Having the right security cameras will allow you to also maintain inventory and prevent burglars from getting away with your goods.
In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of buying a security camera, the factors you should consider before purchasing a security camera and the different types of surveillance cameras and their specificities.James Colins
Security Camera System Buyer Guide
Table of Contents
Security Camera System Buyer Guide
- The Benefits of Having Surveillance Cameras
- Benefit 1: Keeping an Eye on Loved Ones
- Benefit 2: Nanny Cam
- Benefit 3: Crime deterring
- Benefit 4: Monitor employees or what’s happening
- Benefit 5: Gathering Evidence
- Benefit 6: Record maintenance
- Factors to Consider Before Buying a Security Camera
- Different Types of Cameras
- The Final Verdict
The Benefits of Having Surveillance Cameras
Now, as we mentioned you’ll be utilizing your potential security camera either at your home or your place of business. For one of the first benefits, we’ll be taking a closer look at your residence, rather than commercial property. Some of the benefits of owning a security system for your residence includes the following.
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Benefit 1: Keeping an Eye on Loved Ones
Your family is more important than your work (while money is great, your family is even better).
Having a security system will allow you to monitor their safety while you’re away. Whether it’s an elderly parent or your oldest babysitting your youngest, having a system implemented within your residence will ensure a weight is lifted off of your shoulders.
Many of the security systems now allow you to monitor the feed through a phone app, whether you’re on Android or iOS.
Security cameras aren’t just for the outside of your home either, as you’ll be able to put them inside your home, too, to monitor what your kids are doing or to act as a baby monitor of sorts if you want something efficient.
Benefit 2: Nanny Cam
While there are more efficient nanny cams out there, basic security systems do exist for those to use within their home as nanny cams.
Whether you hide it or not, you’ll be able to watch if your nanny is doing their job and that you can trust them with your youngins’. There are far too many scary stories out there that include a nanny not knowing a camera was there and harming the child – effectively allowing the parent or guardian to see that they are unfit for the job.
While this goes hand in hand with keeping an eye on your loved ones, it’s extremely important to distinguish that you can absolutely use it to monitor your baby and the activity revolving around the baby.
Many times, various security systems will have some sort of Wi-Fi built in so that when you see something you don’t like, you can take action accordingly. Many also come with the ability to detect motion and then turn on when that motion is effectively detected.
Don’t want someone in a certain room? You can now monitor when they attempt to!
Benefit 3: Crime deterring
You may be wondering, “how does it deter crime if crime is caught on camera already?”
Simple: when MOST culprits see that there are cameras, they tend to run away as they generally aren’t smart enough to scope out their potential crime area.
Beyond this, they see that a camera exists and don’t come prepared, making them nervous and leaving. When this happens, they see that they’ve already been caught near on camera and won’t come back, as now, there’s a possibility of the store or homeowner being ready for their arrival.
Anyone with a security system implemented within their home or store is that much scarier without even stepping into view.
Benefit 4: Monitor employees or what’s happening
A security system is a great way to monitor employees or activity that goes on outside of your home.
Depending on what size you’re purchasing, you may be able to hide it well enough so that you’re not exposing that you’re viewing some of the activity of your neighbors on the property of your home.
We think it’s worth mentioning that those who are planning to monitor the activity of their employees should use a security system that they’re aware of, and not illegally hide anything – or else YOU’LL have the law suit on your hands.
Benefit 5: Gathering Evidence
Of course, naturally, when you’re monitoring criminal activity with your security system, you’re naturally gathering evidence.
Many security systems (if not all), come with some sort of recording mechanism that allows you to send this footage right to your computer or to your smartphone.When you’re able to gather high-quality evidence of your findings, you’re able to pin down the culprit or bad employee that much quicker and easier – you won’t look like the crazy person in the scenario.
Another area of “gathering evidence” could be if someone tries to make a false claim against you, another employee, or the company as a whole.
Say that a customer came in demanding that you fixed or refunded them for something they broke (or another scenario), and you politely told them your policies, to which they didn’t care to hear and made a big scene – now, they’re threatening to go over your head! But wait – you have evidence proving that you weren’t wrong, and you were following proper protocol.
Unfortunately, nowadays, it’s far too common for someone to try and “pull a fast one” on a company to potentially sue and get money. With the right security system, you don’t have to worry about this in the slightest.
Benefit 6: Record maintenance
Last but surely not least, another advantage of implementing a security system within your workplace is so that you can maintain records.
Maybe you have a home office that you want to utilize a security system in. Regardless, you’ll be able to see what times certain events happening, thanks to the security camera monitoring and chronicling the times of these events – you’ll have actually proved backing up your claims in regards to time and what happened.
Factors to Consider Before Buying a Security Camera
Before we get too deep into the types of security cameras that you should look towards, and the various types in general, you should know how to keep a record of the activity that happens on the camera. Whether you just want a record of the time and that nothing happened on said days, or you KNOW there was suspicious activity in the area, you’ll want to utilize one of the following:
Factor 1: Hard Drives
The aforementioned storage method is imperative when trying to keep a long track.
The built-in HDD of a security system (if they have one) doesn’t have as much space as everyone desires, and the footage must be backed up accordingly, so that the camera can begin monitoring again.
When this happens, you’ll want to utilize the method of a hard drive (which can have as much space as you desire) to back up said footage.
Factor 2: The Cloud
You know how your iPhone has the cloud, a virtual server that you’re able to back up everything on?
The same can happen for the footage in your security camera. You can pay to store important footage elsewhere, where no one can destroy it.
You won’t have to worry about the culprit potentially finding your footage and trying to destroy it, as it’s saved away, password protected in a secret cloud.
Factors 3: Memory Cards
While not the most effective, there are some security cameras that have systems in which you’re able to store away the footage on a memory card of sorts.
While it’s not the most effective, and you’ll be swapping cards on a pretty regular basis, this can be the more affordable option.
We say this because you can find memory cards somewhat cheap, but if you’re someone who monitors constantly, you’ll probably be spending more on memory cards than you would on an external hard drive – save up and buy a storage option that’s worth your while.
Other Important Factors
There are other factors you should consider besides storage options, and one of them is the weatherproof aspect.
While generally, security systems that are to be used outdoors should generally be weather or water proof, some aren’t, which is a good reason they come with some sort of protection like a dome.
While the dome can be waterproof, the actual camera is not; however, there are some basic ones that are meant for outdoor usage and have an IP rating. While we aren’t talking about the Internet Protocol acronym of this, IP for outdoor cameras stands for “ingress protection”.
The aforementioned is a type of rating system for cameras that determine how well said cameras able to rest damage from water and dust when placed outdoors.
Typically, when you look at a rating, like IP66, the first number you see in that sequence stands for the solo rating against a solid like hail or dust.
The second number in that rating is the number that describes the resistance against liquids of sorts like water and rain. A rating of IP66 means it’s extremely powerful in resistant water and it’s resistant against dust from getting into the door – aka “dust-tight”.
While many instances require some sort of motion ranged camera, we believe that fixed cameras as much more cost efficient. If you’re looking to monitor your home or your commercial property, the cheaper option is the fixed motion.
Although, you may want to splurge and purchase something that has a wide range of motion, like PTZ cameras that are able to pan, tilt, and zoom so that you can catch the license plate number of someone super fishy.
Different Types of Cameras
Before we head off into our reviews of various security camera systems, you’ll want to know the different types and how one may serve you better than the other. There are five basic types of cameras you’ll see most often when searching for the best security system. The aforementioned includes the following:
Or you can directly learn what makes a good security camera.
You may have seen this camera the most, as it’s the old familiar camera that’s cylindrical in shape that are used virtually everywhere.
While some of them are inexpensive and that’s why so many people have them, they are also effective. Appearing like a lipstick tube, there are also some that are as robust and large as a can of soda.
Those that know exactly the area they want to monitor, and not just a wide area, should utilize this style of camera, as they can be mounted easily and then left to do their thing – monitoring.
Bullet cameras are great for indoor and outdoor usage, and you shouldn’t be wary of where you place. While it’s out in the open and the potential culprit can see this camera, it can also act as a placeholder for security, as they’ll get scared that there are cameras.
Being the most affordable CCTV cameras, they are also quite universal in their usage.
Beyond being inexpensive, they’re one of the easiest to install and begin using. There are some that also comes with night vision of sorts while being able to be mounted anywhere, whether it’s on a ceiling or wall. Because of the utilization of the sun visor on bullet camera systems, you won’t have to worry about glare getting in the way of monitoring the potentially harmful activity that’s going on in your residence or in your commercial facility.
Besides a bullet camera, you may have seen a dome camera the most.
They’re quite common in a variety of facilities, and are typically mounted on the ceiling. Whether you’ve seen them at the local supermarket, or another facility, you’re able to remotely control these to zoom, pan, and tilt, depending on the model you’ve chosen.
There are plenty of advantages to using a dome camera over a bullet camera, and one of them is that you’re able to move it from the safety of your security monitoring area. Whether it’s from your phone or an office where you have security setup, you’ll be able to take a closer look at someone – potentially criminal activity – without putting yourself in the danger entirely.
There are a ton of other reasons that you should utilize dome cameras, some of which the diversity and variety that dome cameras have. While they’re generally dome, they do come in a variety of sizes and various shapes. Also known as an IP dome camera, or a type of analog dome camera, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of the IR night vision, and even the zooming, panning, and tilting features we just spoke of.
Of course, these aren’t the only features you can make the most of, as there are thermal sensors, and motion sensors that you can utilize with these styles of cameras. While they have mobile, moveable, and fixed domes, the housing on the outside (the actual dome) is easy to blend into the surroundings of the user.
Being practical in application, as well as practical in terms of security on your premises, you’re also able to view the area in a wide angle view, as they can be used as a panoramic style of surveillance camera. Many of them are quite low profile, allowing the idea of a camera to slip into the back of the mind of a criminal – ensuring that you’re catching them on camera.
The more discreet, the better, as they won’t even notice “big brother” is watching their every criminal move. Last but not least, the installation of a dome camera is quite simple, and you won’t have to call in a professional – although it’s an option for those who REALLY don’t understand or have time.
Dome cameras aren’t wired either, and you won’t have to deal with wiring as they utilize batteries. Efficient and low in terms of battery utilization, you won’t have to replace the batteries for quite some time, and you won’t need an electrician to come in.
Live Streaming Camera
While generally speaking, you can have a security camera and watch it live from your seat in your home, but if you’re someone who wants to be able to output this live stream somewhere, you’ll want to make usage of a live streaming camera.
Whether you’re monitoring your friends or broadcasting your party, this is more so not a style of security camera, and more a style of “let’s broadcast to people”.
While they aren’t meant to store hundreds of hours of content that you can look back on, you’re able to utilize this style of camera for more fun, non-criminal activity purposes.
Beyond this, they are much more discreet than your average security camera, so if you want to keep an eye on things remotely while you’re on vacation or work, you’ll want to invest in the style of camera.
Well, we’ve covered the basic security cameras for commercial businesses or those who want to seriously monitor their home (or mansion), there comes a time where we inevitably talk about the hidden cameras.
Whether you’re trying to catch someone that’s not up to any good of any sort, and you don’t want them to know they’re watched – whether illegal in your state or not – hidden cameras exist for you to utilize.
Most of these cameras have the appearance of another practical item, so that they don’t look like a hidden camera, and that they aren’t at risk of being found somewhere when the potential culprit is snooping.
Some of these cameras look like practical objects like an iPhone charger, a plant, or something else.
Last but not least, if you want something that’s wireless and wireless only, you’ll want a plug and play style that we’re about to discuss.
While many styles of security cameras are wireless, there are a specific set of security cameras that are directly wireless to ensure that they can be integrated into normal areas of the home.
You won’t have to risk not catching anyone because you weren’t able to place the camera in that area.
Wireless cameras are able to be utilized much easier, and have better placement than those that are not or those that have to be mounted and wired through the wall.
The Final Verdict
After reading everything, you should now be able to differenciate all types of camera and determine wether it suits your need or not.
It’s that time where we send you off with a “good luck” in hopes you find the best security cameras for your needs. If you’re still stuck on what you should get, and have no clue, you should have a look to our Top 5 Security Camera System.