Choosing a security camera: A roundup of options
Samsung SmartCam HD Outdoor
The Samsung SNH-E6440BN is a cleverly-architected outdoor camera but you pay for the brand name and features Samsung has approached the design of an outdoor camera in a novel fashion, with the electronics and microSD slot in a small base station, that is in turn connected to the camera unit over a proprietary cable. This allows you to secure your recordings somewhere protected, and only have the relatively-small camera visible. It can run wired or wireless (other than power), but is not PoE, so you’ll need to have the base unit near an outlet. I’ve had two of these installed for nearly a year, and they provide solid 1080p video, and have been very reliable. My only gripe is that Samsung disabled official support for LAN streaming in a firmware upgrade, but fortunately it isn’t too hard to manually connect to their RTSP streaming port (554).