How many times have you heard a weird noise outside and wanted to know what it was? You know it is most likely raccoons, but the only thing that will completely reassure you is actually seeing that it really is just raccoons, and a wireless security camera installed on the outside of your house can make it so you can just grab your Apple or Android device, load up an app and then manually control the camera to view it’s feed.
Away from home and worried? Do the same thing from wherever you are. The great thing is that you won’t need to because many wireless cameras come with motion detection systems that will automatically send you alerts and still images when triggered.
Best Weather Proof Video Surveillance Camera
The first camera I want to talk about is the Uniden GC45W Weatherproof Surveillance Camera. A very important thing to note about this camera is that it can’t work on it’s own, it requires a Uniden Guardian wireless hub to connect into to work. However, the Guardian hub makes connecting multiple cameras and syncing their feeds together simple and easy, and you can purchase packages that include the Guardian and two cameras.
Well this additional hardware requirement is a setback, many users did not find this overtly arduous and that having a complete standardized system helped in some ways. Another thing to keep in mind is that well weatherproofed, the GC45W is not waterproofed, so you need to make sure it will not be fully submerged at any point in time in your use of it.
A cheaper entry in this field, the GC45W shoots only in SD video (480×272 / 320×240 specifically), but many user reviews seemed to still be happy with it’s general picture quality and usefulness as a camera.
Also specifically mentioned multiple times by users was ease of set-up, with many reviews talking about being able to quickly and easily set-up multiple cameras and start using them immediately for no extra costs after the camera and hubs were bought. Overall, user reviews painted a picture of a reasonably priced, reliable product that while not the top of the line, was perfectly serviceable for their needs.
Best Waterproof Outdoor Security Camera
Next is the PHYLINK Bullet 1080p Camera. Boasting not just weatherproofing, but full waterproofing, the PHYLINK will be able to withstand any weather conditions you need it to. PHYLINK also offers a weatherproof junction box separately in order to provide simple, neat waterproof cable connections to your outdoor mounted cameras.
The PHYLINK supports local storage in the form of MicroSD cards, up to 128GB, well also supporting a variety of network storage solutions: Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, Network Video Recorders (NVRs), FTP, and Dropbox cloud storage. Additionally, the camera allows you to continuously record, or only record when significant motion is detected as your needs require.
Once recorded and saved, the footage can then be remotely viewed from any computer, Apple, or Android device, even well it is simultaneously saved to your local storage. In order to facilitate this real time viewing, the camera can also push email and mobile notifications to you whenever it starts recording.
User reviews praised it for it’s ability to auto sync footage both to local storage and network based solutions such as Dropbox or a HTTP/FTP server. Also specifically praised multiple times was it’s all metal, no plastic case, with reviewers mentioning that this made it quite durable. The large number of options available and ease of set-up made it an absolutely no regrets purchase for many who have been using the PHYLINK 1080p.
Best Wifi Outdoor Security Camera under $200
Last on our review list is the Trivision NC-335PW. Shooting in 1080p like the PHYLINK, the Trivision also comes in both 4mm and 6mm focus length lens, and a 90 degree viewing angle to allow for maximum recording coverage.
Featuring an all metal, rust proof casing in order to provide full weatherproofing, and a simple install package needing only three screws to attach to a wall or eave, power over ethernet for one cable installs or or long range 802.11 compatible wireless, the Trivision NC-335PW provides incredible high quality footage without complex set-up requirements.
Offering the same storage options as the PHYLINK; MicroSD up to 128GB, and all the same network storage solutions, alongside the same continuous or motion activated recording options that will push notifications to you when recording starts.
The ease of set-up was also near universally praised in reviews, well also mentioning the NC-335PW’s impressive wifi range. Overall, the picture painted by user reviews was of a high quality, reliable, very powerful camera that was worth the cost over other products.