7. TriVision NC-336PW HD 1080P Wireless Outdoor Home Security Camera System

Available in a choice of two different lens sizes, this bullet-style surveillance camera provides high definition 1080P video to your Android, iOS, or PC device. It can be used wirelessly or hardwired and features a microSD slot for onboard recording.

Key features: 

  • Up to 50 ft night vision range
  • Email notifications best cctv cameras
  • 3MP, 4mm lens
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8. VideoSecu Outdoor Day Night Vision Infrared IR Bullet Security Camera

This bullet-style outdoor surveillance system boasts an adjustable 4-9mm lens and 48 infrared LEDs for superior night vision. It provides superior color images in all lighting conditions and anti-noise technology to help cut down on data volume.

Key features:

  • Vandal-proof
  • Power supply included
  • NTSC video format
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9. Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I Outdoor HD 3MP IP Bullet Security Camera

Available in a choice of configurations for your home security needs, this bullet-style security camera boasts a 3MP, 4mm lens that provides stunning HD images. It features built-in digital noise reduction and adjustable frame rates.

Key features:

  • Up to 90 ft night vision range
  • 75.8-degree viewing angle best cctv cameras
  • Built-in motion and tamper alarms
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10. Foscam FI9805P 960P Outdoor HD Wireless IP Camera


This bullet-style outdoor surveillance system provides quick and easy setup in just minutes and boasts a 1.3MP, 4mm lens for full HD video resolution. Images can be recorded to the Foscam cloud (free trial included) or directly to your computer.

Key features:

  • Up to 100 ft night vision range
  • 70-degree viewing angle
  • iOS and Android compatible
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11. Foscam FI9828P 1.3 Megapixel 3x Optical Zoom H.264 Wireless Outdoor PTZ IP Camera

This outdoor surveillance camera comes complete with a fully waterproof enclosure and boasts a 1.3MP lens that provides HD images. You can remotely pan, tilt, and zoom to get just the right viewing angle. Images can be recorded to the Foscam cloud (free trial included) or directly to your computer.

Key features:

  • Up to 25 ft night vision range
  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Built-in audio jack
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12. D-Link DCS-2530L

This little IP camera offers a simple and cost-effective springboard into the surveillance game, as it comes complete with local storage on a microSD card and a free app that makes it easy to monitor your property remotely. And by recording a wide 180-degree view whenever its motion sensor or mic are triggered, the DCS-2530L does its job quite well.

The plastic construction does feel a little vulnerable, however, and app support is decidedly less sophisticated than the competition, so we would advise spending just a little more if you’re serious about surveillance.


Key features:

  • MicroSD slot for subscription-free storage
  • 180-degree field of view without distortion
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Buying guide

How to choose an outdoor security camera system

Everybody’s home security needs are different, and when it comes to outdoor security cameras, there are two main areas where homeowners need to focus their attention. The first is property needs and requirements, and the second is personal, or family, requirements. The two are very different, which makes this a double-faceted decision. Yet, you will likely be very pleased with how often the two intersect as you get closer to making your final choice.

Assess your property needs and requirements

When it comes to assessing the security requirements of a property, it’s pretty cut and dried. The physical aspects are not generally negotiable, so it’s a matter of paying close attention to the outer area around your home and the property it sits on as well as all structures, trees, plants, and everything else that it includes. Take a walk around your home and property, and be prepared to take notes. It would be wise to do this with another family member as well or to have someone else walk your property separately from you so you can compare opinions and notes.

Keeping in mind all of the types and features of outdoor security cameras we’ve outlined in this guide, make note of where you think those features will help protect your outside property. Stand at your main entrance with your back to the door. What do you see? Is there a sweeping, wide-open space that allows clear visual access? Or, more likely, do you see a walkway, possibly shaded and obscured by foliage, maybe a few large trees as your eye wanders further away? How about a garage to one side, obstructing part of your view? Or perhaps your driveway is a winding one and you can’t see the whole thing. Take note of these and continue your walk around your home and property until this list is complete. Here are some examples of what your notes may include as well as camera solutions:

  • Front porch entry, open to walkway=Bullet camera to cover this specific area
  • Large open yard area=PTZ or wide lens camera for wider access
  • No back entry light=infrared/night vision camera
  • Long driveway=multiple cameras placed to “open” the line of sight
  • Home is on a slope, limiting view below=wireless camera for easier installation in hard to access zones
  • No streetlights near home=infrared/night vision camera
  • Heat and cold temperature extremes=weather resistant to particular highs and lows, determined by the area’s climate

Assess your personal/family requirements

video surveillance for your homeWe all have our own particular level of needs when it comes to our sense of security. It may have to do with the way our childhood home was equipped or perhaps the crime blotter on the news is reporting more in our neighborhood, or maybe the birth of a new baby has the family wanting to reel in a long- considered security system. Regardless, it’s vital to sit down as a family and determine what would make everyone feel safest when it comes to securing the home from the outside. Some aspects that may make your list:

  • Entry cameras to see who is at the door before opening it
  • Camera placed at the bottom of the walkway or driveway to see visitors before they get close to your home
  • Disturbing night and weather related sounds and noises calmed by an infrared wide lens camera that sweeps the property
  • Hidden cameras near a garage, workshop, or cabana where valuables are stored
  • Camera in pet or livestock area to monitor animals
  • Ability to access camera video from inside the home or via computer or smartphone while away at work or traveling

Outdoor security cameras: The final verdict

As overwhelming as it may seem, consider yourself equipped with everything you need to make a choice that will not disappoint. A familiarity with outdoor security camera types and features, an idea of what brands offer what types and features, and a personal list of property and family preferences should be all you need to begin your search. Be sure to research well-established companies with good customer service like warranties and no-hassle installation and repair, and definitely dig deep—ask questions in a retail setting and check reviews when shopping online.

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