Selecting the Right Home Security Camera
When in the market for a security camera, all of the different options can be mind-boggling. After all, there are many different types of features to select from within a huge price range. How do you know what’s right for your home? It all depends on what security features you are deadest on having. The best place to begin your hunt for a security camera is to know the different types that are out there.
Types of Security Cameras
First off, there are two simple camps of home security cameras: indoor cameras and outdoor cameras. Each type obviously pertains to a different area that needs protecting. There’s no comparing these two different area types, instead, you’ll need to look at the different features within the type of camera.
Generally, these are the most prevalent types of cameras on the market:
- Dome Cameras: These are fixed in place and are ceiling-mounted.
- Bullet Cameras: These are cylindrical in shape. They offer a range of coverage and are often wall-mounted.
- Wireless Cameras: These are extremely popular. Many of these can be added to an existing home automation system.
- Live Stream Cameras: Provide live stream footage. They can be placed virtually anywhere—for example, on top of furniture.
Security Camera Features
It’s up to you whether you feel you’ll need both an indoor and outdoor security camera, and if you’ll need multiples of each. Let’s go over some of the features you’ll come across. Keep in mind that you can find standalone cameras and ones that come with your specific home security monitoring service provider.
- Motion Detection: Motion detection home security cameras pick up on motion and have the ability to send you an alert notification movement occurs.
- Field of View: This refers to how much a camera can see, in terms of the width of an area. The larger the field of view, the more you can see in a single area. This will influence how many cameras you’ll select for your home monitoring needs.
- Zoom: Cameras with a zoom feature provide magnification, which lets you hone in on specific areas within or around your home. (ie: a 8x zoom is pretty standard among zoom cameras)
- Resolution: This refers to how clear the surveillance footage is. A high definition camera allows you to watch and record video surveillance in HD, 720p or 1080p resolution.
- Digital Audio: Not only can you see, but you can also hear everything with the camera’s built-in speaker and microphone.
- Two-Way Communication: Cameras with both a microphone and speaker support two-way communication. This allows you to communicate with whoever is near the camera.
- Wi-Fi Compatibility: If a camera is Wi-Fi compatible, it can effortlessly connect to your home Wi-Fi network. It makes it easier to use and faster to setup.
- Remote Access: Remote access allows you to remotely watch footage on a Wi-Fi smartphone or tablet. Notifications via email and text can be personalized to desired alert settings.
- Infrared Night Vision: Cameras with night vision allow you to see footage even when there’s little to no light.
- Movement: A camera that can move can capture more than a camera that is static. It provides a larger surveillance area, resulting in better protection.