Security Camera Buyers Guide 2021 (Battery, Doorbells, PoE, NVR Packages, Person Detection)

You’ve got hundreds of options for security cameras in 2021, here are my recommendations based on hundreds of hours testing cameras of all types. Thank you to YEELIGHT for sponsoring this video, enter the YEELIGHT and Google Giveaway here: (Rules Below)

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🔥Recommended Battery Cameras🔥
EufyCam 2C:
1080p (AmazonUS):
Pro (AmazonUS):
EufyCam 2:
1080p (AmazonUS):
Pro (AmazonUS):

🔥Recommended Accessories🔥
Wasserstein Flood Light (AmazonUS):
Wasserstein Flood Light (Direct):
Wasserstein Solar Panel (AmazonUS):
Wasserstein Solar Panel (Direct):

🔥Recommended Video Doorbell🔥
EufyCam 2K Video Doorbell With Hub (AmazonUS):
EufyCam 2K Video Doorbell Addon (AmazonUS):

🔥Recommended NVR Packages🔥
Reolink 5MP RLK8-510B4-A (Reolink Direct):
Reolink 4K RLK8-810B4-A (Reolink Direct):
Tuya AI Wireless (AliExpress):
Blue Iris NVR Software:

🔥Recommended PoE Cameras🔥
4K Resolution 810A
**Please Note Reolink RLC-810A is currently incompatible with dual stream setup in Blue Iris**
(Reolink Direct):
5MP Resolution 410-5MP
(Reolink Direct):

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  1. Lylu Sysawang on December 12, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    What do you suggest for a first time camera buyer. I need 4 camera inside and 4 outside. I need to keep an eye on my grandma inside and out 24/7 live recording where I can see from my phone at all times.

  2. me999 on December 12, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    One question I would have, is how many of these devices require a windows-only setup, especially the NVR? My home is a window-free zone, all linux, only linux. I will NOT buy something that requires I use some special windows-only software to setup/configure, or manage it, or that require MSIE or a windows-only browser plugin to view/control – certainly not for something that costs over 400 bucks.

  3. Ole Dog on December 12, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Build your own is the best way. Synology as nvr is easy.

  4. Rick Rivera on December 12, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    I don’t have home internet. Do you know of a good easy to install home security system that does not require home internet? I just don’t have the need for internet at home. My cell phone has all the internet I need. I’ve been to Best Buy and they say all their cameras require internet service.
    Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  5. mazztakastri on December 12, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Great video! Thank you for sharing this. How about network bandwidth? How many cameras can you actually have befor bandwidth becomes a issue? Say gigabit home network with 100/100 ISP connection?

  6. Jose Zendejas on December 12, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    I would not trust eufy. It’s a chinese company that won’t reveal whether thier servers are located either U.S. or China. Your personal info might get hacked by thier equipment and have had security breech problems.

  7. Santos Rolon on December 12, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    I want a security camera plug in compatible with 5G

  8. Jerry Montalbano on December 12, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    No mention on the NVR Reolink. It appears it comes with 4 camera NETWORK RJ45 inputs. Suppose I want 7 around my house? Also, with the box, do I just run one wire up the wall into the attick to a central location, and then run RJ45 FROM each camera to a hub up there? or type of spider cable for that many? Thanks.

  9. Pippol on December 12, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    What cameras should i use if i have to install 15 cameras over 5 acres of land and the cameras have to have continuous recording plus all the camera screens viewable from 1 room / office.

  10. john wyatt on December 12, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Hello thank you for your video and I have one question I hope you can answer. I have a neighbor that seems to be able to control one of my blink cameras whenever they come near my property the camera is instantly turned off and all footage is gone sometimes with even a brick wall showing in place of the footage. When they leave it comes back on again. This happens many times so I know it’s no coincidence. Can you tell me what I can do to stop this from happening or block it somehow thank you for your time John Wyatt

  11. cletus robinson on December 12, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Great info. What about Synology?

  12. Steve Grumpka on December 12, 2021 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks for the video. I didn’t see a link to how you hooked up direct to a PC as your base station. This is a solution I’d be most interested in, as I assume it has the most flexibility and requires no monthly service fees. We have a large property. I’d like to monitor all sides of our home. We have an empty attic with easy access. So dropping lines down to the base station would be easy enough. Love to see what you came up wiht. Thanks.

  13. getonlygotonly on December 12, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    ok, what are best wireless remote cameras with solar power that record to a chip that dont need wifi or cell signal to set up and run

  14. notsogreat123 on December 12, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    I don’t want anything that has to be connected to the internet for daily viewing. The only time I want it on the internet is when I am away from home for remote viewing. No wifi camera’s unless they work without the internet. I don’t even want to think about being hacked ! Period !!

  15. Greenville on December 12, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks for the really helpful video. I’ve been watching single reviews until my eyes bled. This summary and the recommendation are just what I was looking for. Also, I’m so glad you are in the ‘no fees’ camp. That drives me nuts.

  16. me999 on December 12, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Ok, you finally got to the "good stuff" at the end. But too bad your recommended pick is windows-only.

  17. Kelly Kaiser on December 12, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    I’m interested in a blink outdoor camera system. I’m on a budget, single and female. Any advice or comments?

  18. zachary christensen on December 12, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Vivint or go home

  19. Tony W on December 12, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    Non Pro and Pro are both 2K….the Pro only slighly high res….Do the Math!

  20. rwa00 on December 12, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    I bought the Reolink Lumus, but it turns out it has no rtsp stream or any other way to connect to Blue Iris. Did I miss that in the review?

  21. karimba45 on December 12, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Fantastic video thanks!

  22. Darren Simpson on December 12, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Have you reviewed or have an opinion on Vivint’s camera and doorbell cam?

  23. Jakob on December 12, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    I purchased a Xiaomi IMlab variant two or 3 years back, and Im very impressed with that unit..for the price it was 19USD from China, and it’s 360 motor-driven (vert horisontal) and takes a SD card under the lens.
    Full HD, so with a 64GB card and its H 265. encoding. I can record continuously for like 7 to 9 days… before it starts to loop older recordings if I choose that.. and also got IR so obviously changes automatically ti black & white… but the footage quality is shockingly good with the price in mind and the Xiaomi app. gives all the features that I need, and can set the sizes, so it doesn’t trigger fx insects.. and I can watch as I please and set the alarm interval so it doesn’t divebomb me with notices and clips.
    If this unit had cost like 5x that. it would be great. and you can have a live widget with the feed on your android tablet/mobile.
    and it also got all that jazz with two-way communications to you can talk, and hear the other end.. can also be used a baby monitoring camera that triggers on babycry
    It power from 5v small USB plug, so easy to just put it with a power bank.
    Had problems with bad postal here in Copenhagen that didn’t want to go up stairs and deliver item, so they would just say we ring the bell, but nobody was at home.. and its really annoying when you sitting and waiting for a parcel when an a-hole postal dude make that crap.
    so a power bank and out on the balcony… it consumes like 0.100 to 0.300mA at 5v.. depending on motors are running etc… but the sensitivity are quite impressive, and how fast it records.. the moment something comes inside its viewpoint.., like instant when looking at how far people have walked inside the viewfinder before it records..
    They have really come a long way these security cams.. not many years ago.. such features and abilities would have cost an arm and a leg.

  24. Nathan L on December 12, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Easy DIY it for beat results.

  25. Mr. Hoonigan on December 12, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Best outdoor Wireless system for my freezing cold camp in vermont? Need to access remotely.

  26. Mikhaela Bryden on December 12, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Such a helpful video. Thank you!

  27. Rob Adams on December 12, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Excellent well explained info. I will be making my purchase based on your suggestions. Thank you

  28. sherwoody14 on December 12, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    One caution on Eufy… unless I’m mistaken it’s a Chinese company. Not just made in China but HQ in China.

  29. Spookily on December 12, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    We use simplisafe great security system with an indoor camera

  30. Real Estate Amazing on December 12, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Where are you located we need camera to our building contact me

  31. Mike Garber on December 12, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Where is the link to your installation you refer to at time 11:25?

  32. jonnieredder on December 12, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    These are only toys. No one who’s serious about security will get this crap.

  33. One Razz on December 12, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    I wrote to you by email and I got no reply..

  34. Greetings, it'sme! on December 12, 2021 at 9:58 pm

    Nice presentation, you sure know your stuff.
    What do you recommend for us "off grid" users.
    We rely on solar with maybe a Yeti 150 battery pack/inverter.
    And, we have no internet connection.
    Thx in advance.

  35. jay on December 12, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Is there a simple option that records to an SD card? I’d rather not have surveillance of my house "in the cloud". But I’m not super tech savvy so I’m sure my options are limited. We’re a little worried about leaving the kids alone with a baby sitter but not so worried that I NEED live feed. Any advice would be appreciated.

  36. Michal Wawrzenczyk on December 12, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    Is this sponsored by Eufy?

  37. Wayne Glabais on December 12, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    I’m looking for a camera that will wake up and alert me when someone or my cat comes to the door. What would you recommend?

  38. JACK LIGER ZERO ALPHA on December 12, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks a lot my friend this really helped me a lot I know now witch camera system I need for my home.

  39. Sum Chee on December 12, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    hi can you show how to setup my NVR wild my POE crammer in a different building?

  40. William Araujo on December 12, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Too much information and non stop talking…

  41. Giovani Mojica on December 12, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    This is a great video. I’ve been trying to decide what system to buy and thought about the Eufy system but wasn’t sure. Definitely going with A full Eufy system, just not the flood light.

  42. Michael Fritz on December 12, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    Need cameras to hook up to Verizon hot is 4g only…can’t find and won’t cloud either…is it impossible if that is all I have?

  43. Tim Webber on December 12, 2021 at 10:05 pm


  44. R on December 12, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    9 mins in the video does he discuss the brand Lorex more specifically The fusion series?

  45. Multiplying Boomerang on December 12, 2021 at 10:06 pm

    Great job! Thanks for all details.

  46. rbbiefah on December 12, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    I need a person detector hooked to a loud siren .How to do that ???

  47. david lloyd-hughes on December 12, 2021 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you for your reviews as an old non tech guy Finally felt confident to order a 4 cam system ( thro you sight ) great price too. Looking forward to installing and viewing our Snowy Canadain home from our Tropical overseas home.

  48. Colette Philcox on December 12, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Hi what’s your thoughts on solar powered systems. I live rural and have to use satellite internet but it isn’t the strongest. I have been looking for a cpl cameras that ware wireless but don’t have the short life batteries as I live in Ontario Canada lol

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