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Tips For Choosing A Surveillance Camera


Security Camera or CCTV isolate on white background 478836331It may be true that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, but when you’re looking for a security camera system to protect your home, you still need to look for the right pieces and the best pieces to fit your situation. Good security is more than just a matter of slapping the cheapest camera you can find out in front of your front door, it’s a calculated process that can get complicated. When you need to choose the security camera that you’re going to use in your home security system do you even know where to begin? Here are some very simple tips about choosing the right security camera for your home.

Different Kinds of Cameras

You can’t select a camera until you know what’s out there, and what kind of space you need your camera to fill. So! The first thing you need to think about are the various kinds of cameras that can be utilized to create a solid net of surveillance for you. Cameras are mostly divided between two categories: indoor and outdoor cameras. Indoor cameras have less need for protection so they can be small and unsealed cameras, or even hidden cameras, which many homeowners prefer for indoor monitoring. Outdoor cameras need to be completely protected from the weather and often come in completely metal boxes or transparent domes. Chances are you have heard of dome cameras, bullet cameras, and even hidden cameras before, now you just need to decide where to use them.

Focal Length and Resolution

827585_75890335Another couple elements that play a crucial role in the actual function of the camera you choose to use are the focal length and the resolution of the camera. Focal length is literally the distance that the camera sees at. There are two main types of focal function on cameras determining field of view: fixed focal length and varifocal. Fixed camera lenses are completely static or unable to be manipulated for the field of view to change, these are installed and film at one length. Varifocal can be manipulated and are easier to install since you can make sure your cameras are capturing the view that you want them too. There are also PTZ cameras, which can pan, tilt, and zoom while being remotely controlled. These cameras do you no good unless you have 24-hour guards to utilize their mobility, most of the time it is wiser to simply buy multiple varifocal lenses and cover the intended target doubly.

Resolution is a matter of how many pixels the camera has and can record information for. The better the resolution of the camera the better the information that your DVR can record for your use later. These days you shouldn’t have to settle for anything less than a 720p camera UNLESS you’re really strapped for budget.

Camera Features Not To Miss

There are a few other camera features that you really don’t want to miss out on with your camera purchasing. Because surveillance cameras really should be able to accomplish their purpose both night and day you want to make sure it has night vision or LED lights which can illuminate the scene with infrared light so that the camera can continue to register information. You want to buy cameras that have motion detection activation, so that you can know you have ANOTHER pair of eyes watching over your home, one that will respond directly to you.

If you keep your eyes open for these specific details in your security cameras you’ll be much more likely to get the devices that will protect you and help you feel really protected by your surveillance system.