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But to really make use of the camera's features, you'll have to shell out $10 or more per month for the Nest Aware program, which gives you access to cloud storage, person detection and customizable activity zones. Read our full Nest Cam Indoor review. 99View at Best Buy?In addition to a sharp 1080p camera, the Ring Floodlight camera has two powerful LEDS that turn on when motion is detected. Plus, Ring's app has a neighborhood watch feature, which lets you see what's happening in your hood from other Ring users, as well as police and fire departments. Unfortunately, to view recorded video, you'll need to subscribe to Ring's cloud storage plans, which start at $30/year. Read our full Ring Floodlight Camera review. 63 View at Amazon$249View at Walmart$249. 99View at The Home Depot?For those looking for a less expensive outdoor security system, the Arlo Pro costs just $189 for a single camera/base station setup; the newer Arlo Pro 2 is $299. The main tradeoff?The Arlo Pro records video at 720p versus 1080p for the Arlo Pro 2. Otherwise, you get a generous storage plan, a two way audio, a weatherproof camera and an excellent app with a lot of features. Read our full Arlo Pro review.

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If you think you need just 4 cameras right now, go for the 8 channel. Once you start enjoying the security provided by your spanking new CCTV system, you will enjoy the option to add more cameras. But if you want that luxury, plan ahead. Do you want automatic redundant storage?Most NVRs can record only to one hard disk. This means data storage is not redundant – a hard disk failure or theft of the NVR would mean that you lose all your recorded footage. USB backup is supported on most NVRs to mitigate against this risk but ideally the NVR should have at least 2 hard disk bays and automatically write a copy of the footage to the second hard drive. The other option to explore is whether the NVR can write the footage to a remote network location such as a NAS. To learn more about surveillance hard drives, check my latest guide. Best 4 channel NVR KitsBest Budget 4 ch NVR Kit: Amcrest 1080p 4 channel NVR Kit with 4 1080p PoE cameras and 1TB hard drive Amcrest NV2104E IP2M 852EB4 NVR Features4 channel recording @ 1080p supportedPoE enabled1TB hard drive included, max. possible is a single 6TB hard driveMotion detection with email alerts and push notificationRemote smartphone accessONVIF support allows you to connect 3rd party camerasIP Camera Features IP2M 842EB3 axis black colour camera2MP CMOS image sensor 1080pNight vision with 30m IR range, true IR cut filterRJ45 PoE portsIP 67 Weather ratedRead Amazon user reviews Amcrest is already on our recommended outdoor and indoor IP camera lists. These guys have just burst on the scene and come up with some very high quality products.