The Best Outdoor Home Surveillance Cameras

Updated April 17, 2017

The top wireless surveillance systems offer homeowners security and peace of mind with the added convenience of portability. The best systems are equipped with night-vision cameras, video displays and motion detection. Some contain features that enable you to view footage months later. Failure to invest in a surveillance system can not only enhance your anxiety but also put your home at risk.

Driveway Patrol Sensor and Receiver Kit

Telebran's Driveway Patrol Sensor and Receiver Kit consists of an outdoor sensor and an indoor signal receiver. The sensor is wireless and weather-resistant. It is activated by motion up to 400 feet away. The sensor alerts the receiver when animals, people or vehicles enter the vicinity. The sensor can be adhered to any surface with a screw, including the front or back door, windowsills or mailbox. The portable receiver can be taken anywhere and features three settings. This system operates on one 9-volt and three C-cell batteries.

Lorex LIVE SD9 Wireless Digital Security System

The Lorex Security System enables consumers to view live video from a nine-inch LCD display. The camera can be placed on a desk or mounted onto a wall. The video surveillance system is connected wirelessly to two weather-resistant cameras. The SD card recorder allows the homeowner to view and manage recorded fields directly on the system. There is an intercom for two-way communication on the monitor and receiver, which both feature a built-in microphone and speaker. This allows homeowners to speak to their guests without opening the door. The camera is equipped with night vision and motion detection up to 450 feet.

Logitech Alert 750e Outdoor Master Security System

The Logitech Alert Outdoor System is a complete digital-video security system with high-definition video, night vision, mobile alerts and a weatherproof camera. Consumers can add up to five additional indoor or outdoor cameras. The entire video system can be managed and viewed from a computer. The camera can zoom in or pan around as well. Motion-triggered alerts are sent to mobile phones and via e-mail, so homeowners remain in control even when they are away from home.

Defender PHOENIX1 Wireless Video Security System

Defender's wireless security system is equipped with a portable LCD monitor and an indoor/outdoor night-vision surveillance camera. Its clear-signal technology helps eliminate interference and interception. The camera's infrared night-vision technology is hidden within an aluminium case. A built-in microphone allows consumers to hear everything that happens near the monitoring location. The camera connects to a television or computer monitor for DVR recording.

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Nicole Newman is a Dartmouth College associate who works in Tiltfactor Laboratory, Dartmouth's premier game design center. Her research has included investigating the digital humanities through "Writing as a Dimensional Artifact" and "Evolution of the Ghetto: The Decline of America’s Inner Cities," a research initiative on urban design.