Originally Posted by Bigus
I third the recommendation for Dahua cameras and the ipcamtalk forum.
In this instance, I don't agree with camera choice being subservient to NVR and automation controller or hub. Cameras have a very specific purpose and many cameras are simply junk for that purpose. If you can't see well enough to identify someone in broad daylight, much less twilight, much less dark, then you might as well stick a fake camera up there for the deterrent effect and save yourself a whole heck of a lot of money on the rest of the system. Megapixels are near meaningless.
The assumption to that recommendation was if one wanted the system to be integrated.
If you don't care about that, then you don't need to plan it as a system.
But what happens very consistently as non-informed users buy stuff and then get more and more interested and get tired of all the seperate "apps" and want to integrate. Then, invariably find that no automation controller integrates with everything so likely some do dad (like a camera, like an NVR) ends up having to be swapped with something that does integrate.
This story is happening more and more as people are now becoming aware of "home automation" having been introduced by Google, HomeDepot, Samsung, Amazon and are then dissatisfied with evolving it beyond the basics.
Our "job" is to help bridge those gaps. It starts with good planning up front to minimize misdirection and rework.
Then certainly you need a system that is up to the task that won't break the bank.
BlueIris is a great tool to help integrate disparate cameras and automation systems. We use it often. Wish there was a Linux build. And also wish that someone would write some neat 360 stitching capability for it (while I was on the wish tangent