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Holiday time is burglary time. So that you can still go on holiday without worrying, there are practical home surveillance cameras. With wifi outdoor surveillance cameras, you can keep an eye on your property from anywhere and alert the police immediately in an emergency.

With our wifi outdoor camera test 2021 we want to help you find the perfect camera model for you. We list the most important purchase criteria you should look out for when buying and give you answers to the most important questions.




Summary

  • Wifi outdoor cameras are suitable for anyone who wants to monitor their property for security reasons. Especially if you often travel for long periods of time, surveillance cameras can provide peace of mind and deter burglars.
  • Before buying a wifi outdoor camera, you should consider which camera is right for you based on various evaluation criteria such as resolution, additional features, shooting angle, power supply, storage location and mounting.
  • Outdoor wifi surveillance cameras come in a variety of models. You can choose between a bullet camera, a dome camera or a PTZ camera.

The Best Wifi Camera Outdoor: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for wireless outdoor cameras

There are countless different surveillance camera models. Those for indoors, those for outdoors, with or without cables and those with all kinds of additional functions. Even wireless outdoor surveillance cameras come in a wide variety of designs and qualities. To make it easier for you to make a purchase decision, we have listed the most important comparison criteria for wireless outdoor cameras.

The criteria that you can use to compare outdoor Wi-Fi cameras with each other include:

Resolution

The higher the resolution, the sharper the image. On the one hand, you want to be able to see something in the images, but on the other hand, the images don't have to be cinematic.

The image quality is usually secondary - as long as you can recognise something.

A very high resolution requires even more storage space. That's why it makes sense to find a middle ground. That way you have recognisable images and enough storage space.

Normally, a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels is sufficient. However, if you want to monitor a very large outdoor area, it is worth investing in a camera with a resolution of around 1280 x 720 pixels or even 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Functions

Wifi outdoor cameras can be equipped with a wide range of additional functions.

Most surveillance cameras have a motion detector. If surveillance cameras are equipped with motion detectors, false alarms can become a common problem. This is because any movement of animals, branches or other objects can trigger unnecessary alarms. To prevent such false alarms, newer models have infrared sensors (PIR motion detectors) that detect heat of movement. This at least limits the movement detected by the camera to living creatures. Combined with image matching technology, false alarms become a rarity due to better hazard assessment.

The best resolution is of no use if the images become unusable when darkness falls.

Most cameras are equipped with night vision. You can orientate yourself by the number of infrared lights. The higher the number of infrared lights, the better the night vision function.

In addition to the night vision function, some cameras also offer the possibility to synchronise a spotlight or they are even a light and a surveillance camera in one.

Others allow zoom and time-lapse recording. They allow a more detailed analysis of the video material. There are even models with intelligent time-lapse, which summarises the most important events of the day in a 30-second video.

Some models have a loudspeaker or an alarm function to scare off potential burglars. There are also some with a built-in microphone, which enables two-way communication.

As you can see, wifi outdoor cameras can have a wide range of useful functions. Depending on what is most important to you, you should choose a camera with the appropriate feature.

Shooting angle

In addition to the resolution, the recording angle also determines the quality of the images. For large outdoor spaces, a camera with a wide shooting angle is required.

As a rule, surveillance cameras have a recording angle of 90 to 110 degrees. Depending on the model, however, the values can vary between 70 degrees and 120 degrees.

To guarantee the widest possible field of view or even to cover the room completely, 360-degree surveillance cameras or fisheye cameras are a good choice. However, these cameras are intended for indoor use.

With outdoor cameras, the right position in particular also plays a decisive role.

However, a large angle is not generally better. The more the lens captures, the greater the risk of false alarms caused by movements outside your own property. There are camera models that counteract this danger by giving the user the option of blocking certain areas of the image.

Power supply

What is more important to you: the greatest possible flexibility or a reliable power supply?

This question will determine whether you choose a wired or battery-powered model. Furthermore, you should be aware of whether you have any power sockets in the desired outdoor area.

Wireless devices usually only start recording when motion is detected.

On average, wireless outdoor cameras can last up to three months without a battery charge. Many manufacturers now offer matching solar panels so that the battery lasts even longer and needs to be charged less often.

Storage location

There are three options for storing recordings:

  • on the paired smartphone or tablet
  • on a memory card in the camera
  • on a cloud server of the manufacturer

Depending on the model, the variants can also be combined. Each storage option has its advantages and disadvantages.

Storage on the smartphone or tablet:
It is imperative that the mobile device has sufficient storage space. Since a large part of the storage space on these devices is often already used up, the scarce storage space can often become a problem. However, the advantage is that there are no additional costs for a memory card or storage space in a cloud, because you usually already own a smartphone anyway.

Storage on a memory card in the camera:
Here, storage space is not an issue. However, the data is lost if the camera is stolen.

Storage in the cloud:
This type of storage avoids the disadvantages of the other two variants. Neither the storage space nor losing the data is a problem. However, the rental costs for the internet storage space can be a disadvantage.

Location

Depending on how and where you want to mount the camera, you should find out about the appropriate mounting accessories.

If you want to fix the camera to a wall, you should choose a model with a wall mount.

If you don't want to mount the camera on a wall, or if you don't have a suitable wall to mount the device on, a camera with a stand would be an option.

Decision: What types of wifi outdoor cameras are there and which one is right for you?

Wireless outdoor surveillance cameras come in different shapes and designs. They not only differ in appearance, but also have different advantages and disadvantages.

Type Advantages Disadvantages
Bullet camera easy installation, camera can be moved, wide recording angle, good visibility can be preventive reveal which area is being recorded, aesthetically do not blend well with the surroundings
Dome camera discreet design, does not reveal recording area, lens is movable more difficult to install
PTZ camera zoom function allows details to be seen, can be controlled remotely, large area can be covered the area just not checked remains unprotected

In the following, we will show you in more detail what makes each type of wifi outdoor camera tick and what their advantages and disadvantages are.

Bullet camera

Bullet camera

Bullet cameras have a cylindrical shape and owe their name to their resemblance to a bullet casing.

Bullet cameras are usually easy to install due to the practical mounting handle. A great advantage of bullet cameras is their mobility. After mounting, the camera can be rotated to the right, left, up and down. This allows you to set the perfect viewing angle even after installation.

Due to their conspicuous size and shape, bullet cameras are highly visible, which can deter potential burglars from the outset. On the other hand, their orientation reveals which area is being recorded.

Furthermore, bullet cameras have a wide recording angle. This means they are particularly suitable for large outdoor areas.

Advantages
  • easy installation
  • mobility of the camera after mounting
  • good visibility can have a preventive effect
  • wide recording angle
Disadvantages
  • aesthetically do not blend well with surroundings
  • reveal which area is being recorded
Dome camera

Dome camera

Dome cameras get their name from their dome-shaped cover. They have a more discreet design and blend in more with their surroundings than other cameras. Because of this feature, dome cameras are also often used for indoor applications.

The dome of the camera is usually tinted and made of shatterproof plastic. The tinting of the cover prevents you from seeing the orientation of the camera. This makes it more difficult for potential burglars to remain unobserved.

Because the lens is well protected by the dome, it is very durable and less subject to vandalism than the more bulky bullet cameras.

Last but not least, the camera can be oriented as desired, as the camera has a movable lens.

Advantages
  • discreet design
  • does not reveal shooting area
  • lens is movable
Disadvantages
  • more difficult to mount
PTZ camera

PTZ camera

The abbreviation PTZ stands for Pan, Tilt, Zoom. In other words: pan, tilt, zoom. The camera can be easily controlled remotely via an app and continuously adapted to your needs.

For example, you can use the zoom function to check important details from a distance.

PTZ cameras are mainly used for live surveillance. In this way, crimes can be detected as quickly as possible, for example in airports or stadiums, and action can be taken promptly.

The pan and tilt technology of PTZ cameras allows them to scan a large area, but the area they are not currently checking remains unprotected.

Advantages
  • Zoom function
  • can be controlled remotely
  • large area can be covered
Disadvantages
  • the area not currently being checked remains unprotected

Guide: Frequently asked questions about outdoor wifi cameras answered in detail

We have answered frequently asked questions about wireless outdoor cameras for you in detail below.

What is a wireless outdoor camera?

A wireless outdoor camera is a surveillance camera for the outside of your dorm. As the name suggests, it works wirelessly and connects to your home's internet router via Wi-Fi. Other models of surveillance cameras work via a network cable (LAN). You can position the camera less flexibly, but the connection to the router is usually more stable.

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The tinted dome of the dome camera often gives people the feeling that they are not being monitored, because you cannot see the orientation of the camera and its appearance is somewhat more inconspicuous.
(Image source: Paweł Czerwiński / Unsplash)

The camera can be operated via an app on a smartphone or tablet. The devices record continuously, but usually only save the videos when certain events occur. This can be done either automatically via any motion or sound sensors or manually.

The camera sends a message to the app when these events occur and you are well informed about what is happening on your property.

What is a wifi outdoor camera used for?

Surveillance cameras are used for targeted control of certain areas. Especially in places where burglary or vandalism is possible.

It is true that a surveillance camera cannot really prevent a break-in. However, it does act as a deterrent and at least provides evidence with which a perpetrator could possibly even be identified.

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The appearance of a bullet camera is reminiscent of the projectile of a pistol, hence its name. They are usually very visible due to their conspicuous size and shape.
(Image source: Justus Menke / Unsplash)

Either way - surveillance cameras give you a sense of security. Especially when you are on holiday, you can use the cameras to keep an eye on your home and check if everything is alright. That can be very reassuring.

Who is a wifi outdoor camera suitable for?

Wi-Fi outdoor cameras are suitable for anyone who wants to monitor their property, whether it's a private individual or a business.

They provide a sense of security and can deter burglars or at least provide evidence if someone does break in.

Especially for people who often travel for long periods of time, a surveillance camera can be very reassuring.

What does a wifi outdoor camera cost?

Wifi surveillance cameras for outdoors come in different price segments. So you have to think about whether good quality is particularly important to you or whether a cheaper model is already enough for you.

The table shows you an overview of the different price segments of surveillance cameras:

price segment price range
low price segment 10-100 euros
medium price segment 100-300 euros
high price segment from 300 euros

What alternatives are there to a wifi outdoor camera?

An alternative to a wireless outdoor camera would be a camera with a network cable connection. It is less flexible in terms of installation, but the connection to the router is usually more stable.

If you want to monitor more than just the outdoor area, there are various alternatives for the indoor area. With indoor surveillance cameras, the inconspicuous appearance is a more important point than with outdoor ones. A dome camera can also be suitable for indoor use because of its more inconspicuous appearance.

How do I install a wifi outdoor camera?

In general, installing and mounting a wifi outdoor camera is quite straightforward. You don't need any special technical or craft know-how.

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The right place and the right camera orientation play a major role in the installation. There are places where it makes no sense to install a camera. Concealed doors or windows are particularly suitable.
(Image source: Niv Singer / Unsplash)

We explain step by step how to install your outdoor surveillance camera.

  1. Select the appropriate location for the camera:
    In a first step, you should consider where it makes sense to install a camera. You can ask yourself the following questions: Where do I need a surveillance camera? Which areas of my property are particularly at risk? Do I have concealed entrances to my house that could be particularly attractive to burglars? Has there already been a burglary in this house and if so, how did it take place? Answer these questions and observe your property carefully to determine the best places for the cameras.
  2. Mount the outdoor camera on the wall or ceiling:
    A drilling template is usually included in the delivery. The template makes it very easy to attach the camera. You attach the template to the desired location and drill the corresponding holes. Then you can screw on the wall bracket of the camera and the camera can be hung up.
  3. Connect thesurveillance system to the mains:
    After attaching the camera, you can connect it to the mains and check it. Depending on which model you have selected, the power supply works via batteries, rechargeable batteries or a power cable.
  4. Set up the surveillance camera with the app or software:
    In a final step, connect the surveillance camera to the corresponding app or client software. You should follow the enclosed operating instructions. You can then access your camera from anywhere and receive alerts. You also have the option of adjusting the camera to your individual needs.

What is the legal situation regarding surveillance cameras?

If you want to install surveillance cameras on your property, you must observe the applicable legal situation in order to avoid possible penalties.

The privacy and personal rights of others must not be violated.

You must therefore be careful not to film other people without their consent.

Therefore, the camera must not cover more than your own property. With some models, certain zones can be excluded if the shooting angle is too large.

If you do capture strangers, they must be made unrecognisable before using the recordings or the recordings must be deleted.

Whether the video material is admissible in court is decided on a case-by-case basis. In principle, however, the recordings can be used to uncover a criminal offence.

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