9 best outdoor CCTV cameras

Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

When organizing video surveillance in an office, at work or at home, it is important to take into account many external factors, among which weather conditions play an important role. The climatic features of most Russian cities are such that it is very hot in summer and very cold in winter. And sensitive electronics, including CCTV cameras, are not always able to survive such temperature changes.

Therefore, we have compiled a rating of the 9 best outdoor CCTV cameras. The devices included in it are distinguished by their reliability and good performance characteristics – the signal quality is by no means sacrificed to reliability.

Rating of the best outdoor CCTV cameras

Nomination a place Name of product price
Best Wired Outdoor CCTV Cameras 1 Hikvision DS-2CD4232FWD-IS RUB 27,993
2 Dahua DH-SD49225I-HC 23 272 RUB
3 Dahua DH-SD22204T-GN RUB 9 497
4 Hikvision DS-2CD2142FWD-IS RUB 7,721
5 Hikvision HiWatch DS-T500 RUB 3,560
Best Wireless CCTV Cameras 1 Hikvision DS-2CD2542FWD-IWS RUB 10,299
2 Vstarcam C8833WIP-X4 9 544 rub.
3 Vstarcam C8815WIP RUB 4,092
4 Dahua DH-IPC-HDBW1120E-W RUB 5 562

Best Wired Outdoor CCTV Cameras

Hikvision DS-2CD4232FWD-IS

Rating: 4.9


Why her: Flagship high-definition camcorder.

An almost ideal camera for organizing outdoor video surveillance. The 1/3-inch 3-megapixel sensor provides up to 2K live streaming in two independently adjustable channels, while a mechanical switchable IR cut filter maintains visibility and detail even at night. Sensor sensitivity – from 0 lux using IR and from 0.01 lux at f / 1.2. The camera is equipped with a lens with a switchable aperture of f / 1.2-f / 1.4 and a viewing angle of 91.2 degrees.

Intelligent outdoor security camera features include auto focus, smart analytics, 120 decibel wide hue range, and auto IR cut filter in day and night modes. The case is made with IP66 protection, which guarantees safety when used during a rainstorm, hurricane or snowfall.

The camera connects to the DVR via IP and uses an Ethernet cable.


  • Advanced video analytics system, can be used as a security camera with automatic alarm triggering;
  • High resolution and bitrate audio stream;
  • Excellent sensor light sensitivity, suitable for dark and poorly lit spaces.


  • No drive for camera rotation;
  • Rarely on sale;
  • Relatively low frame rate (20 fps) on a video stream with a higher resolution Full HD.

Dahua DH-SD49225I-HC

Rating: 4.8

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Why it is: Rotary video camera with optical zoom, high-definition analog video stream.

2-megapixel video camera that connects via coaxial cable and supports remote control via the same interface. For this it uses the HDCVI standard. The security camera is equipped with a 1 / 2.8-inch sensor, which is capable of collecting data at a speed of 30 fps at full resolution (Full HD). The matrix light sensitivity is 0.005 lux without infrared illumination and 0 lux with it. The IR illumination range is 100 meters.

The stock built-in lens is motorized, provides 25x optical zoom (focal length 4.8-120 mm) and a field of view up to 59.2 degrees horizontally. Although it is not too wide, it is compensated by an electromechanical drive in the bracket. This allows the camera to rotate.

The camera is made in an IP66-protected case. A regular coaxial cable is used for connection.


  • HDCVI technology allows you to use high-definition video stream with old coaxial wiring (minimizes the cost of upgrading);
  • High sensitivity sensor based on Starlight technology;
  • Infrared illumination with a range of 100 meters, one of the largest in the rating.


  • Relatively high price;
  • Small field of view, panning required;
  • Large and heavy – height 30 cm, weight 3 kg.

Dahua DH-SD22204T-GN

Rating: 4.8

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Why it is: Low price, high resolution, support for optical zoom.

Outdoor CCTV camera designed for IP networks and related registrars. It is carried out in a dome housing, motorized, can be rotated. The camera is equipped with a 2-megapixel 1 / 2.7-inch sensor that provides a video stream with a resolution of Full HD 25 fps. Light sensitivity – 0.05 lux in day mode and 0.005 lux in night mode with activated monochrome capture.

The camera is equipped with a built-in motorized lens that provides 4x optical zoom (focal length 2.7-11 mm). The field of view is up to 100 degrees per second horizontally with active panning. The device's 'smart' features include video analytics, business and security. Bracket motorization provides horizontal and vertical panning.

The outdoor camera is connected via IP (Ethernet cable) and supports PoE.


  • Low Price – One of the most inexpensive high definition IP cameras with IP66 protection;
  • High image detail thanks to the actual sensor resolution of 2 megapixels;
  • Lots of intelligent image optimization functions and technologies.


  • Wired connection only;
  • Inconvenient control via a web browser;
  • No infrared illumination, requires the purchase of an appropriate searchlight for night observation.

Hikvision DS-2CD2142FWD-IS

Rating: 4.7


Why it is: Very wide temperature range, high sensor resolution.

This outdoor security camera is geared towards use in regions with extreme weather conditions. It maintains its functionality and performance in the temperature range from -40 to 60 degrees Celsius. As a result, it can be installed even in places with direct sunlight.

At the same time, the technical characteristics of the device are also at their best. The camera is equipped with a 4-megapixel 1/3-inch sensor with a maximum video stream resolution of 2.5K 20 fps and a mechanical IR cut filter that supports auto-switching, as well as a light sensitivity of 0.01 lux in color mode. This is complemented by a lens with a focal length of 2.8-6 mm (3x optical zoom) and a fixed f / 2.0 aperture. The viewing angle is up to 106 degrees.

The camera is connected via IP, supports power supply over PoE. There are smart features. The arm is motorized, swivel.


  • Viewing angle up to 106 degrees without panning;
  • Operating temperature range -40 … 60 degrees;
  • Advanced smart features.


  • Relatively low frame rate at maximum resolution;
  • Short infrared illumination length (up to 30 meters depending on weather conditions).

Hikvision HiWatch DS-T500

Rating: 4.6


Why it is: The cheapest outdoor camera in its segment.

Despite the low price, this camera is only slightly inferior to other models. It is equipped with a 5-megapixel 1 / 2.7-inch sensor, which provides a video stream with a resolution of up to 2.5K 25 fps inclusive. In this case, the camera is connected via the HD-TVI interface using a standard coaxial cable. Thus, on the basis of this device, it is possible to upgrade the existing video surveillance system with minimal costs.

The high-resolution sensor is complemented by a mechanical infrared filter with automatic switching; and has a photosensitivity of 0.01 lux. The camera supports EXIR illumination up to 20 meters. All this is complemented by a lens with a focal length of 2.8 mm and an aperture of f / 2.0, which has a viewing angle of 86.5 degrees.

The camera is made in a protected IP67 case, supports operation in the temperature range from -60 to 40 degrees Celsius.


  • Cheapness;
  • Suitable for upgrading existing CCTV networks with coaxial cables;
  • Provides a video stream with a resolution of 2.5K and a speed of 25 frames per second.


  • Fixed focus and aperture lens;
  • No slewing gear and smart functions, and no remote control;
  • Short distance infrared illumination.

Best Wireless CCTV Cameras

Hikvision DS-2CD2542FWD-IWS

Rating: 4.9


Why her: Flagship high-definition camcorder with smart features.

Top IP video camera for outdoor use. The main advantage is the high resolution of the sensor, which is 4 megapixels. Thanks to this, the device is able to broadcast a video stream with a resolution of up to 2.5K 20 fps over a wireless network (Wi-Fi). The sensor has a light sensitivity of 0.01 lux in color (day) mode and supports automatic switching to night mode with activation of infrared illumination with a range of up to 10 meters.

The outdoor camera is equipped with a fixed f / 2.0 aperture lens with a focal length of 2.8-6 mm (2x optical zoom). The design also includes a built-in microphone and a slot for microSD memory cards with a capacity of up to 128 GB.

Many smart features are supported, including virtual border crossing notifications. The camera can be connected via a wire (Ethernet interface), either standard 12V or PoE is used for power. The housing is protected according to the IP67 standard.


  • Built-in microphone and memory card slot;
  • Lots of smart features (in fact, this is one of the smartest cameras in the ranking);
  • High resolution sensor and video stream.


  • Short range infrared illumination;
  • Codecs are not compatible with all registrars;
  • Inconvenient stock software.

Vstarcam C8833WIP-X4

Rating: 4.8


Why it: Supports P2P technology and performance-enhancing protocols.

Budget outdoor CCTV camera with 4x optical zoom. Equipped with a 2-megapixel sensor with a full set of effective pixels, so it is capable of broadcasting a video stream in resolution Full HD at 15 frames per second. Supports Wi-Fi connection. The sensor has a physical size of 1 / 2.7 inches.

Motorized camera lens provides 4x optical zoom (focal length 3.3-12mm) with f / 1.4 aperture and field of view up to 118.5 degrees. The most common H.264 codec is used for compression, which is compatible with any operating system. Processing technologies help improve image quality.

The outdoor camera is equipped with a slot for microSD memory cards with a capacity of up to 128 GB. Supports wired (Ethernet) and wireless (Wi-Fi) connections. Supports P2P technology for fast connection.


  • Wide viewing angle;
  • 4x optical zoom (the highest value in its segment of the rating);
  • Low price.


  • Few smart features;
  • Short range infrared illumination;
  • Incomplete operating system of the camera itself.

Vstarcam C8815WIP

Rating: 4.7


Why it is: Low cost and easy to install, support for removable antennas.

This outdoor CCTV camera is a good solution for creating a security system in a private country house. It is easy to install – thanks to P2P technology, installation and connection are made according to the 'plug and play' method. At the same time, it is equipped with a 2-megapixel sensor that provides a video stream Full HD at a speed of 15 frames per second.

The built-in lens has a fixed focal length of 3.6mm for a stable viewing angle of 91.7 degrees. The outdoor video camera supports automatic switching from day to night mode with activation of infrared illumination with a range of up to 15 meters.

The device is made in a waterproof case. The camcorder can connect to the router both via cable (Ethernet) and wireless network (Wi-Fi). P2P supported. The antenna is remote, so you can install a more powerful or amplified antenna.


  • Low price;
  • Fast connection (P2P technology);
  • Possibility of connecting an antenna of increased power or with external amplification.


  • No optical zoom
  • Few smart features;
  • Extremely short range of infrared illumination (only 15 meters).

Dahua DH-IPC-HDBW1120E-W

Rating: 4.7


Why it is: Low price, 30-meter infrared illumination, vandal-resistant housing.

Budget video camera for outdoor surveillance. The main advantage is the high range of infrared illumination. Unlike the previous model in the ranking, it is 30 meters. However, the device's sensor is not so impressive.

In particular, the device is equipped with a 1.3-megapixel matrix, which provides a video stream with HD resolution (1280 × 960 pixels) and 25 frames per second. The attached lens has a fixed focal length of 3.6 mm and a horizontal field of view of 72 degrees.

The device is made in a high-strength case – waterproof according to the IP67 standard (survives heavy showers, fog and other negative factors) and protection against vandalism according to the IK10 standard. The video camera is connected to a router or recorder both by cable – Ethernet – and by wireless network. The Wi-Fi antenna is remote, so it can be replaced.


  • High-quality, reliable assembly;
  • High range infrared illumination;
  • There is a slot for a memory card.


  • Obsessive offering of paid cloud recording services;
  • Inconvenient native software;
  • Few smart features.

Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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