Security camera systems can be helpful in just about any setting. Whether you want to protect your home and loved ones or you want to keep an eye on your business and employees while you’re away, surveillance cameras can play a large role in providing you with a better sense of security.
Before you invest in a security camera system, it is wise to determine your budget, as well as your specific needs. Will you be monitoring indoors, outdoors, or both? Will you need surveillance around the clock or only during certain hours? Depending on your needs, different styles and features of security cameras may best suit you.
Dome Security Cameras
These cameras are dome shaped and are often tinted or clouded so that the direction of the lens is ambiguous. You may see large scale dome security cameras in high traffic areas like casinos or subway stations. Because its style is rather elusive, dome security cameras keep people guessing which usually results in better behavior. While these cameras do well in public places, they can be successful in monitoring your home or business as well. People tend to opt for dome security cameras because they are fairly easy to mount and install.
These cameras are more noticeable than dome cameras. The bullet security camera gets its name from its resemblance to a bullet shell casing. These security cameras can vary in size; some people use this style to be discreet and others use it to provide a daunting presence. Bullet security cameras are best used when there is a specific area you want to monitor. While dome cameras can capitalize on PTZ (Pan/Tilt/Zoom) abilities, bullet cameras often boast a better long range zoom. With the appropriate mounting bracket, bullet cameras can be installed virtually anywhere.
Infrared Security Cameras
An infrared camera can come in either bullet or dome styles. Regardless of the style, infrared cameras have LEDs (light emitting diodes) which surround the lens and are usually automatic. The Infrared LEDs enable you to monitor your business or property through the night. When the light source is low or diminished, the LEDs kick in, and often turn your color camera to black and white for better resolution.
Indoor & Outdoor Use
Most cameras are suited for indoor use, but not all cameras are ideal for outdoor use. You can find security cameras that are waterproof, weatherproof, or vandal proof, along with additional housing for cameras you wish to use outdoors.
Be sure to evaluate the locations for your security cameras, including light sources, protection and weather conditions (namely for outdoor cameras), surveillance field, etc., before you make any final decisions on your security camera system. If you would like to further discuss your options or need any assistance, please feel free to contact us at 1-888-203-6294. We are happy to help you find the best security camera system for you. Visit us online to browse our stock and connect with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Your home security system can be made up of a variety of security measures. Locks, alarms, motion sensors, the list goes on. However, security cameras can play a defining role. Security cameras can capture important footage when it comes to identifying suspects and for the purpose of hard evidence. But the goal of a home security system is to stop criminals before they act. Outdoor security cameras can help to deter burglars from targeting or entering your home. While indoor security cameras provide their own benefits, outdoor security cameras can act as your first line of defense.
Outdoor security cameras are built differently than indoor cameras in the sense that they must withstand much harsher conditions and adjust to varying lighting conditions. If the camera isn’t weatherproof, waterproof, and vandal proof, there is optional housing you may purchase, built to preserve and protect your cameras.
The location of your outdoor security cameras is ever important. You want them to be seen, yet not within reach for tampering. Evaluate the perimeter of your property, taking note of any places where burglars can hide or any dark corners. Common points of entry and detached garages or tool sheds will also warrant surveillance, as they are easier targets.
Wired Vs. Wireless
Wired outdoor security cameras will have a relatively reliable power source, as they are physically connected to it. However, depending on the location of your cameras, additional wiring may be necessary, and, consequently, may cost more. Another downside is that burglars can cut wires to disable your system.
Wireless security cameras are easy to install and move from different locations. Since they run on internal batteries, you must closely monitor your battery power to ensure your system is working properly. Also, wireless systems run the risk of interference from other electronic devices nearby.
While there are pros and cons to both types, you should consider your circumstances and choose the types of security cameras which suit you best.
Specs & Features
Image quality is important, especially outdoors where lighting conditions vary constantly. It is wise to choose security cameras with high resolution and day and night vision. These cameras will provide improved quality images in varying lighting conditions. Remember, color cameras may produce better picture quality, however, black and white cameras typically work better in low light conditions. As stated previously, choosing cameras that weatherproof, waterproof, and vandal proof may fare better in the long run.
Recording & Storage
Your recording and storage needs will depend on how you want access and save your footage. There are digital video recorders (DVRs) for most cameras, while network video recorders (NVRs) are usually reserved for network IP cameras. DVRs and NVRs usually store footage on a hard drive, but the size of the hard drive will depend on your individual needs. You may also set up a schedule for your system to delete old, unnecessary footage. You can monitor your feed in real time on a monitor or your home computer. Some systems also offer remote surveillance, where you can access it through your mobile phone or device/tablet. These offer added convenience and can even alert you of suspicious activity.
Should you require any help on deciding which equipment works best, feel free to contact us. We carry a wide range of security cameras and camera packages to suit your needs. We also provide installation, programming, and support services. Visit us online or give us a call 1-888-203-6294. You may also connect with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.