30 Security Cameras With the Best Night Vision

When I talk to friends and family about my security cameras, the topic discussed the most is night vision. These discussions center around night viewing distance and how far security cameras can see at night. 

In this post, I list 30 cameras and surveillance systems with the longest night vision distance. In my research, I found the most important aspect too night vision distance is the number of LEDs around the lens. You can read the importance of the LEDs here.

In addition to listing the camera, I will list a few additional features that make each camera a consideration for your home. Also, another interesting thing that I found is that most of the cameras with the longest night viewing distances are wired cameras/ systems.

Click here to see my favorite outdoor security cameras.

This list includes most, but not every security camera with the longest night viewing distance. Also, these cameras are for home security camera systems, not businesses. Commercial security systems tend to have longer night viewing distances, and much more expensive. 

Finally, I found that price does not impact the night vision distance. As you will see the most camera with the longest night viewing distance, and not the most expensive on this list.

30. Anran Home Wireless Security Camera – 50 feet

This camera is an indoor only camera, that features a 360-degree viewing angle, two-way audio and motion detection. In addition, this camera has local storage with a micro SD card and 1080P video.

This camera uses 12 infrared LEDs to achieve the 50 feet of night viewing. Finally, this camera uses a technology called IR-CUT filter for a clear picture for night viewing.

29. YI Outdoor Security Camera – 50 feet

In addition to this camera having 50 feet of night viewing distance, this camera is waterproof rated and records in 1080P high definition resolution. This camera also has two-way audio and 100-degree viewing angle.

This camera records events to the YI cloud service using AES level security. The AES security is the same type of security used by banks and other financial institutions. In addition, this camera features an emergency siren to scare off and criminals. 

The YI camera uses 12 infrared LEDs to achieve the 50 feet viewing angle. 

28. Zmodo Wireless Security Camera System – 65 feet

This Zmodo system is an option for homeowners that live in cold or wet climates as it is rated IP65 waterproof. This system will work in temperatures as low as 14-degrees or 122-degrees Fahrenheit. 

The Zmodo system also works with Amazon Alexa and can view live clips with the Echo Snow. This camera also uses IR CUT night vision, which provides crystal clear night vision by automatically detecting its environment.

This system also has financial industry level  AES 256-bit encryption, and a viewing angle of 81 degrees. You also have the option to customize the motion detection area. Simply set the areas you want to detect motion and walk away. 

One issue to be aware of: this system only works with a 2.4 GHz wireless network. Click here to find out the importance of network connectivity. 

27. Smonet 4 Channel CCTV System – 65 feet

This system is unique in that the cameras are wireless but have a Network Video Recorder to watch live video as well as recorded events. This system features a 1 Terabyte hard drive and 24 hours live surveillance.

This system features 720P HD resolution, motion detection and certified weatherproof. The setup for this system is easy in that you simply plug in the cameras and NVR, and let the NVR search for the cameras.

Finally, the internet is not required unless you plan to view live feeds remotely. 

A few things to be aware of: first, this system transmits video by 2.4 GHz only. Second, this system does not support audio, will only record video. 

26. Firstrend Wireless Security Camera System – 65 feet

Similar to the Smonet listed at 26, this system features a plug and play system in which all of the devices are connected once the NVR and cameras are plugged in. This is possible because the camera and NVR are paired together before leaving the warehouse. 

The Firstend system is IP66 rated waterproof and includes 6 IR-LEDs. To view the live events, simply connect an Ethernet cord to a router/ hub/ switch. 

Possibly one of the biggest selling points of this camera is that it works in temperatures as cold as -50 degrees Fahrenheit and temperatures as warm as 122-degrees Fahrenheit.

25. Best Vision 16 Channel Security Camera System – 65 feet

This system comes in both 8 and 16 cameras and a 1 Terabyte hard drive to store video recordings. The cameras feature 1.3-megapixel lens and lifetime tech support. 

In addition, this system provides email notification, motion detection, and remote viewing. This camera has 24 LED bulbs to provide 65 feet of night viewing distance.

Finally, the bullet camera is IP66 weatherproof rated and a wide 3.6-millimeter lens for a wide viewing angle.

24. Alptop Wi-Fi Outdoor Security Camera – 65 feet

The Alptop security camera features an easy plug and play installation. Simply plug the camera into the wall outlet and enjoy the live view. This camera is IP65 weatherproof rated and features local (SD) storage. 

There is some cause for concern with the 80-degree viewing angle and the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connection. This camera does feature 1080P high definition viewing, can send notifications to your smartphone and email. 

This camera will work in temperatures as low as -4-degrees Fahrenheit or as high as 140-degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, this camera has a motion sensor of 20 feet, 

23. FLIR FX Indoor/ Outdoor Wireless Security Camera – 65 feet

This camera is one of the few on this list that is rated for both indoor and outdoor use. Also, this camera features the ability to review a day of events in less than 5 minutes. 

In addition, to live video, this camera features a wide 160-degree viewing angle. This camera includes local storage with a micro SD slot. 

In addition to live viewing, this camera also includes temperature, humidity sensors, and smart alerts. The FLIR camera is one of the few on this list that is completely wireless. 

Finally, this camera features two-way audio to speak to the person on the other side of the camera. 

22. Sv3c Wi-Fi Security Camera – 67 feet

The Sv3c security camera is IP66 waterproof rated camera also features local storage with a micro SD card. This camera will work in temperatures a low as -4 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 140-degrees Fahrenheit. 

This camera only connects with your router via a 2.4 GHz connection and records in 720P resolution. Motion alerts can be sent to your smartphone, email account or through file transfer protocol.

One thing to be aware of is this camera needs to be completely taken apart to insert the micro SD card. Other cameras have a slot that you just push the card into and away you go. 

With this camera you must remove the screws from the outside of the camera, insert the SD card, then tighten the screws. 

21. ONWOTE Wireless Security Camera System – 80 feet

This camera is the first on this list that includes an LCD monitor. This monitor sits on top of the NVR. The NVR includes a 1 Terabyte hard drive and no wires to the camera.

The included cameras feature an auto-pair, 18 days of continuous recording and 30 days of motion detection. In addition, the camera is IP66 waterproof rated and can be used both indoors and outdoors. 

The camera records in 720P resolution and works in temperatures ranging from 14 to 122-degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, you can view this camera remotely by downloading the associated app.

20. ICAMI IP Security Camera – 98 feet

This Wi-FI camera features 24/7 monitoring and can be installed in 1 minute. This camera streams in H.264 compression and P2P cloud technology. This camera uses 36 LEDs to achieve the 98 feet night viewing distance. 

The ICAMI camera includes local storage, can be viewed on your desktop, laptop, or smartphone. This camera connects to your router via a 2.4 GHz connection and has AES financial institution level encryption. 

Finally, this camera has a 720P video resolution and a 3.6-millimeter camera lens. Similar to the last camera, you must unscrew the cover of the camera to insert the micro SD card. 

19. Swann Pro Series 8 Channel Surveillance System – 98 feet

The Swann Pro Series Surveillance System includes a 2 Terabyte hard drive and a 5-megapixel camera. This camera includes a viewing angle of 70-degrees and can be used in temperatures as cold as -22-degrees, and as warm as 122-degrees Fahrenheit.

These cameras are connected to the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) via BNC connections. In addition, these cameras feature motion detection with motion zones. These zones allow you to set areas that trigger alerts and automatic recording.

This camera also features “line crossing detection.” This feature allows you to create a rule where you draw a line in the camera viewing angle. If someone crosses the line, your camera begins recording.

18. TP-Link Wi-Fi Surveillance Camera – 98 feet

The TP-Link Wi-Fi Surveillance Camera offers a free, but limit, cloud storage, and two-way audio. Also, this camera has a built-in emergency siren and 1080P high-resolution video.

In addition, the camera includes a wide 130-degree viewing angle. The camera will work in temperatures as low as -4 and as high as 110-degrees Fahrenheit. 

Finally, this camera features 8x zoom magnification and works with B, G, N, and AC wireless networks.

17. CANAVIS 8 Channel Wireless Security Camera – 100 feet

The CANAVIS 8 Channel Wireless Security Camera System has a straight line of sight of 1000 feet and the ability local and remote storage. The NVR has a local storage size of 2 Terabyte hard disk and can record continuously for 10 days. 

This system has both motion and manual recording and an IP66 waterproof case. This camera will work in temperatures as low as -40-degrees and as high as 140-degrees Fahrenheit. 

The camera has 36 IR-CUT infrared LEDs to provide 100 feet in night vision distance. Finally, the camera has 720P viewing resolution via a 3.6-millimeter lens. 

16. EZVIZ 4 Channel Surveillance System – 100 feet

The EZVIZ 4 Channel Surveillance System features 1080P resolution and advanced motion detection. The motion detection will send push notifications to your smartphone or tablet. 

The camera included in this system is IP66 waterproof rated and will work in temperatures ranging from -40-degrees and 140-degrees Fahrenheit. This system works with virtual assistants and connect to the DVR via BNC cables.

Finally, the EZVIZ cameras have a viewing angle of 108-degrees and a 1 Terabyte local hard drive. 

15. Reolink PoE Camera – 100 feet

The Reolink PoE Camera has a 5-megapixel lens and a viewing angle of 80-degrees. This camera also features smart motion detection and push notifications. The notifications can be sent to your smartphone, tablet, or file transport protocol. 

This camera includes 18 LED bulbs and local micro SD storage. This camera can work without an NVR and 1080P resolution. In addition, this camera has a built-in microphone with a range of 15 feet.

This camera will work in temperatures as low as 14-degrees or as high as 131-degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, this camera is rated IP66 waterproof rated. 

14. ZOSI 8 Channel Security Camera System – 100 feet

This 8 Channel system features IP67 weatherproof rating and a 1080P resolution. This system includes a 2 Terabyte local hard drive and one-way audio. This system can send push notifications to your smartphone or tablet, for your customizable motion detection.

The cameras included in the system has a 75-degree viewing angle and includes 36 IR-LEDs. 

13. LaView 16 Channel 4K Security Camera System – 100 feet

This 16 camera system features a 3 Terabyte hard drive and 4K resolution. Also, this camera features Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology where audio and video is sent and received via an ethernet cable. 

The NVR system uses H.265 compression to store data. You also have the ability to configure motion detection and view live recordings on your smartphone and tablet. 

The included bullet cameras are IP67 weatherproof rating for indoor and outdoor use. These cameras will work in temperatures as low as -22-degrees and as high as 140-degrees Fahrenheit.

Finally, the cameras feature a viewing angle of 79-degrees and wide dynamic range (WDR). WDR automatically detects the illumination of an area and adjust as needed. 

12. ANNKE 8 Channel Security Camera System – 100 feet

This 8 channel system features 1080P resolution for live viewing and recordings. Also, this system has an advanced H.264+ compression to save more video. The advanced H.264+ system can record up to 816 hours con continuous videos. 

The included bullet cameras are IP66 weatherproof rated and can work in temperatures as cold as -40-degrees. In addition, these cameras have a viewing angle of 82 degrees and customizable motion detection. 

Finally, these cameras include 2-megapixel lens and an IR-CUT filter for automatically switching between night and day viewing.

11. Luowice 4 Channel Wireless Security Camera System – 100 feet

The Leowice security camera system is the second camera on this list to include an 11-inch monitor. In addition, the included cameras record in 960P high resolution and connect automatically. Simply plug the camera into the NVR and the system will just work. 

You can view live, and recorded video on your smartphone and tablet using the accompanied app. You can also configure your notifications to receive alerts to your email and store 7 days of local storage.

This system features one-way audio and a viewing angle of 85-degrees. 

10. Night Owl 8 Channel Surveillance System – 100 feet

The Nigh Owl 8 Channel System includes a 1 Terabyte hard drive and connects to the cameras via BNC connectors. The cameras include a 1080P resolution and a 100-degree field of view. 

This system can be viewed remotely on your smartphone or tablet and dual sensor technology. Night Owl’s dual sensor technology uses both heat and motion signatures to identify objects. The dual sensor technology reduces false alarms by 90%.

The cameras are IP65 weather resistant rated and the system is compatible with pan/ tilt/ and zoom (PTZ) cameras.

9. Q-See Indoor/Outdoor Wi-Fi Dome Security Camera – 100 feet

The Q-See Dome camera has a 3-megapixel lens that captures video in 1080P resolution. These cameras are WI-Fi enabled and a viewing angle of 81-degrees. Finally, this camera is IP67 waterproof rated for indoor and outdoor use.

8. Samsung 8 Channel Surveillance System – 105 feet

The Samsung 8 Channel System includes a 1 Terabyte hard drive and is designed for indoor and outdoor use. The bullet cameras are IP66 weatherproof and will work in temperatures as cold as -22-degrees and in temperatures as warm as 122-degrees Fahrenheit. 

The included cameras have a viewing angle of 105-degrees and have a night vision of up to 130 feet. In addition, you can set up motion zones and event notifications. The events can be viewed on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. 

7. GW 16 Channel CCTV Surveillance System – 110 feet

The GW 16 Channel system includes a 4 Terabyte hard drive and connects to the cameras with a BNC connector. The bullet cameras have 35 LED bulbs to provide 110 feet of night vision. 

In addition, the cameras are IP66 waterproof rated for indoor and outdoor use. The cameras can be viewed on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop via an ethernet connection. 

Finally, the camera records via a 1920P high resolution for recording and playback. 

6. ZOSI 1920TVL CCTV System – 120 feet

The ZOSI bullet camera connects to DVRs with a BNC connector. The camera is IP66 weatherproof rated and includes 42 LEDs to provide 120 feet of night viewing. 

This camera still needs to connect to a DVR to work. The camera will work with the following outputs: CVBS, 960H, CVI, AHD, and TVI

5. Evtevision Security Camera – 130 feet

Similar to the ZOSI camera, the Evtevision camera includes 42 LEDs, a 4 megapixel camera to provide 130 feet of night viewing distance. The camera is IP66 weatherproof certified to work inside or outside.

This camera will work with the following systems: AHD, TVI, CVI, and CVBS

4. Defender 4 Channel Security System – 130 feet

The Defender 4 Channel Security System includes a 1 Terabyte hard drive and 1080P resolution. The included cameras are rated for IP65 waterproof rating and a viewing angle of 70-degrees.

You can view live and recorded videos via the Defender app and features a Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS). FHSS reduces signal interference between the cameras, DVR, and Wi-Fi network. 

This system allows you record continuously and provide the ability to send motion detection alerts to the connected app. 

3. JOOAN Bullet Camera – 131 feet

The JOOAN DVR Surveillance System records in 720P resolution. The camera is IP66 waterproof rated and includes 42 LED bulbs to achieve 131 feet of night viewing distance. 

This system includes advanced analog networking and easy setup. This system features real-time motion detection and email alerts. In addition, you have the ability to save your recordings to the cloud and to local storage. 

Finally, you can view live recordings via a smartphone or tablet app.

2. Lorex 8 Channel 4K Surveillance System – 150 feet

The Lorex 8 Channel system records 4K resolution and the ability to capture night vision recording in color. The technology used to achieve color recording is cammed Color Night Vision. In addition, this system includes an emergency siren that can be activated remotely.

This system includes a 2 Terabyte hard drive to save 4K events. Also, the included cameras have a viewing angle of 87-degrees. These cameras are IP67 waterproof rated and will work in temperatures as cold as -22-degrees and temperatures as warm as 140-degrees.

Finally, the local storage can hold up to 25 days of motion recordings and events. 

1. R-Tesh Bullet Security Camera – 180 feet

This is the longest night vision viewing distance for residential cameras. This camera sends analog video and IP66 waterproof rated casing. These cameras connect to DVRs with a BNC connectors. 

Conclusion

To conclude, this is a list of 30 residential cameras with the longest night vision. Most of the cameras on this list are wired connections (PoE, BNC).  

What do you think? Do you think I missed any? Have you tried any of the cameras on this list?

Additional questions

Do security cameras have night vision?

Yes, most newer security cameras have night vision. To check if a camera has night vision, check the cameras features. Also, you can tell a camera has night vision if there are little bulbs surrounding the lens. 

The bulbs around the lens are LED infrared bulbs. Those bulbs help the camera see at night. The only downside is without the assistance of light, cameras will only record in black and white. 

Can security cameras see in the dark?

The answer is both yes and no. Cameras cannot see at night by themselves. Cameras need the assistance of light (spotlight, natural light), or infrared LEDs. The number of LEDs included with the camera usually determines the range a camera can see at night. 

Do security cameras work at night?

Yes, security cameras work at night, but what they see, and how well they see it depends on a few factors. As mentioned above, what a camera can see depends on its light source or LEDs around the camera lens. 

Can security cameras work without electricity?

Yes, there are security cameras (usually WI-Fi cameras) can work without electricity. These cameras use either batteries or solar power to power the security camera.

Camera references

  1. R-Tech CA-IR140-HD 1000TVL Outdoor Bullet Security Camera SMD High-Intensity IR LEDs for Night Vision and 2.8-12mm Varifocal Lens
  2. Lorex – 8-Channel, 8-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 4K 2TB DVR Surveillance System – White
  3. JOOAN HD1080N Security Camera System for Home Surveillance Bullet Camera (8CH DVR kit)-No HDD
  4. Defender – 4-Channel, 4-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wireless 1080p 1TB DVR Security System – Black/white
  5. Evtevision 4 Megapixel Security Camera AHD Bullet Camera AHD/TVI/CVI/Analog 4 in 1 Weatherproof Outdoor/Indoor Night Vision 130ft(40m) IR Distance 2.8-12mm Vari-Focal Lens, OSD Menu UTC IR-Cut
  6. ZOSI 1080P HD 1920TVL Hybrid 4-in-1 TVI/CVI/AHD/960H CVBS CCTV Surveillance Weatherproof Bullet Security Camera 42PCS Infrared LEDs, 120ft IR Distance, For HD-TVI, AHD, CVI, and CVBS/960H analog DVR
  7. GW Security 16 Channel CCTV 5MP (2.5X 1080P) Security Surveillance DVR System with 12 x Super 5.0MP HD 1920p (2592TVL) Weatherproof Security Cameras,110ft IR Night Vision,4TB HDD
  8. Samsung – 4-Channel, 4-Camera Outdoor Wired 1080p 1TB DVR Surveillance System
  9. Q-See – Indoor/Outdoor 3MP Wi-Fi Dome Security Camera
  10. Night Owl – 8-Channel, 4-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 1080p 1TB DVR Surveillance System – Black/white
  11. Luowice Audio Wireless Security Camera System with 11” Monitor 960p 4CH Home Video Surveillance System Built in 1TB Hard Drive Indoor and Outdoor Waterproof HD CCTV WiFi Cameras with IR Night Vision
  12. ANNKE Security Camera System 1080P H.264+ 8CH Video DVR and (4) 2.0MP 1080P FHD Weatherproof Cameras, Remote Access, Smart Search/Playback, Email Alert with Snapshots, NO HDD
  13. LaView 16 Channel Ultra HD 4K Home Security Camera System with 8 x 8MP IP Bullet Cameras, 100ft Night Vision, Weatherproof Expandable Surveillance Camera System NVR 3TB HDD
  14. ZOSI Security Cameras System 8CH 1080P HD-TVI CCTV DVR Recorder 2TB HDD with 8 Weatherproof 1920TVL 2.0MP 1080P 100ft Night Vision Surveillance Cameras White (Aluminum Metal Housing)
  15. Reolink 5MP PoE Camera Outdoor 2560×1920 Video Surveillance Home IP Security Night Vision Motion Detection w/SD Card Slot RLC-420-5MP
  16. EZVIZ FULL HD 1080p Outdoor Surveillance System, 4 Weatherproof HD Security Cameras, 4 Channel 1TB DVR Storage, 100ft Night Vision, Customizable Motion Detection
  17. 8 Channel Wireless Security Camera System NVR Video Surveillance System 720p Bullet Camera Night Vision Motion Detection Backup 2TB Hard Drive for Indoor Outdoor
  18. TP-Link – Outdoor 1080p Wi-Fi Wireless Network Surveillance Camera – White
  19. Swann – PRO SERIES HD 8-Channel, 8-Camera Indoor/Outdoor Wired 2TB DVR Surveillance System – Black/gray/white
  20. ICAMI 720P HD 36ir IP Camera WIreless Outdoor Night Vision SD Card Record Wifi Security Camera Waterproof with Motion Detection
  21. ONWOTE All-in-one 1080P HD NVR Wireless Home Security Camera System Outdoor with 10.1″ LCD Monitor, 1TB Hard Drive and 4 Night Vision IP Surveillance Camera (Built-in Router, Auto-Pair)
  22. WiFi Camera Outdoor, SV3C Wireless Security Camera, 720P HD Night Vision Bullet Cameras, Waterproof Surveillance CCTV, IR LED Motion Detection IP Cameras for Indoor Outdoor, Support Max 128GB SD Card
  23. FLIR – FX Indoor/Outdoor Wireless High-Definition Security Camera – Black
  24. WiFi Camera Outdoor Wireless IP Security Camera with Night Vision up to 65ft Motion Detection Alarm/Recording, Support Max 64GB SD Card (External) AT-100BW
  25. Best Vision 16CH 4-in-1 HD DVR Security Camera System (1TB HDD), 8pcs 1.3 MP High Definition Outdoor Cameras with Night Vision – DIY Kit, App for Smartphone Remote Monitoring
  26. 1080P Wireless Security Camera System, Firstrend 8CH Wireless NVR System with 4pcs 1080P Security IP Camera and 2TB Hard Drive Pre-Installed, 65ft Night Vision and Easy Remote Monitoring
  27. Smonet 4CH 720P HD NVR Wireless Security CCTV Surveillance Systems(WIFI NVR Kits)-Four 1.0MP Wireless WIFI Indoor Outdoor IP Cameras,P2P,65FT Night Vision, 1TB HDD Pre-installed
  28. Zmodo Wireless Security Camera System (4 Pack) , Smart Home HD Indoor Outdoor WiFi IP Cameras with Night Vision, 1-month Free Cloud Recording
  29. YI Outdoor Security Camera, 1080p Cloud Cam 2.4G Wireless IP Waterproof Night Vision Surveillance System with Two-Way Audio, Motion Detection, Activity Alert, Deterrent Alarm – iOS, Android App
  30. HD 1080P 360 Home Wireless Security Dome IP Camera with 3D Navigation Panorama View Night Vision Two-Way Audio, Motion Detection, Indoor Surveillance for Home, Baby, Elder, Pet

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