Off The Grid Camera Recommendations

I’d appreciate any recommendations for an outdoor day/night camera with good aesthetics, internal storage and preferably able to use AC power. The camera will be isolated, i.e. it will not be connected to a network or a DVR.

The customer has a very solid old house where WiFi doesn’t work reliably and he doesn’t want to install data or video cables. He is only prepared to extend existing electrical circuits to power the cameras so it is preferable they can accept AC power. As this customer is in Australia, the camera would need to accept 240V at 50Hz AC power.

The customer wants the deterrent value of a real surveillance camera but one that doesn’t look too ugly so a dome would probably be best. He doesn’t want a trail-cam!

Image quality should be good enough to show a clear face within 6-9 feet (2-3 meters) and integrated IR lighting should reach at least 10 meters.

The customer is usually only away for a few days at a time but could go on a 3 week vacation. Accordingly I was thinking a 720p camera at 3fps might help to keep the data rate down and maximise the number of days of recordings. Recording on motion would be critical as would the ability to block out unwanted recordings of motion from trees and passing cars.

I’d be very interested to learn if anyone has successfully recorded 3 weeks of motion-only recordings to internal storage.

Finally, is there a way for the customer to easily access the recordings on the internal storage without it also being easy for an intruder to access the internal storage? I wonder if WiFi could be used for that by bringing a laptop or smart device close to the camera?

Thank you for any suggestions and tips!

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