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Caught a burglar in the act!,
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For the price this camera is great. If you want good picture quality more than 40 feet away, select a higher resolution camera but this camera knocks the socks off of any analog camera out there with picture quality and dusk picture quality. This one is good enough to read text from a license plate from about 30 feet away, so its a great camera for a front or back door or carport.
I installed this camera because I work from home and my neighborhood sees most of its crime during the work hours of the weekdays. I keep an eye on my front door and carport with this camera because I sometimes cant get to the door to see who is there. I use blue iris software to monitor my cameras (and record motion events). Blue iris also allows me to setup motion alerts from the camera.
I installed the camera in my carport and within 3 weeks, I caught a burglar in the act of stealing my wheelbarrow and gardening tools out of my carport (some items left outside from my weekend project of cleaning out my garage). The suspect pulled up into my carport (triggered my BI motion chime) and I went out to confront him and scared him off quickly. I called 911 and looked back at the video for a suspect and vehicle description. I was pleasantly surprised that i could easily read the license plate and accurately describe the suspect to 911. It allowed me to also share the information with our neighborhood crime watch and share his photo with everyone. The police officer was really impressed with the quality and says he never sees quality this good when reviewing footage of crimes. He wanted this setup for his own house. This camera allowed me to catch someone red handed and it avoided me from having to replace $150 of gardening equipment, (so it paid for itself essentially).