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Does anyone know of some quality security cameras for your home? Are the ones at Sams Club anygood? Any online dealers that are reputable? I need some that has some type of DVR that records.--BBoy623
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You need to specify a budget first.  Also what are your lighting conditions.  Are they going to be looking from shadow to light or light to shadow?  Are they going to be natural light, or artificial light?  Located inside?  Outside?

Lots and lots of options with cameras.  you can get a DVR card for a computer and let your computer be your recorder.  Or you can buy a DVR and monitor that is dedicated to that task. 
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Budget is undetermined at this time. I'll spend what I have to, but don't want to spend more than I need to. Condition will be outside for cameras. I have porch lights on that are at my door and at the corner of my garage. I also have a light pole in my yard which pretty much illuminates the whole yard.

I came home from working nights to find a "For Sale" sign in my yard from a Realtor company. It belongs a few houses down. I don't like people on my property when they have no business there! Especially when my family is home. I think I may know who done this, but I don't have any proof. If I had cameras...there's no question and I could prosecute. There's been some things going on lately that I'm tired of and need to get some cameras up. I didn't know how those cameras at Sams club stacked up---Bboy623
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If they are outside you are probably going to want cameras with a wide dynamic range.  They will preform much better in different types of light.  Many of them turn to black and white at night to help get better video. 

Also outside cameras need to have a heater in them in you live areas that get cold.  So check with that.  I have had good luck with Pelco brand cameras.  They are pricey, but you get what you pay for with cameras. 

I put GeoVision DVR cards in computers for all 3 of out bank branches.  They seem to work very well.  I have installed several of these and they have worked very well.  http://www.123securityproducts.com/iscaenvsuwdr.html  If you need a zoom lens this one works well.  http://www.123securityproducts.com/iscaenvsuwdr1.html

I also installed 3 of these for the city offices here at the town I live in they are working great too.  http://www.123securityproducts.com/iscaenvbudnw1.html

These require a power source as well.  YOu can get some IP cameras that have power over ethernet, but they are way more expensive. 

To get good quality streaming video you need at least 20fps per camera.  If you just want slow pics then less will work.  So with 2 camera you would probably want a DVR player or Card that would record 60fps.  I really live the Geovision stuff, but it is pricey.

You can always go with the Value based complete systems that come with cameras and a DVR.  Some of them you can get for $300 to $400.  But they are not very good cameras capable of working in different lighting conditions and different temps. 

Getting a camera system that is worth a darn is not cheap.  If you get cameras that are just designed to work in a simple indoor lighting condition then they just do not perform well outside.  Cameras that perform well in all temps and lighting conditions and just more expensive than most realize. 

I am not an expert at this stuff by no means, but I have been building and messing with systems for 4 or 5 years now and have learned a bit about what works and what don't.

Hope that helps a bit.


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