Whether checking in on one’s property, pets, children, or what have you, a home security camera is an excellent tool for keeping watch over things from afar. Security cameras allow the monitoring of what is happening in one’s home through either recorded or live video.

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Capabilities vary from one device to another and not all cameras are created equally. Some can send notifications to homeowners when they detect activity, others have sirens, some provide two-way audio, and others have full home automation features.

Just the Basics

There are some basic factors to consider when looking for a security camera. Evaluating the possibilities through the lens of the basic needs of a security camera can help whittle down the plethora of options.

Ease of Use

Nobody wants to spend hours learning how to operate their security cameras. That is why it is important for a camera to be simple to set up and to use.  A good camera is:

  • Easy to install & move.
  • Wireless to prevent tangles and issues of distance.
  • Simple set up
  • Problem free operation

Aesthetics

This may seem like an unnecessary component when considering security cameras, however, it is important that the camera looks like something that fits with the rest of the room. By blending the security cameras into the rest of the Bric a Brac in a room, criminals often overlook them. If they do not see it then they cannot circumvent them.

Field of View

The standard resolution for security cameras is 1080p. Furthermore, almost all security cameras on the market have a digital zoom to enlarge whatever the camera is recording. The more megapixels a camera sensor has, the more you can digitally zoom in and still be able to clearly see things.

In addition to resolution, the field of view of the security camera is also essential. All security cameras have lenses that are wide-angle. However, not all of the angles are equal. Generally, a security camera can see between 100 and 180 degrees. That is their field of view.

If the area being monitored is small then it is unnecessary to employ a camera with a wide field of view. Conversely, a camera with a narrow field of view is useless for monitoring a large room.

Connectivity

WiFi is used by most security cameras but not all of them rely upon it exclusively. For local control and easier setup through a smartphone, some add Bluetooth connectivity. Others incorporate home automation networking to interact with other devices.

There are three main types of connectivity for home security systems: landline (phone lines), broadband (Internet), or Cellular. Cellular is considered the most secure of the three due to the lack of external wires and ability to work in the event of a power outage.

According to PC Magazine,

“The vast majority of home security cameras today have mobile apps … Some have web portals as well, which add flexibility for obtaining your alerts and videos from anywhere.”

This logically leads to the next consideration … Notifications.

Notifications

The vast majority of security cameras send notifications whenever they detect any type of activity. Other cameras are more discerning and can identify the source of any activity to cut down on needless notifications.

In fact, some cameras are even employing face-recognition technology. This allows the camera to zoom in on people within its field of view automatically and send alerts for both recognized and unrecognized visitors.

Outdoor Cameras

While any security camera can be mounted and used within a structure, it takes a more rugged camera to survive being mounted outdoors. Exterior security cameras need to be waterproof, weatherproof, and suited to the lighting needs of the area it is watching.

Cost

This is last for a reason. While cost is an obvious factor, when it comes to home security it should be the least important factor. Home security cameras run the gambit from cheap — as low as $9.99 — to quite expensive with most of the top-rated falling somewhere around $200.

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As long as the camera offers everything you need, the price really should not matter. After all, one cannot put a price on security.

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