Home security cameras have become an interesting option to add onto a home security system. Business have for years used surveillance cameras to monitor the promotions. As the technology has evolved and prices have come down, they have become more feature rich and affordable. But, before you go out and purchase a set home security cameras there are a few questions that you need to ask yourself.
Do you want to hear as what you are seeing?
There are security cameras on the market that have a built in microphone. These cameras are really good as 'nanny cams' as you get to hear and see what is going on.
Do you want to store the images taken by the camera?
It really depends on what you are trying to accomplish with the security camera. If you want to know who is at the front door, do you really need to preserve the video images? No, not really. If you know someone has been using your hot tub while you're a work, then you need to have the images stored so that you can identify who it is.
When it comes to storing the video there are two basic options you have available to you tape or hard drive. Video tape recording systems are inexpensive and quite reliable. Storing digital video on a hard drive allows for easier editing and searching of the video, but video can consume a lot of disk space.
Wireless any one?
You now have the choice of installing a wired or wireless camera. The camera will still need to be plugged into an outlet for electricity; however, you do not have to pull a video cable for the camera to work. Wireless cameras are easier to interface with a home security computer system that will allow you to monitor and record the video.
Is the location bright enough for the camera?
There needs to be enough light for the camera to capture a clear image. If it is too dark or the sun is shining into the camera's lens, you will not get a good image. Every camera has a lux rating. The lower the lux value the better the camera can function in low light situations.
Will there be a way to get electricity to the cameras?
Some cameras plug into the wall and use electricity for power while others use a battery power. As a rule there is not an abundance of power outlet on the roofline outdoors.
Do you want to remotely view what your security cameras are recording?
When the security cameras a hooked up to a home security computer and that computer is connected to the Internet, it becomes possible that you can use a web browser connect to your home computer and view the video footage being recorded by your security cameras. There is some software that needs to be installed and configurations to your computer need to be made to support this.
How many cameras do you think you will need?
You will have to check with your monitoring system for your home security system. Some of the systems can only accommodate two or three cameras. You will need to match your system to the number of security cameras that you will be installing. It might not be a bad idea to plan ahead and buy a system that can accommodate more cameras that what you are planning on installing, room for future expansion.
There you have it. The top 7 questions you need to ask yourself before purchasing and installing a home security camera.