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Zmodo Security Camera Outdoor

Zmodo Security Camera Outdoor

Zmodo wireless security camera system is a camera monitoring solution for your home or business. Setup is as simple as downloading the free Zmodo App, creating an account, and connect the cameras to your Wi-Fi. Once setup, you can remotely view from anywhere with a smartphone, iPad or PC. Enjoy peace of mind no matter where you are and be notified when something happens.

Security-focused Hardware

Smart Features

Works With Alexa
Zmodo Wireless Outdoor Cameras work with Alexa for voice control. Please make sure the firmware version of your camera is V8.0.1.46 or later before connecting to Echo Show. Otherwise, please update it to the latest version directly in Zmodo app.

Indoor Outdoor Security Camera
IP65 rating makes it ideal for outside use and will keep recording rain or shine. This weatherproof camera can be placed both indoors and outdoors, with a supported temperature range from 14℉ to 122℉. The security camera protects every inch of your home through every season.

Enhanced Security with Cloud Service
With Cloud Service, you can review, customize, save, share the footage, or have a flashback of all-day details in just few seconds. All users are eligible for a 1-month free cloud of our 7 day cloud recording plan.

Adjustable Night Vision
The night vision is adjustable and you can lower the IR sensitivity so that the black & white night vision is triggered less easily, and you can still see color image even in a dim environment.

Multiple Viewing Options
Videos can be viewed from iOS or Android mobile devices and tablets or web view on PCs. Four-channel viewing at a time is now available on Zmodo app so that you can monitor four places at a time with one operation.

Customizable Motion Detection Area
You can set motion detection zones and focus on important areas like doors or windows, and get motion clip alerts only when something happens there.

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Lorex Video Doorbell

Lorex Video Doorbell

The Lorex Doorbell Camera is great for anyone who prefers a hardwired system that’s also completely DIY. That meant that we could secure our house without having to break the bank.

Hardwired Setup

In general, we prefer hardwired video doorbell systems for one simple reason: no batteries are required. Unfortunately, buying a wired system often means hiring a professional installer. However, Lorex is completely DIY. We connected a few wires, connected the panel, and we were done. It’s hardwired without the hassle!

Sleek Design

The Lorex Video Doorbell is small and fairly unobtrusive, measuring 4″ x 1.7″ and only 1″ wide. That means it doesn’t make our front door look cluttered. In fact, it doesn’t look any different from a traditional doorbell. The panels are stylish black and silver, with rounded features inside the rectangular housing. All in all, it tells visitors that we love our technology, but we also love that it blends well with our signature style.

Pros

  • Infrared night vision
  • No monthly fees
  • Local storage of up to 64 GB

Cons

  • No person detection
  • Requires hardwiring
  • No cloud storage
  • No professional monitoring available

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Logitech Circle View Apple HomeKit- enabled Wired Doorbell

Logitech Video Doorbell

The Logitech Video Doorbell has it all, nearly: great video quality, increased privacy, and a smooth app experience. If you’re an Apple loyalist like we are, you’ll want to add this to their collection.

COMPLEMENTS ANY STYLE HOME

Straightforward Installation Process

Though we had the option to have the Logitech Video Doorbell installed professionally for an additional $100, we went for the DIY option. First, we connected the doorbell’s powerline using a micro-USB cable and a 5V 2A AC adapter. Then, we paired the doorbell to our Wi-Fi network. Next, we attached the chime kit to our existing transformer and our door chime, snapped the doorbell onto its mounting plate, and voilá! We were cooking with gas.

Color Night Vision

When we looked at night footage from the Circle View, we were impressed with the detail captured. Infrared night vision is the norm, but sometimes that footage looks grainy and blurs out important details. The Circle View used an LED light at night, which illuminated our whole front porch and even parts of our driveway. The feature turned on automatically there was motion and shined a bright beam of light onto visitors. We got quality footage in color, even when the sun had set.

Specific Motion Detection

We were most impressed with the Circle View Doorbell’s advanced motion detection. We pulled our car into the driveway just as a stray cat darted through our yard and a branch fell out of our neighbor’s tree. The Circle View reacted quickly and accurately to the series of events. It could tell what was a vehicle, an animal, and an inanimate object. We saw the series of events mapped out on a scrolling timeline within the app. We thought the mapping feature was really neat, and understanding an event in such detail would definitely come in handy for something more serious, like a burglary.

NOTE: The Circle View can’t pair with Alexa or Google Home

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Wyze Video Doorbell with Chime

Wyze Video Doorbell

The Logitech Video Doorbell has it all, nearly: great video quality, increased privacy, and a smooth app experience.When we looked at night footage from the Circle View, we were impressed with the detail captured. Infrared night vision is the norm, but sometimes that footage looks grainy and blurs out important details. The Circle View used an LED light at night, which illuminated our whole front porch and even parts of our driveway. The feature turned on automatically there was motion and shined a bright beam of light onto visitors. We got quality footage in color, even when the sun had set.

Built to endure the elements

The Lorex Video Doorbell is small and fairly unobtrusive, four inches by 1.7, and only one inch wide. That meant it didn’t give our front door a cluttered look. In fact, it didn’t look all that different from a traditional doorbell. The faceplate is a stylish black and silver, with rounded features within a rectangular casing. All-in-all, it told visitors we like our technology, but we also like it to blend well with our signature style.

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Video Surveillance

Google Nest Doorbell

Video Doorbells

The Nest Doorbell is the battery-powered video doorbell that works with any home. See what’s happening at your door from anywhere with the doorbell camera and get intelligent alerts about important activity, like when there’s a person, package, animal, or vehicle.And because there are no wires, you can install it yourself.

Designed for any door

The Nest Doorbell has a built-in rechargeable battery, so you can install it anywhere. For continuous power, you can also connect it to your doorbell wires or a power outlet (wall plug sold separately). 24/7 video history is not available, even when wired, but you can check the live feed anytime.

wire-free to work with any door

Our Nest Doorbell video doorbell worked great as a standalone device, but because it’s from Nest, it also worked as part of our larger Nest camera system, including, for instance, our Google Nest Hub smart display and our Google Nest Mini smart speaker. And because Nest is part of the Google family, it’s set up to work seamlessly with Google Assistant voice commands. All we had to tell our phone was “Google, what’s on our doorbell?” and the app popped open with streaming live video.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

Video Doorbell Pro 2

With a 150 degree field of view both vertically and horizontally, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 offers a unique viewer experience that’s just as wide as it is tall. Combined with infrared LEDs, the footage was crystal clear during the day and night.

get the whole picture with head-to-Toe HD+ video

See more of who stops by and check in on package deliveries down low with improved Head-to-Toe HD+ Video. You’ll also never miss a thing, even in the dark or bad weather, with crystal-clear color night vision.

Let Alexa get the door

Most video doorbells offer two-way talk so you can speak to guests through your smartphone, but what sets the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 apart is that it can greet guests on its own. This feature is courtesy of Alexa Greetings and powered by Amazon’s Alexa voice AI. Alexa can greet guests for you, give detailed instructions for package deliveries, or play recorded voice messages.

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Arlo Essential Spotlight Camera

Cameras

Arlo’s main products were indoor cameras, outdoor cameras, and security floodlights. All in all, Arlo has the best deals on high-end home security cameras that we monitored ourselves. Their four weatherproof options covered the spectrum from 720p to 4K, with infrared or color night vision. Discounts were given on two or more, and Arlo cloud storage for continuous video recordings was low-priced.

Arlo

Arlo’s Essential security camera records video in 1080p for a clear picture and see more of your property thanks to the wide 130º viewing angle.See important features like faces or license plates in full color, at night, with color night vision to make these outdoor security cameras the perfect cameras for home security.

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Ring Spotlight Cam Pro

Ring Spotlight Cam Pro

The outdoor security camera selection from Ring was impressive. While other companies had just one or two models, Ring had multiple options. For power, we were offered our choice of batteries, solar energy, or plug-in equipment. The cameras were priced fairly and had the best outdoor security features overall. Examples of special features on Ring’s weatherproof cameras included sirens, two-way talk, LED floodlights, and infrared night vision. The 100-decibel sirens on Ring’s outdoor cameras were activated via the motion of a trespasser or when we pressed a button in our Ring mobile app.

Security Cameras

The hub used for Ring security cameras also let us automate our home. It had a Z-Wave radio chip and connected wirelessly with smart lights, keyless door locks, and other smart home equipment for safety and convenience. We used Amazon Alexa to command our cameras and other equipment connected to the Ring hub. For example, “Alexa, show us the most recent event from the camera behind the garage” and “Alexa, turn off the bedroom light.” We also tried out Siri and Google Home speakers with our Ring camera system.

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Wyze Cam v3 Indoor/Outdoor Video Camera

Wyze Cam v3

The Wyze Cam v3 builds on the foundation of Wyze’s original sleeper hit by introducing outdoor capabilities, a built-in siren, improved night vision, and a higher frame rate for smoother video. Like its predecessor Wyze Cam v3 lets you see and record 1080p video right from the Wyze mobile app. New to Wyze Cam v3 is its waterproof design allowing for outdoor installation with an IP65 rating.

Color Night Vision

Wyze Cam v3’s night vision is noteworthy because it uses a starlight sensor with two types of infrared LEDs to produce color video at night. This is also one of the first Wyze cameras to record videos at 20 frames per second (fps) during the day, which gives it smoother video playback and live viewing than Wyze’s older cameras.

Bullet Cameras

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Powerful color night vision
  • Indoor and outdoor capabilities
  • Built-in siren

Cons

  • Wired power cord
  • Special power source for outdoor operation

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Home Security Systems

Abode iota All-In-One Security Kit

The Abode iota is an easy-to-install all-in-one security system loaded with features including a 1080p camera, a motion sensor, multiple wireless radios, a built-in siren, and support for many third-party devices and platforms.The Abode iota All-In-One Security Kit provides an excellent starting point for anyone looking to add a DIY smart security system to their home or apartment. It’s easy to install, extremely expandable, and compatible with nearly every home automation platform on the market.Home Security Systems

Aptly named, the Abode iota All-In-One Security Kit uses a base station with a built-in camera and motion sensor. It contains Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, and Zigbee radios that allow you to add a plethora of third-party devices such as door locks, sirens, and lights in addition to Abode’s first-party lineup of entry, water, and glass break sensors. It offers on-demand professional monitoring and supports Apple HomeKit; Alexa and Google Assistant; and IFTTT, thus making it one of the most versatile home security systems available.