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Dan_1981

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10,738 posts

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Tuesday 26th June 2012 quote quote all
Not sure if better in this forum or in computers & gagets.

After a reasonably cheap system to enable us to record our own garden and maybe one internal camera inside.

Not a great deal of idea on what we need / don't need.

Have seen something like this.....

http://www.maplin.co.uk/500gb-2x-camera-security-r...

But was also considering IP cameras? And using an extra hard drive in the PC to record?

Any suggestions?

Ta

B17NNS

12,500 posts

132 months

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Tuesday 26th June 2012 quote quote all
Bloody hell. That's a cracking deal.

I installed a similar system a few years back, 2 cameras, 4 channel DVR (before the days of smartphone connectivity) and I paid well over double.

DKL

2,329 posts

107 months

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Tuesday 26th June 2012 quote quote all
I use swann stuff at work and its fine. Once you get the networking set up it works - only on IE for some reason. Can be a bit tricky if you're not very IT minded.

Those cameras aren't great - if its for use over more than 5m I'd be looking for better quality cameras.
Look on ebay too, some good deals there for the same stuff.

Dan_1981

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10,738 posts

84 months

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Wednesday 27th June 2012 quote quote all
Cheers, think I'll nip into Maplins and have a closer look.

Dan_1981

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10,738 posts

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
Still hunting for the correct kit that I want to spend money on for this.

Can anyone provide a bit fo guidance in what to look for in a decent camera?

I'm not familiar with what constitutes a decent spec and what doesn't!

Cheers
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Henry-F

4,607 posts

130 months

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
I set CCTV42 up after buying a CCTV kit from Maplins and spending a fair chunk of money, so it's fair to say I'm not a huge fan. On the plus side you can buy a box containing a DVR and a number of cameras cheaply, on the downside my experience was a total lack of qualified advice and products which failed to address our needs. If you want some cameras to film a couple of metres inside then you're in with a chance. If you want to cover larger distances or film outside then you might struggle.

There is a guide for CCTV cameras on our website here: CCTV camera buying guide

The biggest problem is that the numbers people use when describing their CCTV products are pretty random. the are no industry standards, no way of knowing if the figures are real and the way figures are presented are incredibly misleading.

Take a "25 metre IR" camera. It would be reasonable to assume the camera was designed to film distances up to 25 metres. Unfortunately the IR or Infra red "distance" has no bearing whatsoever on the effective range of the camera. In fact it has little to do with the effective range of the IR either!!

The problem is if the camera has a wide angle lens fitted (as most people assume they need) then the effective range of the camera could be as little as 5 metres. Quite a difference. So the trick is aligning expectations to reality.

Have a read of the guide and if you have any questions feel free to call us. I suspect we are going to be too expensive to supply your equipment. I can't get a price up but I'm guessing yo want to spend a couple of hundred pounds or so. We are going to be £500 plus as a ballpark but I think we can justify the extra cost.

Anyway, always happy to advise on here regardless of whether or not it leads to a sale.

Henry smile

Dan_1981

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Sunday 7th October 2012 quote quote all
Thanks for the detailed reply Henry.

You're about right pricewise - were hoping to spend a couple of hundred quid really. 2 camera set up - one to cover the back garden and a second to cover either inside or the front of the house, and a recorder to stick it all on.

I'll spend some time reading through your website with regard to camera specifics.

andy.blue.mini

118 posts

71 months

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Thursday 11th October 2012 quote quote all
Don't buy the kit from Maplin. The Swann DVR is ok but the cameras cant see anything at night. I had a customer who had one fitted at his house. The PTZ cameras are now used for daytime viewing only and another 14 proper cameras cover the rest of the site with IR coverage.

If you can install it yourself it's quite easy and will save you a few quid.
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