Security Camera System


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Anyone familiar with the Q-See branded systems? Costco has a special on a 4 channel setup. I am interested in making it a part of my HA system but I am not sure if it is integration friendly. Here is the link: Q-See Camera System

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It's crap but it will get your feet wet.

CMOS although usually in cheaper cameras can also be superior, just depends on the camera. My HD CCTV stuff is 1/2" CMOS, works wonders. :)
You can buy a complete system or you can make your own. I have built a very reliable one for about $550<assuming you use your existing PC>with four cameras running constantly. Of course it cost me about $1000 more to figure this all out but hopefully someone can benefit from my expensive experience.

Best camera for the price with high resolution and black&white nighttime IR in my opinion is the Swann Bulldog =

Most reliable 120 fps card I have found is the IVC-200 it will do 30 fps per port about $200 (found it on ebay for less than $100 but haven't seen one on there in a while, OrbitMicro has them though for about $200) =

The software I like is affordable and works pretty darn good. Blue Iris and it is $39 for 16 cameras. =
Some say it is a CPU hog and on a PIII or smaller type PC with four cameras running it is, using about 80% of the machine. There are probably more efficient programs but Blue Iris is feature rich and I am using it on a new P4 machine so no issues and runs great. Plus the developer comes out with updates for it on a regular basis.

Hope this helps someone. -rhane