With the Defender SP301-C, the night vision is acceptable, but very basic. The camera has 12 Infrared LED lights, which allow you to see fairly clear images even in the dark. The downside is that these images are only viewable within about 15 feet. There are many, many other security cameras with a much further range. On the other hand, how far do you really need to see? How would you determine someone is a threat until they get close to the home or business anyway? Is a burglar going to come strolling up with a crowbar or gun already brandished? This is not likely. Therefore, I personally take claims of a long range or field of vision with a grain of salt. So, 15 feet would probably be acceptable.
Of course, the cctv camera itself comes in housing which is weather resistant. This makes it very easy to use outside. I must say that after testing in the rough and tumble weather of New England, this model came through with flying colors.
As with most models, you can display the data directly on your computer. I find it quite fascinating to spend time every day just looking through at my different security cameras in order to see everything that is going on within my home. Actually, this is one of the biggest advantages of the modern security systems. Being able to save huge amounts of data on a hard drive or even a back up drive system is excellent. It certainly beats the old days where we would pop in an old VHS tape and then it would loop over every week or so. If we were really creative, maybe we used a different tape for each day of the week. In this case, it took about 7 weeks to start looping over. I even know one business that used 31 tapes, one for each day of the month.
Another big consideration is price. Actually the bigger concern here is value. Of course, we all like finding a deal. But a good deal on something that no one wants is no value at all. On the other hand, this is a solid security camera. True, it does not have quite as many bells and whistles as some of the other higher end models. At the same time, it has all of the basic features, and is plenty powerful enough to be effective for most jobs. I think the Defender is certainly worth a look. This is one of the models that I use in my business; we consider it to be a real work horse.
Once again, this is a classic example of the trade off you make between cost and value. The only way you will generally be able to get everything you want without any compromises is when you overpay. Then again, if you overpay, you have already made a trade off, right? Personally, I would prefer to keep my money and just focus on getting something adequate.