Every other camera thread is 2+ years old, or is just unanswered questions so I felt like making a new one.
Yup, on sale for $30 now I guess lol. They are wired. http://www.harborfreight.com/weather...ion-95914.html
Granted this is a bottom end camera, it still does a great job for the price.
I'm thinking of just throwing this crappy $30 camera in my garage and putting some nice $150ish cameras outside instead, but what I'm trying to do here is put together a great cheap it to prove that a decent setup doesn't cost much at all. I'm just worried that I could do 4 of these junk cameras and have a full stand alone 500gb system for under $450, but I don't want to want to swap out the cameras right away for better ones.
Still waiting on my DVR to come in the mail so I can set it up and get more pictures on here...
Anyone else have a DIY system?
That aside, I'm very happy with the setup.
I like this dome cam for $130, then there is a similar, cheaper one for $60 that just doesn't have as good of night vision. I think I'll have to call these people to see how they install and what else I'd need to buy... Thanks for the links!
www.newegg.com for both hard drives and cameras. Do a search for "dome camera" and it'll come up with 4 pages of them. Sort them by lowest price and go from there.
Its kind of addicting to have cameras up eh? Hehehe
I ran my own wiring through my raised ranch and had the whole thing installed/running in a weekend.
OP, youre spending too much buying things separately, costco/samclusb/etc have complete systems for much cheaper
like this one - 4 CCD wired cameras, 320GB DVR with interwebs access for $300
I have a 16 channel 1.5 TB DVR at my house. I have some of the cameras in trees along the street facing the house. I love the night vision ability. I have used these two places with good success.
Active-vision is pro grade stuff. If you want to get the best DVR out there, look at the pro series. expensive, but they last much longer than most of the chinese crap DVRS out there. The longest I got out of a chinese one was 5 months.
IMO / the short month I worked at ADT and the traning I had .
Stay far far far far away from any color camera the night vision sucks on them .
Go with black and white and have a clearer and tighter picture at night and during the day then you will with a Color camera.
If my cameras ever catch something incriminating and do their job, it will probably be at night. So to make sure I get as good of video as possible, I also have motion flood lights aiming where my cameras will be pointing. I mean... why not? dual 45w floods in the driveway to be nice to neighbors, then dual 100w floods in my back yard since I'm surrounded by cornfield and a grass alley under power lines. I'd like for just the lights to scare thieves away but most thieves don't care too much.
FYI, for your own good don't record audio, you might not be able to use the video as evidence.
I've had good luck with Everfocus new ECOR DVR's. All settings can be done on the network and they even have a Android and iPhone app.
If you look around their website they have some demos.
If your going to add anymore camera I would suggest a real power supply,
Cameras you get what you pay for, I would stay away from I/R cameras if you can they attract bugs and screw up your motion settings.
One last thing check out craigslist for your area for used professional CCTV equipment, sometimes there are some deals out there.
If you have any questions let me know.