need to get an NVR, and do you just run a cable to it, and then from it to my router?
Thank you.

Edited By: rehydrated on Jan 30, 2017 21:37
#16
For simplicity sakes I'd suggest poe domes. The ones with 2 separate things one for lens one for night vision are much clearer at night.
This one looks very good: Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192030079313
#17
HamanBasher
For simplicity sakes I'd suggest poe domes. The ones with 2 separate things one for lens one for night vision are much clearer at night.
This one looks very good: Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192030079313
Couple of £'s more from Amazon.
Do t think Amazon are a recognised Uk seller either though.
#18
HamanBasher
For simplicity sakes I'd suggest poe domes. The ones with 2 separate things one for lens one for night vision are much clearer at night.
This one looks very good: Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192030079313


Thanks.
How do you "record" with them?
Is it just a case of connecting them to my router and can I use and SD card to record on to and software from my phone?
#19
rehydrated
HamanBasher
For simplicity sakes I'd suggest poe domes. The ones with 2 separate things one for lens one for night vision are much clearer at night.
This one looks very good: Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192030079313


Thanks.
How do you "record" with them?
Is it just a case of connecting them to my router and can I use and SD card to record on to and software from my phone?


​You're best of with a hikvision nvr search eBay. Not to expensive.
Than it's a matter of connection each camera and the nvr to nvr or poe switch and your router
#20
rehydrated
HamanBasher
For simplicity sakes I'd suggest poe domes. The ones with 2 separate things one for lens one for night vision are much clearer at night.
This one looks very good: Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192030079313
Thanks.
How do you "record" with them?
Is it just a case of connecting them to my router and can I use and SD card to record on to and software from my phone?
You need to buy the right lens size
#21
HamanBasher
rehydrated
HamanBasher
For simplicity sakes I'd suggest poe domes. The ones with 2 separate things one for lens one for night vision are much clearer at night.
This one looks very good: Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192030079313
Thanks.
How do you "record" with them?
Is it just a case of connecting them to my router and can I use and SD card to record on to and software from my phone?
​You're best of with a hikvision nvr search eBay. Not to expensive.
Than it's a matter of connection each camera and the nvr to nvr or poe switch and your router

Thank you!
#22
HamanBasher
rehydrated
HamanBasher
For simplicity sakes I'd suggest poe domes. The ones with 2 separate things one for lens one for night vision are much clearer at night.
This one looks very good: Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192030079313
Thanks.
How do you "record" with them?
Is it just a case of connecting them to my router and can I use and SD card to record on to and software from my phone?
​You're best of with a hikvision nvr search eBay. Not to expensive.
Than it's a matter of connection each camera and the nvr to nvr or poe switch and your router
Can you just clarify the connection please
I am wondering if I can manage withou a poe switch
#23
snoopy18
HamanBasher
rehydrated
HamanBasher
For simplicity sakes I'd suggest poe domes. The ones with 2 separate things one for lens one for night vision are much clearer at night.
This one looks very good: Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192030079313
Thanks.
How do you "record" with them?
Is it just a case of connecting them to my router and can I use and SD card to record on to and software from my phone?
​You're best of with a hikvision nvr search eBay. Not to expensive.
Than it's a matter of connection each camera and the nvr to nvr or poe switch and your router
Can you just clarify the connection please
I am wondering if I can manage withou a poe switch


​If wired directly to nvr than yes.
#24
You can save nearly 50% too on the prices if you don't mind ordering from China and buying them with custom firmware.

Here is my setup, the links are old so the prices may be better elsewhere now:

NVR: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/191765191497?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Camera: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131591813713?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

HDD: http://www.awd-it.co.uk/western-digital-1tb-wd10purx-purple-sata-3.5-hard-drive-64mb-cache.html?gclid=CjwKEAjwpfC5BRCT1sKW2qzwqE0SJABkKFKRzZkg3eUPxUS5_I8rAYyTezbJ4biJ4-sSF5pd9qaTtxoCULrw_wcB

The above setup is great in my opinion, especially if you're on a budget. All in all I paid around £150 for the above and I plan to add another camera.

Notes:

The camera is capable of recording in 1440P, however the NVR will restrict you to 1080P. I never found this to be an issue though, the image quality is very good.

Ensure you select the correct lens for what you require, I bought the 2.8mm version as it provides a wider FOV.

Keep in mind how you wish to power the camera, whether that be by POE or by the mains which needs to be purchased separately. I would recommend buying something from CPC, not something cheap from directly from China for safety reasons.


Edited By: joshp on Feb 11, 2017 19:45: .
#25
snoopy18
HamanBasher
rehydrated
HamanBasher
For simplicity sakes I'd suggest poe domes. The ones with 2 separate things one for lens one for night vision are much clearer at night.
This one looks very good: Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/192030079313
Thanks.
How do you "record" with them?
Is it just a case of connecting them to my router and can I use and SD card to record on to and software from my phone?
​You're best of with a hikvision nvr search eBay. Not to expensive.
Than it's a matter of connection each camera and the nvr to nvr or poe switch and your router
Can you just clarify the connection please
I am wondering if I can manage withou a poe switch

If you don't want to use POE, then you can connect the camera to the mains. The power supplies are normally purchased separately and not included in the price.
#26
Been stung many a time buying CCTV from Ebay and China, you're better off buying from the UK! Try brands like Maxxone or Hik.

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