Hi im looking for advise as I keep putting off installing CCTV due to going round and round in circles not really knowing (or 100% understanding) what would suit my needs best
I’m looking for a 4 outdoor and 1 indoor camera system, the outdoor cameras need a range of approx 20M, 2 are well lit at night, the other 2 are poorly lit.
The best quality image (day and night)
Must be able to viewed on an iPhone & iMac (ideally with no monthly fees for iPhone viewing)
Price of around £1,000 (DIY install)
I was all set for ordering from CCTV42 as their website seems very knowledgeable (but maybe not cutting edge?) Henry recommended the following:
HD 1080P TVI Hybrid DVR 8 Channel £199.95
AV Grade 3TB Hard Drive £109.95
3 x Large open dome 2.8-12mm lens HD 1080p (2.1MP) £99.95(each)
1x B6 2.8-12mm Lens High Definition 1080p (2.1MP) £99.95
Small Open Dome 3.6mm Lens HD 1080p (2.1MP) £64.95 (this one would be for inside a 4m x 4m workshop pointing towards the door)
4 Camera 5A Power Supply £18.95
Single Camera 1A Power Supply £5.95 (workshop)
5x Video Balun with Flylead (pair) for use with CAT5e Cable High Definition 1080p £19.75
5x DC Power Plug £4.95
5x DC Power Socket £4.95
4x Weatherproof Box for External Cable Connections £13.96
CAT5e Outdoor Cable 100m Roll £39.95
Henry suggested the 2.8-12mm lenses so you can zoom and focus on the area that is important rather then use a 2.8 wide angle lens which whilst covering a greater area would lose clarity.
This all seemed OK, until I read that the cameras they use maybe questionable quality for the price (they are all rebranded CCTV42).
So my dilemma is what system would you recommend (for around £1K) IP or TVI and what manufacturer.
Am I better going for the biggest NVR / DVR HDD (6TB)? my thinking is to be big enough to cover for when we are on holiday (up to 16 days).
Finally what is the optimum installation height of the outdoor cameras? I assume the soffits on a normal 2 story house is too high (but would be the easiest installation)