Security has become one of the most significant concerns in our day and age. With people spending most of their time at work, schools, colleges, etc., they are finding it much easier to intrude into a property that is off-limits and grabs a thing or two. I have often had fights with various online sales representatives that my package hasn’t arrived, and ended up finding out someone must have taken it from the porch. A few months ago someone started slashing tires in our neighborhood, and because we presumed to be living in the good part of town, we didn’t have many security cameras around.
It was after these instances we realized that we need outdoor security systems. Not less than a month after we got them installed and caught the two people who used to slash tires and take away packages from the doorstep. Here are the top ten best outdoor security cameras you can invest in to make your property more secure.
1. Arlo Ultra 4K Wire-Free Security Camera System
This is labeled as the best that money can buy. It is one of the best cameras in the market. Arlo Ultra is loaded with amazing features such as HDR picture quality. It is used by only a few security companies, so if you get your hands on it, it should be treated like royalty. It has two-way audio systems than cancels out noise and lets you hear what’s happening outside.
Although it does require a subscription to the cloud, it is very affordable. It has a 180-degree view that you can control from your mobile and make your loved ones feel safe. Its additional features consist of high speed and sirens that you activate from your phone in case of anything suspicious.
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2. Swann 1080P Smart Security Camera
It has an HD picture quality, which is very clear. If you want to save some money and you think that this picture quality will get the job done, you don’t have to go for a fancier option. It has a 120-degree vision, which means there is going to be a blind spot if you don’t install them properly. The trick to making sure you don’t have to deal with such issues is hiring an installation company to do the job for you.
It is a wireless camera, so if you’re sick and tired of all the wired options, then this is the option you should consider. It also has a two-way audio system, which can help increase the level of security as you will get an alert if there is some unusual noise.
3. Arlo Pro 2
This is one of the most expensive options in the market, but it’s worth every penny. It also has a 4.5 rating on security websites and costs $315.99. The best features are its high-end resolution and its ability to capture clear images from as far as 25ft. Due to the fact that it can be connected to your phone through an app; you can always keep an eye on your surrounding even if you’re out of town.
One of the most admirable features of this security system is that it can be installed as a wireless or wired security system depending on your preference. Buying this security camera can also save a lot of money on weather protection which you might need in other devices. It also has a 130-degree wide-area lens accompanied by night vision, which can result in 24 hours of security without any setbacks.
4. Nest Cam Outdoor Security Cameras
On most of the security-related websites, this outdoor security camera has a 4.5 rating. It means that it is one of the best cameras on the market. As compared to other security systems, it costs much less. Its price is $178. So if you’re not ready to cross $300+ network, this is the option you should go for. The best aspect of buying this camera is that you won’t have to invest in extra lighting or weather protection options. It comes preinstalled with night vision capabilities and is weatherproof. It keeps on recording the video 24/7 so that you can view any suspicious movement around the house.
Nest Cam can also save you a trip to the door when the doorbell rings, just have a look and communicate through the two way audio system; you won’t even have to get out of bed.
5. Logitech Circle 2 Wired
If you don’t trust the wireless options, then this is definitely the option that you should go for. It is suitable for both indoor and outdoor usage. It has 180-degree resolution and a 1080 pixel picture quality which makes it amongst some of the best-wired home security cameras on the market.
Logitech Circle 2 has a two-way audio system and stores all the data on the cloud, so if someone does mess with the camera, the data cannot be lost. However, the cloud storage is free only for the first day after that you’ll have to invest in a storage subscription. While it may sound pricy, it is very affordable and is sure to be worth every penny you spend.
6. Netatmo Outdoor Security Camera
Its price range lies in between the Nest Cam Outdoor system and the Arlo Pro 2, and it costs $299.61. If you live in a relatively safe neighborhood and want to install a security camera just to be on the safe side, then this is a reasonable option. It has an exceptionally high-resolution image and the range of its lens is 95 degrees.
It does not have a two-way audio system. If you don’t think you’ll be using it anyway, it’s good to cut back on expenses.
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7. ADT Outdoor Camera
The respective camera security system is synced with your phone and sends you alerts of any suspicious activity that may be happening around your property. Although its picture quality is 720 pixels, it is still able to capture real-time footage regardless of light availability.
It is also a convenient option if you’re upgrading to a smart home as it can pair with most of the new smart house systems that can result in you controlling the cameras by voice activation.
8. SMONET Security Camera
I would recommend this option if you live in a relatively better part of town. Its price is $209. Apart from that, its picture resolution is 720 pixels, which means that it’s reasonably good, but you might not get to make out any tattoos or clues from the picture taken.
The best thing about it is that you won’t have to buy a cloud subscription and that it will continuously record the video. After a busy day at work, you can review the video in detail and see if anything concerns you.
9. Lorex Security Camera
If you’re a security freak, the features of this security camera are going to make you drool. It has a night vision that can range up to 200 feet. It also has better image quality than an HD image of 1080 pixels. Lorex costs $189.25. This makes its image quality better than all the options mentioned above.
It also has motion sensors that can detect motion on private property. All you have to do is set a digital tire wire. Anyone who crosses that boundary will be caught on camera. If you’re a working parent and have to leave the children at home, then this is one of the best options.
10. BLINK XT2 Outdoors Security Cameras
Don’t you have the budget to invest in a complete camera security system? Then there’s no need to worry, this is the option you should go for. It has very good features for a lesser price. It can be the first home security piece that you can invest in.
The perks that you have if you buy this camera are that you won’t have to pay any subscription fees or pay for any additional features. It already has a 110-degree view and HD 1080 pixel picture quality. What else do you need? It’s a very convenient option and a first step in the direction of home security.
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The above-mentioned cameras are some of the best choices in the market. See which one suits your needs keeping in mind where you live, the temperature condition, which size will complement your house, and whether or not you want it to be hidden.
Before you make a decision, try to narrow your options down to three possible items that you’re interested in. After you’ve done that you should make a list of all the pros and cons and then invest in the model that you think is best. Remember to spare a few extra bucks for the installation company. You wouldn’t want an expensive system to be of no use just because you cut back on installation charges. Not only will it ensure proper installation, but will also save you a lot of time.
This article is written by Garrett Thomas. He is a French national, a student of IT, in his final year at Stanford University. He is exceptionally passionate about writing his thoughts in words. Garrett takes up writing projects in his leisure time to accompany his studies. He is obsessed with new technology and enjoys every bit of exploring it. He regularly shares his ideas at http://www.imperialcctv.com/blog/.