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August 27, 2020

What To Look For When Buying A New Home Security Camera

It's easy to see why most home security systems have at least one home security camera. But with so many different brands and features for cameras, it's tough to know what you really need. Do you buy one from a hardware shop and set it up yourself? Or should you to get your cameras installed by a professional? Should you look for one that streams in HD? Is it better to have an exterior camera attached to the overhang or a doorbell camera?

To explore these questions and other common questions, here is what you should look for in home security camera.

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3 Types Of Home Security Cameras

There are mostly three different kinds of home security cameras in . Each one has a specific type of use and can easily integrate with your home security system:

  • Outdoor home security camera: These cameras attach to the outside of your house to give you a wide view of your property, driveway, and main entrances.

  • Indoor home security cameras: Indoor cameras are fixed to a wall or sit on a level surface, and primarily view a single room within your house.

  • Doorbell cameras: A doorbell camera replaces your old doorbell and shows you if visitors or packages have arrived.

What Makes A “Great” Security Camera?

Stroll through the security camera section in a retail store, and you’ll learn that there’s a wide range of camera quality and features. Here’s a short list of what you should look for in your home security camera:

  • Wide field of vision: You'll probably want your camera to scan as much terrain as possible. Without a wide-angle lens, there will be more blind spots and areas where people can hide. Look for cameras with at least a 140° to 180° wide view.

  • Low-light capabilities: It doesn’t do you much good if your security cameras can’t view what’s going on when it’s dark. Look for a camera that comes with infrared LEDs that offer nighttime illumination.

  • HD resolution: The days of grainy blobs should be history. Only research cameras that record and stream in 720 HD or higher.

  • Durable construction: Your outdoor security cameras should be able to function when there’s poor weather conditions like thunderstorms, heat waves, or cold temperatures (some even include a built-in heater). Your indoor cameras should still work if they’re bumped or lightly fall to the floor.

  • Motion sensors: Even though you can program your cameras for a continual record, that takes a lot of recording space and power. Instead, try to find a security camera with motion sensors that begins to automatically record when it senses movement.

  • Two-way talk: Doorbell cameras should come with an intercom system so you can communicate with guests or delivery people without answering the door. However, similar 2-way audio functionality can be found capability with interior or exterior cameras as well.

  • Wireless install: A wireless camera can be added anywhere outside or in your home, and can be moved if necessary. Wireless placement is usually preferable to wiring your camera to a power line.

  • A user-friendly mobile app: How helpful is a security camera if it’s a pain to manage? Explore cameras that include a mobile app so you can watch live feeds in HD, record and email clips, and receive alerts when your cameras detect movement. It’s convenient when your security app also controls your comprehensive security and home automation system.       

Is It Better To Have Your Home Security Cameras Installed By A Professional?

Once you figure out what’s important for you in a home security camera, you have to decide if you should get your cameras good with tools, you may see if you can DIY a solution. However, if you’re unsure where to place your cameras, or don’t understand the tech, go ahead and get professional installation. Professionals, like Secure24 Alarm Systems, will place your cameras for ultimate security and connect your cameras to the mobile app. You may also think about professional installation if your security cameras pair to a complete residential security system.

Find The Best Home Security Cameras With Secure24 Alarm Systems

The best home security cameras with quality installation come from Secure24 Alarm Systems. Just contact us at 833-319-7449 or fill out the form below for your complimentary quote. We’ll discuss your options and how your cameras can integrate with your home security system.