If you can I'd strongly recommend the Dahua Starlight cameras. They would seem like lower resolution at 2MP but it's all about the optics. And Andy at Empire Tech, ships really really fast and very responsive.
Starlight camera: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/IPC-HDW2231R-ZS-2MP-Starlight-IR-Eyeball-Network-Camera-2-7-13-5mm-varifocal-lens-IPC/1200032_32884384754.html?spm=2114.12010612.8148356.11.21ee1f6bAXPa5g
Generally you get the cameras in days from Andy!
Totally agree with this. I purchase of Andy regularly. His cameras are Dahua OEM
and ship with English firmware allowing for official updates Fromm Dahua. His prices might look expensive compared with others in AliExpress but it’s this plus that his prices include DHL Express shipping which is ~ 2 days to NZ.
Yeah that 2MP from Andy looks like it will do the job.
Is it a good idea to get one camera with mic in and audio out or an alarm in case somebody is up to something? I'd rather deter than catch later. As the door cam maybe? Any thoughts on which one would be good for that? :)
Also when ordering from Andy what's the answer to his 'Please leave message to let us know the format (PAL/NTSC) and the power standard of the DVRs or NVRs you buy in case any mistake' question? Just in case someday I decide to get one.
Aaaand, on one of the posts on I think Amazon a guy said don't put the pigtail (I am guessing that is the other lead which does I am not sure what) in the casing or junction box because the cable is not shielded and it will interfere with the signal. Well that's exactly why I would want a junction box. To put the cables in to Minimise the hole size I have to drill for the cable so I don't have to stick them up into the hole. Is he right about that? And what is that other cable for?
Are you guys using junction boxes or wall mounts with your cameras to put the wire in?
Thanks for your patience.
Depends on the camera you purchase re-audio. Most of the Dahua turrets have microphones on them and come with anti-tamper alarms built into the casing. I have 4mp cameras but same thing applies. I turn off audio to save on recording space.
You want PAL cameras. Not really a biggie nowadays but its the standard we use in NZ. Power standard = 240v which is out voltage in NZ as opposed to the US.
Re-endpoints - Depends on the cameras but most of the Dahua turrets come with 2 cables from the camera. RJ45 for ethernet and a 12v dc lead if you are not using POE. You will need your own 12v adaptor though as these are not supplied.
I don't use junction boxes or wall mounts as all of my cameras are mounted onto soffits so its flush to the boards and the cable is hidden. Depends on your situation.