With all of the information out there, it can be difficult to know which cameras will be the best choice for your DIY home surveillance system. There are many different kinds of security cameras out on the market, and they all serve particular purposes depending upon what you need and what you are looking for. Here are a few tips to help you along.
First off, you should take some time to think about the reasons why you need security cameras. Think about the areas you will want under surveillance. Do you want to be able to watch who comes to your front door? Do you need a nanny cam to install in a living room area? Do you want perimeter cameras to ensure that no one is trespassing? Think about the particulars of what you want to view and why.
Once you have asked yourself these questions, take a little bit of time to observe these areas that you want under surveillance. Take a look at the angles that would be most helpful for you, and observe the lighting in each area over the course of a day to see how bright or dim it is or if it changes in brightness over time. Think about whether you will be needing cameras that are placed outside, and take into account the climate and weather conditions of the area in which you live. Once you’ve listed this information and taken all of this into consideration, you are ready to shop for your security cameras.
If you want a security camera or two to observe areas that are outside of your house, you will want to place them outdoors. Some homeowners think they could save money by positioning a camera in such a way that it looks out the window over a certain area, but unfortunately there is often a glare from the window pane and the picture is rarely as clear. Outdoor cameras do tend to cost a bit more money, but that’s because they require a little extra shielding in order to remain protected from the elements. When you look at a camera, look for its IP rating. A higher IP rating means it’s made for the outdoors, while a lower IP rating means it’s an indoor camera.
Another important factor to consider is whether or not you want your camera to be able to move. Are you going to be sitting at your viewing monitor wanting to move the camera from side to side or up or down? What about zooming the picture in and out? If you have a large area that you would like to have under surveillance, consider installing a PTZ camera, or a Pan-Tilt-Zoom camera, which has the ability to move freely and can often follow movement thanks to motion sensor capabilities. Otherwise you can just opt for a cheaper fixed camera that can remain fixed on one particular view.
Next you will want to take a look at the Lux rating on your camera. A low Lux rating means that the camera is made to be able to take video in dim lighting or dark areas. Some of these are equipped with their own lights to help illuminate the area around them. A high Lux rating means the opposite, that the camera can function and record well in bright lighting, such as outside in the bright sun. If the area you want under surveillance will have transitioning light, you may want to invest in a day/night camera, as it will automatically adjust to accommodate for the change in lighting throughout the day.