ilikebike wrote:Security cameras, especially home ones, should be installed so that they are visible. You want them to act as a deterrent first and evidence second.
As with all design questions "It depends". In areas where the exposed camera can be reached, a hidden camera pointing at it works fantastic to catch people; they think they are being sneaky and covering the lens and while they do they turn their face right to the hidden camera. But you just burned two channels and drive space for one area -- cost vs benefit?
Also, you really want the cameras to be down closer to face level, underneath a baseball hat visor; the cameras are really reachable there. Hidden ones can be obtained at all different prices, some as low as $50.
I have this DVR and some cheaper cameras where I paid a little more. The DVR is a little cobby, but fine enough. My cameras are junk. The drive size should be at 1-2 Tb for 8 active channels. These cameras appear better, but the cabling harnesses can be a pain to work with.
I have installed several systems, and often get advice from a large CCTV reseller in Austin TX.
Important-- don't short change your budget on other cameras. The entire expense becomes a waste if you do not invest in decent cameras.
A really nice set of eight use-based cameras can approach $3200, and it takes some work to properly locate and cable them. Do the research, if 20 hours time saves you $1000, is it worth it?
Sorry for the length, hope it helps.