Pro Focus LLC | 05/14/16 07:18pm
I'm not entirely sure what you're asking for here. Are you looking for hardware recommendations? Do you need recording onsite, or just streamed to your cloud service only? How important is cost vs reliability? Who will perform the setup? Who will be installing? These are things that are very crucial when designing a system.
For residential best, you might want to include an IR PTZ, under the presumption that someone who is super security conscious would want the capability to zoom out farther and track, e.g., we've tested the relatively low cost Hikvision IR PTZ and Dahua IR PTZ
Here are the quick answers that I recommend to DIYers:
1 cam: Nest Cam, cloud based, although indoor only models, needs to be protected from weather.
1-6 cams: Lorex System (owned by FLIR) from Costco, 4-6 outdoor cams with IR lighting, DVR/NVR & software, $400-$900. Analog or IP models available. I advise that while this is lot of hardware for the $, the software/user experience is less than ideal and the lowest price business model includes other, less than desirable attributes, which I might go into if they are interested hearing about.
Money does not matter: AXIS cameras with Exacq software and Exacq server. For a cloud based system AXIS Cameras with Eagle Eye Networks NVR/Bridge. Or for those that I think might be interested because of some very unique functionality, Mobotix camera system with Raytec LED lighting and NAS.
I missed that detail, assumed a complete system, as Carter's question asked for cameras/NVR.
On related subject, there's more to doing a DIY install than I thought.
I recently had the personal experience of me, installing a DIY system on my home, using an Eagle Eye Networks 304 bridge with qty 3 Hikvision EXIR 3mp bullet cameras. I was surprised at how complex and time consuming this turned out to be, compared to what I had anticipated. The physical installation was EZ, but where I got bogged down was having to get into the Hikvision cameras (Hikvision documentation sucks IMO) to change some settings related to IP address and ONVIF settings, then having to work with CenturyLink (always time consuming) to get static IP addresses, then having to upgrade my Centurylink service because uploading video streams for real time live viewing, search & playback, for qty 3, 3mp cameras, requires approx 10Mbps upload for this combination of cameras. If I was willing to settle for qty 1 720p camera, this would probably have removed many of the issues related to this due to minimal bandwidth requirements and avoiding having to deal with CenturyLink. Or if I did not use a cloud based service, and stored video onsite to an NVR, this would probably have been less trouble to set up...but I wanted a cloud based system.