Updated May 15, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 7 Best DVR Cameras

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We spent 23 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Whether you're trying to add a measure of security to your business or you want to keep an eye on things at home, one of these DVR camera kits can get the job done. They offer useful features, like robust weatherproofing, and apps that allow for remote monitoring and motion detection alerts. We've ranked them here by their image quality, durability, and ease of installation. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best dvr camera on Amazon.

7. X-Vim 8CH 1080P Security System

6. GW Security 32-Channel System

5. Smonet 8-Channel 5-In-1

4. Zosi 8CH 1080P Security System

3. Smonet 16-Channel AHD

2. Annke Surveillance System

1. Safevant Security System 4-In-1

Editor's Notes

May 14, 2019:

Putting together this list, our first criterion was grounded in resolution, with 1080 being an absolute must in this day and age. Beyond that, we took a close look at the difference between NVR and DVR systems, and ultimately decided that NVR systems, while comprised in part of the ability to record digital video, still didn't fit the category's parameters. Thus, all of our selections are wired via coaxial cable, and can not connect with their recording hubs via cat5 or cat6 cable, nor can they connect wirelessly.

From there, our criteria shifted to image quality, looking at things like sensor and lens size, megapixel count, and night vision capabilities to determine your best options. The Safevant model at number one is an excellent example of a product containing the best of all worlds: good cameras, a good app, and enough built-in memory to keep a majority of recent events on file. Whether users will prefer bullet or dome cameras is largely a matter of where and how they'll eventually be installed, but we tend to like bullet models because of their built-in hoods that can reduce lens flares from intense sunlight when set up outdoors.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on May 15, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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