Buying The Best Security Camera When You Want High Quality

February 4th, 2022

Keeping your property in Chico, CA protected is important, and while local authorities can certainly help, taking additional steps is important. Basic camera systems are a great starting point, and to really get the most from your investment it’s worth considering upgrading to one of today’s modern, higher quality systems.

But just what should you look for when investing in a good security camera system? There are several things to think about, and understanding some of the fundamental differences can help you make the right decisions.

Image Quality
The quality of images is the obvious thing that will need to be considered. Black and white cameras can capture decent enough images, especially if the room is well-lit. But it’s important to pay attention to the quality of the image that your camera will capture in order to ensure that you get the best results from it.

Shape and Style
You may not think that this has much to do with your results from your security camera, but different shapes and styles have different benefits. For example, dome cameras are better for mounting on ceilings, while bullet cameras are best for walls. And for those who want to capture footage of those you already know are in a home, hidden cameras are worth considering.

Storage Space
Just how much storage space your system has is important as well. You’ll want to consider how easily you want to review live video, but being able to access recordings is important as well. Security systems in Chico, CA with more storage space offer you longer recording times and will let you keep your footage available for longer before you must delete it.

Lighting Considerations
Think about how much light is available in the area where you are placing your cameras, too. Low light areas or lawns and backyards where infrared footage is needed will have to have cameras installed capable of capturing video in the dark, for example. Low light technology is available in most cameras today, and the extra cost can help you capture video that keeps your family safe even in the dark.

Durability and Toughness
Look for a camera that will last. While outdoor cameras in Chico, CA obviously need to be protected from the elements, you also need to consider whether or not vandalism may be an issue. Dome cameras and bullet cameras both have excellent durability, and you can invest in more durable cameras that will stand up to abuse.

Connectivity Features
Today’s cameras can also connect to your network. This means that it’s possible to sign into the system using a mobile phone or internet-connected computer anywhere in the world. From there, you can watch live video and review recordings. You can even get alerts when your system is activated by a motion sensor.

Getting The Right System
These are the main things to consider when you’re looking for a high-quality camera. Budget cameras can provide basic functionality, but the extra money is well worth it when you want to get the highest level of peace of mind and the best performance out of your security camera system in Chico, CA .

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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
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators