Need new camera system - Ring vs. the world

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Mon May 21, 2018 2:42 am
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Re: Need new camera system - Ring vs. the world

[quote]kw123 wrote:
I am using UniFi cameras with their free nvr software running on an Ubuntu box running on my Mac Pro under virtual box— you can use their hardware or any Unix or windows machine but not OS X directly.


The G3 series of Unifi cameras DONT require an NVR or Ubiquiti cloud connection. In setup, its possible to enable a local feed and shut down the usual Ubiquiti stuff. (They aren't onviv compliant however, so you need to log onto the camera's internal webpage to do all that.

I'm migrating to Ubiquiti having become frustrated with Foscam cams for various reasons.

Incidentally, I also use DoorBird intercoms for entrance doorways. They have a major advantage over a simple camera in that they have a '4D' [their term] movement sensor that detects movement configurable by the distance from the intercom, and also by the direction of movement (toward, away). My cams have views of passing cars, shadows from trees, etc etc so video incident detection is useless - the door bird has very few false positives.

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Mon May 21, 2018 4:45 pm
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Re: Need new camera system - Ring vs. the world

I use Hikvision - 8 x 1080p cams with a NVR containing 2 8gb drives (need to check size if interested). About 30 days of full time recording. All cams are PoE.

The bullet cams are great, domes not so great. I can grab stills into indigo with a refreshing URL.

The phone app is poor at best, and the software on the NVR a little clunky. No filters for motion, other than line crossing and blocking out areas.

Have been running for 18 months with about 5 reboots (only b/c the web server providing the images to indigo crashes, but the box still records - I've not investigated the problem).

Image quality is perfect daytime, the domes need extra IR at night, but the bullets function well.

There are two outputs on the NVR - HDMI is fed into a modulator so visible on all TV's, the other is fed into a local monitor.

Whole system cost around £1,500 (say $2,250) so not cheap but solid.

I use indigo for monitoring when away with a refresh every 5 seconds.

There are a few niggles, but generally impressed. Police were also impressed with quality - night time footage used to confirm suspect had driven past a night on his way to kill a young lad.

mini 10.11.6

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Fri May 25, 2018 9:06 am
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Re: Need new camera system - Ring vs. the world

Gotta say I'm really impressed with he Reolink cameras. The housings are metal, they feel really durable. The firmware/software seems good for a IP cam, the POE worked perfectly and the Reolink client (IOS and MacOD tried) found the cams shortly after they booted and walked me through the config. Did I mention the 4 MP cams are only $60 USD on Amazon??? I'm going to try one of the 5MP with 4x optical zoom next. Below is a link to a full-size image captured from the RLC-420 dome camera in the driveway (couldn't attach the image to the post as it was too large).

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1peI2ctW2dfpwips7uNbpgJHnB21XeRVM

Terry

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Fri May 25, 2018 9:24 am
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Re: Need new camera system - Ring vs. the world

Just to comment on the Unifi G3 Cameras - they give great image quality at night, but the night IR is awful compared to the Hikvisions I have.
I've had to purchase the IR Extender at a further £80 to make it usable, which now also attracts all the bugs due to the extra IR Output.

I've now bought a £20 IR LED Flood light which I'm going to locate elsewhere to draw the bugs and spiders away, and stop tripping the cameras motion sensors.

But I do prefer the form factor of the Unifi's, and the daytime quality is much, much better.

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Fri May 25, 2018 9:04 pm
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Re: Need new camera system - Ring vs. the world

I use Hikvision - 8 x 1080p cams with a NVR containing 2 8gb drives (need to check size if interested). About 30 days of full time recording. All cams are PoE.

I have a similar setup except I have a mix of older analog cameras and Hikvision IP cameras -- 16 in total storing on a Hybrid NVR with two drives. From my experience with 3 different NVRs over the years, I'm convinced they all come out of the same factory in China, at least the boards/software. The OS X software isn't too bad - we have continuous recording but can search on motion events. The software directly on the NVR is a PITA to use, but rarely have to touch it. Mobile app on my end is just acceptable.

However, it has been rock solid now for quite a few years and you can't beat that. I feel better about it running 24/7/365 than relying on a computer and USB drives.

Adam

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