Security Camera: Review & Recommendations

You want to make your home safer from now on? You want to protect your property as well as yourself and your family? Then you should think about buying a security camera. A security camera has the great advantage that its mere presence is frightening. Furthermore, it can be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for surveillance and in case of a burglary it can also be used by the police for investigations. Are there alternative methods to surveillance cameras? What different types of surveillance cameras are available for you to purchase?

Answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found here in the big surveillance camera test 2020, where we introduce you to various surveillance cameras to make your purchase decision easier. You will also find helpful tips and tricks in our guide on when and where it is permitted to install such a camera. No matter what type of security camera you choose, we will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each type of camera.

The most important facts in brief

  • Surveillance cameras differ in construction type and range of functions. Depending on the desired purpose of the camera, different features of the respective product are particularly important.
  • Surveillance cameras are primarily used to protect personal property or persons. The different types offer both pre,
  • When using surveillance cameras, the regulations laid down by law must be observed. These regulations apply to both private and commercial use.

Surveillance camera test: Favourites of the editorial team

  • The best surveillance camera with option for WLAN or LAN connection
  • The best Alexa-compatible surveillance camera
  • The best surveillance camera in mini format
  • The best outdoor surveillance camera

The best surveillance camera with option for WLAN or LAN connection

The 360° swiveling surveillance camera from ESVIZ is equipped with motion detection, which enables it to keep moving objects in view at all times. Thanks to infrared LEDs, the night vision is also over impressive 10 meters and allows you to talk about the camera in real time due to the two-way audio.

The camera is compatible with the most common smart home systems and offers flexible storage space of up to 128GB (a memory card is not included in the purchase price). The special feature of this surveillance camera is that it must necessarily be connected via WLAN, but there is also the option of a LAN connection.

The best Alexa-compatible surveillance camera

The HiKam S6 surveillance camera ensures a safe home, as it can be easily connected to the HiKam S6 surveillance camera via the home WLAN, mobile radio (LTE, 4G, 3G) or any other WLAN from around the world. The camera also has an infrared illuminator.

The S6 surveillance camera from HiKam with free cloud storage can easily distinguish objects from people. The camera accurately passes on the information in fractions of a second by e-mail or to the smartphone. The data is stored on the HiKam cloud, on the SD card or on a NAS system to be able to trace events.

The best surveillance camera in mini format

The portable NIYPS Full HD 10180P surveillance camera features motion detection and infrared night vision. In addition, with the mini surveillance camera a multi-angle installation is possible. The camera captures 30 frames per second through its 1920X10180P HD.

Customers are impressed by the inconspicuousness, image quality and motion detection of the mini surveillance camera and also praise the easy configuration of the camera. The camera’s capacity, sound and responsiveness are also rated positively by buyers who also rate the battery life as sufficient.

The best outdoor surveillance camera

The Victure 10180P surveillance camera is ideal for outdoor use due to its waterproof construction. The outdoor surveillance camera features two-way audio, motion detection and infrared night vision. The images of the camera, which has a viewing angle of 120°, can be viewed via the recommended APP.

The simple and quick installation and configuration of the camera is met with enthusiasm by buyers, who also rate the angle and resolution of the image quality as particularly positive. The perfect functioning of the night vision and motion alarm also scores points with customers.

Advisor: Questions to consider before you buy a surveillance camera

How much does a surveillance camera cost?

Depending on the construction type and range of functions, surveillance cameras differ in price. Cheap cameras are available for a low double-digit amount, while professional cameras sometimes cost several thousand euros.

A simple mini camera can be purchased for about 20 Euro. It offers a particularly favorable possibility of the video monitoring. Dome cameras are available from about 80 Euro. Depending on quality and scope, dome cameras are also available in higher price ranges up to 1,500 Euros.

Here I recommend that you base your budget on the value of the objects to be protected. PTZ cameras are in the upper price range. There are comparatively cheap models from about 150 Euro. Professional devices sometimes cost over 3,000 Euros.

In general, the equipment of the camera and the desired purpose should be the decisive criteria for you, how much you want to invest in your surveillance camera.

Where can you buy a surveillance camera?

You can buy surveillance cameras from specialist dealers, in electrical stores, in DIY stores or sometimes even in supermarkets. In addition to the stationary trade there is also the possibility to buy surveillance cameras from online retailers.

These often stand out due to a wider range of products and lower prices. Surveillance camera manufacturers also offer expert advice to help you determine the best surveillance camera for your needs.

According to our research, most surveillance cameras in Germany are currently sold through the following shops and markets:

  • Amazonas
  • Ebay
  • Conrad
  • Saturn
  • Media Markt
  • Perla
  • Obi
  • Hornbach
  • Lidl
  • wirklich
  • Otto

Is it possible to rent a surveillance camera?

Yes, you can rent a surveillance camera and even a whole surveillance system – but it depends on the location of the rental company.

Various security companies or detective agencies rent out surveillance cameras or video surveillance systems. Especially professional surveillance systems are very expensive to buy.

Leasing is an inexpensive option if you are only looking for temporary video surveillance. There are security companies in almost every city, so it is best to find out on site whether it is possible to rent a surveillance camera.

What distinguishes a surveillance camera?

A surveillance camera is of course not absolutely necessary to protect an object or a place. However, you certainly have neither the desire nor the time to personally take care of the surveillance of something 24 hours a day.

In the following we would like to tell you about the biggest advantages of a surveillance camera:

  • Often deterred by mere presence
  • Monitors reliably
  • Monitoring can take place around the clock
  • Can be used for police investigations in case of a criminal offence

The following scenario is more common in Germany than you might think. You come home from vacation and your apartment or business has been robbed.

Valuables of all kinds have disappeared – and with them probably also the perpetrators. A surveillance camera would probably have deterred them by their mere presence. In the event of damage, it can provide the police with valuable information.

We therefore consider surveillance cameras to be a useful tool for long-term protection against burglary, theft, vandalism and the like. The value of the stolen or damaged objects is usually disproportionate to the acquisition costs of a simple surveillance camera.

But be careful!
If you have a WLAN camera, remember that there is always the chance that it will be hacked. Of course, the technology of the manufacturers has advanced so far that such a thing should not happen – but if you want to monitor particularly valuable objects or live in an area attractive to burglars, you should consider buying a surveillance camera with an independent LAN connection.

Where and when is the use of a surveillance camera permitted?

The use of a surveillance camera is bound by legal requirements. These depend on where and for what purpose you want to install a surveillance camera.

If you want to use a surveillance camera at home, there are a few things to consider. Basically, the interior surveillance of your house or condominium is possible without any problems.

However, you should inform guests that you are video-monitoring your home. Otherwise you violate the “right to informational self-determination”. This means that each person is allowed to decide for himself when and how things of personal life are revealed.

If you install the camera on the outside of your house you have to consider a few more things. Make sure that you are really only filming your property – surveillance of roads or public sidewalks is not allowed.

You should also make sure that your camera does not cover a neighbouring property. By the way, the neighbor’s mere assumption that you could film his property counts as a violation of his personal rights.

Therefore, especially when using a 360 degree camera, make sure that you cannot under any circumstances capture the neighbouring property. You must also provide this proof to your neighbour. We therefore recommend that you do not use an outdoor camera for the purpose of property surveillance.

If you are a tenant in an apartment building, video surveillance is only allowed in your own apartment. For example, it is not permitted to install a surveillance camera in the common stairwell until ALL residents have agreed to this measure.

From a commercial point of view, the same regulations apply as for video surveillance at home. It is also important to inform customers and employees that video surveillance is in place. If you should consider monitoring certain areas of your company, there are further conditions to consider.

It is important that the proportionality of video surveillance is ensured. For example, surveillance of the vault must be justified by the large amounts of money that are stored in it. Permanent surveillance of the counter or the cash desk is not proportionate and should therefore be avoided.

Absolutely taboo is the surveillance of toilets, changing rooms or other places where people disclose their privacy.

Incidentally, the same rules apply to camera dummies as to real cameras. That means, even if it is only a dummy, you may never use it outside the legal regulations!

The storage of video recordings should generally be limited to a few days (rule of thumb: 72 hours). Exception

Finally, it should be noted that video surveillance is a controversial issue by law. Judgments are often made on a case-by-case basis, sweeping statements on the E

Foundation WahrentestSteuern und Recht
The recordings made during a burglary must not be put on the Internet to obtain clues, as this would interfere with the perpetrator’s personal rights and he can then sue for damages and have the video taken from the Internet.
(Source: www.test.de)

What are the alternatives to a surveillance camera?

The alternatives to surveillance cameras are very limited. Technical alternatives are almost non-existent. Some people therefore use or support dogs or security guards.

A possible alternative to a surveillance camera would be a guard dog, for example. This would at least be suitable for protecting your own property.

For businesses, a human solution in the form of security staff would be an alternative. Security guards can hardly keep a permanent eye on the whole store, but they can actively intervene in case of a theft.

Surveillance cameras, on the other hand, merely record the crime, but cannot intervene. Again, “live” surveillance possibilities lack the documentation function in the form of stored recordings. Therefore, the combination of live cameras and security personnel is particularly suitable for the surveillance of shops.

How does a surveillance camera work?

Surveillance cameras basically work like any conventional camera. They film through a lens and transfer the filmed material live and/or to a storage medium. However, there are some differences in the way and scope of the functions.

First, surveillance cameras can be divided into analog and IP cameras.

With analogue cameras, the transmission is made via a cable (usually a coaxial cable) to a TV set. Theoretically, the transmitted image can then be forwarded to a PC or notebook using an HDMI cable.

The recording is usually done by a digital recorder. In addition, the analog surveillance camera requires a power supply, which is provided by a power supply unit.

An IP camera (or network camera) can be integrated into an existing network via an Internet connection. You can either install it as a WLAN camera or connect it directly to your router via LAN cable.

In both cases, you register the camera in the network, which registers it as a device and gives it its own IP address (hence the name).

Then you can access the camera. This is done either directly in the web browser or via the IP camera software provided.

Recording is usually done via the PC hard disk or the camera’s internal SD card. An additional recorder is also available as a variant. Power is supplied either by a power supply unit or POE (“Power over Ethernet”).

Furthermore, various surveillance cameras allow use via the mobile phone network (so-called GSM cameras). Here, images can be transferred directly to the smartphone or tablet. Access to the camera is provided by an app, usually supplied by the manufacturer.

For night-time use, surveillance cameras with infrared function (also called IR camera) are suitable. The camera is supported by infrared LEDs or infrared spotlights. The camera then delivers a black-and-white image to the connected terminal device and thus enables video surveillance even in complete darkness.

Some cameras are equipped with a motion sensor. This ensures that the camera does not start recording until it detects movement in its area of use, and tracks the moving object if necessary.

Optionally, such surveillance cameras can then additionally trigger an alarm if the motion detector reacts.

Not to be confused with the camera’s motion sensor is the motion detection function in the recorder. Almost all surveillance cameras with recording function offer this function. Imagine you are monitoring your home for 2 weeks while you are on holiday.

Would you like to watch 336 hours of video footage to check if something happened? That’s why the camera automatically detects if something moves in the picture and notes this in the film on the recorder. This way, users can immediately see at which times the camera has registered a movement.

What resolution should a surveillance camera have?

The chosen resolution of the surveillance camera should be appropriate to the purpose for which it was purchased. Basically, a distinction can be made between SD (Standard Definition), HD (High Definition) and 4K (Ultra-HD).

A surveillance camera with SD resolution allows easy recognition of objects or actions. However, problems occur when details are important. The SD resolution is often too low for this.

A surveillance camera with HD is better suited for detecting fine details. This camera delivers pin-sharp images even when zooming in with a PTZ camera, for example. An HD camera is only surpassed in image quality by a 4K camera.

The resolution, also known as Ultra HD, makes even piercings and the smallest tattoos recognizable and is a great help in investigations to identify the perpetrators and solve the crime.

Did you know that the first surveillance cameras were equipped with analog systems?
In those days, a video recorder was used for recording, which also required frequent maintenance.

Should I buy a surveillance camera set?

A surveillance camera set is especially useful if you want to monitor several areas at once. In addition, a set offers the advantage that most of the time all devices are compatible with each other and it is cheaper than buying all parts separately.

A surveillance camera set usually consists of a certain number of cameras, a suitable recorder for recording and the necessary accessories (such as cables) for installing the surveillance system.

The number of cameras varies depending on the set. There are sets with only two cameras, some professional manufacturers even offer sets with 20 cameras.

So if you want to monitor multiple areas, a video surveillance set might be a good solution for you. However, we recommend that you make sure that the items in the set are compatible. It is best to find out about this before buying from the respective supplier.

Decision: What types of security cameras are there and which one is right for you?

Basically, surveillance cameras can be differentiated according to their construction or their function. If you are interested in the different modes of operation, you can take a look at the guide below. The most common construction types are:

  • “Classic” surveillance camera
  • Dome Camera
  • Mini Camera
  • PTZ camera

Each construction type has its own advantages and disadvantages – depending on where and for what you want to use the surveillance camera.

Whether at home or in the company, inside or outside, during the day or at night – the application possibilities of surveillance cameras are manifold.

We would therefore like to help you find the best surveillance camera for your purposes in the following. First of all, we will introduce the above-mentioned types of construction in more detail and show you the respective advantages and disadvantages.

What is a “classic” surveillance camera and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The classic surveillance camera is conspicuous and immediately recognizable. Its advantage lies in its obviousness, which has a deterrent effect.

This is a camera in a housing, usually mounted on a swivel arm. You probably know this type of surveillance camera from most of the symbols that indicate video surveillance in a location.

It is used particularly often in public places or by companies that want to protect their premises. Due to its celebrity status, it is not suitable for indoor surveillance.

Advantages

Deterrent effect
Protected against weather by housing
Individually alignable

Disadvantages

Monitoring area limited
Monitored area easy to detect
Badly protected against vandalism

Classical surveillance cameras are usually installed statically. This means that they constantly monitor only the exact location to which they are pointed. This has the advantage that potential perpetrators are deterred from committing a crime in this area.

However, it is easy to see where the surveillance camera is pointing. You should therefore make sure that there is no blind spot when using such a camera. Several cameras of this type may be necessary to completely monitor a location.

What is a dome camera and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

You probably know a dome camera best from the supermarket or from public transport. The name comes from the English word “dome”, which means “dome” in German and indicates the design of this surveillance camera.

The dome camera is hidden behind a semi-circular dome, the glass of which is often darkly tinted. For indoor surveillance, the dome is manufactured with a plastic housing. For outdoor applications, the cameras are usually equipped with a metal housing for better protection.

Advantages

Alignment not visible
Flexibly applicable
Better protected against vandalism

Disadvantages

Comparatively expensive
Poorly suited for night vision
High installation effort

Dome cameras have an even greater deterrent effect than classic surveillance cameras. Due to the tinting of the pane, it is not possible to see where the camera is pointed.

This is an advantage that significantly increases the risk of being filmed during a crime. Due to the unobtrusive design, dome cameras can be used very well both inside and outside. The dome also protects the camera from manipulation and vandalism.

What does a mini camera look like and what are the advantages and disadvantages of this construction type?

As its name suggests, the mini surveillance camera is very small. It is mainly used for covert video surveillance or as door camera. Mini cameras are often built into ordinary objects. Popular mini camera hiding places are for example ballpoint pens, smoke detectors or watches.

Advantages

Very well camouflaged
Low cost
Easy to use

Disadvantages

Strongly limited interstitial space
Little flexibility in alignment
Often only low resolution

Mini cameras are particularly suitable for covert video surveillance. They are mostly in the lower price category and are therefore ideal for people with a low budget.

The camouflage depends on the object in which the camera is located. Therefore, this type of surveillance camera is especially suitable for home or company use. When using hidden cameras, please observe the relevant legal regulations!

What is a PTZ camera and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A PTZ camera is a controllable camera. PTZ is an English abbreviation and stands for “pan”, “tilt” and “zoom”.

Such surveillance cameras can either manually or automatically detect and track specific objects or persons. The surveillance area and the size of the image section can be adapted to any situation by the PTZ function.

Advantages

Especially suitable for live monitoring
Wide range of functions
Can automatically capture and track goals

Disadvantages

Very expensive
Often requires additional personnel to operate the camera

The PTZ camera is primarily suitable for permanently guarded places or objects where the security staff can direct the camera to specific persons or events.

Such surveillance cameras can also have an autotracking function. This means that they automatically detect people or movements and adjust their focus accordingly.

Purchase criteria: You can compare and evaluate surveillance cameras based on these factors

In the following we would like to show you the factors you can use to compare and evaluate surveillance cameras. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular device is suitable for you or not.

The most important criteria are:

  • Field of application
  • Size of the camera
  • Connection type
  • Night Fitness
  • Resolution / range / viewing angle
  • Installation effort
  • Motion detection
  • Alarm
  • Microphone

In the following, the individual criteria are explained in more detail so that you can get an idea of what you should pay attention to when comparing the cameras.

Field of application

Traditionally, surveillance cameras are divided into models for indoor and models for outdoor use. However, there are also some cameras that are suitable for both applications.

Mini cameras, for example, are generally only used for indoor surveillance due to their size, small angle of view and sensitivity.

Due to their size and robustness, classic cameras are mostly used in outdoor surveillance. Depending on the area you want to monitor, you should make sure that the camera is equipped for the respective area.

In outdoor surveillance, it is particularly important that the camera is well protected against weather and possible vandalism.

Size of the camera

As already explained, you can distinguish surveillance cameras by their construction type. The size of the camera also plays an important role, for example, a mini camera is much smaller than a classic surveillance camera.

The size of your surveillance camera should be compatible with the purpose it is intended to serve in your use. For example, do you want a camera that is clearly visible and should be dissuasive? Then a classic outdoor camera would be right for you.

Do you want to monitor your home, but a classic camera is just too prominent and does not fit into your interior design? Then the “mini camera” construction type is an unobtrusive solution for you.

It should also be noted that there are also small classic cameras. So don’t just rely on the usual size of the different types of construction, but pay attention to the dimensions given by the manufacturer when choosing your surveillance camera!

Connection type

Surveillance cameras can be equipped with a network function, making them suitable for operation over the Internet. Alternatively, there is also the possibility of an analogue connection, which is usually made via a coaxial cable.

Often referred to as network cameras, these Internet-enabled surveillance cameras connect to your router via W-LAN. There they are registered as a device and you can view the live images of the cameras, for example, via your browser. Some cameras can also be connected to the router with a LAN cable.

The advantage of IP cameras is the possibility to access the images via smartphone or tablet while on the road. However, the quality of the connection depends very much on your network line and the transfer rate.

It is possible that either the surveillance camera itself is slowing down your network, or it can only establish a poor connection due to other devices on your network, so you should check whether you have sufficient network connectivity.

Analogue connections are generally very stable, but offer less scope for retrieving the surveillance images on external end devices.

The performance of an IP camera depends largely on the network it is connected to. Therefore, make sure that your network is fast enough and not overloaded so that your camera can function optimally.

Night Fitness

Most surveillance cameras on the market are equipped with infrared. This enables surveillance even in the dark. However, there are differences in how well a camera is suited for use at night.

There are surveillance cameras that are specially built for use in the dark. These usually lose neither the quality of the images nor the range when the camera switches from day to night mode.

So if you prefer to monitor at night or in the dark, we recommend a surveillance camera with powerful infrared LEDs.

If your focus is not on night-time surveillance, you should still make sure that the camera delivers recognizable images in the dark. As said before, most cameras are equipped with a night function, but it is not only the presence but also the quality of the delivered images that matters

Resolution / range / viewing angle

The resolution of a surveillance camera significantly influences the image quality. The term range is usually specified by manufacturers with two concrete values – night vision range and recommended WLAN range. The viewing angle of a camera determines how wide the range is that the camera covers. It is measured in degrees.

We have already explained the various resolutions in the advice section. If you are monitoring a room or place where people could be relatively far away from the surveillance camera, it is important that the resolution is high enough to still be able to detect them.

Depending on how detailed you want to see the person or object, you can use an HD or even Full HD camera.

The night vision range indicates the distance at which objects or people can still be easily seen with the help of the infrared LEDs. The recommended WLAN range is the maximum distance that the manufacturer recommends between the router and the camera so that the connection remains stable.

The angle of view of a camera determines which area is actually captured by it. There are wide-angle cameras that have a surveillance angle of up to 180 degrees.

Usually the viewing angle of a camera is between 30 and 80 degrees. The higher the viewing angle, the more the camera captures. If you want to monitor a very large room, surveillance cameras with a wide angle are a good choice.

You should also make sure that the resolution of the camera is high enough to provide good images throughout the surveillance area.

Installation effort

How complex the installation of a surveillance camera is is certainly partly a subjective criterion. However, there are still differences in the time and technical know-how required to set up surveillance cameras.

Every surveillance camera usually comes with a manual from the manufacturer that explains how to set up the camera. Some go a step further and include software that guides you through the installation with a video tutorial.

Even fewer even include software with which the camera can be set up and used almost completely automatically.

Mini cameras are often very easy to install. They usually do not require wall or ceiling mounting and can therefore be set up very easily and quickly using the software mentioned above. More difficult is for example the installation of a dome camera.

Even though it may be functionally easy to set up using software, it usually has to be professionally mounted and wired to the ceiling, which requires a little craftsmanship.

So if you prefer a quick and easy installation, look for the included installation software or wireless power supply (e.g. battery or rechargeable) when you buy the camera.

Motion detection

Most surveillance cameras are equipped with a motion detection function. This means they automatically register movements in their field of view. There are differences in the way the camera deals with the detected motion.

The most common mode of operation of surveillance cameras in terms of motion detection is the one where the camera is filming all the time. If the motion detector is triggered, the camera either “marks” this in the stored material or immediately sends an alarm signal.

But there are also cameras that really only start recording when there is movement in the surveillance area. The latter is rather not recommended, as motion detection is a purely technical function.

If it fails, the camera would no longer record anything at all. If this happens at the wrong moment, you have no footage at all. We therefore recommend that you make sure when you buy the camera that it can record continuously and/or send live images despite motion detection.

Alarm

Some surveillance cameras offer an alarm function. This either ensures that an alarm is triggered directly on the camera when motion is detected, or you will be alerted when a motion is detected.

An alarm directly on the camera is useful if you absolutely want to avoid that anything or anyone is in the camera’s field of view. Otherwise the danger of a false alarm is very high, because the motion detector is often relatively sensitive and even the slightest movement triggers an alarm.

The more discreet variant is the option of having the network camera notify you via e-mail or app if it registers a movement in its image area. You can then access the live images of your surveillance camera directly from your smartphone, tablet or notebook.

Microphone

Surveillance cameras are purchased in most cases because of the images or video they can provide. But what if you also want to monitor an area acoustically? Some manufacturers have built a microphone into their cameras for this purpose. In addition to the images, this microphone also records the sound in the surveillance area.

A microphone is especially useful if you are interested in sounds or conversations in the surveillance area. Primarily the microphone equipment is recommended for indoor cameras, because outdoor cameras are exposed to wind, weather and other environmental influences, which can easily interfere with the sound recording.

There are also surveillance cameras that have a so-called intercom system. This allows you to speak personally through the camera to people who are in the surveillance area. In case of an alarm, this is often an effective way of quickly chasing away unwanted guests.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about surveillance cameras

Where are surveillance cameras most often used?

Most of the world’s surveillance cameras are used in the UK (estimated at between 5 and 6 million, as of 2016). In general, shops, supermarkets, public places and buildings, as well as busy intersections and traffic routes are the most frequently monitored.

In Germany in 2014, retailers were surveyed on the use of video surveillance in their stores. Only just over 9% stated that they did not use surveillance cameras.

In Austria, the number of surveillance cameras in shopping malls and public places has increased almost tenfold between 2006 and 2013 (as of 2013, there were about 1 million cameras in use).

Furthermore, public transport, independently operating industrial machinery and places frequented by wildlife are often under video surveillance.

Did you know that the first surveillance camera was invented during World War II?
This was manufactured by Siemens and documented and monitored the launch of A4 rockets.

How to install a surveillance camera?

You can either install a surveillance camera yourself or hire a professional company. The latter solution is often expensive. We therefore recommend that you install simple cameras with the help of a step-by-step guide.

Such instructions for installing the camera are often supplied by the manufacturer directly with the purchase of the camera. If you need additional assistance with the installation and setup of your surveillance camera, there are several guide pages or video guides on the Internet that will help you install your camera properly.

How do I disguise my security camera?

You can buy ready-made camouflaged surveillance cameras in stores. If you want to camouflage your camera afterwards, a little creativity and craftsmanship is required.

As already described, mini cameras are the leaders in camouflage. There are almost no limits to the imagination, whether smoke detector, glasses, pen or wall clock – the miniature camera can be made invisible to the human eye like no other surveillance camera.

More difficult is effective camouflage with larger cameras, such as a classic outdoor camera. Here it is important that not only the camera, but also any cables and mountings are also camouflaged.

Stones or birdhouses are examples of how to camouflage a surveillance camera. It is important that the camouflage does not impair the camera’s function.

Why are spiders the biggest nuisance for owners of a surveillance camera?

Especially owners of infrared cameras know the problem: cheeky spiders weave the complete lens, so that the infrared camera is blind at night and the webs also constantly trigger motion detection.

There is no really one hundred percent solution to this problem. Some use insect repellent spray (please do not spray directly on the lens!), others try to make the camera unattractive for spiders by using wire devices.

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