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External Camera Recommendations Please

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External Camera Recommendations Please

I’m looking for an outdoor camera that I can use to monitor the birds feeding at the bird feeder I have in the garden. It would need to have motion sense and the ability to store images and ideally I’d like to to be accessible from the WiFi but it must have its own power supply, so if anyone can make recommendations I’d be grateful.

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Re: External Camera Recommendations Please

@Mook   There are 6 on this page.... not necessarily a recommendation... as it IS the RSPB SHOPPING site.... But will give you some idea of cost, and what specs there are... 

http://shopping.rspb.org.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=outdoor+camera

 

A few more options on this site ....

https://www.spycameracctv.com/spy/wildlife-cameras/pageall/

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Re: External Camera Recommendations Please

@Mook

Depends on your budget of course, a GoPro would spring to mind but it is not the cheapest option (few hundred pounds).

I am going to ask people I know, and see what they say. Have an instant chat channel and they know their stuff so it should take me very long.

Will post back when I get more information.

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Re: External Camera Recommendations Please

You can get plenty of budget WiFi IP Onvif-standard cameras for under £40, just add 12v power and it's pretty much ready to go, you do need an NVR or a computer with NVR software on it to record the footage, but for the price, you can't go wrong... Smiley

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Re: External Camera Recommendations Please

@twocvbloke, err, what does NVR mean? Embarrassed

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Networked Video Recorder, basically like a DVR, but uses networking for getting the video from camera to recorder instead of coaxial cables... Smiley

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Re: External Camera Recommendations Please

Ok I am not going to cheat and use Google. So here is my guess.

VR, is obviously Video Recorder.

N - is that native?

Edit: Ok I was wrong it is network. I lost that one.

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Re: External Camera Recommendations Please

Ah! Thanks for that, I'd rather spend a bit more and get a stand alone device.

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Well some of the IP Cameras out there have the option of putting a MicroSD card into them to record locally aswell as send the video to a viewer or NVR of somesort, but I have no experience of that type of IP cam as my two IP cams haven't got that feature...

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Re: External Camera Recommendations Please

Taking in to consideration what @Alex said about a GoPro and what @twocvbloke above I've just bought one of these from Amazon.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01HPXH29Q

I think this will do what I want and a lot more besides at what I think is a fairly decent cost considering what you get for the money.

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Re: External Camera Recommendations Please

Well someone joked about a name called Arlo.

A quick google of "Arlo Camera" bought up what they meant.

Again not that cheap.

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@Mook

You can't go wrong with that one in your linky. I use one of those from time to time when out doing some video work for my fishing DVD. The remote being quite handy.  Thumbs Up

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Re: External Camera Recommendations Please

I must admit, that model looks good and cheap too for what it offers.

I am now considering buying one, for video recording.

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Well you might want to hold on for a week @Alex and I will report back on the quality of it and the recordings, it may be packaged like a GoPro but at a quarter of the cost...

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Re: External Camera Recommendations Please

I have a couple of Ltl Acorn 5210A Cameras. 

They work extremely well and are very robust. 

For daylight use a set of 8 rechargeable AA cells will run for a month or so. However if you want night videos you need an external power source. I use a cheap 6v SLA battery. It lasts long enough to fill a 16G SD card. 

One problem you need to be aware of is the focus on these cameras. Most are fixed focus and set up to give sharp images from infinity to a couple of feet away. For a bird feeder you probably need a camera that focuses somewhat closer if you want decent sized images of garden birds. 

The Acorn can apparently be adjusted (if you open it up).