We’re on a roll this month. Having just predicted the 7 top trends in video surveillance, we are now going to open up the oracle again and share the 5 best wireless network cameras on the market right now.
The models below all impress us a great deal, so much so that we just couldn’t agree on a ranking formula from 1 – 5, so decided to use good old alphabetical order instead. So, let’s begin…
This Axis IP camera is a little cracker which is already proving very popular in 2013. It’s compact, sleek, unobtrusive and easy to use even if you’ve never owned a wireless IP camera before.
The M1033-W is suited to a wide variety of applications. For example, it can be used over your home Wi-Fi connection to keep your house safe, or to monitor your small shop or office space. Coupled with the free software Axis Camera Companion it’s possible to use this, and other Axis cameras, as part of a small-scale security system managed through a single interface.
The jewels in the crown of this particular Axis IP camera are its PIR, built-in speaker and white light facilities. It also comes complete with a no-nonsense installation guide and installation CD so you can get it operational quickly and easily. Feedback to date on this model is that the ease of set up is a big plus and the clarity of video produced is excellent.
If you’re looking for a piece of kit that delivers high definition, low cost 24 hour video surveillance, the Axis M1034-W is the real deal.
Designed for indoor use, its HD resolution ensures great picture quality. What’s more, you can programme it to play sound when it detects any movement or heat which is a great intruder deterrent (you can use any number of triggers and can even upload your own sounds, warnings etc – this is a great and highly effective feature). Just like its lower resolution sibling the M1033-W it packs in a white light LED, PIR and speaker to create an all-round single-camera solution.
At little over £200 + vat this wireless IP camera from Axis is affordable in both commercial and domestic use cases. It’s packed full of powerful features that make it the savvy choice for those on a budget.
This fixed indoor IP camera has a 6x digital zoom over and above its 1280×720 HD resolution for when you need to get up close and personal with what’s going in on your property.
The BL-VP104W model has been chosen as one of our picks for 2013 because of its incredible versatility. As well as the more common applications such as monitoring homes, offices and bars, it has a number of other uses. Many of our customers use this model of Panasonic IP camera to keep a remote eye on pets left at home and even their sleeping babies.
For a smidgen over £200 + vat, this powerful Panasonic model delivers peace of mind without breaking the budget.
Convenience is the name of the game for this Panasonic wireless IP camera. It’s the next generation of the best-selling BL-C230 model which is why it caught our eye and made it onto our top 5 for 2013.
The BL-VT164W boasts higher resolution than its predecessor and also has improved performance in low light conditions. Two features that help it stand out from the crowd are its pan & tilt capability and its ability to let you easily monitor footage via your mobile when you’re out and about.
At just over £300 + vat this is a slightly higher end model but is nevertheless a great value investment given the number of useful and innovative features packed into its compact and stylish casing.
You can throw away your night vision goggles when you invest in the Y-cam Bullet IP Camera. It has a dozen infrared LEDs which means you can count on it 24/7.
The only outdoor wireless IP camera in our top 5, the Y-cam Bullet HD has a track record of many successful outdoor installations.
This IP camera can also help save you money on recording. It has an optional MicroSD card which allows you to record footage on the camera itself from as little as a fiver for the SD card.
Whether you’re looking for an indoor or outdoor IP camera that punches above its weight, this bullet hits the mark every time.
So there you have it; the NW Systems ‘Top 5 wireless IP cameras for 2013’. Before we wrap this article up, we’d like to share a couple of top buying tips with you.
Top Tip #1
Check the strength of the wireless signal in the location where your IP camera will be placed.
Top Tip #2
Make sure your camera location is interference-free before you buy.