Best camera for surveillance? Camcorder, a DVR, IP camera?

My need: A surveillance camera that is good enough to identify a face from 10 to 20 feet away, has night vision or IR, motion detection, and allows me to review and manage the recording files easily and quickly.

I have 5 options:

1.) CAMCORDER AS WEBCAM. I know there are some with IR and they can use the computer software for motion detection, management, etc.
Do they have the best possible picture quality?

2.) Plain Webcam.

3.) DVR Camera. Someone told me that they have more options than PC cameras. Is this true? Can I manage rename and notate files as easily with a DVR as I do with a PC?

4.) IP Cameras. I know nothing about this option. This sounds hard to setup.

5.) Trail cam

Given my needs what is the best option? Can be overwhelming to choose.

Post was last edited on April 5, 2019 1:01 AM PDT

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You need 3 things:
1. A camera that makes good enough images even in the dark.
2. A device to record the movies.
3. A device (PC?) with software to review and manage the recordings.

Either #1 or #2 must be smart enough to only make a image or store the image when needed (that's the motion detector part). And it makes sense to have that in #1.

I'd find a company to install this according to your needs. They can advice you on the hardware and software you need also.

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