Buying a surveillance camera system is easy — but buying the right camera for your office, store or home is a lot trickier. If you are considering a security camera purchase, you probably have a problem you want to solve or a concern that you want to address. Picking the right camera can clear a lot of concerns right up.
7 Security Issues People Face
Here are several of the most common types of security problems that people face, and the best camera solutions to make those problems disappear.
1. I Only Want to Spend Money on One Camera, But I Have a Lot of Angles to Watch.
This is a very common issue, especially for companies or for homes with lots of rooms or outdoor areas that need to be watched at one time. Several cameras can help with this, fortunately. The dome camera is a common solution for businesses because they use a dome shape that allows the camera to rotate and tilt up and down to capture nearly every angle.
The PTZ or pan-tilt-zoom camera is a more traditional option that faces one direction but has a very wide viewing angle thanks to its ability to move along axis lines. Such cameras can be either timed or remotely controlled as needed.
2. I Want a Camera, But I Don’t Want to Watch Rooms All the Time.
Sometimes you may need a surveillance camera in a certain spot, but only for a particular reason. Maybe you only need it on during certain events, or at certain times of the day, but otherwise, you want it left off. In this case, you should consider buying a camera with a motion sensor attached. When the camera detects motion, it turns on and starts recording. Not only is this a great way to only record footage that you want, but it also helps you save energy.
3. I Get a Lot of Bad Weather in My Area, and Doubt an Outdoor Camera Will Last.
In this case, the key word is “outdoor.” Specific surveillance camera system models are designed for outdoor conditions and labeled as outdoor cameras — these are the versions that you want. They come with strong housing, coatings, and hoods designed to withstand wind, heat and rust while also protecting the camera against rain. A lesser camera will break down more easily, so it is worth your time to pay extra for an outdoor model in this case.
4. I Don’t Want Anyone to Know I’m Using a Camera.
No problem! There are so-called spy or “discreet” cameras that can look like books, clocks, smoke detectors and other common things. Picking out one of these discreet cameras will limit your viewing options, and the quality of the image may not be the highest, but they are certainly easy to hide.
Bullet and pinhole cameras are also known for being small and relatively easy to hide, but they may suffer from the same kind of problems.
5. I Do Not Have Enough Space or Expertise to Install a Security Camera.
If you do not want to hire a professional or are worried that you just do not have enough space to put a camera in the spot it really needs to be in, look into some of the latest wireless camera models on the market.
Wireless cameras come with tape and screw options that all you to place them nearly anywhere with minimal effort and no experience. Of course, you may still have to make some serious adjustments to get the angle right. Also, keep in mind that with wireless options you will need to regularly check and replace the batteries to keep the cameras functional. However, you also remove a lot of the work involved when installing wired options.
6. I Need a Camera that Functions in the Day and at Night.
Infrared or night vision cameras are your best answer here. These cameras tend to operate in two different modes. In daylight, they can give you full, colored images of whatever they are currently filming. In low-light conditions (like at nighttime), the camera switches to a different mode. The color changes to black and white (or sometimes green), but the camera can function in the dark and still give you a usable image to work with.
7. I Have No Idea How to Maintain a Surveillance Camera System.
Fear not! Today’s systems are very accessible — at least, if you are the owner. Modern cameras come with apps and IP (Internet Protocol) settings that make them very easy to control. You can view footage through your smartphone or computer, and issue easy commands with just a few taps. Move the camera, record and store footage, and adjust settings. Make sure that your camera of choice comes with these new digital features if you are worried about day-to-day operations.