Starlight under $100 with micro SD

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  1. classna

    classna n3wb

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    I am looking for a starlight camera (under $100) for my front door. I will be buying it of eBay or Ali as I live outside US.

    - Should have built in micro SD slot
    - POE

    I don't care much about verifocal or other face detection features.
    For around $65 I can get the HDW4631C-A but it doesn't have onboard storage.
     
  2. dannieboiz

    dannieboiz Getting the hang of it

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    that's not a starlight camera. Expect to pay at least 150+ for a starlight camera. I haven't seen one for any less
     
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    dannieboiz Getting the hang of it

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    Is there a version of this with built in mic and audio outputs? Can't seem to find one.

    I'm tagging along cause I'm in the market for a new camera as well.
     
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    fenderman Staff Member

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    The starlite fixed turret with Mic an SD card is available for about $100 with slow shipping.
    Don't get the mini dome it has weak ir and is subject to IR reflection.
     
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    Model number?
     
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    dannieboiz Getting the hang of it

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    its the only fixed turret on the list
     
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    bug99 Pulling my weight

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    I do not use the IR on the mini-domes. i use LED white lighting for full color recording 24-7. The turret is a better choice for IR although it is substantially larger if that matters in the location.
     
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    mat200 IPCT Contributor

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    I also use it on my front door - and highly like the mini-dome wedge. I also keep the porch light on when it is dark, so I do not use the IR lights in the camera at all.

    The larger turret models ( IPC-HDW4xxx ) have a lower WAF and thus were a no go at eye level.
     
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    A newbie question: if you always keep the light on, is there any advantage of using starlight camera? I thought starlight camera is good for low light situation.
     
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    huge advantage despite your light.
     
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    SouthernYankee IPCT Contributor

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    2ndLeaf

    How powerful in lumens is you light.

    I have outside lighting around my house a total of 20,000 lumens. I still use starlight cameras.
     
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    I got impression that starlight cameras are good at low light situation with trade off of lower resolution. With brighter light, a higher resolution non-starlight cameras can do the job well. I must be wrong :)
     
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    unless your light can create daylight you are wrong, yes.
     
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    mat200 IPCT Contributor

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    Hi @2ndLeaf

    Normally porch lights will be dimmer than light during the day, so yes the starlight camera performs well under those conditions as it can remain in color mode all night without issues.

    Of course, some of the newer sensors now help higher resolution cameras do better also in lower light conditions.
     
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    Thank you all for your replies. I learn something new!