What Are The Best Low Cost, Low Light IP Cameras?

Many IP cameras are getting quite good at low light, closing in or matching analog cameras, even with higher resolution. However, these cameras tend to be quite expensive (in the $750+ range).

I am curious what you find to be the best low cost, low light camera. Here, by low cost, I mean sub $500 including lens.

I suspect there will be two categories:

  • True Day/Night cameras that offer strong low light without added illumination
  • IR integrated cameras that add IR

Looking forward to your suggestions. We'll take the most promising and include them in a future shootout / test.

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