Best Night Vision Security Cameras

By | December 19, 2016

Night vision may not be the first thing you think of when you look to buy a security camera, but they actually have the potential to make quite a big difference. Security guards are usually the first people to suggest this as they are the ones that need to thread through the darkness in fear of what is lurking inside.

To minimize the risk for you and your security company, we have set out to find the best night vision security camera for your home, but before we look at them, you should know a few things about how night vision actually works.

How night vision works

Hollywood first revolutionized the night vision feature and this makes you wonder if the elements they portray are actually real. The facts are that you will be able to see someone from up to 200 meters on a pitch black moonless night. The reason we are able to see this is because a night vision camera uses two elements to ensure that you can see.

  • The first element is simple image enhancing. When there is still light present, the camera will use all of its resources into simply enhancing the picture and showing you the best quality available. This is what we usually in the spy movies and in the all of the advertisements. This element actually works exactly as it is portrayed in film
  • The second and more interesting element used by night vision cameras are thermal imaging. Thermal imaging uses the heat radiate from the body to draw a figure on the color spectrum. This type of technology is much more expensive, but you will always be able to know what is lurking in the shadows

Understanding the basics of these simple features will make your life easier and you possibly be able to save your security guards from potentially life-threatening situations. We highly recommend night vision, especially for businesses and larger compounds.

With that being said let’s look at the top night vision security cameras to keep you safe.


Lorex by FLIR LH034 Eco Blackbox3

Whether you need indoor or outdoor cameras, the Lorex by FLIR will be a perfect addition to your office. The cameras are made for all weather conditions and you need not worry about any cables or unnecessary wire running throughout your building.

The cameras featured on this system will allow you to view up to 500 feet outdoors in high quality and about 50 feet inside at the same quality. This should make keeping an eye on everyone easier. The system also features a mobile app that will allow you to monitor your cameras and even control them. This can be done with the external remote as well.

Finally, the system features 960H resolution picture and a true-to-life looking image to ensure that you can see everything

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Amcrest 960H Video Security System

For bigger business areas and compounds, the Amcrest 960H Video security system should be perfect. You will receive 4 cameras that can be easily mounted and each of these cameras, individually, features 24 small LED lights that will automatically activate once the camera detects bad weather conditions.

The camera system also comes with a pre-installed 500 GB hard drive that will allow you to record for up to 6 days at high resolution. To extend the time, you will also be able to make use of the lower resolution settings

Finally, the link app will allow you to easily view the cameras from any remote location and still have the control to move and adjust them. To ensure optimum night vision, your cameras will use infra-red light to determine what is lurking in the shadows

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Swann 8 Channel 1080p TVI DVR Security System 

Swann 8 is definitely designed for the more advanced user and for bigger compounds and companies. With this security system, you will receive 8 high-quality cameras that can easily be mounted to see your entire house or business.

The storage system is huge and you will receive a 2 TB HD drive to ensure that you have the capabilities of recording in high definition for up to two weeks. Furthermore, you will also be able to record up to 100 feet in the dark and the security camera will use infra-red technology to detect anything in the dark.

Finally, you will be able to set the cameras in conjunction with the motion detectors. This will let you save storage space and the cameras will only record once someone has been detected

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Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

The Nest Cam is a standalone one camera feature but includes a lot of extra technology into the camera. The camera is perfectly weatherproof and made from high-quality materials. The camera will allow you to view the quality of 1080p. This means that you will be able to see facial details easily

The camera can record or you will have the ability to let it send snapshots to your phone. This will save you a lot of hard drive space and you will still be able to see the pictures. This camera is perfectly out of the Hollywood playbook and it is fitted with a speaker and recorder. This will allow you to tell someone that you are watching them.

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Arlo Security System – 1 Wire-Free HD Camera, Indoor/Outdoor, Night Vision (VMS3130)

The Arlo Security System is one of the best standalone camera features on the market. The camera can be mounted or simply hidden and concealed inside. The patented wireless design will allow you to place the camera anywhere without all the hassles that are associated with wires.

The camera is also linked to an app that will notify you once the built-in motion sensor has detected anything. This automatically let the camera record and you will be able to view everything from your mobile phone or desktop

This is a great camera for keeping an eye on children, or in the baby’s room as well.

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Final thoughts

Night vision may not be as flashy in real life as it is in Hollywood, but it will definitely make a huge difference to your security. The key is to have a very high-quality camera as this will just make the night vision feature better and easier to access.

Please share your thoughts on night vision cameras and we encourage you to let us know how you have experienced these cameras.

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12 thoughts on “Best Night Vision Security Cameras

  1. Craig | UK TV Services Abroad

    Another great review Andrew! I like how there are several options for night vision cameras, not just products for the big offices or compounds. I’ve been thinking about buying one of these for my family in Scotland. In the Winter months there is more darkness than light so I think one of these would be a good investment! My mother lives in quite a big house and it is rather isolated with a lot of fields around.

    I particularly like the Lorex one with all-weather suitability no wiring required. Do you know what the recording capabilities are with this one?

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Craig, thanks for your comment. The Lorex system would be perfect for your mother’s house. The night vision of up to 135 feet would be ideal for the wide open fields surrounding the house. As far as the recording goes, it comes with either a 500GB or 1TB hard drive installed in the Digital Video Recorder. And the cameras record at a resolution of 960×480 (960H), which is better quality than standard definition (but not quite as good as high definition). You can also choose to record at a lower quality if you require an extended recording time.

      All in all, a great system. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

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  2. Mike

    Hi Andrew,

    I had no idea you could get high quality night vision cameras at such great value – I’ve got 2 young kids and had toyed with the idea of getting something for their room to give us some peace of mind. The baby monitors we use are such poor quality there is hardly any point. I’m guessing the Arlo system is completely portable and durable/weather proof as well? I love the idea of having something I can use for the kids in their room and then take outside to keep an eye on them when they are out in the garden as well.

    Cheers,

    Mike

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Mike, yes to get a really top quality baby monitor, you will need to spend a good amount of money. The Arlo security cameras would work well for keeping an eye on your kids in their room. Then they are portable enough to move around if you want to. However I would suggest buying a system with multiple Arlo cameras, as they can all connect up to the same network and be accessible at any time, without the need to move them. The Arlo cameras are weather proof and completely wire free. IF you have any more questions about the Arlo cameras, feel free to check out my review of the Netgear Arlo security cameras, of ask me directly and I’ll help you out.

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  3. Patrick Ginise

    These are some really great night vision cameras with excellent technology. I have always been fascinated with night vision and infrared tech. My street and house are quite dark at night and I have been thinking this would be a good investment. Would you suggest the Nest for a residential home or would one of the others work better for my needs?

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Patrick, thanks for the comment. One of these cameras would certainly be a great investment for your situation. I would suggest either the Nest, or Arlo security cameras. They are both great cameras with storage available in the cloud. So no need for any additional equipment like a digital video recorder. Also they are very easy to install. If you’re interested and have more questions, let me know and I’ll help you out.

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  4. ArtByHeart

    Hi Andrew, great review of the best night vision security cameras. My studio has had a break in and I really hate the fact that most of the existing camera footage is simply too dark, so we were not able to get ID from the burglars.

    I think that Swann 8 will rise to my favorite due to its large storage system, which allows recording all the activity around the house and the studio while on holidays. It’s frustrating, expensive and sometimes even doubtful from the security point of view to upload everything to the cloud.

    I wonder how many cameras can you connect to one recording unit? Is there a remote access for viewing things happening at night around my studio remotely from home?

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Thanks for the comment! Night vision in a security camera is extremely important if you want to get usable footage when trying to catch intruders that break in during the night. The Swann 8 Channel system is great. Swann is a reputable brand in security cameras so you wouldn’t be disappointed if you choose to buy this system.

      The number of cameras you can connect to one digital video recorder will depend on how they are connected. If they are wired, then you would be limited by the number of inputs on the device. In the case of the Swann system, it does only have 8 inputs. However there are many other models that have more inputs if that is what you are after.

      Most systems these days also come with remote connectivity. Usually by downloading their app, you can access the security cameras from anywhere in the world on your smartphone or tablet.

      Thanks again for your comment. If you need any further assistance with choosing the right system, let me know.

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  5. David

    Andrew,

    Thanks for taking time, to write up this extensive review on the night vision camera. I never knew how these things worked before but I think having one outside my home may look a bit obvious.

    I can see were obvious cameras would be helpful to ward off prowlers or burglars. However, I do have three daughters that will be teens soon and having a hidden smaller camera setup might help me with an extra set of eyes in order to keep the little boys away from my house.

    I have seen these flood lights before that have a warning announcement that says “warning you are being videotaped by a security camera”. I don’t know if it’s actually a camera too or not but I thought that was a neat idea too!

    Anyways great write up on this camera!

    Cheers

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi David, thanks for the comment! Nice idea for keeping the boys away. I know exactly where you are coming from. I have three daughters myself, but still a few more years to go before the teenage years. All the best!

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  6. Paul Mbaluka

    I’m impressed by what these cameras can do especially at night. I’ve been wondering how security cameras work especially during the night and infact I’ve been doubting their effectiveness in darkness but your post has really helped me understand the whole concept. I like the way you have analysed different cameras and for sure I will be following you up on this for more information.

    About the Amcrest 960H, you said that it’s loaded with 500 MB of the internal memory and I wonder how effective this is because it sounds very small storage.

    Hope you are keeping strong.

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Paul, thanks for your kind words. Night vision is a great feature for both indoor and outdoor cameras to keep an eye on things in low light conditions. You are right, 500MB is not very large these days, especially if you want to record in high definition. In saying that, 500 MB is sufficient if you only want to keep the footage for a set period of time, say a week or two. There are other systems that come with Terabytes of storage, but you will pay more for them.

      Thanks again and all the best!

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