That really is up to the customer to choose. I try to break down the many options of cameras out there into a few basic categories.
1. Lifestyle (live view) cameras, typically WiFi or IP based.
These are typically for live view only, are very inexpensive, easy to install, and are for checking in on your pets, your kids, or maybe your restaurant to see if things are busy. At best these cameras will store a video clip upon motion from 10-30 seconds, requiring a monthly fee to a cloud service for such a feature. Some of these cameras do not record at all. An example of these cameras are “Doorbell cameras” (which I highly recommend), IP plug and play indoor cameras, and usually any gimmick or “just for fun” camera.
2. Cloud based IP cameras.
These are a bit more sophisticated with full time recording possible and some analytical abilities. These cameras can be indoor or outdoor depending on the model. They will require a Cloud storage plan for a monthly fee. These are a very inexpensive but effective way to see recorded footage for 7 days, 14 days, or 30 days. You will be limited due to bandwidth issues to just a couple cameras, and the footage may not be admissible in court as evidence (possibly). If you need more cameras or to use the footage in court, it is recommended that you choose a conventional onsite recording CCTV system.
3. CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) Systems.
These come in wide variety of styles, costs, quality, and features. The commonality between them is that they record to a device that is onsite, they usually will time-stamp and watermark the image, can handle multiple cameras, and can be viewed on a monitor onsite or an application remotely if connected to the internet. Rather than tell you about all the other cameras out there, let me focus on what I typically offer.
Alibi is my preferred vendor for cameras of this caliber. I will typically install 5-8MP cameras that are metal housed, hardwired to the DVR/NVR, with recording storage anywhere from 2 weeks to a year in length. Camera systems really need to be purpose driven and designed for the specific place they are being used, so there is no blanket statement or generic camera that works for all applications. Different styles can be chosen such as Vandal Resistant Dome, Turret Dome, Bullet, PTZ Dome, and Auto-Dome. The Lens is a key factor in determining quality and Field-Of-View and needs to be well thought out by your system designer. Granite Peak Alarm is well versed in real world application of the hundreds of options available to you and we can design a system that is specific to your application and budget.