Today, there are lots of security cameras available in the market. The tricky part is choosing a camera that effectively meets your needs. With so many models and features to compare, how do you get a security camera that will help you achieve your surveillance goals? Here are some key points to guide you.
- Use: Outdoor or Indoor
Outdoor security cameras are different from security cameras that are meant for indoor use. These differences are in terms of the external factors that each type of camera is exposed to and the area to be covered by the cameras.
For example, outdoor cameras have to be able to withstand the different elements of weather such as wind, rain and heat as well as the possibility of being tampered with. Indoor cameras are usually smaller and more lightweight compared to outdoor cameras.
A security camera’s resolution determines the quality of footage that is recorded by the camera. Cameras with good resolution produce images that are clear, sharp and thus more detailed when it comes to what can be seen. Therefore, when buying a security camera, choose one that has a good resolution, such as the Netvue Vigil or any other kind of Netvue camera.
- Field Of View
The field of view of a camera determines the size of space that the camera can cover. Security cameras that rotate or pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) are able to cover a wider area using just one device. The zooming capability also makes it possible to see small details in any footage.
Therefore, when you look for a camera, choose one that has he PTZ feature or which can rotate to increase the field of view.
- Ease Of Setting Up
Security cameras are increasingly becoming smaller and easy to install. Moreover, wireless cameras do not require complicated installation processes like cabling and a lot of drilling and screwing. Select a camera that is easy to install such as the Netvue Vigil.
- Storage Type and Capacity
Security cameras use devices like SD cards and the cloud to store their footage. When choosing a storage type, go for one that ensures that your data is well protected. You also need to consider a storage whose capacity is adequate for your footage recording needs.
A storage type that allows you to view footage on your smartphone or computer offers convenience.
- Night Vision/Low-Light Capability
To record footage at night or in low light and get good footage, you need a security camera that has the night vision and low-light capability feature. You should consider getting yourself a camera that is infrared-enabled if you would like to use it to capture events at night.
- Motion and Noise Detection
It is best to choose a smart camera that has sensors to detect movement and noise. Such a camera will sense noises and movements and send you alerts on your smartphone.
- 24-Hour Recording Capability
If you would like to monitor your home or premises on a 24-hour basis, it is best to select a security camera that can record video continuously, both day and night.
While indoor cameras are safe from elements such as rain and direct sunlight, the same cannot be said of outdoor cameras. Since outdoor cameras are going to be exposed to some of the weather elements, you need to buy an outdoor camera that is waterproof, shockproof, and which can withstand high and low temperatures.
A warranty is a sign of a product manufacturer’s commitment to quality. You should choose a security camera that has a warranty. For example, every Netvue camera model comes with a one-year warranty plus lifetime service.