A general guide when choosing a camera

Choosing a correct camera for your specific purpose can be a challenging task. Here are a few tips you may want to consider:

  • The cheapest cameras may not always be the best option. Yes, most of them will get the job done when you want only the basic features but when issues arise, solving them can prove both time-consuming and costly.

  • When choosing the right camera, do not seek ones with the highest resolution only. HD is usually enough when you use the right lens for your purpose. What’s more, cameras with higher resolution can have lower framerate and definitely have a bad picture in low-light environments.

  • Try choosing wired cameras wherever possible. This can prevent a lot of potential issues and makes the system more secure at the same time.

I need to see numbers at night on a gauge 25 feet from the camera.
What should I be looking for?

Hi Larry,

You could use a device such as a separate IR illuminator to flood the target area with more light if darkness is the problem at hand.

If I were to upgrade my wired cameras, is there a camera that would play nicely with the angel cam motion tagging? Our current cameras and CCTV set up doesn’t seem to support any motion tagging through the angel cam app. I can only see it at home with the DVR that’s wired in.

I was poking around with the IFTTT integration and it looks like I can buy motion sensors, but if I’m going to buy something, doesn’t it make sense to get some better cameras?

Thanks for any suggestions for guidance!

Can anyone refer a supplier for a new AXIS camera that is certified by AXIS for their warranty. Although Amazon has good prices, most Amazon sellers do not appear to have AXIS certification. I am located in Florida and ready to buy. Thank you.


please choose your closed Axis reseller from the list here



Currently, you can configure the motion detection on your camera and let it send the notification to us. This ensures that these events get marked on the timeline and almost every camera on the market supports this. You can find more info in this FAQ article.

IFTTT is also an option and if you choose an IFTTT compatible sensor, the motion detection reliability will be far better than any motion detection based on analyzing the video feed.

If you want to upgrade your cameras anyway, Axis has one of the best motion detection algorithms available. It’s up to you if you can justify the price difference when you already have a working CCTV system.