Security Cameras have come a long way from their once clunky, artificial and most likely blurry images. Security cameras are one of the best ways to protect you, your family, and your property from potential threats. While a plethora of home security camera options that are available can be nice, it can also be difficult and even stressful to pick out the best home security camera for your specific home. Lucky for you, here at Safelink Systems we specialize in home security cameras and we are here to help you find the best product that fits your needs. In this blog we’ll discuss the two main categories of home security cameras, their features, and how to determine which security cameras are the best for your home, so keep reading.
Indoor Home Security Camera Types and Features
Wired Indoor Cameras
Wired indoor security cameras are cameras that are connected to their central recording device by a cable. These cameras are typically also known as dome cameras like you might see mounted on a business’ ceiling. Wired indoor cameras provide a wide field of view inside the home, but usually require a professional’s help to ensure the wires are properly installed.
Wireless Indoor Cameras
Wireless indoor cameras, also known as Wi-Fi or IP cameras do not have a cable connecting it to a central recording device. Instead, these types of cameras transmit the video data via Wi-Fi, saving to the customer’s cloud. These cameras are easy to install by yourself thanks to not having a cable, however they still require to be plugged into a power source.
Important Indoor Security Camera Features
With a built in microphone and a speaker, your security camera will allow you to carry a conversation with someone in your home. This can come in handy when trying to scare off intruders without confronting them face to face. Or, you could use a two-way talk camera to play a prank on your roomie. 😉
Maintaining privacy is just as important with or without indoor cameras. Geofencing and scheduling is a feature that allows you to automate your cameras to turn off while you’re home, and automatically turns them back on when you are not home.
Indoor cameras typically only let you record all the time, or only when motion is detected. In either case, the system will send an alert to you so that you’re aware of any potential problem.
A camera could have all the right features, but it’s useless if you can’t access the stored footage. It’s important that you are able to easily access the footage to be able to view events in real time, or after the fact.
A good picture
Kind of like the storage aspect, a camera could have all the right features, but it’s pretty much useless if you can’t tell what anything is in the footage. When searching for the perfect home security cameras for your home, look for a system that offers AT LEAST full-high resolution, aka 1080p or a 2 megapixel sensor. Also look to see if it has the ability to livestream camera footage to your phone or computer for easy access.
A wide-angle lens or pan-tilt capabilities
A security camera with a wide-angle lens or pan-tilt capabilities will allow you a wider scope of your home of around 130 degrees, showing both left and right of the camera.
Outdoor Home Security Camera Types and Features
Wired Outdoor Cameras
Wired outdoor cameras are exactly what it sounds like: an outdoor camera that has a wire running from it to a designated recording device. These cameras are typically “bullet style”, long and cylindrical. They can be mounted on ceilings and walls and don’t need to be plugged into an outlet, however they do require professional installation.
Wireless Outdoor Cameras
Wireless outdoor cameras, like wireless indoor cameras, have a wide field of view that’s usually 130 degrees or more, and they cover a larger area than most wired outdoor cameras. Wireless outdoor cameras differ from indoor wireless cameras in the way that they are weatherproof, and need to be mounted to a wall with a mounting plate and screws.
Wire-Free Outdoor Cameras
Wire-free outdoor cameras differ from wireless outdoor cameras in that they typically operate on batteries and don’t have to be plugged into a power source at all. They turn on only when their motion detector is triggered and they are easy to install yourself.
Outdoor Floodlight Cameras
You’ve probably heard of flood light cameras before. They are those extra large lights that turn on when a camera does. The floodlight, a part of a camera, allows the camera to pick up better images and even scare off intruders.
Outdoor Video Doorbells
Video doorbell cameras are growing in popularity and for good reason! A video doorbell replaces your standard doorbell with one that has a camera inside. When the doorbell is pressed or even if the camera detects motion, then it automatically starts recording and opens the two-way audio. Most video doorbell cameras need to be hardwired into your current doorbell wiring.
Important Outdoor Security Camera Features
Having a security camera that has sound detection adds an extra layer of protection because it can trigger a recording even before the camera itself sees anything.
Like we mentioned earlier, a security camera could have all the right features, but it’s useless if you can’t access the stored footage. It’s important that you are able to easily access the footage to be able to view events in real time, or after the fact.
This feature allows the camera to see what’s happening even when it’s dark outside. It’s important to have an outdoor security camera that has night vision so that you can catch potential intruders day or night. Alternatively, some cameras have built-in flood lights or even spotlights that provide full-color nighttime photos whereas cameras that use night vision technology are typically in black and white.
Kind of like indoor security cameras, a camera could have all the right features, but it’s pretty much useless if you can’t tell what anything is in the video footage. When searching for the perfect home security cameras for your home, look for a system that offers AT LEAST full-high resolution, aka 1080p or a 2 megapixel sensor. Also look to see if it has the ability to livestream camera footage to your phone or computer for easy access.
Motion-activated recording and alerts
An outdoor camera should start recording as soon as it detects any motion AND sends an alert. The second part of that is crucial because what’s the use in watching someone steal your property after the fact? The camera’s sound detector should be able to pick up even the faintest of noises like glass breaking, garbage can’s moving, a dog barking, etc.
Should I Get Outdoor or Indoor Home Security Cameras?
So the question now becomes, should I get outdoor or indoor home security cameras? That answer is entirely up to you and what you think is best. Here at Safelink Security Systems we provide you with the tools necessary to do everything you can to keep your home and family safe. For complete home security, consider getting both indoor and outdoor home security cameras because it will give you the best chance at catching any potential trouble on camera. If you must choose one, indoor or outdoor security cameras, then we recommend starting with interior cameras that are motion activated so that they start recording at any sight of trouble directly related to your family and your indoor property. If you have the opportunity to try and deter criminals from targeting your home, then what are you waiting for?
Home Security Cameras at Safelink Security Systems
There are multiple different home security cameras OKC residents can choose from. The key, though, is picking a security camera OKC residents can always rely on and trust. Here at Safelink Security Systems your safety is our number one priority, that’s why we offer more than just home security cameras. We also offer multiple different services like home security, commercial security, alarm monitoring, home security installation and home security evaluations. To learn more about the products and services we offer, visit our website, give us a call, or visit us in person! We have two convenient locations to better serve the Oklahoma community. Visit our website to request an appointment and a trained professional will contact you on the same day. Talk to you soon!