Which CCTV cameras - DIY project

Discussion in 'Electricians' Talk' started by baracus, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. baracus

    baracus Member

    I want to install a HIKVison CCTV system myself, all the wiring is in place ie the builders ran wires to 5 outside points and the all run to a central location. Im happy that I need an NVR but not sure what I need to know to be able to decide which cameras I need.

    Im I right in assuming that this is perfectly within the reach of a DIY project.
  2. unphased

    unphased Screwfix Select

    Yes the latest CCTV kits are virtually plug and play. Even the NVRs are easy to use. Most popular seems to be the IP type which use Cat5 cable to connect up rather than the video and power leads.
  3. baracus

    baracus Member

    Any suggestions for which kit to go for? More so which cameras?
  4. Peterdevon

    Peterdevon Active Member

  5. baracus

    baracus Member

    £60 - £80 per ?
  6. baracus

    baracus Member

    £60 - £80 per camera..
  7. peter palmer

    peter palmer Super Member

    Hiwatch/hilook from hikvision, cctvkits.co.uk
  8. Ronaldmc

    Ronaldmc New Member

    I just put in a Eyeride cam system with a POE recorder and 14 dome cameras. Brilliant quality images and easy install. Would totally recommend.
  9. Ronaldmc

    Ronaldmc New Member

    Now I bought 5 cameras and install them yet.
  10. peter palmer

    peter palmer Super Member

    Must be desperate, if people aren't buying your crappy product in the US of A then I highly doubt they will bother to import it to the UK.
  11. Ronaldmc

    Ronaldmc New Member

    Why crappy? Can you explain?
  12. wartonwoodworks

    wartonwoodworks New Member

    Hello Baracus,

    Yes, I think you have made a good choice going for a Network Video Recorder (NVR) CCTV set-up. Basically, this is a digital setup, which uses Internet Portal (IP) to communicate between the NVR box, and the cameras. Because the system is directly linked to your router, it means you can view your cameras remotely, even via your mobile!

    Choosing a camera is difficult, because there are so many out there. I think you should buy the best resolution camera you can afford. The higher the resolution, the sharper and clearer the image.

    There are also other things you need to consider, such as the type of light detecting chip your camera uses. Here is a post on selecting home CCTV systems and cameras, you may find it useful.

    Any questions, then please let me know.

    Kind regards,


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