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We are living in a world where information is an essential part of existence. This truth is even more important when it comes to security, especially home security. If a picture can express a thousand words, then video can express millions… good video that is. The FBI reports that every 14 seconds a home is burglarized and 90% of thieves will bypass a home with a security system. Too often people get security camera systems installed and the footage is so poor that it doesn’t give much evidence to go on. A good smart security camera should be able to record sharp clear footage day or night. Don’t waste you time or money on video camera systems that record footage that is useless. Here are some of the systems that offer an affordable range of security and protection.


Piper NV $269.99

The Piper NV is in its second gen stage with this model that now incorporates a night vision camera. The mini tower design looks classy and fits in with any décor.  The Piper NV can be linked to a max of five other Piper cameras.

PROS
 
Easy installation process
3.4-megapixel camera with 1080p resolution
180-degree lens, with pan, tilt, and zoom capabilities.
Allows for control of air conditioner or heater
2-Way Audio and 105dB Siren
 
CONS
 
Very Pricey
Problem with connectivity
Can’t save video
Video quality is inconsistent



Logi Circle $199.99



 
Here is another camera that uses the classic “ball and base” design.  It also incorporates a magnetic wall mount, and pivoting camera head with a 135-degree wide-angle glass lens. 

PROS
 
Records in 360p, 720p, or 1080p HD 
Unlimited 1080p HD steaming
Smart Filtering (Filters motion activated footage providing quick access to action)
24-hour secure Cloud storage
Intercom speaker and mic let’s talk and listen while away from home.
Night Vision with 15 Feet range 1080p HD video recording 
 
CONS
 
A bit expensive
Only 12 hours of battery life when used without the base
Doesn’t backup your video by default.

 

Homeboy $189.00


 
This neat little camera sports a “ball on a base” design that allows for multi-direction pointing.  Easy installation allows you to put this nifty camera almost anywhere you need. Features include the ability to connect to your existing Wi-Fi network, record audio and video with night lighting, easy mounting to locations with magnets, and low bandwidth usage.

PROS
 
Connects to existing Wi-Fi network
Mounting anywhere with base and magnets
Records Audio and Video with night lighting 
Motion-sensing camera with built-in lighting
5 – 30 second video clips
Rechargeable battery (3 Month Battery Life)
Receive trigger alerts through included app.

CONS
 
No HD Video Capability
No Live Video Streaming



Canary $160.00


 
The Canary promotes itself as the all-in-one-system.  It has a contemporary design that looks similar to those fancy automatic air fresheners.  Canary is portable allowing it to be positioned and relocated anywhere security is needed. Canary system can be customized for disarmed and privacy modes to suit customer needs. You can get a Canary System in black, white and silver. 

PROS
 
1080p HD Camera with Night vision
Temperature, humidity, and air quality sensors
Motion detection with alerts
Speaker and microphone
Tagging feature allows Canary to learn environment.
 
CONS
 
The camera does not tilt of pan
Speaker and mic do not allow for two-way audio
Over sensitive sensor may trigger false alerts.
No battery backup
No Home Health notifications


 
Guardzilla $79.00


 
This is security camera is the cheapest of the cameras in this review.  This cute little pyramid camera is an all-in-one that can provide affordable monitoring and protection on your smartphone from anywhere. Just download the app and your Guardzilla will be up and running in no time. 
 
PROS
 
Listen and talk with build-in speaker and microphone
Motion detection with smartphone alerts
Pet Immunity (Can be set for pets)
100db Siren
Can record up to 5 days of video on Micro SD card.
 
CONS

No Pan, Tilt, or Zoom capability
App has limited features
No Audio Recording
Motion Notifications Are Not Consistent





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