How to Select Your Home Security Cameras
A Guide to Finding the Right Surveillance Equipment for You
Whether you want to keep an eye on your property while you’re away or deter criminals from targeting your home, home security cameras can help. By streaming footage directly to your phone or other personal devices, you have access to your home at any time. Plus, cameras installed outside your home demonstrates that your home is not an easy mark for criminal activity. What you can see and the effect of your cameras depends on which cameras you select for your Mendham, NJ home. With many options on the market, how do you choose one for this important job? In this article, we’re sorting out the different styles and types of cameras to help you make the right decision. Continue reading to learn more.
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Selecting the type of camera is the first step. The camera types are distinguished determined by how much visibility they provide and how they move. Below, we will go into the features, functions, benefits, and detractions of three common types.
Fixed cameras are the simplest option; they cover one area and cannot provide another picture unless you physically move the device. The benefit of their simplicity is that they don’t have as many pieces that can break and are therefore highly reliable.
Fixed cameras work well in enclosed areas, like doorways, where physical barriers limit the amount of space that needs to be covered. They can also work in series to cover larger spaces. By strategically placing many fixed cameras all over your property, you can achieve fuller coverage. In this case, installation becomes particularly important, so it’s best to work closely with a professional team.
That stands for “Point, Tilt, Zoom,” and refers to how you can move the camera to expand the area that a single camera can cover. You can adjust these cameras on your own or find a model that automatically moves based on motion or other environmental factors.
While these cameras can cover larger areas, they are not a catch all. The picture is still determined by the direction your camera is pointed, how it is tilted or what it’s zoomed in on. Therefore, these cameras could potentially cause you to miss something in the coverage area.
These cameras combine several fixed cameras inside a single housing. The images these cameras produce are then stitched together for a continuous, 360 view of a space. Some models allow you to zoom in on a particular point of the picture as well.
These models are often sold as a catch-all, but there are a few practical concerns. If you are installing these inside your home, for instance, physical barriers like walls and furniture could prevent you from seeing everything. Mapping out a careful plan can avoid these obstructions.
Next, you need to select what kind of housing will hold your cameras. The answer can affect performance, so we detail three types below.
These look like a bubble and are good at concealing the angle of the camera. If you are using a PTZ camera type and want to deter crime, then these might be the right option. It will be more difficult for criminals to see that the camera is not facing them; they will just see a camera.
This is probably what you see when you think “security camera.” They are long, usually cylindrical and point directly at the area they are covering.
Bullet camera housings hold the camera that the front which reduces the possibility that a glare will distort the image. Fixed cameras are typically housed in these models.
Sometimes, you don’t want your cameras to be seen. If you are using cameras inside your home, for instance, you might not want to disrupt your interior design. In this case, seek a discreet housing. Some of these are made to look like a smoke detector, while others are installed directly into the wall.
When selecting your home security cameras, it’s best to start with a discussion about how you want to use them and where. Start that conversation today by contacting Connect Consulting.