10 Things You Need to Know About Surveillance Cameras


If you have ever had to shop for a surveillance camera, you know how complicated the process can be.  You have so much choice available.  The language sometimes gets too technical, and all the companies claim to have the best products.

We cannot underestimate the importance of surveillance cameras when thinking about home security systems. Read our list of 10 things you need to know about surveillance cameras.

1.    What Type of Camera Are You Buying

There are two broad categories; commercial grade and consumer grade security cameras.  Many local stores will stock the latter. Consumer grade has the advantage of coming with a video recorder.

Commercial grade surveillance cameras are more expensive. You have to purchase the video recorder separately.  The price will vary depending on connectivity, image processing, and storage.

2.    What Quality Should You Consider

Commercial security cameras are superior and will offer high performance; this could explain why they come in at a higher price point. The work well in different conditions, for instance, where it is low-light.

Consumer-grade cameras may face issues in some settings.  If for example, the lighting condition is not optimum, you will not capture good footage.  They, however, work well for residential in house use.  If, for example, you need a nanny Cam; you do not have to invest in a commercial-grade camera.

3.    The Camera Resolution

You may have come across the word ‘resolution’ but are not quite sure what it means.  A video image is made up of dots or pixels.  A high-quality image will have more dots.  A good video surveillance camera should give you between 1080p and 4K resolution.

While you can get a lot of detail from a 4K resolution camera, the files are massive, and you will require a lot of storage space.

4.    Does The Camera Allow For Integration

Everyone is talking about smart homes and numerous benefits.  Having a video surveillance system that allows you to integrate to other systems is a plus. Your video surveillance camera should, for example, pair with smart devices to give you voice control functionality.

If the camera captures a security breach, it should send you an alert.  You should then be able to trigger the alarm or even lock the doors.

5.    Storage Is Important

Most video cameras will come with internal storage; however, it is usually not much. You will, therefore, have to back up or delete some videos.  Look for a video surveillance camera that will allow for cloud storage.

Cloud storage is safe because it does not exist in a physical device.  Without it, a burglar can steal the video recorder, and you will lose your data.  With cloud storage, the information will exist whether the equipment is there or not.

6.    There Is a Danger of Hacking

Hackers continually target video surveillance cameras. Use a VPN router or firewall to keep your system safe.

7.    Take Advantage of Deep Learning

You will collect a lot of data, and looking through it can be tedious. With deep learning, you only need to specify what you need. Imagine you are looking for footage showing the postman; determine this, and the system will find the relevant footage.

8.    Increase Your Security with Thermal Video Surveillance Cameras

A thermal camera uses heat sensors to detect changes in ambient temperature. They are great for situations where the lighting is not good. If there is thick fog, an intruder can use the lack of visibility as cover, because your camera will not be able to capture footage.

The heat sensors will alert you that an intruder is approaching your house.

9.    You Have the Option of Wired and Wireless

If you are looking for an easy to install a camera, get a wireless one. They are also cheaper and allow for more flexibility. You do not have the cabling restrictions and therefore, have placement freedom.

Most wireless cameras are plug-and-play. You, therefore, do not need to put aside money for the technician.

10.  Forget 360 Degree Cameras; We Now Have 720 Degrees

If you need a full view, get a 360 degree or 720-degree camera. The latter will allow you a picture of all directions; up, down, left, and right simultaneously. Do note, however; you may need software to flatten the resulting image, because it may look warped. The high-end cameras already have the software installed, and you will get ready to use images.

Final Thoughts

Video surveillance cameras are excellent for home security. Whether you install it indoors or outdoors, you rest easy knowing you are doing what you can to protect your family. Before you opt for a video camera, consider what functionality you need.

Other things to consider include monitoring, wired or wireless, cloud storage, angle of view, warranty, customer service, among others.


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