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Old 09-03-16, 02:40 PM
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Home security camera recommendations

Looking for recommendations for a wi-fi enabled home security video camera.

Not concerned about HD pic quality necessarily.
The camera would be pointing at a door, and the main feature I would like would be for it to email me a snapshot if motion is detected.

If this helps narrow the search the reason is my daughter is moving into a condo on her own, and wants the security of knowing if the door was opened when she wasn't there.

I know NOTHING about these, so as usual I come to DVDTalk to be educated...
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Old 09-03-16, 03:38 PM
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Re: Home security camera recommendations

I have a full QSee outside system but I also have 2 Foscam wireless camera inside. $70 each and you can pan and tilt them. They work great. I would just get one of those.
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Old 09-04-16, 10:25 AM
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Re: Home security camera recommendations

These are the features I would consider:

- Pan, tilt and zoom. Foscam is the only non-professional brand I know that has pan and tilt.

- Viewing angle. The wider angle, the more you can see. From around 70 to 120 deg.

- Night vision. All or most newer models have that.

- Wireless. Makes set-up much easier.

- Motion and audio triggers. Motion is a given. I am not sure if all models have audio trigger.

- Two-way audio. You can talk back to the person in the room through the security device, or play an alarm sound to scare the "intruder" away . The audio is usually pretty lousy.

- SD card storage. In addition to live monitoring, the camera also records short clips, about 30 seconds, every time there is a trigger. You can store that locally on a SD card, or on the cloud with the camera company as a monthly service. Not all models have local storage (I think the expensive Dropcam doesn't).

I would buy this model if it's in your price range:

Foscam makes many models and their model numbering is confusing. That R2 model has all the features I listed above.
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Old 09-04-16, 10:51 AM
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Re: Home security camera recommendations

This one is great. Granted, I use it to keep an eye on my dogs when at work.
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Old 09-04-16, 11:09 AM
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These are the ones I have...about $15 cheaper than when I got them (I paid around $75)
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Old 09-06-16, 03:28 PM
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Foscam all the way.
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