How to Choose the Right Security Camera
Thanks to ever-expanding options for video surveillance, it's never been easier to protect your home, business, and personal possessions. More and more home and business owners have opted to install private security networks on their premises to deter theft, monitor employee conduct, and stay aware of what's happening on or around their property. And it's no wonder why… security camera systems are now available for just about every need and budget, and give you the freedom to view video footage from both on-premises CCTV monitors, or remotely over the Internet.
Wondering how to choose the right security camera with all of the options on the market? Start your search in the right direction by asking yourself a few basic questions:
Bright Light or Low Light?
On the other hand, dim lighting conditions require a little extra consideration, because not every video surveillance camera is built to handle them. Look for a camera that has a light sensitivity rating of 1 Lux or below – it will either be labeled as a Day and Night camera, or will list low-light compatibility among their specifications. Day/night video cameras give you the most flexibility, as they allow you to consistently monitor a given space, even if light levels continually fluctuate.
Indoor or Outdoor?
Wind, rain, UV rays and contaminants can all take an indoor-use security camera down in no time, so if you need to film outdoors, be sure to go with a tougher outdoor-grade camera. Keep in mind that even though most indoor cameras can’t be used outside, many outdoor cameras are suitable for both indoor and outdoor surveillance.
Wired or Wireless?
On the other hand, wireless cameras can be placed virtually anywhere with ease, because you don’t have to worry about running new cable or patching into existing cable runs. Signal security is also becoming much less of an issue, thanks to ever-improving encryption protocols like Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) and Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP).
Fixed or PTZ?
Unlike their stationary counterparts, PTZs are designed to freely move their lenses back and forth horizontally (that's the "panning" part), vertically (aka "tilt"), and adjust lens focus (zoom). All of this can be done at your command, as needed, but there are also PTZ cameras that can be programmed to automatically pan, tilt and zoom whenever movement is detected.
On-Premises or Remote Viewing Access?
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