I'm looking to recommendations for IP security cameras. I'm especially interested in thoughts on the various "cloud" services that come with the cameras. Normally I stay as far away from cloud based offerings as possible as I don't care for being tied to stuff I don't control. In the past, I've run a local ZoneMinder instance for the camera's I've had and it has worked well. However, in this case, its not really a practical option....
well, besides going into particular models you need to look at few things:
- Dual board unit. (plus IR LED board)
- SONY IMX-xxx sensor.
- Must support 3 streams. Dual stream cameras have compatibility issues with the browsers and phones.
- 1080P native resolution at the very least (not digitally blown up to meet the specs and raise the price.)
- ONVIF (check the version)
- FTP function (not all firmware version have it)
- Make sure Firmware source is available and it is not China only version.
- Audio in and out optional, most jurisdictions forbid audio recordings.
- WiFi - not practical - very low quality modules.
- POE - internal will give you grief. Use external splitter and feed separately into the camera.
- IR LED board will burn out withing 12-15 months regardless of use, get enough replacement boards.
- Lens size you will need to decide for each particular camera separately.
- Location must be reachable to remove spider web, they love IR. (I have to remove spider web sometimes twice a day)- Create problems with false alarms during the night.
What else... UPS system for the cameras is the must. Don't use free cloud services, you will regret it. Make sure you waterproof housing after purchase, regardless of their claims and stay away from plastic housings - they fail under UV from the Sun very fast. During installation try to avoid pointing cameras towards East or West directly. Low Sun will trip AGC and you'll get white screen. One more thing you can not turn off IR LEDs thus cameras can not be used from inside the building through the glass, without modifying the board, ( to avoid reflection in the glass) and use of external IR illuminator.
Oh I think its about it from the top of my head..