Worship Facility Gear Report: Security Cameras

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Security cameras play a significant role in preventing crimes for churches and ensuring the safety of worshipers. They are essential for protecting valuable resources and providing a safe environment, but because they’re typically visible, they are a deterrent against potential criminal activity. Let’s uncover a selection of the best security cameras for churches to address this crucial need.

1. ANNKE 3K Lite Outdoor Security System for place of worship with AI Human/Vehicle Detection and Email Alert with Image

The ANNKE 3K Lite Security Camera System Outdoor can capture clear and detailed footage with its 8-channel H.265+ DVR and eight 1920TVL 2MP IP66-rated home CCTV cameras. It also provides high-quality video, these weatherproof cameras can withstand various outdoor conditions, ensuring year-round protection. The system intelligently differentiates between humans and vehicles thanks to its AI-powered human/vehicle detection technology. It also reduces false alarms caused by irrelevant motion. You’ll get accurate real-time alerts for critical events, empowering you to take immediate action when needed. The smart playback feature simplifies footage review, saving time during analysis. Sends instant emails with images, providing visual confirmation of potential threats. With a 1TB hard drive, there’s enough storage to record important footage. Thanks to its user-friendly interface, the system is straightforward to set up and operate.


  • Brand: ANNKE
  • Connectivity Technology: BNC cable
  • Video Capture Resolution: 1080p
  • Unique Feature: Wired Security System
  • Compatible Devices: Smartphones, Personal Computers, Tablets, Cameras
  • Number of Channels: 8
  • True 1080P resolution Recording
  • AI Motion Detection 2.0. Detect human and vehicle
  • Smart Playback
  • Advanced sensors & smart IR capture clear images up to 100 ft. away
  • 1TB hard drive


  • Work even without the Internet
  • Fast technical support
  • 100 ft. Night Vision
  • Affordable


  • Sometimes missing parts
  • Poor instructions

2. Swann Home DVR Indoor or Outdoor Night vision Wired Surveillance CCTV for place of worship with HD Video, Heat Motion Detection, and LED Lights

The Swann Security camera System with LED light, is a comprehensive and reliable solution for church safety. With its 8-channel DVR and eight weatherproof cameras, this system ensures comprehensive coverage both indoors and outdoors. Its night vision technology, captures high-definition video with clarity and precision, even in low-light conditions. The weatherproof design ensures durability and performance in various environmental conditions. It sends accurate motion detection alerts directly to your smartphone, enabling you to react immediately to potential threats. Conveniently access live or recorded footage from anywhere using the user-friendly Swann Security camera app. With expandable storage of up to 1TB, you’ll have ample space to store and backup critical video data.

  • Brand: Swann
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Video Capture Resolution: 1080p, 4K, DVR CCTV SYSTEM
  • Storage Capacity: 1 TB
  • Compatible Devices: Cameras Gallery
  • Number of Channels: 8
  • True Detect Technology
  • Weatherproof Cameras With Wired Connection
  • Mobile Viewing and Notifications
  • Day/Night Vision
  • 300 Days of Local Recording
  • Easy to set up
  • Sometimes can give false alarms at night
  • Sometimes can have networking issue 

3. ZOSI Security Camera System for churches, Remote Control 8 Channel CCTV DVR with 4TB Hard Drive and Night Vision

The ZOSI Security Camera System is a comprehensive and reliable surveillance solution designed specifically for church security. With its advanced features and wide coverage, this high-quality camera system ensures the safety and protection of your place of worship. It features eight weatherproof 1080p cameras, providing exceptional quality and clarity. The cameras have a wide 105° viewing angle, enabling you to monitor large areas effectively. The night vision captures detailed footage even in complete darkness, ensuring round-the-clock protection. The system’s DVR does continuous recording and supports motion detection. It sends instant alerts to your smartphone or email whenever suspicious activity is detected. This helps you always to be aware of potential threats to your church. Installation is effortless thanks to the included mounting hardware and intuitive setup process. You can access the system remotely. Also can easily monitor your church from anywhere using a smartphone, tablet, or computer.

  • Brand: ZOSI
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Video Capture Resolution: 1080p, 4K
  • Memory Storage Capacity: 4 TB
  • Compatible: Smartphones, Personal Computers, Tablets, Cameras
  • Special Features: ‎Night vision
  • H.265+ High-Efficiency Video Compression
  • Weatherproof 1080p dome cameras
  • 105° view angle and 80ft night vision
  • Monitor without internet with the free ZOSI security camera app on mobile
  • Free ZOSI AVSS client on PC/Mac.
  • Four kinds of recording modes
  • 24/7 recording
  • Support is fast and responsive.
  • Cost

4. Hiseeu Security Camera System with 12″ Monitor Outdoor Night Vision Camera for churches

Hiseeu Security Camera System is an advanced, reliable solution to secure your place of worship. This comprehensive surveillance system has four high-definition cameras, offering crystal-clear video footage at 1080p resolution with its intelligent motion detection technology, the cameras can accurately detect any movement within their field of view. And it instantly sends notifications to your smartphone or email, so you can always stay informed. Its easy-to-use mobile app allows you to access live feeds and recorded videos from anywhere. Due to this, you will get peace of mind even while you are away. It has infrared night vision, allowing for round-the-clock monitoring, even in total darkness. The weatherproof design ensures durability and performance in various environmental conditions. This CCTV camera system also offers extensive storage capacity. Up to 2TB of storage with its included hard drive ensures you never miss an important moment. With its user-friendly interface and intuitive setup process, this surveillance system is suitable for both professionals and beginners.

  • Brand: Hiseeu
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Video Capture Resolution: 5MP
  • Memory Storage Capacity: 3 TB
  • Compatible: Smartphones, Personal Computers, Tablets, Cameras
  • Special Features: ‎Face Detection, H.265
  • 5MP Super HD & 2-Way Audio Function
  • 4K 8-Megapixel and H.265+ Video Compress
  • 1 Month Free Return & Exchange and 60-Days Money Back Warranty
  • Work with or without the Internet
  • Remote Access From Mobile App
  • Tech support is good
  • 1-Year Warranty
  • Life-Time Technical Support
  • Two-way audio does not always work properly


Accurate, fast, simple, and scalable, IDIS Deep Learning Analytics (IDLA) powered by the IDIS Deep Learning Engine, offers agile object detection and classification of people, cars, and bicycles, intrusion detection, and loitering detection—all adapted to fit a 16:9 ratio.

  • Lens Field of View Horizontal: 71 to 14° Vertical: 40 to 8°
  • Built-in heater
  • PoE (IEEE 802.3af Class 3), 12VDC
  • Supports H.265 / H.264 codec
  • Day and night (ICR)
  • True wide dynamic range (WDR)
  • Low light enhancer
  • Digital image stabilization (DIS)
  • IR LED (Distance : 30m)
  • 3-axis mechanical design for installation
  • Supports ONVIF
  • Dimensions
  • Weight
  • Back Light Compensation
  • Wide Dynamic Range
  • Motion Activated
  • None

6. AXIS M50 PTZ Camera Series

AXIS From banks to churches, AXIS M50 Series is ideal for a wide variety of indoor applications. The series includes two multisensor models with built-in PTZ as well as models with 10x optical zoom for total situational awareness. With everything displayed on one monitor, it’s possible to move from overview to detailed views in a single click. 

  • Image sensor 1/2.8” progressive scan RGB CMOS
  • Lens Varifocal. 2.2–11.0 mm, F1.4–F2.5
  • Horizontal field of view: 14°–71°
  • Vertical field of view: 8°–40°
  • Color: 0.1 lux at 30 IRE F1.4
  • Shutter speed 1/17000 s to 2 s
  • Pan/Tilt/Zoom Pan: ±179°, 100°/s
  • Tilt: 90°, 100°/s
  • Zoom: 5x optical, 12x digital
  • Dimensions 5.1 x 2.5 in
  • Weight 0.84 lb
  • 256 preset positions, control queue, on-screen directional indicator
  • Sweeping overviews, zoomed-in details
  • Up to 10x optical zoom and 12x digital zoom
  • Covers indoor areas, up to 400 m2 (4300 ft2)
  • None

7. Reolink Argus PT Ultra

The Reolink Argus PT Ultra with Solar Panel performs with better camera resolution, making it a great choice. While Reolink’s cloud storage isn’t as good as some brands, its microSD card slot gives it a local storage advantage. You don’t need a paid subscription to save videos from your Reolink camera. It’s also convenient that this is a solar-powered security camera. The included Reolink solar panel means you don’t have to charge the battery every few months.

  • Type: DMX Lighting Controller
  • Connectivity: 2 x 3-pin DMX, 2 x 5-pin DMX, 1 x Type-B USB, 1 x 1/8″ (line in)
  • Power Source: USB type B bus power
  • Height: 2.44″
  • Width: 7.68″
  • Dimensions:Φ98 x 122mm
  • Weight: 481g
  • Affordable (especially the solar panels)
  • Excellent video quality
  • Bright spotlight
  • MicroSD video storage
  • No removable battery

8. Google Nest Cam

The Google Nest Cam is great for image, video, and sound quality, producing excellent recordings. Plus, it opens up most of its smart alerts to users without a Nest Aware subscription. There’s even free cloud storage, making Nest a good option for churches with a tight budget. It stores only three hours of video clips, but that’s better than some brand’s complete lack of free video history. As a bonus, built-in video storage keeps the camera recording up to a week’s worth of clips when the internet drops.

  • 1920 x 1080 Resolution at 30 fps
  • Up to 20′ of Night Vision
  • 130° Diagonal Field of View
  • Mic & Speaker for 2-Way Talk
  • Two-Way Audio with Noise Cancellation
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Motion Detection
  • Dual-Band Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • IP54-Rated Dust & Water Protection
  • Dimensions: W: 3.3 x L: 3.3″ / W: 8.3 x L: 8.3 cm
  • Weight: 14 oz / 398 g.
  • Great video quality
  • Battery-powered
  • Local backup storage
  • Quality design and aesthetic
Reason To Avoid
  • High price
  • Facial recognition requires subscription

9. Arlo Pro 4

The Arlo Pro 4 offers compatibility with more smart platforms than any other entry on this list. It doesn’t need a power cord and still manages to outperform the competition. Its Wi-Fi connection and battery make it easy to install anywhere a ladder can reach. The Arlo Pro 4 is an excellent battery-powered camera, especially if you want a quick setup, multiple cameras, and outstanding video quality. Its 2K video captures more detail than 1080p outdoor cameras and records clear video any time of day, thanks to infrared night vision and a built-in spotlight.

  • Voltage: 240 volts
  • Video Capture Resolution: 2K
  • Power Source: Battery Powered
  • Connectivity Technology: Wi-Fi
  • Dimensions: 3.5 x 2 x 3 inches
  • Weight: 0.69 lb.
  • 2K video resolution
  • 100% wire-free design
  • Indoor/outdoor versatility
  • Smart home integration
  • High price
  • Paid cloud storage

10. ANNKE 5MP Lite Remote Access Outdoor Wired CCTV Camera for church or worship with AI Human/Vehicle Detection

The ANNKE 5MP Lite Wired Security Camera System is a good choice for safeguarding churches and places of worship. With its advanced features and long-lasting construction, this high-quality camera system provides comprehensive safety solutions. It includes four weatherproof 1080p cameras that capture crystal-clear footage, ensuring optimal surveillance in all conditions. The cameras boast a wide viewing angle and excellent night vision capabilities, enabling you to monitor every corner of your church, day or night. It’s equipped with intelligent motion detection technology. ANNKE security camera system sends instant alerts to your smartphone or email as soon as any suspicious activity is detected. This ensures that you are informed and can take appropriate action immediately. Installation and setup are hassle-free, thanks to the user-friendly design and included mounting hardware. It supports remote access, allowing you to view recorded or live footage from anywhere using your tablet, smartphone, or computer.

  • Brand: ANNKE
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Video Capture Resolution: 1080p, 4K
  • Memory Storage Capacity: 1000 GB
  • H.265+ 8CH Surveillance DVR for Smoother & Longer Recording
  • 1TB Hard Drive and True 1080P Recording
  • AI Motion Detection 2.0
  • Advanced sensors & intelligent IR 
  • Capture clear images up to 100ft away.
  • IP66 weatherproof and ABS exterior housing
  • 30-Day Return Guarantee
  • Great Customer service
  • Hassle-free installation and easy to use
  • Remote Access
  • Some customer claims cables quality is not good

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