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Thinking About Installing Security Cameras? Here’s What You Need to Know

June 19, 2017

security cameraHome security cameras are becoming increasingly popular, and chances are you may have noticed them on or around some of your neighbor’s homes.

Although we don’t install security cameras ourselves, in the interest of providing good advice to our customers we thought we’d share some advice about this hot topic on our blog.  Keep reading to learn what you need to know when deciding whether or not to install security cameras.

What types of security cameras are available?

As you begin to research security cameras, you’ll quickly discover that there are many different styles of cameras available, including box cameras, dome cameras, pan/tilt/zoom cameras (also known as PTZ cameras, and more.  Each type of camera has its pros and cons, and some are more suited for certain applications than others.  For example, a PTZ camera would be best if you have a need to cover a large area but can only afford one camera.

You can learn more about the different types of cameras and what purpose each type is suited for here.

What is the difference between analog, IP, and CVI cameras?

In addition to different styles of cameras, you’ll also need to decide between analog, IP (or internet protocol), and CVI (or composite video interface) cameras.

Analog cameras are cheaper, but have lower resolution.  However, they will continue recording even if your network goes down.

IP cameras have a much higher resolution, but cost more than analog cameras.  They are connected to the internet and have an IP address just like your computer.  Like anything that is connected to the internet, they are subject to hacking and/or hijacking, so if you use an IP camera you’ll want to make sure it is set up properly and the software is kept up to date.

CVI cameras are a sort of cross between IP and analog cameras and can be a good compromise between the two types.

Who are some of the top manufacturers of security cameras?

There’s a dizzying array of options when it comes to security camera manufacturers, but two of the most popular when it comes to home use security cameras are Honeywell and Interlogix.  Other manufacturers include Bosch, Pelco, Axis, Acti, and Digital Watchdog, just to name a few.  However, their products tend to be more geared towards commercial use.

Other factors to consider

Other things you’ll want to consider when deciding whether or not to install security cameras on your property include how many cameras you might need, where you should put them, and what your primary motivation would be for installing cameras.

For example, if your primary motivation is a deterrent for would-be burglars, you would want to advertise the fact that cameras are present, otherwise there would be no deterrent.  However, at the same time you’d want to conceal the actual location of the cameras, otherwise crooks could simply disable them or avoid them altogether.

It would probably be a good idea to consult with a home security professional about your specific situation before making a decision about security cameras.  A professional would also be able to help you set up the cameras properly so that they actually work when you need them to.  Although it might be tempting to buy a cheap camera online and set it up yourself, you may end up regretting doing so.