Security surveillance systems are becoming essential in our everyday lives, whether for keeping our homes and loved ones safe, or providing some vital monitoring of our work environments and businesses. With technology developing at an unprecedented pace, our options are also increasing and thus, leaving many of us baffled as where to start from and what to look for. Our guide to the essential features of security cameras not to be overlooked is one aid, which may provide you with much-needed tips and hints.
A clarification note is important; this guide will only focus on security cameras. When considering a security camera, there are features, specs and general tech capacities that you should pay attention to. Not all security cameras are fit for the job you want them to execute.
Some webcams are also often slipped under the security camera category. While they may have some features in common with security cameras, it is important to note that webcams cannot execute the most vital features allowed by security cameras. For one, they do not alert you of potential security threats and issues.
This guide is for DIY cameras or cameras without professional monitoring services, which means, contacting the police or proper authorities falls under your responsibility.
Let’s get started.
1) How Will You Connect
The DIY security cameras such as the ones offered by Time2 operate on Wi-Fi. This means no wires to deal with, and no additional wires to be hacked with. However, this also means that you need to position the security camera in a range of your wireless network for it to function to its optimal capacity – a slow or weak Wi-Fi signal may also interfere with the footage captured.
If this is a concern, check for a 3G/4G options (external or internal) and for a data SIM card to secure proper connection. Also, remember to check whether your camera system required batteries or a power source or both.
2) How Will You Monitor
If the security camera requires you to contact the authorities, this means that you also need to make sure that the security camera is compatible with your smartphone and offers an app, which you can easily access and acquire. These apps will allow you to view the captured or streamed footage and will receive the alerts sent by the camera.
3) What Are Your Necessary Basics
Different security cameras offer different features. Make sure that your chosen security camera at least offers these basic features: motion and sound alerts, night vision, built in speaker and audio (two way) – if you are planning on using it for communication. The two way audio and speaker are particularly useful when monitoring after children and pets.
Now, let’s dive into the variety of features offered by security cameras. Security cameras can start with basic features including live streaming, alerts, night vision, to facial recognition, location selection/activity zones, to built-in sirens, alarms, to smoke and carbon monoxide detector features.
4) How Will You Capture Footage
It’s also important not to merely assume that a security camera offers live streaming. Some security cameras only allow you to capture images and not videos. Others may only offer streaming but not footage storage, while there are those that only start recording when triggered by motion or other sensors. When choosing a security camera, look into its video options and capabilities not to walk out with a security camera that is not suitable for the desired task.
5) What To Look For In Video Quality
The quality of the video is also an important note to take. The clearer and sharper the images the happier you will be. There are high-definition cameras, and video focuses that may vary from 720p to 1080p and so on. When choosing an HD camera, make sure it won’t interfere with the Internet connection, thus creating lag times and bandwidth holdups. As mentioned not all security cameras offer video storage. Some of the storage options include: cloud storage, local storage, and micro SD card storage.
6) What Will You Capture
The view captured by your security camera is practically one of the most important features to consider. Check for the degree of the angle, the distance captured, and check for motion control if you would like to monitor a designated area.
With these categories and essential features in mind, first you can start considering what you want your security camera to execute and how you want it to execute. Basically, keep in mind “the how, when, and where”, and look for the features and capacities mentioned above.
Added by Sona on 30th Dec 2015 in Security Cameras
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