4 Factors To Consider When Buying a Home Security Camera

June 30th, 2020

Whether you’re living alone or not in Chico, CA, having a security camera on your property is a practical choice for your safety. Nowadays, more and more CA homeowners are installing security systems, which include cameras, because thousands of homes are still being broken into every year. 

This is a great way to keep your loved ones, property, and possessions protected every day of the year, but how do you choose the right one? Here are a few considerations to take. 

  1. Light Level

When you’re searching for a security camera, one of the most important things you have to consider is the light level of the environment. If you plan on placing video surveillance equipment in well-lit areas, you won’t have a problem looking for the right security camera because bright spaces are easy to capture. 

On the other hand, if you’re going to install the camera in areas where there’s little light, you need to look into one that can handle dim lighting conditions. Find a camera with low-light compatibility to allow you to take clear video coverage even without strong illumination.

  1. Area Of Installation

Where are you looking to install the security camera? If it’s indoors, as mentioned above, you need to consider the lighting condition. 

Meanwhile, there are several additional factors you need to consider when you plan to install the camera outdoors. One of them is the weather because the elements can affect the performance and longevity of your outdoor security camera. Make sure that it can withstand everything from heavy rain to strong winds. That said, you need to get heavy-duty equipment.

  1. Wired Or Wireless

At first, a wireless camera may seem to be more convenient compared with a wired security camera. However, wired cameras tend to have a more robust and secure video signal because they transmit through cable. The downside to this is that they take more effort and money to install because you need to purchase the cable and hire an installer. 

Wireless cameras can be placed anywhere with ease. There are no cables or wires involved, and over the years, the signal security of wireless cameras has significantly improved with encryption protocols such as the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP)

  1. Fixed Or Not

If you only need a camera fixated on one area, then you can go for a standard-format fixed camera. However, if you’re looking for a security camera that has a swivel lens, then a Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera is perfect for you. PTZs can move their lenses back and forth and adjust the lens focus. You can also get PTZs you can program automatically to tilt and zoom when movement is detected. 

Those are some of the things you need to remember when purchasing a security camera. The process can be overwhelming, which is why you have to take time to research and consult a security expert to help you get the best equipment for your Chico home. Contact us today to learn more about the high-quality security cameras available to you.

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
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