Best Security Cameras in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 3, 2017
In this review we picked up the best 5 security cameras available for online purchasing. These are the devices, which perform video surveillance of indoor/outdoor areas for different purposes and have a variety of features. Use our review to choose the product that suits your needs best. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Orientation
Type
Mount
Video resolution
Viewing angles
Features
Controls
Storage
Supply package
 
PROS

The security system consists of 4 cameras and a video recorder that provides surveillance through 360-degrees. The device sends push notifications if the slightest movement is detected within the operating region.

CONS

The installation process is pretty complicated.

OUR VERDICT

The best security system that features the H.264+ video compression along with HDMI and VGA outputs. Thus, you'll be able to stream video in really high quality and clearly see even the smallest details on a display.

detailed parameters
Orientation

Indoor / Outdoor

Type

Wired (power supply and data)

Mount

Wall mounting/pedestal stand

Video resolution

1920 x 1080 pixels

Viewing angles

75.7°

Features

Night vision (30 m, 42 IR LEDs with IR cut filter), QR Code Scan setup, Remote access, Motion detection, 24/7 continuous streaming

Controls

Remote (Wi-Fi) control from mobile devices (Android, iOS) and PC via Annke View app

Storage

1TB HDD of the bundled DVR-device (expandable to 6 TB)

Supply package

1 × 8CH DVR
1 x 1TB HDD
4 × 960P wired camera
4 × 60ft BNC video cable
1 × 4-1 splitter cable
2 × Power adapter
1 × Mouse
1 × CD
1 × User's manual

PROS
The model has the best viewing angle of 130º on our shortlist. Motion detection mode starts recording only when it detects movements, thus, saving your cloud storage space.
CONS
Motion sensor works with delay.
OUR VERDICT
A cutting-edge camera with the large set of functions stores recorded video on a cloud storage and therefore protects your videos from being deleted by bystanders.
detailed parameters
Orientation
Indoor
Type
Wireless camera (wired power supply)
Mount
Wall mounting/ pedestal stand with magnetic base
Video resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels
Viewing angles
130°
Features
Night vision (8 High-power IR LEDs with IR cut filter), Motion detection, 24/7, continuous streaming
Controls
Remote (Wi-Fi) control from mobile devices (Android, iOS)
Storage
300+ GB of rolling cloud storage
Supply package

1 x Nest Cam indoor camera
1 x Stand
1 x 10-foot USB cable
1 x Power adapter
1x Wall-mounting plate, nest screws
1 x Quick start guide
1x Welcome guide
1 x Window decal

PROS

A tilt and pan mechanism allows a user to change the viewing angle both vertically and horizontally via a smartphone even when far away from home.

CONS

The white plastic of the housing is prone to soiling.

OUR VERDICT

Owing to the 3dBi Wi-Fi antenna better signal is guaranteed. Therefore, you can view the footage and control the camera remotely without signal failures

detailed parameters
Orientation

Indoor

Type

Wireless camera (wired power supply)

Mount

Pedestal stand

Video resolution

1280 x 720 pixels

Viewing angles

56.14°

Features

Night vision (10 m, 10 IR LEDs), Motion detection, 24/7, continuous streaming, Remote access

Controls

Remote (Wi-Fi) control from mobile devices (Android, iOS) via Eye4 app

Storage

MicroSD card (not included) up to 128 GB

Supply package

1 x IP Camera
1 x Digital antenna (3dBi)
1 x UK Power Adapter
1 x User manual
1 x Bracket
1 x Installation bag

PROS

Compatible with different OSes, devices, and web browsers, Wansview camera will provide smooth and reliable operation in the region you install it.

CONS

The reset button is located inconveniently.

OUR VERDICT

The surveillance camera is perfect for outdoor application since it is water- and dust- proof. Regardless the weather outdoors the signal will be still perfect due to the aluminum housing.

detailed parameters
Orientation

Indoor/Outdoor

Type

Wireless camera (wired power supply)

Mount

Wall mounting/pedestal stand

Video resolution

1920 x 1080 pixels

Viewing angles

65°

Features

Night vision (25 m, 36 IR LEDs), Motion detection, 24/7 continuous streaming, QR Code Scan setup, Remote access

Controls

Remote (Wi-Fi) control from mobile devices (Android, iOS) via Wansview app

Storage

Cloud storage

Supply package

1 x Wireless Security IP Camera
1 x User Manual
1 x Power Adapter
1 x CD Software
1 x Quick Installation Guide
1 x Ethernet Cable
1 x Wi-Fi Antenna
1 x Mounting Screws

PROS

When the camera is alarmed, the built-in 90+dB siren and automatic night vision will deter thieves from breaking into your home. Can also monitor air quality, temperature and humidity in your place.

CONS

The camera is too noticeable.

OUR VERDICT

Canary camera has the best viewing angle of 147º and thus, covers a wide area of a room. Owing to a beautiful design of the device itself, it can easily decorate any interior.

detailed parameters
Orientation

Indoor

Type

Wireless camera (wired power supply and data)

Mount

Pedestal stand

Video resolution

1920 x 1080 pixels

Viewing angles

147°

Features

Night vision, HomeHealth Technology (Temperature, Humidity, Air quality), Encrypted cloud storage

Controls

Remote (Wi-Fi) control from mobile devices (Android, iOS)

Storage

Cloud storage

Supply package

1 x Camera
1 x AC power adapter
1 x Micro-USB cable
1 x Secure setup cable

What is a Security Camera

For the moment the market offers a variety of video surveillance systems, which exemplify the rapid development of the industry. These security camera systems perform a wide range of tasks, from the surveillance on out to moving objects detection in a certain area inside the premises. Depending on the intended use, security cameras can have different versions, be fitted with different controls and data processing equipment. In our review, we will examine the best security camera systems available on the market, give you some useful tips on how to make the right product choice and what aspects to focus on when picking a security camera-equipped system.

It is worth noticing that the operation of many modern security cameras is based on a wireless Internet connection use. In case you do not have a Wi-Fi router that provides a reliable wireless connection see our wireless routers review, in which we give a piece of advice concerning the choice of an optimal router.

What Features to Compare

First, you must determine the tasks your surveillance camera system has got to perform, depending on which the correspondent installation type should be chosen (indoors, outdoors). Accordingly, you need to decide what kind of a security system is suitable for your needs: wireless or wired with one or several cameras. These aspects are described in Camera Type and Mounting feature.

The security cameras can be wired and wireless (data transfer, power supply), indoor security cameras or outdoor security cameras with different mounting options (wall, pedestal stand, combined). Cameras for outdoor surveillance are characterized by better case protection and designed for the use in different weather and light conditions.

Wired cameras connect to security system equipment via wires. This connection type allows for connecting to an existing home network or corporate network, as well as granting access to security cameras’ control and data from various local equipment, or remotely via the Internet. High reliability and security of video data transfer to the recording equipment are the advantages of wired connection. These cameras can be controlled, powered and used to transfer the video via a single cable while being insensitive to interference of mobile phones, Bluetooth-devices, wireless network equipment and car alarm systems.

Wireless security cameras transmit the signal to a recording device via a wireless connection (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth). IP cameras (a particular case of wireless cameras) broadcast video data not to the local video recording equipment but directly to the registered user's device on demand through an internet service (some models make it possible to record the video to the camera’s SD card). By using this type of security camera, you can get access to a video broadcast in real time from practically any location.

After that, you need to consider the Video Quality and Features. Camera shooting quality is governed mainly by the quality of the camera optics, which affects such quantitative indicators as video shooting resolution and a viewing angle. The higher the resolution the more detailed the resulting image is and the bigger the viewing angle the larger the area covered by a security camera is. The shooting modes supported by a security camera are also relevant, such as shooting in darkness, long distance filming, an automatic video recording start and user notification when the system detects motion in the field of security camera’s view (motion detection).

In conclusion, you should consider the feature of Control and Storage Device. This feature determines the type of security camera control, the software used for this purpose and the capabilities offered to the user. The parameters grouped in this feature determine the storage medium to store the camera shooting footage on and the method for accessing it.

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Annke Professional Surveillance

Several Surveillance Directions

Security cameras are used not only in industrial premises and office blocks but also at home for protection and surveillance purposes. And if this is the kind of device you've been looking for, we'd readily recommend you to consider the camera from Annke which is easily one of the best and most comprehensive video surveillance solutions as of today. The security system here comprises 4 cameras and a video recorder; you can fix all four cameras at each corner of the house to achieve 360-degree surveillance. At IP66 rate, the cameras are all weatherproof and protected from water and dust ingestion, and hence, totally safe for outdoor use all year round. The Annke security camera system supports night vision and guarantees a crisp, high-quality image on a display regardless the time of a day. To review the recorded videos on a big screen, all you need is to connect the video recorder to the TV-set through either HDMI or VGA port. All videos are stored on a built-in 1TB HDD that offers the capacity enough for about 7 days of continuous shooting. If 1TB isn't enough for your needs and you expect to use the system longer than that, you can expand the HDD up to 6 TB. In all, the Annke Professional Surveillance Security Camera system is a well-designed product that can provide a high-level protection as well as some other great features that will be of great use in everyday life. 

Review of Annke Professional Surveillance

Annke Professional Surveillance
Annke Professional Surveillance
 

Nest Cam Security Camera

Camera type and mounting

This IP camera is meant for indoor use only. Nest Cam is a wireless security camera that uses a corded power plug for the power supply. Additionally, this model offers Wi-Fi connection and thus you can control the camera and configure the settings with your smartphone even when you're far away from home. The design of Nest Cam allows for 2 mounting types. Therefore, you can fix it to a wall with the included nest screws or place it literally anywhere in your house. The camera has a pedestal stand with a magnetic base, hence place it on a flat surface or stick it to something metallic.
Review of Nest Cam Security Camera

Video quality and features

Nest Cam security camera features a 3-megapixel sensor, a 8X digital zoom and it supports a wide viewing angle of 130°. The combination of these factors ensures shooting crisp and detailed video at 1080p resolution. As a result, you get high-quality and colorful Full HD video leaving no detail to chances. Moreover, you can zoom in your recorded video up to 8 times with no loss in picture quality. Nest Cam’s night vision mode uses 8 powerful LED lights that help you clearly see all your room at night and they do not turn off even if the bright light passes in front of the camera. If you don't want to record video 24/7 you can set a motion detection mode and the security camera will start recording only when it senses a motion. And finally, built-in speaker and mic enable two-way audio support, thus the camera can be used as a baby or pet monitor.
Nest Cam Security Camera in the use

Control and storage device

This IP camera records all video to the secure offsite cloud storage. On buying Nest Cam security camera you get 30 days of 1080p HD video recording for free (300 GB). Once this period expires you have to pay some money to subscribe for further cloud storage use. But the main benefit of this camera apart from a high-quality picture and capacious cloud storage is that you can control Nest Cam from around the world with your phone or tablet. You just need to download and install the Nest app on your gadgets and watch live or recorded video wherever you're.

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Nest Cam Security Camera
Nest Cam Security Camera
 

Vstarcam Home

Under the Supervision

Keeping an eye on a child presumes a lot of work and fuss that can exhaust a lot of parents. With advanced technologies, though, now you can try a different solution and purchase an indoor camera from Vstarcam. This small unit can easily replace a baby monitor and can be used for many different purposes but watching a baby. The Vstarcam camera shoots video in HD resolution which you can stream to your mobile gadget any time you'd like to peer into the room. It's possible to use the camera remotely; you only need to install it in the right place and download Eye4 app on your tablet or phone via which you will be able to access the camera settings and do all the rest manipulations. To use the Vstarcam indoor camera, make sure to keep it plugged in the mains, while if you need to connect it with your tablet, activate W-Fi or use Ethernet port. The camera features a pan and tilt mechanism to allow users to rotate it in all directions and get the best surveillance view within 355° horizontal and 120° vertical angles. The videos recorded with this camera can be watched either online or stored on an SD card (not included), whatever option works for you better.

Review of Vstarcam Home

Vstarcam Home
Vstarcam Home
 

Wansview Outdoor

Streams Video On Any Available Gadget

Today surveillance cameras offer much more balanced performance, features and quality than ever before and the Wansview IP security camera isn't an exception. Having got this camera at home, you get a chance to keep an eye on your home remotely via your phone or PC provided that you've previously downloaded Wansview app on your gadget. The app allows remote access to the settings of the camera as well as preview of the footage. Compared to many other indoor security cameras, this one is much more versatile and can also be used outdoors if you wish to monitor your property while being on a trip or elsewhere. The IP66 water- and dustproof design along with the aluminum housing predetermine the camera use under any weather conditions and in any region you need. The camera shoots in Full HD and saves the recorded footage on a cloud service. What we personally like about this camera and what in our opinion also speaks in favour of its usage outdoors is that it's got a black-coloured housing that doesn't attract attention and can easily blend with a facade or an abatjour.

If you want to create your own personal cloud storage for keeping all your important data look, through our review on the network attached storage and forget about the problem of having not enough free space on your PC or laptop.

Review of Wansview Outdoor

Wansview Outdoor
Wansview Outdoor
 

Canary All-in-One Home

Comprehensive Facilities

A lot of devices today can easily be called all-in-one equipment due to the functionality and a broad range of features they provide. The Canary All-in-One Home Security Device is called so for the same reason. Let's see what features make it different from the rivals and what is so special about this particular one. The camera is designed for indoor use only, which might be taken as a downside by customers who seek a versatile video surveillance solution to use both indoors and outdoors. However, if you need a camera to keep an eye on your property at home, it will do a great job. Besides recording video of the observed area, it also incorporates the functionality of a thermometer and a humidifier, so a user gets not only protection but quite useful information on the home climate environment. The camera itself looks great and can serve as a decorative element in any modern-style interior. It looks very much similar to a computer speaker, and if set close to PC, the camera won't be as noticeable to the strangers' eyes. The camera can record videos and stream them on your connected gadget online. 

Review of Canary All-in-One Home

Canary All-in-One Home
Canary All-in-One Home
 

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1. How to Choose a Suitable Security Camera,  WikiHow.

2. Roger A. Grimes Thinking of buying a security camera? Read this first, InfoWorld.

3. How to choose a video surveillance system, BrickHouse Security. 

4. Megan Wollerton Security camera buying guide, CNET. July 1, 2015.

5. Roger A. Grimes  Thinking of buying a security camera? Read this first, InfoWorld.

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