We all want to feel safe at home. The possibilities of a break-is a worry for many homeowners. Setting up a thorough and well-planned surveillance system in the home can reduce your stress considerably. Security technology has advanced considerably in the past few years, making security cameras and kits much more accessible. Although that aspect is simpler, choosing the right one for your home can be difficult given all of the options available. The visibility range, the audio requirements, connectivity type, and positioning of the camera are just some considerations.
The following are some mandatory factors that need your consideration when choosing a security camera kit for your home.
- Basic Camera Capabilities
Go through the hardware specifications of the chosen kit. Look at the lens type and size, wide angle degree, and memory or storage capacity. Every millimetre of the lens size converts to meters. The limit up to which the camera can view the subject is called its focal length. The degree of the wide angle determines the field of vision. The focal length shortens as the angle gets wider.
- Brands of Home Security Camera
The brand name plays an important role in the quality of the kit you invest in. Top brands are recommended for the reputation they have gained for their consistent quality.
- Indoor or Outdoor
Security cameras are available for indoor and outdoor installation. Consider your requirements before you buy the camera. Indoor cameras are delicate in design while outdoor cameras are designed to withstand any weather condition. You can buy a combination of both types for your home depending on your requirements. Avoid installing indoor cameras outdoors as they will not last long. While outdoor cameras are more expensive and unnecessary for indoor installation.
- Battery Powered or Wired System
These stand-alone units are easy to install and are suitable for places where you do not need a multi-camera system. They work well as indoor cameras if you need surveillance for a specific time period in the day. They can be even relocated easily. Be aware though that these models are usually Wi-Fi enabled and hence need smooth internet connectivity to operate.
- Need for Support Lighting
Corners of your backyard or lawn that are dark after sunset will require additional lighting so that the camera operates smoothly. Without sufficient lighting, the camera switches to recording in black and white at night. LED lights for adding colour definition will help to keep meaningful records like the colour of passing vehicles, clothes of intruders etc. Additional support lighting is more cost-effective than investing in low light cameras.
- Camera Positioning and Installation Cost
Choose where to place the camera so it can get maximum coverage. Decide the number of cameras you need for covering the entire property area. Determine whether there is enough place for installing the camera at the chosen point. The trickier the place, the higher the installation cost. Include the cost of recorders, DVRs, cables, power supply, number of camera units you need, and labour cost while determining the overall installation budget.
Security cameras give a sense of security to homeowners. Although, while recent developments in technology have allowed for more affordable options, that doesn’t necessarily mean choosing the right one for your home is easy. There are so many options available, but by following the tips stated in this blog post you’ll find it easier to make a well-informed decision.