Top 5 Surveillance Cameras in 2021

Top 5 Surveillance Cameras in 2021

Regardless of the purpose and location of video surveillance, the equipment must provide 100% situational awareness. We have compiled the TOP 5 outdoor surveillance cameras in 2021, among which you can choose the appropriate option.

Guidelines for buying

Outdoor cameras face changeable weather, temperatures, rainfall, thunderstorms, and intruders every day. Therefore, the equipment must be selected according to the risks.

General criteria

When choosing outdoor cameras, you need to consider the following characteristics:

  • vandal-proof, reinforced case. Intruders often target outdoor equipment. Read more in our article “Anti-vandal cameras. Ten main selection criteria”;
  • the presence of a protective and heating box. You can find out about the thermo-housing here;
  • the presence of IR illumination. Street cameras work day and night. Therefore, in order for the quality of the shooting to be maintained 24/7, additional light is needed.

By meeting only these parameters, an outdoor camera will provide practical shooting. However, the video surveillance system can be further improved by choosing devices with the following additional characteristics.

Additional criteria

The following criteria can guarantee maximum quality and versatility of observation:

Video analytics turns ordinary monitoring into a “smart” organism capable of filming and evaluating what is happening around. For example, a cloud service from Faceter can:

  • count the number of visitors in shops, offices, etc .;
  • recognize faces;
  • maintain “white” and “black” lists of visitors;
  • monitor the work of employees;
  • notify in case of detection of abnormal events.

All this becomes possible with the help of modern neural network technologies. You just need to install an outdoor IP camera and configure the system through the app.

Top five

Our TOP 5 will consist of outdoor surveillance cameras with recordings from Dahua and Hikvision. This is not an advertisement but a review.

From Dahua 

Dahua DH-IPC-HFW4431TP-S-S4 
Resolution 4 megapixels
Lens 3,6 mm
Overview 80 degrees
Shooting speed 25 frames/sec
Vandal-proof coating +
IR illumination + (range is 80 m)


Dahua DH-IPC-HFW2431SP-S-S2 
Vandal-proof coating +
Resolution 4 megapixels
The matrix ⅓ inch
Lens 2,8 mm
View angle 102 degrees
IR illumination +  (range is 30 m)


Dahua DH-IPC-HDBW2431FP-AS-S2 
Vandal-proof coating +
Lens from 2,8 to 12 mm
Resolution 2 megapixels
Shooting speed 25 frames/sec
IR illumination + (range is 40 m)

All models support PoE technology for easy installation. All cameras are suitable for working on large objects.

From Hikvision

Hikvision DS-2CD2T43G0-I8
Vandal-proof coating +
Lens 4 mm
View angle 79 degrees
Resolution 4 megapixels
Shooting speed 25 frames/sec
IR illumination + (range is 80 m)


Hikvision DS-2CD2663G1-IZS
Lens up to 12 mm + possibility of adjustment
Vandal-proof coating +
Resolution 6 megapixels
Shooting speed 20-25 frames/sec
IR illumination + (range is 50 m)

Each model can write data to a hard disk, cloud, or memory card.


Outdoor cameras should be PTZ, protected, and backlit. But for video surveillance to replace the security point, you need to add a video analytics function. Remember that without it, the cameras will simply see but not analyze the situation. The Faceter service can turn your video surveillance into a “smart” system.

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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