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Affordable Security Camera System?

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Hello All,
Can anyone recommend an affordable/budget Outdoor POE Security Camera System? I want to be able to access the cameras myself for free (no paid subscriptions) with live viewing ability. My budget at the moment is around $220.00.


1) I desire 1080p (2mp) cameras at the minimum but would prefer 3mp or 4mp.

2) I need cameras that will deliver excellent image/video quality at night. So it will need LED's and/or IR-cut. I only need 2 outdoor cameras to start with but would look to add a few more later on.

3) I desire 24/7 recording. So I will need either an NVR (recorder) or cloud service, as you recommend. I prefer an NVR with 8 ch but I could settle for 4 ch.

4) It would be great if the system were ONVIF capable? Otherwise, the manufacture App must be excellent and reliable. The reason being is most of the affordable systems get very poor App reviews. Whereas I can use other third party Apps that get good reviews but it seems those require ONVIF support? Your input here would be helpful because I do not know anything about accessing security cameras.

I really do not need a camera system that sends alerts or that has audio, even though the later would be nice. I have a separate security system already. I just need some security cameras that I can access on occasion and that can save 3 or 4 days worth of video recordings.

The systems I have been looking at are Sannce (mediocre reviews) and Reolink (good reviews but no ONVIF support). The Reolink systems seem to get very good reviews but they do not support ONVIF. Does anyone have experience with those and is that a real issue?

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My oldest son bought a Harbor Freight security camera system and is well pleased with it. I was surprised at how good the pic quality is. I think he paid just under $250
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