12 best cctv cameras

2018 rating: the best IP cameras and analog CCTV cameras according to experts and buyers

The capabilities of modern video surveillance devices allow you to organize unobtrusive and effective control in the office or at home, as well as save significant amounts of protection for various objects and their coverage at night. About the best surveillance cameras for street and indoor use in our rating.

How to choose a surveillance camera?

Cameras analog type for a leadership in the ratings of the best surveillance cameras have long been claimed, although in demand in particular cases. In short, their advantages are relatively lower cost, the possibility of using longer transmission lines and the absence of delays. Purchase of analog devices is also advisable in the case when the goal is to upgrade the existing video surveillance system without replacing cable facilities. It is worth being guided by modern standards (AHD, TVI and CVI family). By the way, their multiplicity and incompatibility most clearly demonstrate the crisis of analog systems.

Benefits IP cameras consist in the fundamental absence of transmission losses, sufficient security and full compatibility with standard digital channels of information exchange. Among the main drawbacks: the price is higher, the connection cables are generally shorter, the signal is delayed more.

The most common designs outdoor security cameras are dome (dome) and cylindrical (bullet). Among indoor cameras diversity is much greater. The accepted division at the place of installation speaks only of the security of the camera - in every sense. It is clear that no one forbids putting a street camera inside the house. As much as possible “pushing apart” the boundaries of the controlled zone allow devices of panoramic and rotating type, as well as cameras with a variable focal length of the lens.

Choosing the best model of surveillance camera for a house or street is completely determined by the tasks that they need to solve. For example, for identification at long distances, you need a camera with a higher image resolution. Its flaws: the archive is "heavier", it costs more, it removes worse at night (as a rule). The second option is to install a camera with a lower resolution of the sensor and a longer focal length of the lens. The most relevant now are devices of 2-5 MP.

Ranking of the best cctv cameras in 2018

CategoryA placeNameRatingPrice
The best outdoor digital surveillance cameras1Hikvision DS-2CD2055FWD-I9.5 / 1012 000
2HikVision DS-2CD2532F-IS9.4 / 1011 900
3Dahua SD22204T-GN9.3 / 1012 790
4Zodikam 2051 (205)9.1 / 1014 950
5HiWatch DS-I2009.1 / 107 690
6HiWatch DS-I1039.0 / 103 840
Top IP Security Cameras for Home1Dahua SD29204T-GN9.4 / 1015 990
2HiWatch DS-I1149.3 / 106 000
3EZVIZ Mini Pano9.2 / 1011 690
4IPEYE-T1-ALRW-019.0 / 101 700
The best analog cameras for video surveillance systems1RVi-HDC421 (2.7-12)9.5 / 106 600
2HiWatch DS-T1019.0 / 101 490

The best outdoor digital surveillance cameras

Hikvision DS-2CD2055FWD-I
12 000

Good professional outdoor bullet camera for organizing video surveillance with a high degree of detail (5 MP). It has a powerful analytics system that allows you to capture the moments of crossing the boundaries of the specified zone, recognize faces, count objects in the frame, respond to disappearance / movement of the controlled areas, do not disregard sharp sounds / complete silence and rapid changes in the level of illumination. In addition, the recommended model can boast advanced protection against unauthorized interference with its work, including from attempts to defocus images in various ways. Of the technical features, it is worth noting the simultaneous broadcast of three streams and the ability to compress them with the help of modern H.265 / H.265 + codecs. The camera is equipped with a lens with a focal length of 2.8, 4, 6, 8 or 12 mm, so you can easily choose the best option for almost any video surveillance system.

Main advantages:
  • detailed picture;
  • many modes of operation;
  • powerful video analytics;
  • can encode in H.265 / H.265 +;
  • Can write to a memory card.
Minuses:
  • single focus area (ROI).
9.5 / 10
Rating
HikVision DS-2CD2532F-IS
11 900

Compact dome IP camera based on a 3-megapixel 1/3 "CMOS sensor with a sensitivity of 0.19 and 0.07 lux for color and black-and-white modes, respectively. Designed for use in professional and private video surveillance systems, including unheated rooms and in conditions of poor lighting or complete darkness. Dustproof and moisture protection in IP66 class, as well as the operating temperature range from -40 to 60 ° C, allow you to use the camera outdoors. The anti-vandal design of the device provides protection at IK08 level.

Main advantages:
  • HD video in real time;
  • PoE support.
Minuses:
  • No power supply included.
9.4 / 10
Rating
Reviews
One of the best dome cameras in its class. Relatively inexpensive and reliable, it is excellent for organizing video surveillance on the street, as well as in unheated rooms of small and medium size.
Dahua SD22204T-GN
12 790

Reducing to a reasonable minimum the number of surveillance cameras used allows the use of universal models. Such as the recommended Dahua SD22204T-GN. This camera has a high-speed rotary mechanism, controlled both manually by the operator and automatically. In the latter case, 300 camera positions are programmed or any of the eight preset patrol routes is selected. Moreover, the considered device is equipped with a lens with adjustable focal length (2.7-11 mm), which allows you to scale the resulting image in very wide limits. Available in 4x optical and 16x digital zoom. There are also good video analysis capabilities, three streams and a high frame rate when working in 720p resolution. Of the unpleasant moments - this camera has no infrared illumination. But there is a slot for a memory card and the ability to connect to the SD22204T-GN from mobile gadgets.

Main advantages:
  • varifocal lens;
  • swivel design;
  • good video analytics;
  • three coding streams;
  • can write to the memory card.
Minuses:
  • No built-in infrared illumination.
9.3 / 10
Rating
Reviews
The camera is good. Cards for 32 GB is enough for 2 days. Night mode works fine, despite the fact that there is no infrared illumination.
Zodikam 2051 (205)
14 950

The lack of Internet in the area of ​​the object of protection is not an unsolvable problem for the organization of the video surveillance system. Of course, only if you choose cameras with a built-in GSM modem, like the one recommended by Zodikam 2051 (205), and you will connect to them using unlimited data transfer rates. The principle of working with such a gadget is extremely simple. The camera continuously / according to schedule / while recording movement saves the main stream (920P / 720P / Q720P) on a memory card of up to 64 GB, and the owner, having connected to the device from a smartphone, can admire the online image or view the archive. It is clear that a good cellular coverage is necessary. The current LTE ranges are supported by the Zodikam 2051 modem. By the way, this particular model is purchased by Russian Railways to monitor stopping platforms. Considering the peculiarities of the interface used, the modest resolution of the camera (1.3 MP) is not a disadvantage.

Main advantages:
  • does not need an internet connection;
  • works on the main 4G bands used by our operators;
  • There is a built-in microphone.
Minuses:
  • generates a lot of traffic online;
  • does not work with cloud services;
  • not compatible with onvif.
9.1 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Installed this camera to monitor parking at the metro Schelkovskaya. Traffic consumed on the MTS all 10 GB (view 24/7). After installing the unlimited Yota problem solved.
HiWatch DS-I200
7 690

Our rating continues to be a bullet camera for building a low-budget video surveillance system. Compared to the capabilities of comparable solutions of the previous generation (for example, DS-I220), this new HiWatch brand provides a more legible image in low-light conditions of the controlled area. The basis of this advantage is the EXIR-backlight with a single powerful LED and a rectangular lens. The model supports a standard set of image enhancement technologies (DWDR / 3D DNR / BLC), allows you to optimize the bitrate by specifying the area of ​​special attention (ROI), generates two video streams to reduce the load on the data transmission channel and is able to interface with a wide range of recorders and with the company's corporate cloud service. It remains to add that the DS-I200 camera can shoot with a maximum resolution of 1920 × 1080 (2 MP).

Main advantages:
  • extended dynamic range;
  • effective noise reduction;
  • ROI and PoE technologies are supported;
  • powerful EXIR-backlight;
  • mechanical infrared filter.
Minuses:
  • no write to memory card.
9.1 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Great picture even at night. This is a big plus HiWatch DS-I200, as the color at night is rarely found in budget cameras.
HiWatch DS-I103
3 840

Next in our rating is an inexpensive, dome-type outdoor IP camera for organizing video surveillance with very limited financial capabilities. It's nice that most of the important "chips" HiWatch DS-I103 supports. In particular, the extended dynamic range and modern version of noise reduction technology, work indicating the area of ​​increased interest (due to which the archive size is significantly reduced), motion detection and anti-tampering, receiving power over a twisted pair, and still boasts the presence of built-in EXIR backlight. Recall that from the classical infrared last differs uniform rectangular illumination of the controlled area. Without bright spots in the center and dark corners. The camera can be equipped with lenses with a focal length of 2.8, 4 or 6 mm. This model does not provide recording on memory cards and wireless transmission of video stream. There is no microphone and audio input.

Main advantages:
  • supported technologies DWDR, 3D DNR, ROI;
  • can be powered over twisted pair;
  • day / night mode with mechanical filter;
  • EXIR lights with a range of up to 30 m.
Minuses:
  • modest resolution (1 MP);
  • no write to memory card;
  • no audio channel.
9.0 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Compact, weatherproof surveillance camera, made by the famous brand Hikvision, has its own cloud, is not buggy, supports POE, easy setup.

Top IP Security Cameras for Home

Dahua SD29204T-GN
15 990

Next in our ranking is a high-quality universal camera for professional indoor video surveillance systems. The manufacturer guarantees its ability to record movement at distances up to 120 m, still recognize objects at 24 m, identify people at distances of up to 12 m. In contrast to the above street model of the same company (Dahua SD22204T-GN), it has an infrared backlight and a built-in microphone therefore costs more. Talents are almost the same, including a good video analytics (optional) and the ability to scale the image in a really wide range. True, anti-vandal protection is not here. The SD29204T-GN camera is supported by all mobile platforms, it can write to a memory card and receive power over a twisted pair. By the way, the latter is useful not only to reduce the total number of wires, but also to simplify the remote "restart".

Main advantages:
  • varifocal lens;
  • swivel design;
  • built-in microphone;
  • good video analytics;
  • three coding streams;
  • can write to the memory card.
Minuses:
  • No anti-vandal protection.
9.4 / 10
Rating
Reviews
With a consultant I picked up such a camera. I am very satisfied. Lens, camera matrix record in amazing quality, everything is clear. I liked that there is a zoom, you can zoom in on the object and consider it better. There is an infrared light, in total darkness everything is visible.
HiWatch DS-I114
6 000

A feature of this miniature IP camera is the presence of a PIR sensor, which allows to detect thermal radiation at distances up to 10 meters. Naturally, the registration of such an event can serve as a command to start recording. It is noteworthy that the DS-I114 has separate alarm input / output - a rather rare chip in the budget segment of video surveillance systems. Despite its modest dimensions, the recommended camera is equipped with a full-fledged audio channel, i.e. microphone and speaker. Practically all modern technologies of image quality improvement are supported: DWDR, 3D DNR, BLC. It is possible to specify an area of ​​increased attention to save traffic, in a small case there was a place even for a mechanical IR filter with auto-switching. The device is able to receive power over a twisted pair, ready to write information to a memory card, transmit it wirelessly and interact with the EZVIZ service. Yes, it is also not deprived of IR illumination and basic analytics.

Main advantages:
  • small sizes;
  • thermal sensor;
  • can write to a memory card, work with a registrar and a cloud service;
  • two-way audio;
  • supports wireless sharing and PoE technology.
Minuses:
  • power supply is not included;
  • low-power Wi-Fi module;
  • small sensor - the quality of night shooting is so-so.
9.3 / 10
Rating
Reviews
Excellent budget option. They took as a baby monkey and do not regret. I had to suffer with the reproduction of sound, and everything suits. We set up a motion sensor and now the functions of the baby monitor are excellent.
EZVIZ Mini Pano
11 690

As much as possible to cover a large area with a single video surveillance camera, only Fisheye models allow. This is possible due to the extremely small focal length of the lens, a side effect of which manifests itself in the form of distortion, i.e. barrel shape distortion. The recommended panoramic model is interesting for a modern wireless communication module, which may be important in the conditions of high workload of the 2.4 GHz band, the ability to transmit sound in both directions, as well as excellent integration with the manufacturer's branded cloud service. As a peculiar chip, you can consider the ability of the accompanying software to divide the overall picture into segments and partially compensate for its curvilinearity. Built-in infrared illumination boosts night visibility to 7.5 meters. The weak point of the EZVIZ Mini Pano is power supply via the microUSB interface.

Main advantages:
  • all-round visibility;
  • high-speed Wi-Fi module;
  • two-way audio channel;
  • convenient software.
Minuses:
  • specific image distortions;
  • powered by microUSB.
9.2 / 10
Rating
Reviews
This IP camera has infrared light so that shooting at night is good, two-way audio is available, so you can listen to conversations in the room or say something yourself. It's comfortable. But the most important thing is the fish eye effect. And it is not a curve, the whole room is really visible.
IPEYE-T1-ALRW-01
1 700

We continue our rating with an inexpensive, simplest IP camera for organizing round-the-clock video surveillance, for example, for a small child or a bed patient. The design of the model is not devoid of a certain amount of grace, so it will not seem to be a foreign object either in an office or a medical institution, or in the conditions of a private house. The kit includes sticky magnetic stickers, and the chamber module is simply removed from the plastic frame, so fixing IPEYE-T1-ALRW-01 on a suitable iron base will not be difficult. IR illumination provides visibility up to 5 m in the dark. Recording can be made on a memory card, recorder or on a cloud service. There is a two-way audio connection, and the microphone of the camera is always on. The main disadvantages of the model are low resolution, USB power and an outdated version of Wi-Fi.

Main advantages:
  • compact size;
  • writes to the card / DVR / cloud;
  • two-way audio channel;
  • meets the requirements of the ONVIF protocol;
  • low price
Minuses:
  • power supply via USB interface; the supplied cord is short;
  • single-band Wi-Fi;
  • low detail images.
9.0 / 10
Rating
Reviews
The magnetic base does not hold the video camera so much on the refrigerator as we would like, but if it is not touched, it will hold. RTSP stream can be viewed using a regular VLC video player from a computer or tablet.

The best analog cameras for video surveillance systems

RVi-HDC421 (2.7-12)
6 600

A successful bullet type model, which the manufacturer has been modernizing several times already. Itself works in HD-CVI, but with the help of an additional controller it can “switch” to practically any high definition standard or to regular PAL (CVBS). The picture is taken on a Sony quality matrix of 2 MP resolution through a lens with a variable focal length. If such versatility is redundant for your purposes, pay attention to the simplified version of the HDC421 with fixed optics (3.6 mm), which costs two times less. True, the range of IR illumination in this case will be much lower. The recommended surveillance camera is capable of detecting movement at a distance of up to 130 m, recognizing objects at 26 m and less, and is used for identification if the distance to persons does not exceed 9 m. The maximum cable length is 500 m.

Main advantages:
  • varifocal lens;
  • IR illumination at 60 m;
  • can be connected with a 500-meter cable;
  • low price
Minuses:
  • No anti-vandal protection.
9.5 / 10
Rating
Reviews
These budget surveillance cameras have everything you need and even more. No brakes, glitches and other troubles. In the parking lot, they installed a picture of the norms.
HiWatch DS-T101
1 490

An inexpensive internal megapixel dome-type camera that can work in HD-TVI and CVBS standards. Moreover, their switching is implemented very simply - with the help of a pair of wires that need to be closed between themselves for the broadcast of a normal signal. Please note that in this mode (with an outdated format), the picture from the camera can be output to almost any TV. Features of execution allow to use DS-T101 even in not heated rooms. The device is interesting low price and Smart-backlit. The latter is able to adjust the brightness of the IR LEDs, depending on the distance to the object being monitored. In general, a good super budget camera for video surveillance.

Main advantages:
  • Smart lighting;
  • maximum cable length 500 m;
  • tempting price tag.
Minuses:
  • low resolution;
  • No anti-vandal protection.
9.0 / 10
Rating
Reviews
The camera is great! Problems when setting up, there was no installation. There were no technical failures during the recording. The quality is decent, with sufficient light everything is perfectly visible. In the dark, it seemed to me not enough clarity.

The great value of a normal video surveillance system is that it allows save captured image in the form of an archive, with the subsequent use of the latter as needed. For demanding tasks and long periods of information storage, you cannot do without a DVR or a specialized server. Criteria easier to satisfy a variety of cloud services. They are also convenient with the ability to promptly receive alarm notifications by mail / smartphone. The easiest option is to record the archive on the memory card.

For connect analog CCTV cameras will need a coaxial cable; for digital cameras, a twisted pair, Wi-Fi or GSM receiver, depending on the available interface. In terms of reliability, cable connection is preferred. In addition, it allows you to organize power supply at the same time, if the IP camera supports the 802.3at (Power over Ethernet) standard. Wireless connection method is more convenient with less installation.

As can be seen from our rating, a large assortment of the most diverse cameras allows you to choose the best option for any task, taking into account the features of the protected object and the requirements for the video surveillance system.

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