Top 10 video cameras from AliExpress. Is it worth buying Chinese camcorders?

It is not sufficient to have only one surveillance camera to protect a large area: both an installation of a system of equipment and a more serious kit are required. It’s a popular belief that video surveillance doesn’t come cheap. Therefore, potential users often decide to buy a video camera on AliExpress, where there are low-budget versions of cameras and video surveillance systems. In this article, we will talk about whether to buy Chinese analogs and briefly review the top ten of them.

Technological isolation due to sanctions

Recent global events have led to tough sanctions on our country from the U.S. and EU countries. Restrictions affected not only the public sector but also businesses in various directions. 

The sanctions affected the IT industry, electronic equipment, and goods related to this area. Foreign investors are leaving our market in droves. A deficit is expected, as well as an increase in the cost of both the equipment itself and its components and “stuffing”. Logistics is also in question.  

Will it be fair to say: “High cost means high quality”? Not really. Now you have to be scrupulous in choosing a camera or a surveillance system. Particular attention should be paid to the reliability of the brand, multifunctional performance of the system, and the quality of the images.  

Is it worth buying Chinese video cameras?

It’s quite simple, sitting at home in a cozy atmosphere, to choose the product you like on the website AliExpress and make an order. You can also choose a camera, or a video surveillance system for your planned budget and needs. Moreover, this trading platform has not abandoned its work with the Russian Federation. 

The choice is huge and the prices are low. But do not rush headlong to pay for the order. Video surveillance is not an easy purchase. 

Purchased Chinese video cameras can become not only unfeasible in the installation and use, have no warranty but also may build a case of criminal liability for the Russian user according to the criminal article.  It is important to take ownership of the issue.

But in the current restrictive environment, the option of buying from AliExpress should still be considered. Though with caution. 

Top 10 offers from Aliexpress

What video surveillance cameras are still worth buying on AliExpress? Let’s have a quick look at the top ten video surveillance cameras on the AliExpress website. 

Name Key benefits 

  • ANBIUX A6004MW-A101
  • Crisp image
  • Temperature mode of activity  (-20 — +60)
  • Night time videography

  • Zosi 8ZN-106B4/1062B4-00/10
  • Hermetically – sealed aluminum cabinet
  • 4 IP-cameras
  • 8-channel recorder
  • No buttons, only remote control 
  • Night time videography 

  • Lenovo LA-N1004-21W
  • 4 IP-cameras
  • Motion detection 
  • Wireless connection
  • Simple setting
  • Night time videography
  • Manual viewing adjustment 

  • Movols W4201B
  • Universal equipment 
  • Wireless connection
  • Connecting cameras via Wi-Fi
  • Distance up to 50 m., which can be increased by Wi-Fi

  • YI Dome Camera 720P
  • Universal IP- camera
  • Hook for fixing on the ceiling
  • Set recording conditions 
  • Option to use the camera as radio 
  • Detailed videography up to  3 m. 

  • Vstarcam C29S
  • Infrared illumination up to 10 m.
  • Ability to control the camera through the app
  • Supports memory card  (128 Gb)

  • Off-line operation
  • Night time videography
  • Simple settings 

  • Protecting against false positives 
  • Crisp image 
  • Motion detection
  • There is a microphone 

  • Face recognition function
  • Waterproof 
  • Using the app   

  • Remote management
  • Image zooming
  • Full camera rotation
  • Resistant to frost, heat, rainy weather 


A unique Faceter solution

The topic of the vulnerability of IP-video surveillance cameras has long been a hot topic for users. The issue is especially common for cheap equipment.

Special secured applications from Faceter allow effectively solve security issues and eliminate the risk of hacking.   

The application provides an opportunity to use the system without buying special equipment. It is enough to have just 2 smartphones and download the application for Android or iOS.  Video broadcasting goes directly to the cloud.  

Faceter’s video surveillance system gives its users the advantages:

  • the ability to download free or budget cloud archive storage;
  • watch videos online;
  • quickly find the necessary video fragments in the archive;
  • save video segments to the smartphone.


The purchase of special equipment is not always necessary for installing video surveillance. Using the right and reliable software, cloud storage capabilities and a couple of old gadgets will be quite an effective, reliable substitute for a whole system of special equipment. 

It is important to turn to proven professionals in the domestic market. Their activities are already within the framework of Russian legislation. That, in turn, makes you feel confident that the seller is reliable, there is possible feedback and there are guarantees for the product. 

Александр Вебер

Alexander Weber

Specialist in video surveillance, video analytics, cloud storage systems. Consultant on the integration of video surveillance systems and tools in various business sectors. Over 10 years of industry experience.

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