Requirements your camera has to meet
RTSP & h.264
A) AAC (recommended, higher quality)
B) alaw or ulaw (G.711)
- build-in microphone, or
- sound input (3,5 mm jack or RCA)
Internal build-in microphone, or external?
A) Do you want just to capture ambient sound, e.g. background noise, birds and similar? Than you will be most probably okay with a build-in microphone.
B) Do you want to have a crisp sound with low noise, hear every word or broadcast a conference, concert or other event? Than use external microphone or even professional sound mixer with 3,5mm or RCA cable.
Choosing the best external microphone
Any microphone with 3,5 mm plug or RCA will work. RCA microphones typically offer higher quality. Microphones optimized for security cameras exists as well, e.g.:
- HIKVISION DS-2FP2020, available from $56
- AXIS has a wide range of microphones, from affordable to professional, with cables from 20 cm do 100 meters
Choosing the best camera
For professional results
👉We have great experience with AXIS V59. It has fluent 30x PTZ (managed via camera's web interface or over IP and SDI ), XLR inputs for high quality audio - so it's easy to connect the output from your sound mixer to a camera. It has also HDMI output so you can use a camera in your video mixer as well.
For common needs
💡If possible, use Angelcam-ready or Angelcam-powered cameras - most models from AXIS and many models from HIKVISION are supported and you will get plug'n'play, secure and reliable connection (no need of port-forwarding).
In a case none of the listed models works for you, use AngelBox.
Professionals can use, if needed, while not recommended, port-forwarding as well.
Do you need help to choose the right camera?
If you need help to pick a specific model, please reach your local security dealer, or explain your needs in your our community forum. There are camera dealers (and our team as well) answering!