From being a luxury gadget found only in upscale homes and bungalows, home security cameras are now an indispensable part of all households, irrespective of the size and location. With increasing reports of thefts, burglaries, and other malicious incidents, you need the right home security system to protect your loved ones and valuable assets.
However, finding the right security system is easier said than done. With an overwhelming array of products and heaps of technical jargon, it’s quite normal for the average user to feel lost. Worry not, here in this article, we simplify the entire process. By the time you finish reading this, you’ll feel pretty confident in choosing a home security system that perfectly matches your requirements.
Factors to consider while choosing a camera system for your home:
1. Coverage Area and Target Distance
Here, you have to do a bit of reverse engineering. Think like a would-be criminal. What areas would you cross to break into the place? All these areas are a part of the coverage area.
You then have to determine two factors:
- Field of view of the camera – This is the width of the area that needs to be covered by the CCTV camera system.
- Target Distance – This is the distance between the criminal and the camera measured in feet.
Once you have determined these two factors, ask yourself these questions,
- Visibility – Do you want the camera to be hidden or placed in plain sight so that it acts as a visual deterrent?
- Exposure – Will the camera be exposed to natural elements like rain, wind, sun, or be placed in a covered enclosure?
- Accessibility – Is the proposed location convenient to install the camera? Meaning is it possible to run wires to and from it?
2. Focal Length
Once, you have figured out the field of view and target length for each camera, the next step is to determine its focal length. You can use an online camera lens calculator tool to arrive at this number or get in touch with our security experts at Eurovigil to help you out.
This is an essential step as it helps in determining the quality of the video captured by your security cameras.
3. Camera Type
Once you have arrived at these numbers, the next step is determining the right camera type. Some of the popular CCTV camera types available in the market include:
- Bullet Cameras
- Dome Cameras
- Mini Dome Cameras
- Box Cameras
- PTZ Cameras (Pan/Tilt/Zoom)
Each of these models has specific characteristics that make them ideal for different requirements.
4. Camera Resolution
The general rule of thumb here is that higher the number, better the clarity of the video. The resolution of security cameras ranges from 350p up to 1080p. It all depends on your specific requirements and the video clarity that you require.
5. Night Vision
If you are using your security cameras during night time or in low light, then you’ll need one that comes with IR (infrared) lighting. While IR is invisible to the human eye, it provides sufficient lighting for your camera to capture high-quality images even at night.
6. Wired or Wireless
This depends on the available space and wiring facilities. Are you comfortable with cables running to and from the camera or do you want to go wireless and eliminate extra cabling?
This depends on your personal preferences. But, one point to be noted here is that wireless cameras are susceptible to interference from other gadgets and devices.
Apart from these six factors, other factors to consider include audio capabilities, additional features and so on. If you need further help, just get in touch with our security experts, here at Eurovigil, who guide you through the entire process from choosing the right cameras up till installation.
Never take chances with your Safety!