In recent years, video surveillance equipment has become more affordable leading to many home and business owners considering buying security cameras to protect their home, business and properties. Apart from improving security, security cameras allow you to record or monitor activity around an area. There is a wide variety of security cameras available, and it is important that you choose the best for your needs. Here are four valuable tips on how to choose the right security camera for your home or business.
There are five major types of security cameras:
· Infrared (IR) security cameras: They are commonly used in both homes and business. Infrared cameras produce a high color resolution video in low light or no light conditions. Whether used outdoors or indoors, they offer a clear video image. IR cameras can be weatherproofed and withstand extreme temperatures without getting damaged.
· Dome cameras: Dome cameras come in a variety of styles including pant tilt zoom controllable domes, vandal proof domes, outdoor domes, indoor domes and infrared domes. They are easy to install, even without an extra bracket. They offer a high level of surveillance as it is difficult to determine where the lens is actually pointing. Just like the IR cameras, dome cameras have a high resolution picture.
· Pro-box cameras: They are widely used in business establishments, including banks, supermarkets and convenience stores. It is possible to change the lenses of these cameras depending the zoom and viewing angle required.
· Pan tilt zoom cameras: They can be controlled via the DVR, remote viewing software or a joystick. They can rotate in any direction, right and left, up and down. Pan tilt zoom cameras are expensive to acquire and require an additional CAT5 cable for them to operate.
· Hidden Cameras: Hidden cameras provide the highest degree of surveillance. They are an ideal solution for low cost, undetected, do-it yourself surveillance. Their only shortcoming is that they do not offer infrared properties. This limits their performance in low light.
Tip 2: Choose Between a Wired and Wireless Cameras
Wired cameras offer a better video quality than wireless cameras. They are powered at the DVR location and only a single runs from the DVR to each individual camera. You can install the cameras up to 800 feet away from the DVR. To install the cameras more than 800 feet, you will need to use CAT5 cable with video baluns. Wired cameras have a longer lifespan and are highly reliable. Wireless cameras on the other hand have to be powered at the camera location. They come with an antenna that needs to work with a receiver to receive the video signal. For the camera to work efficiently there must be no obstacles or interference.
Tip 3: Decide Whether You Want Individual Cameras or Multi-Room Setups
You also have to choose the size of your security camera system, depending on your needs and budget. Individuals cameras help you to monitor a single area, usually your front door or driver way. Whole house systems help you to cover a wider area, both indoors and outdoors.
Tip 4: Always Prefer High Resolution Cameras
High definition and megapixel network cameras have a vital role to play in video surveillance applications. For most homeowners, a 1080p or 720p camera will offer enough resolution to have a clear image, even after zooming in.
Security cameras are important addition to your home or business. With an adequate understanding of the above tips, you will have an easy time choosing the right security camera for your application.