Top positive review
14 people found this helpful
on February 1, 2014
I bought this to replace one of the swann cameras I have that came with a dvr package. I wanted one like this because it's white, small, and has a much wider angle. The wide angle was important to me. I mounted this on the roof of my front porch and I can see everything now. With the old camera I could only see about half. I already had the wires run and hole drilled for the camera, so switching out my old ones for this was simple. The plugs are standard bnc and normal power cable. The picture quality on these is better than the ones I had but not by much. I don't really blame the camera though since it's probably the DVR that's the bottle neck now. I'll be ordering more.
Edit: I just got a second one in and installed it. No real difference in performance compared to the other one. Everything is ok with it. However I have noticed the night operation isn't the best. My first one is under an always lit porch and is good, the second on the driveway which is very dark at night. If it is pointing to a pitch black area, you get some of the IR/lens reflection going on and night vision is maybe 20 ft at best. This isn't a deal breaker for me but if you need night vision in general with a security camera system, look in to motion sensor lights or IR flood lights. For security, motion sensor lights would be good to have anyways. There are solar powered ones if you don't want to run wires.
Final edit: So these are alright. I was disillusioned to think these were good though. If you have a DVR camera system with bnc plugs, then these are fine. But comparing these to a 1080p IP camera, I wasted money on these. Buying a security camera DVR system and replcaing it with better cameras was just a complete waste of money in the end. I should have just used that money to get IP cameras. It would have cost me less to do that. I use Zoneminder with new IP cameras and will never look back. Just some thoughts for you if you are considering a camera system.