10 Recommended IP Cameras 2018

NOTE: this post has been superseded by our newest post 10 Recommended IP Cameras 2019.

Here are our camera picks for 2018. They are listed in no particular order (they are quite varied in terms of cost and feature set, which makes them difficult to rank as a “top 10″ list), however they are all cameras that, due to their impressive features, we recommend to our customers for use with our SecuritySpy CCTV software for the Mac.

Some abbreviations used below are as follows:

  • MP – Megapixels – the number of millions of pixels in the image sensor. The higher this number, the more detailed the image, but resolution isn’t everything: the optical quality of the lens system is also extremely important.
  • PoE – Power-over-Ethernet – when using a PoE switch, the camera draws power over the ethernet cable and therefore doesn’t need a separate power supply. This is very useful for easy installation and ongoing reliability.
  • IR – Infra-Red – some cameras include Infra-Red LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) for night vision. Usually the manufacturer will specify the maximum useful range of the IR in meters.
  • P-Iris / DC-Iris – These features allow the camera lens to automatically adjust its aperture size, based on the amount of incoming light. P-Iris is more sophisticated and will give better results than than DC-Iris, but both are far better than a Fixed-Iris lens, especially for outdoor applications.
  • Varifocal – most lenses have a fixed focal length, whereas varifocal lenses allow you to zoom in and out somewhat (sometimes manually, sometimes motorised), to adjust the field of view. A focal length of 2.8mm is very wide-angle; 4mm is standard; 8mm is moderately telephoto.
  • PTZ – Pan, Tilt, Zoom – motorised remote control of the camera’s horizontal and vertical angle, and focal length.



Hikvision has a huge range of IP cameras, with quite a few outdoor bullet-type models at very good prices. This particular models offers a good all-round feature set, with 4 MP resolution, great low-light sensitivity, PoE support and 30-meter IR night-vision. It’s also great value, retailing at around $100.


Zavio B6330

These cameras (a 3 MP version and a 5 MP version respectively) are capable of delivering far higher image quality than the multitude of basic cheap outdoor bullet cameras on the market, due to their high-quality optical system that employs a varifocal lens with P-iris. In addition, these models feature great low-light performance, 50m IR night-vision, audio (separate microphone required) and PoE. Pricing is approximately $350 and $430 respectively.


Vivotek FD8366-V

Vivotek is an established manufacturer of high-quality CCTV products. They have a very large product range that includes dozens of dome-type cameras, but this model stands out for its small size, comprehensive feature set and good value. Notable features include 15m IR night-vision, 2 MP resolution, good low-light sensitivity, PoE, and a built-in microphone. Retail price is around $300.


Vivotek FD9171-HT

For a fully-featured high-resolution outdoor dome camera, these models are ideal. The latter features a higher-resolution sensor (5 MP vs 3 MP), but apart from this the specifications are similar: each has a varifocal P-iris lens, 30m IR night-vision, great low-light performance, and a built-in microphone. These cameras are ideal for commercial installations, and will provide excellent quality video. They cost approximately $680 and $790 respectively.


Axis M5065 IP Camera

With Axis, you can expect a high-quality product, and the M50 Series doesn’t disappoint. The M5065 model is available in United States, Canada and Japan, while the M5055 is sold in the rest of the world, but the specifications for both models are almost identical. PTZ dome cameras can be bulky, but these are impressively small and discreet, with a diameter of just 130mm (5″). Features include a 2 MP sensor with varifocal lens, full 360º pan range, 5x optical zoom, and a built-in microphone. The cost is around $650.


Dahua IPC-C35

This new model from Dahua is certainly more sleek and attractive than most competing models from other manufacturers, and has a great feature set too: 3 MP resolution, 10-meter IR, WiFi, built-in microphone (with high-quality AAC audio support) and speaker for two-way audio. This camera features a 2.3mm fixed lens, giving an unusually wide viewing angle of 120º, which is perfect for typical home use in a moderately-sized room. It’s great value at around $80.


Hikvision DS-2CD2432F-IWThis camera was on last year’s list, but it’s still a great option with a comprehensive feature set, including 3 MP resolution, good low-light performance, 10m IR night-vision, built-in microphone and speaker, PoE and WiFi, and retails at around $110.


Amcrest IP3M-941W

This is a great basic compact pan/tilt camera for home use, offering 3 MP resolution, WiFi, 10m IR night-vision, and a built-in microphone and speaker for two-way audio. Great value at $90.


Dahua IPC-PFW8601-A180

This impressive camera uses three separate 2 MP image sensors to produce an ultra-wide 4096×832 3.4 MP composite image that covers a complete 180º view, with none of the usual fisheye-type distortion that is typically evident from panoramic cameras. The stitching of the images from the three sensors is done entirely in-camera, with the camera delivering a single ultra-widescreen video stream. Additional features include excellent low-light performance, 30m IR night-vision, PoE and audio input/output for connecting an external microphone and speaker. It has a high-spec waterproof rating, and a wide working temperature range of -40ºC to +60ºC (-40ºF to +140ºF), making it perfect for outdoor installations in harsh environments. It retails at around $950.


Sunba 601-D20X-PoE

For an outdoor camera with PTZ, this offering from Sunba has an outstanding feature set: 2 MP, 350m IR night-vision, 20X zoom (4.7mm – 94mm), PoE and an audio input port. Its $330 price tag is far lower than similar offerings from other manufacturers. Note that there are two versions of this camera: one with PoE and audio, and one without, so you should make sure to get the right one for you. Also note that this camera requires your switch or PoE injector to support the high-powered PoE+ standard, not just standard-power PoE.

We hope this list helps you choose cameras for your own CCTV system based around our Mac NVR software SecuritySpy. If you have any questions about cameras, or about anything related to SecuritySpy, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to help!

19 thoughts on “10 Recommended IP Cameras 2018

  1. Anon Immis

    Is the DAHUA TECHNOLOGY IPC-C35 for the UK only? I found it on Newegg, but it clearly has a UK plug.

  2. Jeffrey Smith

    Good to see the 180 degree camera with 3 sensors, as it seems it could replace a few cameras to cover a wide front area. But I wondering in SecuritySpy if those three different sensors can be configured as 3 separate feeds (like 3 cameras in the securityspy software) the reason being that one wide panoramic view could be suboptimal as it has to “shrink” to be fit in a 16:9 or 4:3 screen. Thank you for any information you may have.

    1. Ben Software Post author

      The camera can’t provide streams/images from the three sensors separately: they are always stitched together in-camera, and provided as one single stream.

      It’s a very wide image, with maximum resolution 4096×832. If you are viewing this full-screen on a 16:9 monitor, you will get black bars at the top and bottom. But when not viewing full screen, you can resize SecuritySpy’s video windows to be similarly wide, for optimal display.

      Three of these cameras fit very nicely on a 16:9 screen – here’s a real-word example using SecuritySpy, two 16:9 screens, and 6 of these panoramic cameras:

  3. Rd

    I have a query , am using IP cammera which is connected through JIO 4g wifi dongle ,now problem is that i cant always keep dongle connected to power socket as battery gets damaged. I there any socket which has auto power on off and my cam also has ethernet connection so it there any way were i can connect any simcard dongle.

  4. Bob Blankenship

    Just purchased a HIKVISION DS-2CD2442FWD-IW 4MP Wi-Fi Network Cube Camera and could not view it with Safari or Firefox browsers. There tech support folks told me their software was not compatible with Mac Mojave but I notice you have the HIKVISION DS-2CD2432F-IW listed as working with SS. Should the one I purchased also worked with SS?



    1. Ben Software Post author

      Hi Bob,

      All Hikvision cameras are compatible with SecuritySpy. Hikvision cameras’ web interfaces work OK on Mac web browsers – perhaps not all the features, but certainly enough to get them up and running and connected to SecuritySpy. Check out our instructions for setting up IP cameras with SecuritySpy: Connecting to a Camera Over Ethernet.

  5. Brad Mitchell

    Was looking at purchasing your software for my home security system. Are there any door bell camera’s such as “RING DOOR BELL” that work with Security-Spy software that you would recommend? Thank you!

    1. Ben Software Post author

      Hi Brad,

      Yes, there are a few doorbells that work with SecuritySpy: Axis A8004-VE, Axis A8105-D, dbell HD Live, Hikvision DS-KB6003-WIP. In addition, any ONVIF-compatible doorbell should also work. The “Ring” doorbell will unfortunately not work, as it is designed as a closed system with no ability to work with third-party software.

  6. Tom Johnson

    Will Security Spy software work with the Wi-Fi Maximus Camera Floodlight ? Just need the audio and video interface and recording of both — https://www.newegg.com/insider/smart-home-security-shines-brightly-with-the-wi-fi-maximus-camera-floodlight/?cm_mmc=snc-facebook-_-mkpl-_-smart-home-wifi-maximus-camera-floodlight-_-122118&fbclid=IwAR2m11LOOjMU_pQjI2wHdYN5bnCQi5IJUDwD2C9KZzhmjaeVxqPgcbTp1cAhttps://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA08C8585677&ignorebbr=1&cm_sp=NeweggInsider-_-Article-_-Maximus-_-Smart-_-Floodlight

    1. Ben Software Post author

      Unfortunately the specifications of this device do not indicate that it supports standard protocols such as RTSP and ONVIF that would allow it to work with software such as SecuritySpy – it looks like it is designed to work only with a particular iOS app.

  7. Mark Peters


    I stumbled upon this site looking for some reliable, yet inexpensive wifi camera’s.
    The company who installed the alarm system in our store gave us 6 Dahua IPC-C35 cameras. A few months ago I searched for hours to find a mac and ios compatible viewer for them. I ended up installing 2 software packages who promised support, but I never got them to work.
    Both developers told me the IPC-C35 was too low budget for Dahua to develop osx drivers for them.

    But now I see them listed here and I have hope again! 🙂

    Would you mind telling me with 100% certainty these will work with your software package? I’d buy it immediately if that’s true.

    I contacted the security firm asking for Mac compatible cameras, but they sent me some D-Link DCS-8200LH ones which turned out to work on iOS (with their terrible app), but not on OSX.

    So, I’d be really really happy to get those Dahua cams running on OSX, instead of using a virtual windows machine just to use the cameras.

    You will hopefully be gaining a new happy customer.

    1. Ben Software Post author

      Yes, our software SecuritySpy works with all Dahua cameras, including the IPC-C35. However the cameras must first be set up on your network. You should be able to use a standard Mac web browser (e.g. Safari or Chrome) to connect to the cameras and adjust their settings, so I’m surprised that you say you are using a Windows virtual machine for this. Try using our Network Device Finder to locate your cameras on your network, and then opening them in Safari (https://www.bensoftware.com/networkdevicefinder/).

      Setup instructions are here: Connecting to a Camera Over Ethernet.

      The cameras themselves provide standard RTSP streams, so there is no need for special macOS drivers – our software SecuritySpy can receive and use any RTSP stream. Once you get the cameras set up in SecuritySpy, you can then simply use our macOS and iOS SecuritySpy software to view and record from your cameras.

      You can try out SecuritySpy free for 30 days before purchase, so I suggest that you do that to make sure the software will work well for you. Please contact us at support@bensoftware.com if you have any problems with the setup.


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