Can anyone name an outdoor IP/wifi style cam that doesn't have a wide angle lens?
  • I've been mildly successful getting a Wifi cam to work trained on my birdfeeders, but the wide angle lens means I have to get it too close for good focus in order to get what I want in frame. Does anyone have a camera they can name that doesn't have a wide angle lens? Doesn't have to be the latest and greatest. Bonus points if recheargable (otherwise I'm just going to have 2 more steps to mowing the lawn next summer.) Thanks!
  • Look for a camera with a varifocal or zoom lens - these can be zoomed in to give you a closer view of the feeder (the difference is that varifocal lenses are designed to be set once upon installation, whereas zoom lenses can be continually operated).

    Does the camera have to be WiFi? You will get much better reliability (especially for an outdoor camera), as well as more choice of cameras, if you can connect the camera by wired Ethernet.

    An Amcrest IP2M-858W could potentially be a good option for you.
  • Don't know if it would work with SS. Has Zoom.
    https://reolink.com/fi/product/rlc-511w/
  • The specs looks OK for that Reolink, however there are serious problems with Reolink cameras and we recommend that people avoid them for use with SecuritySpy. Please see our Supported Cameras list.
  • Thanks for the input! My problem with Reolink is their racist listings on Amazon (look at the graphics)- would never send them a penny.
    The Amcrest costs $300... I guess I forgot to note that I'm not interested in throwing more than $60-100 at this. The $30 camera I have out there now works, sort of, except for the wide angle lens.
  • Oh, no, there's no way to do it wired, thanks for asking. I'm on the second floor and the yard is on the other side of the building from computer room.
  • Outdoor plus WiFi is already quite hard to find - if you also need zoom for less than $100 it's going to be difficult to find something that is also of reasonable quality (i.e. not a crappy/no-name camera that won't work well). The SV3C B16VW-5MP-HX looks like it would fit the bill perhaps? SV3C is one of the more reliable manufacturers in the low-cost segment of the market.
  • I tore the internet apart and I can't find any evidence of that SV3C model for sale anywhere or what the cost might be.
  • Sorry about that, that SV3C camera is available from Amazon here in the UK, but perhaps in the US it's harder to find. The camera you link to does not state ONVIF support, so I would steer clear of that. If you're going to go for an unrecognisable brand (e.g. one that's not on our camera list) then you need it to explicitly state ONVIF support to stand a good chance of it working with SecuritySpy.
  • I did see this response when posted (but wasn't logged in on that machine)- thanks for your advice!

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