Security cameras are a corner stone of any good security system. Without cameras, identifying a burglar that broke into a home is very unlikely. Having cameras only on the outside of your home might be insufficient defense however. Generally outdoor cameras are going to be a lot easier to avoid and might not alert you in time to do something about a potential break-in.
Outdoor cameras are subject to a lot more variables that their indoor counterparts and a lot of different conditions might trigger the motion sensor to activate. This means that if you set up motion alerts for your outdoor cameras then it’s a lot more likely that you will ignore the alert because you might think,
“It’s probably just the trees blowing in the wind again.”
That’s one of the biggest advantages to having indoor cameras. Inside a home is a more controlled and predictable environment and any indoor camera alerts are going to probably be taken a lot more seriously. Not to mention that it’s nice to be able to check into your home and see what’s going on inside from time to time. That’s why it’s important to get the right indoor cameras that have all of the features that you’re going to need and won’t let you down during an emergency.
Important Indoor Camera Features
Everyone is going to have a slightly different perspective of what are the most important features that are going to make them feel safe. Not to mention that while some people are willing to pay a higher cost for only a few added features or a reputable brand, some people are looking for a the best deal with the most bang for their buck. To make shopping easier I like to break down all of the different features for a particular product and compare all of the different brands to see which one is the best for the money.
Motion detection is usually a pretty important feature for a security camera. Not only does it often tell the camera when to record video, but it also can send you an alert and let you know when something is happening on the video stream. This can save you money on data storage and give you early warning if something important is happening inside of your home. This feature is a little more difficult to gauge than simply looking up the cameras resolution. You’ll want to look up customer reviews and see if they complain about the motion sensors frequently.
Field of View
Field of view is referring to how wide of an angle the camera can record. If you’re looking to have cameras throughout the inside of your house with the fewest amounts of blind spots, you’ll want cameras with wider field of view so that you can cover more area with a lower amount of cameras. Some indoor cameras have a wide enough field of view to capture an entire room with just one camera, but for hallways or entrances you generally won’t need a wide field of view.
A lot of indoor cameras will have two way audio capabilities that enable the viewer to communicate with anyone near the physical camera. This feature can be handy for doorbell cameras or for parents who want to communicate with their kids while they are away from home. Generally outdoor cameras won’t record sound due to legal issues, especially in retail businesses or the like. If you plan on communicating with your camera, you’ll probably want to read some reviews on the sound quality.
Wi-Fi cameras have been gaining a lot of popularity in the last few years. This is probably due to increases in wireless technology and network speeds. Wireless indoor cameras are a lot easier to install and are more difficult to disable because there are no wires to cut. There in an array of other issues that come with wireless cameras, such as video delays and disconnects. It’s probably a good idea to look at the review to see if the product you’re looking at has frequent complaints about video delays. You should also make sure that your router or modem is compatible with streaming video.
Resolution refers to how much detail is captured. A higher resolution will usually have more detail because it has more space to record data, but this is not always the case. There are a lot of other factors that could affect the quality of the cameras. For example, a camera might have a really high resolution, but only 100 ISO, making it really hard to see in areas with lower light. The best way to determine the video quality of a camera is to find test or example footage online.
Night vision referrers to how far the camera can record in low or no-light environments. Most indoor cameras are going to have night vision, but not all of them. So you’ll probably want to check just to make sure. It is also possible to tie some cameras motion detector to a light with IFTTT and have it record that way. While this might help scare away any intruders and avoid needing night vision, it also gives them the opportunity to avoid your cameras. You can usually find test footage online that has the camera record in low light so you can see what it looks like before you make a purchasing decision.
Pan & Tilt Movement
Similar to field of view, pan and tilt movement allows the camera to capture a wider area, which reduces the total amount of camera you’ll need to capture an area without blind spots. Most of the more modern PTZ indoor cameras will have a mobile app that controls its movement settings. With these settings you can elect to have your camera pan back and forth in a sweeping pattern or you might just pan over to a different part of the room with the controls to see what is happening there. There cameras are great for capturing a large living room without having to place multiple cameras.
The cost of indoor cameras can often be tricky. Not only will you want to compare the features like resolution and field of view, but you’ll also probably want to consider compatibility with smart hubs, how well the mobile app works, reliability, delays, and many other factors. You can also cut costs by considering limiting the features of your purchase for different room types. For example, you might elect to get a camera with a lower field of view for hallways or lower resolution for smaller rooms where you won’t have to capture detail at a distance.
Smart Home Indoor Cameras
Over half of smart home devices are acquired at the same time as buying security equipment. This means that smart home devices and home security pair very well. Indoor cameras are no exception to this. If you’re a fan of IFTTT technology then you’re probably going to want to get indoor cameras that work well with these features. The good news is that most cameras these days have smart home features and compatibility. Home security like Protect America take it a step farther and connect all of your smart home features like cameras, lights, thermostats, etc. to a central hub and keeps you aware of everything going on in your house.
The advantage to having all of this connected to your security system is being able to react to emergencies like fires and police quickly. Let’s be honest, you’re not going to check your phone every single time it vibrates. That’s why having a professionally monitored security system is a lot more effective than one that you put together and monitor yourself. With professionally monitored home security like Protect America, security professionally monitoring your home will be able to react to these situations when you’re not available and have emergency services sent to your home before it’s too late.
If you’re interested in smart home security with great indoor cameras that you can view from anywhere, Protect America has you covered. They also have options like up to $1400 of free equipment, locked-in rates for life, and completely customized security that has absolutely no installation fees, ever. Get a free quote with Protect America today and have your security system shipped straight to your door today!