Originally Posted by kendogg41
Hey everybody! Long time lurker, I hardly post at all, but I just purchased a new home and am looking into a camera system. 4-6 channels is PROBABLY enough. I've seen some at places like BrandsmartUSA, among other places, for as little as $199. http://www.brandsmartusa.com/ProductViewer.aspx?mid=162230
I don't need something amazing. I just want something cheap & affordable, that gets the job done. That I can wire to my home network and view from any computer. And that has decent enough cameras that can positively ID the face of an intruder. Thanks!
Well to positively identify the FACE of the intruder you aren't going to do it with $199 4/6 channels. That system you linked to has 4-400TVL cameras which are about as low resolution as money can buy, you need 600/700 TVL cameras and even then it's more about the distance the camera is away from the person. My friend owns a trucking company and I bought him a Lorex system because they were cheap for a 500 gig DVR/8 channel - 4 camera system and so far it works pretty good for him because if you really need protection you can set the cameras to motion detect and set them up to email you they picked up motion and you can watch the video on your smartphone. IP cameras have really good detail and resolutions if you spend the money and have the Hard drive to store the video, the better the picture, the more storage you need.
The system you linked is probably identical to the system I installed for a friend and it will probably be fine for what your trying to accomplish, my friend can clearly tell which employee it is that is screwing around from 30' away from the cameras even in night vision mode ( black and white) but there are no facial recognition past about 10' on a 400TVL analog camera but a pro thief wont be caught by his face anyway