If you need to install surveillance cameras, you may be overwhelmed with all of the choices. There are a lot of options when it comes to these cameras and you might not know which one you need. It is important that you know what you should be looking for in a camera and how to choose the right one.
The overall level of light in the area that you want to survey needs to be considered because it affects the camera that you should get. If the area is well-lit then you have few limitations on the camera you can get because a lot of light makes it easy for any camera to capture clear footage. However, if the area has dim lighting conditions you need to carefully consider your options.
Not all surveillance cameras are able to capture clear footage in dim lighting. You will need to look for a camera with a light sensitivity rating of about 1 Lux or lower. You can also look at cameras which have been labeled as day and night. These cameras will offer you the most flexibility as they are able to work for areas with fluctuating light conditions.
Inside Or Outside?
Inside and outside conditions will differ in terms of lighting, but you also need to take into account the weather. Indoor environments are generally climate controlled while outdoor environments will fluctuate. If you use an indoor camera for an outdoor environment you will find that you need to replace it fairly quickly. This is due to the weather conditions and contaminants wearing down the camera components.
An outdoor camera will be tougher and able to handle the weather. It is important to note that inside cameras cannot be used outside, but outside cameras can be used inside.
Wired Or Wireless
Another factor that you have to consider is whether or not you want the cameras to be hard wired. A wired system will offer a secure and solid video signal as it is transmitted through a cable and not wirelessly. However, a wired system will be more expensive and will take longer to install because of the wiring needed.
Wireless cameras have the benefit of being placed anywhere and still working. You will not have to worry about cables or where cables can reach. The problem is that the signal security poorer than wired options, but this is becoming better with new technology. There are certain encryption protocols which can be used to secure the feed.
How you are planning to view the video footage also needs to be considered. For most people, a video feed that links to a DVR or CCTV monitor is enough. However, if you want to keep an eye on the footage while you are away from the property you will need remote access. There are many remote-access devices called Internet cameras and network cameras which you should look at for this. They have been designed with remote access in mind and will hook up to an internet connection.