Home security cameras are a primary deterrent against robbery or worse, and a picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to evidence. In this article, we are going to discuss the best home security camera systems and which features might be right for you.
Your Typical Thief Doesn’t Want to be Famous
A clear shot of a thieves face can make it easier for police to arrest and convict wrongdoers. And with such evidence, police will be better equipped and more likely to track them down.
Where to Buy a Security Camera System
Many camera systems are offered by the same companies that supply the best security alarm systems. Some systems are available online or offered at electronic stores. Before you choose a camera or camera system, it is important that you decide which features are important to you.
Features to Consider
Indoor/Outdoor – Some cameras can only be used indoors as they are not protected from the elements.
Multiple Channel – Some cameras are connected together into systems that offer multiple views or angles.
DVR – Camera systems can record to a hardware DVR or a virtual one in the cloud.
App Access – Some systems offer app access to recorded images and even offer controls like pan, tilt, and zoom. With some apps, you can share snapshots or watch multiple live cameras or do two-way audio.
Wired vs. Wireless – Camera systems can be wired or wireless. Wired cameras are cheaper and have a more stable signal, but are more work to install. Wireless cameras operate from battery or solar panel. They cost more and can be subject to interference, but are more portable and easy to install.
Picture Quality – 720p HD is considered minimum. The higher the resolution, the more detail that you will be able to make out.
Night Vision – Night vision clarity is determined by the number of Infrared (IR) sensors and is measured by range.
Field of View – Field of view is the width that the camera can see.
Motion Detection/ Sound Detection – These features can activate the camera to record and notify you of an activity, and allow the camera to conserve energy until it is needed.
Possible Interactive Settings
- Zoom – Change from a distant shot to a close-up or close to distant.
- Pan – To scan from side to side.
- Tilt – To change the viewing angle or perspective.
- Audio – To hear or record sound and/or be heard.
DIY vs Professional Installation – I think this depends on your level of experience and skill set, but many systems say that they are easy to install. Of course, wireless will be easier to install as you don’t have to worry about routing the wires.
More to come
I will be writing more on this subject as we have barely scratched the surface. As you consider which features are most important to you and your family, please also consider what other security devices you would use in combination with a camera system to protect your home and family.
I will also put up a detailed product review and recommendation page shortly, that will allow you to compare your favorite brands.