There may be more than one way to peel an orange, but there’s only one way to make sure you’re getting the best in home security coverage, and that’s by doing your homework with a basic home security camera guide. When you are designing a home security system to cover the vulnerability of your home you want to make sure that you’re able to make the right decisions for your system. Home security systems of course include dozens of devices and electronics that can monitor your residence and alert you of any intrusion, but primary among them are good cameras for reliable surveillance. This article is meant to provide you with the most basic guide to security cameras and help you know where to begin your search for the security system that’s right for you.
The Camera Itself
Type in the search terms “home security camera” and literally hundreds of options will pop up for your perusal. Indoor and outdoor cameras, color and black and white, HD and analog, wired and wireless. These choices and more are going to plague your search. But you can start by deciding what TYPE of camera you’ll want.
There are indoor/outdoor cameras, such as the DOME camera, which has a transparent dome that is meant to protect the camera from weather and vandalism. There is the industry ranked BULLET camera which is normally a very durable camera with a long field of view. And of course there are small HIDDEN cameras or aesthetically pleasing IP cameras that are intended to be used for interior surveillance. Deciding which camera will satisfy your needs will quickly narrow down the search.
Some cameras have what is known as a FIXED focal length, others are called VERIFOCAL which means their lens can be manipulated so the field of vision they provide is adjustable. For exterior surveillance (and often lower prices) a fixed focal length can do just fine, as long as it is mounted properly in a place where the field of view provides the necessary coverage. Verifocal cameras or PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras are great for more versatile coverage and indoor surveillance as well.
Camera features also include the resolution and image that you’re going to receive during live display and playback. If your camera is an analog camera it broadcasts the same way old televisions did. While these are cheaper, they’re never going to give you the same level of crispness or detail, which can make the footage useless for facial IDs or license plate recognition.
Black and white footage was preferred to color footage for a while because when darkness fell, black and white was better quality than color. These days you’ll be pleased to find that the best cameras now stream in color and in low light can change over to infrared so that you continue to receive a valuable image even at night. These cameras will stream in 720p or even 1080p. So, these days it’s smart not to settle for anything less than an HD camera with infrared abilities.
Monitoring and Remote Accessibility
The final ability you should be concerned with is the ability to rely on your camera for motion detection monitoring, which will inform you via email or text message when there is movement in it’s field of vision. With self-monitoring abilities and the ability to remotely access your camera from a phone app you will enjoy complete control over your home security camera system.
When choosing how many cameras you need for your home it’s smart to balance the quality of camera with cost and number needed, but you shouldn’t have to settle for anything less than HD image, and motion detecting self-activating cameras that will allow you direct contact and control over your home security system.