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So I'm looking for a camera to install in the front of my house to monitor my drive. Some moron reversed into my car and obviously I don't know who it is, it could be a neighbour or someone else. …
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2y, 8m agoPosted 2 years, 8 months ago
So I'm looking for a camera to install in the front of my house to monitor my drive. Some moron reversed into my car and obviously I don't know who it is, it could be a neighbour or someone else.

So now I'm looking at taking precautionary measures. Anyone have any experience with cameras that they can recommend? Something less than £100 would be perfect.
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2y, 8m agoPosted 2 years, 8 months ago
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banned#1
Well if it was a neighbour then there would be damage to their car also.
#2
Hi, try eBay. I'm not sure exactly which ones but they do sell some nanny camera - does the job and price wise - not bad. Hope It helps :)
#3
ifrazalam
Well if it was a neighbour then there would be damage to their car also.

I haven't had the chance to look as it's dark outside. I'll be having a look tomorrow, but I am considering a camera for future circumstances.
#4
I've seen a wireless IP camera on eBay for about 30 quid, not sure if it is any good. I set a HD Web am up, does work if it's pitch black but Street lighting helps
#5
*doesn't work if it's pitch black..... Sorry
#6
Try foscam for budget and dropcam for quality camera. There's some live demos on their site which shows excellent hd quality and zoom feature
#7
You need an outdoorcamera not a nannycam

There are ip rated cameras but a dvr and camera system will prob be cheaper


£108 will get you 4 700tvl cameras anda dvrrecorder but you will have to add your own harddrive
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SUNLUXY-4CH-H-264-CCTV-DVR-4-Outdoor-700TVL-Security-Surveillance-Camera-System-/151186721866?pt=UK_CCTV&hash=item23336e4c4a


£80 gets you one camera with latest sony chip and a dvr, again no hard drive included
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SECURICAM-1-x-700-TVL-Complete-Outdoor-CCTV-Security-System-4CH-DVR-Full-Kit-/400596429058?pt=UK_Gadgets&hash=item5d45686902
#8
If its just a cheap basic set up a wired waterproof cameras can be had from £14 upwards or for a more covert unit £30 and a simple record to SD card DVR unit for around £20 or if you have a spare laptop use that to record with this unit
You will need to add in two wire cabling and a power supply unit for the camera or a power lead splitter cable if your using the same supply to both camera and DVR
Dont even bother looking at wireless units as interference kills the signal quite quickly especially through walls.

These are quite good units which vary in price [from around £20] and spec depending on where you get them
http://i.gyazo.com/c63a9cf1e0af5e3170113438e61aad8d.png




Edited By: arachnoid on Jul 11, 2014 10:09: update
#9
arachnoid
If its just a cheap basic set up a wired waterproof cameras can be had from £14 upwards or for a more covert unit £30 and a simple record to SD card DVR unit for around £20 or if you have a spare laptop use that to record with this unit
You will need to add in two wire cabling and a power supply unit for the camera or a power lead splitter cable if your using the same supply to both camera and DVR
Dont even bother looking at wireless units as interference kills the signal quite quickly especially through walls.

These are quite good units which vary in price [from around £20] and spec depending on where you get them
http://i.gyazo.com/c63a9cf1e0af5e3170113438e61aad8d.png




Being a total Noob to this so a few questions if I may:

1. Is there a permanent red led when the device is in operation?
2. Also do the leds on the camera turn on according to the lighting conditions to capture the video/image e.g. during the dark

As much as I can understand the lights being a deterrent, I would like the camera to be discreet

Thanks in advance
#10
One of my neighbours got into trouble because their camera caught the pavement too. Apparently that is not allowed (this is in Aberdeen, no idea if it is the same in rUK). They had a police visit and had to repoint the camera to cover only their garden.
#11
Thank you all for your responses. I'll be taking your advice on board and will be doing some more thorough research.

I'm looking to get a camera that will allow me to upload images every few seconds or so to a cloud server.

@AberdeenDad think that's a load of pure nonsense by the police, it's definitely allowed.
#12
taker
Thank you all for your responses. I'll be taking your advice on board and will be doing some more thorough research.

I'm looking to get a camera that will allow me to upload images every few seconds or so to a cloud server.

@AberdeenDad think that's a load of pure nonsense by the police, it's definitely allowed.

It is indeed nonsense (apologies for that - it was a few years ago this happened) - it was that it covered also another neighbour's garden that was the problem - the pavement/road is ok. Covering a neighbour's property was a problem in terms of harassment.
#13
as long as you dont have a ptz control that can track / follow people passing by, there is no issue with it covering the road/pavement in front of your property, issue is as you say in 2nd post if it encroaches in to anothers right to peaceful existence and can be harassing to film them in their private property.
#14
1. Is there a permanent red led when the device is in operation?
The leds emit an infrared light which is semi visable in the dark [in the case of the cheap camera it would appear as a dull red circle around the lens]

2. Also do the leds on the camera turn on according to the lighting conditions to capture the video/image e.g. during the dark
The Leds are on permanently [see Q1] but the cameras usually show a colour image during daylight and a black and white image at night

The other wide angle camera I suggested has no infrared light ergo not noticeable but does gives a good image under low light conditions i.e. street lighting but will need rebating into a surround so only the surface is visable.You will need a 4mm or lower lens to get a good field of view if it is fairly close to the objects your covering.

Im suprised to see a post about officers calling round after a complaint as there is no clear guidance in regard to video recording [there is for audio] the Officers in question may have been ....stretching their legal rights when dealing with the matter.




Edited By: arachnoid on Jul 11, 2014 16:34: update

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