With the rise of smart home devices, there are more options than ever for home security cameras. These devices can keep an eye on your home while you’re away, as well as alert you to any changes in activity.
But with so many options available, how do you choose the right one? We have some tips to help guide you choose your video security camera.
How many security cameras do I need?
The number of cameras you need depends on a variety of factors, including the size of your home and whether you want to be able to see what’s happening outside of it. If you live in a large house or apartment building and you want to keep an eye on what’s happening inside, we recommend installing at least one camera per room. That said, if you only have one camera, it can still cover a lot of ground — especially if you position it near an entryway or in the centre of the room.
Your security camera options
Today’s home security cameras come with a range of features and capabilities. There are three main types: indoor cameras that are designed to stay put inside your home; outdoor cameras that can withstand harsh weather conditions; and hybrid cameras that offer some combination of both. Some models even include built-in sirens that emit loud noises when triggered by motion detection or other events (e.g., when someone breaks into your home).
The best time to buy home security cameras
If your budget is tight, consider purchasing a single camera and adding more later if needed. You can always change out your old cameras for new ones as well so there’s no need to worry about having too many cameras if budgets allow for it later on down the road.
Different types of home security cameras
Fixed cameras are mounted to a wall or ceiling and can’t be moved. They’re typically less expensive than other alternatives, but they also lack flexibility. You’ll have to plan on where you want them installed before buying so that you don’t end up with a bunch of wasted equipment if you ever move or upgrade your system.
Pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras cost more than fixed cameras, but they offer much more flexibility. They come with multiple lenses, so you can adjust their field of view without moving the entire device. These are ideal for covering large areas where it would be impractical to install multiple fixed cameras (like a big yard or parking lot).
Bullet cameras are small enough to be mounted almost anywhere (they usually have a small hole in the front), and they’re commonly used as entryway or hallway security cameras because they blend into their surroundings so well. They have limited zoom capability and limited range compared to other types of video surveillance
Choosing the right home video camera is an important part of your security setup. The right video camera can make all the difference in how well you’re protected, and how much you enjoy using the system. We hope this guide helped you to decide on choosing your own security camera system.